A round peg in a square hole, Positively Fit looks for support

A round peg in a square hole, Positively Fit looks for support

It feels a bit surreal to be applying for a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) for Positively Fit, my Bowen Island business of 25 years with 17 years in its present location on Senior Rd.  My TUP application will be introduced to Mayor and Council Monday night, January 9. We are not renovating or expanding or

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A Child’s Labour Day Weekend, Bowen Island Style

A Child’s Labour Day Weekend, Bowen Island Style

Labour Day weekend will always remind me of our last few days on Bowen Island as children before returning full time to city life.  It was that emotional frenzy between lamenting the end of summer colliding with the joyful adrenaline I felt to start a new school year.  I didn’t want to go, but I

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The Pandemic; My Accidental Strength Training Coach

Recently, a single theme keeps prodding me to look up, pay attention and take note:  resilience.  That elusive balance between softness and strength, resilience is knowing when to let go, when to hang on and learning to navigate the landscape between those extremes all while keeping it together.  As a fitness professional, a big part

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Riptide; when going sideways is a good thing

Riptide; when going sideways is a good thing

If you’ve ever been caught in a riptide you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s all about going sideways.  As you feel the tide sucking you out into oblivion, all you want to do is swim directly back to shore.  Why wouldn’t you do the most logical, instinctual thing and take the direct

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50 Ways to Leave Inertia

50 Ways to Leave Inertia

Ok, maybe not 50, but here’s some strategies to get your good health habit train out of the station.  As you read through, remember all the other parts of your life that are in full swing and not suffering from inertia like your role at work, or your parenting or your studies.  If taking care

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Breast Cancer Awareness: I am reminded to remember

Breast Cancer Awareness: I am reminded to remember

It’s a time in my life that’s hard to forget, but every year when October rolls around I am reminded to remember breast cancer.  With each passing year, my memory of that time shifts and sloughs away like a changing shoreline.  What remains clearly defined are the foundations that just happened to be fully formed

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Finding Wellness in a Pandemic

Finding Wellness in a Pandemic

Just in case you think health and wellness professionals have it all together all the time with their selfcare, I’m here to tell you that we can get it wrong too.  I recently described to my zoomed group strength class the pitfalls I’ve experienced balancing my health and wellness over the course of the pandemic. 

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Finding My Inner Koeslig

I grew up learning to embrace the outdoors regardless of the weather.  I was reminded of this recently reading an article exploring the Scandinavian’s concept of cozy, or “koeslig”. Rather than dreading the cold short days, I understand Scandinavians look forward to the change of season as an opportunity to bundle up for winter play,

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Finding My Inner Koeslig

Finding My Inner Koeslig

I grew up learning to embrace the outdoors regardless of the weather.  I was reminded of this recently reading an article exploring the Scandinavian’s concept of cozy, or “koeslig”. Rather than dreading the cold short days, I understand Scandinavians look forward to the change of season as an opportunity to bundle up for winter play,

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The Ancient Art of the Dog Paddle

The Ancient Art of the Dog Paddle

My Grandpa sent me a letter the summer of 1967 congratulating me on swimming all the way across King Edward Bay.  I was 4 years old.  He enclosed a dollar bill as a reward for my efforts.  I still have the letter but was not so lucky (or smart) with the dollar and spent it

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Ode to Gardens

Ode to Gardens

It’s hard to know what makes a garden special.  As an enthusiastic amateur with a recreational love of gardening, I rely on how a garden makes me feel.  They say that when memory fades, you may not remember the exact details of a conversation or experience, but you will likely remember how it made you

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Mary’s Bean Burritos!

Mary’s Bean Burritos!

I’ve been making these burritos for so long I can’t remember how it started. But it’s stuck for as long as it has ’cause they are so darn good, so dang easy, high fibre (wow!), ridiculously economical, perfectly freezable, deliciously vegetarian and pack a real WOW! factor when served with a little flair. I always

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