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Amaze Balls with a side of Awesome Sauce

September 01, 2015

*It has taken me almost a MONTH to hit post on this blog ~ While it might not seem like much to you referring to myself as an athlete is major to me*

Something totally amazing has happened.

Somewhere along the line of this crazy journey I became.. wait for it… AN ATHLETE!

Nobody is more shocked than I but when the realization hit I had to take some time and contemplate what it was I discovered about myself.

Really what is an athlete?

The trusty dictionary says: a person who is trained in or good at sports, games, or exercises that require physical skill and strength. 

That makes sense.

But, my definition is a touch broader. In my minds eye an athlete is a person who can do stuff. Not always well, but when the crowd says “Let’s go play a game of (insert random sporty thing here)” an athlete can at the very least participate. Someone might be better at it, but an athlete can hold there own and find a way to do what needs to be done and enjoy doing it. Yes, I am an accomplished powerlifter but I still couldn’t wear the athlete title because it was all I could do. I still want excel in powerlifting but I have learned that I want to be able to do more, and for it not to be as difficult as it has been most of my life.

Here is some of the evidence that has lead me to believe that I am an athlete!

Over the last couple of weeks I have;

Worked on this yoga pose thanks to Shauna, it’s amazing where a good attitude and some encouragement can take you!  :

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From the Highland Games. This is Lightweight for distance:

With a fairly quick turn around participated on the Q103.1 Triathlon Relay Team doing the swim leg. (Thanks to Caycee I actually managed to get in the water and train for it!)

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And along with coaching for the Q103.1 Ladies Wakesurf Nights I will be wake surfing 135K from Vernon to Penticton to raise money for Kids Care, it should take just over 10 hours.

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How is this finally happening? Lots of determination and choosing a great attitude on my part and also finding a place and a person that would push me beyond anything I thought I could do and yet at the same time making me feel safe doing it.  Andrew LoCurto at Aspire Health and Performance is leading the charge on not only how I appear physically but how I see myself and what I am capable of.

Turns out it’s a lot of fun. Not easy but immensely satisfying and without a doubt fun.

If you are ready to start the journey to being an athlete I applaud you.  First step make sure your attitude matches your goals, second find someone you trust to help you on your journey!

Good luck!

 

Turn that $%^* Frown Upside Down

March 12, 2015

Sometimes the toughest part of training isn’t what is happening with your muscles, but what is happening inside your head. I do everything I can to stay away from that negative vibe that can bring you down, but sometimes I succumb.

Monday was a tough day. The narrative that was running in my head was pretty harsh, it varied from the standard how did you get so fat to the slightly ridiculous, you are the wimpiest person in this gym. While this extremely unhappy crap was overtaking my brain I spotted an athlete training at Aspire; the type of athlete that is always pushing herself and yet has a smile for everyone and that happy glint in her eye even when she is pushing her limits. Negative voice said loud and clear; good luck being more like that.

HA! That was the window I needed. Inside I knew, that I to, usually have that happy glint in my eye and that I had fallen prey to a random funk that had started to spin out of control. I took the reins off my brain and focused on turning that internal frown upside down.

1. I was at Aspire and training hard to make the changes I wanted.

2. Even with the extra fat I am still stronger than your average bear.

3. No matter how annoyed I was in the moment I would feel great that I did it and be that much closer to my end goal.

You gotta start somewhere, right?

Training is more than muscles, it’s also what is happening between the ears. Take the time to acknowledge when it’s a struggle and work just as hard to switch up how you are thinking. I promise it will feel as good as your new found strength, smaller jeans and street strut. Looking for some tips on how to do it? Check this blog out —> HERE

Also.. I want to point out that sometimes breaking out of negative talk may need some extra support. Perhaps you are dealing with depression or other Mental Health related issues. If that is the case, and it feels like you can’t “turn that frown upside down” please seek some help. CMHA is a great place to start —> HERE

I’m feeling pretty lucky about finding a home at Aspire Health and Performance. The comfort of a place where everyone is focused on training for their goals and supporting others in that pursuit as well is pretty empowering. The only “judgement” I need to worry about is my own.

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