Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Stairway to Heaven

So as part of the Transformation Challenge that I participated in, I was asked to meet with Paul Anthony at the World Health Club in the Bay building right in downtown Calgary.

Fair enough.

I have never been to this gym before, so I found some parking and made my way into the Bay building hoping to find this gym.

I see a sign a says "World Health Club =====>" So I follow the arrow.

It take me to his door and on the door it says..........

I am not sure what to expectt until I walk through the door.  What was waiting for me was a stairwell with 8 flight of stairs, this gym was on the top floor of the Bay building.  Haha, I laughed and started my trek.

So I did my video testimony and everything went good.  For those of you that work downtown in Calgary and need a gym, I highly recommend this place, there is a TON of natural light that comes in, and the gym is big with lots of equipment.

Anyway, I got my picture snapped with the guru himself, Paul Anthony.


So I had never been to the 'new' expansion of the Chinook Mall here in Calgary, and Ang and I had a couple hours to kill before we put Ryder to bed, so we went to the mall.

The expansion is really nice, with some nice stores.  But the thing that I was most impressed with was the new parkade.  There is noting worse in a parkade driving endlessly down each aisle trying to find an empty stall.  Well this parkade, each stall has a light above it.  If the light is red the stall is full, if the light is green that means it is empty.  Huge benefit.  Now all you have to do is look for a green light !!

What would be a trip to Chinook Mall without stopping into Victoria's Secret.  i snapped a pic of the boy's experience in the store.  I don't think he blinked the whole time we were in there.


Ryders Joke of the Day.

A blonde and a brunette were talking one day. The brunette said that her boyfriend had a slight dandruff problem but she gave him "Head and Shoulders " and it cleared it up. The blonde asked inquisitively,"How do you give shoulders? "

Have a good day !

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lock Up Your Fish Tour

Greetings !!  It's been 2 weeks since my last post.  A week of holidays and a week of catching up with everything....

So I spent a week fishing at Otter Lake (Missinippi), this is about an hour north of LaRonge.  We go up here every June and have a week of relaxing a socializing.

This year there was 6 of us, me, my bro (urty), TV (tommy), my uncle Ron, my cousin Steve, and TV's friend Tess.

This lake is huge with the potential of getting lost, but it's awesome.

Here is a video clip of us going out to one of our fishing holes.....the day was perfect !!


So while fishing, game 7 of the Stanley Cup was played, and this is where we found about all the riot's that took place.  What a joke, but I have a feeling, win or lose, riots would have happened.

Now there is a ton of video and photos out there about the riot, but the picture that intrigued me the most was the one below.  What a perfect time to make out with a gal, in the middle of a riot !!!


Here are a few pics from the trip.

This was a baby squirrel or chipmunk.  I have never seen one this small.  But somehow he got into our cabin and was scaling the screen door.

 Here is Urty getting things ready for our fish fry !!
Nothing beats a fish fry with fresh pickerl, can't beat it.

bag o fish fillets with batter

urty mixing them together

The result

The end result


There is a place on the lake called Rattler Bay.  The pickerl spawn in here all year and no one is allowed to fish in here until June 16.  Needless to say, When June 16 rolls around, you can expect to see 20 - 40 boats all in this area fishing for pickerl.  In about 4 hours we caught over 100 fish, and keep the decent ones for eating.

Below was our haul for the day.


Now what would be a trip without fuel ?


Now each of the last 3 years, we have hit a reef with the boat.  3 years ago it wrecked out motor and we couldn't use the boat anymore.  Last year, a reef was lightly hit when it was very foggy out.  And this year we hit another one.  This one was a good jolt.  Imagine cruising in a boat and within a second you hit something very hard and almost flip the boat.  It almost happened this year.  These trips are just that much more expensive when you factor in boat repairs each year.  haha.

A pic of the motor after this hit.


That is about it fo now.

I may attache more pics, but that's it for today !!


Ryders joke of the day.

With a sheep under his arm, a man walks into his bedroom and stands in front of his wife.

"This is the pig I have sex with when you have a headache," he says.

The wife looks at him and replies, "That's not a pig, it's a sheep."

He answers, "I wasn't talking to you."


i am out !!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Transformation Complete ! Paul Anthony's the man !

So my 3 month transformation is complete !!  What a journey it was.  From the strict diet to the intense workouts, it was a huge learning experience.

First off, I want to thank Paul Anthony and Dynamis Supplements.  Paul was the trainer who supplied my with my exercise program and meal plan, while Dynamis supplied me with the supplements.

I started off at exactly 201 pounds, so I wasn't really that heavy or out of shape to begin with, but I did want to shed some weight.

My goal was to lose 15 pounds, not to enter a fitness contest, but to lose 15 pounds.  My final weight was 182.  That means I lost 19 pounds (damn my math is good...! )

Now did I stick exactly to the diet and exercise program, no.

Paul said one quote at the beginning of this contest and it stuck with me throughout the whole thing, "If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail".

That quote is so true.  This program had you eat roughly six meals a day.  No one has time to cook 6 meals a day, so usually on Sunday's I was cooking my meals for the week.  Preparation is everything.  That also goes for working out.  My day starts at 4:30am and end at 8:30pm, I don't have a lot of spare time to myself during the day, so preparing/planning out the day is everything.

Now I am not going to rant on here about an injury I had during this contest or about my lower back pain flaring up, I just want to say that I learned a ton from Paul, this guy is a genius.

Thanks again !!

Attached are my before and after pics.

Here are the before pics...

Here are the after pics...


I am off on a week long fishing trip now, so  a little weight might get put back on, but now I know what it takes to get it off and keep it off !!

Ryders Joke of the Day

Two elderly ladies were outside their nursing home, having a smoke, when it started to rain. One of the ladies pulled out a condom, cut off the end, put it over her cigarette, and continued smoking.
The lady asked, "What's that? " "A condom," the other lady responded. "This way my cigarette doesn't get wet. " "Where did you get it? " the other lady asked. "You can get them at any drugstore. "
The next day, the first lady hobbled herself down to the local drugstore and announced to the pharmacist that she wants a box of condoms. The guy looked at her kind of strangely (she is, after all, over 80 years of age), but politely asks what brand she prefers. "It doesn't matter as long as it fits a Camel. "
The pharmacist fainted."


L8er SK8er

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Someone should really hurt this guy part II

Thought I would slide in a quick blog during lunch.

First off, what is this chick doing in the video clip ?  really, getting all of your facebook friends tattooed on your arm ?  Really ?

Hey, I use facebook, but I don't think I am quite this stupid.  Besides, I have waaaay too many friends on FB, and it would likely cover most of my entire body.



Remember my monday post talking about a couple sports I hate.  Here is the second one.  Look at this fake job. 


This has to be one of the funniest things I have ever read. First is an actual story, and 2nd part is one male's take on it. I cried laughing.   ***Warning, there is some bad language in it.  I got this from barstool sports.

d New York bar and restaurant owner Mark Birnbaum was accused last month of assaulting and harassing four of his employees. Now the full text of their lawsuit is out — and boy, is it gross. The lawsuit, available at Eater, accuses Birnbaum of a variety of misdeeds. Some especially upsetting allegations: That Birnbaum offered a female bartender the following extremely comforting observations after her boyfriend moved out: “you need me to eat you out to feel better”; that they could “just masturbate together”; and “do you think about me when you masturbate? I think about you.” The plaintiffs are seeking lost wages and punitive damages in New York State Supreme Court.

Does anything sum up the difference between dudes and chicks better than this story?  I mean guys put yourself in this situation for a second.  Your girlfriend just dumped your ass.  You drag yourself out of bed and head to the office.  As soon as work starts your boss calls you into her office and says she heard about your relationship issues.  Do you want her to suck your dick to make you feel better?    Now tell me you wouldn’t have your fuckin button down untucked and khaki pants down around your ankles in 0.2 seconds.  I mean this is the shit porn dreams are made of.   This is the big time.  Not only getting offered a blow job without having to beg or spend $100 bucks on a bar tab at 3 AM but from your boss no less.  Just sex fantasy city.   And if by some chance your boss is some fat ass ugly cunt dumpster the worst thing that happens is you make up some excuse then have a killer story to tell your buddies.   Nope not for chicks though apparently.  As soon as the pubes comes out it’s hysterical crying and running to the police station.  I guess a job, a paycheck, and a considerate offer for free box munching to relieve stress isn’t good enough for some girls.


Ryder's joke of the day

A blonde decided that she was tired of her empty life. She cut her hair and dyed it brown, and set off for a drive. She wanted to do random acts of kindness to see if it would change her life. While driving through the countryside, she came across a farmer who was trying to get his sheep across the road. She stopped her car and waved the farmer across, thinking this would be her first good deed. After the sheep had all crossed, the blonde said to the farmer, "your sheep are so cute. If I guess how many there are, could I have one. "The farmer thought it impossible and told the blonde it was okay. "637", said the blonde. The farmer was amazed that the blonde had guessed the exact number, but lived up to his bargain. "I'll take that feisty one over there ", said the blonde. Then the farmer said to the blonde, "Okay, now if I guess the real color of your hair, can I have my dog back?"



Monday, June 6, 2011

Wow, I hope someone really hurts this guy

2 sports i don't like, soccer and basketball.  Case in point, check out the video clip below, very disgusting.  This dude needs to be hurt by someone.....


So I am sitting at 186 right now...6 pounds to go for my final weigh in for Friday morning.  If I am lucky, I can get down to 185, and then I have to cut 5 pounds for Friday morning.


Gotta love a rugby game.


Okay, new burger joint I checked out last week.  I think it's called Rocky's burger bus.  It is in the highfield area of Calgary.  It is an old Greyhound bug that this person has turned into a burger joint.  Let me tell you, the burgers here are phenomenal.  Hit me up and I'll take you there.


My quest to become a PIMP just got one step closer.

As I mentioned on an earlier blog, I am striving to get my pmp certification (project management professional).  For me, to get this, I needed 35 hours of classroom time of project management courses, and 7500 hours of PM experience.

I'll tell ya, filling out the application took me 3 full days.  I made a big spreadsheet of all the projects I have worked on over the past 8 years..added up all the hours, and submitted them to the PMI (project management institute).

They just got back to me today and said that my hours and schooling are all good !!!  So that means I now have permission to write the exam, and if I pass the exam, I am pmp certified !!  I guess this exam is pretty tough.

My exam date is August 26.


Ryders Joke of the Day.

One day there was two boys playing by a stream. One of the young boys saw a bush and went over to it and the other boy couldn't figure out why his friend was at the bush so long. The other boy went over to the bush and looked. The two boys were looking at a woman bathing naked in the steam. All of a sudden the second boy took off running.
The first boy couldn't understand why he ran away so he took off after his friend. Finally, he caught up to him and asked why he ran away. The boy said to his friend, "My mom told me if I ever saw a naked lady I would turn to stone, and I felt something getting hard, so I ran. "

L8er SK8er !!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

That 170's Show

Am I the only one in the world that doesn't find Fergie repulsive ?


So I thought I would give a quick review of the Calgary Farmers Market located at Heritage and Blackfoot.

Now, I only went to the old one on Crowchild a handful of times, but from what I have seen, this one is way better.

All i heard was complaints from people saying it's too far south, too far east, the parking sucks, some of the vendors didn't come over.....GET OVER IT !!!

Things change, stop your crying.

I went last week and my thoughts

  • The parking isn't that bad at all.  At least here you have a nice paved parking lot, not the mud pit at the army barracks.  Sure the parking could be bigger, but so could the parking lots at every other venue in town.
  • Everything looks new.  Granted, they renovated a building, but it's like walking into a show home, you know you will like it, just how much ?
  • You have to check out this doughnut shop which is located beside the deep fried pickle hot sauce place.  You can literally get any topping for your doughnut.  I had a doughnut dipped in banana sauce with peanut butter cup sprinkles.  It was good.  But felt bad exactly 3.5 seconds after I finished it.  I will likely get another.
  • I am glad Simple Simon Pies came over, I always stock up here.  Tried the Jamaican meat pie this go around and was impressed !
  • I attached a couple pics from my tour.

I just added this because I am a Saskatoon boy...though tempting, I didn't buy anything from this vendor.

My boy Big D would like this.  A smoked meat shop.  I had the smoked beef Brisket, it was delicious !

Another shot of it.


So I have exactly 1 week left in my Transformation Challenge.  Right now I am exactly 187 ish pounds.  My final weigh in will be next friday morning.  I am thinking about trying what professional fighters do and cut weight.  I want to see if I can get to the 170's before my final weigh in.  So I need to drop 8-9 pounds in a week.  This is my challenge.  I was doing some research on this, and I think I might sit in the sauna quite a bit next week and get rid of the water in my system and see if I can do it.

Now, a couple factors here...I have been trying to jack up my cardio but my lower back has flared up again (what's new).  So I can still do cardio, just not as much as I would like.  Secondly, if I am out of town next week for work all bets are off for me cutting weight.  I will find out in the next couple days if I am in town or not.

We'll see if I have the courage to get this done.  But nothing beats the courage this gal had in the video clip below trying to run hurdles.  Check it out.


Priorities, daughter or souvenir baseball.


Ryder's Joke of the Day

'A doctor goes to his office one Monday and is shocked to find that it has been ransacked and the files have all been mixed up. He sees the file for Mrs. Smith, but her chart is mixed up with some of the others and he can't tell which is which.

He finally narrows it down to two charts and he decides to call her house. Mr.Smith answers the phone."Mr. Smith, this is Dr. Jenkins. I have bad news. Your wife either has AIDS or Alzheimer's Disease, I don't know which.

"Well, what should I do?" asks a distraught Mr. Smith.

"Drop her off at the edge of town," says the doctor, "and if she finds her way back,



i am outta here !!!