Do you need a buddy to keep you on track with your New Years goals?

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

Okay. So thank you Facebook for prompting this blog post (and sorry if it ends in some ranting). I’ve seen a few status’s from some people who are annoyed with the influx of new bodies at the gym because of New Years fitness and health goal/resolutions. Sadly, most of the comments are: “well, give it a few days/weeks and they’ll quit anyway.” Look, I ain’t naive. I know that it’s no secret that people make New Years resolutions that are next to impossible to keep (eg: six pack abs in four weeks). I know that sometimes we get so excited trying to make positive changes in our lives, that goals get out of hand. And don’t kid yourselves, we’ve all been there: too many changes too fast – trust me, I know. I also know first-hand that some people are just jerks. Period. They take more pleasure in seeing somebody else fail, than succeed (God only knows why).

Let me tell you a little story.

Last year I decided (after several attempts) that I was going to start going to the gym early in the morning. I had made grandiose new years resolutions that I would finally get back into shape; I would go to the gym every day; work out – yadda yadda yadda. It took a while, but I finally got the nerve to go. I arrived super EARLY that morning. I was so proud of myself. I signed up for the machine I preferred (you know the one I mean; the one that has absolutely NO ONE directly behind – no one needs to see that). I started doing my thing. Then, out of nowhere, I got accosted by a regular (who, I came to find out from the fitness center monitor, regularly humiliated people and also favoured the machine I was on). He accused me of not following protocol. (Seriously guy, it’s 6:30 a.m… protocol?)

I looked at the board and realized someone erased my name off of the sign ups – obviously an honest mistake. But this guy was just a dick (side-note: thank goodness none of my resolutions were to stop swearing; some year I will but this ain’t it). Anyway, I told him that I had signed up and it must have been erased. He rolled his eyes, hopped onto the machine beside me and turned to the woman there and started bitching about me within earshot. SERIOUSLY? I was already self-conscious as it was, the last thing I needed was some gym-freak making it more uncomfortable. And he did. It took me a few days and maybe even a week or so to comfortably get back at it. But I eventually I did. I even managed to say “Hi!” to him one morning (mostly just to get a rise out of him).

So here’s a thought for all you people out there who have no patience for the “newbies” at the gym: why don’t you just try to encourage them? It’s not easy to go, especially if you haven’t been active. It takes a while and some confidence to get into a new routine. And for some people, it literally is a struggle every day. And seriously, what the hell do you gain by taking pleasure in someone else’s failure especially when you can share in helping them succeed?

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You all know that yesterday I needed motivation to get out and run and within a few minutes of asking for help, one of my online pals gave me the encouragement I needed to get going. It’s that easy. It’s that support and encouragement that helps people achieve their goals – no matter how big or small. And I believe we’d all be better off if we just learned how to support each other more.

And with that, I’m asking that if anyone out there needs a running or workout buddy, whether in person or online – I’m your gal! Call on me! 

Truly. I need it as much as anyone else!

And for goodness sakes you old gym rats: OK. So you find it severely annoying when your routine is messed up because a “newbie” is using YOUR machine at the gym. Cut them some damn slack. Instead of being a jerk. Just talk to them. Give them a pat on the back. Or shut the hell up and carry-on with another piece of equipment. It’s that simple.

Okay. That’s it. Really. I hope that if you made a resolution, that you will stick to it. I’m only three days into not eating stuff that comes in a package and I’m thinking, “oh no, a whole year of this?!”

But I have faith. I know I can do it and so can you! 




HAPPY NEW YEAR! May joy and peace surround you, Contentment latch your door, And happiness be with you now, And bless you evermore.

Au Revoir 2012. Allo TWENTY13

Happy New Year! All conspiracy theories aside, holy mackerel! 2012 went by too quick!

What can I say about the past year? It definitely gave us a run for our money. There were some tremendously tough days throughout 2012, but I feel very blessed to live in this world. As always, we saw good and evil; from triumphs to scandals, untimely deaths to miraculous medical discoveries.

For me personally (like most), there were ups and downs. Of course there was some sadness and heart ache, but mostly happy times. I created many new wonderful friendships and let go of old ones. As a family we enjoyed fairly good health and only visited the hospital a handful of times (which is pretty good in this household). Our son took his first steps, said his first few words and started kissing/hugging everyone – pretty amazing stuff. We’re very blessed to have a strong family, the best of friends and now we’re leading into 2013 happy and healthy. And, at the end of the day (or year) when you have all these things, what else matters?

I hope we can all look back on 2012 with few regrets and consider our choices as lessons learned (I know I do).

Now onto 2013. I’ve read a few blogs already, with great goals and resolutions for 2013. I figured it was time for me to get something out there to the universe so here it goes:

  1. Be totally authentic, even if the consequences may suck. I’ve always tried to do this; I try to be an open book (hello, I share my petty struggles daily on here). But I say what I mean and mean what I say. Some like it. Some hate it. But like many people I worry about the consequences. I worry that if I say something out loud (that everyone else is thinking) what does that say about me? Then I realized that the people I have the most profound respect for are the ones who are honest, true and direct, even when they know it can get them into hot water. It reminded me of something a friend once said to me: “’re honest with me…some people think that good friends don’t judge or any other shit like that. But you help me work towards being who I hope to be because you do give me shit if necessary and are honest with me.” But I expect the same of those around me. It’s a two-way street. When I’m not doing my best or acting my best, I expect to be called out on it. How else do we get better?
  2. Finally run a half-marathon in 2013. I have been training harder than ever before and I feel like 2013 will be the year that I can check some major items off of my bucket list. This is a major one. I feel stronger every time I hit the pavement. I know the hard work involved in this. I started out with the couch-to-5k and now I’m finally at a comfortable 11 km. I need to build up another 11 and I’m good to go (I think). Please keep me honest on this. Share your tips. Motivation. Everything!
  3. Cut out fast food for one year. I’ve seen this on a few blogs in previous years and it seems logical. Much the same as my current blog, I also like the idea of having to stay honest online. Oh and when I say fast food, I mean EVERYTHING fast food. If I want chocolate or chips, I have to make them from scratch. (chocolate treats from cocoa etc.) We all know I like treats, but I’m having some digestion issues so I want to start getting serious about the stuff I put into my body. And maybe I will actually learn how to cook… hah… yeah right.
  4. Do something new once a month. Time is tickin’ and I want to start trying some new stuff (or force myself to). The last few months haven’t been too bad; I tried TRX and bootcamp as well as new yoga classes. But I want to expand that to Seldge hockey, horseback riding, climbing and hiking. I’d love to push myself to at least try something new once a month (and I’ll blog about it). If you have any ideas of things to try, shoot them my way.

I am so excited for what 2013 holds. I look forward to more running, blogging, meeting new people and introducing some new guest bloggers to RunningKatTales. I wish you all the absolute best in the year ahead. Let’s show this year who’s boss!

Happy New Year!!