These Boots Were Made For Walking - Getting The Most Out Of Your Walking Routine

This is my first post with a health and fitness topic. It was inspired by a comment from one of my followers about walking.

photo credit: asela

Let me present a scenario that may be familiar to you. You've been walking three or four days a week and in the first couple of weeks you used to see great benefits from it. Maybe you lost a bit of weight, maybe you walked a little further this week than you did six weeks ago in the same amount of time. But lately you've noticed that the walking has become boring and you no longer see the results that you once did. This is because as new stress is introduced to the body it takes some time to adjust. In a sense, your brain is teaching your body how to cope, which can takes a lot of energy. Now it has learned your pattern, it has adapted to your gait and has figured out how to walk the way you do by using as little energy as possible.

The Times They Are A Changin'

So I'm trying to figure out what I want to do with this blog. I've tried to keep a little theme going with the guitar tips, but I'm not sure how much more I can share, and honestly there's more compelling bloggers out there than myself on the subject. I will still try to impart some nuggets of wisdom from time to time, but I don't know if I want that to be the focal point of the blog. I'm thinking that I should put my degree to good use and start writing about health/fitness, exercise, the human body, etc... I would like to make it an questions and answers type blog, but with a small following that would seem futile. Although if anyone who reads this does have questions about exercise (technique, tempo, physiology, or whatever) I will gladly answer what I can.

If anyone has any suggestions or topics they would like me to cover then by all means let me know. For now I'll just keep on keepin' on.

People are Talking, Talking 'Bout People

Hello blogland. This is my first post in about 1/2 a year. How have you been? Things are exciting on my end. I'm moving to Scotland in a few months to do my Masters in physiotherapy, I'm getting married in March, and I'm back in St. John's. Life is good. Life is busy. Life is scary (sometimes).

Right now I don't want to talk about all that. I want to talk about "people serving people." That's the slogan for service Canada. I have never had a good experience with service Canada. I've never felt as though there was a compassionate person on the other end of the line who was happy to serve me. I have felt belittled, aggravated, and patronized. Never have I called in to ask the status of my claim and had the agent give me an answer other than "they are working on it" or "it's under investigation." Never when I asked for a time frame was I given an answer other than "I can't say" or "They should call you in a couple days." When they don't call me in a couple days and I call them again I get the same spiel about call back in two days, we'll request that a supervisor get involved, etc, etc...

I applied for EI back in July when I left Halifax to come home. I was denied because my ROE said returning to school instead of shortage of work. Easy fix, I got my former employer to reissue an ROE that said shortage of work in it. I applied again on August 11. EI is supposed to notify you within 28 days of their decision or if further investigation is need, funny thing is no one has call. I have called repeatedly and got the aforementioned responses above, among others. No one seems to be able to tell me what is happening or why it is taking so long for them to get things worked out. Has anyone else experienced anything similar to this? Not in particular with service Canada, but with anything. I'm appalled at the lack of respect that they have for people. The people they are serving. Short of contacting my MP, I don't know what to do about this situation. If anyone has suggestions I would be happy to hear them.

Oops I did it again

It's been months since I've updated. I'm making changes to the layout now and will soon be making this a regular thing again. Who knew being a regular blogger could be so difficult.