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111: this is the number of times and days that I nominated myself to carry the Olympic torch, and all that persistence paid off. Today has been a long time coming, since I first saw the Coke ad on TV last February asking if I wanted to carry the Olympic flame. Carry the flame?! It didn’t take long for me to realize with an emphatic YES, that this was definitely something I wanted to do! So I went online, looked into the details and started nominating myself.  After a few months I got randomly selected to go to the next round and write a brief essay -around 200 words – about how I live an active lifestyle (see Active Living essay below).

The beginning of my Olympic Torch Relay dream pretty much coincided with Borys and me happily discovering I was pregnant with Niko, but seeing as he was due in October and the torch would be coming through Ottawa in December, I figured I would be good to go for the Torch Relay! And good to go I was! What an amazing, amazing experience: one that will be etched clearly in my memory (and in the hundreds of pictures that friends and family took!) for the rest of my life!

Niko was an amazing baby too! Even though I was fretting about the “baby logistics”, I really didn’t need to worry seeing as he happily slept through most of the morning and we were back home by noon.

Active Living: A Lifelong Commitment

I have always lived an active lifestyle.  I have trained for half-marathons, triathlons and also a marathon.   I participated in these events with long-distance friends; we updated each other on our training and would finally meet up on race day to run together.  One friend told me that she ran a half-marathon because of something I said to her.  I told her if she could run a 10km race, then she could do a half-marathon.  She took it to heart, started training, and eventually we both ran the Ottawa half-marathon in 2006.

Teaching has given me the opportunity to share my passion for an active lifestyle.  I have participated in student vs. teacher sports, and have coached cross-country and football.  In 2005 I was inspired by my Director of Education to start karate.  A friend and I started together and progressed through all the belts, which culminated in our black belt exam in June 2008.  I have since continued with karate, and now have my mind set on earning my second degree black belt.  My husband and I are expecting our first baby this October! Throughout my pregnancy I have remained an active participant in karate and aim to maintain this as a lifelong form of exercise.


woman_kickboxingGoal setting is what drives me to accomplish all the major things I have achieved in my life.  I usually set goals for myself and then do what I need to do to accomplish them.  Prior to becoming pregnant, karate had been a pretty big part of my life: I attended class about three times a week and eventually worked up to my black belt in June 2008.  Upon becoming pregnant I continued with karate until about seven months of pregnancy, when Borys and I went on a Halifax roadie.

Before Niko was born I set a goal for myself to return to the dojo before the New Year of 2010, and last night I achieved this goal! Again, I could not really do this without the amazing support of my hubby as he is the one who Niko-sits when I go.  But, in consultation with my doctor last week he cleared me for going back to exercise, but warned that if it hurt to do sit-ups (due to the c-section) to just take it easy with those for a while.  I have decided to attend cardio kickboxing classes as opposed to karate at this time, as it is a little more mindless: I just listen to the instructor and do as I am told, whereas karate takes a bit more focus and thought.  For now, this suits me just fine, and my new goal is to try to attend one kickboxing class a week!

I think it’s important for women, after giving birth, not to give up on themselves and to try to maintain their individual identity: the key here is balance. I mean, yes I am a mom, but that is only a part of who I am, a piece of the puzzle (albeit a big piece at this time!).  I am not saying that all women should start exercising; but whatever it was that drove them pre-baby should still be a part of their life post-baby.  For me, this happens to be karate and I think maintaining who I am as an individual will only help to make me a better mom overall.


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