I'm on my way!

I'm on my way!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

On the road again - (or atleast not draggin on the ground)

A bit of determination goes a long ways! 
I set my mind to it and Monday morning was my January 1st! 
Caffeine Detox ( from the diet cokes)

 and Sugar Detox
and it's Day 3 and I'm still alive to talk about it!
Now just to get off the Tylenol addiction for all the headaches. LOL! No headaches & fatigue today!

Yesterday I had a hard day at work and I am feeling some stress around my upcoming exercise classes. For the first time in 14 years of teaching here, i don't know if I have a spot to teach and 35 anxious students that want boot camp.

  Normally - Diet Coke & Mr. Big would have comforted me - but instead....  I chose to hop on my bike, headed out west towards the magnificent Rocky Mountains and biked 16 km's and then turned around and came home. I did 32 km's in 1 hr 17 min and it felt great!

In three days this week, I have done 50 km's between biking, walking and jogging.
 It feels great to feel great again and I can't believe that it only took
3 days of clean healthy eating, exercise & good night's sleep!

I sat down last night and did my goal setting sheet. My goal is to lose 19 lbs by Oct 20th
 ( our family vacation to Hawaii)  but... I have learned that that damn scale is not the be all end all...

for those of you who are addicted to the scale ... beware

I am 15 lbs lighter now than when I came back from Utah last year and
my body fat percentage is higher and my muscle mass is lower
and my clothes don't fit or look as good as they did a year ago

Don't be afraid of those weights, they may give you some muscles that weight more but you'll look better and burn more calories sleeping.

Well it's my Friday tomorrow and a challenge for me to keep this momentum going



until next time ... don't just think about it - DO IT!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

1 Step Forward and 3 steop Back

Well I always said "if i didn't have to work - I would have no excuse to not be more active!" How wrong that is! I do not function well without a routine.  I've been off work for a month now and all in all I"m eating well and preparing meals but then snacking on crap and drinking pop all day long.  I am actually looking forward to getting home tomorrow and getting back to work on Monday.

I can't believe that it's almost been a year since I returned from Fitness Ridge. I am definitely not where I thought or wanted to right now .... but on the other hand - I am still under the weight that I came home at. I still have 4 months to tweak a few things and work hard until my 40th Birthday!

While on holidays here in BC, with access to this damn computer and Internet ( which is one of my biggest stumbling blocks) Bob Harper ( trainer from the Biggest Loser TV show) posted and it really opened my eyes and a day later The Biggest Loser Resort also posted it ( as I was reading while snacking on a chocolate bar) 

A true lifestyle change means you have to CHANGE your life!

Wow - how simple yet how complicated that is!  So it is time to sit down and go through my weight loss jump start materials and so some self assessments and goal setting and do some Changing!

Looking back since my last post -

I had a wonderful trip to Las Vegas with my husband.  We did a side trip up to Utah and I stopped by Fitness Ridge and wow - the emotions that rolled out.  We had a great day hiking around snow creek canyon and I did not do that STOP sign hike - as I wanted to spend my time hiking with him - and I did not need to prove anything to myself as I knew that I would have made it up there in under an hour

I kicked butt in my first Triathlon.  Even with my really really bad transition from the pool to the bike ( I decided that I wanted to be comfortable not fast, so I changed )
(didn't shower but might as well have LOL)
I came in 2 / 8 in my age category.

I would love to more triathlons and am considering spending my winter vacation at a Triathlon Training Camp in Tucson, Arizona in Feb!

I signed up for the Las Vegas Marathon.  After thinking about it ... I have decided that I am not going to go.  I really don't want to complete one of the biggest accomplishments of my life and get to the finish line and ....... have no one special there.  So I will find a marathon in Alberta where my family and friends could come and support me!

Well .... that's about it

The next post will not be 4 months away because

Monday, May 9, 2011

2 steps back and one step forward!

Where to start? I can't believe that it's been 4 months since my last post!

Let's start in February.  Our friends got married in the mountains and it was a great weekend away.

Me & My Wonderful Husband

Dancing with my boys!

A few days later, we went on a fantastic vacation to Maui HAWAII! Carson & I spent 10 glorious days in Maui.  I was feeling pretty sick with the flu and got down to ??? maybe 195 while in Hawaii. Dehydrated and feeling very skinny!  Then I got feeling better and found a great deal on chocolate covered macadamian nuts ;( probably a good few lbs on those)  I did quite a bit of walking and snorkelling - made decent food choices for being on holidays.

Enjoying a wonderful meal at sunset at Whalers Village

 Snorkelling in Molokini

We rented a boat and found a pod of wild Dolphins!
Wow what an amazing experience! 

 My favorite past time - swimming with the turtles!

Rock Climbing with the Junior Forest Warden's ( this is the kids' small wall)
did the big one - and made it to the top - so much easier
than it was 60 lbs ago!

May came along and I found myself in Vancouver with the challenge of my first
HALF MARATHON! I did well with my training - my fastest time was 2 hr 22 min to do 21.1 km
My goal was to do the race in under 2:15

The night before the race I stubbed my toe in the restraunt - ugh
So I wrapped it up and stuffed it in my shoe!

My time was 2 hours 10 min 49 sec! FANTASTIC - I was so proud. 
The race was relatively easy! There was a 200 m hill at Stanley Park at mile 8 
you could tell those who had not done the hill training - most were walking up the hill
I followed my training plan - 10 min run and 1 min walk - even up the HILL! 
It was tough but - I CAN DO IT! The training at Fitness Ridge helped
The mountain class, the treading class - dig deeper and try harder!

 Awesome feeling at the finish line! 
 Can't wait to hold the marathon metal next!

If you don't set your goals high - you won't know how far you can climb!

Even with the a successful race under my belt and my first triathalon around the corner - I feel like I am drowning!  I have gained 7 lbs and am having touble getting it off.  Consuming the devil's Diet Coke again, which goes hand in hand with chips, chocolate & ice cream.  I feel out of control and my fat cells have expanded and I feel like I've gained a whole lot more than  7 lbs!

How does one from feeling like the girl on the right - to the girl on the left in a matter of a few short months?
One day at a time - I am still down 62 lbs and I"m not throwing in the towel by any means!
The choice is mine - time to re-evaluate my goals, rewards
and make a U Turn!

I am off to Las Vegas with Carson the end of May. I am looking forward to going back to Utah to
conquer that STOP SIGN! I want to see how fast I can do it now!
And take Carson up some amazing hikes in Snow Creek Canyon!

Have an awesome week!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

If you told me where I would be today - a year ago - I wouldn't have believed you!

It was an amazing day. I hosted my Weight Loss Jump Start Seminar. 30 strong and amazing ladies came from 8:30 - 5 and did everything that I put in front of them. Boot camp, Yoga, Resistance Training, Zumba, Stretching.  They sat through 2 hours of Nutrition Lectures, Exercise Information & Goal Setting.

I was going to do Subway Subs for lunch - but I did a bit of research into the ingredients and .... High Fructose Corn Syrup is the 3rd ingredient in the 9 grain wheat sub! Sickening! So I chose PIZZA - yes that is not a typo - PIZZA! 

Panago's multi grain, thin crust - with light cheese (about 1/2 as much) on a medium pizza - is only @ 125 calories a slice~! Pretty decent - so paired with veggies with low fat dip with a nice creamy yogurt for dessert - it was a pretty tasty lunch.

I am doing OK. I have achieved my goal of getting under 200. I weighed in today at 197.9.  I am enjoying a bit too much pop, sweets, treats - practicing some emotional eating so........... time to tighten up the belt - I am happy that I am not gaining weight through this struggle. I am accounting for the "slip ups" and paying for it with exercise and doing it in moderation. So it still may just be the 10 % and I feel like I'm cheating - but I feel much better when eating "clean"!

I bought  my first pair of Calvin Klein Jeans today at Costco - Size 16 and they fit good! Wow! Feels so great to be able to pick up pretty much any size 16 in any store and have it fit! I would like to get to that point in a 14 - so I need to make a plan and get practicing what I'm preaching.

I am still training for the 1/2 marathon - but need to get on a more serious schedule too.

I hope to report next post that I am getting back on track - now that I have some time to focus on me. I am still planning my wellness retreat in March - but I'm keeping it more simple and if it starts booking up more - then I'll do a bit more planning for it!

Have an awesome week - 3 weeks to get in Bikini Shape for Hawaii!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2011! Happy New Year
What exciting goals / challenges will you face and achieve this year?
I didn't make any exciting resolutions
1 short term goal to be under 190 when I go to Hawaii in February
(only 8 lbs to go to achieve that goal)

I survived the holidays and came out 2 lbs under. Got in a fair amount of workouts in.
Last weekend I took 3 new certification courses - It was great to learn a few new things!
My new classes have started up and are going well.
I got a wireless headset and speaker system - so that my class can now hear me - seems kind of weird!

My New Year New You weight loss seminar is coming up next Friday. It has been frustrating trying to get people to commit and pay! Most people that haven't paid yet are using excuses to back out now. I just don't want to have to supply food, buy supplies & get manuals for them when they are not going to be there. Ugh............ dealing with people - I guess it's just part of the "job". I'll have to get solid policies and just start getting tough.

Well until next time - just wanted to drop a line to say that I'm still here, still on this journey and on track ( with the occasional bump and U turn - but doing OK)  just living a normal life feels great!

Happy New Year - get mooooooooooooooving!