Tag: Okanagan

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!



BTW: Please check out my fundraising campaign for Kids Care!   CLICK HERE


It’s not easy

July 13, 2015

It’s not easy. its-not-gonna-be-easy-107791-480-436_large

Fat loss.

Muscle gain.

Good attitute.


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 🙂


For a thigh clapping good time

April 22, 2015

I promised a frank account of my experiences getting back into the shape I want to be in.

Some of it isn’t pretty but it is pretty funny.

thigh clap

That little cartoon always made me giggle, but I never thought it actually happens. I know we have all felt like it was about to happen… but to actually happen?? Nooooo…

Training leads to all sorts of fun body sounds. Pops, snaps, cracks and the classic Pfffffffft…

Try not to let it freak you out, anyone who has spend anytime moving their body, never mid pushing it to extremes, has experienced an unexpected soundtrack. Gym etiquette says you either ignore what has happened and those around you will do the same, or acknowledge it with a laugh.. and move on.

Trust me, as a powerlifter, max lift day can create a virtual symphony.

Back to the thigh clap.

I am innocently enough pushing through box jumps when I hear a strange sound. I ignore it and move on. I am working hard, really hard, I hear it again! Perhaps Andrew is just cheering me on. He can be very encouraging, but that didn’t seem right. The sounds continues. With every jump I hear the usual thud of my feet, scream of my lungs, and gasp of wonderment that I am still upright and not lying injured on the floor. Yet.. something is different.

OMG. The momentum and effort was causing my THIGHS TO CLAP TOGETHER.

In my earlier years this delightful experience would of led to tears, shame and horror.

Happily I am older and wiser.

First I clarified with trainer Andrew that I was indeed hearing this sound.

I was.

Following that I clarify that he isn’t traumatized.

He wasn’t.

Cue the laughter ~ and more box jumps.

Ready to start the journey for a healthier you?

Stop Working Out. Start Training. Join me at Aspire Health and Performance.


BTW: Never google thigh clap.. just don’t do it.

What goes up, goes down and goes up again…

March 05, 2015

As someone who has focused on powerlifting training for the last 5 years or so, the thought of doing reps of more than 5 makes me want to vomit.

Low weight high reps? Give me a break!

Well… when you start with a new trainer, especially when you have done your research and know the fit is right, you have to shut off the older voices in your head and embrace the new plan.


The last few Friday’s  I have completed 4 sets of 15 front squats and 15 Romanian deadlifts. I have no idea how I am still here to tell the tale. Following that last Friday I also did another circuit that words can not do justice.

My goals are slightly different at this point (even though I have signed up for a Powerlifting meet the end of July) so the training is different. Sometimes I don’t skip into the gym with great glee, sometimes I am exhausted, frustrated and have other things on my mind but I always leave the gym feeling inspired, determined and satisfied that another step has been taken in the right direction of where I want to go.

As promised… here is further proof that it isn’t always pretty but I am getting it done.

Wanna come play with me? I love all the friendly faces I am seeing 🙂 Join me at Aspire Health and Performance. Stop Working Out. Start Training. 


February 11, 2015


We talk about it a lot. I have dug deep the last couple weeks because of the hardest training sessions EVER.

I have pushed hard in the gym before, I can think of a certain Russian program that regularly brought me to my knees.

These days at Aspire Health and Performance I have to use every little thing I learned from that experience to not slide out of the gym on a pile of sweat while no one is looking. First problem with this plan is that Andrew is always looking.


The man has eyes in the back of his head!

I have never sweat as much as I do with my latest training sessions, I am tackling some new moves, muscles and attitudes. I remind myself over and over that I can do this. The two things that help me the most as I hit that wall where everything inside is telling me to stop is:

#1. A reminder that I can do anything for 15 seconds ( I remind myself again when the next 15 seconds arrives)

#2. That I trust my trainer and he wouldn’t have me doing something that I could not do.

I know trust Andrew to push me as hard as I need pushing and that he will be there to pick me up if I need it, or stop me if I push too hard too fast. This free’s up space in my brain to fight off the relentless urge to stop.

I find much of the so called “motivation” online rather un-motivating.  It just feels like superficial phrases set on unrealistic pictures.  The other day I had a horrible picture of myself emceeing an event posted online, someone had the audacity to say to me, “well that should be great motivation to stick to it a the gym.”  Are you KIDDING ME?!? One look at that picture and all I wanted to do was toss in the towel and head for the first fast food drive-thu I could find.

Sanity prevailed and that didn’t happen, but I thought I would share with you some of the motivational things that have helped me.

Off the top, check out the write up on A Navy Seal explaining 8 secrets to grit and resilience. So much of this rang true!




This campaign has been making a splash in the UK. I love all the body shapes and sizes represented, moving and shaking, jumping and diving.. The snap of the bathing suit in the beginning is perfection!

 Just for some added reflection, click HERE for a blog I wrote after reading the words

“motivation is for the weak.”

If you are contemplating some sort of fitness journey, no matter where you are at on the road, I encourage you to find your own motivation and use it whenever needed.. and remember it doesn’t matter how anyone else feels about what works for you.. because it’s for you!

Join me at Aspire Health and Performance. Stop Working Out. Start Training.

Exploding Fishbowls

February 04, 2015

Has your fishbowl ever exploded?

Mine has.

The life of a fish, in a bowl, is pretty simple. Around and around they swim in an environment they are very farmilar with. Do they ever see the world that is just outside? Around and around they go not knowing and often not caring that their paradigm could be shifted at any moment with the collapse of the glass.

A fishbowl explosion is simply when something you held to be true can no longer hold. Your thought pattern and belief system is radically changed, usually for the better.

Michele Helmeczi trained me in Calgary, she is pretty awesome, she often talked about your fishbowl exploding. Michele knew I would be able to back squat over 300lbs (considerable.) She told me this, often and I would smile and nod and be excited and put in the training and never really truly absolutely believe it was going to happen.

Until the day it did. Fishbowl goes #BOOM.   fishbowl

One of the side effects of experiencing an exploding fishbowl is that you become aware that other parts of your soul also live in fishbowls and those fish are very comfortable.

One of my fishbowls is more of an aquarium with two fish. One of those fish doesn’t believe that I will lose the fat I want to and be able to rock the best of Kelowna beach wear, the other fish doesn’t believe I will be able to lift my goals in the smaller weight class.

Understand that big picture I believe, intellectually I get it!  I am putting in the work, I am giving 110% and I am sweating consistently more than I ever have before. Yet, inside that fishbowl that fish is just swimming around and around and around..

Sooner over later that fishbowl is set for detonation.

Once you have identified that you have a fishbowl you take the steps, each step is a tremor and before you know it there is glass and water everywhere.

My fishbowl tremors are starting. So far no cracks in the bowl… but I think it’s getting close.

Take sometime and figure out if you have some fish happily swimming around in a bowl, if you do, decide if it’s time they have a new view!

If that requires some sweat and guidance, join me at Aspire Health and Performance!

Stop Working Out. Start Training.

7 things I like about me!

January 28, 2015

Sometimes it takes a little extra motivation to keep on track, when that happens I go through the list!

The list of things I’m looking forward to once I get back into shape again!

The 7 things I like about… ME when I am rockin’ the body I want.

#1. Catching a glimpse of myself in a store window and slowing down as I realize that cutie in the refection is me! Yes, totally vain.. but I am looking forward to it


#2. Picking up heavy things. #HulkSmash. Deadlifting makes me very happy. I also enjoy the ability to carry all the groceries, pick up the couch and perhaps even lift a car off the ground.  Oh, setting national records in powerlifting also rocked my world.


#3. Shopping anywhere ~ Almost. Powerlifting does lead to fabulous hamstrings, quads and buttocks which can make finding proper fitting pants a chore but the ability to basically shop anywhere and find something in my size is delightful.


#4. Boom Boom ~ Strong, flexible great cardio? Look out husband Steve!


#5. Dancing without feeling my body create it’s own gravitational pull. I jest. Sort of. When I am carrying extra weight that isn’t muscle sometimes it seems to have a life of it’s own! When you start to move it can get ahead of you and before you know it moves you, and sometimes pieces of clothing in unexpected ways.


#6. THIS bathing suit. #Boomchickawawa That was 9 years ago, and the smallest I have been as an adult. This was before powerlifting, so zilch muscle.. It will be interesting to see how it looks when I drop into the weight class I want to compete in with the extra muscle!


#7. Eat whatever I want and not getting the “look.” Ugh. It makes me so mad. If you carry extra weight there are people that look at you with complete horror if you are putting anything other than a sweet potato, poached fish or a lettuce leaf in your mouth.


Understand I am a big believer in loving the body you have in the moment and living life to the fullest, but I made a deal to be truthful in this blog while I am on this journey and those 7 things do motivate me to keep a positive attitude that gives 110%.

Join me at Aspire Health and Performance! They have all sorts of different levels of training.. something for every budget and goal. I would love to see you there.. if you see me training come say hi.. even if I am muttering obscenities.. 😉  Stop Working Out. Start Training.

… and just for fun.. do you remember these 7 things?