Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Yoga every day for a year!

Yoga - Heart Rate Monitor - Progress and More

Today marks the one year mark for my practicing yoga daily! And recording everything I eat using My Fitness Pal.  It all started with DDP Yoga, then DDP Yoga Teacher Certification and now also Moksha\Modo  Hot Yoga. It has been an amazing year. Filled with successes, challenges and a few injuries. But what has amazed me most is how many calories you can burn doing Yoga. For comparison here is screen shots of workouts doing DDP Yoga and a Traditional Ashtanga class I did at work.

Dynamic resistance is what set's DDP Yoga aprt from any other Yoga on the planet! And for comparison the Moksha is very similar to the DDP Yoga for results, but those results are for the most part induced by the heat and humidity. An extra bonus with the heat I can get deeper into some poses or get to poses I cannot without the heat. I love hanging out at Moksha Yoga Waterloo.

As can be see the heat and humidity of Hot Yoga really changes the calorie burn and level of the workout. It has been a great year and here are my Yoga Stats:

365 Days of Yoga:
17731 minutes of DDP Yoga not counting Teaching
295.52 Hours of Practice

Since Mid-November DDP Yoga Certification Path:
57.5 Hours of Self Study
88.65 Hours of Level 1 Practice
43.5 hours of teaching
189.65 hours Total Certification Training 

Day by Day Workout Breakdowns for 2014:

Looking forward to what this next year brings. As DDP would say BANG!

Here are links to some of my writing about DDP Yoga and Moksha Yoga:

Moksha Yoga:
Some Like It Hot
The Little Moksha Yoga Book
… more to come soon

DDP Yoga: 
My Plug for DDP Yoga
My DDP Yoga Tracking
DDP Yoga A Short History
Getting Back At It A Fitness Confession 
Yoga for Regular Guys 
My DDP Yoga Success Story
Manduka Black Mat Pro Review
Clean Comfort - A Roadmap in Food and Memories - Stacey Morris
My Day 326 Straight of Yoga Update
DDP Yoga at the 1 Year Mark
…more to come soon

Other DDP Yoga Links: 
DDP Yoga Promo Video
Arthur's Story 

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2014

Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2014

First I must state the last few years have seen serious changes in my reading habits and volume, but it did pick up this quarter. Some of the changes if that now I have three children ages 8, 6 and 3. Some if it is ever new and expanding responsibilities at work and the volume of training involved with that. This quarter I only read 40 books and of those just over half were fiction books. You can see the list of all books read here, and favourite books here. There is even a favourite list of authors each year here

1. Tiassa - Steven Brust - Vlad Taltos Book 13
2. The Incrementalists - Steven Brust and Skyler White
3. Fathom Five - Unwritten Books 2 - James Bow
4. Fireworks in the Rain - Steven Brust 
5. Peacemaker - Marianne de Pierres
6. The Desecrator - Steven Brust

1. Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga - Benjamin Lorr
2. Do I Dare Disturb the Universe? - Madeleine L'Engle
3. Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Hooks, Helps and Hurts Us - Murray Carpenter
4. Clean Comfort: A Roadmap in Food and Memories: How I Went From 345 lbs. to a Size 8 by Learning the Real Meaning of Feeding Myself Well - Stacey Morris

Honorable Mentions:
(Have made the top ten before but reread this quarter and still great!)

1. Saints Alive - Andrew M. Seddon
Volume I Saints of Empire - Volume II Celtic Paths
2. Jacob the Baker - Noah benShea
3. Jhereg - Steven Brust - Vlad Taltos Book 1

Relates Posts: 
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2010
Top 10 Reading Goals for 2010
Top 10 Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2010

Top 10 Fiction Books 4th Quarter 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2010 - Recap

Top 10 Fiction Books 2010
Top 10 Picture Books of 2010
Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2010

Top 10 Graphic Novels for 2010
Top Ten Reading Goals For 2011

Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals for 2011 Update
Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2011 
Top Ten Fictions Books 4th Quarter 2011
Top Ten Fiction Books 2011
Top Ten Reading Goals 2011 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2012

Top Ten Fiction Books 3rd Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books  4th Quarter 2012
Top Ten Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2012
Top Ten Reading Goals 2012 - Recap
Top Ten Reading Goals 2013
Top 10 Fiction Books 1st Quarter 2013

Top 10 Fiction Books 2nd Quarter 2013
Top 10 Books Second Half 2013
Top Ten Fiction Books 2013
Top Ten Non-Fiction Books 2013 
Top Ten Books First Quarter 2014
Top Ten Books Second Quarter 2014

Statistics Books Read By Year:

64 - 2014 - January-June
88 -  2013
176 - 2012 
163 - 2011
302 - 2010
142 - 2009
98 - 2008
83 - 2007
191 - 2006
151 - 2005
60 - 2004
52 - 2003
97 - 2002
50 - 2001
41 - 2000
71 - 1999
73 - 1998
131 - 1997
101 - 1996

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Happy Canada Day 2014

Hope Everyone has a great Canada Day
with Friends and Family
and maybe a good book!

Monday, 30 June 2014

Mighty Me Training Camp - Brian Donovan

Mighty Me Training Camp
Brian Donovan

Recently Tony Horton gave a shout out to this video on facebook and his blog. I already had Tony Horton's - Tony and the Kid's, and Shaunt T's Fit Kids but wanted to give this as a try for my kids and to add some variety. It is an awesome little 36 minute video. My kids love it. I currently have three children - ages 8, 6, and 3 and they all love this workout. Last week my oldest daughter had a friend over after school and asked if they could do go "Mighty Me" and she friend loved it also. All three of my children have asked since we first did this at different times for us to do it again. The video was originally created and aired through Discovery Education and was one of their top videos for 5 year. It is now available direct and for a very reasonable rate.

Brian and Mighty Me take us through a romping workout that will engage, the mind, the body and instill confidence and values. The children will do a wide range of stretches, and activities. They will shout at the TV, laugh and overall have a great time. I even wore my heart rate monitor and burned 100 calories doing it with the kids. Watching Brian was like a cross between the Great American Hero and Tony Horton. It is engaging for the children and fun for adults. This video has been kids tested and kid approved. And I hope that Brian will release more down the road!

Brian in his own words:

Dear Family and Friends,

Finally, my children's show MIGHTY ME is available on DVD!!! I am really excited about my grassroots endeavor to get Mighty Me out in the world and I am asking for your support. Currently, MM is available through Discovery Education at a whopping institutional price of $89, BUT I would like to make
it available to my family and friends via my website for $14.95 plus tax and shipping (a limited supply of T-shirts are available too)! Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery.

To buy the DVD or to learn more, please visit my safe & secure site http://www.mightyme.com and be sure to check out the trailer, play the games and get your free Mighty Me certificate! Long story short, I am distributing MIGHTY ME myself, initially with family and friends to try and create a "movement" if you will. Please consider getting some (the holidays are coming) for YOUR family and friends (and schools: I would be more than happy to ship in mass and discuss subsidized donations especially to economically
struggling areas).

I believe our children need MIGHTY ME now more than ever.
My best to you all and THANK YOU,

Brian Donovan (and Mighty Me!)

So what have you got to lose give it a try and become the best you, you can be, become a Mighty Me!

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Tumeric Infused Soup

Tumeric Infused Soup
or Yum Yum Soup

This soup is a new favorite, I have made three variations of a recipe I found and this is the best!


  • 2 Cup Split yellow mung dal
  • 6 Cups water
  • 2 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/3 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 5 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp freah ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste (preferably rock/Himalayan pink salt)
  • 1 large Onion
  • 3 slices bacon


In a large pan, fry the bacon until crispy, remove the bacon and sauté the onions in the bacon grease.  Add the following to the onions the mung dal, water, and spices and bring to a boil.  Then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the dal is soft. In batches puree the mixture and return to pot. Add the chopped the spinach coarsely (you want large pieces) then mix with dal, just until it’s incorporated. Season with salt and pepper before serving and quuueze a 1/4 fresh lime over each bowl! And if you want garnish with the crumbled bacon.


For the coriander I ground it as I use it, just do it in your blender.
If your blender is plastic the turmeric will stain it yellow while blending.
For variations try orange lentils, or yellow split peas or a mix of the three.

Here is the original version of the soup I started from The Soup that Changes Everything.