Trusted Saskatoon owner and founder Sara Wheelwright recently accepted a fitness challenge from the excellent team at Trusted Saskatoon gym Fitness Focus. Over the next few months, you can follow along on her fitness journey as she blogs and video journals her motivations, successes, failures, frustration and her pain as she struggles to get fit and fabulous in her forties!
WEEK 7 - GETTING INTO A STRIDE & SEEING RESULTS
I am back - eating better, seeing Denise and I am starting to see ( and feel ) the results. I have more energy overall and even spent time last week organizing my closet and drawers ( If my Mother in the UK reads that she will be shaking her head in disbelief!). I am finding the cardio easier and, I must admit, I am starting to enjoy myself.
In the last 7 weeks, I have had to navigate many many many temptations. Mothers Day, events with girlfriends, Grad parties, my 44th Birthday, time at the lake and even multiple shows at Jazz Fest. I have spent time in hotels, on the road, eating in restaurants with clients. May, June and the beginning of July this year has brought hot temps and it has been perfect for sipping cocktails on a deck. I cannot hand on heart say I have not lost my way a few times and overindulged, but what I can say is for the first time I haven't let that get in the way of me moving forward.
The team at Fitness Focus have not judged my slips, and that is why I love the gym ( Also the coffee protein shakes!! GENUIUS!) - such a supportive, relaxed atmosphere.
Denise is the best trainer ever, and she really does inspire me with her dedication and the passion she has for fitness. You go, girl!! She is competing this week.
As I count down the last 3 weeks to my UK trip, I pledge to be better, to be more focused and to get fully onboard with the drinks, eats, cardio and activity. I know it is working and I look forward to the final weigh-in ( of phase 1 ) at the end of July.
You can see some of the results in the video and pic below - the rest you will have to wait and see.
Postive of week 6-7
- I have lost 5lb
- I feel energized and I am looking forward to working out.
- Cardio is easier!
Negatives from week 1
1. Eat clean
2. Increase cardio and weight load.
3. Go to bed earlier!
4. For England to Win World Cup!
Wish me luck.
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A Culligan Water Softener is Great for Skin
Culligan Water Softeners
You know you have “hard water” when a build-up of lime resides or soap scum is on your bathroom fixtures and dishes, and you have to use large amounts of soap to clean dishes or wash your hair. That’s because “hard water” contains excessive amounts of minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which leave behind a hard scale on the surfaces they contact.
A Culligan water softener removes the materials that make your water hard. Culligan offers water softeners for homes and business, and no home or facility is too big or too small. Their water softeners are designed to handle a variety of flow rates and remove from 25,000 to 1,250,000 grains. After all, Culligan Saskatoon are your Trusted Saskatoon water experts. They’ll help to determine the water softener that best fits your needs so you can enjoy the following:
▪Cleaner sinks, bathtubs, fixtures and tile with much less scrubbing
▪Cleaner, brighter laundry
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▪ Spot-free glassware
▪Reduction of scale build up in pipes and water heaters
▪ Less soap, shampoo, and detergent use
▪Water heating bills reduced by up to 29%
You’ll also save money by using less salt, water and electricity!
Since 1949, Culligan Saskatoon’s mission has been to deliver high-quality water treatment products that will benefit every part of their customers’ lives. The team at Culligan hopes to raise the quality of your life by purifying its most essential element: water. Culligan Saskatoon’s trained experts have seen about every water problem imaginable…. and solved these problems to deliver the refreshing, clean and pure water that’s become their hallmark. Free of contaminants and minerals, water treated with Culligan softeners or filtration systems will make an impression on you and your household, and at the work place.
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The Bridge City Duct Cleaning team know that cleaner air means healthier home, and with many years of experience in the HVAC industry, they are uniquely qualified! Be assured that Bridge City Duct Cleaning truly cares about the condition of your homes air quality as they see it for themselves every day, up close and personal. Bridge City Duct Cleaning is a Trusted Saskatoon Furnace and Duct Cleaning Company.
What's the Connection Between Allergies and Duct Cleaning?
Trusted Saskatoon Furnace and Duct cleaners at Bridge City Duct Cleaning have some advice in regards to the connection between allergies and duct cleaning. Could there be a connection between your sneezing and your HVAC ducts? Well, it wouldn’t be the first time that dirty ducts turn out to be the culprit behind air conditioning allergies.
The Link Between Allergies and Duct Cleaning
Does air duct cleaning reduce allergies? Consider this.
What happens when you blow the dust off an object? Often the airborne dust blows back at you. For those with allergies, what happens next is a sneezing fit.
When your HVAC blows air through ducts coated in dust, you end up with airborne dust in your home. So, it makes sense that cleaning dust, allergens and other contaminants from ducts could improve air quality and reduce allergy symptoms.
Poor air quality in your home or business can lead to a laundry list of nagging health issues. Is anyone complaining about eye, ear and throat irritations? Is there a lot of coughing and sneezing going on? How about headaches and dizziness? Well, dirty ducts can make the occupants of your place sick.
Contaminants Circulating Through Your Ducts
When considering allergies and duct cleaning, remember that all your indoor air circulates through your HVAC system and ductwork. Here’s a list of some of the undesirables that can be released into the air:
- DUST MITES – It’s impossible to keep our homes dust-free when HVAC ducts are spewing out dust particles. Those particles quickly settle on surfaces. Dust is a big problem for allergy sufferers.
- POLLEN – It’s tracked in on your clothes and shoes. It enters your home through open windows and doors. It’s another allergy sufferer’s enemy and it’s dispersed throughout your space by your HVAC system.
- PET DANDER – We love our pets, but not everyone might share in our affection. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates 3 in 10 people have allergic reactions to cats and dogs in the U.S. Your ductwork might be spreading dander throughout your space.
- SMOG – If you think once you shut your door, you’re safe from outdoor pollutants, you’re wrong. Pollutants creep into your home. In fact, the EPA says indoor air is at least 2 to 5 times more polluted than outside!
- VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS – Most of us don’t think much about VOCs. But they’re all around us. VOCs are harmful gases that are given off by common household items. Cleaning fluids and even printers produce VOCs. Your HVAC system is circulating these VOCs through your ducts.
- MOLD AND MILDEW – Moisture in your ducts can lead to mold and mildew. When looking into allergies and duct cleaning, if your ducts are moldy, duct cleaning is needed. Mold is responsible for many allergy symptoms.
- BACTERIA AND VIRUSES – If bacteria and viruses get into your home, they can circulate throughout your indoor space via air ducts and make people sick. In the worst case, you could end up with Sick Building Syndrome.
Other Allergies and Ductwork Cleaning Concerns
Not all the nasty stuff circulating from your ducts will make you sick. Some problems associated with duct issues are more uncomfortable than dangerous. Dirty ducts can produce odours and hot and humid air.
What the EPA Says About Allergies and Ductwork Cleaning
While the EPA hasn’t offered a blanket endorsement on duct cleaning because of the lack of comprehensive information on allergies and ductwork cleaning, it has recommended that you consider duct cleaning in the following instances:
- There is substantial visible mold growth on surfaces such as ducts or other components of your HVAC system.
- Ducts are infested with rodent or insect vermin.
- Ducts are clogged with excessive dust and debris and release these particles into your home from your supply registers
Reducing Allergies and Ductwork Cleaning Benefits
- Improve air quality by removing contaminants from ducts
- Eliminate odours by ridding your ducts of mold, mildew, rodent droppings and other nasty things.
- Reduce dust (one of the primary reasons for allergies and ductwork cleaning.) Not only from the air, but from your furniture and other surfaces.
- Increase HVAC system efficiency by unclogging your ducts of debris. If dust and other stuff coats ducts, it interferes with airflow. Reduced airflow causes your HVAC system to work longer and harder. Clean air ducts reduce energy cots and extend the life of your system.
Do You Need Duct Cleaning for Allergies? Call for Inspection.
Were your ducts were properly installed? Has your HVAC system been regularly maintained through a preventative maintenance contract? If so, air duct cleaning for allergies might not be necessary.
However, sometimes ducts become damaged. Pesky rodents can enter ducts and create havoc. Call an HVAC professional to assess whether you need to address allergies and duct cleaning.
Wondering about the connection between your allergies and ductwork cleaning? Choose an HVAC company experienced with ductwork cleaning and certified by the National Duct Cleaners Association, such as Arista Air.
Summer brings in a lot of dust, pet fur and dander and all sorts of allergens that can be trapped in duct work for weeks on end. This only comes out after the ducts and vents warm up and forced air blows this debris around your home or office. Avoid the mess and nuisance by getting the ductwork and vents professionally cleaned and serviced prior by your Trusted Saskatoon furnace and Duct Cleaners Bridge City Duct Cleaning.
Find Local Labour solves the problem of finding a reliable employee for a position that needs to be filled. They recognize that local job seekers and employers need a better venue for connecting efficiently, so they created the solution! FindLocalLabour.ca is listed under the Trusted Saskatoon Legal/Professional Services Category. They are a unique Trusted Saskatoon Recruitment Service.
Trusted Saskatoon Recruitment Specialists at Find Local Labour Shares Tips About Millenials
Everything in the world seems to go through an evolution, even windmills! Find Local Labour is no exception. As you may have noticed, they have a new name and logo! Find Local Labour is a new addition to TrustedSaskatoon.com as they are a Trusted Saskatoon Recruitment Service. They recently began working with the Trusted Team and they are following some recommendations that include; a new name (Find Local Labour), a new logo, a new website - with a great new look (coming soon), and new email addresses, etc. It is still a work in progress so please bear with them...hopefully they can make it seamless for users. Find Local Labour will maintain forwarding of all old email addresses and website links forever, so don't worry about updating your records immediately. Going forward, the company name is now Find Local Labour.
Find Local Labour Owner Rory Perron Tips to Encourage Millenials
Adults, parents, and society have a way of passing on a somewhat cynical attitude to the next generation. When kids hear the low probability of becoming a professional athlete often enough, they adjust their attitude and goals downward accordingly. How many times have you heard how bad the Millennial generation is? They hear it too and start adjusting their lives accordingly. I recently heard about a Millennial that had already given up on ever buying a house because he felt he had no chance as a Millennial. Many Millennials are giving up on life itself... Are we contributing to a suicide problem by constantly trash talking Millennials? Perhaps it is time to start encouraging them instead of bashing them?
How Do We Encourage Millenials?
Here are some thoughts from owner Rory Perron himself.
1. I generally keep my personal life to myself but I have a general desire to help people. So, if I can help some people by sharing some of my personal experience, I guess I will share. Last month, at 49 years old, I completed my first sprint distance triathlon. I am proud of myself because I achieved a goal that I had set for myself. (I am not looking for kudos from anyone, #SaskHumble.) Our next generation also needs to be proud of themselves. That's what makes them take pride in their work, makes them productive citizens, helps them feel good about life, and gives them a sense of purpose = positive mental health. Goals are the starting point.
Here is a peek at some of Rory Perron's goals:
- Complete a Triathlon Sprint distance (short distance) --> DONE!
- Complete a Triathlon Olympic distance (medium distance) --> Currently training for it this year
- Complete a Triathlon Iron-Man distance (long distance) --> Before he turns 60 years old
- Build a business for 10 years and sell it --> Done (but it took 18 years.)
- Build a business 100 times bigger in half of the time --> Working on it
I think you get the picture - Can we support the development of goals? (bigger and bigger goals? Or S-M-A-R-T goals?) He has given examples of his fitness and business goals, but goals in relationships and spirituality or fulfillment also need to be nurtured. And, it is OK to dream BIG!
2. The recommended dosage of positive to negative commentary is five to one. People need approximately five positive reinforcement comments for every one constructive criticism. Let’s get on with the positive reinforcement by offering five suggestions about how to succeed in every one pitfall to watch out for. Let's pass out five compliments before pointing out a problem.
3. I had a "down day" a few weeks ago. I was having a hard time motivating myself to be productive and I doubted myself about everything I was doing. I decided to make myself an “Up List”. It is a list that I can use/read/activate on my next down day. (It is really hard to make this list on a down day!) Over time, I came up with a list of the positive things that I have accomplished, things that I love about myself, and things that I am proud of. It also includes some people that I can talk to that will inevitably make me feel better. I also received some great input from other people. This could be a great tool or exercise for any generation.
Keeping your pet healthy is the #1 priority of VCA Frontier Animal Hospital Saskatoon. Their Saskatoon animal hospital offers Saskatoon pet owners an affordable dog & cat spay and neuter solution and full veterinary services. Their team is not only caring and compassionate, but they show continued dedication to the cause where they continue to offer an affordable solution to pet care, in this full service Trusted Saskatoon vet clinic. From the first joyous experiences of a new puppy or kitten to the final loving moments with a beloved senior pet, they are with you every step of the way. VCA Canada Frontier Animal Hospital are Trusted Saskatoon Vets and you can find them under the Vets & Pets Category.
VCA Gives Traveling Tips for You and Your Pet
Planning a trip with your pet soon? From the Trusted Saskatoon Vet's themselves here are some travelling tips that will lead to a helpful experience.
- Keep your Pet safe, secure in a well-ventilated crate/carrier.
- Warm up with short trips before the long trip to get them used to travel.
- Feed your pet a few hours before you leave, and not during travel.
- Never leave your animal alone/unattended in a vehicle especially in warm weather.
- Have your pets travelling kit ready, including water, bowls, medication (if needed) as well as an emergency kit with bandages.
- Make sure your pet has a microchip or some form of identification.
- Keep their head inside the vehicle while driving and be sure windows are closed enough so the pet cannot escape.
- Bring your pets vaccination and medical records.
- Bring your own water!
- Consider getting easy to clean seat and floor covers for your convenience.
These tips are a summary of tips from 10 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Pet. You can read the original article HERE.
Are you or your pet at risk of Giardia infection? Giardia is a protozoan parasitic infection. Although there are various sources of contamination, one of the most common for our pets is drinking from untreated contaminated creeks, lakes or rivers. Once infected the most common symptom is acute, (or intermittent and can potentially be chronic if left untreated) smelly, frothy, mucousy diarrhea. This parasite can be transferred to humans. So, if you and your pet have recently been in areas at risk and symptoms occur, it is best to be seen by your veterinarian and/or physician.
Do You Know Where You're Going?
When travelling with our furry family members we often forget to check to see if the environment is safe for them to travel to with us. Some things like heartworm are much more prevalent in hotter climates. This is a parasite that you can prevent your pet from getting as long as they are treated prior to exposure. How high is the risk for Lyme disease from ticks where you’re going? Possibly having them vaccinated beforehand would help but know ahead of time is the key. If travelling abroad, will your pet be allowed into the country? If not properly vaccinated and dewormed with specific regulations your pet could be quarantined or not permitted to enter.
Every country has its own rules and restrictions in regards to what a pet needs to be able to accompany you. You can start to sniff out all the answers by clicking here. The government site will also direct you to the correct people you need to contact if you cannot find all the answers you are looking for.
For any other questions if travelling within Canada don't hesitate to give VCA a call.
Looking for a vet in Saskatoon? We definitely recommend checking out the team at VCA Canada Frontier
See all they do and read reviews on their listing on Trusted Saskatoon here - VCA Canada Frontier Animal Hospital are Trusted Saskatoon Vets
These tips are a summary of tips from 10 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Pet. You can read the original article HERE.