Exercising the Stress Away

During the move, one thing that has been a little difficult to do is exercise. I’m the the type of person who likes to workout. Even when I’m not feeling the urge to workout, I will find some way to exercise. I just love getting my heart pumping and feeling good. Moving cross country has made that a little difficult. On top of that, the pandemic has made it hard to focus on exercising for me. Still, I manage to make a workout for me that has helped me when I don’t have a lot of time. 

The routine that I do is really simple. I want to still feel a burn, but I just don’t have the time to really do a 30 minute to an hour intense workout. Instead, this is what I do:

  • Stretches: I like to do 10 minutes of stretching. As you know, I am a big fan of yoga. These stretches not only loosen me up, but strengthen the ligaments in my body.
  • Pushups: Pushups are a great way to work the upper body. I have been increasing the amount of pushups by 10. Right now, I’m at 90 pushups. Sometimes I have to take a 30 second break during my pushups and that is okay. As long as I complete my goal of 90. 
  • Squats: My lower legs need to match my upper body, so I do 90 squats. I love this workout because it really strengthens your legs and it is so easy to do.
  • Calf raises: Just like pushups and squats, I do 90. From my younger days of playing basketball, I would do this exercise and I enjoy it to this day.
  • Plank: This is the exercise that I end off my workout. This exercise works the core which will work the whole body. For now, I’m at a minute, but I have been increasing my time by ten seconds.

I find that doing these exercises is a simple way for me to stay in shape. Once my wife and I settle into our new place, I will do more of a longer routine. I will still do this quick routine, but I will add other exercises to the mix. Trust me, when I say you can do this too.

Moving Closer To home

Statue in front of the Stampede

It’s time for a big move for my wife and I. We’re leaving Calgary and moving to Toronto. It was something that we planned for a while and now it’s happening. We just wanted to be closer to our family during this hard time. While I am excited for this move, I’m going to miss Calgary.

The past five years that I have spent in Calgary were amazing. Yes, there has been some ups and downs. For example the oil crash here in Alberta, but we were able to enjoy our time here. Here are a few things that I’m going to miss about Alberta.

1.Calgary Stampede – If you want to experience being a cowboy for ten days, the Stampede is it. It’s a celebration of Alberta with live music and cultural events. My favourite was  the many different foods to eat. Everyone should do this event once.

Statue in front of the Stampede
Welcome to the Stampede!

 

2. Jasper, Alberta – I love this ski town! I recommend coming here for the Dark Sky festival.

Jasper mountain
Just imagine being on here at night, looking at the stars.

3. Banff, Alberta – It might be a tourist town, but it’s the perfect place to get away.

Panoramic view of Sulfur Mountain
Taking the gondola up to the top and looking down in the valley.

4.Drumheller, Alberta – All I can say is dinosaurs. Here is a link to a blog that I wrote about this town.

The world's biggest dinosaur model
The mighty T-Rex

Time went by fast in Calgary with the friends that I made there. When we first arrived in Calgary, I didn’t think we would have the kind of relationship that we had back home. Boy, was I wrong. I was able to find people who I could confide in, and they could do the  same with me. These friendships are what I will miss the most living in Calgary.

I’m sad that I’m leaving Calgary, but I am excited for our new journey. I know I will always have a home in Calgary and I’m grateful for that.

 

The Great Purge

Right now, I’m getting ready for a big move across the country. Preparing for this move, has been taking so much of my time. Trying to focus on anything else has been a no go. On top of that, moving during the pandemic has come with many headaches. Yet, some good things have come out of this move. I’m starting to realize that I don’t need so much stuff.

I have been looking at my things and realizing, why did I ever buy so much stuff? Most of it just fill up my closet and storage space. Why was I burdening myself with all of this junk? I’m starting to see why people live in tiny homes to experience the minimalist lifestyle. Even if I find tiny homes to bother me. Trust me, I could write a whole blog about why I’m not a fan of the tiny house movement.

To make the move a little easier, I have been donating a lot of my things. I hope people get better use out of it than I did.

It has been a busy couple of weeks which have taught me how to purge a lot of my things. I now realize that I can live a comfortable lifestyle without my things. Let’s hope I can stick to this new lifestyle.

I did donate my things to Goodwill. Here is a link to their site.

 

 

Being In a Rut happens

What happens when you slack off on your goals that you plan for yourself. In a previous blog. I have planned some goals for myself. I told myself that I was going to follow a strict plan to at least accomplish some of my goals. Yet, I kind of hit a wall.

I guess my mindset was thrown off because I was treating my goals as almost like a job. I kind of forgot at times that this was something that I wanted to do. I watched nine seasons of Seinfeld to distract myself. I’m not upset watching Seinfeld, it’s a classic show. When I did finish watching it all, that is when I came to the realization that I wasn’t working on my goals.

I was punishing myself. I should have been more focus and driven to work on them. My mindset made me feel awful. I don’t like to feel this way. So what I did was focus on the simple goals, like focus on my cardio, which I talked about in a previous blog. By working on the baby steps, I have gotten back into a rhythm.

I feel better that I am back on track. I do tell myself that it’s okay not to complete some of the goals. I shouldn’t be hard on myself. Now, I wonder what other show is going to distract me? I did hear Cobra Kai is pretty good.

Drumheller, My Hike Into The Past

Hoodoo Trail rock foundations

For awhile, I have been getting out of the apartment and checking out places to visit around me. I don’t want to stay cooped up in my place, but at the same time I want to make sure that I’m able to social distance with others. Hiking has been one activity that has become part of my routine. I’m not a big hiker. It was never my thing before the pandemic.  In the past month that has changed. This weekend, my wife and I went to Drumheller Alberta.

 

The badlands
The hills of Drumheller

Drumheller is often called dinosaur valley. It is known for all the dinosaur fossils found there and their world biggest dinosaur model of a T-Rex. There are other attractions that make it special, but the hiking in the badlands is on of Drumheller specialties.

The world's biggest dinosaur model
The mighty T-Rex

We also went to this place called the Last Chance Saloon. It was created around 1913 to quench the thirst of the miners who worked in the coal mine in the area. The saloon has so much history. Some of it good, but a lot of it is bad. I will say that I got a weird vibe from the place. They say that it is haunted, but I can’t verify it. I’m just going from my feelings there.

Bar in Wayne Alberta
It’s probably haunted

Getting to hike the Hoodoo trail, was pretty cool. The rock foundation was really interesting to look at. Hiking up the hill was slippery and a little dangerous, but it was an experience.

Hoodo Trail rock foundation
Hoodoo Trail

The trip was really fun. Travelling places close to me is something that I wouldn’t usually do, but I’m glad I took the time to do this. What this hiking trip really did was allow me to clear my mind and help me to refocus on my goals.

I hope that everyone can get out and have a chance to explore areas around them.