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The 3 Best Gym Pieces for At Home Workouts


When we first thought about working out, I was not really willing to go to a public gym. It was embarrassing for me.

It is so different for men and women. It seems that it is ok for guys to ‘put on a little’ but I never got that feeling from anyone. So, there was no way I was going to go to the gym and jiggle in front of total strangers. What would these people think? Would they stare? Would they laugh? Probably not, they would ignore me because I was the one passing judgment, not them. But, the idea did burden me and so, we bought equipment for our home. We were fortunate that we had both the resources, the time, and also the space.

Once we got into a routine and we got better at what we were doing, we finally left our own gym to go to our trainer’s gym. We still used ours, but for the most part, we went to their gym. They had so much more space, weights and equipment that it made sense. But, the other day we were thinking back to the pieces of equipment that we would recommend for people to use at home with either one or both of these issues, lack of space or limited budget.

My 3 picks are;

These come in a variety of lengths and resistance levels. They can be used instead of weights in most exercises that you would use a dumbbell. They are so amazingly small and super versatile.

The reason I would invest in a mat is because it gives you a space to use that you mentally treat as your ‘workout space’. You don’t need to stress about sweat on the carpet or floor. It doesn’t matter if your floor is clean or dirty. You can use it for anything that you are on the floor for, abs, or on your hands and knees.

You can use this ball for anything that you would sit while doing. This is the biggest piece, but it can be used so many ways. When not using it to work out with, they make great seats while at the computer. The ball forces you to work your core.

Aside from these pieces, I would encourage you to check out online at home exercises. There are a lot out there. They use things you have at home to make working out at home so much easier.


I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happier with buns of cinnamon. – Ellen DeGeneres

Foods that support your mental health


Mental health is a sensitive subject and I don’t know why.

There are all sorts of illnesses that you can’t see or that their symptoms are only obvious to the person who is ill. So why is it that we all get in a knot when we talk about mental illness.

Please, let me make it clear that I am not a doctor, counsellor, therapist or have any sort of training in this medical field. But, if you are truly honest with yourself, like me you have been touched by mental illness. I know several people right now that are on medication just to cope with the chaotic world we live in. Although I have never been diagnosed, I know when I have struggled with depression.

In my humble opinion, if we are truly honest with ourselves, we have all struggled at one time or another. Think about it, there are times in our lives where things just are too tough to handle. We all deal with death, some more than others. What makes you think that you are supposed to just ‘get over it’ in someone else time frame. Financial stress is some of the hardest to deal with, believe me. People don’t like talking about financial struggles and therefore if you are having troubles making ends meet, you are feeling very alone.

Please, get real help when you need it. Sometimes, it is just to get you through a tough situation. Sometimes, it is teaching you how to cope with life in general. And know that with all the people in the world, somebody else has dealt with your kind of tension, and therefore you are not alone and there is help.

This article can be very helpful. It is not a cure or has all the answers, but if you can add some of these suggested foods to your diet, they can help. It is always better to be preventative than reactive.

Foods that support your mental health

Self-­esteem is as important to our well­ being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness. –
Louise Hart

Workout for A Cause


We talk all about making sure that you are doing what is right for you.

Making sure that you are feeling good and doing good. We talk about eating foods that make you heal yourself and are preventative. We talk about making sure your heart and soul are in the right place. Eating right and getting out and getting your body moving so that you are doing all you can to stay and be healthy. It’s time to think about someone other than yourself.

If you can’t seem to find the right reason to get in gear, do it for someone else. Locally we are preparing for a fun event to raise funds for our local cancer foundation. The Workout to Conquer Cancer is a way to go get active and raise money for a very worthy cause. But it is in Vancouver, and you are not??? So what! Every town has a hospital, women’s shelter, SPCA, Rotary, multiple churches, youth groups, and or …..you name it. There are so many charities out there and they are all looking for ways to raise money. If they are doing a run, walk, workout, physical event, then you do it. Getting involved in your community is good for you in more ways than the financial gain to the charity. It is good for your soul.

Get active and raise money for a worthy cause. The rewards are enormous.

Workout ­to Conquer­ Cancer

Even though I'm not running anymore, we still have to try to find a cure for cancer. Other people should go ahead and try to do their own thing now. –
Terry Fox

Fake It Until You Make It!


I am halfway through my Social Media Challenge. Cool.

I really didn’t think that I could do it. I told myself that I could but it truly was an exercise in what Doug always says “fake it until you make it.” That expression doesn’t always work, but surprisingly it works more than you think.

I am not talking about becoming someone who is false and who goes around telling people that they are something different than they really are. I am talking about positive self talk. The most important person to convince that you actually can achieve what you set out to achieve is YOU. You will always have people who will say one thing to your face and then turn around and say the opposite to other people. So what! That is not your problem. Really, it’s not.

Fake it until you make it really refers to your own self talk. There have been some recent studies done that confirm that your brain will believe what it is told most, even if it is not true. In a post I published recently, Laugh and Lighten Up, I told you that your brain, although brilliant, can’t tell the difference between a real smile and a fake one. Your brain simply receives the knowledge that your face looks happy, therefore, ‘we’ are happy. So why not take that process one step farther.

  • Behave the way you want to be treated.
    If you wanted to be treated with respect, then be respectful.
  • Walk with confidence.
    People can’t see if you are trembling inside.
  • Smile.
    A happy person is always the kind of person people want to be around.
  • Listen to what other people are actually telling you.
    First of all, you will learn so much more than if you are the one yapping all the time, but also people want to spend more time with you because you are a good listener. Then when you have something to offer, they are more likely to listen to you.
  • Be a constant learner.
    Watch podcasts, read books, watch training videos, whatever triggers your mind. By being a constant learner you become way more interesting.
  • Be genuine.
    To me this is the most important. You need to be true to yourself, your ‘fake it until you make it’ attitude is just you, only better.

If I had given in to my tendency to doubt my ability that I could do this challenge, I would not be here, halfway through and loving it. It would still be two weeks later and I would be wondering if I could even have finished. So, I will push on. Write about what interests me and hopefully interests you and in just two more weeks, I will say I tried, and I conquered my first Social Media Challenge.

You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal. – William S. Burroughs