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Plains & Pastures Bike Tour (2013)

I'm so proud to live here! Fredericton folks are just AMAZING!!!  Thank you one and all!!  My team raised over $2000.  The support was humbling.  What a great place to be!!!

Mind you, the journey isn't about me - it's about people who fight this horrible disease on a daily basis.  If you're reading this now, I hope you'll come back and sponsor me in the ride next time. 


Bike for Breath

Many thanks to everyone and their generosity.  The amazing people in my life supported me to the tune of $377.  Some days it is just great to be here!   (Fall 2012)


Entries in Milestones (7)


800 Kilometres

No excuses.  That's what I promised myself and my daughter.  Always truth.  Well the truth is things have not been going as well as they once were.  What do I need to own in that? 

Over time I gradually stopped logging my food consistently.  If I had kept to a strict repeat of the formula that works well, I should have been ok.  Didn't do that either.  Attitude crept in and I ate many things I had previously dropped.  Conscious or unconsious decisions???  A little bit of both.  Denying food says "Self you're not worthy" so if I honestly wanted it then I would have it.

Swimming remained constant.  I'm up to 800 kilometres in the pool.  That's only 60km shy of swimming to Halifax & back again!!  YAY ME!!!

Sleep quality tanked.  Headaches more often.  Stress and sleep are so highly interrelated. My work underwent a massive restructuring with several new managers inserted where previously there were none.  Sigh.  My immediate supervisor turns out to be an honest gem so things are finally settling nice for me.  My husband has been doing oddjob contracts for the past year, and those have now finally run dry.  He will be forced into retiring in a couple weeks.  Lucky dog him!!!!!  Things are starting to even out.

I have been weighing myself all along, and watched the scales creep up, month after month.  On a post-sugar day the water weight shoots up about 3 pounds, and disappears the following day.  I have gained back almost 30 pounds in the year since my husband lost his job. 

It's time to set some priorities.  Health is a big one.  There's been about 6 premature passings of people in my spheres.  What a wake-up when a former colleague collapses in the hall at work and passes away before the weekend.  He never even had a chance to retire!!!!! 

The weather is nice now, my bike is down off the rack, and I need to get back in the groove.  So many positive milestones to encourage me: nicer clothes is one; NOT needing a CPAP machine any longer and having the test results to prove it; going to a seminar and being able to sit in an ordinary collapsible camp chair beside the ring -- now THAT was triumph!!!!!  Here we go again.


Another not-small victory

There are no small victories in this battle of the bulge.  You take every piece of good news you can get.  Today was one of those days.

Data geek that I am, I keep a log of pretty much every bit of exercize I do.  It's motivating to scroll back a couple years and realize just how far I've come.  I do this quite often on days when some super-jock or jockette smokes me at something.  It helps me feel better. 

Today was one of those days.  I got smoked but good in the pool.  She was nice and everything, but she was zipping fast when I got there, and 45 minutes later when I crawled out she was still smoking me.

So when it came time to ride home, I was miffed and pushed it a little.  I have one leg stronger than the other so I made sure I was pushing extra hard with that weaker leg.  Well worth it.  When I turned off the timer I couldn't believe my eyes.  A personal best!!! 

None too shabby for a 20 yr. old mountain bike!  That scale hasn't been cooperating lately but I'll take this instead.  This feels GOOD!  Real bike people would sneer at the thought.  Let them.  Two years ago I needed a cane to hobble from my desk to the printer.  THIS feels GOOD!


Captain obvious came calling......

There's a funny little ditty circulating on facebook and other places right now that goes something like: "If at first you don't succeed, why don't you try what your coach said in the first place?" Now when it's yourself you're coaching, it gets a bit tricky laying blame.....

Yesterday was a commitment milestone: 500 pool sessions since June 2011.  So what did I do to celebrate?  Easy answer: try and break a personal record.

Actually, for a complete story I need to back up to last friday.  It was one of those rare occasions when I had the lane entirely to myself.  Well I'd better "make hay while the sun shines" then!!!  So I decided that I was going to swim as hard as I could possibly swim for a kilometre.  I didn't pace myself very well at the beginning and couldn't keep the hard pace.  In the end I matched my latest benchmark time, but didn't do any better.  This was a little bit disappointing because I had really pushed as hard as I could.  I actually thought I was going to set a new benchmark for myself.  

So today, marking event 500, I decided to try something different.  I swam in the best form that I could manage.  That meant keeping the straightest legs, the best hip rotation, the best arm reach and the best handpulls that I could do on every single stroke.  This also meant no daydreaming: just pure concentration on technique.  End result?  NEW BENCHMARK!  In fact it was over 1 minute better than my last best time.

In some ways this is hilarious.  As a coach, I know that form/technique is critical to efficiency.  However, knowing it and living that knowledge is obviously not the same thing.  Apparently I needed to prove for myself what I already know and coach: the greatest amount of pushing for speed will not achieve as much as proper technique.  Solid technique ALWAYS comes BEFORE speed!!!  LOL.  Captain obvious delivering another lesson eh?

I've been getting some ragging about photo's lately.  Here's one taken recently while I was at a conference in Montreal.


Milestones: 500 kms in the pool

Yesterday was another milestone in my fitness journey: 500 kilometres tallied in the pool.  For those who are wondering, that’s like swimming from Fredericton to Halifax and nearly back to Truro.  None too shabby.  The pool was pretty crowded so I couldn’t do my usual odometer test trial.  Oh well.

Several things have been going on lately.  I’ve continued taking the courses at the Y to become a fitness leader.  Now there’s a pile of homework with my name on it ..... sigh.

This past weekend was a promotional event for Canadian curling - the Ford Hotshots.  Along with that comes promotional test drives -- YAHOO -- I got my hands on a fancy truck and Riverview Ford supports the Fredericton Curling Club with a donation for every test drive.  I tell ya -- it don’t get any better than that!!!  That truck would look good on me eh?

I’ve come so far and yet I surprise myself at how my psyche hasn’t caught up with reality.  I’ve spent decades carefully choosing where I sat or what I trusted to carry my weight.  Obese people just can’t plunk down anywhere, nor can they get back up either.  So when the salesman from Ford showed me hidden tailgate step - my first Photo filched from Ford.caquestion was “will it hold me”?  He looked at me with constrained amusement, clearly thinking “nice lady but totally out of it”.  What a hoot.  I don’t have to ask that question in normal life any more -- but it’s so ingrained it’s going to take some work to get rid of it.  

The weekend contained another screaming milestone: getting into size 16 jeans.  YEEHAA!!  I haven’t worn 16’s in decades.  Yessir.  This is starting to be fun.


Another milestone

One day at a time, little by little, things are changing for the better. 

Many physical ailments have disappeared.  Neither knees nor back hurt now.  I don’t wake up with a sore back.  Most of what I thought was arthritis has gone away, to the point where I don’t actually think I ever honestly had it.  I think it was mostly caused by previous food choices.

I’ve said before that I never started out intending to go “radical”.  As I’ve made consecutive choices about types and quantities of foods, it has by circumstance removed many inflammatory carbohydrates such as wheat or other grains.  I didn’t think I had a problem with those either, but my body is telling me differently.

This ugly looking thing is an example of the horrible zits I used to regularly have on my back.  This particular ugly example was about the size of my thumbnail.  I haven’t had one of these horrible things since entering stable ketosis.  I would also get white-head zits in my hair.  Thankfully, those too are not an issue any more.

The change in my knees is the one that makes the biggest difference in quality of life, i.e. I CAN WALK NOW.  Just for laughs, I thought I’d check out the difference in my hands.  This is my Agriculture grad ring, worn by Professional Agrologists and hasn’t been worn by yours truly in over 20 years because I couldn’t get it over my knuckles.  Clearly the swelling in ALL of my joints is getting better!!!!

As I was admiring my hand and dancing about the kitchen in glee, I stopped mid-hop as I remembered the symbols.  Oh the irony: the Aggie “A” is flanked by two stalks of wheat!!!!!!