Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

The Long Weekend
The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one...

The Long Weekend

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The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one another. But I said this last weekend and I will say it again: Make. Your. Weekend. A. Weekend. Completely clean up your home office and shut it down. Don’t you dare treat Monday as a way to get caught up on work or home schooling for your kids.

The Destination or the Journey?
The Destination or the Journey?

The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement:...

The Destination or the Journey?

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The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement: Attainment of an ultimate outcome, level of success, or mastery. A process on the other hand is the organization and execution of different strategies, actions, and habits in order to attain said goal.

Taking Risks
Taking Risks

Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put...

Taking Risks

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Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put your head down and commit your best effort, you will grow, learn, and become more resilient and confident. All this irrespective of whether or not you achieve “success”. The skills you acquire help you approach other risks in more effective ways and increase your chances of being successful in the future. This is the stuff that heroes and leaders are made of.

Intrinsic Motivation
Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that...

Intrinsic Motivation

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Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that just feels good. We are intrinsically motivated to do something because the work or process itself is rewarding, interesting, enjoyable. We’re more likely to repeat an activity, form a habit if it feels good, it’s fun, and it’s what you want to do. That’s what intrinsic motivation is all about: ensuring what you are doing fosters a sense of fulfillment, competence, and autonomy. Science would tell us, people who are intrinsically motivated to exercise are far more likely to make exercise a life long habit. Good to know.

The Cook and the Baker
The Cook and the Baker

The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they...

The Cook and the Baker

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The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they are quite different, and I do in the end prefer one over the other.

Measurement...matters?
Measurement...matters?

Measurement...matters?

Okay. It’s Monday. So, let’s keep things simple and definitive: Yes,...

Measurement...matters?

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Measurement...matters?

Okay. It’s Monday. So, let’s keep things simple and definitive: Yes, measurement matters. I’ve been talking about how meaningful measurement is in my Exercise Fundamental pieces: How measuring intensity through heartrate, RPE, and power helps ensure your training is appropriate and effective.

Mental Health Week
Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week

Last week was Canadian Mental Health Week, so this week, we’ve included some ways...

Mental Health Week

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Mental Health Week

Last week was Canadian Mental Health Week, so this week, we’ve included some ways that have helped us stay happy, healthy, and informed. Physical distancing can be very isolating, but this is something we are feeling and getting through together. It is important to us that we reach out to our community while we are unable to see each other in the Clinic. Whether through calls, emails, virtual sessions, or this very blog, we want to stay connected with you.

Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

Today, we celebrate the most important women in our lives – our mothers, mother...

Happy Mother's Day

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Happy Mother's Day

Today, we celebrate the most important women in our lives – our mothers, mother in laws, grandmothers, wives, partners, daughters… But this year, Mother’s Day won’t be celebrated the way it normally is. Maybe you’ll Facetime your loved ones to celebrate the day. Maybe you’ll drop off a present or flowers on the front step. Maybe you’ll make their favourite recipes and share memories with your own kids. However you spend the day, we want to celebrate with you.

Mother's Day can be bittersweet
Mother's Day can be bittersweet

Mother's Day can be bittersweet

Mother’s Day is tough for some of us. Maybe you’re struggling to conceive....

Mother's Day can be bittersweet

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Mother's Day can be bittersweet

Mother’s Day is tough for some of us. Maybe you’re struggling to conceive. Perhaps you recently lost or are losing a parent. Maybe you’re estranged from your mother. Maybe you have lost a child. I promise the entire blog isn’t sad. Besides it’s okay to be sad.

The Weekend. Take it Seriously.
The Weekend. Take it Seriously.

The Weekend. Take it Seriously.

Is there are clear distinction between “The Week” and “The...

The Weekend. Take it Seriously.

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The Weekend. Take it Seriously.

Is there are clear distinction between “The Week” and “The Weekend” in your life? There are so many reasons why having a clear separation, a notable difference is vital. We all have different careers, job stresses, life challenges, and blessings. Still, I bet there are a few things we have in common in terms of what differentiates our week from our weekend.

Adversity and Breaking Ground
Adversity and Breaking Ground

Adversity and Breaking Ground

As many bright young women do, in her mid-20s Elizabeth Blackwell wanted to go to...

Adversity and Breaking Ground

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Adversity and Breaking Ground

As many bright young women do, in her mid-20s Elizabeth Blackwell wanted to go to medical school. One of her dearest friends suffered from a terminal illness and confided in Elizabeth that she felt she would have fared much better had she received care from a female physician.

The Power of Pausing
The Power of Pausing

The Power of Pausing

Barclay Hollinger, a long-standing Personal Trainer at the TAC, is treating what he...

The Power of Pausing

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The Power of Pausing

Barclay Hollinger, a long-standing Personal Trainer at the TAC, is treating what he calls a “forced pause” as a positive challenge. He has developed structure and simple goals to create ongoing, meaningful, and sustainable growth and change. For his wife and children – who he adores. And also – for himself.

Size doesn't matter
Size doesn't matter

Size doesn't matter

May 5th, 1892. The Mexican Army, led by Ignacio Zaragoza was half the size...

Size doesn't matter

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Size doesn't matter

May 5th, 1892. The Mexican Army, led by Ignacio Zaragoza was half the size of its opponent. The battle at Puebla against Napoleon III’s French Army began at dawn. The Mexicans lost 100 soldiers – while the French lost almost 500 – and by nightfall, were victorious. 

Staying Healthy
Staying Healthy

Staying Healthy

It’s been another long week of isolation. But we’ve found some really...

Staying Healthy

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Staying Healthy

It’s been another long week of isolation. But we’ve found some really wonderful things to be thankful for. We’re thankful for the frontline workers that continue to keep us safe. We’re thankful for Sunday’s beautiful sunshine. We’re thankful for our friends and loved ones. And our health. Delicious, nutritious food. And all of you.

Ça va bien aller
Ça va bien aller

Ça va bien aller

It’s going to be okay. These are the words of Canadian NFL player Laurent...

Ça va bien aller

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Ça va bien aller

It’s going to be okay. These are the words of Canadian NFL player Laurent Duvernay-Tardif who has now joined our courageous frontline fighting the coronavirus. The offensive lineman’s key role is to block in order to protect the receivers and the quarterback. It may not be the most glamorous position, but it is arguably one of the most important. How fitting.

You've been Hijacked!!!
You've been Hijacked!!!

You've been Hijacked!!!

To “hijack” is essentially to commandeer something and force it to go in a...

You've been Hijacked!!!

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You've been Hijacked!!!

To “hijack” is essentially to commandeer something and force it to go in a different direction. Emotional hijacking happens when the part of our brain that processes emotions is bypassed. We don’t get the opportunity to reason and be rational about how we suddenly feel and we are steered sometimes completely off course.

5 Minutes with Meg: No Better Time to be Grateful

Posted: Oct 9, 2018

I’ve been thinking a lot about…

… being grateful. I know. Pretty cliché this time of year. But gratitude is such a powerful, positive emotion, I just couldn’t help myself.

My beautiful mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer when she was far too young. We and she experienced, of course, many emotions.Her most powerful one? Gratitude. She was grateful for so many things: her life well lived, being given time to say goodbye, her children… Our final weeks together were full of sadness, of course, but also full of laughter, amazing memories, and hope. Her gratitude made the days positive and peaceful. I was and am grateful for that.

With exercise and our bodies it is easy to focus on negative things: Our challenges, aches, inabilities, imperfections.

I task you with, instead, being overwhelmingly grateful for your body. Focus on what it CAN do. Decide on and define a journey forward based on stretching yourself and your body, within the limits of what is possible. Rather than berate yourself for not being able to run a marathon, celebrate how far you can run! Increase your mileage from 3 miles twice a week to 4. Find beauty and strength in the marks that show your past journey. Wrinkles from so much laughter. Stretch marks from your precious babies. Discover the areas you can change. You can always get stronger. Your diastasis may never completely resolve, but you can build stronger abdominals and hips. Your herniated disk may be permanent, but you can still build a rock solid back.

I’m not suggesting you become complacent. But berating yourself for what you cannot do and bemoaning what you no longer have is cruel and fruitless. Be grateful for the body you have NOW. Embrace meaningful projects to get stronger, faster, more mobile, more confident, more relaxed…

There are so many fabulous ways of training in ways that compliment where you are and help you progress in meaningful, positive ways. We’d love to help you if you’d give us a few hours of your time. Contact me today to get started.

 

 

I’ve been eating a lot of…

…Cilantro!

Last month, I shared a yummy yogurt, cilantro sauce and promised a chicken thigh marinade to give you a protein rich base for the sauce… As many of us will be indulging in a lot of poultry this weekend, I thought instead I would share a delicious, healthy, and simple salmon recipe:

Walnut & Cilantro Crusted Salmon:

Serves 4

1 ½ lbs. Salmon (Pacific Wild, skin on)
1 whole head cilantro (washed and spun dry, you can remove the really large stems, but no need to be too fussy)
13 cup raw walnuts
2 cloves garlic (minced – even though you put it in the food processor, don’t pop the cloves in whole. They tend to stay too chunky!)
2 TBSP butter
Salt and pepper to taste


Directions

Preheat oven or BBQ to 400oF

If oven baking, line a glass pan with parchment. If BBQing lightly oil your fish grill.

Process cilantro.  Add walnuts and process until chopped. Add butter, garlic, salt and pepper and process until combined (should be like a paste in consistency).

Portion salmon, leaving skin on. Press cilantro mixture onto fleshy top and sides of each filet. Place skin side down on parchment or preheated fish grill (BBQ).

Cook until the thickest part of each filet reaches 145oF – approx. 18-20 minutes, or until salmon flakes with a fork.

Serve with a dollop of the sauce from last month, or it’s quite delicious on its own. Toss some kale in hot olive oil with a dash of hot chili peppers, garlic, and a quick squeeze of lemon!

 

 

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