new year.

i mean, i probably don’t need to say it, but i will….time flies!

2012 totally flew by.
i keep confusing two years ago, with last year. i thought we spent last NYE at our apt in the Soo, but that was, actually, two years ago.
anyway, i guess it’s a good reminder & inspiration for this year… to just really go for it, and do the things you want & be your best & don’t forget to be nice to everyone.

love.

well hi there guys! it’s already december, which is just crazy— it’s been seven months since I’ve been in BC! really doesn’t feel like it. where did the time go?!

we get a visit from Chris’ bro next weekend for a week. stoked to show him the hot spots and of course adventuring :)
will be snappin’ pics, of course.. 

ok. bye guys. thanks for stopping by!

well hi there guys! it’s already december, which is just crazy— it’s been seven months since I’ve been in BC! really doesn’t feel like it. where did the time go?!

we get a visit from Chris’ bro next weekend for a week. stoked to show him the hot spots and of course adventuring :)
will be snappin’ pics, of course..

ok. bye guys. thanks for stopping by!

if i could vote: this is why i would vote Obama

obviously, this is not a political blog.

but, today, i want to share why I would vote for Obama.



equality for alllll
this is a really big one! i’m still confused why people are so against equality…
by opposing this, you come off hateful.
by opposing this, you are not helping anyone.
there has always been and there always will be gay people, allowing someone who is gay to have equal rights, in no way affects your own rights…so why is anyone opposing this?
also, i have found that anyone i know personally, that is against equality, happens to not have any gay friends… maybe humanizing what you’re so against, could help you see why fairness & equality are so important. 

believes in fair pay for men & women
it’s really hard to believe anyone would ever vote against this. why would any woman want to vote for someone who doesn’t agree with fair pay for women?

green energy
moving forward discovering ways to provide green sustainable energy

bringing war closer to peace 

tax cuts for middle class
(helping out the people that actually need the tax cuts, not cutting taxes for the rich who actually have the money to pay higher taxes)

pro choice
i don’t want to seem like this is no big deal, b/c i know this is a sensitive subject for many, & especially for some of our family & friends who are christians.  
one thing is, regardless of what i think is right for me, i don’t think it’s really my business (or anyone, except for the person involved & their doctor) to make any medical decisions in a person’s life. 
secondly, with obamacare, so many more young women will have access to contraceptives (insurance will cover birthcontrol now) so really by preventing pregnancy, statistics show, this can lower the amount of need for abortion…obama’s stance & actions are more pro life than the opposing side)

and lastly…
he’s someone i think is a strong leader yet he is relate-able & honest.
unfortunately i can’t say the same for the opposing candidate. 
i wish i could vote! 
so please, friends and family south of me… VOTE! 

please comment if you’d like to add anything i’ve missed! if you’re voting for the opposing candidate and would like to say something constructive, feel free to do so too.

How Do You Know?

“You shouldn’t eat ______. It’s bad for you.”

“Don’t take that medicine. Take this supplement instead.”

“Global warming is a hoax made up by a bunch of socialists.”

“Don’t vote for _____. Don’t you know they did ______?!”


It feels like we’ve been hearing a lot of these kind of comments recently doesn’t it? To some degree it’s nothing new, but they’ve kinda been piling up in my mind. There’s something that has begun to bother me about these types of overarching statements, and I’ve been trying to put my finger on what it is.

It’s not that I disagree with some of them. When someone suggests eating a salad instead of a greasy hamburger, it’s hard to argue. But others are not so clear cut.

For instance, someone being treated for cancer. The number of conflicting insistent suggestions to be sorted through is unreal. They can’t all be right, since so many run counter to each other. So how do you know the truth?

It used to be that we respected professionals in our community. If the doctor told you to do something, we trusted that he knew what was best, and his 10+ year of school and experience working in the medical field made him qualified to give you the right information. We trusted news organizations to tell us what was going on in our communities and around the world. We believed that our leaders wanted what was best for our country and everyone in it.

These days, anyone with an internet connection has the ability to become a self-proclaimed expert on whatever they please. Websites dedicated to “alternative” points of view gets million of hits a day…. feeding the fears that we always had deep down. The doctor DOESN’T know best, the news ISN’T telling you the whole truth, and our leaders DON’T have our best interest at heart.

The thing is, there are elements of truth to all of these. Doctors are as human as we are. They are fallible. They can be wrong. They can be corrupted. They can make mistakes. News organizations are slanted. Flip between Fox News, CBC and MSNBC and you’ll wonder if they’re even covering the same planet. Politicians fail us every day. Scandals. Broken promises. Cover-ups.

In the 1970’s high-fructose corn syrup was introduced to the public as a healthy alternative to sugar. It’s made from corn! It’s natural! Then it’s time passed, and it was considered bad for you. Drink diet, it has no calories! Oh wait, aspartame is bad for you. Ok, now splenda is the way to go. Oh, now it’s stevia.

Again - probably some truth embedded in all this craziness. But how we separate the facts from the hype?

How do we decide what to believe?

This is what has been bugging me. In a world where an opinions are painted as facts, and can be spread around the world with a tweet, how do we sift through all this stuff? It’s EXHAUSTING. Does anyone else feel this?

My rule of thumb has become to live simply and make common sense decisions. Exercise. Eat modest portions with as much raw fruits and vegetables as possible. I’m debating wether or not to cancel cable, I’m sure it’ll be tough at first but I’ll find other things to consume my time. I’m Canadian, so I can’t vote anyways in the upcoming presidential elections anyways. I try to focus on my life and being a good thing in the lives of those around me. I help people and hope to reach people’s hearts and souls more than their intellect.

This is all well and good, but what about those that feel called to a health-related job, or a newsmedia position, or public office? How do THEY sort out the truth?

Because the fact is, sometimes we can’t know the facts for sure.

For instance….. There’s a debate about vaccines among a lot of new parents I know. There’s been a rumor that vaccinating your children may increase their likelihood to become autistic. From what I understand, it’s been scientifically debunked, but those that believe it aren’t willing to take the risk. They either don’t believe that these scientists really know the truth, or don’t believe that they’ll tell it. I’m not sure I can blame them. These are their children, and nobody wants to put their children in harms way.

But these moms and dads can’t possibly do the research themselves, so they have to listen to someone. There are websites and articles telling them this and that. They have friends saying “so and so vaccinated their kid, and now he’s autistic.”. They’re bombarded with contradicting information, with no REAL way to know for sure. That’s maddening.

This is not a blog post with an answer. I don’t KNOW how to sort this stuff out sometimes.

So. How do you know?

Lately…

one of the best things about cranbrook, is that part of my family lives here. love my little goofy niece & nephew (& of course love their parents too, ha!)

another thing i like about cranbrook is that we’re close to other fun places. like banff, the mountains, calgary, kalispell montana.. we have the bugaboos to go to next! and also, i love when people visit.

ok. bye guys. its starting to cool off here, i don’t hate it ;)

Urban Spartan

I’ve been slacking in the blogging world. But fear not, I’m back. And it’s beast mode ON.
But I made it to BC. And loving it!
I found a great little crossfit box here in Cranbrook, called Free Bird Fitness. Greta is amazing! She’s like a female version of Coop!

Anyways, I’m getting back into lifting heavy and Crossfitting. I’ll be adding two-a-days soon.

Today’s WOD:

10 rounds:
15 push ups
Sprint 60 yards

Then…
150 squats
50 burpees

Being an athlete is a state of kind which is not bound by age, performance, or place in the running pack.

Being an athlete is a state of kind which is not bound by age, performance, or place in the running pack.

Sore.

My shoulders! My legs! My legs and shoulders are so sore! My hammys! Every part of my body! Sore! It feels so good though! I need an ice bath and a recovery shake. And maybe a rest day!

Go ham!

1 note

Full Body Circuit
Fit Fanatic Bootcamp

1 mile warm up
3 rounds of:
10 pullups 
20 weighted walking lunges 
30 situps
40 squats 
50 box jumps

Bonus ab workout with planks:
how long can you keep a plank?

Full Body Circuit
Fit Fanatic Bootcamp

1 mile warm up
3 rounds of:
10 pullups
20 weighted walking lunges
30 situps
40 squats
50 box jumps

Bonus ab workout with planks:
how long can you keep a plank?


Do work: bodyweight workout- go from 20 down to 2 by 2s. No excuses this can be done anywhere! 
20x BW squat or jump squat20x push-up 20x Step upLunge hold Right @ 30 sec. Luge hold left @ 30 secPlank hold @ 30 sec. 18x BW squat or jump squat18x push-up18x step upLunge hold Right @ 30 sec. Luge hold left @ 30 secPlank hold @ 30 sec. 16x BW squat or jump squat16x push-up16x step upLunge hold Right @ 30 sec. Luge hold left @ 30 secPlank hold @ 30 sec. 

Do work: bodyweight workout- go from 20 down to 2 by 2s. 
No excuses this can be done anywhere! 


20x BW squat or jump squat
20x push-up 
20x Step up
Lunge hold Right @ 30 sec. 
Luge hold left @ 30 sec
Plank hold @ 30 sec. 
18x BW squat or jump squat
18x push-up
18x step up
Lunge hold Right @ 30 sec. 
Luge hold left @ 30 sec
Plank hold @ 30 sec. 
16x BW squat or jump squat
16x push-up
16x step up
Lunge hold Right @ 30 sec. 
Luge hold left @ 30 sec
Plank hold @ 30 sec.