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Week in review

Geocaching and having a giggle. Haven't tried geocaching? Google it, It's super fun.

I took things up a notch this week. I am using a system called U-turn from u weight loss, it consists of a kinda yucky shake (they warned me it would be yucky) sort of tastes like I might imagine infant formula tastes. I am also taking their kickstart product which is a supplement that helps the body flush toxins. I have to admit my energy has been much improved. I have also been much more diligent about taking my calcium, omega, vit D, and fiber as well. Is it annoying to take these supplements? Yes in a way but it is much more annoying to have no energy, be depressed and worry that an airplane seatbelt might not fit.

I don’t think that I will be taking these things forever. I will find the right balance of vitamins, minerals, supplements that work for me health wise, financially, time management.

My eating has been right on track. I am following the U turn recipes to a T. I am following a certain schedule and calorie level for the week and then I will gradually increase my calories over the next month to six weeks until I am at a maintenance level. Hopefully my weight will stabilize and I will be able to eat a normal, healthy amount of food while being active. I really am loving these recipes. I am running the risk of turning in to a chicken again so I am balancing it out with some shrimp too.

Exercise has been off the hook!

Monday: Spinning

Tuesday:Masters swimming (didn’t really like it but I did it)

Wednesday: Working days, walked to work

Thursday: Spinning at noon (testing day,hard!) Met with Olly and set up some triathlon coaching.

Friday: Rest day, thank goodness because I worked nights last night and tonight too

Saturday: 90 min swim with the tri group (never, ever thought I could keep swimming that long)

Sunday: 45 min  run with Mark, good a bit achy but not too bad once warmed up, geocaching with the girls FUN!

This chick is gonna be busy. I am going to have to make friends with 5:30 am to get my short run in during the week. I do not like getting up earlier than 6:00.

I am hoping to be at my new goal weight by the end of Feb. I lost 7 lbs the first week which I am sure was lot of water weight but at least it is off my body. I am going to weigh in tomorrow so I will let you know.

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Completeing the tri in triathlon


I finally did it! I went to a Masters swim session last night. We were running a bit late so we were going to just do our own thing and swim laps, then we met the lovely coach and decided to well just jump in with both feet.

Before I started thinking about triathlon I would have counted swimming as the least of my worries behind running and cycling with clip in shoes. Hmmmm…. swimming is going to be my biggest challenge. Considering that I breast stroked my entire swim portion of my  Sprint Triathlon. The lake was very angry that day but people beat me by 10 mins despite the conditions. I really need to work on my form and I think that will greatly improve my speed and ability to go harder and longer…thats what she said (obscure The Office reference).

To further analyze swimming I think there is an innate fear of drowning that makes me panic a bit. I have trouble breathing on my left side so I have to either breath every 2nd or 4th stroke. When I get tired every 4 strokes makes me feel like I am drowning. My goal is to learn how to breath every 3rd stroke, that would make life so much easier.

When I started running I felt like the odd man out with no stamina or technique, but now I can run a sub 30 min 5k. Therefore the swimming can only get better. I think I will visualize a strong, elegant stroke, breathing every 3rd stroke, having enough air to swim as long as I need to.

Here is to adding the final element.

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Swirling ideas

rays of sunshine

My future is so bright...

I have a tonne of ideas swirling around in my head right now. All good things. As my last post indicates I need to find some focus. I do tend to overwhelm myself with projects, jobs, and new ideas. I don’t like to miss out on things and I think that can be to my detriment sometimes and to my advantage as well.

Some people might think I am crazy to have a family, full-time job, 2 casual jobs, write a blog, losing weight, trying to be a bit of an athlete, and an affectionate wife (no snickering Mark). I do have a natural tendency towards the lazy so I suppose I tend to over do it a bit in an attempt to override that tendency.

I am reading Jillian Michaels’ Master your Metabolism book right now (thanks Andrea)  and it really jives with the learning and supplements at U weight loss.I really ought to start getting a commission from Jillian, at least 4 or 5 people I know have bought her video now. Oh well good for her she must be putting out the right vibes to generate such wonderful success. Once I am finished losing the weight forever, I truly believe that I will have a better understanding of my body and how to better maintain it at a healthy weight.

I have found that when the time is right things just fall in to place for me. When I push things too hard and try to force outcomes, I always fall flat and end up seriously disappointed. I am struggling with the fact that I really want to get a website up and running that incorporates all of the things I talk about in the blog and a few more as well. It seems like a big undertaking but I believe that it is my calling and I am meant to provide a service to others trying to find their way to health and happiness. So I am putting it out there universe, let me know when the time is right and send a web designer to my door step.

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Finding focus…

 

Becky 10k start

My first 10k

 

 

I have been getting a bit worked up trying to meet a certain deadline with my weight loss.  I have decided to just chill and stop being so fixated. Just do what has been working well so far, enjoy the process and love the outcome.

The Law of Attraction is something I fervently believe in. So the more I fixate on not losing weight, the less weight will come off. Does that make sense?

I have been listening to  Bob Proctor, I downloaded his audio book It’s not about the money. It is a great book about a personal journey towards wealth, but it also talks about the laws of attraction, confidence, belief in what you want to do with your life.

I have become reinvigorated on my walks with the dogs. It feels like I have come full circle. I began my weight loss journey by walking along the channel with the dogs. I went for a walk today and just powered through the walk I used to get tired doing, and even went further to boot. It is super cold and windy but I find the walk so calming and enjoyable.

Since I started exercising I have progressed from walking short distances, to walking further and faster, to Nordic Walking, and then to running, which morphed in to triathlon. The sky is the limit now…What should I do next? There is a small kernel that is nagging at me like a tiny rock in your shoe on a long run. The kernel is a large triathlon that happens to take place in Penticton. I am not promising anything but I am starting the process by taking a spinning class with Triathlon coaches. I really need to work on swimming but one thing at a time.

This post might have become a little unfocused along the way but oh well. This is my forum.

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So close I can almost taste it…

ice cream

I have been really getting aggravated by being stuck in the high 170″s. I have been eating extremely well for 85-90% of the time and exercising like a freak. What is going on? Perhaps I need to give the food plan 110% attention. I wonder if I have not been eating enough at some times and my body is hanging on to fat because it is worried about starving, and then I get tired from working stupid hours and exercising alot…which makes me crave carbs big time.

A large part of my weight loss journey is learning why I gain weight. I have identified some key components. Stress, Chaos, Fatigue, Boredom, Hunger, Anger (I am going to show you…I will eat and make my self fat and that’ll fix you, hmmm).

I do feel that I have some really good skills and habits now to deal with life as it comes. I do hope that once I am finished losing I will be able to modulate my eating and exercise to maintain an ideal balance. Perhaps it looks something like this…Go for a 3 hour bike ride and then enjoy a yummy peanut butter/chocolate ice cream waffle cone.

We are going to go to indoor spinning classes this fall at Team Impact Multisport Mark and I went for some “testing” before the classes start. It was a really interesting experience. You have your bike set up on a trainer (so you can ride your bike inside), the coach gets you to warm up and then starts asking you what your perceive effort is as he continually increases the tension on the trainer, every 5 min or so they poke your finger to take a blood sample to test for lactate.

See betty get her lactate tested

See betty get her lactate tested

I wasn’t sure how I was going to do at first because my legs were burning in the warm up. As I got warmer I felt a lot better and was able to maintain a good cadence. I think I might have surprised the coach due to my lack of cycling experience and that I am not yet in optimal condition. I was able to take it to my max and get my heart rate up to 174 bpm and complete the time in my max zone he requested of me.  The coach was a very encouraging  fellow named Olly Piggen I think I am going to dig these classes.

The last 18 lbs should just melt off and if they don’t I don’t know what will work? I still can believe I only have 18 lbs to go. I have been looking at 80 + lbs to lose for so many years I can’t believe that I am almost there. What will life be like when I am not the chubbiest girls in the room always? Guess what I am now? I am an athlete. I like that label better.

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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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