Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's been too long...again....

Once again, it takes my mother's phone call to remind me to post a few words on this thing. :) Thanks mom!

So what's been happening? As many of you who are close colleagues and Twitter followers already know, my long, fierce and drawn out fight with Rogers has come to a victorious close! It took numerous tweets, a long-winded blog entry and a bitter posting on a site called to finally get this resolved. Upon reviewing the tapes of the original phone call, they concluded that indeed their customer service rep failed to inform me of the implications of taking over a number - so they reversed over $500 in early contract cancellation fees. If you have complaints with large companies, I highly recommend you consider putting a petition about your plight on Groubal - I got a quick response directly from Rogers and before I knew it, my case had landed on the desk of the president. My hat goes off to the founder of Groubal - great idea!!

What else? I venture onto a new career path on December 1st. It's definitely been a tumultuous last half of the year for me, career-wise. I had originally taken a job that proved a poor fit. I have since been reminded: we spend more time at work than at home with our loved ones - we really need to choose an environment we are going to enjoy working in! I am super pumped for the challenge that lies ahead, and the new opportunities are bound to head my way.

My bestest friend ever has made the trek East from the West Coast to Calgary. Trying to comfort her with family-like dinners on Sundays, introducing her to some of Calgary's finest...and trying to help find her a job! Those following me on Twitter undoubtedly know - but please, if you hear of any entry-level, full-time office positions, let me know. Even something part-time or a temp position for the holiday season would be great!

The holiday season is nearly upon us - and for the first time since I've celebrated my first Christmas with Rob, I'm excited! After our last visit home, it seems our family and friends finally understand how hectic and stressful these trips can be for us, and have been far more accepting and accommodating. It should be a great Christmas, surrounded by family and friends! I think the recent snowfall has made me extra excited for the month ahead.

I hope this entry finds you all happy, in good health and getting ready for a fabulous holiday season!

Until next time,


Monday, October 25, 2010

Bitch, bitch, bitch

All right, it's been a while...gawd I gotta get better at doing this more often! And I'm gonna warn you now, I'm extremely upset with Rogers, so this is gonna be a bitch session. Cease reading if you don't care.

So I assumed a phone number recently that I have had for years. My employer assumed the number a while ago to simplify accounting, and when I left I was hoping to take the number with me. Seemed easy enough, I called Rogers asked if it could be done and they said: "no problem." Great, I'm thinking! I told them I didn't know what I was going to do for hardware (I had to leave the Blackberry with the employer) so to put me on their cheapest monthly plan. When asked about data, I responded, "No, I don't have a blackberry, so please just your cheapest plan." All set!

Long story short, Rob's on Telus, so it seemed logical to make the switch so that we could enjoy a discounted family plan. Got the number moved over, snagged a new blackberry...easy peasy!

....until the Rogers bill shows up. They're taking me to the cleaners for $600. I called to ask, and they're telling me there was a contract on the account. When asked why I wasn't informed, and how I can be expected to pay a bill I didn't sign up for (I didn't sign the contract, I wasn't even made aware it existed) I was told to visit the employer and ask him why he didn't notify me. WHAT?! YOU guys want the money from me, YOU guys are going to send me to collections...don't you think YOU guys should let people know these things in advance? I had no clue.

Shame on you Rogers. Train your customer service reps to inform your Clients of the ramifications of assuming a number. SHAME ON YOU.

Thanks Rogers, you guys suck.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


My apologies for taking so long to put keyboard to screen and write a new as Jody has been a bit crazy as of late.

As you may recall, I resigned from my position of four and a half years at the tail end of August. In search of new challenges, fresh lessons and space to grow I decided to move from a place I had worked for since I moved to the city. The 3 weeks leading up to my last day were normal work days, nothing out of the ordinary. It was the last day that I will not forget any time soon.

See, the thing is that while I knew it was going to be a difficult day, I had not prepared myself for how emotional I would be. My comrades at the office had become my family. When we first moved to Calgary they were amongst the only people I knew - and they all embraced us with open arms and warm hearts. Beyond this though, because it was such a big part of my life, my job became a good chunk of my identity in this town. I spoke about my work often, taking pride in it and in the people I was so lucky to surround myself with everyday.

So now, as I step out to embrace new challenge I am facing hurdles I did not foresee. All of a sudden I must find out who I am beyond my work - develop that identity that for so long had taken on the focus of my job.

And while this change is exciting - exhilarating almost, it is also scary. I am intimidated by it in a way. As much as part of me would like to turn around and flee back to what was, the rest of me is yearning for what lies ahead.

With gratitude,


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Trials & Tribulations

What a tumultuous month for me! I have had quite a month, and I blame that on the lack of blog posts! Thank goodness for my mother who emailed me requesting “some reading material.”

Where to start? Well, you may remember a few of my earlier posts outlining my thirst for some big changes. I have been participating in what I will label my “Mid-20s Life Crisis” which I’ve also lamented about in this blog. I’ve been desperately trying to establish balance in my life, discover who I am, and most recently what I want to do when I grow up.

While traversing through this terrain, it became very apparent to me that I needed some space to grow, some new horizons to set my gaze on and to confront some new challenges. Sleepless nights, endless conversations with loved ones and internal battles ensued…and the result was me deciding it was time for a career change: a bittersweet conclusion to say the least.

I have been blessed in my current job to work with some of Calgary’s best! My boss was a high energy, super successful businessman who provided the most unique and amazing environment to work in. He had an uncanny ability to attract good people: which was lucky for me, because I got to work with some pretty amazing women! Since moving to Calgary almost 4.5 years ago, these people had become my confidants, my support and most of all my friends (I often fondly refer to them as my Calgary family!). For those of you who have moved away from family, you know how difficult saying goodbye can be – last week was an emotional time for me.

Needless to say, I am enthusiastic and excited for the challenges that lie ahead of me. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up…but I’m hoping this move gets me closer!

Until next time,


Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Trip Home...

So, after a week in Vancouver visiting family and friends (a trip as you may know, is an extremely stressful one to plan!), I must say we had the best trip back home yet!  We were able to create a schedule to accomodate our close family and friends and spent a good deal of time with our loved ones.  Everybody's expectations were set - which made for an almost flawless visit! 

On another note, the road trip home is always a long one: exhausted from a week full of visiting here there and everywhere, and dreading returning home - cause well, it means our vacation is drawing to an end.  Well, this trip was even longer! Between Revelstoke and Golden an SUV rolled only 2 cars in front of us.  We did not see what had happend, only the cloud of dust that followed and the crushed remnants of a late model SUV sitting in the middle of the highway.  Ever think life is too short?  See something like that and you'll be reminded.  The RCMP response time was impressive, followed shortly thereafter by ambulance and fire & rescue.  Unsure if the rescued driver will make it, or what kind of shape he was in when they took him away - but I'm praying he is doing ok.

On a lighter note, that stalled our trip by about 2 hours.  Having departed late from Vancouver after the wedding festivities the night before, and being pretty shaken up by the accident, we opted to stop for the night rather than battle the treacherous Rogers Pass.  Right where we were stopped for that 2 hours was a  giant billboard for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort: wanting a comfortable bed, some TLC and a clean place to sleep we opted to venture up the mountain instead of battling the crowds in Golden.  What a treat that gamble proved!  Although it was almost 10pm and the lodges up there do not staff their front desk 24 hrs, we walked into a cozy BnB.  They were not able to accomodate us, but a staff member from the larger lodge was in the BnB pub having a pint!  As luck would have it, he was a jovial fellow and opened up his front desk to get us a room in the Glacier Lodge (they also had a reasonable rate of $144 for a king suite).  Super clean, comfortable resort setting nestled in the heart of the Rockies!  We then headed back to the pub to buy everybody a pint for their fabulous service!  The pub was called "Local Hero Pub" and served up some basic but delicious pub-grub.  We had such a great time we will probably be heading back next month!  Check them out at

Well, back to routine tomorrow! 

Look out YYC - I'm baaacccckkkkk! 


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Dining Out in YVR: The Fish House

As many of you have realized, I LOVE food.  Rob and I have become foodies of sorts, and we love the experience of good food, the creativity of it and the wonder of a good chef.

My folks took us out to the Fish House which (as you can probably ascertain from the name of the restaurant) is a seafood restaurant located off of the beach in the heart of Stanley Park.  Location-wise, it certainly doesn't get much more unique that that!  Despite being a party of 6, the restaurant staff were able to accomodate us on the patio which was a lovely treat. 

I had done my homework beforehand and knew about the chef, Karen Barnaby.  I was able to ask the server what working with a female chef was like, and as soon as I showed a knowledge of the chef our server was super enthused to be serving us.  He spent some extra time chatting with us about wine selections and the food - what a treat!

For an appy Rob and I had a couple of oysters - a lovely treat on a summer evening!  I was a tad disappointed that they were not served with a chef's special sauce - just your run of the mill horseradish and cocktail sauce.  My mom munched on a tomato-bocaccini salad that looked marvelous, and according to her tasted just as good.  My sister ordered shrimp spring rolls which I was able to sample - they were deep fried spring rolls, not much to write home about.

For the main course Rob and I shared the Seafood Cornucopia: a beautiful medley of crab legs, lobster tails and sablefish (which we requested in place of the salmon) - unreal meal!  My sister and my gramma shared the chicken, which was reportedly done perfectly. And my folks had the sticky chili sablefish which apparently is the signature dish, and unbelievably delicious!

At the recommendation of our server, Rob and I shared the Okanagan Buttermilk Pie - a dish I would never have picked out on my own.  I am soo glad our server recommended it - it was unlike anything we've had before and was simply YUM!  To finish off the night, our server brought us some complimentary truffles, which were such a delight.

The wine for the night was a chardonnay from the Okanagan: Joie.  Again, suggested by our excellent server, it wasn't too sweet nor too dry - a perfect summer treat!

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Last night, a friend took us to a local joint on Commercial called Timbre Restaurant (  This was a super small pub/bistro with a charming ambiance.  The architecture included exposed timbre beams, while the walls featured a smattering of eye catching art. 

The food was pub-inspired with a bistro flare.  For appies we indulged in a tomatoe bruschetta which featured goat cheese (an unusual twist) and we also shared some scallops & prawns done in a garlic butter with a bit of spice - both were very good.

For dinner, I am not one to say no to anything with truffle oil (decadent, I know!) so I feasted on a Wild Mushroom Ravioli which was bathed in a light cream sauce and drizzled with truffle oil - it was a great pick!  Rob had the Oyster Po Boy, which in my opinion had too much tartar sauce (that's all you could taste).  The fries were done in a house blend of spices including tumeric which proved unique and tasty!

Unfortunately, Rob and I both fell ill not too long after dinner - we suspect it was the Po Boy as our friends were fine.  That aside, it was a great time with a friend I hadn't seen in far too long - and the food was tasty!

Tonight, we're off to Las Margaritas - I'll be sure to let you know how that goes!

Until next time,


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sharing Some LOCAL Inspiration

All of this excitement around trying to make myself and my health a priority once again, has gotten me pumped to surround myself with upbeat, positive and active individuals!

How often to we look for people to admire, to be role models in the big blue yonder? So often we look at celebrities and reality specials for solutions on our struggles – of the weight loss variety in particular. How often do we see an episode of “Last 10lb Bootcamp” or “Losing it” – or even a Weight Watchers commercial and search for inspiration there. I’ve got an idea for you: why not look in your own backyard? So many people…normal folks…without personal chefs…without 3 workouts a day for 3 months….people like you and me are doing amazing things in our own city everyday! Ever think to get inspiration, to get advice, to find support there?

Well, I’ve found an amazing amount of inspiration from a ton of people in Calgary – the wild and wonderful world of Twitter is mostly to blame. SO, why not share some of these, so we can all lean on each-other for support!

One of my favorite Twitter discoveries has been Champagne Fitness. I’ve written about Terri a few times. This blonde bombshell realized the power of locals connecting, and created an outdoor bootcamp in honor of her Twitter followers. Filled mostly with “tweoples” this has been a great way to connect with locals who are all striving to add a bit more fitness in their lives. Follow her at or check out her website at – she’s got a Fall bootcamp coming up if you missed out on the summer ass kicking!

What happens when two “fitness fanatics” connect? Find out at – a fabulous idea that came to Terri and her business partner Kim McNeil (follow her at This is an exciting business that fuses fitness, food and travel – ummm yes! (

Besides discovering excellent, enthusiastic and qualified professionals Twitter has proven to be a great vehichle for connecting with other folks who are battling the bulge, or simply getting out and kicking butt! Need workout inspiration? I recommend following some of these awesome Calgarians:

Here’s a list of those I get to workout with twice a week now at Champagne Fitness’ Bootcamp! Be sure to follow these fine folks as they venture through their various workout challenges, and the aches n pains we experience at Bootcamp: (who will be joining us soon!) I was so fortunate as to connect with these 2 girls on twitter, and then meet them at Bootcamp. Both have impressive stories! Most recently, they have both started to run, and are currently training for a half marathon in Las Vegas…now that’s motivation! - Kait has had quite the weight-loss journey and is now super buff! She’s super fun to follow: she’s witty and generally great fun to have on your feed! Lookin for a fun read? Check out her blog at (yes, even the title “No Mo Camel Toe” is a testament to this girl’s great sense of humor!)

Oh, and not to be forgotten are those of the male persuasion – cause it’s not just the ladies out there putting in the good fight! Dave has lost 118lbs to date and is well on his way to reaching his personal goals. Of his success and triumphs, Dave writes:

“A year and a half ago I met MCpl Jody Mitic a Canadian soldier who lost both his lower legs when he stepped on a IED. This motivated me to get going as I was in an accident when I was 18 and due to that have only half a muscle in my leg. I started simply with walking, and working out a few times a week: Jody would motivate me to get going – soon, I started to lose a bit of weight. In December of 2009 I challenged myself to quit drinking and this was when I really started to see it fall off! In only one year and a half I have now lost a total of 110lbs and have a goal of 40 more. II walk 7km 3 to 5 times a week, hit the gym now four days a week, drink a lot of water and treat myself to a good junky meal once a week as a treat.”

Now if that’s not inspirational, I don’t know what is!

Bike enthusiast, Bruce (and bootcamp participant), is another great follow (! Bruce shares his experiences on his bike (including a recent fab trip to Maui) and often tweets about his training: whether it be running or swimming, Bruce is an active Calgarian that’s always on the go!

Also not to be forgotten is Dan, as he trudges through his challenge of following a doctor directed, calorie reduced diet: or check out his blog at

This is just a small smattering of normal people doing amazing things here in Calgary! So when you’re looking for inspiration, or even just for a little support: don’t forget to check out what’s happening in your own backyard…you might be pleasantly surprised!

Have you been inspired? Or maybe found support online? Gotten some awesome advice? Or a great referral? I’d love to hear your stories!

Until next time,


Monday, August 9, 2010

Negative Nelly

Lately, a friend of mine has been exceptionally negative.  I always say "Life is like a mirror, what you put into it is what you'll get out of it."  Negativity breeds negativity, inaction results in no change and an unwillingness to try new things means you'll never discover them.'s the big question: do I bring this matter to the fore-front?  Would you?

*This post has been edited

Monday, August 2, 2010

A Fab Quiet Weekend Away

Rob and I hopped in the car, and ventured West for a bit of quiet time this long weekend. Living in the heart of downtown, on a busy street, sometimes you forget what quiet sounds like - and we find ourselves longing for a bit of it.

We are so fortunate as to have some friends who own a condo in Sparwood (about 20mins East of Fernie) - and who are so generous as to give us the keys to use the space at our leisure.  It's a small place, a quaint condo but it's just what the doctor ordered! 

Sometimes I feel old when we sneak away on these little weekend hideaways.  Many of our friends would rather meet at the pub or party-hardy, we'd rather just tuck away and enjoy some solitude.  We jump at the opportunity to take in some quiet time for reflection, for reading...sometimes for nothing more than that.  Rob and I often indulge in a fab meal or two (we seem to have adapted foody habits) and a few beers or glasses of wine. 

If you haven't been before, I highly recommend venturing out to Island Lake Lodge just a bit of West of downtown Fernie. Aside from the absolutely spectacular backdrop (nestled amongst the Rocky Mountains with a crystal clear lake), the food is something to write home about.  We went for a hike on the grounds first (had to earn our beer afterall!), and then ventured back to the lodge for lunch.  We both sipped on Fernie Pale Ale (the Fernie What the Huck is AWESOME!, hard to hunt it down even in Fernie, but I recommend giving this light brew a try!), the Fernie micro-brewery churns out some truley delicious ales.  For lunch, Rob had the Lodge Burger - a delightful conconction of avocado salsa, black beans...ok, maybe the beer got to me, I can't recall it all but it was amazing! It got served with some smashed fingerling potatoes - YUM! I had a veggie burger made with chick-peas and lentils, bursting with more flavor than can be anticipated in a veggie burger. Even meat-eater Rob was a fan of this dish!  If ever you're in the neighborhood check them out at

Well, now we're back and I must get right back into routine.  Consumed more beer than I would like to admit - but less than I would have 2 weeks ago (that's an improvement right?).  Back to Bootcamp tomorrow - no question Terri's gonna kick our ass back into gear!  All I can say to that is: Bring it on!

Until next time,


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Beauty in the simplest things

So often I try and con Rob into taking me on somewhat lavish dates: you know, a nice candle-lit dinner out or a night in Banff.  Well, last night Rob took me to a movie.  Not much romantic about that.  But, I so enjoyed it. 

We are fortunate enough to live in one of Calgary's most amazing neighborhoods: Hillhurst: close to the Bow river, close to the train, close to downtown, close to SAIT & UofC, close to hospitals: seriously does it get any better than that?  Well, we've just this year started riding our bikes - and now I love it even more! We hopped on our bikes, rode down the river to Prince's Island Park and the theater at Eau Claire.  How cool is that?  And if that wasn't purely awesome enough, the ride home was spectacular.  The twinkling lights of downtown set a spectacular backdrop, while the unusually quiet Prince's Island was a delight to ride through.  The weather was amazingly warm for 1030 at night, and it was just generally fabulous.

With that, I was reminded to slow down and reflect on how great the simplest things in life can be. 

Life is good - don't lose sight of that!


Monday, July 26, 2010

On the Verge...

Do you ever feel like you're on the verge of something new? Or on the verge of some big change? ...but you just don't know what it is, or when it will arrive?

Over the past year, I have found myself in an odd spot (well, if you knew me, you'd understand that these things are out of character for me).  I found myself in a position of slackened discipline, lack of focus and general aloofness (wow, I just used the word ALOOF!).  These characteristics transcended every aspect of my life: my physical well-being, my work and my personal life.  Maybe I'm being too harsh on myself: I have been trying to rediscover who and what I want to be, what I want out of my life and how to get it.

Now, I feel like I am slowly venturing into a space of much more grounded-ness and substantially more determination.  What does this mean for me? Heck, I'm not too sure.  Where is it taking me?  Only karma and the higher powers know for certain - but it definitely feels like I'm on the verge of some big things.  Not too sure what yet, but I'll let you know as I stumble my way through life!

With gratitude,


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Another weekend comes to a close.

So, turns out my will-power and returned focus on healthy eating has paid off: 8lbs in week 1! No need to leave comments on how un-healthy this is - I know this is not normal: more than likely just the mini-donut and beer weight coming off Post-Stampede. My expectations never were this high, and they certainly won't be next week. Still, talk about a wake-up call for how crappy I was eating before!

I managed to catch a hot yoga class on Friday. After Thursday's Bootcamp session I was excited to get a big of a stretch on. Turns out, this would be the most difficult hot yoga class I have ever attended ( Sasha led us through an intense spine strengthening practice - much more challenging than any practice I've done before (and I do pride myself on having been through some toughies). Felt great Saturday morning though!

Hit the gym on Saturday after missing Saturday morning yoga. I turned my focus onto posture as per Terri Champagne (, and as highlighted before, I can suddenly feel muscles working in excercises I didn't know targeted that muscle! ie - shoulders in lateral lunges, abs in bicep curls. It's the craziest thing and has added a huge dimension to my training. For the first time in a week, my workout left me feeling energized, invigorated and...wait for it...NOT SORE! My muscles were fatigued for sure, but 1 day later I can comfortably conquer the stairs - YAY!

So, back into routine again tomorrow. I plan on hitting yoga tomorrow evening, and maybe conning Rob into a bike ride down the river - with the weather as nice as it is in Calgary this time of year, how could you not?!

As always, still looking for your experiences, testimonials and referrals on Calgary personal trainers, fitness instructors and nutritionists!

With gratitude,


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Happy Thursday!

Everything like Wednesday feels like a downhill ride to Friday - so yay! It's Thursday!

Off to another session of Bootcamp tonight.  Thanks to Tuesday's drills I'm feeling abit like I'm walking around like a 90 year old man...then I caught a view of myself in a window reflection: it's not like a 90 year old man at all, but like I've been riding a horse for a week.  Aye-aye-aye.  I know it'll get easier...until then, I'm using the tub to brace myself as I squat down onto the toilet. EEK!

4 weeks until the next trip to YVR for a wedding, now that's motivation to get my ass in gear: I do have a pretty dress to wear, afterall!  SO, starting today I am following the "Extreme Fat Smash Diet" ...I don't know why they call it "extreme."  It's not like I'll be drinking water, cayenne and honey for 3 days - on the contrary!  Dr. Ian K. Smith wrote this book, and it's based on eating whole, real foods, minimal wheat, minimal dairy and loading up on veggies, lean proteins and fruits. 

His plan involves "3 Cycles" - gradually adding more excercise as we go along (along with more food on days where more excercise is required). 

Cycle 1, Day 1 looks like this:
Breakfast: 2 egg whites or 1 whole egg with 1 cup of fruit or 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed juice
Meal 2: 1 cup of sliced fresh fruit
Meal 3: 1 small salad with 3 tbsp of low fat dressing
Meal 4: 1/2 cup lentils, chickpeas or beans 2 servings veggies
Excercise: at least 60 mins cardio, try to incorporate different excercises (ie walk, bike etc).

SO, it is definitely a cut in calories for me...but I think it's worth a try. The plan is sensible, and requires fresh, healthy foods (no wacky theories here).  I'm hoping having an exact outline on what to eat is going to help me stay on track.  The book also outlines when to eat, and when to excercise to maximize effectiveness.

I'll keep you all posted on how this goes!



Wednesday, July 21, 2010

1st Bootcamp session...completed!

So, last night after work I hopped on my bike and rode down to Prince's Island to meet up with some great Calgarians and to get my ass whooped: it was the first session of Bootcamp, hosted by the enthusiastic & wonderful Terri Champagne (

First things first - Terri introduced us to the importance of posture. If you've done yoga or pilates before, you're probably very aware of these things: head placement/alignment, pelvic & abdominal strength to promote alignment and shoulder blade placement.  Seems simple enough.  Try it!  I think having my awareness brought to these things has just made any and all of my workouts more challenging.  Something as simple as the squat has taken on a new meaning!  I'm excited to continue exploring posture and how it affects my strength training.

Least favorite part? Well, if you know me even half-an-ounce you'd know it's running. I don't just hate running, I loath it...I avoid it with every inch of my being. I know that it's a great way to get into shape quickly - in fact, I even joined a running group once in hopes I would be compelled to enjoy the sport. Nope. Still hate it.  Needless to say, Terri did a phenomenal job of balancing out the activities. Bootcamps I have participated in have always been 80% running, and I was thrilled to see it as a component to our workout, but not the focus of it.

All of that aside, I had a chance to put some faces to some Calgary tweeps I've been connecting with. Hope to have more of a chance to chat as the weeks go on (had to sneak away abruptly, Rob was meeting me at Eau Claire for a movie...that we didn't get tickets for...bah!).  It's super challenging to meet new people as an adult in this city if it's not at I'm pumped to be getting out there and meeting everybody!

Excited for the challenges that lie ahead,


Monday, July 19, 2010

The little achievements in life...

I have conquered yet another Monday! I know it seems like such a small, menial thing - but I figure hey! why not celebrate these little things in life? ;)  Mondays can be such a drag...the start of another 5 day string of work before another short burst of 2 days of freedom...or it can be a celebration! I HAVE CONQUERED MONDAY!

On to other things...I'm super nervous about the commencement of Bootcamp tomorrow. I am afraid of being the last man in the pack...the only poor soul who cannot handle the beating that will undoubtedly rain down on us. Oh well, once must start with a step, and a step starts with raising the right foot, placing it down, followed by raising the left foot, and placing it down in front of the right.  One thing at a time.  One bootcamp session at a time.  And so it begins...

I've been pleasantly suprised by the reaction to what I have dubbed my "Social Experiment."  I'm still on the hunt for more stories, referrals and perhaps professional support.  I should maybe comment, in an effort to clear the air: I am not looking for free services, or a charity hand-out...but I am absolutely looking for all the help I can get! I guess I am looking for a partnership - let's team up, share with the world that it can be done! :)  SO, keep those posts coming!

I should be heading to yoga tonight, and maybe I will to one of the later classes...but I think after Stampede, it is time for me to clean up my apartment to better coincide with what I want to happen with the rest of my life.  It is so hard to be grounded and focused when you walk into an untidy home that is in need of a little love and TLC (I'm no hoarder, but I do have 2 cats and this place is in desperate need of a dusting & vacuum!).

Anyways...enough for now! Looking forward to meeting some enthusiastic, exciting new Calgarian faces tomorrow (and eek, a wee bit nervous too!).

With gratitude,


Saturday, July 17, 2010

SOCIAL EXPERIMENT: Time to Clean Up My Act

So as Stampede comes to a close here in Calgary, it becomes glaringly apparent that it is time for me to start cleaning up my eating habits, limit my beer intake and get back into routine.  Sadly, it wasn't because of Stampede that I fell out it - I cannot pinpoint a reason exactly. 

I am scheduled to start up with Champagne Fitness' outdoor bootcamp on Tuesday ( and I am TERRIFIED: my fitness routine has been almost obsolete except for some bike rides to work and hot yoga.  To think only a year ago when I joined my first summer bootcamp, I was working out at an MMA gym 3-5 times a week and at bootcamp 3 times a week...and it was still a challenge. I can only imagine how difficult this is going to prove.  EEK

Here is what I have realized. I NEED HELP. I desperately need someone on my team to help me stay on track, stay focussed and to help me mark my progress.  I've worked with personal trainer's in the past, but too often they prove only interested in our "paid" meetings once or twice a week, and not really in providing support along the way.  SO, I want to hear your stories. I want to hear about your trainers (good or bad), your nutritionists, your life battles.  Or, if you are a trainer, fitness professional of any type or nutritionist I want to hear from you too.  Consider this an initial interview process.  I'm looking for the help I so desperately need. 

I'm not going to lie, a big issue with my needing help is expense (isn't it all for everybody!), so here's what I have to offer: if we can figure something out (no, I do not expect to employ your services for free, I am much more reasonable than that!), I promise to work my booty off (literally, I hope!) and follow every rule, routine and recommendation you set out for me.  I vow to religiously mark my ups and downs, my trials and triumphs on my blog (yes, I will blog much more regularly than I have been), Twitter and Facebook.  And I promise to tell everybody I know about you.  I am looking to try new activities and new facilities - I want to find out what Calgary has to offer!  This is a social experiment...and I think it has great potential!

So, leave your notes, your thoughts, your ideas - I cannot wait to hear about it!

With gratitude,


Saturday, July 10, 2010

1st Wedding of the Summer in YVR

After 10 hours on the road, in sweltering heat we arrived in Vancouver Thursday afternoon.  Great trip, but smokin hot.

I always find the trip back home somewhat bittersweet.  It's so awesome to see family and friends that we see only too unoften, but it is soo trying for us to fit them all in during our short stays in the Lower Mainland.  Needless to say, every hour during our trips are always accounted for - we struggle always to get everybody in.  In this struggle I've become aware of a few things: those who make the biggest stink about seeing us are always the ones who don't put in the effort to come see us in Calgary....EVER.  It frustrates the hell outta me.  The second, and the better realization: we are blessed to have alot of people in our lives who love us so much.  :) 

Wedding is today.  Poor Rob is going to have to deal with more wedding fever from me, no doubt.  We've been together for 4.5 years and I'm getting antsy.  Is this so bad?  As I'm approaching 30, I really want to get things on the go...I hope that kids are on the way...and poor Rob gets the brunt of it.  Anyways, I'm looking forward to celebrate the love our friends have for eachother. 

Hopefully I can blog later about the wedding...see what ideas are worth keeping for when my turn comes up.  ;)

Friday, July 2, 2010


Frustration has hit critical levels! 

Ever get sooo frustrated with any aspect of your life, you just want to throw your hands up and cry?  I'm there. I should probably just leave it at that.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ugly Friday Morning...those exist?

Had an awful morning this morning. I hate when I flat out make a mistake at work...I carry the guilt around for days.  Discovered an error this morning, at least I can say I'm the person that owns up to it right away - I never run from it or try and blame it on someone/something else. But what a shitty way to start a Friday morning. UGH

That aside, I logged into my Twitter feed on my lunch break...I love Follow Fridays.  I find the whole phenomenon of Twitter fascinating.  The sense of community derived from strangers conversing. Sometimes I feel closer to my tweeps than my "living, breathing" friends...I can filter out who I like, who I don't without too much prejudice. I can also choose to follow those who more closely aline with my interests, beliefs etc. It's a beautiful thing - and kinda creepy too. What do you think of the whole thing?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

First Post: an exploration of self...

Please, enlighten me, why did I choose to start a blog?  Seems like everybody's doin it - and I guess I wanted in on the action.  I guess in some twisted way, it's nice to think people find your ho-hum life interesting. 

I started on Twitter just a couple of months ago (begrudgingly I might add), and I'm hooked!  Not only have I met amazing Calgarians, who are out doing incredible things - I am learning about what's going on around town!  Rob (he's the BF...but as you'll learn as we go along, I LOATH refering to him as just my BF, he's Rob: you'll love him soon enough as much as I do)...anyways, Rob thinks the whole Twitter phenomenon is ridiculous until we're sitting around pondering what to do and I can whip out the Blackberry and give him options in seconds. Oh Twitter, you're a beautiful thing. 

And so, in my Twitter wanderings I stumbled across a couple of inspiring blogs, written by young YYC women.  I encourage you to check them out, they rock! 

I'll share one with you today: My girl Kait is writing about her journey through the gym, weight-loss, sweat & tears.  If you don't get inspired by what she has to say, you will undoubtedly get a good chuckle out of her wit (the title of her blog alone should get a good laugh outta ya!).  Check her out:

So, now you know where my inspiration comes from.  Where this will go?  I am yet to discover, but eager to find out!  Certainly you will hear some rants & raves about this or the other, my struggles with "lady" things like fashion & diet and perhaps some exciting life-changing events as I delve into who I am today, and who I strive to be tomorrow.

With gratitude,