Monthly Archives: December 2010

2010 into 2011…what a year it’s been…what’s coming down the pipe?

When I started to think about what I had accomplished this year, and what I wanted to do next year (which starts in a few short hours)….I took a look back at where I was a year ago.

December 31st, 2009

Last year at this time, I was doing sets of 3 pushups from the floor – and I managed to get to 24.  Now, I can do sets of 9 (triple from last year!) and I can do 10 sets in one night – so from 24 to 90 (that’s not bad!).  Maybe not alot for some people, but for me that’s big news!  I can’t even believe sometimes where I was a year ago.  I wanted to reach my goal of 10 sets of 10, but I decided that can be the FIRST thing I do in 2011.  Kick it off with a bang…

I also hit another PR this year, very recently, that I am quite proud of.  I was able to do a sumo deadlift, for a whopping 133lbs.  That’s the bar plus a 20kg plate on each side.  I just never gave up, working away every week….and I found out that I am better doing less rather than push to do more.  You learn these things about yourself as you try out different techniques to achieve goals.  And, no matter how many times I slid backwards, and had to start at 65lbs again….I just kept pushing through it.  I more than doubled the weight I could lift in a matter of months.  Slow and steady progression….

Still haven’t managed a full chinup, but I have to have something to go for in 2011!!!

Started skipping this year too.  At first, I was awkward like a donkey, but after a little while it started to get easier.  I’m doing more difficult jumps, like double unders (only one at a time so far) and some single leg work.  It gets the heart pumping faster and I can time my intervals with my Gymboss, so that’s handy.

I switched from Greco this year to the Merivale Y.  That was a big change for me.  Letting go of my security blanket was necessary, for a whole host of reasons, with some helpful encouragement from my trainer, Brad (thank you!).  He’s been watching me get more proficient and confident in what I’ve been doing.  I felt like it was time to make some headway on my own terms.  Going to maintain a once a month check in to see what’s what, but other than that, I’m working on my own….

More things on the weightlifting side may come up for me in the new year.  I wrote the International Weightlifting Federation Referee Exam, and got 65% on the first pass through (need a 85% to pass) without really studying too hard.  I’m thinking about becoming a Ref for the Ottawa area.  Dan Robitaille is the President, who trains athletes out of the Merivale Y, and he has encouraged me to take the upcoming course he’s giving and write the test.  That’s happening in January/February.

All in all, it’s been a great year.  Next year will be even better.  Guaranteed!


A new PR….it makes me happy!

Hello all….I haven’t had too much news lately on the strength front, other than moving to the Y….but tonight was another personal record for me – what a Christmas present!  I am 27lbs away from lifting my body weight in a Sumo-deadlift.  Is that something or what?  I lifted 133lbs (the bar + 40kgs) from the floor tonight.  So excited.

I wasn’t even lifting 100 lbs in October – and then I had my breakthrough night.  Since then I have been inching my way up again, some weeks doing more, some weeks doing less.  I find the more reps I do, the tighter my back gets and so I am choosing to do less reps every week.  I was feeling good tonight, so I just kept on adding weight.  I went down to lift 133lbs and I hesitated, then I just set my mind, showed up, and did it.  No thinking, just doing.  Sometimes it works!

More good things to come in 2011!!!!  I can feel it!

The Power of Kindness…

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.”  —  Audrey Hepburn

I bought the little book – The Power of Kindness – a while back, and I read it in nearly one sitting.  I am now going back to read each chapter, absorbing what the lesson is trying to teach.

The chapters in order:

Honesty; Warmth; Forgiveness; Contact; Sense of Belonging; Trust; Mindfulness; Empathy; Humility; Patience; Generosity; Respect; Flexibility; Memory; Loyalty; Gratitude; Service; & Joy.

My sensibility tells me three things about kindness:

1.  There are people who are inherently kind.  They give freely, always live in the moment, and are so transparent that they are almost disturbing to others who tend to live within masks.  They celebrate people’s strengths and forgive weaknesses and always operate from a position of personal power.

2.  There are people who appear to be kind but are really unkind.  They say the right things to gain acceptance, love, power, etc., but their motives are tarnished with their insecurities and they live within masks that they think they need to get what they want.  They prey on weaknesses and discount strengths, maybe not outright, but certainly strengths are not acknowledged, and they ultimately push the first kind of people away.  Too much good just can’t be.  Those kind people can’t be that happy, can they?

3.  There are people moving between the two extremes.  They are neither kind nor unkind, but usually struggle to move from the latter to the former.

What are your thoughts on the subject of kindness?

The War on Art

Artists (or anyone else) out there….a quick read for you….The War on Art.  Don’t let Resistance get the better of you.  Do the work you’re here to do and get on with it.


Had our second Linchpin meetup tonight.  More great people, more good times.  Tonight I was mostly chatting with the guys who own Free Form Fitness in Ottawa.  Cool guys – Jean-Luc & Rob.  So many talented and connected people in this city – fitness, art, tech, etc.  The best part is that we are all so motivated to do more, and be more.

The lesson from the night (and a great quote from the 1st X-Files movie) – “Pick up the phone and make it happen!”