Subway Canada | Another Shot at Carl’s Crew

Another Shot at Carl's Crew with Subway Canada — Getting My Life in Gear!

If you’ve followed the blog a while, you’ll probably remember Carl’s Crew with Subway Canada, an initiative I ran with last spring that saw me utterly fail at making changes to improve my life, focusing on nutrition, fitness and changing my paradigm to make more time for things that really matter. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do it—I’m just perpetually hopeless at making my health a priority, something I should really consider changing with a son who’ll probably want me around for many years yet, and his little brother who I hope will want the same.

However — though I’d never shortlist for fittest blogger of the year, I’m not shy to recognize my issues for what they are, and Subway Canada’s been generous enough to offer a second chance at introducing some much-needed positive change in my life!

But this time it’ll be a little different.

Last time, it was all about me—will Casey finish the six-week challenge? Does Casey have what it takes to meet his fitness goals? But we rarely journey through our lives alone—who of us really get where we need to go in life without the help and support of others? Which of us are ready to say we did better without others by our side to grow with us and keep us accountable?

That in mind, if you’re feeling like you’re in a slump and your life could move in a better direction, good news—this time, we’re looking to include our audience as well, inviting everyone to tackle the Carl’s Crew challenges with us, rather than just watch from the sidelines! Car’s got all sorts of activities planned ahead like he would with his Commit to Fit program, all of them designed to set you on a path to a better life, with steps small enough that it doesn’t seem impossible! And it all starts with this week’s challenge — taking care of something we’ve meant to do since forever, but keep pushing it back!

Another Shot at Carl's Crew with Subway Canada—Getting My Life in Gear!—Carl's Crew Calendar Worksheet

Carl knows it’s hard to get our heads in the game when we have loose ends causing us stress and anxiety. Sarah generally posts our to-do lists on the fridge to keep us all on track, and on top of the lists I keep in my bag at all times, there’s no end to what the world asks of us.

For this challenge, we’re choosing three things we aim to complete in the next month, starting with polishing one off by the end of this week!

My top three include:

  1. Cleaning my desk up, because it’s an eyesore in our dining room, laden with too many reminders of the endless list of things I need to do
  2. Fixing the garage door, because the ear-splitting screech of metal grating against concrete is highly unpleasant, and
  3. Finishing the new budget — with a new baby on the way in January, it’s definitely time to figure our options out, making sure we have the space, funds and resources needed to expand our family. This one I plan to finish this week!

I could’ve wussed out and chosen easy tasks I know I could complete in minutes… but that’s not the point of this challenge. Even if I get the simple things done and pat myself on the back, there’ll still be those outstanding ones nipping at the edge of my consciousness, never giving me any peace until I get them done. So, much like everyone else, I’ve gotta do what I’ve gotta do.

But enough about me—I hope you’re amped up for the weeks ahead! The crew over at Subway Canada tell me they’ve got plenty in store (as always) like giveaways, weekly email prompts to keep you going and a Twitter Chat with well over a dozen of the Carl’s Crew members!

As for me, that budget’s not going to write itself, so I’d better get to it. But that’s no excuse not to start today—go take a walk, do some squats or get some veggies in your system! There’s no better time to start changing your tomorrow than right now!

And feel free to tell me about it—I’m never hard to find!

Have a great one, everybody! Until next time, I remain,

The second logo for Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad

Disclaimer: While I was compensated for this post, I 100% guarantee I have more of a tummy than I ever remember having before, and in lieu of hiring a personal trainer to get me off my butt and doing all the things for my personal fitness, this isn’t a half-bad approach!

You can learn more about Subway Canada on their website, Twitter or Facebook, and more about Carl Savard, the Subway Canada Commit to Fit™ Ambassador on his Twitter!

Me? I like sammiches—especially of the delicious variety! Though not often crammed with tales of my capacity for consumption, you can still find me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube!

By Casey E. Palmer

Husband. Father. Storyteller. Calling the Great White North his home, Casey Palmer the Canadian Dad spend his free time in pursuit of the greatest content possible. Thousand-word blog posts? Snapshots from life? Sketches and podcasts and more—he's more than just a dad blogger; he's working to change what's expected of the parenting creators of the world. It's about so much more than just our kids. When Casey's not creating, he's busy parenting, adventuring, trying to be a good husband and making the most of his life! Casey lives in Toronto, Ontario.


    1. Thanks, Alex — I appreciate it ?

      In fact, I appreciate it so much that I went and included the $150 contest I was supposed to include with the post in the first place.

      Because apparently I know how to blog ?.

  1. The struggle is real. Good luck steering yourself in the right direction health wise. I’m right there with ya

  2. Nice! Well, the post makes more sense now *laughs* We’ve all done it now and again.

    My goal for this week is to organize my kitchen. We’ve given away a lot of stuff we don’t use (dishes, a juicer, etc.) now I need to sort things so that the space is used better.

  3. I don’t need to get fit after summer, I need to lose some weight after having my 5 children though! I lost a little bit this summer, but I have a long way to go.

  4. Summer was filled with ups & downs for me health-wise. Although I walked more, I also ate more BBQ & drank more beer/coolers, oops!

    Now that fall is upon us & everybody is back to a routine, I am focusing on serving healthy meals for my family. I will continue to walk after dinner as well until it gets too cold/dark.

    Thanks for the motivational post & for the opportunity to win Casey!

  5. I find I always get fitter over the summer as I have a big acreage to take care of so I work outside quite a bit everyday plus keep up my workouts that I always do. I also take more walks during summer as it is so beautiful outside. I just want to maintain my fitness.

  6. I did a lot of walking and biking over the summer so yes I did get fitter over the summer, just need to keep it up over the winter.

  7. I have to get fitter. I am going to join a walking club at my local fire dept. They walk inside twice a week all winter…..that way weather is not an excuse

  8. i did start getting fitter and actually lost 15lbs but then we put our house up for sale and to show our house we put of elliptical away and then i ended up gaining 6lbs. so i am now back to the elliptical

  9. I was a great summer, filled with friends and food… I for sure need to get fit after summer lol. my goal is to keep it consistent.

  10. My fitness level doesn’t change as I play ultimate frisbee all year. My goal is do more long distance running.

  11. I was quite active this summer so I think that helped with maintaining my weight (I did indulge a bit during family BBQs!). I am definitely looking to get back on the fitness train and start losing some weight.

  12. I tend to get fitter after summer,as I am in the house more,and realize that I do need to get fit,lol,,so start exercising more.

  13. I got a bit fitter over summer. I did alot of cycling! I have been lazy the past 2 weeks and really need to get back into a good fitness routine!

  14. I often get fitter over summer, this summer though included a 1 week vaca with eating out daily! Time to get a little fitter now!

  15. I got a bit fitter over the summer but I need to keep on improving my overall health/fitness routine. My goal is to eat healthier, lose a few pounds and feel healthier.

  16. I did not get fitter. I need to get fit for the tough mudder which I’ve registered for June 2016! Running and swimming

  17. lol I got fatter no fitter! Have every intention of getting back on track now that school is back in and there is a routine again

  18. My husband and I both lost 15 lbs each this summer. How we did it? We bought mountain bikes and stopped eating out. (Subway is our only treat). We grew veggies on our deck. We still have about 5-7 lbs to go, and our biggest goal is to stay active in the amount of time between biking and skiing.

  19. I don’t really need to loose weight but I do (and always have) struggled with eating a healthy and balanced diet. I would like to maybe take a cooking class to learn how to prepare healthier meals for my family and I ?

  20. I gained about a bit of weight in the summer because we’ve been traveling a lot, so I plan to get back on the 4-5x a week workout bandwagon. I hope to get more toned by the end of the year.

  21. I stayed about the same. I wanted to get fitter, and I thought I was eating healthier, but it didn’t seem to do any difference.
    I need to start walking more.

  22. I always gain weight in the summer and lose it in the winter because we move to Mexico and are outside every day and only eat 2 meals a day.

    Thanks for posting this to my monthly Canadian-Friendly giveaway linky.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  23. I did get a little more fit over the summer (i rented bikes and went hiking), but there is a lot of work to be done! My goals are to amp up my energy levels and to work on a little strength training. Both things I lack, but could benefit from day to day!

  24. I did well in the winter as I biked and swam a lot. However, winter is the true challenge for me as it’s so cold, I don’t like going outside to do any physical activity and indoor stuff bores me.

  25. I did NOT get fit during the Summer but I’m also 33 weeks pregnant lol… so I’ll need to start getting fit once baby arrives (November 22 is my due date)

  26. I am staying fit by continuing my yoga and palates class as well as biking as much as possible. Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. I have a terrible habit of gaining at least 5 lbs every winter. I lose it in the summer – but Id really love to just NOT gain in the winter this year. I plan on purchasing a treadmill or something to help with my goals

  28. I’d guess that most people gain weight over the winter and lose it again during the summer, most of us are less active during the winter months, definitely true for me. My son has started a fitness programme, diet, cycling whilst the weather holds and weights. He already looks a lot better. 🙂

  29. It would be awesome to win a $150.00 Subway gift card. I have lost weight over the summer due to diet and walking. Thank you for having this giveaway and the chance to win. Good for you for keeping it real and trying to reach your goals while maintaining a busy schedule. 🙂

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