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Some “Feel Good” News!

April 17, 2014

made my day - doug

I was about to do a post about my workouts at the Muay Thai gym when I received a very pleasant surprise.

A few years ago I wrote about some of the crazy and interesting ways I’ve celebrated Christmas. In one post I talked about two fellow English Teachers that weren’t doing so well during the Christmas season in Bangkok and how I put together a  little surprise celebration for them. It went well and a few tears were shed and shared, along with much wine and laughter. For me it was a great Christmas memory.

Time went on, we all went our separate ways and eventually, as  too often happens, we lost contact with each other.

Just a few days ago, Robert, one of the teachers,  hooked up with me on Facebook!  Tres cool! That in itself was a pleasant surprise. A few messages back and forth to catch up and then today, he really surprised me.

He just sent me a message, informing me that it wasn’t the years we spent together teaching that stood out in his memory but that one Christmas “Shocker“,  as he called it. He was only too happy to tell me that it was something very special for both him and Thomas as well. It’s a story they have both told over and over to family and friends!!

That all took place back in 1998! Wow! I’m so happy to hear that one little event, one funny little evening I put together, still remains as something special for them. I always wondered what they thought about the whole thing…now I know, and I’m glad.

Anyway, I just wanted to share that. It’s always nice to hear some good news for a change!

Have a great weekend everyone!

…and keep smiling.

Doug

Technology! !*%$*_#U^!!

April 14, 2014

Technology; Running and exercise is so easy in comparison, for me at least. Put on some gear and run or work out.

Some days you may not feel so great or may run a little slower but it’s usually not too difficult to figure out why, take corrective action and off you go again in a day or two.

Computers?!! Computers and technology are a whole different world. One day everything is running lovely, great speed, uploading and downloading just fine and then BAM! – some crazy virus comes along and spreads throughout your whole system. Who creates these things AND WHY?

sick comp

Ooooh – that doesn’t look good.” is not something I wanted to hear from  the tech kid behind the counter.

Oooh. What’s oooh mean? I don’t like ooohs. Or should I ask, ‘How much will it cost to make the ‘ooooh’  go away’ ?”

Several days and what I consider too much money later, I have my computer back and it seems to be in tip top shape.

So I can now get back to my less than regular blogging.

I still can’t do a decent high kick in Muay Thai and my 10 km run is still takes more than 50 minutes. At least  it’s something I can work on and try to correct myself.  However, this technology stuff can drive me crazy at times.

I have to admit though, I did get a lot more things accomplished when I was computer-less…hmmm – food for thought!

Stay well friends – and smile even through the computer virus.

See you soon.

Doug

 

 

’tis the season…

April 2, 2014
…Mud running season that is!
The standard " Biting the Medal" pose.
The standard ” Biting the Medal” pose. (2013)
I have to admit I don’t run in sub-zero weather. Call me a wimp if you will, I just don’t do it.
However I am registered with a team to run the Tough Mudder and also the Spartan Beast this year – and time is ticking!!
I’ve also registered for a race I’ve never heard of but looks fantastic. The North Face Endurance. I’m hoping to do the Marathon and the finishers get to meet the running man himself, Dean Karnazes!! How’s that for cool?
It’s been a very harsh winter so my running shoes have been collecting dust in the closet.  Skipping, Muay Thai and the Kettle Bell have been my companions through the cold days.
So today is the day! Starting easy with a nice 5 km run before I start class.
Wish me luck!
I’ll let you know how it goes.
Do you run throughout the winter or cold season?
Stay well -and smile.
Doug

All Roads Are Valid.

March 25, 2014
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coachdougbowers:

This hits close to home as I make my own spiritual and fitness journey. Some friends and family alike, fade into the distance because our paths move in different directions. Yet many do not understand the final destination will be the same.
Namaste
Doug

Originally posted on Doug Does Life:

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Coach?

March 22, 2014

Am I still a coach? Between travel, becoming a Muay Thai student, a changing work schedule and a whole new plan for the future, my actual coaching has taken a dramatic drop.

I train, workout and entertain and advise but I haven’t actually taken on any clients in several months now. I have become the daytime strength and fitness trainer at the Muay Thai gym but I still don’t feel that’s actually coaching.

So – where does that leave me? Do I change my blog name? Dump my business cards?

According to Webster:

coach

 nounoften attributive \ˈkōch\

: a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer

: a person who teaches and trains the members of a sports team and makes decisions about how the team plays during games

: a private teacher who gives someone lessons in a particular subject

I do train athletes 3 days each week but I am losing the feeling of being a coach?

I’ll have to do some serious thinking about this one.

In the meantime – get your ass off the chair and EXERCISE!! My coaching status might be doubtful in my mind but I can’t stay away from exercise and healthy food. At 56 I’m looking to get stronger and faster this year. With any luck I’ll help coach others along the way.

Getting there

Spring is in the aiiiir…well on the calendar anyway. It’s zero degrees and it is presently a mixture of snow and freezing rain happening outside.

Freezing rain!!! I was in Thailand right? Seems like a fuzzy dream!

Not much point to this post other than to ramble on and wish everyone a happy spring – hoping you are more focused than I am right now.

Take care everyone – keep busy – eat well – make someone smile today and pass on a hug or two.

Coach (?) Doug

it depends on how you look at things

March 14, 2014

I was in a country where the weather was hot. Many people complained about the heat, others took advantage of the lovely temperatures to grow their garden and enjoy life in general.

I came back to a country where the weather was freezing. Many people complained, others took advantage of the temperatures to enjoy their favorite sports and take beautiful photographs in the park.

I go to work every day to hear people complain about their job. Others do their best to save and prepare for retirement, thinking themselves lucky as many do not have jobs.

I have been to beautiful, fully equipped gyms where people complain about the trainers, or the showers weren’t hot enough. Yet I’ve trained in gyms where we made weights from cement and tied bicycle inner tubes together to make a boxing ring.

No situation will be perfect for you.

 I like Leonard Cohens quote;

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.”

We all have to learn to make do with what we have. Strive for the best of course, but often, the beauty of your surroundings depends solely on how you look at things.

outlook on life

Enjoy the weekend everyone – it’s going to be AWESOME!!

Doug

Isaan! North East Thailand

March 2, 2014

Khon Kaen

At Wat Nong Wang in Khon Kaen

Wat Nong Wang

So I’ve been away for awhile. I took a sabbatical and went to visit my wife’s family in Yasothon in the Northeastern part of Thailand. Exercise was at a minimum. I didn’t run anywhere except to the kitchen table – and that was a frequent trip! Perks of the visit, besides the pleasant, relaxed atmosphere of the village, included an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies…and frequents naps!

mmmm- Jack Fruit
mmmm- Jack Fruit

mangoes at papas house

mmmmm – Mangoes!

mmm- Passion Fruit!

mmm- Passion Fruit!

… there were bananas, coconuts, limes, papayas, several types of tomatoes, corn, watermelon, long beans, and the list continues. There was Holy Basil, Lemon Basil, Lemon Grass and many other herbs that we cut and used daily but I only know the Thai name for.

At Nick's Noodle shop

At Nick’s Noodle shop

Then I met up with one of my ex-English students…who just happened to be in the food business! So of course a bowl of delicious noodle soup was on the list. Friends and neighbors were constantly popping by with fish or some chicken or other tasty treats. Life seemed to center around food. Yet, somehow I managed to lose 6 kilos!! I thing it was muscle mass as I did very little of any kind of physical work or exercise.

Mostly we ate…

Food

…and relaxed;

snack 'n'nap

The only strenuous work I did was to take down a huge tree to make way for a new fence. It might have been easier if I had something bigger than a hatchet!

need a real axe

So while in the land of Muay Thai, I never entered a gym or even donned a glove. Basically, I did nothing….annnd loved it!

Little Weefy really enjoyed the lifestyle, getting back to nature and visiting family.

20140202_092510 little house on the farm as a couple 2 as a couple me and the girls...

But soon the fun and relaxation and warm weather was all over and me and my little sweetheart, who had been there for 6 months already, spent a few days in a big fancy hotel and headed back to Toronto and work and minus 30 degree temperatures…sigh.

Doug and Thai 2

At the pier in front of our hotel, counting down the hours before our trip back to Toronto.

 

It was a great holiday and hopefully we will be back there within a few years to continue work on the organic farm.

But for now, it’s back to the gym, work and the “grind”. Time to readjust and learn to love the city again.

Stay well and warm if you’re in my neighborhood!

Smile

Doug

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