Monday, April 6, 2015

Book Review - The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)

I was not compensated for this review in any way and these are my personal and honest thoughts on this book.

I must say I stumbled upon this book while looking for something to read on the subject of Self-help books on happiness and depression.  What caught my attention was not the main Title but the sub-title "A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom". 

The book itself is a short read, it took me 2 days but have been very busy so read a little here and there.

The book really is about "The Four Agreements" sounds simple but if you truly understand and are able to implement you would be changing your life.  Here they are in the simplest form:

  1. Be impeccable with your word.
  2. Don't take anything personally.
  3. Don't make assumptions.
  4. Always do your best.
Although they sound basic the author, Don Miguel Ruiz, does a great job of identifying and providing thoughts on how to think and implement.  

After reading this book, I am going to post them on my wall so that I review daily as I plan to try to implement them the best I can.

I highly recommend this book.  A great read for anyone wanting to change how they feel about themselves.

Allgoodcanadian review: 4 out of 5 stars.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Son wants to be a Goalie - Are you sure?

I know this might seem early but early registration for minor hockey in our area ended July 14.

My 3 boys have played hockey now for a few years.  This year my 9 year old son said he wants to be a goalie!

I am like: "Are you sure?" "Really sure?" "Ok but you know that people are going to be shooting pucks AT YOU"
My son - "I know dad, I really want to play goalie."

My biggest concern really is for him to enjoy being a goalie.  It seems to me that the goalie has a lot more pressure on them to be on there game.  Being his first year there will be lots to learn.

On the issue of cost, I am much less concerned.  Its not that I have lots of disposable income, I just know that their are options.  Certainly at this age of constant growth buying a lot of the goalie equipment can be very expensive and not a wise move.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the local Minor Hockey Association has equipment that can be loaned out to kids in the younger divisions Atom and below.

In preparation, we headed to a sports store that has used goalie equipment, and bought some ice hockey gear for playing road hockey to get him used to wearing it and being shot at.

Approximate cost: (Road hockey set)
Helmet - $25
Blocker and Snag (glove) - $30
Chest protector - $29
Leg pads - $39
Stick - $10

Also if cost is an issue have a look around at possible assistance like Canadian Tire's JumpStart program.

photo credit: Photo Pin

Monday, July 21, 2014

Are you a good parent? Great book on parenting!

The Dolphin Way - Book Review

I was not compensated for this review in any way and these are my personal and honest thoughts on this book.

As a father of three boys I want to be a great parent.  I don't know about you but I am always wondering if I am doing a good job.  Mind you I am told on numerous occasions my boys are well mannered and behaved. In my quest to be a good dad I stumbled across this great find in my local library.

Dr. Shimi K.Kang shares experiences as a parent herself and her professional experiences to give a unique perspective on different parenting styles: that of a Tiger and a Dolphin. 

As I read, I found myself saying to myself (in my head) that's me or that's what I want to do.  

The book is full of great stories to make you think about how you parent and had me thinking of ways I want to change. Throughout I was reminded of both my childhood and how I parent.  The beauty of this book is Dr. Kang provides prescriptions on what you can do.

A couple of my favorites included:
  • Playing with Lego
  • Change the Speaking/Listening Ratio
  • Ask Permission Before Giving Advice
A major learning for me was the idea of structure both the good and the bad.  I have made a few adjustments as a result if this book and am on the right road to raising "Health, Happy and Motivated Kids" thanks to this book.

For more info on this book, Dr. Kang, or to sign up for more helpful tips (as I did) check out:

I highly recommend this book, get it here .  I am hooked on Dr. Kangs ideas and writing.

Allgoodcanadian review: 5 out of 5 stars.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Enough already: Time to lose weight, get fit, be healthy and gain some energy for me and the kids

Oh my where to start.  This topic crosses my mind monthly and for well lets say at least 10 years.  Prior to turning 25-ish, I was 6 feet, 165-170 pounds, healthy and loaded with energy.  Fifteen years later I am not25, still 6 feet (I think) and weighing in at approximately 210-220 pounds and have low levels of energy.

A few years ago my goal was just to look good and feel better, now I want to change my habits not so much for looks (bonus) but to feel healthy, have more energy to do the things I like especially playing with my boys.  In addition, lead by example for my kids and be a role model.  The boys are 7, 9 and 11 and full of energy.  Now that its summer I hear the boys saying to me and eachother "check out these abs". Secretly I am jealous both for their abs being visible, I tell them mine are there just hidden, but mainly their endless amount of energy.

So what to do?  I am still pondering.  As I ponder I have made some changes like:

  • Drink more water, I used to drink a glass a day, at least 1 pop and 3-5 coffees
  • Eating less fast food, packing my lunch, Subway for a sandwich
  • Have fruit and vegetables readily available.
  • Drink less beer.  :(
  • Started to do the couch to 5K (C25K), really like it but challenging when my boys are with me. (I know bad excuse)
I do find there is a lot of information out there on eating to be healthy but its like information overload and in some cases confusing.  Eat more vegetables, more and less fruit, drink lots of water (8 glasses for everyone; really? I would think your size, activity, age, etc. may have an impact.  Eat more protein, eat nuts, no don't eat nuts, eat organic, try to eat grass feed, more dairy, less dairy, protein power, bread is bad, avoid grains, eat only whole grains, eat when hungry, eat 3 meals, 2 snacks, eat more often, I could go on and on, which makes me frustrated.  Oh and the Paleo eating trend.

Soooooo, here is where I am: "My Current Plan"
  1. Drink water - when thirsty, with each meal and aim for at least 5 glasses.
  2. Eat protein - chicken, turkey, beef, fish and eggs (Cholesterol again CONFUSING depending what you read.) at every meal
  3. Eat less fast food, pasta, bread
  4. Stay active with my boys, tag at the park, hiking (Geocaching) and get at least 3 runs in the weeks my boys are at their moms. (Secretly I would love to be healthy and fit enough to run 5K)
I think the eating will get there as I am making changes on the shopping front.  

Given my schedule I am looking for a Video/DVD program that I can do regularly at home. Both when my boys are with me and when they are away at their moms.

There are just so many out there and the more I research the more options I come across.  I tend to worry about choosing the right/best one.  Paralysis by analysis.  I am currently pondering:
  • Paleo
  • Bechbody products - P90X, P90, Insanity, 21 Day Fix
  • Bob Harper options
  • Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred
  • Yoga
Have a recommendations or testimonial?  
Whats your plan or recipe for health?
Exercise tips?
Can you touch your toes?

Chris - allgoodcanadian

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

As a Canadian am I into the World Cup 2014
- Despite no Canadian Team?

Before I answer let me set the stage, I am Canadian, sitting on my front porch enjoying a Heineken and Chicago Mix (popcorn delight with cheese and caramel) on Canada Day listening to the game in the background.

I love world wide sports for many reasons: competition, athletics, brings the world a little closer. Love to learn about the host countries,  although I really don't think we get even a glimpse in to them.  I have been to Brazil and have not seen much of what I came to know televised thus far.

Team Canada has not qualified for the world Cup since 1986 in Mexico!!

So who do I cheer for and why:

Netherlands - I have family there and ancestry. 
Brazil - I have great friends in Rio Grande do Sul.  They treated me like family
Portugal - Lots of friends who are Portuguese.
United States - Great friends and my neighbor.

If these teams are out, I just simply enjoy the game.

All in all great sport and many great countries to cheer for.

Did you know according to Statistics Canada 20.6% of the Canadian population was not born in Canada.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Summer Activities List - Is there a match in the Bucket List?

Well I thought we should have a family discussion to start to plan what activities we will partake in this summer. I am very curious to see what ideas the boys have for a great summer? As well, will there be any similar requests.

I am extremely fortunate to be able to take off 4 weeks this summer, so the plan is every other week when my boys are with me.

My Top 10

  1. Camping with the boys - (in a tent)
  2. A day of fishing (great pier close by)
  3. Canada's Wonderland
  4. Road hockey day
  5. Day at the beach (x5)
  6. Backyard barbecue with friends
  7. Toronto Blue Jays game
  8. TBD
  9. TBD
  10. TBD
Next up my oldest son's Top 10

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Great Fathers Day and the Perfect Gift for me

What is the ideal gift?

There are so many ways to celebrate Father's Day and each Dad will have their own perfect day in their mind.  I know growing up I always thought of Father's Day as a day for my Dad and always wanted to get him the perfect gift.  Truth is 39 years later, I still search for the perfect gift for him to show how important he is to me.  

How do you repay or honor your dad?  My dad and I are not really the card type, its a nice sentiment but I much prefer the homemade card if one at all.

So what is a great day or gift for me?  How can we to celebrate or honor fathers?

For me the answer is simply "time". Let me explain with the following two examples:

A few weeks ago I had that perfect day.  My 3 boys and I headed over to a local park and next thing you know we started Geocaching which took us to a small lake as well as a wildlife protection area full of turtles and frogs.  During our search the boys, being young boys were drawn to the water, as followed behind, I stopped stared and then captured a "perfect moment"  I was so proud and happy.  Almost didn't get the picture as I was just enjoying the moment of my 3 sons.

My mom and dad are Nascar fans and are away on father's day.  I am good with that as he is doing what he enjoys.  

My perfect day with my dad, and I think he would agree was last fall when my dad, myself and my 3 boys spent the day fishing off a pier, it was a thing of beauty, I could see the pride and enjoyment on all of our faces.  To me having my dad and kids for the day just hanging out was Perfect.

So TIME, time with my dad and boys was better than any purchased gift.

What is your perfect father's day?