As an athlete, mother and ambassador for women's sport and fitness, Debbie brings authenticity and authority to lifestyle articles and blog posts.
I’m used to a kaleidoscope of thoughts flashing through my mind on run days:
grocery lists, unanswered emails, child care arrangements—but this was different.
One autumn afternoon, I sat motionless on my living room sofa. I felt ill. My head
throbbed and my chest ached. Two hours later, I had one of my best sprint training sessions ever.
Body hair is not only natural, it’s one of our defining characteristics as mammals. Before birth, we are all covered by a downy layer of hair known as lanugo. Most of us shed that hair by the time we are born. Later, we adopt societal beliefs about male and female body hair.
With the arrival of December, delighted parents and children ring in another skating season. Community rinks will soon be flooded with girls and boys out to have fun and master the basics. Children and youth in skate programs will glide through arenas for testing and competitions, and some of the world’s best skaters will prepare for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.
Have you ever had an “aha moment” during training? Maybe the first time your mind muscle connection clicked to achieve an awesome lat spread? Or that time you caught the rhythm of a fast-paced footwork drill? I recently had one of these moments while working on my sprint starts during track & field training.
I'm not a numbers person. No matter how engaging the subject, I often gloss over stats and figures. But this one I couldn't ignore. That 61% did more than stand out. It shot out from the screen and hit me in the gut. Hard.
Statistically, girls are six times more likely to drop out of sport, compared to boys. That wasn't news to me. The eye-opener was learning the degree to which body-related guilt, shame, envy and embarrassment increases, while feelings and pride decreases as adolescent girls...
Cultivating a winning mindset
Mindset matters every day. But on game day, it's pivotal.
So how do leaders help players focus when the pressure's on? That's what we asked Faith McNab, assistant coach of the Saskatchewan under-19 women's volleyball team, at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) in Toronto.
Strength in Numbers
Visualization, breathing, and self-talk are common practices exercised by athletes. But as McNab attests, focus is sometimes found in something outside of, or gr...
“She’s some kind of superwoman!” read the comment beneath a recent post. “Really ?!” I huffed, before a smile dawned on my face. “Yeah, I am some kind of superwoman … but aren’t we all?
While I have no superhuman powers to boast of, I do, like many modern super women, whirl through multiple identities. I am a wife and mother, freelance writer, fitness manager, everyday athlete, Lolë ambassador, sister, friend, concerned citizen, and more.
Perhaps through the filter of social media, I appear t...
Those savvy marketers knew exactly what they were doing. I know because I was once one of them. I can imagine the sequence of meetings and approvals that landed the Maplelea Canadian Girls catalogue into my mailbox last fall, strategically poly-bagged with our monthly issue of Chirp Magazine.
I like the Maplelea Girls concept: seven adventurous Canadian girls with unique personalities, experiences, interests and dreams for the future. My daughter, then a bright-eyed 6 year-old, dove into the ...
Imagine this: you're at a car dealership. You intend to test drive a popular mid-size model, based on certain recommendations and reviews. A kind and knowledgeable sales associate takes stock of your needs and nice-to-haves. But then, instead of ushering you into the driver's seat, the associate suggests something unexpected. "Have you considered carpooling, bike-sharing or an electric scooter instead?"
I'm that sales associate. But instead of selling fuel-efficient compacts, I sell shiny new...
When Anthony invited me back to his place for chocolate cake on our first date, I did the obvious thing. I fell in love and married him. We didn’t wed right away, of course. That came many cakes later. We’ve melted into many a fudge mouthful together since then but, our tastes in chocolate can also clash.
I often cringe at his choice of chocolate treats. Though no connoisseur, I prefer the rich flavour and natural quality of cacao over the taste of his highly processed chocolate confections.