Adversity Exposes Weaknesses
Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet...

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

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Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet stubborn. We are patient and careful, but prone to overthinking, overanalyzing to the point of paralysis. We are sensitive, dogged, or committed in ways that are admirable, but can be frustrating, overwhelming.

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking
Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For...

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

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Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For others, it makes us far too uncomfortable, insecure, nervous. Still, others, don’t necessarily enjoy risk taking per se, but do it anyways: They understand – usually from experience – that incredible innovation, transformational change, unprecedented achievement typically requires assuming a certain degree of risk. They know that risk can lead to failure. They know that failure – in the right hands – cultivates humility, curiosity, and can be a phenomenal learning experience. 

Adversity & Opportunity
Adversity & Opportunity

Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a...

Adversity & Opportunity

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Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a moment there seems to be so little you can do. As indeed there is. And that can be the magic of it. We know that too many options, too much choice can be debilitating. It can leave you questioning your judgement to the point that no matter what you decide, you remain a little anxious that you could have chosen better. 

Adversity & Survival
Adversity & Survival

Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons...

Adversity & Survival

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Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons we’ve survived for as long as we have. When bombarded with an onslaught of incredible physical demands, the human body ultimately responds by increasing energy efficiency, building lean tissue, and increasing neuro-muscular mechanism so we are stronger and more powerful, and improves our capacity to resist fatigue and handle stress.

Adversity
Adversity

Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or -...

Adversity

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Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or - often - an intricate combination of all three. Adversity creates real pain and can be accompanied by fear, anguish, and despondency. It can also incite anger and spur furious, violent action.

The Art of Putting
The Art of Putting

The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly...

The Art of Putting

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The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly important. But I imagine being a good putter is far more important than having a good putter. Being a great putter can be the difference between winning and losing. And while you might think you need to spend hundreds on a new putter… it’s likely more valuable to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what you can improve in yourself first.

Don't Stop Believing
Don't Stop Believing

Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of...

Don't Stop Believing

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Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of survivors, champions… the people who make it happen… when everyone else said it was impossible. Hope – even unfounded – keeps a fragile spirit alive. Hope when it’s founded? That’s a beast to be reckoned with. A belief that is founded is based on facts: historical or scientific evidence that the future hoped for is not only probable, it’s inevitable.

Getting out of trouble
Getting out of trouble

Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the...

Getting out of trouble

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Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the highest loft. Designed for chips, pitches, and playing out of sand bunkers. Designed – in other words – to get you out of trouble after you’ve made a less than optimal shot.

Losing is important.
Losing is important.

Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s...

Losing is important.

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Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s not to say there isn’t something to be said for approaching your game as if you are going to win. However, you are defining winning at any given moment. A winning mentality is accompanied by hope, determination, confidence, and is, in some cases, self-fulfilling.

The Woods.
The Woods.

The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed...

The Woods.

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The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed for a powerful, fully committed swing which sends the ball on a long, glamourous trajectory.

Summer Weather is Here...
Summer Weather is Here...

Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the...

Summer Weather is Here...

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Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the longer we stay in isolation but we can do this together. Some days can be dedicated to staying in and baking, while others can be all about getting outside and moving – it’s all about balance.

Fore the Love of it
Fore the Love of it

Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d...

Fore the Love of it

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Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d been sneaking onto the cart paths for some of my runs and bike rides with the boys and WOW! The spaces are glorious. That said, I have many loved ones who love to golf. So ultimately, I can be happy. 

Taste of Spring
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve...

Taste of Spring

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Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve experienced phenomenal weather and slowly but surely the city is re-opening. But, for many of us, we’re still spending far more time at home than we would like.

Positive energy is contagious...
Positive energy is contagious...

Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today:...

Positive energy is contagious...

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Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible.

On Being Thankful
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The...

On Being Thankful

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On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The value it brings, not just to others but really to one’s self… Find something, anything, and be thankful for it. If it is a person in your life, let them know."

Sound Body & Strong Mind
Sound Body & Strong Mind

Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work...

Sound Body & Strong Mind

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Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work ethic. Low to moderate exercise can act as moving meditation. It calms the mind, increases patience, and boosts your ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. Really intense exercise creates a razor-sharp mind. It purges stress hormones, boosts confidence, and makes everything else seem easy.

Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

Intrinsic Motivation

Posted: May 12, 2020

"Soup of the Day"...just got serious!

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that just feels good. We are intrinsically motivated to do something because the work or process itself is rewarding, interesting, enjoyable. We’re more likely to repeat an activity, form a habit if it feels good, it’s fun, and it’s what you want to do. That’s what intrinsic motivation is all about: ensuring what you are doing fosters a sense of fulfillment, competence, and autonomy. Science would tell us, people who are intrinsically motivated to exercise are far more likely to make exercise a life long habit. Good to know.

When you’re extrinsically motivated your goals are focused on the outcome. You’re driven to complete your workout because you want to be fitter, stronger, more toned, faster, thinner. And you’re far more focused on the numbers: How many sets, how many minutes, hours, how heavy, how much power, how far, how fast…

These are hardly bad things to focus on. Remember, intensity matters! And you best gauge intensity with measurement! Numerical goals will push you to go a little further, and often that little bit further is exactly what you need to get results. And results matter. They – like intrinsic motivation – will support a lifelong commitment to exercise.

However, too much focus on the outcomes – both physical and training based – can lead to significant decreases in intrinsic motivation. That is, the more you focus on need for the body to look and perform a certain way, and the more you focus on the kilometres you must cover and the pace you must endure, the more you tend to lose sight of the pleasure and fun of the activity. Maybe that doesn’t really matter for you. But for many of us, losing sight of the “other side” is a slippery slope that can lead to burn out and frustration. This is especially true when we get injured, or if, as we get older, our body refuses to perform the way it once did. The “other side” also means we focus on and celebrate the effort and hard work. If you pushed as hard as you could for that one workout, you have every right to feel awesome and accomplished. It shouldn’t matter that you did 5 instead of 6 sets. Or generated an average 282 instead of 290 watts.

Listen: I’m all about pushing your limits and suffering a grind or two because it feels good afterwards; because I know it will make me stronger. But I’m also careful to avoid getting too obsessed about the numbers. I love to run. But when I obsess over how far and how fast I can’t go (because I just can’t anymore) the running loses all it’s shine, and just makes me feel crappy. Conversely if I decide I want to cover a specific distance because it’s a beautiful new route I want to explore… and it doesn’t matter how long it takes, or how often I have to walk… that’s a completely different run.

I guess what I’m trying to say is try to ensure you allow for both types of motivation. Take moments to enjoy your activities. Be open to finding new ones that might be really fun. Don’t worry if it isn’t as intense as the other stuff you’re doing. Variety is good for your mind, and exceptionally good for your muscles and joints. Life is long in many ways, and we only have one body. Yes, results are important. Just try to remember enjoying yourself is a result too.

Inspiration of the Day

“Questions are often more effective than statements in moving others.” – Daniel H. Pink, DRiVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Classes of the Day

We’ve got TWO more classes on the schedule today!

TNT with Lori

Start your morning off right with this workout, full of high intensity intervals designed to leave you as a lean, mean, fat burning machine. The exercises will be different from last week’s class, keeping your body challenged!

Join Lori at 7:00am (45 minutes) from your very own living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 842 3730 2549
Password: 106398

HIIT with Lauren

Your lunchtime just got a whole lot better! Today, you can join Lauren for her HIIT class that incorporates cardio and strength exercises to get your muscles burning and heart pumping in no time!

Recommended equipment for today: pillow & weights or weighted object (backpack with books, laundry detergent, etc.)

Join Lauren at 12:00pm (45 minutes) from your living room.

Click here to join the class.

Meeting ID: 880 8393 0882
Password: 382009

If you have any questions about our virtual classes, please reach out to Lauren.

Trainer Moves of the Day

Sore, tight shoulders?

Check out this great shoulder mobility and strength workout taught by Eric Bols, Personal Trainer at the Toronto Athletic Club. 

 

If you have any questions about these moves, please reach out to Eric directly.

Bite of the Day

Turns out Martha Wright, Executive Chef at Stratus, is also a baker now and then…

The Neiman Marcus $250 cookie

As urban legend has it, a woman and her daughter had lunch at Neiman Marcus one day, and for dessert they had the cookie plate. They loved the chocolate chip cookie so much they asked if they could have the recipe. The server said that could buy the recipe for two-fifty. They felt that was a fair price, and agreed to purchase the recipe. As legend goes, she received her bill a month later and in fact she was charged two hundred and fifty dollars! When she called the customer service department, she was informed that was indeed the price, and the company refused to refund the amount. She in turn replied that if that was the case, she now owned the recipe that she could do with it whatever she pleased.

As this is indeed an urban legend, I was always skeptical as to really how amazing these cookies are, until I baked them a few days ago. They quite simply are the best chocolate chip cookie I have had. Good enough to potentially be featured on the Stratus Dessert menu.

Be warned, they will not last long.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups oatmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips
  • 1/2 of a 4-ounce milk chocolate bar
  • 3/4 cups chopped nuts (I used walnuts)
Directions

Heat oven to 375oF.

Cream together butter and both sugars. Stir in egg and vanilla.

Finely grind oatmeal in a blender or food processor. Combine the oatmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and soda in a medium bowl, and slowly add it to the wet ingredients. Beat just until combined. Grate chocolate bar using a microplane grater and add it, along with chocolate chips and nuts to the batter. Mix just to combine.

Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes.

Makes about 24 cookies.

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