A Happy Nerdy 31st Birthday

So today is my 31st birthday. Last year I set out to make my nerdy thirties the best decade of my life. That objective motivated me to wage my war against the obese overlord. So much has happened the past 365 days and I can't help but be thankful. Thank you Blitz community, Fit League Friends and Revive Wellness. You are literally saving my life! I still have a long journey of health, wellness and movement but I wanted to take the time to recognize the little victories I've … [Read more...]

Tracking your fit quest progress

The sun's out and the temperature's rising which means runners and walkers (not zombies) are showing up in the River Valley to shake off their winter rust. This beefy body of mine has joined the fray and conquered the devil's staircase (Royal Glenora Stairs) already for the first time this year. I'm not going to lie it feels pretty great. Physical activity is becoming a co-star in my life again and seeing/feeling progress is what keeps me going. Any change I notice can push me beyond what … [Read more...]

Don’t think of where you’ve been. Think of where you are going!

This blog is for people who have, or had, no confidence in their bodies. I was there once. I hated the way I looked and felt. This was me before (CLICK BELOW IF YOU DARE): I was a weezy, unhealthy mess of a man and the biggest life decisions I made was whether or not to eat McDonald's or Tony Roma's for dinner.  I was so focused on where I was that I never thought of where I could go. I had zero confidence in myself and wouldn't try anything because of a paralysing fear of … [Read more...]

Oh For Fit’s Sake: F*ck Terrification!

Well, this blog post, this admission weakness and perpetual struggles has been a long time coming or should I say a long time hedging.  Those closest to me and those who have been consistently trying to help me with this struggle can attest.   There is a very simple reason for this, I AM SCARED OUT OF MY WITS.  In fact, I made up a new word to define this “I want to throw up, scream cry , fear poo, and ideally, spontaneously combust at any minute” feeling: TERRIFICATION. TERRIFICATION: a … [Read more...]

Keeping up with the Cool Kids – My Love Hate Relationship with Running

Last night I badly bruised my toe running into a hotel bathroom trying to prevent the room service guy from seeing me in my underwear - long story.  It hurts like a son of a (insert strong word of choice here).  And it made me start wondering if it would prevent me from running today. I know that a bruised toe doesn’t sound like much but I once saw an Edmonton Oiler being wheeled into an emergency room on a stretcher straight to the front of the line - in front of my friend who was waiting for … [Read more...]

Not All Gains Are Realized in the Gym

I'm Sid, I've been a community member here at Blitz for the past year and I wanted to share about my work in Mexico. I like setting goals. Having goals motivates me to improve and to be better tomorrow than I was today.  When it comes to my fitness, this is no exception.  If I was able to do a dumbbell chest press with 40 lb. dumbbells today, I will probably try to get to 45 tomorrow (or as soon as possible!).  Setting small, specific goals like this helps me to feel like I am making … [Read more...]

Not Giving Up or Giving In: Vaughn’s Story

Recently we got some bad news about my dad’s health. Not merely bad news but really dreadful news, the kind that takes your breath away and makes you want to curl up in a little ball and cry. I know that everyone has similar tales of parents, relatives or friends who have had to face health challenges that they couldn’t seem to bear and seemed unreasonable and unfair and I’m not writing this to evoke sympathy but rather to share my struggle to keep going. As anyone who has been on a diet or … [Read more...]

Imperfection Inspiration: Vaughn’s Story

A couple of weeks ago I appeared on TV. My seven-year-old assured me that it was “no big deal” to be on TV and that his friends are on TV “all the time.” As you can see my family hasn’t let my newfound “celebrity” go to my head. In truth I have no desire for such things as fame, fortune or to appear on a reality show. Ok so that was a lie, who wouldn’t want to be on Canada’s top model/chef/dime-store-counter-lady? It would be an honour. But I digress. After my first blog post went up a few … [Read more...]

Reaching my Goals and Making New Ones: Vaughn’s story

When I returned from my trip to Portland I changed my health goals from just “feeling better” mentally and physically to truly becoming fit so that that I could do anything I wanted to. Sharing these goals with Paul meant my workouts got harder. The weights kept getting heavier and the exercises that seemed so daunting at first got easier only to be replaced by newer and harder ones. And happily there is no end in sight as I keep progressing in my strength and stamina. I am working up my courage … [Read more...]

Vaughn’s Story: Making the Changes.

Last week I talked about one of the biggest changes that happened in my life, and making fitness and health permanent. At first I made absolutely no changes to my diet, often stopping for a doughnut on my way home from training. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this was self-defeating and slowly I started cutting out the worst dietary offenders.  In April 2012 I had my last Coke. That was huge for me as I drank gallons of it and I had tried several times unsuccessfully in the past … [Read more...]