7 Ways to Uplift Your Mood — MakeItUltra™

This is a really helpful post from MakeItUltra. Some really good practices you can use when life gets you down.

 

By Eric Perry, PhD-c Audio version | Click here “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” ~Albert Einstein We all have bad days. Have you ever had the kind of day that makes you think, “What is it all about?” We might start questioning our jobs and even […]

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Pink is for Girls

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I recently shared a post called Blue is for Boys. This is the follow up to that post. I have been listening to the radio program called Under the Influence.  It’s about marketing, advertising, sponsorship and how these things impact our world.  A two part episode in their last season concerned gender marketing. I encourage you to check out their site and listen to the whole episode.

In my last post, I shared how the blue for boys and pink for girls is an arbitrarily chosen, marketing concept to sell more and more product.  The argument is, this has also given ride to the so called Pink Tax.

The Pink Tax is the documented higher prices, really overcharging for products and services marketed to women that are essentially the same as “men’s” products. In the US, there are a few states that have outlawed Pink Tax but there are not consumer protections like that in Canada.

Here are some specifics quoted in the Under the Influence episode:

  • Girls toys cost more than boys toys 55% of the time.
  • Girls clothing cost more than boys clothing 26% of the time.
  • Women’s clothing costs more than men’s clothing over 40% of the time.
  • Drycleaners tend to charge more to service the same sized, same material blouse than for a man’s shirt.
  • Senior home health care for women costs more 45% of the time.
  • Women routinely pay over 25% more for haircuts than men.
  • Vehicle repairs: women are generally quoted higher estimates than men for the exact same work.
  • Women pay up to 48% more for shampoos, 11% more for razors and lotions, and 6% for body washes.

Why do women allow themselves to be manipulated this way? The argument is, people like and will spend more for products and services they perceive to be made just for them. The thing is, almost all of the time, it’s all just marketing smoke and mirrors.

Now here’s the insult to injury: Under the Influences notes women tend to purchase these products and services more often than men and they are doing so often with less money because of pay inequity!

When I see this, it’s like a whole system designed to be oppressive to women – but that would be crazy, right?

Blue is for Boys

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I’ve recently shared how I have been enjoying a radio program called Under the Influence.  It’s about marketing, advertising, sponsorship and how these things impact our world. I binge listened to all their seasons over a long drive. So far, I have noticed no ill effects from doing so.

A two part episode in their last season was really fascinating. The topic was gender marketing. I encourage you to check out their site and listen to the whole episode. There was one part that really jumped out at me.

Did you know that the blue for boys and pink for girls is a manufactured concept to sell more product?  The story goes, a hundred years ago kids clothes up to seven years old were white. With the development of department stores, boy and girl departments were introduced and not long after, colour was used to define gender. Arbitrarily, pink, a “strong colour” was for boys and blue, a “gentle colour” was for girls.

Yes, you read that right: Boys = Pink, Girls = Blue.

It’s suspected that the introduction of gendered colours was to make hand me downs between boy and girl siblings unattractive and thus promote the purchasing of more and more stuff.

Here’s the twist, decades later, the colours flipped to the now familiar blue is for boys and pink is for girls. Again a completely arbitrary decision.

But people are funny. We like things that we perceive are made for us. Manufacturers, stores, and marketing discovered that “the more stores individualized products, the more they sold.” Remember “It’s strong enough for a man but made for a woman”? Ka-ching!

Of course, if you own a manufacturing business, run a store or make money in marketing, this is good news for you because it generally helps you make more money. For the rest of us, we have to deal with the realization that we are being played.

So next time you’re taking away from/giving something to a child in your life be aware if your actions are based on these arbitrary colours or because they are marketed for boys or girls. It’s possible that you have been programmed to select the “right” item to profit those selling it to you. Even more importantly, you also might want to ask if those programmed choices are helping or limiting your children’s potential.

Check in next time for the follow up post: Pink is For Girls.

 

Fall Fit Challenge – Week 4 Recap

Here is my Fall Fit Challenge week 4 recap. I am continuously updating the original Fall Fitness Challenge post with each day’s exercises.  Save that page and refresh it often to see the next exercises and sets.

Here are some guidelines:

Do some light, gentle, movements to get the blood flowing before you begin.
Strive to do the number of seconds or reps even if you have to take a break.
Modify as needed but try to keep the exercises difficult.
Focus on keeping your form and engaging your core.

S = seconds so 20s means 20 seconds.
See disclaimer below.

Week 4 – Repeat each set of daily exercises at least 3 (THIS IS NEW) times.

Saturday: Rest.

Friday: Plank 45s, Push Ups 10, Mountain Climbers 30s, Burpees 10, Side Angle Stretch hold for 30 seconds.

Thursday: Cat/Cow Stretch 10 of each, Side Plank 30s, Reverse Snow Angels (no weight) 30s, Shoulder Taps 15 (each time you tap a shoulder = 1), Burpees 10.

Wednesday: Rest

Tuesday: Push Ups 10, Squats 50, Side Planks 45s, Lunges with twist 15 per side

Monday: Plank 45s, Mountain Climbers 30s, Burpees 15, Side Angle Stretch hold for 30 seconds.

Sunday: Plank 45s, Push Ups 10, Squats 40 + Jump Squats 10, Side Plank 45s (both sides) , Reverse Snow Angels (no weight) 20s, Brettzels 30s per side.

 

DISCLAIMER:

Like all those other fitness stuff, make sure you are able to start a beginner to intermediate intensity fitness program. See your doctor if you have any health conditions that could be aggravated, injuries that could be affected, or any medications that may need adjustment. Modify the exercises as needed to ensure they are the correct intensity for you. If at any time you feel sharp pain, experience dizziness or shortness of breath, please stop immediately and get checked out to ensure you’re safe. If you  begin to feel sexy and you want to get amorous with your partner, please go ahead in an appropriate manner and only with their consent.

Memoir Monday—Liar, Liar Pants on Fire? — Cherilyn Christen Clough

This is a blog from my friend Cherilyn. Even if your story is different, it’s a must read for the truth it contains.

My Grandma, Veronica (Mellish) Ellis was a writer. No one really knew this outside of the family because she was never published. She just filled out diary after diary, year after year. Who knows how long she had been keeping a faithful diary, but I know she told me once that she wrote something in […]

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Fall Fit Challenge – Week 3 Recap

Here is my Fall Fit Challenge week 3 recap. I am continuously updating the original Fall Fitness Challenge post with each day’s exercises.  Save that page and refresh it often to see the next exercises and sets.

Here are some guidelines:

Do some light, gentle, movements to get the blood flowing before you begin.
Strive to do the number of seconds or reps even if you have to take a break.
Modify as needed but try to keep the exercises difficult.
Focus on keeping your form and engaging your core.

S = seconds so 20s means 20 seconds.
See disclaimer below.

 

Week 3 – Repeat each set of daily exercises at least 2 times.

Saturday: Rest

Friday: Plank 30s, Mountain Climbers 30s, Burpees 10, Side Angle Stretch hold for 30 seconds.

Thursday: Cat/Cow Stretch 10 of each, Side Plank 30s, Reverse Snow Angels (no weight) 30s, Shoulder Taps 10 (each time you tap a shoulder = 1).

Wednesday: Rest

Tuesday: Plank 30s, Push Ups 10, Squats 50, Side Planks 30s, Lunges with twist 10 per side

Monday: Plank 30s, Push Ups 8, Mountain Climbers 20s, Burpees 10, Side Angle Stretch hold for 30 seconds.

Sunday:  Plank 30s, Push Ups 8, Squats 30 + Jump Squats 10, Side Plank 30s (both sides) , Reverse Snow Angels (no weight) 20s, Brettzels 30s per side.

DISCLAIMER:

Like all those other fitness stuff, make sure you are able to start a beginner to intermediate intensity fitness program. See your doctor if you have any health conditions that could be aggravated, injuries that could be affected, or any medications that may need adjustment. Modify the exercises as needed to ensure they are the correct intensity for you. If at any time you feel sharp pain, experience dizziness or shortness of breath, please stop immediately and get checked out to ensure you’re safe. If you  begin to feel sexy and you want to get amorous with your partner, please go ahead in an appropriate manner and only with their consent.

Giant of a Man

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Growing up, did you ever watch kids’ shows? Cartoons? Live action? Did you have any favourites? When I was a kid, my mom wouldn’t bring a TV into our home. I had to live vicariously through the stories the other kids would tell about the TV shows they watched. If I was lucky, I would be at a friend’s house and I would catch a bit of a show. It wasn’t until I was seven that a TV was in the house. Do you realize how much catching up I had to do??

TV was a different place back then. No really, I’m not just reminiscing through a foggy memory that glorifies the olden days. I just found out that when Ronald Reagan was the US president, he deregulated a lot of business and one of those was TV. Right after that, kids’ TV programming when from sponsored by toy companies to half an hour toy commercials (with commercials). Come on, sing along with me:

“Paw Patrol, Paw Patrol,
We’ll be there on the double
Whenever there’s a problem…”

For a guy that apparently stood for family values, kind of odd that Reagan sold out kids to corporations.

Anyhow, even though we had TV, in Canada without cable there weren’t lots of programming choices. One kids’ show I would watch, out of sheer lack of choice, was “The Friendly Giant.”

The Friendly Giant was a 15 minute program on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Bob Homme, the friendly giant himself, created the show based on the premise that adults look like giants to children, and he wanted to show that “adults could be kind and warm and share a sense of wonderment.” Apparently, he could have been a millionaire if only he merchandized himself and his puppets. He felt doing so would be a betrayal of the children’s trust in him so he never sold out. Terry O’Reilly, Under the Influence.

 

Honestly, I thought “The Friendly Giant” was a bit corny by the time I watched it having already become a fan of “The Six Million Dollar Man.” How can a guy with some puppets and a recorder compete with bionic Steve Austin? And then came “Star Wars.” The show eventually ended in the early 1980’s but by then I was long past the target audience of the show and didn’t even know it was gone.

But here’s the thing. On May 2, 2000, I was living in the Vancouver, BC area and I was driving around to client meetings. While I sat in traffic at an intersection, a common Vancouver experience, the radio announced that Bob Homme, the friendly giant, had passed away. They did a short overview of his life, during which I grew in respect for the man, and then they played the ending to his show…

So there I sat in traffic, listening to the ending of that corny show, and I wept deeply for the loss.

 

Worst Fight Ever

I apologize in advance if alarm you, but this weekend, my wife and I had our worst fight ever. 

Our daughter and her three babies came to visit for a couple days. While we were getting a room ready, our daughter commented that she has never seen my wife and I fight. 

Talk about being triggered! Without warning, my wife and I began fighting. It escalated so quickly. Within moments it was our worst fight ever. 

Granted, it was a tickle fight.  

But it was a fight, nonetheless. 

Fall Fit Challenge – Week 2 Recap

Here is my Fall Fit Challenge week 2 recap. I am continuously updating the original Fall Fitness Challenge post with each day’s exercises.  Save that page and refresh it often to see the next exercises and sets.

Do some light, gentle, movements to get the blood flowing before you begin.
Strive to do the number of seconds or reps even if you have to take a break.
Modify as needed but try to keep the exercises difficult.
Focus on keeping your form and engaging your core.

S = seconds so 20s means 20 seconds.
See disclaimer below.

Week 2 – Repeat each set of daily exercises at least 2 times. The week started with Sunday so scroll down… and then back up!

Saturday: Rest

Friday: Side Plank 30s, Mountain Climbers 20s, Burpees 10, Side Angle Stretch hold for 30 seconds.

Thursday: Cat/Cow Stretch 10 of each, Side Plank 30s, Shoulder Taps 10 (each time you tap a shoulder = 1), Push ups 8, Reverse Snow Angels (no weight) 20s, Burpees 10.

Wednesday: Rest

Tuesday: Plank 30s, Squats 20, Side Planks 30s, Lunges with twist 10 per side

Monday: Plank 30s, Push Ups 8, Mountain Climbers 20s, Reverse Snow Angels (no weight) 20s, Jump Squats 10, Side Angle Stretch hold for 30 seconds.

Sunday: Plank 30s, Push Ups 8, Side Plank 20s (both sides), Squats 40, Brettzels 30s per side.

 

DISCLAIMER:

Like all those other fitness stuff, make sure you are able to start a beginner to intermediate intensity fitness program. See your doctor if you have any health conditions that could be aggravated, injuries that could be affected, or any medications that may need adjustment. Modify the exercises as needed to ensure they are the correct intensity for you. If at any time you feel sharp pain, experience dizziness or shortness of breath, please stop immediately and get checked out to ensure you’re safe. If you  begin to feel sexy and you want to get amorous with your partner, please go ahead in an appropriate manner and only with their consent.