Life’s Lessons

Life’s Lessons


Getting close to the summit of the mountain


“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
― C. JoyBell C.

I’ve just returned from Mont Treblant, Quebec where I spent a week vacationing with family.  We rented a beautiful log cabin about 20 minutes outside of the village – I can’t recall the last time I was somewhere where the nights were so black; no city lights that brightening up the sky; it was so peaceful and quite (I highly recommend our accommodations and this type of vacation).  IMG_1444

You know how sometimes you look back on your vacation and/or holidays away and begin to reflect on life – in a way we learn a new life lesson – this is something that has happened to me.

Everyday we headed into the village, we did a lot of walking and hiking.  Did I mention that nothing is flat in Mont Treblant and the surrounding area; we were in the Laurentian’s after all.  During our stay I was happy to include two 9.5KM runs.  I figure with all the hill climbs this 9.5KM run felt more like 12KM.  It’s amazing how the body gets stronger when we include daily exercise because on my second run I found this amazing energy and was able to run this very hilly route in under 1-hour (must have been all the fresh air or the fact that we were very active everyday).

IMG_1395One of the greatest highlights of our vacation is that we saw deer everyday – whether it be a doe, or a doe and her fawn.  It was during the end of my first run that I saw a fawn only 8-feet away from me – something you would never experience in the city.

It’s funny how we sometimes get caught up in life with all the hustle and the bustle that we forget the small things in life.  Living in Canada we are lucky to be surrounded by the beauty of nature.  It is when we stop and take in this beauty that we realize how lucky we are – hence one of life’s lessons.  We begin to realize how short life really is and that we should enjoy each moment – take in memories and special moments with family.  I’m not saying as a mother I forget this, but sometimes it slips my mind and to watch our children smile every moment and love each day to the fullest tells me to slow down and not forget to savor each day – for each day could be the last day.

(BTW – I don’t mean to be jumping all over the map with today’s blog, but I have so many thoughts going through my head).

Oh, did I mention the day we arrived at Mont Treblant, there was an international Iron Man taking place.  No words can express the amount of energy and support that we were surrounded by as we walked through the city.  You had to be there to experience the support and encouragement for all the athletes – it was astounding, a really amazing sight!  After going on our hilly runs, I can truly say I bow my head to the athletes that compete in and complete Iron Man’s!


This is me on our hike up to the summit of Mont Treblant

IMG_1461We were very proud of ourselves for hiking up to the summit of Mont Treblant; taking us only an hour and 20-minutes to run down again – since it’s so steep, it’s easier to run down than trying to walk (and yes, we did spend 30 minutes at the top taking in the view).

If you’ve never hiked up a mountain, its’ simply breath taking and no words can express the beauty and how far out you can see from the top of a mountain – and how the temperature drops by 5 degrees.

Another life lesson, not to forget the importance of taking care of yourself and to include exercise at least 3-days per week.

I have to admit, with summer here, my exercise and running routine no longer became routine.  I found myself only running 2 – 3 days per week and doing weights only 1 day per week.  I’m not afraid to admit this as a personal trainer for we are all human – I’m a mother and wife and summer’s can take routines away, but I am not angry with myself as I can say healthy, balanced eating does still exist (okay, I did also have treats), and at least I did include some runs and weight training.  I was outside everyday and gardening did fill my days with movement – just a different type of exercise.

The week in Mont Treblant opened my eyes to how important it is that our family remain healthy and active – if we did not live this type of lifestyle, there is no way we would have been able to hike up to the summit or run down it – we would not have been able to walk or hike the distances we did everyday, and I know there is no way I would have been able to run a hilly 9.5 KM (12KM) in under 1-hour.  This has given me the runner’s ‘high’ – that amazing feel good emotion.  As I headed out yesterday it felt so good to go for a great run again (my goal for 2016 is to run 2 x 1/2 Marathon’s again, then another in 2017 with a full Marathon by the fall of 2017).

With summer coming to an end, the kids will be back in school in a few short weeks, and routines will prevail again.  I can truly say that I am really happy my Shape Shift Sessions will begin in September again – these guarantee me 2 day’s of exercise – guarantees me a fun group with camaraderie and ‘no excuses’ for not including ‘me’ time in my busy life as a parent – as a mother and wife – this is important time I need for myself.

Do you want time to find yourself again – to have energy; feel ‘sexy’ again; to not feel saddened or frustrated by how your body has changed; wishing you could tone it like it used to be?  It’s not going to happen on it’s own.  But if you join me and my group every Tuesday and Thursday evening, I can guarantee you will experience and see amazing positive results.  I always say to myself, how can I take care of my family if I don’t take care of myself.  What am I teaching the kids if I don’t respect myself or take care of myself.  It’s not our words but our actions that say alot!


So Life’s Lesson – take care of yourself, love yourself, and get unstuck! 

See YOU on Tuesday, September 22 – our first Shape Shift Session ©

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