Make it Happen Mondays

Make That Your Reality

August 25, 2014
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Make That Your Reality

Over the years of working in the tourism industry of a Caribbean island…the number one comment I hear from people leaving to go back home is “It’s time to go back to reality”.  My response to them is always, “this is reality”. Reality is what we make it.  For some reason we often feel as if reality has...
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Life’s Little Instructions

August 18, 2014
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Life’s Little Instructions

When I was younger, my Mom bought me a couple wall hangings called “Life’s Little Instructions”.  They were full of great little sayings and were created by a Dad who wanted to pass on life lessons to his kids.   I loved looking at them, and would often get reminded of the right lesson...
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Fist Pump Celebration

August 11, 2014
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Fist Pump Celebration

I’m all about celebrating small victories, especially those that happen on a bicycle.  But something I experienced while on a ride last week helped remind me just how important it really is. I rode past a guy jogging as I made my way towards the airport where I looped around to come back.  As...
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Success is for YOU

August 4, 2014
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Success is for YOU

I can remember it clearly, although sometimes I’m not sure if it was reality or a dream.  I was sitting in the waiting room of a physiotherapy office years ago in Canada.  I began talking to an old man who had one of those oxygen masks attached to his face and had a canister...
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Enjoy the Competition. Enjoy Your Ride

July 28, 2014
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Enjoy the Competition.  Enjoy Your Ride

Before moving to the Caribbean, one thought that ran through my mind was the idea of possibly learning a new sport or activity that would suit me perfectly.  I was of the belief that maybe there was a sport out there that would come naturally to me.  A sport that wasn’t even offered in North...
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If Life Were a Cup of Coffee

July 21, 2014
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If Life Were a Cup of Coffee

If life were a cup of coffee, I would brew mine especially strong. Almost undrinkable. Very thick. Very dark. The cup would be extra large. Filling as much into it as I could. The first sip would be difficult, it would be very small. But the tingle on my lips would quickly send me...
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Just Remember These 5 Words

July 14, 2014
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Just Remember These 5 Words

With the risk of sounding like a beauty pageant contestant, I just wanted to say that world peace is a very cool concept.  There are many reasons I don’t watch or follow the news, but the glorification of war and violence is high on the list. Maybe they should change the name of that...
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Respect the Chain

June 30, 2014
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Respect the Chain

The chain is arguably the most important part of any bike.  Tubes and tires can easily be patched or fixed while riding.  Broken spokes still allow you to get back home.  Busted cables might make things a little difficult, but you’re still able to ride.  But break or damage a chain while on the...
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Strava Attack

June 23, 2014
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Strava Attack

Nothing can motivate a cyclist like a little friendly competition, and Strava definitely provides the framework to create challenges.  Although I’ve had a Strava account since they first started up, I wouldn’t consider myself a Stravaholic like several cyclists around the world.  But the other night I fell asleep thinking about a few of...
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I Believe in the Sand Beneath my Toes

June 9, 2014
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I Believe in the Sand Beneath my Toes

Call it manifesting your own dreams, or just simply going to where your soul knows you need to be.  Whatever the reason, I absolutely know that I was meant to have the sand beneath my feet. Growing up in the Canadian Province of Saskatchewan, I was able to plant my toes in the sand……but...
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Gross Personal Happiness

June 2, 2014
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Gross Personal Happiness

I can’t remember which of my Make it Happen posts it was that evoked this response from my friend David.  I’ve had his comments sitting on my inbox since that time because it’s both enlightening and gratifying for me.  So I thought I’d branch out from it and write a post. Here’s what David had to...
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Weight Loss: It Takes More Than Cycling

May 26, 2014
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Weight Loss: It Takes More Than Cycling

Cycling is an incredible way to get in shape and lose weight, but with the risk of sounding kind of negative…..I’m here to say that it’s going to take more than just cycling. I can bust my butt each week with over a hundred miles of grueling training, but if I’m eating like crap...
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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.

Answer:

Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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