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Reminders To Myself: From the daily items to the big picture

Reminders To Myself: From the daily items to the big picture

Throughout my day, I get a lot of reminders, and they’re all from me. Some are related to work, others related to my personal life, and many are about keeping myself healthy, focused, and with my big picture in sight. Most are digital, but some are paper based. These reminders enable me to stay on track with my goals and daily tasks, while confidently not worrying about what I need to remember. To-do reminders such as a phone call I…

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What Intervals Seem to Have Done for Me

What Intervals Seem to Have Done for Me

I explained in a previous post how using the MyFitnessPal app helped me to lose more than 20 pounds last year. The app alone didn’t do it, but rather it was my discipline in using it, keeping my goals in mind, and adding interval exercises to my workouts. It was my wife who first suggested this to me and I thankfully took her advice. Let me be clear, I’m not a health care provider, nor am I a personal trainer….

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The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

The Benefits of Keeping a Journal

Something that I try to do everyday is make an entry in my journal. I have a very nice paper journal that I use some of the time and a digital journal that I use the rest of the time. I was going to first write about the benefits of journaling, but I realized that to really describe what I do, I need to explain the benefits of each of the types of journals that I use. My paper journal…

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Finding, or Creating, the Planner That Works

Finding, or Creating, the Planner That Works

In my previous post I noted the importance of finding your own system of what works for you. This includes habits, workout routine, method of organization, etc. For a long time I looked for the “perfect” planner. I tried digital and analog, cheap and moderately priced, and none of them met my needs. I’m also prone to following the shiny things, especially if what I’m currently using doesn’t quite meet my needs, and so this had me bouncing from planner…

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No More Waking Up To ‘Oh crap, I forgot to …”

No More Waking Up To ‘Oh crap, I forgot to …”

I have a reputation at work as someone who “gets shit done”, but that wasn’t always the way for me. I was horrible about forgetting to do things, being very disorganized, and waking up in the middle of the night remembering that I hadn’t returned a phone call, or worse, hadn’t paid a bill. You can go ahead an admit that you’ve had that whole middle of the night thing happen to you. I’m sure most people have. For me,…

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Living a Goal: My road to being fit and healthy

Living a Goal: My road to being fit and healthy

I love food, a fact that has been evident all my life. In middle school I suffered a knee injury in gym class that knocked me out of being as athletic and active as I had been. I was verging on obese in grade 10. In grade 11 I cut out most bread products from my life and started dropping pounds. After graduation I had knee surgery and eventually returned to being active. I played tennis and one-on-one street hockey…

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The Importance of Routines and Habits

The Importance of Routines and Habits

Throughout my life I have had several habits that haven’t served me well. I’ve never been a smoker or heavy drinker, but I turned to food when bored or upset, watched too much television, and spent far too much time sitting both at work and at home. Over the past few years I started trying to develop new habits and dump the negative ones. But creating new habits and stopping old ones isn’t always easy. Pulitzer Prize winning-reporter Charles Duhigg…

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