STEP FOUR – KEEPING IT OFF & CHANGING IT UP

Its been four years now since I decided to change my health and my life and I’d love to say that I don’t have to worry about my weight or food anymore, but I do. However, what was once an obsession about numbers on a scale has morphed into finding new ways to challenge myself and push myself to limits out of my comfort zone, to do downright terrifying things I never thought I was capable of. I went on to try BODY COMBAT® classes, fell completely in love and did those religiously, I went to a Crossfit Box (which totally intimated me) and ended up really enjoying the level of difficulty each workout presented, and I tried a TRX® Team Training  (I’ll admit…not a big fan). On the encouragement of my friend Kate, I did my first Warrior Dash in July 2013 (first obstacle race ever!!!) and we did amazing…. I’ve done them every year since.

 

The next year my good friend Chris convinced me I could totally do Tough Mudder. I thought no way, that’s for really fit people, not a chance, then I reconsidered… what did I have to lose? Life begins at the end of your comfort zone right?….so I did it.

 

 

 

 

 

And nothing compared to it…so I kept doing them….3 Tough Mudder(s) later and I’m already registered for the next one August 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

However, my constants throughout these past 4 years has been my running and my weights. I always seem to go back to those two because they are my true loves and they are as much an everyday habit as brushing my teeth.

In March 2016 I could feel myself falling into a rut at the gym doing the same workouts and weight routines. I needed a change and new challenge, so I joined another gym Xtreme Couture www.xtremecouture.ca. I had driven by it a million times and I knew they had Maui Thai and boxing, something completley new and scary, which I had been anxious to try. From my first day I was hooked, they had spinning, cross fit, boxing, and the most industrial weight area (right out of Arnold’s “Pumping Iron”) which I loved.

Also, for the first time since starting my weight loss journey, wanted a trainer to help me work on leaning out my lower half (to this day I still struggle to accept this part of my body…I’m only human). After being in the gym for a few weeks I started going to a Cross Fit class and got to know Rob Thompson@ragerobthomson. Since getting healthy and changing my body almost three years before, I hadn’t spent any money on a trainer. I’ll be honest, I don’t think you need to if you are motivated enough to want to change. Books, magazines and the internet have all the information you need to do most of the work yourself. I never needed someone there to push me or make me do a workout, I did that on my own. But what I did need, was someone who was knowledgeable in that magic science of diet/exercise that would help lean out my lower half (an area where the changes seemed to have stalled).

So I started working out with Rob a few times a week and started to notice the changes in my physique. A couple months after training with him we got to talking about doing a body building show (something I had been thinking about for the longest time). He encouraged me to take the leap and do it…so I started training in June 2016 for the UFE Mayhem Halloween Show www.ufeshow.com. This brought clean eating to a whole new level, and the amount of time necessary to prepare for doing a show was insane (I’ll post another blog about this in detail). Needless to say, in the end it was worth every bit of fish and asparagus, cardio and weight training. I never thought I would have the guts to get onstage in a very small….no seriously….VERY SMALL suit, but I did, and no one can ever take that away from me.

 

(Photo credit on left –  Chris V. Linton)

After the crash of the post show “NOW WHAT”, I did a bit of soul searching and came to the conclusion that I wanted to do something other than train for another fitness show…..so here I am now training for two Multisport Sprint Triathlons www.multisportcanada.com this summer.

I haven’t been on a road racing bike EVER and I’m usually the “sunner” around the pool, not the swimmer in the pool….but you have to keep moving those goalposts to keep it interesting and motivating….and just a little bit scary.

I have a new love for life now, nothing seems impossible and I want to set the example for my family that you can do anything you put your mind to – if you are willing to put the effort in, and have faith in yourself that you can do it. Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, Crossfit, Fitness (Body Building) Competitions, 1/2 Marathons, Triathlon’s, Boxing…leave no stone unturned, try everything, you only live once.