Lately, I think I start every blog post out the same way: “Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve posted!” 😉 And it has been! To be honest, there are many great resources out there for you to learn about fat loss, hear the truth about building muscle, and be inspired with lifestyle change. Not that I want to turn readers away elsewhere, but the truth is I haven’t had much to stay. So I’m popping in today mainly to say hi, catch you up on my life lately, and encourage you with some words around Thanksgiving (for my American friends) and the holidays in general (for all readers). Shall we get to it?
I’ve been catching up on some continuing education credits for my ACSM personal training certification. Feels good to stay current and keep learning, even though I always seem to put it off!
I’ve been exploring Calgary! This is just part of our group from Wellspring Calgary‘s Young Adult Program – we went out to the Calgary Opera! We saw Lakmé, which is the story of a Hindu Priestess who defies her father’s wishes to be with the handsome British officer with whom she falls in love. It opened in Paris in 1883, a time when the Orient was a place of mystery and intrigue to Western audiences (source), and while I found it a bit slow (how many times can they sing the same line before moving the storyline along?!), the experience was very cool and most people said they’d see an opera again!
You guys know I’m running again, three days a week, to keep myself outside in the cold as winter starts bearing down on us here in Calgary. I also thought it would be good to keep my cardio up besides shorter, HIIT workouts, and so far it’s been feeling pretty good! But with the change in weather, I’ve been slowing my runs down due to lots of ice on the trails and streets. While this is not uncommon for Calgary, a friend noticed on Facebook that I was making my way through the ice on old (non-running) shoes and hooked me up with a pair of Icebugs! This shoe is AMAZING… Check this video out below:
From their website, this shoe is a “very light winter and trail running shoe for the driven runner. It follows the natural motion of the foot and helps adapting to moving in nature” (source). And you know what? The stability is amazing and I was LOOKING for ice to run on, despite how counter-intuitive it felt, because the shoes are that good!
Although this is (clearly) a seasonal shoe, I will definitely get use out of this shoe during my winter runs, walks and slippery times in the icy parking lots before we go back country skiing! Here’s a little glimpse of me in action during Saturday’s 8 miler:
I’ve also been thinking a lot about training, body image and health lately. While that’s not new either, I’m always trying to keep my fitness and rest of life in balance as my priorities and body and life continue to shift from day to day, season to season, year to year. I have a post written in my drafts that I keep coming back to regarding my body and vulnerability, but when I sit down to write I’m either very happy and content with my body or thinking that I should alter it somewhat and switch things up – get more focused, disciplined, etc. It’s like a teeter-totter for me! I’m all about accepting your body, but sometimes I fear that in that “acceptance” and body love, I end up indulging in too many treats and becoming comfortable with a more relaxed, fuller, less lean version of myself. And perhaps that’s okay! But when I’m uncomfortable in my clothes and while moving/working out/living in my body, I know it’s not right. I’m not sure if it makes sense to others, which is why it’s a tough post for me to get out of my head and onto paper.
I’m in this funny in-between state when it comes to my mindset and my body: I don’t want to focus on my body because I’ve been so happy seeing changes focusing on strength and health above all, not worrying so much about the shell that I’m in. I also love the movement in our society from now from focusing on thin women in media and the concept of weight loss and shrinking away as women to the shift of focusing on strong women. But sometimes I feel like this pushes me in the direction of being too relaxed about my body, and at the end of the day, still focusing on the same thing: mine and women’s bodies! It’s just a shift in focus. Joy and Claire of Girls Gone WOD just talked about this on their last podcast episode – definitely worth a listen!
On that note, here are two great posts that I thought you as readers would enjoy:
Ladies Edition: The Fastest Way to Lose Weight (And Keep it Off for Life) There’s a lot of good tough love stuff here and thoughts on staying the course and remembering that success isn’t linear – it takes times, goes up and down, and is about consistency over the long haul. Worth a read as we head into the holidays!
Also worth a read whether you’ve got Thanksgiving coming up or not (because either way, I know we have many Christmas parties already lined up on our upcoming weekends!) is this article from Josh Hills. In this post, he shares three different ways that you can react to weight gain over this season (specifically starting with Thanksgiving!) and what you choose to do will affect the rest of your year weight/fat-wise. Choose whichever option you want, but own it! …lots of good thoughts in: It’s Not Thanksgiving That Makes You Fat, It’s If You Act Like The Sky Is Falling.
There’s also a good body weight workout from Paige you can do before feasting Thursday! I’m NOT about working off calories or extra indulgences (why? because it doesn’t work! and you should be able to eat, celebrate and enjoy without thinking about how many burpees that piece of pie is!), but I don’t give up my workouts either because they keep me on track and help me feel great! Give this one a shot (more details at this link):
And there you have it! Catching you up to speed on life (basically? Training, enjoying clients, lots of good time with friends and musing over the usual) with a few good links for your reading and applying pleasure.
Any Thanksgiving plans? We are heading to California for Thanksgiving and cannot wait! It’s going to be amazing – and a Joshua Tree yurt-renting adventure unlike any Thanksgiving we’ve had! Going off the grid and can’t wait.
Hope you find something useful from this post today and thanks for checking in! Live well & be well,