Category: Diet

Rocks in that jelly!

November 15, 2016

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Fat loss is such a pain in the ass. I have tackled this issue head on and hired some help for the process. At this point in involves weekly measurments with calipers – oh joy. I tend to make small jokes while this delightful process is on the go. Today while the calipers were clasped on my ample belly I made a seasonal joke that it shook like a bowl full of jelly. The quick retort fro the woman wielding the hot dog tongs with teeth was; “only if the bowl of jelly has rocks in it, there is some serious muscle in there!”

So while my ego is generally not pleased with the whole fatty mess.. it did get a happy little pat.

 

Onwards!

 

 

Why yes, that is mascara running down my cheeks. #HAWT

October 28, 2015

I’m back at Aspire!!

Remember how your Mom always said to male sure you didn’t “over due it” when you were recovering from being sick, otherwise it would take twice as long to get better?

Mom was right. That sound you just heard was my Mother where ever she is high 5’ing all her friends.

 

I was sick September 21st and honestly haven’t been 100% until this past week!!  Mostly because I kept trying to push things and get back into Aspire and work .. and life at the pace I am accustomed to.

Seriously bad call; and I kept getting knocked back into bed.

I am out the other side now! 5 pounds heavier but happy to be moving forward.

I pounded out a solid hour on the bike the other day. It was following a very busy day at work with a quick video shoot.. which I got all dolled up for (hello mascara and lip gloss) which I forgot I had on.

The sweat was pouring off me as I gave all I had on that bike. Yup. I became THAT girl.

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I was wondering why everyone kept looking at me strangely. I burst into crazed laughter when I walked into the change room and happened to look into the mirror.  Le sigh. So here is the lesson.. that girl with the make up running down her face.. might be totally unaware of what is happening and is just trying to get her sweat on. Be kind. 😉

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Sooooo close….

July 30, 2015

It appears Susan is getting her groove back. Which is also a great excuse to bring out this classic…

 

I am so very close to a personal victory at Aspire Health and Performance. All that sweating is paying off along with some adjustments to what I am eating,  I can sense that one of my first victories is coming up fast. Andrew and I have also done some lifting and I am not nearly as far off my former strength as I had feared!

As you work on one part of your life, in a heathy and intentful way (is intentful a real word? Well it is now) it’s amazing how other parts of your life start to fall in line. It becomes easier to create the change you need, because you are learning that you can create change and it isn’t as scary as you may have imagined.

Step by step it is happening. My confidence on air is returning, I am making sure I get enough sleep, I am entering triathlons, and planning 10 hour fundraising wake surf’s from one end of the lake to another.

I am also taking stock of what I want, and how it is going to happen.

I am not a woman that wears a bunch of makeup. When I do it is usually a big event or a photo shoot. When I am not feeling great about my skin I also try to even things out ~ this usually happens in the winter.  Over the years I have learned that if I want to look healthy in the colder months I need to make sure I address the abuse I put my skin through in the summer, and I need to do it sooner over later.

We are all in this together and I should share! I met this super cool, beautiful woman with skin that was exactly what I wanted, at first I thought she was just a make up master but it turns out she is a skin master! I love the idea that make up can be used as an accent and for fun rather than to cover up what you want to hide.  Kathryn also didn’t shy away from the Okanagan lifestyle, no need to hide from the sun… but you have to treat the damage rather than band aid it.. so I am going for it!

Off to Bijou I go! I had a facial and a Venus Freeze treatment and am on a regiment of ZO Skin Care.. will it work? It will be pretty obvious either way!

Not the best photo but it will get things started; here is my face after week 1!

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It’s not easy

July 13, 2015

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Fat loss.

Muscle gain.

Good attitute.

Consistence.

Food prep.

Solid choices.

It’s not easy.

Anyone that tells you it is easy is either in a minority of people who are blessed in a few different departments, or they are trying to sell you something that is probably a good idea to stay away from.

Here is what I have learned on my journey so far.

#1. Don’t beat your self up when you go off track. Just get back on track ASAP and move forward.

#2. Celebrate the little victories. Just don’t celebrate them with ice cream.

#3. Love yourself every step of the way, Just because your “end goal” might be vastly different than where you are today, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t pretty fabulous today. Enjoy the journey.

#4. Understand the “why.” Why do you want this? Dig deep and understand the motivation, it will make the harder days easier and the days off the wagon shorter.

#5. The only person you can compare your journey to is you. This is the really hard part for me. Why does she lose fat faster? Why does she move faster? Why can’t I lift as much even if I work as hard? There is zero point to this line of thought.

#6. Find an expert. I turned to the team at Aspire Health and Performance. Coach Andrew has the background I need and the aptitude to discover what else I might need. It’s not everyday that a midlife power athlete walks into your gym looking to address very specific goals with a background like mine. It takes a mix of personality and know how that isn’t always easy to find.

#7. LISTEN to your expert. LISTEN MORE when it feels like everything is falling apart and nothing is happening. Step back and LISTEN again when you want to throw in the towel because it feels like the universe is conspiring against you.

20150625_153134#8. Be honest with both yourself and the people working with you. It’s not always easy but that is where the biggest growth will come.

#9. You can do more than you think if you stop telling yourself you can’t.

#10. Sometimes you need to ask the same question over and over and over again. A good coach gets this and will keep answering until you understand the answer so you don’t need to ask again.

So far in my journey the thing I love the most is how I am moving. In everything from wake surfing to walking down stairs my body is responding better. Somedays are harder than others to get my butt in gear but those little victories are starting to add up pretty quickly and motivate me to fight through the tougher days.

I don’t know how to stress this enough. If you are thinking about making a change. DO IT TODAY. Find the expert, pay the money, work and push harder than you every have before. Sweat. Cry. Be frustrated. Fight. Kick something. Pout. Growl. Just give everything you have to it. When you are in the gym, give that time the respect you deserve in this journey. That is the time for you to focus on one thing; your body and how it is moving. Start with full commitment within that time frame and before you know it other pieces of your life will start to fall in line as well.

Kudus and thanks to you for even ready this far. 🙂 Feel free to leave a comment or fire me off a message if you want to chat or need a little push.. we are all in this together and I promise I have your back 🙂

 

Sweating is only part of the journey

June 22, 2015

I have been training like crazy with Andrew at Aspire Health and Performance and I am thrilled with what we have been doing. As the work continues one thing becomes abundantly clear; what happens in the kitchen is just as important to your goals as training. This side of things is a big challenge for me. Thankfully I have a lot of places to turn for help from people that really know what they are talking about. The Aspire blog regularly posts recipes and insight that I appreciate along with  family and friends who often send suggestions. My sister sent me a breakfast idea that has really worked well for me.

I made some minor changes to the original recipe and now have this almost every morning.

Flax Muffin in a Mug

Ingredients:

1 tsp. butter

1 egg slightly beaten

1/4 cup ground flax meal

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 mashed banana or handful of blueberries.. or both  (the banana makes it moister and the blueberries sweeter)

*nuts would also be good

Directions:

Spray a mug with non stick spray, add butter and microwave for a few seconds to melt it. Add the rest of the ingredients to the mug, stir and micowave for one minute.  (It takes 1:15 in my microwave)

When muffin is done, just turn it out onto a plate.

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It’s not pretty… but it tastes good and takes under 5 minutes to make!

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Training on a holiday.

May 19, 2015

So many people said; “Come on! It’s a stat, take a day off!”

Why did I get up early and make sure I trained before getting in my day of fun on the lake? A few reasons…

A couple weeks ago I pounded out 2.5 hours a day on a stationary bike, 5 days in a row.

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It was really hard.

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But I did it.

Following that my “off day” training was also increased and really pushed the limits of what I thought I could do. My coach Andrew LoCurto at Aspire Health and Performance has been true to his word and gives what he gets. I push myself hard and he in turn pushes me harder and at the same time provides a safety net to make sure I remain uninjured and motivated. Why would I dishonour that hard work by taking a day off that I didn’t need? Trust me, rest days are important, but rest days do not always coincide with the Queen’s birthday!

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These pictures may not be the most flattering of me, but they are the real. People need to know that the time you put in is hard, sweaty, and tough, but so worth it. If you walk away from your time training with your make up intact and no need for a shower, it might be time to reevaluate.

Plus I respect Andrew and what he is doing for me far too much to take a day off when he is ready, willing and able to train me.

If you are looking for some training, check out the “training camps” that Aspire is offering! They have a bunch of different ones, the price is right and it might open the door to a whole new outlook on what your body can do, and the benefits that come from taking time everyday that is solely dedicated to being the best you can.

I can’t wait to see you at Aspire!

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Dear friend afraid of failing

April 16, 2015

Dear friend afraid of failing,

First let me say. I love you. You are fierce and strong, determined and beautiful! You have made a choice to do a few thing differently in your life with the final outcome being a happier and healthier you. You know HOW, you just have to start.

You confessed to me that you are afraid to start, because you are afraid that you will fail, again.

I hear you loud and clear! That fear haunts us all in one way or another. This fear impacts all aspects of life but because you have set your sites on eating healthier and sweating more let’s focus on that.

People love to say “feel the fear and do it anyway.” I agree, but sometimes I think what you need to do is “honour” the fear. Acknowledge that your fear is simply a defense mechanism your soul is using to keep you safe.

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Take the time to look at the fear, pick it up and shake it! What is it really saying? When you say “fear of failure” do you mean fear that you won’t make your goals, that people won’t support you, that perhaps your goals are not achievable within the time frame you have laid out?

Consider that you are not afraid of failure but afraid to admit, that you are not ready yet to make the changes required to reach your goals.

Once you are clear on what your fear is, it will be easier to tackle.

Know this one simple truth. If you seek help from a professional on how to reach your goal, and you do what the professional says. You will reach your goal. There will be bumps in the road and adjustments to be made, but if you do what you need to, It will work.

Truthful “fear of failure” in this regard is such a broad statement. My biggest fear on my health journey is fear that I won’t value myself long term enough to make the right choices in the short term. I just keep repeating to myself that “it” matters; Why? Because “I” matter.

My friend, that is what you need to remember to beat this fear. YOU matter. Even if you are at a stage of life when you feel like you don’t matter to anyone in your world, there is one person that you matter to always.. YOU. Past, present and future YOU. YOU all matter.

Extra reading.

I’m going head to head with my fears about getting back on track health wise and hitting goals in the powerlifting world at Aspire Health and Performance. If you are looking for an expert to help you I highly encourage you to contact them and find out more. Stop Working Out. Start Training.

Psssst… You also matter to ME. Very much. xx

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