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He Said – She Said
A Fit Family Weighs In: Fitting In Fitness

I recently had the chance to interview a wonderful couple.  They are parents of two, a 2 year-old boy and a nearly 4 month-old baby girl.  Wayne trains for Triathlons and Sarah is the recent winner in the Fit By Design Mommy’s Wellness Challenge!

1) What motivates you to find time for fitness?

Wayne: I enjoy fitness and the time I get to spend training. I am constantly pushing myself to reach new levels so my training doesn’t get repetitive or boring. But what really keeps me going and gets me out there is having a goal with a plan and focus. Right now my goal is to complete a half ironman distance triathlon (2000m swim, 94km bike, 21km run). I have registered and paid for the race so I feel like I am committed to the training. I also have a training plan that I follow which lays out my workouts for me each week. The race is in June so I have 13 weeks left in the 20 week training plan. I also have a great training partner whose goal is the same race and has a similar family and work situation. When I don’t feel like heading to the pool or out for a run I go because I know he will be there waiting for me.

Sarah: This is a tough one for me…I know that exercising is important BUT there are so many things demanding my time. Exercise has never been a natural part of my life and it is easy for me to blow it off. My goal is to feel good about myself and to be an active part of my kid’s lives for as long as I am able. In order to accomplish this I feel I need to be disciplined and lead by example. It is important for fitness to be a part of our family routine, and it’s a lot of fun too!

2) What has your biggest obstacle been?

Wayne: Time is my biggest obstacle between work, family, other responsibilities, sleeping and eating properly it is hard to fit in the 7 or 8 hours of necessary training. But with planning and support form Sarah I get the hours in most weeks.

Sarah: My biggest obstacles are Time and Motivation! My kids are my motivation, and they are kind of hard to ignore ;). I am constantly reminded that it is so important for me to be fit if I want to be actively involved in their lives in the future. Right now it’s running around the house/yard playing tag, but before long it will be snowboarding, wake boarding, hiking, canoeing and the like. As for time…There will never be enough time for everything. I have recently read that if you do It first, It will get done! This is what I am trying to practise.

3) Do you ever work out together?

We have worked out together in the pre children era. Working out exclusively as a couple has become a little more complicated since children, so we don’t get to do it that often. We plan to work out together once the weather warms up and we can take the kids outside with us.

4) What is the greatest reward?

Wayne: There are several rewards from the lifestyle we lead; I enjoy being in good shape, feeling good and having energy to play with my kids. I take pride in finishing races, increasing my distances and getting faster. But most of all I know I am teaching my son and daughter how to live healthy lifestyles and how to work for and achieve goals.

Sarah: One of the biggest rewards I receive from an active lifestyle would be the long term health benefits. I love feeling strong after a good workout where I’ve pushed myself and it feels so good to see the physical results. During my latest fitness session with the Mommy’s Wellness Challenge by Fit by Design I lost a total of 10.5 inches in 6 weeks and I feel so

5) What would your fitness “routine” or “regimen” look like? Can you describe it?

Wayne: I do shift work so I do not have a set training schedule. What I shoot for each week is; 2 swim work outs, one speed focused day and one distance focused day. One long run and 1 or 2 short faster runs per week along with 2 bike workouts. For example this last week I worked Monday, Tuesday and Friday, Saturday 10 hour shifts.

Sunday- Run long 17km off work.

Monday- Swim long day 2500m before work.

Tuesday-Rest day, but worked.

Wednesday- Swim speed day 2500m in short fast sets in the morning. In the afternoon I ran 9km then biked 30minutes. This was a day off work.

Thursday- 90 minute bike, off work.

Friday- Short run before work.

Saturday- Rest day but worked.

I sit down at the start of each week go over my schedule and see where I can fit in my training. Then write it down and stick to the plan. Also to help with training for the half iron race I have scheduled a couple smaller events to prepare my body for racing. I am doing a sprint distance triathlon(600m swim, 20km bike, 5km run) and a half marathon (21km run) in May.

Sarah: I have been working out twice a week with Fit by design. Having a scheduled Continue reading He Said – She Said
A Fit Family Weighs In: Fitting In Fitness

As always, you and your ideas are wonderfully welcomed. If you are interested in getting involved with simply email and we can chat!

Meal Planning (an experience):
Moms in the Kitchen

This meal planning post comes from Alison Gregory.  This is part three in a multi-part series.  (part one is here, then part two) Do you want to weigh in?  E-mail


This year, I have decided to try meal planning (again). I have done this in the past, and usually last a week, two at the most, before I fall back into old habits of fast food, take-out, and freezer standby food. Not only is meal planning a big help with my weight loss goal, but it is cheaper, faster and definitely a load off at the end of a busy day.

I have two busy boys, and K is very picky! He doesn’t like anything squishy, cheesy, saucy, or new… and that doesn’t leave me with much. R will just follow K’s lead, and push away his plate as soon as big brother does. SO… we have started the “try it” system, where as long as they will try something, it’s considered a success.

Before I start my meal planning, I flip through cook books, websites Continue reading Meal Planning (an experience):
Moms in the Kitchen

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Home Decorator – The Kid Edition:
Crafting With Kids

Chrystal, creative mom to two precious jewels reports…

“This last week we just took the BIG plunge: we put our one and a half year old in the same room as our three year old!

We might regret it, but so far (4 days later) the idea of them being best friends is still outweighing our new 6am wake up call. After getting their beds and bedding and setting their room up, the blank walls were staring us right in the face. There’s just something about pictures and art on walls that makes a room feel cozy and homey. The thing is, decorating is just so stinkin’ expensive!

I would absolutely LOVE my house to look like the pages of a magazine, but, uh, that’s never going to happen. So, my mennonite blood starting working and I came up with this little decorating idea for my kids new room. Now, if you aren’t familiar with mennonites, we are famous for two main things (in my opinion)

1. some dang good food that would give any health nut a heart attack, and

2. being cheap, frugal, thrifty… you get the idea.

So I went on down to the dollar store, bought 5 canvases for $10 (of course you can get much nicer ones at other stores, but again, I’m Continue reading Home Decorator – The Kid Edition:
Crafting With Kids

As always, you and your ideas are wonderfully welcomed. If you are interested in getting involved with simply email and we can chat!

Big Little Science Birthdays

Super Science Birthday Parties at the BIG Little Science Centre

Everyone is invited to come to the BIG Little Science Centre for a

Super Scientific Birthday Party!

Science Birthdays are all about activity and excitement (with some learning going on at the same time). They are perfect for busy young people who want something special and different. Kids do real science activities and have a lot of fun. Even adults might consider having their birthday at the BIG Little Science Centre!

You and 9 of your friends will spend two hours enjoying the fantastic BIG Little Science Centre, assisted by our own scientist host. Explore over 130 different scientific, crazy and fun exhibits in the two hands-on rooms. Enjoy and participate in a special show or laboratory chosen from a wide selection of special favourites. We even have a party room for you to serve food and unwrap gifts. Watch out for the carbon dioxide powered rocket! Learn how to put out the birthday candles without messing up your cake!

We warn you now; be prepared for children to have such a great time it will be hard for them to leave.

Science Shows might include one of the following:
Light and Colour
Air Pressure
Static Electricity

Science Labs might include one of the following:

Dinosaur Detectives

Simple Batteries

Simple Circuits

Microscopes; sand or crystal labs

Times available for Booking Birthday Parties:
Weekday evenings: 3PM- 5PM, 4PM-6PM, or 5PM-7PM.
Saturdays: 10AM-Noon and 2PM-4PM.

Standard Booking Charge:

$125 per booking for up to 10 children. There is a $5.00 per person charge for each party guest beyond the 10-person limit, special permission is required for more than 15 persons. A down payment of $25 is required 1 week in advance, with full payment before the start of the party. Payment options are cash or a cheque made out to the BIG Little Science Centre.

Children under age 18 must be accompanied by a minimum number of adults. The first 5 adults accompanying children are not charged admission. Adults beyond the first 5 are charged $5 per person.

For more information check out the BIG Little Science Centre website:

To book, just contact us at:


Located in the Bert Edwards Science and Technology School

711 Windsor Avenue, Kamloops, BC

Enter through the doors facing York Avenue, behind the Kindergarten portable.

The BIG Little Science Centre Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a passion for science among the youth in our community.

As always, you and your ideas are wonderfully welcomed. If you are interested in getting involved with simply email and we can chat!

Misadventures of a Kamloops Momma

This misadventure is brought to you by the Kamloops Momma, herself, Courtney Charlton.

I bought a new pair of jeans last week. Amazing, huh? Okay, so I know that this shouldn’t be a newsworthy event – or even a ‘blogworthy’ event; but purchasing these jeans was a momentous occasion in my life.

No, they weren’t the smallest size jeans I’d bought since high school. And, no, they weren’t the largest size either.

So what was so significant about these jeans? Well, they made me a real mom.

Yes, I bought my very first pair of ‘mom-bum’ jeans. You know the ones I mean, right? – The jeans that fit just a little higher than they should, giving you more of a pear-bottom than an apple-bottom.

Now, I definitely do not want my bum to look like a pear, so why did I Continue reading Misadventures of a Kamloops Momma

As always, you and your ideas are wonderfully welcomed. If you are interested in getting involved with simply email and we can chat!