What it means to be a Black Belt.

 I tested for my Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do in December 2009. I wrote this essay for Master Lessard, who was one of my instructors. Patrick, Meaghan and I started off as his students, and when he moved to Chung Won Tae Kwon Do, we followed him there. When Patrick and Meaghan tested for their first Dan Black Belt, they had to complete 200 double kicks on the heavy bag, without stopping, and write a 1000 word essay. Even though it was not a requirement for me, I also completed those tasks. I recently found this essay and realized the lessons still apply, maybe even more than ever.

Four years ago, on September 22, 2005, I tested for my orange belt. This was the start of the journey that has brought me to today, a week away from testing for my black belt. Along the way, I have learned a lot about who I am and what is important to me. Continue reading “What it means to be a Black Belt.”

Live with Matt from Boss Supplements Moncton

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored in partnership with Boss Supplements Moncton.  The content is created by me with quotes from the video conversation between Matt Makischuk and myself, held on September 10, 2019.

In my ongoing fitness journey, I am always on the lookout for people to add to my support system. That’s why I was so glad to meet Matt Makischuk from Boss Supplements Moncton Continue reading “Live with Matt from Boss Supplements Moncton”

24/7 Fitness Club

This post has been sponsored by 24/7 Fitness Club.

24/7 Fitness Club is located at 121 Pine Glen Road, Riverview. Ray and I have been members there since February 2019, and we have trained at the location when it was under different management. We love the friendliness of the staff and other members.

It can be hard to walk into a gym, even when you are used to training. You can read a post that I wrote just over a year ago here. It’s still a challenge, but I am learning to be kinder to myself again. I’m sad that United Performance Gym is no longer, but I’m happy to have found a new “home gym” at 24/7 Fitness.

This is an interview with owner Jason Gallant. Continue reading “24/7 Fitness Club”

A Week of Doing Nothing

A standard greeting in Newfoundland is “Whatchat?” Translated as “What cha at?” Or “What are you doing?” The standard response is “Nuttin”, Nothing. Come to think of it, that’s a standard greeting and answer, just about everywhere, with appropriate variations on spelling and pronunciation. Continue reading “A Week of Doing Nothing”

Mindset Decisions

This post is sponsored by Metabolic Mindset. All content and opinions are my own.

“So often, we pretend we’ve made a decision, when what we’ve really done is signed up to try until it gets too uncomfortable” — Jen Sincero, You are a Badass

Decisions have a way of creeping up on you.

As 2018 was ending I had my regular mammogram and my annual doctor’s visit. In December I got a call to go to the hospital for another mammogram and an ultrasound. The radiologist wanted to take another look at a cyst that had abnormalities. While things were OK, I would need to go back in 4 months for another set of tests.

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Creating a New Metabolic Mindset

This post is sponsored by Metabolic Mindset. All content and opinions are my own.

I first met Geoff Vacon of Metabolic Mindset when we were both working at a retail store in the fall of 2018, and I immediately recognized him as “one of my people”.  I found out that he was from Halifax, and living in Moncton while he was taking a course to become a paramedic, and we had a lot of friends in common.

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Rehab One Performance Center

This post is sponsored by Rehab One Performance Center. The content and opinions are my own.

One of the best things about having my own blog is that I to choose with whom I work. That’s why I’m so pleased to be able to share my experience as a client of Rehab One Performance Center. Continue reading “Rehab One Performance Center”