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Day one

I am trying a new product called U-turn from uweightloss. This is the clinic I have been going to for the past year and a bit. I have had great success with the program. Food  logging, coaching, healthy homemade meal plans, natropathic supplements, step counting. Alas I have hit a plateau. I am trying U-turn and I think it will work, it involves a very filling supplement smoothie for snacks several times per day, three higher protein meals, and  a detox supplement.

I have adjusted my goal weight to be 168 which will give me 80 lbs lost, you can do the math to figure out my highest weight 😉 I think that will also help me mentally. My original goal was 160 which I think that I will eventually reach, especially if I keep up with the triathlon training. But for now 80 lbs gone will be a great achievement. Then I can get my tattoo, I have only been blabbing about it for 6 months or so. I think I might get three small stars on my left inner wrist and 5 stars on my right foot. That will be a star for each 10 lb lost and the three stars can represent my hubby and my two girls as well, reminding me to be a good example for them.

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It’s only money, right…

My new sweet ride

** My Sweet New Ride **

It started out like any other Saturday. Sleeping in the morning after a night shift, dropping the girls off at a birthday party, checking out the Farmers Market, lunch with Mark, and looking around the Bike Barn. Actually that was a pretty good Saturday, not too common I suppose.

We went to the Bike Barn http://www.bikebarn.ca/  to see what kind of bikes they have in stock. Since my first triathlon Mark has developed beeinbonnetitis with regards to me getting a better bike. It was really fun at the Bike Barn; we talked to some friends of ours and then started looking at the road bikes.  Right away one of the employees started helping us and then another guy came up and offered his opinion and then they all started talking in tongues, Mark and the Bike Barn dudes.  I just sort of stood there grinning, trying to not look too stupid and pretended to understand their strange language (BB30?  Compact Cranks?  150 somethin’ or other?  What?)

Well we decided on a nice Cannondale CAAD 9, it is silver, with black, red and white accents. Guess what?  It has a BB30 AND Compact Cranks… oh, and it goes super fast!  I am going to I am going to call it Vegas because it was either a trip to Vegas or a bike. Of course I needed shoes and pedals so the second dude takes me to the shoe area and spend quite a bit of time helping me pick some shoes. As he was helping me I was wondering why he looks so familiar, had we met before. Oh well he was very nice and super knowledgeable. We got to the till and started talking to Will the owner of the Bike Barn. Risking the sale he suggested I try on a different type of shoes. Hmmm. Luckily for him they were shoes I had tried on 6 months earlier and really liked. He swayed me with the story that he wished he had encouraged his wife to buy these shoes instead of the ones she got. They are actually mountain biking shoes therefore they are easier to walk on when you are off the bike, good for the novice. When we got to the till Will told the other dude how he swayed me to choose these shoes instead of his suggestion, the wife example. Dude # 2 said well maybe I should have used Jill as an example, as in Jill Savege the Olympic triathlete. Hmmm I think I know why I recognize this guy…It was Jordan Rapp, winner of the Subaru Ironman Canada 2009! Check out his blog  http://blog.rappstar.com/

OMG no wonder he knows so much about the sport. I have to say it was a truly wonderful experience shopping at the Bike Barn. All of the staff members were engaging, smiling, making sure we were taken care of.  Will has a great memory; we met more than 3 months ago when his beautiful baby was born and he recognized me and remembered my name. That is a good business man.

I know this sounds like an ad for the Bike Barn, but customer don’t often talk about their good shopping experience, they are more likely to complain about their awful experience. I choose to applaud good service.

I wonder how much time I can shave off my bike time now?  Woo hoo!  No stopping me now.

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It's only money, right…

My new sweet ride

** My Sweet New Ride **

It started out like any other Saturday. Sleeping in the morning after a night shift, dropping the girls off at a birthday party, checking out the Farmers Market, lunch with Mark, and looking around the Bike Barn. Actually that was a pretty good Saturday, not too common I suppose.

We went to the Bike Barn http://www.bikebarn.ca/  to see what kind of bikes they have in stock. Since my first triathlon Mark has developed beeinbonnetitis with regards to me getting a better bike. It was really fun at the Bike Barn; we talked to some friends of ours and then started looking at the road bikes.  Right away one of the employees started helping us and then another guy came up and offered his opinion and then they all started talking in tongues, Mark and the Bike Barn dudes.  I just sort of stood there grinning, trying to not look too stupid and pretended to understand their strange language (BB30?  Compact Cranks?  150 somethin’ or other?  What?)

Well we decided on a nice Cannondale CAAD 9, it is silver, with black, red and white accents. Guess what?  It has a BB30 AND Compact Cranks… oh, and it goes super fast!  I am going to I am going to call it Vegas because it was either a trip to Vegas or a bike. Of course I needed shoes and pedals so the second dude takes me to the shoe area and spend quite a bit of time helping me pick some shoes. As he was helping me I was wondering why he looks so familiar, had we met before. Oh well he was very nice and super knowledgeable. We got to the till and started talking to Will the owner of the Bike Barn. Risking the sale he suggested I try on a different type of shoes. Hmmm. Luckily for him they were shoes I had tried on 6 months earlier and really liked. He swayed me with the story that he wished he had encouraged his wife to buy these shoes instead of the ones she got. They are actually mountain biking shoes therefore they are easier to walk on when you are off the bike, good for the novice. When we got to the till Will told the other dude how he swayed me to choose these shoes instead of his suggestion, the wife example. Dude # 2 said well maybe I should have used Jill as an example, as in Jill Savege the Olympic triathlete. Hmmm I think I know why I recognize this guy…It was Jordan Rapp, winner of the Subaru Ironman Canada 2009! Check out his blog  http://blog.rappstar.com/

OMG no wonder he knows so much about the sport. I have to say it was a truly wonderful experience shopping at the Bike Barn. All of the staff members were engaging, smiling, making sure we were taken care of.  Will has a great memory; we met more than 3 months ago when his beautiful baby was born and he recognized me and remembered my name. That is a good business man.

I know this sounds like an ad for the Bike Barn, but customer don’t often talk about their good shopping experience, they are more likely to complain about their awful experience. I choose to applaud good service.

I wonder how much time I can shave off my bike time now?  Woo hoo!  No stopping me now.

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Tattoos with meaning

 

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This is not my tattoo, just an idea off the ol’ Internet

Those of you that found your way here by googling star tattoos stick around and read a my blog. It is meant to be inspiring for those who want to lose weight, gain fitness, or just be inspired.

I watched The Proposal  this weekend. It’s a romantic comedy with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. The movie was quite heartwarming as well as funny. Sandra Bullock’s character has a tattoo that has a special meaning (I won’t ruin it for you). I really want to make sure that I have the tattoo right before I commit it to my body. I think I am going to book the appt for September, after all of the swimming at the beach  sun exposure, and I hear they get booked up quickly. While I am waiting I will figure out where to put it and what exactly I want it to portray.

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New shirts and a Fun Run

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Mark and I ironed my logo (that the lovely Danielle created), on to running shirts. We are going to run the Peachland Beach Run 5 k tomorrow. The shirts look great!! I will give and update on how the run went.

I have been thinking about giving away T-shirts to people who set, plan out and complete a fitness and/or weightloss goal. What do you think? Would you be interested in one? Let me know as a comment on the blog.

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BIG milestone

 

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I have reached another weight loss milestone. Yesterday I was down 60 lbs. I wore scrubs that actually fit and everyone at work really noticed the difference in my appearance.  My ID tag has a picture on it from 2 years ago and that woman does not even look like me anymore. I should get a new one made but I think I will wait until all of the weight is gone.

My mom came up with a brilliant way of commemorating my weight loss incriments. She started giving me carefully selected collections of rocks, which she weighed with a scale down by the river. I think this is a cool way of visually representing the weight loss. I have two big piles of rock in my garden and I will be eligible for another now.  I look at the pile of rocks and think there is no way I could pick them all up and carry them for any distance.  HELLO!  You used to carry all that weight around everyday, no wonder it was hard to walk up stairs without gasping for air!

However you choose to do it having a visual reminder of the weight you have lost is very valuable. Some other ideas are.

:: buying bags of flour that represent the weight you have lost and in the end donate all the flour to the food bank.

:: bags of potting soil that represent the weight.  You will have all you need come gardening season and the flowers you grow will remind you of your accomplishments. A new beginning.

I have also tried to buy myself flowers for every 10 lbs I lose. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you. Treat yourself to the flowers. They don’t have to be expensive, buy yourself a bouquet of tulips or daffodils. Try to take a picture of yourself holding the flowers each 10 lbs and you will see the progression.

with flowers

Along with these medium term rewards it is important to have long term goals with rewards attached to them. For a major milestone I decided to buy myself an iPod. I could have justified the iPod earlier by saying I need it to exercise. The reward meant so much more because I resisted and earned it.

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My ultimate reward in the end will be tattoos. I am still trying to choose the area of my body I would like to put the tattoos. I do actually like the look of the star tattoos on the foot in my previous post. I have been thinking a sprinking of stars along my side would look cool and I don’t need to have them on show all the time. I might get one star in my inner wrist to  be a small constant reminder of my journey.

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