Sunday, November 30, 2008

Give the Gift of Safety

Golden Acre Garden Sentre has joined forces with CTV and Energy 101.5 FM to Give the Gift of Safety this Christmas, in support of the YWCA Mary Dover House.

For many of us, Christmas is a rich tradition – a time to celebrate with family and friends, and reflect on our good fortune. But for some Calgary women and their children, Christmas is a time of fear, and there is little to be thankful for. That’s because domestic violence does not respect the holidays.

Calgary has the second-highest rate of domestic violence in Canada and the trend is for the abuse to get worse over Christmas.
From now until December 24th, visit Golden Acre Garden Sentre and make sure you ask one of us how you can Give the Gift of Safety.

On December 4th, tune into Energy 101.5 FM for a live radiothon that will take place at Golden Acre Garden Sentre. Hear the personal stories of abuse survivors and experts as they help us understand the importance of the community’s involvement.

Erin Wilde, Meg Tucker and I got our heads together and made our own "Energy 101.5 Wreath" that is up for auction with all proceeds going towards the YWCA. Please Help Us Help Them. Make a bid, and you might be the one taking this one-of-a-kind Wreath home and helping all the ladies in need at the YWCA.

Friday, November 7, 2008

I had some free time today


BlackBerry World Edition

BlackBerry Curve

BlackBerry Bold

800 x 600
1024 x 768

and I decided it would be cool to make some computer/blackberry/iphone wallpapers for listeners to download (maybe i'm just pushing it) but at least you could look at them and give me your input... Hope you like them...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It's been a while

I know... Sorry that's its taken me sooo long to get back into this... but 2 Strangers, that aren't really strangers any more, and a wedding kind of took over our lives since September... but I'm glad to say that I love how we all came together at work and successfully executed this Social Experiment. Did you manage to watch how this Love Story unfolded via our WedCam?! here are the links just in case you didn't...

but I think must importantly this was a success thanks to all of you, who trusted us and the panel of experts to show you that love can be blind...

as I type and I look out my window of my new place... I'm happy to see that it's snowing... am I the only one that is happy that is Snowing?! I accept the fact that I'm taking steps in life that make feel more grownup... I'm taking my relationship with my fiance to the next step... we are moving in together in January and I rented a place that we are currently in the process of decorating and making it feel and look like home... and as I come home from work every afternoon, I take my shoes off and hang my coat, and I see our picture sitting on top of the fireplace and I know that I'm finally home...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Tough Guys Drive... Pink?!

That's Right!!!

I love the New Car!!! It's a Great Toyota Highlander from Country Hills Toyota... The guys hooked me up with a Nice SUV for our Social Experiment “2 Strangers and a Wedding”... I can't say enough how much I love it. I remember back in the Good Old College Days that one of my friends used to have one (back in 2005) and we used to go on overnight party trips to Banff and this truck feels Bigger and Tougher. It has Multiple Cup Holders (you can never have enough cup holders) and 2 plugs for car chargers in the front seats only, 3 rows of seats, and a sound system like no other. seriusly, a Great Truck!!!
Yes, It's Pink! and it still feels Tough... It's funny to drive downtown and realize how many people are looking at this vehicle... I'm not sure if they are saying "Man, that's a really nice Toyota" or "Man, that's really Pink" either way, it feels nice to drive around in a Car that fits... and I can't deny that it's a great conversation starter at parking lots and at gas stations... I've been told that I can really pull off the color... What do you think?!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Some Goals

after doing some research at the radio station during our LTA from the Whiskey I came to the conclussion that I want to become an Apple Certified Pro... I'm an avid Apple fan, I saved my money to buy my lap-top that I've owned for almost 4 years and I Love It!!! I can't get enought of it... and since then I became an Apple Fan... Got my iPod Touch and I'm actually paying for all my software (iLife and iWork '08, and Final Cut Express HD) I just cant get enought of it, but I want do learn more and more... my Dad used to say that you can't never know too much and I've decided that I want to learn a whole lot more and get certified on it, I guess that the worst that could happen would be having an awesome experience and an Crazy hobbie!!! and I get to say that "I'm a Certified Pro" that by it self sounds awesome!!!... when would I do this?!?! I have no clue... but I guess i still have a while before I kick the bucket... to I guess I still have some time to figure some things... 'till then... I'll keep working on making people happy and making my wife-to-be the happiest girl ever!!! sorry Kreesha Turner (I never had a chance)... My girl owns my heart and soul...

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Big Steps

I should never let my mind wonder so much... Tonight while editing some videos for our Social Experiment, and while Op'ing our LTA from The Whiskey... It just hit me... I grew up in a small Small Town in Mexico. Chetumal, Quintana Roo (220,000 in 2005) and who would've thought that I was going to grow up to work in Radio in a major market like Calgary, that I would have the chance to meet a lot of music artist and actors... That I was going to take part in events that are going to change the perspective of Radio around a whole country!!!
To tell you the truth, I knew I was suppose to do other things with my life rather than just staying home and follow my dad's foot steps... but I never thought I was going to do what I do and still be able to say every single day that I LOVE MY JOB... and I LOVE THE PEOPLE I WORK WITH... and I LOVE even more the fact that they trust me enough to take part in really big events...
I would've never imagined that, me, a small town guy, would get this chance, if you ask me, it’s the chance of a life time.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

YEAY!!! finally there is something good on TV!!!

I can't say enough how excited I am that TV is back in full!!! Kitchen Nightmares, Prison Break, Heroes (House and Lost, please hurry, I miss you both!!!)... everything is coming back and it makes my heart Sooo Happy!!!

I just hope that everything available for rent catches up 'cus it’s starting to get a little boring...

My Girl took me to the movies this last weekend... Yeah, she actually had to take me there ‘cus she wanted to see "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" I was reluctant to actually pay 12.50 x 2 = $25.- to watch that movie... but at the end I was happy with the result, it was a funny movie (that doesn’t mean that I might actually go out and buy it as soon as it comes out on DVD), and I enjoyed some time with my girl and we shared some laughs and enjoyed a nice supper afterwards...

At the end, I guess that's what it's all about... just spending some quality time with your loved ones, and make memories that are going to last a life time...

I know that as of Monday, September 15 @ 7:15 AM this is all going to change... I will be completely dedicated to this Big Announcement and I won't even care of what's going to be on TV...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Au Natural Concert

LOL... I do have to agree!!! I am a lucky guy!!! Not only am I getting married to the must wonderful and pretty girl ever!!! But, I’ve also met one of the most talented and pretty artists aver!!! Need less to say I do Love My Girl (fiancé) Maria Luisa (MaLu)… but we all have Platonic Crushes… I mean… There is no one single person out there that is going to deny having a Platonic Crush in an Artist, the kind where you know is never EVER going to happen, but you still think that they are Super Cute!

Mine is Kreesha Turner… I sweat I’ve never turned so RED in my life!!! I was blushing sooo hard… I couldn’t even deny it… and she noticed and that didn’t help me either… not only is she Super Attractive, but she is also an amazing person to talk to… I really hope to see her again some day… and if she remembers me I would be blown away!!!


Now I probably have to go sleep at the couch…

Too much to talk about...

There have been a lot of stipulations of what’s going on this up coming September 15th, and I wish there was a way for me to tell you all... but I've signed my life away and promised (as we all did at Energy 101.5) that we couldn’t say a word of what’s going on this September 15th @ 7:15 AM…

There is only so much I can say about this and that is that this is going to be HUGE!!! And as our teasers say everyone is going to be talking about it… and is going to bring Calgary Radio to a different level… A Good Level that is… I guess you just have to trust me… tune in to Energy 101.5 on September 15th @ 7:15 am for the Big Announcement…

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Emotional Times

I know it's been a while since my last Blog, No, I'm not going to chat about SOF, or my life... It's been a weird last couple of weeks, but in good way... I guess that realizing that I'm getting married in 11 months has started to kick in... or I'm just over thinking everything...

I've been blown away by the response that I've been getting from people out in the streets, people are starting to be more approachable. I've been really concerned that because of the recent "wave of violence" people where going to be doubtful about talking to a complete stranger at what ever place it would be and at the most random hours of the day. I have, how ever, gotten some weird responses form people when I offer them rides, first one was my neighbor , the first time I met him was a month ago, we where both going to work in the morning, and I was driving, he was waiting for the bus, I stopped at the bus stop and asked him if he was going downtown, he said yes... told him to get in, I could drop him off where ever he wanted... As he was getting in the Station Vehicle he asked. "actually, you are not some sort of psycho are you?!"... I thought it was a funny comment, but it was more funny that in over year living at my place I've never met my neighbors!!!... I definitely need to socialize more in my community.

I wont deny that I love it when people get super excited about getting anything from us... I love to help them... and I think a free "anything" goes a long way... specially with current prices of things, Groceries, Gas, Meals, Oil Changes, Coffee, Breakfast, anything... it all adds up pretty fast...

I love to meet people and talking to everyone, everyone has a story, and if they want to talk, I'm there to talk too... or if you need to, just to listen... I'm there for what ever you need...

Friday, August 8, 2008

SOF Last Day - This is Sad

I've started to feel like Dr. House, I've been popping my pain killers like Tic, Tacs. This is Grad Day and I'm really trying to get better so I can work out today. It would be really sad to not be able to do anything on our last day, this day will require our best performance from us all, I physically and mentally… My back was still hurting quite a bit from my accident at Erin’s, I was feeling pain when I was trying to stand-up or even trying to sit down, but I really wanted to go to SOF, I guess that I’ve really learned to feel the love for this workout, I think this is the only time I’ve been looking forward to actually work out, I really don’t want to quit, this is the last day of the month, and I want to be all I can be (as corny as that sounds).

We where warming up, and my back was hurting while running, I had to slow down. The Instructors said that if I couldn’t stand the pain that I was allowed to stop, I just fell down the stairs and it was understandable that I was in pain, I had to look after my self, working out was one way of doing it, but taking care of my injuries was more important.

Stretching was painful; my back pain was getting worst… We started our mission of the day, we had to guess numbers to unlock a security lock… and we could guess from 1 – 99… we could go over or hit bang on the actual first number of the combination, if we where short we had to try again, if we where over we could move on, but wait, its not that easy, just guessing is not fun, the number we said was paired to a workout, lets say for the fin of it we guessed as a team 35, we had to do 35 Burpies and if we got it wrong we guessed again, 45, then we did that many Burpies and we actually guessed pass the real number, that means, we could guess the 2 number of 3 of the combination… confusing?! It was for us… The instructors noticed that I couldn’t do the workouts, they allowed me to do something else to compensate for my back pain, the asked me to do crunches, as I was laying down on the grass to start, I was struggling to get into position with my back pain, that’s when they decided not to let me do the last day of SOF. I was disappointed at my self; I’m not as tough as I thought I was. I turned by back to the instructors and stopped to think about all the effort I’ve put in to this, and all went down the drain on the last week, I really wanted to work out. My eyes started to tear up, I felt like I was letting my self down, and even worst, I felt like I was letting my team down.

I insisted on working out, they instructed to me to walk away, my health was more important that the last day, I didn’t had to prove anything to any one, that didn’t made me a quitter, just proved how stubborn I am… I went to my car and waited listening to the radio station while I saw in the distance how my team was working their tail off… and I couldn’t do anything about it… I wanted to help, but I wasn’t allowed to… the end of the 90 minute session arrived. Everyone started to line up for the diploma ceremony. I got my program completion diploma… and then, Instructor Quian said he had one more special diploma to give, to someone whom he and the one of our other instructors and the corporal thought they made the most improvement during this month, it didn’t matter if they where the last in all the events, the one that didn’t manage to lift the most weight, the dedication, and the ability and willingness to help the team and the teammates, to cheer on for everyone and still manage to make people laugh, find the funness to everyting, and everyone that knew Instructor Quian knew that that was a Diploma that he didn’t easily granted… He said my name… I was in shock… I never thought I was going to be the one being called for that… It took me like 2 seconds for me to realize that it was me… I was happy but still didn’t think I deserved it… I really wanted to help out during this last day…

I guess that the willingness to help others over your own pain, overcoming your own limits, and being able to push your self harder and harder every day and being able to push your friends harder and harder is one of the biggest things I learned at SOF. Would I come back?! In a heart beat… but now I know that I need to recover from my back first before I do, because I want to be able to look up high and say with pride. I am a Soldier of Fitness. Oorah!

SOF Week 4, Day 4 - Am I getting to Old???

I've been house sitting for Erin Wilde as she is gone for holidays and I needed some time off from my own place... O needed a change of scenary, a change of air... Its 5.30 am, I'm just waking up to go upstairs to let the dog out for a quick pee... As I was walking down the stairs to shower and change before I went to work, I miss calculated the distance to take the first step down and fell down the stairs all the way down to the basement, didn't miss one single step... As I was laying down on the floor in the basement, the dog came down and started licking my face, "Nooo, I don't wanna play right now" First thing I did was email the office and told them I was going to be a little late as I had to go and get checked up because I was in a lot of pain... Right after I went to the clinic, and got the all mighty pain killers (YEAH!!!) I went to get a couple of x-rays... And then I got sad, and bad news from the doctor... I'm not 18 any more, I need to get some rest, and take care of my self, I had to miss one more day of SOF... But I'll try my best to come back tomorrow and give it my best, it would be the last day of the monthly program, so our best performance and attitude was required for GRAD DAY!... Oorah!!!

SOF Week 4, Day 3 - Dude, where's the Pool?!

No really, where is the Pool?! Broken?! What do you mean is Broken?! Man!!! I was really looking forward to the pool!!! I even had my new swimming trunks on!!! Man... I really wanted to show off my nice brozely tan legs!!! Ok. They are pasty white, I guess I've been in Canada way to long...

So, now what?!, we can't run in our swimming gear... That's when instructor Quian said, all of those that have work out clothes with us, change cus we'll work out, all of those who don't have any work out gear can go home and we won't get penalized... Its a good think I was planning on doing loundry today. I mean, yeah its dirty, its only going to get dirtier... Yeah it smells... But I aint going to a beauty contest... WAIT a Minute... I had an easy way out... I could've just gone home and sleep, and I actually want to work out?! Something is wrong in this picture... I guess I'm finally becoming a Soldier of Fitness... Oorah!

SOF Day 17 - I think I'm going to sit this one out...

I promise I'm not being a wimp, but yeah I have to sit this one out guys...

Yesterday I injured my self while doing some push-ups, and today when I woke up I couldn't stand the pain... It was just to much for me to handle... I feel really bad because I know everyone in my platoon is going to pay for the consecuences of me not being able to show up or given a 24 hrs notice... I do feel bad, I'll make it up to my self and to the rest of my team tomorrow... And yeah... I'm going to bed and its only 6 O'Clock in the afternoon... My body is way to tired... I'll make it up, plus tomorrow is Pool Day!!! How can I pass on that!!! Oorah!

SOF Week 4, Day 1 - I can't belive its almost over...

Its kind of sad realizing that I only have 4 days left doing my SOF monthly session... I mean, it seems like it was yesterday I was complaining and gasping for air as I was running 800 mts... It insane how far we've all come in only 15 days... We are all runing at least 5 K's and carrying Misery, Pain, Poles, Tires or Actually doing push-ups, sit-ups... Man, its impressive how fast your body adapts to anything that you really set your mind to do... Very wisely Instructor Quian said once "your only enemy to your acomplishments and your goals is your self". Now I see how true that is.

Back to reallity, I was doing pushups since we had some people not showing up because of injuries. One of the rules of SOF is that you need to give 24 hrs notice if you are not coming to meet with the rest of your platoon... 24 hrs, not 24 minutes before the class starts... So, we had to do 10 push-ups, I went to the ground and went to knee push-up possition, and I heard one of our instructors said "this is week 4! I can't belive you are doing knee push-ups... At least try doing a full push-up..." So I did... One... "Ok this is fine"... Two... "Huuu that feels good baby!!!" Three... "Burn... Deep burn..." Four... "OMG this hurts a bit... Come on one more baby...." Five.... Pusssh... Pussssssh... Come on... I can do it... "Ouch!!! That's that pain!!!" I felt something pulled in a weird part of my body, where my leg and waist meet... I somehow managed to finished the day... But it hurt a lot at the end of the day... Intructor Quian (who's got a Masters in BioMechanics) said I should rest... I got home and passed out as soon as I got out of the shower... I was feeling the effects of pushing your self to far to fast. But its worth ever second of it... Oorah!!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

SOF Day 14 – I think you just fixed my Toe… THANK YOU!!!

I couldn't believe how much my toe was hurting. It was really uncomfortable to walk need less to say run! yesterday I hurt my Toe by not paying attention to what I was doing, being care less has a price, and I pay the price yesterday by dropping "Pain" on my toe... trust me I learned my mistake.

We had to do our warm-up run and do our stretching right after our 2 laps, I was in pain, but didn't want to tell any of the Instructors what happen the day before because I thought I was going to get in trouble... decided to work my way around the pain, and see where the day was going to take me... I mean... what’s the worst that could happen!!! My toe was already hurting...

We got our instructions; it didn’t seem to hard… I thought I could work my way around it… I knew it wasn’t going to be pretty, but I still had to give it my best…
Side abdominals on the top of the park bench (10 on each side 4 times) one of your team mates hold your legs down…
Ok… I can do that…
Legs lifting over a bar while you hang from the monkey bars (10 times to each side) you can rest as many times as you need, but you must complete the session…
Ok… It gonna take me a while, but I can do it…
And the work out day kept going… and then we got the last instruction… the whole team was to be divided in groups of 3 and we have to do 100 reps of crunches holding “Misery” 3 others will hold the “point of flight” position until failing and 3 others will kneel down on the guy’s feet doing crunches to help them stay down… “EXCUSE ME… ummm… I don’t think so… My toe is killing me…” but still, not being smart I decided not to say anything and see if I can do the drill…
I lay down on the grass, put my self in position, Thompson goes for my feet and cracked my toe… I was in so much pain… I said “no, no, get off my toes!” she asked what was wrong… and I had to come clean… I still had to do my part, I held my own foot down with my other leg and she kneeled down on my other foot… confusing but trust me not easy at all… I could only do 6… I was tired and I was in pain…

We finished the day… and as I was walking back to my car I noticed my foot wasn’t hurting any more while I walk… I think I had a dislocated toe and actually got fixed by mistake… I guess that if I would’ve talked to Instructor Quian right after I first hurt my self I could’ve avoided a lot of pain and actually work out as intended… Again, we don’t decided weather its good for us or not, we must let the professionals decided for us, after all, this isn’t a democracy, this is a dictatorship, this is SOF and we follow instructions. Oorah!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

SOF Week 3, Day 3 – This would be day 13… not a lucky number…

I got there a few minutes before we started the workout session, today it’s a special day, Instructor Quian asked me and one of my class mates to grab “Pain” since we where going to use it that day, gabbing wasn’t a problem, it was when we had to put it down when I had a little issue… I kinda dropped it on my toe… yeah, not one of my brightest moments. But I learned my lesson, I’m not gonna let that happen again that for sure.

It was buddy day… a day to bring a guest to SOF, either someone you like or someone you don’t like, depending on the friend I guess… for people that thought that going to SOF means a bunch of people was just hanging around a park listening to a getto blaster pretending to be working out… HAHAHA, Corporal Pearson made this comment, I can’t really take credit for it… but it was funny, at least for us that are doing SOF…

We had a class of 30 or so… and it was a rough class. Instructor Quian made a good observation, “we are not slowing down just because we have new elements, this is Week 3, Day 3, and we are all working out according to your guy’s level, make sure they understand the rules of SOF, because if they don’t you are all paying for it now run 2 laps and line up at the end for stretching” aaaaand it was there when I was like… oh, no…

One of the biggest things I’ve learned at SOF is listen, listen and listen, and if you do have questions, for the love of God, just ask. They are not going to bite your head off… When we where done stretching Instructor Quian said: “at the word command Let’s Go I want 3 ranks lined up in front of me. “Go”. [Don’t move!!! The word command is Let’s Go, not Go]” he giggled and we all had to do push-ups. It wasn’t that bad. We only had to do 10 the pain full part of them are how slow we do them, but it’s for our own good, we have to think about what happen so that we don’t make the same mistake over again.

Running as usual, we used tires, poles, one misery, the benches and the pull up bars. It was really muddy that day since it rain earlier, but that doesn’t matter, we still had to do what we had to do… and I do have to accept and clap on for our guests since they managed to keep up with the exercises of that day. I was really surprised. But I can assure you that this ain’t no ordinary “lets get together and listen to some tunes” camp. This is Soldiers of Fitness, the authentic military fitness camp. Oorah!

SOF Day 12 – Look guys… A TV Crew…

I know it’s been a while since I last wrote on blog… but my picture like memory is going to help me type all that has been happening… Man was Tuesday a hot day… I mean HOT… I know, it’s probably funny for you to read that me being from where I am I’m complaining about the hot Calgarian weather, but I’ve never felt the heat so bad.

While we started with daily attendance we where introduced to a new one day working partner. He was filming a news story for CBC. So I knew I had to look my even better while working out, everyone in Calgary was going to look at us while we where all sweaty, covered in dirt and out of breath… Man is that a sexy camera shot or what?!

I remember that half way thru running and jumping up and down the park benches that I fell and it was at that same precise moment that I was in a camera shot… I regain my composure and kept at it, one of my work out partners asked me if I was ok… to which I replied Yes… and I might have shed a tear inside of me… but still look really tough for the camera…

At the end of the workout session 1 of each 3 teams had to recite our SOF Creed… this might explain why do we accept to do the things we do, things that to some of you might seem a little too much or over the top, this all has a reason, and I’ve seen the improvement, I’m more happy (so I’ve been told at the office) and I feel like doing more and more every single day… this is Soldiers of Fitness:

“There are things in my life that are out of my control. The only thing that I control is my ability to choose. Every day, I make the choice to come to this class, and do every exercise to the best of my ability. That is my choice, and right or wrong, that is what I choose to do. I will always take the path less traveled, I will always challenge my self, I will always be true to my self and my friends. For those who challenge themselves, life has a sweet flavor that the unwilling will never know.”

This is S. O. F. and trust me; it’s worth every single second. Oorah!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

SOF Week 3, Day 1 - Let's Check How We're Doing

We’ve some how successfully (I say successfully because we are all still alive and kicking) completed 2 weeks. Now its time to check how much have we improved or if we’ve improved at all.

We start again by stretching, we did no warm-up laps, and that was an odd start to begin with. I ask out Instructors, why aren’t we doing warm-up laps and I got my answer, “You are going to run enough as it is” oh-ohh… I didn’t really like the sound of that…

We got tested one by one; we had to run 1 mile, twice as much as we did on day one. And this we where going to be timed on this. On day one I ran (barely) half a mile in 12 minutes, on day 11, I ran 1 mile in 13:36 minutes!!! There you Go!!!! I think this is really working out!!!

Then we went to upper body strength. How many Push-ups can you do in 1 minute!? No Knees, no arching your chest or back, not bum up in the air… Perfectly parallel to the ground?! On day 1 I couldn’t do one!!! Day 11, I did 4, when I started trying to push up for the 5th one, My arms wouldn’t let me push my self up, but I didn’t want to hit the pave… Pushed a little harder I wanted to hit 5… but I’m just not ready yet.

Now it’s time to see how many crunches can we do in 1 minute. I didn’t think I was going to be able to do 10… I did 25!!! And we moved on to military pres with a 45 lbs weight over our heads. By then I was so tired, I was having serious doubts about being able to list the weight it self. I started, focused on a point across from me, focused on controlling my breathing, and on not dropping the weight on my head… 45 seconds later I couldn’t do one more, my arms started to feel like jello, and my number was 25… I was pretty impressed so far. Now for the final test, chin-ups, HAHAHAHA… OH LORD! Ok we might as well give it a try… You never know what really is going to happen… I got in position, with support of 2 of my team mates I had my chin over the bar and they where going to let go as soon as I said I was ready… READY!!! And I couldn’t do it… let’s give it one more try… READY!!! I went down and held my self… but couldn’t pull my self up… I guess that’s an improvement… Overall I’m really excited, I can tell that I’ve improved a lot, but I still have a longs way to go… Oorah!

Soldiers of Fitness - The End of Week 2...

I'm not sure if its because its a Friday, or just because everything is starting to pile up (Work, House, and Exercise) but I feel like my body is shutting down, like I don't have enough strength to do a lot or to perform as if it where a Monday.

It was raining, cloudy, and a light breeze could be felt as were stretching like we do every single day. We got our assignment. We had to run all around the river at the park with Misery on our shoulders and every 500 mts we would have to perform different exercises and in different amounts of repetitions. The exercise and the amount were all left to our groups luck. Needless to say, probably 800 mts after we started running my group had a better pace, and I could see them separating from me. I didn't stop running but I just felt like I didn't had enough energy to keep up, but I wasn't going to quit.

I felt bad, My team had to perform my repetitions for me since I wasn’t even close to catching up and they couldn’t keep on running until every single one of us in the team did their share, I was struggling enough as it was just to catch up.

As I was running still on one side of the river I saw the other team already on the other side and they where still going hard and fast!!! I had a lot of running still to do to catch up with my team and help them out as much as I could… when I finally made it to the river over pass I saw my team at the other end just finishing the exercise at that point, I could hear them cheering saying “Come on!, You can do it!, Harder Cuevas!” I couldn’t let them down; I couldn’t let my self down. By the time I catch up with my team I was exhausted, I couldn’t feel my legs, my heart was pounding so hard I thought it was going to burst out of my chest!!! But you can’t stop, keep on running slowly if you have to but keep the double pace… My team was no where to be seen again, and then one of our instructors came back and stayed with me the rest of the run, we where talking while running (jogging) and then we saw a sign that says "Caution Coyotes"… So I tried to be a little bit more aware of what was going on around me… and it was then when I saw the most beautiful thing ever… Mother Nature sent us 2 deer’s… I had to stop and enjoy that moment even if it was only for a few seconds… They where just there, looking at us as we ran right by them, enjoying their supper, minding their own business… the Male deer looked at me straight in to my eyes, it was hard to look away, everything felt so peaceful, quiet, calm…

Our Instructor said “come on Cuevas, where almost there, you can do this bud, Push as hard as you can, the numbness on your legs is just the pain leaving your body” I ran as fast as I could and then I saw my team, and the other team, they came back to cheer me on, to help me push a little harder for a little longer. I saw the finish mark and I sprinted as hard as I could, a big finish for the end of week two. 7.5 kilometers in 90 minutes, not bad at all for a couch potato. Oorah!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Soldiers of Fitness - Day 9 (Thursday)

You would've thought by now that I should be just fine physically with all the stuff we get to do in 90 minutes. I would've thought so my self. But I do have a lot more to work on.

Yeah, I know is an on going process, all this weight that I've manage to gain over the past several years is not going to go away over the 9 days!!!, but as my instructors and work-out friends say "At least you already started doing something!"

It's hard to believe that just 9 days ago I was still a couch potato and I that on day 1 I wasn't even able to run for 200 mts without having to stop gasping for air! Today we worked on upper body strength and I thought that because my arms hurt so much I wasn't going to be able to do one single thing. I was giving up on my self before I even tried.

I started off on a slow (some how lazy pace) but as soon as we really got into the exercise part of it I really felt like I wanted to do more. And realized that I've gotten to a point where I can actually do push-ups, crunches, sit-ups and the list goes on... I even did Pull-ups and Chin-ups (of course I had to relay on my team to help me lift my own weight, 'cus there is no way in hell I could've done it by my self).

I'm thankful of the team that I have to support me (literally) it's because of the support that I've been getting from them, my friends, my facebook contacts, my self and last but certainly not least My girl that I'm not willing to quit. Let’s see what day 10 brings on... Oorah!!!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Day 7 & 8 @ SOF - Knowing When to Stop...

On Tuesday I had the "pleasure" of meeting "Pain". Imagine a Telephone pole cut in half. That really is Pain!... We got divided in 2 teams of 8 and 9... Working on a circuit of 5 elements. Crunches & Side Crunches, Pull-Ups, Misery Curls, 50 Push-ups on Pain while the rest of your team performs another exercise, and as soon as everyone is done with their 50 push-ups (combining help from your teammates if you can't finish your own 50) and finally you and 2 of your teammates get to push in push-up position Pain and once it's made a full 360º turn you do a push-up... that was Tuesday only.. I think I pushed my self to hard since my started feeling a little discomfort in my arms...

On Wednesday we ran 3 laps rather than the usual 2, that made me realize that I can do 3 laps without having to stop, we did another circuit, sit-ups, lifting and throwing a 35 lb sand bag, and running up "The Hill from Hell" (a 60º angle hill)... as we where running down the hill, I wanted to make-up for the lost time during the up-hill run so I decided to run a little faster than I should've and I learned that running fast, down hill, where you can't really see where you are placing your feet is not a Smart Idea... Instead of taking the fall I put all my weight in one leg to maintain my composure and that was the end of my day. I did all the upper body workout that I could do, and was trying to push a little harder using my legs, even when the instructors told me not to do so...

Today Thursday I'm paying the Bill for not doing what I was told and for not stopping when I was told to do so, I'm limping and my I feel like the T-Rex on Toy Story because I can't move my arms further down than my waist and further up than my hair... I cant really hold the steering wheel.. God it hurts!!!... That will teach me to listen to the people that are used to work out and know what they're doing... but you know what?!?! I’m not stopping!!! Oorah!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Week 2, Day 1 @ SOF - I'm still pushing my limits

The weekend came and WE GOT PAID!!! With Money in my pockets I went out on Friday right after SOF and decided to get the proper gear to work out.

I went straight to Market Mall and walked in to a Store I never thought I was going to walk in to get something for my self. Lush. I bought a couple of Bath Bombs and Bubble Bath thingy to have a nice relaxing weekend. I also bought (as recommended by the instructors) a proper pair of running shoes (took me approximately an hour to decide on color), as my Pumas where killing me as I have wide feet, and also bought a type of fanny pack to carry around my water bottle as we need our hands to exercise and to carry around tools with the names of Miserable, Pain, Poles and Tires (those are the only 4 I've met 'till today).

After the end of today's workout, I do have to agree that it was money well spent. My feet are not sore, and since my feet weren't hurting during the runs I managed to run for a longer time, and since I had my water bottle at reach at all times I managed to keep hydrated when I needed it. And keeping a few spare bottles of water at the car was a great idea!!!

Running, Moving the Miserable as a Team, pushing each other to reach our Limits as a Team. Learning when to ask for help (as asking for help is not a sign of weakness, is a sign of trust in your team). Those are just a few of the things we've learned so far at SOF. I'm sure that there is plenty more I can learn from everyone at SOF. Can't wit for Week 2, Day 2. Oorah!

PS - I also bought a new pair of jeans over the weekend, I'm already down 2 sizes. Oorah!!!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Soldiers of Fitness Day 4 & 5 - I think I blacked out...

So as I was bragging about SOF and me being ready for Thursday... It turns out I wasn't as ready as I thought I was...

I was talkign to My roommate, and my buddy Dave on Thursday during the day right before I went to SOF... it was raining, we had some crazy Hail, Thunder, Lightning... CRAZY... and I thought (actually was kind of hoping) that SOF was going to cancel the workout sesion since we work outdoors and, well, it was still raining and we still had Ice of the size of marbles on the grass. and they told me "It's military Boot Camp Baby, they don't care. The session will still happen". So I packed my gear and headed down to our secret location.

I got there and realized that Yeah, it's the real deal, Military boot camp baby, it doesn't matter if it rains, hail, snows. It will still happen.

We where focusing on strenght that day. I had no issues, I actually felt good about that workout...

And then came Friday. We where doing Cardio that day... Man was that a rough day. I remember talkign to Zack right before I went to SOF and he asked me how did I felt that day. I said fine I was actually really excited, I'm not going to lie and say that I was actually looking forward to SOF I was more excited about the weekend, stampede being done, and a nice 2 days in a row of nothing to do but sleep and rest at home. And he said something I didn't belive at that point in the day. that because it was Friday my body was going to shut down because it was exhausted from the last 4 days of workout. I didn't felt like that, but man was he ever right.

During warm-up I started feeling extreamly tired, half way thru our first out of 4 laps I couldn't even hold my breath while runing, that pushed me out of the track several times to catch my breath and keep on pushing. I honestly felt like I couldn't run even if my live depended on it. but then we started doing out strenght exercises, and that's when I started helping out my team in a more favourable way. I wanted to close the week with a nice push.

Cardio days make me realize how much work I still need to do, I think I actually need to learn how to run and mantain a steady breathing patern. and after talking to the Instructors, they made me feel a little better, they said that as the month goes on I will only get better and better if, and only IF i keep pushing my self each day. Oorah!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Day 3 @ SOF - Still, No Cake Walk...

This was an awesome day, the sun was shining there was a little breeze in the air that made the that day just feel gorgeous. I had my water bottles with me, Yes, Bottles.

After our instructor said, you should have your water with you at all times, especially on a day like today... That's when I got scared... OMG!!!

Our day started as usual, line-up, attendance, and then came the instructions. 6 K Run/Jog/Double Time Walk thru 4 Hills... I thought I misunderstood the instructions, or that maybe something got lost in translation.

We started running up to the top of one of the hills, approximately 1.2 K. and we just kept going up... and up... my team started to move further ahead of me, but I wasn't going to let that bring me down, I wasn't going to quit on my team, They had to wait 'till we all get to the top of the hill and completed our exercises for us to move on towards the next hill, We Left as a Team, We Move as a Team.

Half way up to the 3rd Hill (that by the way, had an inclination of probably 60 degrees) I couldn't feel my legs, I was running out of breath so fast, it was getting harder for me to even move... but, my team was waiting for me at the top, I could hear them cheering "come on Cuevas, You can do it, You are almost there, One last push!!!" I had to keep on moving, I couldn't let them down, I couldn't let me down.

This is something really important that I've learned while at SOF. You have to learn to trust others, as they are trusting you, and a task is easier to perform as a group than by your self. I'm ready for day 4. Bring it on!!! Oorah!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

SOF - Day 2

I remember that Khazma asked me if I puked on day 1... I thought it was a funny comment, since I've only (since that day) seen it happen in movies... Never seen it happen to any of my friends or to my self... but... then there was day 2...

I remember rushing thru traffic to make it there on time, because if you are not there on time they'll make the rest of your SOF team make Burpies (I'm not sure how to spell it) They sound Funny.... but there is nothing to laugh about once to start doing them...

I drank probably 2 litters of water just on the drive there since I was thirsty... and the drive was only about 10- 15 minutes long. I made it there on time, but.. as soon as I started warming up I felt... How can I say this... sick?!?!

It was probably half way thru the 500 sit-ups and the 500 push-ups that we had to do for that day (don't ask me how many did I actually manage to finish) 'till I knew what Khaz was talking about... So came out the water...

My instructor told me to walk it off... But I decided to push my self a little harder for a little longer... My Mom didn't raise no quitter!!!... and so came out more water... I was asked again to walk it off if I felt like it... but I pushed longer and harder 'till we got the drill done.

During warm-up I noticed that I actually ran longer that I did on day 1... That's why I think that slowly I'm becoming an actual Soldier Of Fitness.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The End of Day 1... OH LORD!!!

I'm thankful to the Instructors for not quitting on me, they would never quit on anyone, but I still had the idea on the back of my head that they would quit on me as soon as they realized how I’m in such poor shape. Thank you Instructors and Corporal!

I can't explain how much pain I am in at this time in the morning, but I’m not in as much pain as I was last night. As soon as I got home after the workout I had supper, decided to sit and watch TV and within 5 minutes I was already sleeping on my couch.

Day 2 is on it's way, and I'm in pain. Working out with sore muscles doesn't sound like any fun at all. But I DO want to get better and show everyone that I'm capable to do this and so much more.

Talk to you tomorrow! Ps – here’s my FIRST email from “the bosses”…UGH…OOPS, I MEAN OORAH!

"Hi Carlos

Welcome to your 1st night as a ‘NEW’ candidate with SOF Calgary PM class. Your 1st day is over, you completed it, and lived to talk about it. You were put through the paces tonight, given an overview of what the month has in store. You showed up, ready to work, and give us good effort. In your 12 minute run, you let yourself stop, when you could have kept going. It was tough for you, but you didn’t need to walk when you did. You have speed and strength in those legs, you need to tap into that. Don’t allow yourself to shut down and let your brain sabotage you. You need to show up able to give us YOUR 100% effort. As was stated in class, quitting is NOT an option, stopping when injured definitely is. We aren’t comparing you to anyone else, and neither should you. Asking for help to finish your exercises doesn’t show weakness, it shows your commitment to the mission and the team you belong to. You will see improvements throughout the month, with a positive attitude, and giving us your all. When it gets tough, you need to dig deep and believe in yourself. Everyone around you has had a first day and a first month, so we ALL know how you feel. Your form for strength exercises needs to be consistent and watch your back and butt when doing pushups.

Way to go. Show up, work hard, and you will enjoy the ride!!

See you Tuesday evening.

Instructor Schotanus"

Monday, July 7, 2008

Soldiers of Fitness - The Day Before The Beginning...

Today I just got official confirmation that tomorrow I start the Soldiers Of Fitness (SOF) regime...

I have a bunch of mixed feelings, I'm happy because I know that this is for my own health, and that at the end of it all this is going to help me built a lot of character and meet a bunch of new people. But I do have to agree that I'm a little scared, I don't want to let anyone down, I know that this will require a lot of hard work and effort, that's why I wish that I'm both physically and mentally strong enough to complete the SOF Basic Training monthly session...

I guess that there is only one more thing for me to say at this moment... Oorah!

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Hoy me confirmaron oficialmente que apartir de mañana inicio el programa de Soldiers Of Fitness (SOF).

Tengo muchos sentimeintos encontrados en este momento por que se que es por mi propia salud, y que al fin de cuentas esto me ayudará a construir mas mi carcter y a conocer a muchas mas personas. Pero, tengo que aceptar que estoy un poco asustado, no quiero defraudar a nadie, se que esto requerir mucha energia y esfuerzo, por eso espero poder contar con la fuerza mental y fisica suficiente para poder completar el programa mensual de SOF Basic Training.

Creo que solamente puedo decir una cosa mas por el momento... Oorah!

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