Sunday, February 17, 2013
And it's such a great thing! I have been consistently monitoring my calories since January 8th when I got back from Africa. Yesterday, was that day when I could feel my weight loss again. My clothes are fitting differently, and when I was sitting yesterday, I could feel the weight loss from my mid-section. Yay for me!
Thanks to my consistency with my food and my exercise (thanks Fitbit!) I am once again making progress.
I think a big body changer (literally) for me is my Iyengar yoga class. Even when I played roller derby and was skating six hours a week, I didn't feel changes in my body shape like I do when I'm doing this type of yoga. It's great to find an exercise that makes me feel so good and literally changes my body (yes, roller derby did this for my legs, but yoga does it everywhere).
So, just popping by to celebrate a little success on my journey. 40 more pounds to go and I know I can do it!
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I'm not impressed with all the media hype with the Lance Armstrong alleged admission to doping with Oprah.
He cheated himself. Fine. But he lied to the world. As a fundraiser, I'm mortified that he thinks a mere apology can bring forgiveness. Accountablilty and integrity. The world needs more of it!
So, Lance and Oprah, I'm just saying no to you both.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
So, I'm admitting it. I'm a horrible blogger. I just haven't been able to find the time even though it's me I'm investing in and the time should most certainly be there for "me". Instead of feeling guilty though, I'm going to catch up on the past few months.
I took a new job in April that was supposed to have less travel time for me. Since the job was in London, where I lived, it was going to cut down on 15 hours a week of commute time for me. I never found this added time!!! If anything, I feel like life got a lot more hectic. I spent 1 1/2 hours driving to work each morning and another 1 1/2 hours home at night. It sounds horrible doesn't it? However, I really started to miss my drive time. At least that was me time. I could drink my tea, enjoy the country road scenery, listen to an audio book or a talk show, hear the news. I was grounded and knew what was going on in the world. Now, without this quality time, I feel more hectic.
My new job was also supposed to have less travel in the job itself. Since I've started I've been to Alberta 3 separate times, Vancouver, and call days weekly. I've been in airports more now, than I was in my old job, and there I travelled a lot!
I'm not complaining. I do love my new job. It has just forced me to make life decisions that I wasn't sure I was ready to make.
On the weekend, I just gave up one of my loves. One that changed my life and was a very important three years to my weight loss. Roller derby. I played my last game on Saturday to a large hometown crowd and it was emotional. This sport meant a lot to me; I broke my leg and came back, I became a great skater and a strategic player, and I love my team mates. But, it became time to embrace reality and move on. Travelling with work has forced me to miss many practices and I just felt it wasn't fair for my team mates when I would show up after being away. Plus, my knees were starting to feel it, and in all honesty, it was getting a lot harder to go through a stressful day and work knowing I still had a 3 hour practice yet where I was likely going to get the sh*t kicked out of me (on a good day, I knew I was going to kick the sh*t out of someone else; great stress relief!)
The good news....new beginnings! I have a plan. I am looking forward to having my Mondays and Thursday evenings free to plan things instead of always telling my friends, "can't, I have derby".
Now I can! And I have a new gym membership that I can go to on my schedule, when I want! I can go roller skating on Wednesday nights again because my schedule is open. I can find out if I like Body Combat or Body Pump. Hell, I might even try a new craft/hobby.
What I have learned is closing doors doesn't have to be sad. I can discover new exercise activities and things to try. It's good! I'm going to find balance in my life, and embrace it.
Long story short, I think I'm committing to blogging more!!!!
Friday, July 08, 2011
I did it! It wasn't pretty, but I did it. The Inca Trail proved to be a worthy yet beautiful foe but I conquered it nonetheless.
I met some great people in my group of 14 that did the trail together through Gap Adventure Tours. We supported each other throughout the entire trip (at some point in time over the 3 weeks, we all took turns not feeling well).
Day 1 was good - we did 14 kms on relatively flat terrain and it certainly built up our confidence for Day 2 which we all knew was going to be our hardest day. My first night camping wasn't that bad but I certainly wasn't keen about it.
Day 2 - hard as hell. Constant climbing to reach our highest altitude at Dead Women's Pass. The air was thin and the hiking was hard. After five hours we all made it, took celebratory photos and began our 3 hour descent to camp. It was a very hard sleep for me that night, topped off by the fact that I lost my appetite which I knew was a side effect of altitude. This was scary as I knew I needed my water and energy for the long trek ahead.
Day 3 - Gah!!!! It was my turn to be sick. But I reached deep within me and was able to do 17kms of ascents and descents, sometimes puking as I went to make it through the day. Hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Boy did I feel proud as I got in my tent......but also a bit hesitant knowing that we would be getting up at 3am the next morning to start our final hike into Machu Piccu.
Day 4 - 3am wake up, breakfast, an hour long wait, a two hour hike and steep climb up to the Sun Gate and there we were, watching the sun rise over Machu Piccu. What a glorious sight!! After another one hour hike we were there, exploring before the train visitors arrived. It was a stunning, peaceful day which made the ruins even more spiritual. My biggest goal and challenge was accomplished!
Peru was an amazing trip. The people were friendly and the country is full of colours. The food was also great - lots of quinoa and I even ate guinea pig. I also had a very quiet, reflective, and spiritual time in the Amazon jungle - I wish I could have spent more time there.
I encourage everyone to travel. The world should be experienced and appreciated.
Now onto my next goal.......I'm just not sure what it is yet. But the amazing thing is.......I know that whatever challenge I take on, if I believe in myself, I will be successful.
We're all stronger than we think!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Tomorrow is the BIG day!!! After waiting a year, I'm finally going to be on my adventure to Peru. This trip all came about after I broke my leg last year, and I came to the realization that if you want to do something, do it now, because you never know what will happen to you tomorrow. So, I planned my fate, and off I go to Peru to hike the Inca Trail (me camping at over 3500 m altitude at zero degrees celsius) is proving to be quite daunting. But I'm ready for it. I'll be flying to Lima, Peru tomorrow, where I have a couple of days of sightseeing before joining the rest of my tour group. We will be exploring the country, hiking the Inca Trail, walking into Macchu Picu at sunrise, visiting Lake Titicaca, and flying to the Amazon. We'll be doing it all. I'm so excited. The Inca Trail is not going to be easy, and to be doing it one year after having a broken leg is going to be my inner strength that will guide me.
We are all stronger than we think. Next week, I'll be finding out just how strong I am. Wish me luck!
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