being healthy

Expect the Unexpected

It’s been forever since my last blog…my rant about buying my car. This, I can promise, is not a rant :). I just passed the three-month mark at work, and I’m very happy with my decision to move out to Calgary. The only thing missing is my family, but an overpriced ticket from Air Canada or Westjet can solve that! I have a great group of friends here that are always willing to go on my crazy adventures.

In addition to moving my entire life for a job, I’ve decided to push the boundaries of my comfort zone in other ways. Anyone who knows me can tell you I’m a random person…with a lot of interests. I’m unpredictable…and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I’ve successfully started two new endeavours that fall into that category: Going to a Fusion class and being cast in a musical.


The Fusion class is at the YMCA. It’s a mix of Yoga, Pilates and Fitness. I’m the only guy in the class…and least flexible! It’s a great stress reliever and I actually look forward to it every week.

As for the musical….a few weeks ago I saw a casting call for a local theatre production of “Hairspray” and decided to go audition. It’s been a long time since I’ve been involved in any sort of theatre, so I was a little rusty and not sure what to expect.


I went to the audition and sang one of the few songs I actually know the words to, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from “The Lion King.” I was nervous, shaking and overall the experience was terrifying. I left feeling like I did the best I could, and then got an email a day later for a callback. To say I was surprised is an understatement.

I headed to the callback a week later, this time we had to learn a dance from “You Can’t Stop The Beat” and also sing. At the very end, I was asked to read some lines. This time it wasn’t as terrifying, and I actually enjoyed the whole process.

Long story short…I GOT CAST! I’ll be playing the Male Authority Figure, which is comprised of 5 characters. In addition to the role, we’re learning ALL the songs. It’s exciting, and very demanding. While it’s community theatre, they are running it as a professional production. We have rehearsal 3 times a week until dress rehearsals which will take place everyday. It’s such a departure from my marketing job, and I love that.

Hairspray Cast

Overall, 2013 has been fantastic so far. There have been a few bumps along the way, but if I’ve learned anything in my 28 years it’s not what happened that matters, but how you deal with it.

I’m going to continue to push my comfort zone…I’m working on some new ideas. Until then, the only thing you can expect from me is the unexpected. Until next time….

Tips for staying motivated

It’s just under two weeks into my epic journey of health and I feel great. One of the hardest things I find is staying motivated with most things. I generally get excited about something new and shiny, then move onto the next about 5 minutes later. My health is one thing that I can no longer forget about. While I love hopping on my treadmill after work and getting that boost of endorphins, it helps to have some good music playing. Since running in the same spot can get boring, I watch music videos instead of simply listening to the songs. I find pop and dance music has a great beat to keep me pushing myself. Here’s a couple:

Yes, Nsync. Don’t hate. 🙂

LMFAO is great for brisk walking.

Really good beat to run to.

A few other tips for staying motivated:

1. Constantly challenging myself

I make myself deals while I’m running. Such as telling myself I’ll slow down once a verse of the song is over, then I convince myself to keep going a bit further. Works every time.

2. Visualization

Just thinking about the coming days, weeks, months and how much better I’m going to feel is such a great motivator to keep going when I get tired.

3. Psyching myself up at work

About midway through my day (when I’m losing steam), I think about how excited I am to get home and exercise. It helps me stay focused at work, and gives me something to look forward to when i get home.

4. Talking with others

I’m quite the open and honest person, so I’ve made sure to tell anyone and everyone I can about my new goals. Just talking about it helps me want it more, and also hold me accountable when people ask how it’s going. Blogging is a great way to document my journey, so that if I hit that unavoidable wall, I have something to reflect upon to keep going.

I’m still adapting to the changes I’ve set in motion for myself and I couldn’t be more excited. It has not been an easy journey to get here. It’s taken a LONG time for all of this to set in and make sense. I’ve has many false starts and half assed attempts, and then realized that I’m the only one who is accountable for this to happen.

So now I pose a question to you: How do you stay motivated and focused with your eyes on the prize? Comment below and let me know. Until next time 🙂

Goodbye fatty….my journey to a healthier lifestyle

It's too bad eating grilled cheese doesn't help with losing weight.

I’ll cut straight to the point….I’m a fatty. Not the type that needs to be taken out of my house using a crane, just a bit fat. My weight has crept up on me after many, many late nights binge drinking, eating low quality (but delicious) fast food meals and simply not taking care of myself. I’ve never worked out or been in amazing shape, but it dawned upon me as I looked at photos from my recent trip to Florida that I have packed on the pounds these few years. Look at my photo from Summer 2005 and compare it to now:

Carefree days of eating whatever I wanted....
Now 35 pounds later....

It’s really fun and easy to pack on the pounds, but not so much to take it off. The thing I’ve realized (and it took so long) is there is no easy way to get in shape. It takes hard work and perspiration. No magic pill or crash diet will work. I don’t get why we all think it will. Deep down inside, I believe we know the truth. We just like to think the pill is going to work because it requires no effort.

Right now, I’m starting with 45 minutes of intensive jogging/running and some light weight lifting. I get home from work and get right to it. No excuses. I read one of the best ways to stay accountable is to mark an “X” on your calendar the days you work out, so that you have a visual representation of when you didn’t. I must say, such a simple motivator and yet it works. As with most things, keep it simple. I’m not going to do some crazy cleanse, crash diet or take some magic bullet pill. I’m not going to weigh myself that often, after all it’s just a number. I’m not even going to change the way I eat at first. I mean, yes I am eating better, but I LOVE McDonald’s and I will not stop having the occasional lunch there. I figure once I get the exercise portion under control and imprinted in my habits, I will slowly change other aspects of my life. If you jump in too far, you may give up too quickly. I’m guilty of this, hence small changes. For the record, I started this adventure at 217 pounds. I’m sure I’ll know when I’m losing weight with increased energy and endurance.

As always, I’ll post my progress and struggles right here. Comment below if you have any tips/words of encouragement for me. In the meantime, I’m headed out for beer and wings. Happy Friday everyone 🙂

Look at that body. I work out!

Garden Upgrade

Today I decided to finalize my hydroponic garden setup. I got a timer for the lights and fan to make my life easier. This allows the plants to be on a perfect day/night cycle without me having to worry about it. I also took some cuttings of peppers from my Dad’s garden, and one from the healthiest looking tomato plant from my own garden. I am very impatient, so I feel like starting half the garden from cuttings will speed the process of growth up and give me the results I want a lot faster. I’m still learning about hydroponics everyday, but is it becoming quite an addiction for me. It’s also getting chilly outside, so I brought in my basil plants to the warmth of the fluorescent lights. I lined the walls with aluminum foil to reflect the light, and the whole setup is pretty sweet. Last but not least, I got a great deal on a refill pack for my Aerogarden, it’s the type you can plant whatever type of seeds you have. I decided that spinach looked easy enough and would work well in that setup. Soon my whole house is going to be full of plants that will provide us with fresh produce to eat. Tomatoes, hot peppers, sweet peppers, basil and spinach so far. I keep wanting to plant more and more, but I’m going to wait and see how everything I have on the go turns out first.



Be Specific, and lose weight!

In regards to my new job I have yet to attain, I think my standards may be too high. I also need to hone in on what I really want. Let me elaborate:lLast night I had a dream about interviewing for some advertising job. Ten people applied, and five got the job. Myself not being one. In my dream, I asked what I could have done to better my chances. The woman said to me that I need to be more specific in my skills and passion. I swear this dream was telling me something profound and insightful. My own brain working to help me find a career. The problem is, I don’t know exactly what I’m looking for. I can outline the way I want to feel everyday: excited, motivated, passionate, creative, educated and relevant. Now how do I apply that to my job hunt. Considering I am applying to anything and everything that looks remotely interesting, I am not sure how to be more specific.

In other news, I have decided (and not because it’s the cool thing to do in the new year) to get in better shape and eat healthier. This has been one of my goals since departing from Florida, as living there was not a healthy environment in regards to partying and eating crappy food. I am starting off simple, by making food at home and making better choices. Today I had my last Diet Pepsi….it’s killing me already. In addition, I also went to the doctor to get a check-up (thank you free Canadian Healthcare!) and get blood work done to make sure I’m not really a vampire and don’t know about it yet. I’m tracking what I eat, not eating past 8pm and drinking water, tea and coffee only without sugar or sweeteners. I also must get at least 30 mins. of physical, sweat inducing activity per day. No matter what! I’m starting off well, this is day two and it’s been going fine. I have 1500 calories to eat each day, so if I want McDonald’s, I have to starve for the rest of the day if the meal goes over that allotment. I’ll post my progress in the next few days. Almost forgot one thing…no alcohol except for special occasions or one glass of wine with dinner. No exceptions!