Thursday, September 7, 2017
Okay okay, so I might not be the best person to try and sell you on meditation as a useful tool for sport performance right after I bombed for the first time, but I think you should still hear me out. I’m not the expert on this stuff, but I definitely follow some folks who are.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
The idea for this blog comes from a blend of the work I do with people, focusing a lot on the stories we use to explain ourselves. For a bit of context, "stories in a ‘narrative therapy’ context are made up of events, linked by a theme, occurring over time and according to a plot. A story emerges as certain events are privileged and selected out over other events as more important or true. As the story takes shape, it invites the teller to further select only certain information while other events become neglected and thus the same story is continually told. These stories both describe and shape people’s perspectives on their lives, histories and futures." http://www.narrativetherapycentre.com/narrative.html
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
This one is inspired by a lady I’ve gotten to know over the last 10 years, and most of that in the last year or 2. Now, Lisa is no stranger to time off the gym. She had a major surgery not long ago and had to take a good chunk of time off before taking her time coming back slowly. But more recently, Lisa lost her father after spending an enormous amount of her time and energy caring for him in his final weeks. She posed the question “How do you quell perfectionism in times of high stress?” Okay, so that wasn’t the direct quote but I am pretty sure that’s what she meant.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
I’ve been reading a book – I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t); Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I am Enough” by Brene Brown. I am reading it as part of a professional development book club at work. I knew going in that I am already very comfortable speaking about shame in a professional manner, with my clients. You don’t do child abuse and child trauma work for over 10 years without getting comfortable with the concept of other people’s shame. I did hope that this book would help me learn new strategies and skills for advancing my conversations with my clients. What I didn’t expect was that I would begin to alter my personal life and I definitely did not expect that I would be writing a blog about shame and how it relates to powerlifting.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Probably not what you think I'm going to write about from that title, but it is a battle, and it is between women and it is in powerlifting. It does not seem to be in all strength sport as I have not seen the same things happening in strongwoman, though as that sport continues to gain popularity it still might. What battle am I talking about? The battle between "it's what my body can do" vs "my body looks so good". It's how some newer women into powerlifting are trying to pull it down from where it has been to a place where it's not about what you can do but how you look.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
This post is near and dear to my heart and something that I’ve resisted writing. With the fitness and nutrition industry the way it currently is, everyone seems to be tracking food in some way. Maybe you are on Carb Nite and only track your carbs (it doesn’t take much to track less than 30g carbs a day, but still). Maybe you just pay attention to hitting a certain number of grams of each macro per meal for a certain number of meals per day. Maybe you only eat from a certain list of foods. Maybe you have custom macros from any number of the programs out there that offer this (both qualified and not so qualified folks unfortunately) and you eat what “fits”. What I have discovered though, is this can be great for people who need increased awareness of food quality, quantity and how to eat based on goals. This can be bad when is goes wrong. When it goes wrong it can lead to the realm of the eating disorders. If you believe you have an eating disorder, contact your local Mental Health service or talk to your doctor. This is not psychological or medical advice that can take the place of a true assessment from a qualified practitioner. In this current fitness atmosphere, I need to emphasize the qualified part of that. Please, your health and wellbeing is that important. Now I got that out of the way...
Friday, April 22, 2016
On the heels of the recent positive drug test in the Canadian Powerlifting Union, I wanted to appease my own interest on the subject and figured, what better opportunity to explore the psychology behind the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and write about it. I really want to be clear right from the start. If you are someone that is using PEDs and you are lifting in a federation or sport that permits, allows, condones, etc doping, I am not and will never cast some form of judgment on you. I respect and honour everyone’s right to choose and I hope everyone gives me the same back, even if we choose different things. As well, please forgive me in advance for not writing this as a journal article, but rather as a blog. I have referenced everyone, but mostly with hyperlinks for internet ease.