Nicole Forrester
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Nicole Forrester is an Olympian High Jumper, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist and Sports Psychology Consultant, PhD Candidate who specializes in optimal performance. She believes and is committed to the pursuit of excellence.

Nicole is the founder of Optimal Zone Inc. a consultant company which specializes in helping athletes and organizations reach and sustain high performance through training and developmental programs. Additionally, she has worked as a reporter, television host and blogger with CBC, and has provided content and comment for CTV, Rogers and Discovery Health Channel.

Her blogs include high performance and lifestyle. Occasionally, she likes to push the envelope, blogging on taboo topics she references as Achtung Series!

Entries by Nicole Forrester

Confessions of an Intimacy Challenged Woman

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 4:52 PM

This is one of those blogs I write, and pause heavily before pressing that "Publish" button to send out to the world wide web. But, I can't help feeling by exposing my own flaws and fears I give a voice to others to do the same. So here goes...


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The Good Guy vs. Bad Guys Debate

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 11:56 AM

I've often heard men make the comment "Nice guys finish last." I'm here to tell you that that is NOT true. It may appear like that now, but just like the Tortoise and Hare story, where slow and steady wins the race, much is the same when it comes to...

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Ladies, Want to Date Like a Man? Get a Roster

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 11:27 AM

Fellas, this is going to sting a little...

This is a blog I selfishly did not want to write and cannot believe I have! However, I was urged by a few females (themselves subscribers to this style of dating) that this was something more women needed to know about and...

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In Defence of Good Girls

(5) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 10:54 AM

I spent the other night consoling a friend as he languished in frustration over his girlfriend. It seems they had fallen upon rough times and if I let him tell his side of the story, it was all her fault. However, I'm not sure I completely agree.

The problem...

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4 Deadly Dating Mistakes Men Make

(24) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 11:16 AM

It's Friday and my phone is ringing. It's from a guy I've been talking to and had arbitrarily decided to go for drinks early in the week. Given our busy schedules, he was supposed to call and confirm our plans on Monday, and here it was Friday and he was...

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Think Canadians Were Olympic Failures? Consider the Facts

(5) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 12:58 AM

With the 2012 Olympic Games over and all the results locked in, Canada has finished 13th in medal standings. Just shy of the Canadian Olympic Committee's goal of finishing top 12, Canada was able to produce 18 medals, tying our results to our performance in the Beijing Olympic Games. So, was the...

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Michael Phelps May Have the Most Medals, But is he the Best Athlete?

(10) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 11:30 AM

With 22 medals to his name, Michael Phelps has entered the history books as the most decorated Olympic Games athlete ever. We may never see another athlete accomplish what he has in our lifetime. But, does that make him the ultimate athlete of the Olympic Games? 

Some may argue that...

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Winning the Olympic Mind Games

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2012 | 10:59 PM

Listen carefully and you'll notice the barrage of comments referencing the monumental role mental state has on the performances of athletes competing in the Olympic Games. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times before - often the difference between a podium performance and going...

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Three Kinds of Athletes Most Likely to Medal at the Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2012 | 8:08 AM

It has finally arrived! The Olympic Games are here! What might seem like a four-year cycle of preparation, is for most athletes decades of training, clocking in tens of thousands of hour of intense sessions, just for this moment.

As an Olympian, I can tell you that nothing quite...

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5 Steps to Dealing With Unrequited Love

(7) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 11:28 AM

My relationship blog is one that has evolved by chance.  I make no claim to be a relationship expert, yet continue to blog on matters of the heart because... well for some reason people like to read these blogs (and they are also fun to write).   However, when it comes...

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Blinded by Beauty

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 10:58 AM

Anyone following me on Twitter will catch my frequent tweets about working on my dissertation at various coffee shops. Coffee shops are my sanctuary and library.   It's also a place where you can meet some pretty cool and interesting people.  At one coffee shop I frequent, I have...

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Pick-Up Tips: 5 Steps to Making the First Move

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2012 | 8:43 AM

So, you notice someone from across the room. You look at them and they look right back at you. "Aren't they cute," you think and wonder if they're single. Inevitably you talk yourself out of approaching them, and you let the opportunity pass. Unbeknown to you, they were also checking...

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How to a Make Long-Distance Relationship Work

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 8:51 AM

I remember learning in an undergraduate sociology class about the impact geography played on romance and thinking how sad that was... Specifically, I thought (at the time) if there is only one "soul mate" for every person in the world and if you were born on one side of the...

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Dating Outside of Your Race

(41) Comments | Posted December 14, 2011 | 8:00 AM

As Dr. Martin Luther King's speech goes, I've been brought up to not judge people by the colour of their skin, but rather by their character. I cannot control how someone may view me, but I can choose how I view the world. So when it comes to dating, race...

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Social Media: An Epidemic of Narcissism

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 5:18 PM

With the advent of Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and blogging, we have entered the dawn of a new era.  Social media provides outlets for self-promotion, repeated 15 minutes of fame and pure self-indulgence.  As a social media junkie, I by no means exclude myself from having this disease.


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Four Ways to Repel Women

(8) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 8:28 AM

If you could have designed the girl of your dreams, this girl would be it in every way and more.  She is perfection and of all people, she seems to be interested in YOU!  Could this be a dream?   Honestly, you would have thought that this girl would...
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Why You Should Never Settle

(18) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 8:07 AM

Once upon a time divorce was taboo, yet somehow we've entered a time where it is incredibly common. Now, a marriage lasting 72 days, such as Kim Kardashian's, or a marriage riddled with infidelity is OK? Maybe that's why the traditional vows of "till death do we part"...

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Don't Forget to Feel Your Boobs

(3) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 3:47 PM

As we leave the month of October and usher in the month of Movember, where men eagerly sport their 'staches in support of men's health (and hopefully to fundraise for a charity), let us not forget the teachings of October. While October does include Halloween and...

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Why I'm Relieved After Breakups

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2011 | 9:48 AM

There is something about the prefix 'ex,' followed by boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or partner, that seems to cast a shadow on whatever context it is used. Yes, it is well understood that people who have divorced are more likely to have their subsequent marriages end in divorce. And...

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Why Is it So Hard to Say "I'm Sorry"?

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 11:31 AM

Why is it so difficult to say the three little words "I am sorry?" It goes a long way, but often too many times people struggle with uttering those words. Recently, Heidi Grant Halvorson, PhD, offered some useful suggestions on how best to apologize. However, sometimes, the real...

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