Jumping Through Hoops: Indepth Post #4

Three things that I knew before this project began, but have been reinforced through recent experiences:

1) Never skip leg day.


Some people at the bootcamp I go to… it’s rough.

2) Make sure, that when you go to the gym and stare at yourself in the mirror, you maintain eye contact to establish dominance with your reflection.


3) Everyone, everyone flakes.

There is no pic for #3 on this list, although I AM projecting my disappoint onto this page so perhaps you feel it inside yourself as you read.

It’s quite frustrating when you are dropped as a commitment, if you don’t see it coming.

My first mentor, Erick, unfortunately has become too busy to continue personal training. He brought it up with me via email; despite offering alternative trainers, my schedule doesn’t mesh with any of the other coaches at ProFit. Because of this, I reached out to my martial arts network to find a replacement instructor.

I found someone – we agreed to have a meeting, everything was booked… and we had one meeting! He showed me some new exercises, thanked me very much for my interest and passion in fitness, and then kindly informed me that after further reflection he had decided to not take me on.

Back to the drawing board for mentors, then.

In good news: the 10k personal best has just been beaten! I’m almost at my goal of breaking 40 minutes, with a 43 minute 10k run at Mundy Park.

Chat soon.


Smashing through obstacles (and pads): Indepth Post #3

Goodness me. The weeks are moving faster each time they pass me by – and I wonder how on earth I am going to meet my goals?

I had a discussion with my mentor this past weekend over the phone about how I should keep up my physical education over the duration of my stay in Cuba. This introduction to the discussion is classified as blue hat, because it was the presupposition to our entire discourse.

My first move was to ask him for his suggestions on my day plan – I followed up my queries by providing some details on the conditions that I have to accede to while in Cuba; conditions such as my curfew, the space I have at the resort, and the time I will have during the day. These moments were a mixture of green hat, and white hat, because of the questions I was asking and the information that I was laying down on the table.

Following that excerpt, we began to talk through a few potential plans to follow:

1) I wake up early in the morning to work out, stretch before bed, and go for an endurance swim during the day.

2) I disregard fitness for the entire week, and simply enjoy sunning myself on Cuba’s beaches.

3) I work out/stretch in the evenings, at least three times during my stay in Cuba.

All of the options we discussed have their pros and cons, and we were both alternating between the yellow hat and the black hat, as we describes the problems as well as the benefits of each plan. I would suggest something, he would shoot it down as impractical; he would suggest something, I would remind him that I will not have the resources to complete it.

In the end, we decided to go for #3, where I will go through a bodyweight workout on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday night in my room.


In other words, this indepth project has been going well!

I have very rarely gotten to see my mentor, Erick – he has been very busy thus far, and I have had more than one session cancelled last minute. At this point, I am looking into finding a second mentor to supplement and/or replace him, so as to continue building momentum in this study.

The best part of the entire experience has been simply having even more energy than I used to have! I know that I am eating a bit more to supplement the additional boot camp classes, and I just feel full of electricity for most of the day.

However, I need MORE SLEEP! The combination of boot camp, Yuens, school and poetry is proving to be very fulfilling, however there are quite a few late nights and quite a few early mornings. It seems as though the more energy I get from improving my fitness and nutrition, the more weary I am becoming from a simply lack of rest. The idea of falling asleep in class is abhorrent, and yet I have noticed my eyes slowly shutting in more than one of my courses recently…

Alas. The exploration will continue.

An Inconvenient Truth (about Colonialism)

We begin to dive into Canada’s history – with the goal to view objectively, judge very subjectively, and end up with a clearer picture than what we began with.

Hannah, a morning TALONS learner, tweeted this excellent article which poses a rather heart wrenching question: “Can you live with the knowledge that you are part of a Colonial system?”

Well, Taiaiake Alfred (the author), I sure can – because I don’t even know what a Colonial system is!

“Most people in Canada do not perceive themselves as newcomers to an ancient land that was civilized by people thousands and thousands of years before the French, British and others arrived. This is a serious problem in our society.” (P. 1)

“Ignoring the past and the voices of Native people is what “colonialism” is all about. Colonialism is the disconnection of Native people from the land, their history, their identity and their rights so that others can benefit. It is a basic form of injustice in the world, and has been condemned as a practice by the United Nations. Yet, we have never acknowledged that Canada was built as a colonial country and that it is, in fact, still colonial in many ways.” (P. 3)

The author reminds Canadians of disturbing facts that are easier to ignore than to swallow. Aboriginals are oppressed in horrendous ways by Canada’s government and populace, to such a point that if there is no change now the future of Aboriginal culture is bleak.

I chose this article to remind myself of why we take Social Studies: to learn and apply knowledge that will help us define and unchain our freedom and freedom of others. Specifically, in the PLO issued by the BCED, this text is helping me explore section B2, however I would argue that the time period of 1914-2015 is just as crucial as 1815-1914 when we examine Aboriginal oppression in Canada, and how to stop it.

This is an cohesive, well put together, and hard hitting article. It pokes and prods at dormant cultural insensitivity, and narcissism.

Once again, I ask: Where does our selfishness end?