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Starting Over... one LAST time.

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Today is day 5 of my last time starting again. Well, let's be honest, it's probably not the last time but one must stay positive, right? Since coming to Spark, a year and a half back I have started again a myriad of times, lost a bunch of weight and gained it all back, then I did it again. And again. I have in that time been buried under by my own business, faced and fought thyroid cancer, dealt (and dealing) with family issues, helping my brother move back to Canada after 20 years of living abroad, travelled extensively for work, and gone through other health/hormonal issues. Life can be a challenge. Sometimes even the best of intentions are not good enough to allow us to achieve all we want. Sometimes we have to bide our time until we have the strength to begin again.

And so, I am now stronger.

Today is day 5 and I'm going forward this time with a ton of knowledge behind me... What's worked in the past, what hasn't. I know it's not easy, I know there are days that I'd rather just order in pizza and hide all day but this is not about making those days overpower the good, productive ones.

I'm back to calorie counting and after 5 days could really REALLY use a 3000 calorie burger right now. Holy hell. I've forgotten what eating healthy all the time means -- way more time in the kitchen, far more colours on my plate. I'm having fun at our farmer's markets now that spring is here though. Sooo much to choose from - it's making things easier, especially since I do love to cook and experiment with new ingredients.

Water is my friend and I've found the perfect way to drink my minimum 8 glasses of water per day. I've taken two empty 750ml vodka bottles and filled them with water and put them in the fridge. Lovely crisp, clean, clear water disguised as vodka for all those who pass by. LOL. I drink at least those two bottles every day and know I've always hit my minimum. Plus add a few blueberries or mandarin slices and you have an amazing infused refreshing drink. Perfect.

I've begun interval training using the Run Zombies 5K training app. It's awesome and a massive challenge since I haven't run since I was, oh, about 14 years old. I'm hoping to get back to my Gorilla app next week on my days in between running from the zombies. I've taken a break from baby monkey for a couple months and am looking forward to getting back to my love/hate relationship with him. I'm also using my rebounder from time to time if I perhaps have ANY extra energy to spend.

The lovely people from my Springing to Action found this amazing link that tells you what your "Fitness personality" is... and man, are they RIGHT ON the mark. I took the quiz, (takes no time at all) and discovered I was a "Silver Harmony" (ENFP in the Meyer's Briggs test). They give you a beautifully large description if you submit your email address on the site after the quiz or you can go to another site to get a quick sum-up.
Here is mine (from
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• Quick Silver – Fluid and Flexible
Silvers (ENTP, ENFP) are energized by new ideas and possibilities. They readily embrace novel concepts and opportunities. Group-fitness instructors are often Silvers, Brue observes. Music and a fun atmosphere often energize them. But if something interrupts their flow, they can get distracted and look for something more interesting.
• Motivation: Silvers do best with convenient workouts that maintain constant momentum and demand constant focus. Weight training, with its starts and stops and weight changes, may prove distracting. “If you’ve planned to attend a noon yoga class, don’t check your email one last time before you walk out the door — you’re too likely to get thrown off track and skip the workout entirely,” Brue advises. Another suggestion: Show up at the gym in your workout clothes, ready to go.
• Suggested Activities: Tai chi, bicycling or jogging with a group, Zumba, Nia, yoga, group-cycling classes, ChiRunning, Nordic skiing.

I've actually done the Meyer's Briggs Test before and came up as an ENTP so really, they're pretty accurate and it's great how they work it towards your fitness tendencies so you know already if that new regimen you're thinking of trying is actually one you can stick with. Want to try it yourself? Go here: And if you're a silver too, let me know! It's great to have a buddy that thinks like you too!

Anyway, there's my update. It's been a while in coming but like I said, only now have I had the ability to set a little time aside for myself. It's truly been a freakishly challenging past year and a half but it's never about doing it all perfectly. It's just learning and moving forward toward those goals one day at a time.
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