Climbing Mountains for BC Children’s Hospital Grind for Kids

It was nearly 20 years ago when I first completed the Grouse Grind in North Vancouver while training for cross country skiing. I remember being in awe of how steep and how challenging it was. It took me until three years ago to get back on the mountain.

Grind for Kids
Participating in Grind for Kids motivates me because I know that I am participating in something that gives back twice: it increases my own fitness while raising money for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
This type of fundraiser reminds of Jump for Heart – a jump rope event back in elementary school aimed at raising money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Unlike a singular event where you gather pledges to participate on one day, Grind for Kids offers nearly four months of opportunity.
Meeting Jason Chong who completed over 400 Grinds this season and 1,000 in his lifetime, inspired me to finally get on board with Grind for Kids. Thankfully my previous 20 climbs count towards my total goal of a minimum 35.
I founded Lifemoves because I believe that movement is an integral part of life, no matter what your current physical abilities are or what your fitness level is. Giving back to BC’s children is important because it will enable them to enjoy more of life’s movement such as running around in the park, riding a bike or swimming in the ocean.
Supporting this foundation is important to me because it is one way I can thank everyone at children’s hospitals in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario.
6 months and 4 years old
I was born with a medical condition that made my life very tenuous and my parents were quite concerned about my survival. I had surgery twice as a child, once in Ontario when I was 6 months old and another one in Saskatchewan when I was about 4 years old. All I remember of the second in surgery is the ticklish sensation of having the stitches removed. I also have several good scars to tell the stories with.
As a stubborn 4 year old, I placed my hands in my pockets while going down some icy steps, even though my mother told me not to. There are consequences for such actions, and I hit my head on the stairs. Thankfully the hospital as only a few blocks away.
Youth
There were two major times I was in BC Children’s Hospital while in high school. The first was when I ended up on my back, twisted in a snow fence after falling during a cross country ski race in 99 Mile House. After being carted out by snowmobile and ending up on the front page of the local paper, my Dad drove me, sedated and braced in his car, back to Vancouver. I was kept on a minimal diet for three days in case I needed surgery. Thankfully, I didn’t.
This crash happened just before the BC Winter Games in Vernon, which I had qualified for by being first in my zone. I watched the games on TV as all my friends raced on the trails of one of my favourite places to ski. Determined to get back to skiing, I even went up to Hollyburn Lodge on Cypress Mountain by snowmobile while still in a cast.
The second time was when I needed corrective surgery for a deviated septum which was making breathing difficult (it didn’t fully correct). I am not sure how my nosed ended up sideways because I don’t remember breaking it. I woke up to a orange popsicle being handed to me by a nurse, who was also my friend’s mother. Getting the stuffing taken out of my nose was one of the most painful experiences in my life. Thanks Mom for letting me squeeze your hand!
As you see, there are many reasons for me to give back to all those who made a big difference in my life, most likely making it possible for me to continue. My wish is for the kids to have the best care possible and their parents to have outstanding support during their child’s illness.
Please help make a difference on my behalf by donating or pledging for for each climb:

How to Motivate Yourself with a Yearly Life Review

Many people have difficulty appreciating themselves or being proud of what they have accomplished. Each birthday (today) I conduct a yearly review. It is important because it helps me take stock of where I was at the start of last year, get a good sense of what I achieved and set a new path for the year to come.

I was amazed at what Lifemoves and I achieved in the last 2-3 years when I filled out the business profile for the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Business Excellence Award Nominees. This profile didn’t even include my personal life’s accomplishments.
Achieving a goal is fleeting, however the journey is ongoing. Enjoying the journey and celebrating the victories is where happiness is found. While writing university papers, I learned to accept a level of completeness that received a decent grade when I hit deadlines before feeling “done” with the paper. When there was more time, I would continue to tweak and edit until I thought it would achieve the maximum mark.
One project, a periodized training program for a boxer, actually received 100%! Perfection is a moving target, rarely achieved and not profitable (Business Coaches -Fiona Walsh, FMWalsh; Steven P. Hill, Focused Management Solutions). To prevent a downward spiral back to depression, I focus on the progress I make, the lessons I learn while continuing to smile, laugh and enjoy the journey I am on.
Significant Accomplishments of 2009-2010
  1. Personal credit card debt significantly reduced – completed
  2. Business in a more sustainable financial situation – completed
  3. Being the fittest I have been in 5 years – completed
  4. Having enough cash flow that I am not living month to month – completed
  5. Personal best on Grouse Grind 39:56 2009 – completed today new PR 39:13, this puts me in the 90th percentile of Grouse Grinders!
  6. Business growth of 30% – not complete – we did grow by 15%
  7. Run the Seek the Peak Grouse Mountain – completed
  8. International professional recognition – completed
  9. Healthier nutrition habits – 1/4 of the way. I am more conscientious of my choices and aware of the choices I need to make. I have had weeks where my nutrition habits were excellent. progress
  10. Give back more to the community – hosted a Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser, participated in Movember, contribute regularly to the Grouse Grind Facebook group. completed
  11. Write a book – I have several ideas which I am testing with the blog posts. This year I am looking forward to actually doing the research and putting something in writing. I have great ideas for multimedia books. progress
  12. Write at least twice per month for my blogs. – completed
  13. Volunteer at the 2010 Olympics – shared with my Father completed
  14. Participate in more outdoor activities on the North Shore – progress, I have the Garmin and I have completed the Grind twice per week since June 12th.
Goals for Sept 10, 2010 to be completed by Sept 10, 2011
  1. Complete Seek the Peak in under 2 hrs – benchmark is 2:24:00
  2. Complete Grouse Grind in sub-36 min – benchmark is 39:13
  3. Compete in two additional trail running races.
  4. Publish an e-resource that includes videos.
  5. Retire my personal credit card debt.
  6. Grow Lifemoves more organically, but again by 15%.
  7. Eat 70-90% of meals at home.
  8. Cross Country Ski again at least twice this winter.
  9. Snowshoe biweekly during the winter.
  10. Participate in or create more fund raising activities.
  11. Get at least 30 minutes more sleep per night.
  12. Strengthen and deepen personal relationships.
  13. More in depth implementation of Getting Things Done method (GTD)
I believe that my birthday is the start of my life’s next fiscal year. What have you accomplished in the last year? What will you accomplish next year? Please share. It will help you realize and acknowledge how amazing you are, help you visualize your next goals and make you more accountable.
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BCIT Mosthetics and Mosthetics Team Participates in Movember for Prostate Cancer

I decided to join a global movement that is bringing much needed attention to prostate cancer. I’m doing this by growing a Moustache this Movember, the month formerly known as November. My commitment is to grow a moustache all November and I am hoping that you will support my efforts by making a donation. The funds raised go directly to Prostate Cancer Canada.What many people don’t know is that 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to afflict Canadian men with 25,500 diagnosed and 4,400 dying from the disease each year. Facts like these convinced me that I should get involved.

To make a donation on behalf of our team and the men in your life you can either:
• Click this link http://ca.movember.com/donate/your-details/member_id/402650/ and donate online using your credit card or PayPal account, or
• Write a cheque payable to ‘Prostate Cancer Canada’ referencing my Registration Number 402650 and mailing it to: Prostate Cancer Canada, 145 Front Street East, Suite 306, Toronto, ON M5A 1E3, Canada. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Prostate Cancer Canada will use the money raised by Movember for the development of programs related to awareness, public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer. For more details on how the funds raised from previous campaigns have been used and the impact Movember is having please go to http://ca.movemberfoundation.com/research-and-programs/.