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The Vancouver Wellness Show


We went to the Vancouver Wellness Show. We have never been to this event before although it has been going on for years. First of all, WOW.

This event was at one of Vancouver's very large trade and convention centres.

Although we have been doing a lot of research on eating healthier and just being more aware of what the “healthy” people eat, we hadn’t taken the time to go and actually see one of these shows. It’s kind of funny how we, as a people group, tend to put other people in little boxes that suit us so that we can know how to deal with people. ‘We’ tend to judge ‘those’ people and are usually critical of their lifestyle choices. ‘We’ will give ‘them’ labels and decide how they could change ‘their’ life to best fit into ours. Until…

Until ‘we’ become one of ‘them’, and apparently ‘we’ have. This show proved that to us.

  • First, we didn’t feel out of place at all. We fit right in. Of course some of the people looked exactly the way we expected them to, like hippies right off of the farm, but most people looked ‘normal’.
  • Second, we actually recognized a whole lot of the products that we use, have researched, are interested in, could actually talk about.
  • Third, people were so friendly. The vendors were really friendly and most were just eager to share their merchandise and then there was the best part. The samples were crazy. At the door going in, you each received a canvas shopping bag with some little gifts in and that was a good thing because most of the vendors were giving away samples. Some were little taste samples but a lot gave away actual food samples. We came home with a 1 litre of Hemp Milk, an apple each, several energy bars, some great chocolate bars, and numerous other samples that we have long ago eaten and I can’t remember. There were appointments to be made with all sorts of health professionals and two grocery stores that were selling almost everything.

There was another part of the weekend that we didn’t even touch on and that was the live events. There was a cooking stage with demos all weekend and fitness demos as well as another corner set up for lectures.

I am glad that we stepped out of our own little world and ventured out to be with people that we thought that we wouldn’t fit in with and yet, we did. The overwhelming feeling that I got from the event was that the world is really too small to be comfortable. We need to expand our ideas and our minds and learn about new and different things. Food is a great place to start. Just experimenting with one new food, a new recipe, a new spice may make a big difference in the end. The world is so full of smells and tastes that most of us don’t get the chance to experience, it is worth it just to try.

So, next time you see an ad for an event that sort of interests you, give it a second look. You may find it way more fun than you thought. Worse case, you know not to go next year and you have found another experience to tick off of the ‘never do that again’ list. Best case, you find something new to interest you. A new food, new exercise, new knowledge, new friends, just something new.

The Vancouver Wellness Show


The wellness and prevention market will outgrow the health care market. – Leroy Hood

Top 5 Fitness Mistakes Women Make


One of the things that always concerns me is the obsession with losing weight without having to work for it.

People always look toward the shortcut. The reality is that if we used more common sense, we would be fine. The other thing that we tend to do is routine. This article is smart, common sense and reinforces that although habit is good, routines need to be shaken up sometimes.

Focus on the end result and less on the now. Make less mistakes and your workouts will have more impact.

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The Social Media Challenge is Over


Yay, I made it, the Social Media Challenge is over. WooHoo.

I have been committed to writing a blog post five days a week for the last 30 days. Seemed simple enough, I’ve been told that I never run out of things to say. Yet, this has been a very daunting task.

When I started writing last year, I was very scheduled to make sure that I didn’t have any problems getting the task at hand done. I made sure that I had no distractions, didn’t overload myself, spread out the editing, writing, extras, over the week. All seemed to flow nicely. I got into a nice rhythm and was pretty happy with both my commitment and the results from it. When I started the challenge, however, that all got thrown out the window. I was writing every day which meant it was also brainstorming everyday, editing every day, researching every day, finding images and quotes every day, and then posting to the site everyday. I was totally unprepared for the large task. Yet, even though I was really overwhelmed, I DID IT. I can’t believe that I really did it. Now What????

Now that the challenge is officially completed I kind of feel lazy. I am not panicked about ideas. I can actually think about something else other than “what should I write about”. I am finding it tough to get back into the two day a week thing. Has this little challenge changed me? Have I turned to ‘the dark side’ and now can consider myself a writer? Nah!!!

Let’s face it, I have challenged myself before.


  • It was just as daunting when I made a commitment to myself and my husband to go the gym on a regular basis.
  • It was just as daunting when I chose to rethink the way I was cooking meals for the family.
  • It was just as daunting to choose to limit my alcohol,
  • switch from cow’s milk,
  • start counting carbs,
  • calories,
  • sodium.
  • It was just as daunting to start to hike, run, or walk stairs on non­-gym days.

I survived that didn’t I?  Oh, right, I did. But, I never went back either.

Once I challenged myself to do something different, I guess if I was honest with myself, I never went back to the old me. Sure, I have weekends of careless eating. Sure, I have days where I don’t go out for a run. Sure, I have days when I really want a big plate of macaroni and cheese for dinner followed up with chips and salsa in an hour. But, I go right back to what I know is best for me.

  • I really love that feeling of the workout being done.
  • I love the feeling of my lungs burning on cold running mornings.
  • I love the feeling of seeing old friends and not being embarrassed at what size I am.
  • I hate the feeling of being bloated by food.
  • I hate making excuses to myself and others.
  • I never regret getting a workout in.

The new me is just that, the new me. I don’t think I will ever be the sloth that I was before. I think I am going to enjoy learning about nutrition and exercise for a long time. I love that I can keep up with my kids, even going for a walk. I love that they still have things to learn from me. I love that at 50 years old, I am still learning and growing. I used to think 50 was ancient, and if I hadn’t changed the way I was living, I would have been ancient.

So, thanks Jonathan Christian for the Social Media Challenge. You have rocked my world more than you know.

Now, what shall I challenge myself with next???

Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. -­ George S. Patton

Where are Your Resolutions Now?


Where are your Resolutions Now?

Ok, so here we are at the end of February. For a really large part of the country, they are still covered in snow. Here, in Vancouver, we have had a very mild winter. We are still waiting for any real snow. It may not come. We have had lots of winters like that. We are about to float away with all the rain, but at least we don't shovel it.

Spring is right around the corner and with that, we will all of a sudden be thrown into summer and swimsuit season. Scary right??

So, where are you on your new year new you resolution?

Are you still at it?

Have you slowed down?

Is it long gone?

Don't panic if your plan has changed. It’s kind of funny that we think that the calendar tells us what we should be doing. For instance, everyone knows you can’t start a new diet on any day other than Monday. Once you mess up on your eating plan for the day you may as well just stop and wait until the next day to start again. The new year is the only time of the year to start a new exercise program.

If you are still on course, that is truly amazing. You are really fantastic. Good for you.

Here are some unsettling numbers;

  • 1⁄3 of the people who make resolutions quit before the end of January.
  • 73% of the people who made resolutions gave up before they even started.
  • 66% of the resolutions are fitness goals.
  • Most people who make fitness goals as resolutions have made them 4 times before.
  • Only 8% of the people who make resolutions, actually achieve them.

These stats are really quite sad but at least we are not alone in our quest to be healthier. But that also means that if you have become one of the many and are no longer keeping your resolution alive, what now? One of the best things about this list is that it means the gyms are quite empty again. The other good news is that by reading this, it means that you still have a better you in mind. Cool.

Start again. Don’t wait for Monday. Don’t wait until next January. Don’t wait so long that your body say, nope, not going to do it.

When Doug and I started our journey, we were waiting for only one thing. That thing was, the doctor to tell Doug that he could get back engaged in life again after being bedridden with pneumonia for three months. Well, actually we didn’t wait really, the doc appointment was made and so was the interview with the personal trainer. Once the trainer decided to take us on, we started. It was the beginning of December. Our oldest daughter had left for school in Sweden for a year, we were two weeks away from our son’s wedding, obviously three weeks until Christmas, and in the beginning of the largest financial turmoil of our lives.

Here we are four years later, and guess what, unless we had died, the four years would have come and gone anyway. People have told us that we were crazy about what we did. But we didn’t see that we had a choice. It was time. You need to decide that regardless of anything else, it’s time. Just make a decision and do it. Time is going to pass anyway, you may as well get in shape as it moves along.

If you feel like there's something out there that you're supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it. – Wanda Sykes