2 hours on my head

I spent this past weekend inverted, bent backwards and with my knees pressed tightly into my triceps. Now I could make a joke about trying out the Kama Sutra so I did.

I was fortunate enough to join a group of mega talented yogis for an amazing workshop in Canmore taught by Tiffany Cruikshank. Last week I posted that it may be possible that I’d break a sweat and boy-howdy did I ever (drenched in sweat would be the appropriate term).

We learned a lot over the weekend and I got to try out some very cool poses but the best part of it was observing how far my practice has come since I began 3 years ago and what a solid foundation I had. It really made me appreciate my teachers and my peers.

Yoga is typically about letting go of the ego or eggo. I can’t remember. In any case here’s a picture of a cool thing I we learned:

Disclaimer – Mine did not look even close to this

I managed to get both forearms off the ground and hands to face. This was with little grace and much grunting. Also click on the image above to learn more about our instructor and the workshops/training she runs.

As corny as it may sound – I really was inspired after my weekend in Canmore and I’m looking for more opportunities to help expand my practice and keep learning.

For now, though, I’m couch bound due to a cold that finally took hold.

Thanks for reading friends.

PS no one has submitted challenges and I must admit I’m mildly relieved 🙂



Oh hai + challenge time

It’s my first Friday back and I can tell you in no way did I deserve fries this week. For instance instead of eating my chickpea salad and going for a walk yesterday I jumped in a Car2Go drove 8 blocks and ate a veggie burger and chili for lunch. It was delicious and I’m not sorry.

However, I am certain I will make that up this weekend while away at a Tiffany Cruikshank workshop series hosted at the Yoga Lounge in Canmore this weekend. While it promises to be very relaxing, the pace of the class should be enough that I drop a bead of sweat or two. I haven’t done a full weekend intense yoga workshop before – I’ll let you know how it goes.

The results are in from the survey about whether or not I should collect points with a whopping response rate of 2 people. One said no points. The other suggested I incorporate the word douchebagging into this post. Consider the latter accomplished.

In the interest of making 1 million internet dollars I do want to write about something that you peeps are interested in. So unless my hits drop off I’ll continue to write about my shenanigoats but there needs to be some sort of accountability and I would like it to be more than just dropping the lbs.

I encourage anyone reading this to send a challenge in and I’ll try to accomplish it each month while blogging about it. How’s that? It does have to be a fitness related challenge and not stuffing 300 candy corns in my mouth. It won’t have a challenge difficulty threshold however please keep in mind my geographical location. Climbing K2 (while still a goal of mine) isn’t really feasible. However, standing on my head for 3 minutes or learning how to box or break dance is.

Okay, hit me with your best shot. I am sure I will regret this.

I’m back … and an informal poll

Hello there,

It’s been over a year since I last posted on this blog and it feels good to be back.Thanks to my friends who encouraged me to start posting again and thanks to my sister for the super sweet logo. Mmmm garden of fries.

I took a look at why I went away in the first place and I believe that it was the over commitment of posting once a day that kind of turned me off. Therefore I’m going to commit to posting twice/week. Once on Tuesday and then again on Friday. I believe that should give you guys some idea on my progress. Perhaps if all goes well and I have something interesting to talk about I’ll increase the frequency.

A lot can change in a year (except for love handles). I moved from my old job to my new job, discovered a new career path in digital marketing, fought two bears, stopped watching True Blood and then picked it up again and did some major travelling. As far as my fitness goes I ran my first 10 km race, have continued with my advanced yoga practice and have overall been pretty active. In relation to my body comp… not much has changed to be honest. But that is better than the alternative of, umm say, looking like the stay puff marshmallow man. Good news/better news is my endurance is way better and that’s something I am very proud of.

And now to the informal poll part of the title. Should I continue to collect points or just blog about my fitness adventures? If I do collect points what’s you’re idea of how to attribute them? Would you like to eat fries with me?

Email me, FB, Twitter, Pintrest me your comments. I’d love to hear from you.

Good to be back peeps.