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.”
“How often do you do things for other people that you don’t feel like doing?”—Alicia Stafford, YWWL meeting, Nov 2, 2019.
These words gutted me and brought me to tears for the third time that day. I had gone for my weekly weigh-in at Your Way Weight Loss, and I was up . 8 pounds. Alicia looked at me and asked if I was surprised, and I had to honestly answer, no. It still made me tear up with frustration and anger and self-hate. She repeated the words she had said to me several times before. “We need to work on consistency.” That’s not true. I need to work on consistency. Continue reading “The Goal is Freedom: Other Wise”
Monday Mindset is back, and I recently presented my first speech-the icebreaker, at my Toastmaster’s meeting. I love a good metaphor, so the icebreaker speech turned into a discovery of my own journey. Continue reading “Monday Mindset: Icebreaker”
Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with uresta®. All opinions are my own.
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Stress Urinary Incontinence is a thing. It’s a thing that I have, and I share with 1 in 2 women, especially those of us past our 40’ s. I managed it with by using pads, but there were times, like during Tae Kwon Do classes that I would have to leave and go to the bathroom in the middle of kicking drills because the leaking was becoming something more.
That’s why I was so excited to try uresta®. It is a bladder support product that is easy to use and has made such a difference for me. You insert uresta® into your vagina, and it supports your urethra, so you don’t leak. Continue reading “The Freedom of uresta® Bladder Support”
It has been 23 Mondays since I wrote about my weight loss journey. Nine Mondays since I shared a Monday Mindset post. Continue reading “Monday Monday”
I’m staying close to the bathroom today. It’s prep day for a colonoscopy tomorrow. It’s the third one I’ve had in little over a year, and I’m going to tell you why. Continue reading “Prep Day”
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 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”