A Fat Man on an OCR


First off for the masses, OCR stands for Obstacle Course Race. On May 13, I had the opportunity to run my second X Warrior Challenge. It was hard and easy, it was tiring and energizing – I had a great experience.

There was this great moment:


Coach Pain who was leading the motivation of the racers with lines like. ” Do your legs hurt? Well guess what there are people with no legs! Do your legs still hurt?”

Ultimately, these kind of things are about trying.  Completion not competition.


ShoeCamp – Please Join Us ShoeCamp - Please join us


A new kind of class that everyone can attend.  ShoeCamp is safe, moderate, fun, inclusive and designed to promote physical activity and movement.

Bootcamps can be fun, but they can also be intimating and typically the exercise ‘modifications’ for non-athletes are still very difficult. We believe moving is an amazing thing and want to have  fun with absolutely ​any body of any size, any shape​ and any ability who wants to participate.

​Join us at McMahon Stadium, home of the Calgary Stampeders, for a 40 minute workout where you will stretch, walk, climb and dance your way to better health under the expert guidance of a personal trainer and sports chiropractor. Stick around for a chat at the end and learn how you can include these movements in your everyday life.

Click here to register with our official partner CBC.


What to Wear: Clothes.  Any kind, even stiff pants. Shoes, ideally shoes that you can walk in.


Upcoming ShoeCamps:

June 23, 2017 at 7:00 am at McMahon Stadium

July 28, 2017 at 7:00 am at McMahon Stadium

August 25, 2017 at 7:00 am at McMahon Stadium

Class taught by: Geoff Starling , Certified ​Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Assisted by: Dr. Shereen Kangarloo, Sports Chiropractor
Cheering and motivation: Paul McIntyre Royston, The FAT Project

Proudly supported by: CBC Calgary, The FAT Project, Choose to Change and Complete Chiropractic & Sports Therapy, the McMahon Stadium Society and the Canadian Obesity Network

Caveat: These are deliberately not traditional fitness classes.  All we promise is that you will move and we will try hard to make sure you will have a good time.  (Moving should be fun). All ShoeCamps are Burpee-Free zones.

Bingeing to deal with emotions


So things have been challenging of late.  At work and at home with the twins, life has just been more difficult than I would like it be!  Well we can’t always have what we want, but we can push ourselves in the better direction.  Lately though with energy and will power reserves running low, it has felt near impossible.

The last two days of eating (missing a photo of a bag from Wendy’s with a Baconator and Cheesy Cheddar Burger.

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I am not proud of this, but I do need to own.  My tendency lately in the FAT project has been to not post my so-called indiscretions.  However since I still take a photo of everything that abandons my original principles.

Here is to a better day tomorrow.


Yes it is a disease


The day I started the FAT Project, was the day Obesity was declared a disease in Canada (October 9, 2015) – this was entirely coincidental!

Whenever I talk about obesity as a disease I tend to get a skeptical look.  They don’t buy it.  They think it is all will power or calories in/calories out.  Usually these people haven’t struggled with weight or have found it easy to control.

I am told that people will use ‘the disease’ thing as an excuse for being fat.  Okay, so what if they do?  4 decades of shaming and dieting in our obesogenic world have led to a more obese world.  It is time to try a different approach.  By understanding my struggle as a disease:

Disease: a disorder of structure or function in a human especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.

Is Anorexia a disease?  Mental Health? Is drug addiction a disease?  Obesity is complex, multi-factorial and needs a variety of treatment types.  Recognizing this empowers me to seek a multitude of treatments and in fact acknowledges that most likely a treatment of less calories and more activity will fail for the vast majority of people who suffer from obesity.


The disease is NOT my fault.  It is not my fault I am obese.

It is however my responsibility to seek treatment for my illness.  And that is the essense of the FAT Project.