Lifestyle Design

You want to do what?!?!

I have been working hard on putting together a healthier lifestyle and to get stronger and leaner. Admittedly, I still have a ways to go. I am very health, but I am working on getting leaner. I spent a lot of time focusing on what I was eating and when. I spent a lot of time learning about the nutritional value of adding more raw fruit and veggies to your diet. I connected with a local Raw Food Coach, Guylaine Lacerte, and with her coaching and some great raw food prep classes, I was able to increase my consumption of healthier raw foods.

Since I moved out here to the beautiful OkanaganValley, I have been spending more time walking and cycling.  I had decided that this was the perfect opportunity to make significant changes in my life.   Of course, my main goal is to lose weight and get to a “normal for me” lean body mass. As I gained more energy, I was compelled to do more exercise.  It is like your body becomes addicted to feeling so good!

I also worried that I was becoming too focused on the food, I wanted to keep the balance between food and exercise, so I created monthly exercise challenges, Monthly Diva Challenge, every month a whole new target.

Late in the Fall I reached a point where I had lost 50% of the weight I wanted to and I was really getting into exercising on a daily bases.  So I started thinking about how to really amp up and take myself to the next level.    I am not really lead me to thinking about it, but one day I was chatting with some co-workers and I said “let’s do a triathlon?”  They agreed!  and as they say the rest is history!

So over the last few months, from family and friends I hear the same thing, ” You want to do what?!!?”   yep, I am going to do a triathlon.

A triathlon is a multi-sport endurance event consisting of swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual swim, bike, and run components.

Triathlon races vary in distance. According to the International Triathlon Union, and USA Triathlon, the main international race distances are Sprint distance (750 m swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run), Intermediate distance, commonly referred to as “Olympic distance” (1.5 km swim, 40 km ride, 10 km run), the Long Course (1.9 km swim, 90 km ride, 21.1 km run, such as the Half Ironman), and Ultra Distance (3.8 km swim, 180 km ride, and a marathon: 42.2 km run); the most popular branded Ultra Distance is the Ironman triathlon.[1]  from Wikipedia

Yes, I am a little crazy, most morning I am up at 4:30am and I am in the gym by 5:15, for 45 minute work out.   Some morning I am literally yelling at myself (in my head of course 🙂 ) to get out of bed and get moving.  Some mornings I reset that alarm and get some extra sleep.  Lots of days I am taking Tylenol for the sore muscles.  But each day it is getting better and better.

These days, I feel worse when I don’t work out then when I do.  The mornings are easier, yoga helps the sore muscles and I am more committed than ever to reach my goal.

So my answer to the question… ” you want to do what?”….  “A triathlon, do you want to work out with me?”  🙂

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