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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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One year of weight loss

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family photo 2008

family fall photo final

family photo 2009

I have been working  hard at losing weight for the past year. Some weeks have seen harder work  than others. I could be a little bit disappointed that I haven’t reached my goal of 88 lbs lost yet but then again 70 lbs lost is nothing to sneeze at. Every time I slip up and regress a little I get right back on track now. Before it would have meant a weeks or months long slide in to getting fatter territory. I realize that I will not gain 70 lbs in one night as long as I get right back on the wagon.

I have 4 weeks left at U weight loss in the losing weight phase, then I will move in to maintenance. I would love to go all ” Biggest Loser” and say that I could lose 18-20 lbs in the next 4 weeks. I am also realistic and understand that it is getting harder to lose the closer I get to my goal.

I have officially lost 81.5 inches off of a multitude of places on my body. The biggest change is in my waist/midsection where I have lost over 13 inches.  This is big for me because I was really getting worried about the medical implication of the excess abdominal fat, linked with heart disease and early death. I was also concerned about the increase risk of breast cancer in people who are obese. My Grannie is a breast cancer survivor and one of my favorite people.

We took some lovely family photos this weekend (thank you Dad). I have been shying away from family pictures for the past few years. I really wanted to have a picture I could be proud. The photos have turned out really nice.  It feels great to like how pictures turn out now.

Luv Betty

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My First Crash

bacon bandages

one way to get your bacon fix

On the weekend Mark and I should have been doing yard work or sorting out the jumbled shed but the weather was just too good to not go for a bike ride. So Carpe Diem we did. We decided to ride out along Naramata road for a while and see how it went. Well we got to the first hill, not too far from our house, and I was struggling with my gears a bit and I looked down at the front ring, the handle bars followed my gaze and the wheel caught and edge… knee meets concrete. I felt pretty silly since I was at the bottom of a hill when I bailed, but kind of grateful that I wasn’t going 60km downhill when I ejected from my bike.

carpe diem

I sat there for a minute and pondered the sheer misfortune of an injury at the beginning of the bike ride. Mark was kind by suggesting we go home to either clean it up or wait for another day. Somewhere inside myself I found the internal fortitude to say “no, let’s go on”. We rode all the way to Naramata, down in to the village and stopped for a snack and knee clean up, then we rode all the way home. It was a total of 32 km. Not Ironman distance but pretty good for my second ride of any consequence.

The best reward for me was Mark’s comments. The old Betty would not have gone on after an injury, in fact the old Betty would have found every reason not to start the ride in the first place.  New  Betty sure has a lot more energy and spunk.

I find since I have lost weight I am less intimidated by things. Less scared. I have even fantasized about sky diving. Rollercoasters I might consider now, whereas before there was no way. I was too fat and too scared. Is it a chicken or an egg thing? Was the fat making me scared or was the fat a protective coating because I was scared?

Now that I do not have the weight to insulate me I am open, exposed to the world like a fresh wound. Some days the word is exhilarating and some days there is a bit of a sting. I need to continue to get more comfortable with feeling things and not trying to keep a barrier between me and the sensations.

The knee scrape has made exercising this week a challenge because the swelling makes the knee difficult to bend and the scab is painful to kneel on. I bought Jillian Michaels’ 30 day Shred DVD and I have been aching to try it. I  finally tried it today and it went pretty well. I wasn’t able to do the push up because of the knee but I modified and did wall push ups. I think this will be a good workout. It only takes 20 min and it gives you cardio, strength and core.

my new master

my new master

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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

 

star tattoo 1 Where to Find Star Tattoos Pictures

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

betty tshirtbetty tshirt back

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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