60 Adventures in 60 Days: Summer 2017


To say I’ve had a great Summer would be an understatement.  I’m a chronic over-planner, and my family is always up for adventure, so we cram our Summer FULL of fun.  I’ve published two other Summer-fun lists, in 2013 and 2014, and now my children are eight and five years old, so our exploits and abilities are expanding as they grow.


We’ve found some incredible hidden gems this year; check out some of our experiences, and keep them in mind for yourselves!

1. BlueJays game on Canada Day.

2. Canada Day fireworks at Spencer Smith Park.

3. Port Dover beach.

4. Golfing at Lowville Golf Club.

5. Both kids playing baseball with BOMBA.

6. Batting cages at Mainway Sports Centre.

7. Tri Kids triathlon at Appleby College.

8. Blood donor appointments at Canadian Blood Services.

9. Hockey Hall of Fame.

10. $5 movies at Cinestarz Burlington.

11. Hot yoga.

12. Honda Indy in Toronto.

13. 11-year anniversary dinner at DiMario’s Trattoria.

14. Half marathon training, including weekly long runs with my wonderful Michaela.

15. Sunday brunch with girlfriends.

16. Royal Ontario Museum.

17. A week at The Wave hockey camp for my son.

18. A week at Pedalheads bike camp for my daughter.

19. Weekly Monday-night dinners with cousins.

20. Monthly book club meetups.

21. Coffee catchups with friends.

22. Regular massage tuneup appointments.

23. CrossFit Kids Saturday morning sessions.

24. Food truck festival.

25. The Donkey Sanctuary, just outside Guelph.

26. Rainbow loom bracelet-making. (Thanks to family and friends who handed down their rainbow-loom supplies a few years after this trend passed; my kids were too young for it  then, but they both love it now.)

27. Fishing (Robert Edmondson Park and LaSalle Park marina).

28. Having nieces and nephews for sleepovers.

29. Evening beachside walks with friends.

30. 1-on-1 Date Days with our kids: BlueJays games, pony rides, Mountainside Pool, and bowling/laser tag at Splitsville.

31. Dinners on downtown patios.

32. Bi-annual optometrist appointments for the kids.

33. Checking out the newly-renovated Nelson outdoor pool.

34. RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey.

35. Trips to Central Library.

36. Ottawa!

37. Helping at Wellington Square’s Friday Night Community dinners.

38. Lemonade stand.

39. Family reunion for my mother-in-law’s family.

40. Touch football league games for my husband.

41. Standup paddleboard yoga at Christie Lake.

42. CrossFit classes.

43. Assumption Sports Camp.

44. Bad Axe throwing with the Burlington Sports & Spine team.

45. Disco Dash 10k race.

46. Toronto Island sprint triathlon for my husband.

47. Fit in the Core outdoor yoga class at City Hall.

48. Burlington Children’s festival.

49. Backyard BBQs and fireside chats with wonderful friends.

50. Writing letters to Samuel, our sponsored child through World Vision. (As an aside, this is one of the BEST things we’ve done; we began sponsoring Samuel in the Spring, and we write to him often.)

51. Dinner and arcade games at QB’s Sports Grill.

52.  Family workouts at the Chedoke and Dundurn stairs.

53. A cottage weekend at my sister-in-law’s cottage in Muskoka.

54. Go-carts at Lakeland Kartway.

55. Assumption Football Camp.

56. Zac Brown Band concert at the Budweiser Stage.

57. Regular kid’s visits and chiropractic appointments at Burlington Sports & Spine Clinic.

58. Aspire Climbing gym in Milton (American Ninja Warrior course, climbing walls, and bouldering).

59. Family sleepover at our dear friend’s home in Kitchener.

60. Ribfest.


6:00 AM


So, you see, I am a morning person.

In Junior High, I was that kid who would wake up 20 minutes early to run around the block before school.  In High School, I would bike over to the track to run intervals at the crack of dawn.  In University and during my post-graduate schooling, I had been known to get up before 5am to get in a long run…. are you seeing a pattern?  It seems only natural that 6am would become my preferred gym time when I started at Crossfit Altitude nearly four years ago.

As such, I have been a regular member of the morning crew since January 2010.  That’s 3 years and 8 months, minus a 2-month break for my second baby.  If I’ve averaged three 6am’s per week, that’s 588 are-you-crazy-to-be-getting-up-that-early-WODs (Crossfit lingo for workout-of-the-day).  Instead of the usual 7am wakeup by my children at home, I drag myself out of bed at 5:30am while my house is still silent, and trade 90 minutes of blissful sleep for 60 minutes of sweat and camaraderie, effort and determination, accomplishment and improvement.  

Back in 2010, the morning crew was sparse.  There was a regular group of three or four of us, and a busy day was five or six.  It is now a regular occurrence to have more than 15 people already well into their warmup at 5:55am.  Amazing.  My husband caught on to the morning-crew adrenaline a couple of years ago, when pregnancy nausea kept me in bed, and now he’s hooked as well… in fact, it’s become a battle in our house to see who gets that before-the-dawn spot.

The buzz surrounding the 6am class has grown.  People are giving it a try.  Usual evening gym-goers are coming to see what all the hype is about, what the people are about, what it’s like to start your day on such a high.

You think you can’t get out of bed?  You can.  You think we like getting up in the dark of the pre-dawn and the cold of the Winter?  We don’t.  But we do it anyway.  And you can too.  

Give it a try.

Come join us.

“I Don’t Have Time to Exercise”

“I don’t have time to exercise.”  It’s a phrase I hear regularly, both in my professional and in my day-to-day life.  I am a chiropractor in a sports injury clinic, and I advocate regular exercise to all of my patients, athletes and non-athletes alike.  The benefits of exercise are many, and the drawbacks are non-existent as far as I can tell.  The opposite can be said for lack of exercise: no benefits and lots of drawbacks.

The number one reason that people tell me they don’t exercise is that they don’t have time.  But the thing is, they have the same 24 hours every day that the rest of us have.  They just prioritize it differently.exercise importance

Let me be clear: if you choose not to exercise, and you’re fine with that, then who am I to judge?  (Although, admittedly, I will still try to sway you over to my side…)  But if you would like to exercise regularly, yet claim you don’t have the time, then this post is directed at you.  It seems appropriate to talk about this, as the New Year begins, and exercise resolutions are flowing.

We are all busy.  We all live in a busy culture and live busy lives with busy jobs, busy kids, and busy to-do lists.  And therein lies the opportunity to prioritize.  My husband and I are a both-parents-working-with-two-small-children family, and here’s how we fit it in:

  • We alternate 6am classes at Crossfit on weekdays.  On my days, this means I can be back home by 7:15am, just as my kids are waking up and my husband is heading to work.  On his days, he showers at the gym and goes straight to work.
  • I don’t work on Tuesdays, so I go to the gym on Tuesdays at 5pm, once my husband finishes work and takes over kid-duty.
  • I run with my neighbor at 8pm on Monday nights, after the kids are tucked into bed.  Sometimes I get to a yoga class on Thursday nights at 8:30pm.
  • On the weekends, one of us often does a workout during the kid’s afternoon naptime.  Or I bring my son with me to the gym in the morning- he plays while I do my workout, and then I do the kid-switch with my husband so he gets gym-time too.

With this juggling, we each manage to exercise 4-6 times per week.  Things do come up from time to time that derail this schedule- sick children, traffic, late meetings- but that tends to be the exception rather than the rule.  And while I don’t enjoy crawling out of my warm bed at 5:25am on dark mornings, I do enjoy the post-workout adrenaline rush.  While I don’t enjoy leaving the comfort of my couch on cold evenings, I do enjoy the runner’s high.  And while I don’t enjoy missing out on weekend naps, I do enjoy feeling healthy and fit and strong.

take care of your bodyTo say that you don’t have time to exercise assumes that the rest of us do.  When in reality, we simply make the time.  We sacrifice sleep, or TV, or laundry, or Facebook.  We prioritize exercise.  We prioritize fitness.  And if this post sounds preachy, well good, because that was my intent.  This is a topic I’m passionate about.  And preachy about.

So go run with your kids in a jogging stroller.  Go for a swim on your lunch break.  Go do Pilates in your basement.  Go to the gym in the wee hours of the morning or the late hours of the night.  Because exercise equals movement, and movement equals health.  Get moving.  Get healthy.

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