Wednesday, May 29, 2013

HURRY!

Ok folks, I am currently at my office in Hurricane, sitting by my computer and my phone, waiting for your registrations because TODAY ONLY until 9pm
You can register for Bootcamp for 2 people for the price of ONE!

SO hurry up, call, e-mail, facebook me, stop in.  I am working the desk and am here to get you in.  but the deal goes away tonight at 9pm and goes back to normal prices.

$120 for 2 people for 4 weeks of intense training with different workouts every day!
2 locations and times to choose from:
5:30-6:30am in Hurricane
6:30-7:30am in Washington

2 amazing trainers and 4 weeks of fun!
get in the best shape of your life!

How to register?
call 435-680-4025
email phazesfitness@gmail.com
facebook message Michelle Ennis
or pop in tonight.
no excuses!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

BIG NEWS!!

GREAT NEWS!  For all of you hoping and wishing Phazes would offer a later time or a location closer to St. George for our bootcamp... Guess what?  Your wish is our command!

Bootcamp has 2 times and 2 locations starting June 3rd!!

5:30am-6:30am In Hurricane, Utah

NEW! 6:30-7:30am in Coral Canyon, Utah (Highland Park - Washington)

Bootcamp is a 4 week commitment.
Monday - Friday for 4 weeks.  Eat clean! Train mean! Get outside!
See what happens in 4 weeks.

Next round is June 3rd - June 28th
Then July 8th - August 2nd

Your trainers are Matt Clifford and Michelle Ennis

Cost: $120 first round, 2nd consecutive round: $105, Third consecutive round: $90
Phazes Members get 1/2 price

Interested?  e-mail Phazesfitness@gmail.com to get your registration started.
Get signed up TODAY!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

"... and just WHY would a mom feed her kids that stuff anyway?..."

I shared a link on Facebook to an article called "3 Ingredients to Stop Feeding Your Kids."

Great article. Read up here stop feeding your kids this stuff...

The article goes into detail about why to avoid the following:
1 - High Fructose Corn Syrup
2 - Aspartame
3 - MSG

I won't cover all the why's and why not's in this blog. You need to read the article to get that information.

Following my posting that link, a woman asked this question:
"Who is feeding their kids junk like aspartame and MSG? AMAZING!!!"

I thought it was a fair question. For those of us who have nearly removed that kind of stuff from our lives, it is now hard to imagine allowing it in. Some people have always been smart and NEVER touched the stuff. That is nice for them. MOST of us living in the US ingest these chemicals without ever knowing, AND MOST of us have no idea about the harm those items REALLY cause. We just stay ignorant, buy the cheapest food on the shelves, and plan our meals on speed, convenience, and price - not quality.

I was that mom.

I had NO IDEA how bad any of the above-mentioned items were. I saw signs on some restaurants that advertised "no MSG", but I didn't know why some people thought that it was a big deal to not have that in food.

Aspartame? No idea even what it was in the first place - NO CLUE! Now I know how dangerous it is, and we ALWAYS put ANYTHING back on the shelf that contains aspartame - no matter how much we USED to like it.

HFCS (High Fructose Corn syrup) is in EVERYTHING!  Can you buy ketchup, bread or yogurt without consuming that stuff?  It's nearly impossible if you are just grabbing the cheapest stuff on the shelf.

I used to NEVER read ingredients. I bought food only because the price was low. Period. Only the cheapest food on the shelf was what used to feed my kids. Back in those days I said I did it out of necessity. I couldn't afford to be picky. (So I thought.)

A lot of GREAT mothers feed their kids this crap. Not because they are NOT great moms, but because they have no idea how harmful those items truly are. My job is to share what I have learned with the other amazing moms who are just struggling to get by.

This month is Mental Health Awareness Month. I understand that many mental health issues are NOT related to food.  BUT MANY ARE!

Take ADD, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bi-polar disorders and MANY MANY more that are either caused or made worse by chemicals we ingest every day!

Most of us moms didn't even know this at all. I was one of the worst. I raised my older kids on the worst food on the planet and thought nothing of it.

4-5 years ago, my son in 2nd- 3rd grade was getting in fights at school every day, struggling with attention, and I was told I needed to medicate him in order for him to have a normal life or function in society and school.  His anger at home was out of control.  When he lost his temper, it was seriously frightening. What I saw in my sweet little boy was a monster capable of doing something awful to anyone who rubbed him the wrong way. He scared me. I was considering medication for him but as I pondered and even prayed about it, I knew there had to be other answers as to how to best help him.

My daughter that was 6 or 7 was having EXTREME bursts of anger, several times a day, to the point she was uncontrollable. I could not handle the unbelievable outbursts. Some say it was just "hormones" but it was beyond that. It was something much worse. My husband and I were considering getting her to a psychiatrist that could help us determine what was seriously wrong with the "demon child" in our home. Also, I had started reading up on drugs to help with whatever it was she was going through. I could not live in the same house as that crazy thing. I didn't want to even be near my own little girl.

Then there was me.
A serious mess. Crying all the time. Unable to handle the stresses of my life at the time. I would think of leaving my family. I nearly did leave. I was So depressed and never told a soul. Outside in the public, I put on a super happy face and was a "super mom". At home I screamed at and hit my kids. It is hard for me to even write this now. I was not a good mom. I was not a good wife and I was not good to me or my family, including my husband.

I wanted out of my family and what's worse I wanted out of this life. I didn't care if I lived or died. I half joked that if my daughter ever reported me for abuse and I went to jail it would be a relief from my life. Seriously - I have tears as I write this. I am embarrassed about who I used to be and it hurts to know that I was that sick and didn't know why.

My family was so sick.

I was glad I got my wake up call and found out how messed up my world really was. As I started my journey toward a better self in 2008, I was introduced to this concept called "eating clean". It was strange and foreign to me. Some of it I knew and it made some sense. Things like, eat more veggies. No processed food.... well... what did processed mean anyway? Another new rule was to cut out the chemical laden foods... ok... wow... I started reading labels. I had no idea... I was SO clueless, and - what's worse - I had studied basic concepts of nutrition when I was working on my personal training certification nearly 15 years ago. Nutrition rules had changed over the years. There was a LOT I still needed to learn about being healthy.

Nothing was overnight. We still had a few issues, but something that I noticed almost immediately was that I was able to think more clearly. My mind was no longer foggy. I could handle stressful situations more calmly. I believe we are spiritual beings put into physical bodies.  I believe that we need to learn how to communicate with the spiritual side of ourselves. When our mind is cloudy our communication with that spiritual being is cloudy. What I noticed was a peace and love that came over me as my body began to be cleansed from the garbage inside of it.

It took several months before my kids were on board. Some took longer than others to realize that the days of boxed foods and top ramen were over. But they are on board with me and reading labels as well these days.

Today the kid that was failing in school even though he was truly a genius (no really, my kid's really a genius) he is doing amazing in school. Better than I ever hoped! No more fighting with kids at school. No more fighting with his siblings. I used to fear he would one day kill someone because he had no control of his anger. That is GONE! He now handles stress with peace. It's now fun for me to see him take a situation where he would have exploded in hostile anger and use reason and HUMOR instead! He is a funny and FUN kid! WOW. That is the power of real food versus chemicals.

My daughter who I once was looking for a place to take her off my hands, is now a joy to be around. An occasional outburst (about once a month that is normal for a girl in puberty) is about all we get these days. No more screaming and kicking and throwing and breaking things for hours on end.
For the past few years she has been eating real food instead of chemicals.

I dropped about 60 pounds. The first 30 were just from exercise, the last 30 were stubborn until I removed those 3 items from my food consumption. A clogged body doesn't function well - doesn't burn fat - doesn't have a functioning metabolism - holds onto toxins and is just PLUGGED UP!

Remove the toxins and you can lose weight easier, but more importantly than that - your brain and spirit function better.

So change the title of that article from "3 Ingredients to Stop Feeding Your Kids" to "3 Ingredients for EVERYONE to stop eating."

NOW...
even if you have this education is it possible that a good parent could possibly still mess up?
Well of course!
Even when trying to be really really good.
Here are 3 examples of times I found out I had accidentally taken in substances I normally avoid:
1 - HFCS... I used to LOVE Grandma Sycamore's whole wheat bread. It USED to NOT have HFCS. I bought it all the time. It was a big loaf of bread for a decent price. I read the ingredients when I first began purchasing it.  They changed their formula. Guess what folks... at some point they added HCFS and didn't call me up and tell me! I was so mad. I had to continually check labels of products I USED to trust (Kashi - same thing...but that is another story for another day.  we will discuss later).

2 - Aspartame - the main sweetener in diet sodas. Known to cause cancers, and mental disorders. As soon as I learned how harmful this was I made sure NEVER to drink Crystal Light again and avoid any diet product that added this awful chemical. One thing I NEVER read ingredients on was... my favorite way to suppress my appetite...CHEWING GUM!  Aaaarrrrgggghhhhh.....  Gum. gum? Gum! NO!!!! Not my GUM, too!!!! So, guess who quit chewing gum this year? Never thought I would say that one. It was so disappointing to be at the grocery store and trying to find a package of gum that didn't contain aspartame. I am still very sad about that. Who knew that all that time I had been preaching against the dangers of aspartame I was chewing on it? I mean really, who thinks to check Gum ingredients? Me, now!

3 - MSG - I gave up Doritos and most flavored chips and chips in general. Then I saw this beautiful package of salsa-flavored, dehydrated bananas in a green packaging cleverly designed to attract the crowd looking for healthy options cleverly placed among the nuts and seeds in similarly designed packaging. I KNEW by the design of the packaging and wording "Healthy option instead of Chips" - this was good for me. I had no need to read the ingredients. Obviously this wonderful company that cared so much about my health that they would use dried bananas to create chips would care enough to make sure all the ingredients were top notch. My husband and I finished the bag. They were so amazingly good! I turned the empty package around to see what kind of amazing goodness they had used to make these healthy and delicious banana chips............. msg..................ugh....one of the most highly addictive substances in the world used to get lab rats fat before they tested diet products. One of the big 3 I had removed from my life.  WHY????????

So.... why would a good mother allow her kids to eat that garbage?
1 - No idea why these items are so bad.
2 - Not reading labels

But now that YOU know better, you will make more of an effort to remove them from you and your family's life as well.

Today, go through your cupboards and DUMP items with those 3 things.  Live your life without them. A year from now you will be amazed at the change. I promise. I know my life is so very very different from what it was relatively recently.


Hold on a minute...
I told you about the change in my kids.  What about me?  Beyond the peace, beyond the weight loss....?

Yeah, well ...
Happiness - real, true, honest happiness I do not ever remember ever having in my life. Patience. This is something almost miraculous to me. It is more valuable and transforming than any number on a scale. It is more life changing than anything I have ever experienced before in my life.

The combination of good foods and exercise has transformed me and my family. I invite you to join this REAL true "miracle cure". What is keeping you from making that first step? No excuses! YOU and YOUR FAMILY are worth the sacrifice. OR... just trust the doctor that's telling you to just medicate yourself and your family before he tells you to dump the crappy food first. Who are you going to trust the doctor that gets paid a commission on all the meds he sells? Or your personal trainer that doesn't get a PENNY from you when you do this on your own?

PS - Speaking of which, today I spoke with a man that quit his path to becoming a medical doctor to become a health and fitness professional where he felt he could make more of a difference in the real health and curing of the people most diseased. Pretty cool. We had a lot to discuss!


Sunday, May 5, 2013

2013 Another review of SG Ironman from Michelle

I don't know what it is about the Ironman that gets me emotional, pumped up, and inspired when I am not even one of the athletes doing the swim, bike, or run.  Wait, yes, yes I do.  Let me explain here...

I have assisted as a volunteer doing swim support in dozens of triathlons over the past few years.  I have only participated twice in actually "doing a triathlon - sort of" twice.  In two different years I have done a mini sprint as a team.  It was a super small venue at the Diamond X Triathlon with mostly family. My team of me and my sisters came in last place both times. The first year I swam (less than a quarter mile) and ran (5K) and my little sister biked (12 miles)  we came dead dead dead last - really sad. The second year we did the same triathlon at the Diamond X. My older sister swam, my little sister biked and all I did was run the 5K. We were last again, but not quite as bad as the year before - so I don't count running a 5K the same as doing a triathlon.  I am a far cry from a real triathlete.   This coming July I am going to do it solo and see how it is to do it alone.

The only way I consider myself involved in triathlons is from the safety of a kayak or stand up paddleboard or at an aid station. My husband owns a Kayak and SUP rental shop in Hurricane Utah  - DIG Paddlsports
 We go out regularly together and either give the St. George Tri Club added safety and support on their weekly swims, or we are at the local triathlons giving water support during the event.

Here is the thing about volunteering at the Ironman event... I get butterflies, Like I would if I was actually competing!  It's the weirdest thing.  I get jittery and nervous and emotional with the competitors.

Our adventure started Friday night at the Swim Support meeting at the lake, we got our assignments and instructions, then played on the water with our friends in swim support we have worked with many times before.  We are beginning to feel like family after so many times of doing this.

Last year's event was frightening for water support.  Of the 50+ volunteer swim support that came last year, only about 10 or 12 of us returned to this event. Those of us that returned are connected. We enjoyed the water and relaxed as a team the night before the big event. Feel free to read last year's report here: http://phazesfitness.blogspot.com/2012/05/swim-support-another-story-of-st-george.html


Bill and I chose to camp at Sand Hollow reservoir instead of going home and having to wake up at 3:30 am to get to the lake in time. We set our alarm for 4:15am and had a friend lined up to wake us up if our phone alarms didn't work. After relaxing on the beach listening to great music, eating food and reminiscing with old friends, we went to bed.

3:30am - RING RING RING RING RING RING RING!!!!!!!!!!!!
Me: (groggy)  what the hell... who the freak would think of calling me this early, it better be the kids and someone better be dying!
Snookie: (my good friend Michelle Snook aka "Snookie")  WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP!!!!!!!
Me: holy hell... what are you smoking... I have another half hour I am sure of it.
Snookie: (giggling) NO YOU DON'T!  GET UP SLEEPY HEAD!! *giggle giggle*  GET UP!!!!  *giggle giggle*
Me:  I am going to kill you now. after I wake up from my nap.  I am going back to sleep.

I lay there half awake pissed off.  I am really going to kill her. All i can think is, what is she snorting? And will she share?  (Just kidding, I don't do drugs and I doubt she does - maybe.  I now am questioning that.)

4:15am - Bill and I roll out of tent and get ready to go.
4:45am - Water support meeting - I see Snookie and threaten her life if she ever wakes me like that again. Good thing I love her.
5:00am - We split up into teams and get prepped to hit the water. This year I am more cautious than the year before. I opt out of an SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) in case there is wind again.  I LOVE stand up paddling, but in the wind, a kayak does a lot better than an SUP.  Stand up paddling is a heck of a lot more fun and allows me to move, stretch out, sit, stand or lay down or do yoga if I get stiff.  I take a kayak, square floatie, whistle, 2 bottles of water, my own PFD (didn't do that last year) and put on my wetsuit.  I am told by the Search and Rescue Kayak Captain, Michael Caifa, that if he could only have one - a warm and buoyant wet suit OR a PFD (life jacket), he would choose the wetsuit. that made me feel a LOT better about the year before and I realized that my outcome from that event was better because I had worn my wetsuit for the first time.  It is now THE thing to put on first.  It keeps me warm in the cool morning air and I go for a quick jog to warm up.  Lots of people are standing around shivering and me in my obnoxious way said to them "you guys, go run around a little, it feels great!"  They just look at me funny and eat the free donuts and coffee.  :)
6:00am - All swim support is on the water and getting ready for the start. The only thing cold on me is my toes.

The sun is beginning to rise and I am in the best place on the planet at the moment.  Sand Hollow Reservoir at sunrise is stunning.
Almost 3,000 athletes are competing in this Half Ironman race. Over half of them are first timers.
We are ready for them.  The water is calm and gorgeous, but it was that way at the beginning of last years race.  I am starting to get the jitters as I recall the experience from the year before.  A quick prayer is said as I paddle, Please Lord, let us enjoy safe waters this year.

6:55am - The pros are off!  WOW!  Crazy fast - I think the fastest swimmer was done with a little over a mile swim in just about 20 minutes.  Holy. Cow.  Swim Support does very little for the pro wave.  We just watch in amazement.  These guys KNOW what they are doing.  They have done this numerous times. They really don't need us too much out there.  Awesome to watch.  Incredibly impressive to us non-swimmer types.

The next wave is started, I think it's the young guys under 29?  Now the "fun" starts, most of these guys are first time competitors that underestimate the swim and their own nerves.  Many didn't listen to instructions like "stay on the outside of the buoys"  "Go that direction, then turn.", etc...  Now we get serious.
I love this stuff.
I love being there for them.
Now each group of athletes is being sent off at regular intervals and swim support is in full alert. Swimmers are coming in droves, thousands of them.  I see several friends that take the time to lift their heads up, catch their breath, support their friends they are swimming with, or just promised to wave "Hi" to me, I can't tell who anyone is when they are too serious about going fast.  :)  All those black wetsuits and swim caps, they all look the same to me.  As one of my friends on Facebook said to me "Hey keep an eye out for me, I will be in a black wetsuit and pink swim cap" "Me too"  "Me too"  several of my friends chime in - Amber, Cherie and Liz are Phazes clients and competitors. They amaze me, and I love them.  It made my morning when they looked up and yelled at me.  "IT'S MY PEOPLE - I LOVE MY PEOPLE!".  I see other faces I know and love, Polli, Braydon, and past Bootcamp clients.  It was so good to see them out there.

My toes are still cold.  I shiver and think - Do I REALLY want to do a real triathlon and get in freezing water?  Duuuuuuude - these people are nuts.  I can't believe I want to do this.

Competitors are allowed to hang onto a kayak or buoy to get rested, stretch out, get their bearings or calm their anxiety before moving on as long as the kayak is not in forward motion along the course. During the course of the swim, I do get several people that need a little support and hang onto my kayak.  One woman from Ventura, Ca. is feeling some serious anxiety which can  be dangerous.  I ask her name and where she is from and then I ask her what day it is and where she is.  She looks at me like I'm the crazy one and answers.  I smile and tell her "good answer - you got the answers right.  Do you want to continue?  Can you pull yourself together and finish this swim?" "Absolutely!"  "Awesome California girl!  Catch your breathe for minute.  This Simi Valley California girl is cheering you on!"

Polli thinks she had a cracked rib or something and is in serious pain.  She asks me to paddle over to her.  "You okay Polli"  "Hell, I don't know. This freaking hurts."  "Do you want me to take you out?"  "F NO! I am finishing this thing!"  I love this chick.  She goes from kayak to kayak and eventually gets to my hubby who stays with her, and eventually tells her that she only has 10 minutes to finish (A LIE).  She swears, kicks it in and KILLS it!  (and then thanks Bill for telling her that lie).

A lot of swimmers get off course A LOT.  We do a LOT of course correcting when swimmers get swimming the wrong direction.  Our job is to be there for them, assist them when they need assistance, correct their course, we are actually not told to stay out of their way.  In general, we do stay out of the way, but there are times when getting in the way is necessary.

I am afraid I made a couple of swimmers upset.  One man was swimming perpendicular to the course. I was stationed inside the buoys  the swimmers were supposed to stay on the outside of the buoys.   We are told that if they do NOT stay outside the buoys,  Ironman staff (not volunteers) can disqualify them.  So we volunteers are supposed to do everything we can to keep them on the other side.  We yell, pound on our kayaks and do all we can to get their attention.  But some of these athletes have earplugs and never look up to check their position.  They can't hear a thing!  I have loud voice and  I am screaming at this guy, pounding on my kayak, paddling closely right next to him and he is NOT changing his course he is headed straight toward the island instead of around it.  He doesn't hear or see me.  I decide to blow my whistle that is normally for emergencies to get attention from the life boats on the outside. NOTHING! Crap.  I maneuver in front of him and he hits my vessel with his arm mid-stroke, looks up and yells at me to get out of his way.
Me: You need to turn around and get on course.
Him: I am on course!
Me: You need to get on the outside of the buoys.
Him: I am! Get out of my way! You are not supposed to hit us with your kayak!  (He is FUMING MAD!!!
Me: I can get in your way if you don't hear me yell at you to get back on course. Now turn around before someone decides to DQ you!

It took him a while to realize he was wrong and headed the wrong direction.  he was SOOOO mad at me.  but what was I supposed to do?  He swallowed his pride and I could tell the "Thank you for volunteering" was one he wished he could end with "B!+(}{!"
I told him to have a great time the rest of the race.  He rolled his eyes at me and moved on. Obvously upset at the idiot that ran into him with her kayak.  I have no doubt he is probably telling great stories about the stupid volunteer that ran into him with her kayak.  :)  Oh well....

I only pulled 2 swimmers from the water out of the dozen that needed to hang onto the kayak.  As water support we do not get to make the call on whether or not a swimmer is capable of continuing. We call in the Ironman official to make that call, unless the athlete insists on just being pulled out. So I give every opportunity for them to reassure me they are OK and can continue.  Both of the swimmers I pulled had the same problem - nerves, anxiety, fear.  It manifests as an inability to catch your breath and they get exhausted quickly.  The heart is pounding too rapidly to recover.  Drowning is most likely with someone that cannot get their nerves in check. This swim is something they could normally do and have done in other training, but it becomes an impossibility and endangers their lives if they do not keep calm or don't calm down quickly when they realize what's going on.

This was the other time I ran into swimmers... as I rowed from the inside of the course with a competitor in tow to outside of the course where a lifeboat was waiting to give more assistance.
I had to paddle across a thick path of swimmers still going for it.  I yelled and blew my whistle and tried to warn them.  SO I apologize to swimmers that got ticked off not knowing why that damn kayak got in their way.

This year -
Total swimmers I rescued: 2 in the entire two hours on the water
Total swimmers rescued overall with the rest of swim support: 14
Last year- I rescued 4 or 5 before getting blown off my board in the first 20 minutes of the swim
Total rescued off the water last year with the entire swim support crew: 490-ish... - crazy

As the last of the swimmers pass us, we join up and team up with the stragglers cheering them on, keeping them on course.  I have an older guy that had a "heavy right arm stroke" and needed to be constantly corrected to get on the outside.  I follow him in the rest of the way counting down the time left for him and keeping him moving forward.  He gets annoyed by my constantly correcting his course. I am just trying to keep him moving in a straight line so he doesn't swim longer than necessary.  I can't tell if his face he gives me every time I yell at him to correct is because he is mad at me or just that he is struggling.  Either way,  he is NOT in a great mood.  He probably is terribly annoyed at that silly blonde cheerleader type that keeps smiling at him and telling him "Keep going buddy!  You can do this!"  I can tell he doesn't like me.

He missed the cut-off time by a couple of minutes but he finishes that leg.

Swim Support is done for the day around 9:30am.  We are locked in Sand Hollow State Park for a while and can't get out until clean up begins for Ironman staff.  ... bummer?... The weather is perfect, the sun is shining, the lake is glossy calm...  hmmmm... what will paddlers do until we can drive out? Gee. We go paddling around the lake.  I grap an SUP and do some yoga and stretch and layout.  Some of us gather back at the South Beach and eat some burgers while sharing stories of this years Ironman in comparison to the previous year.

The weather was amazing!  Perfect!
I jokingly ask - "Ok you guys, who here said their prayers and asked God for good weather?"
ALL the people that were on the water last year that were hanging out with us at the trailer raise their hands.  :)

I was unable to go enjoy the rest of the race due to other commitments.  I love watching the finish line and really missed seeing that this year.  I cry every time someone crosses - no really I do. I get that involved emotionally in seeing them succeed.

Years ago I used to live right on the finish line of the St. George Marathon. Literally - the finish line pointed to my front door. I would sit out all day and watch athletes cross the finish line and I would cry and cheer for perfect strangers.  I may be a fool, but I am seriously impressed by the strength and determination these athletes put into completing such a TOUGH event. This year, I am FINALLY running my first marathon after being inspired so many years by so many others.

Maybe... if I keep volunteering and watching my friends do the Ironman....   nawwww....


Well.... maybe?

My friend Cathy Ford once told me a few years ago when I told her I could NEVER do an Ironman, she said to me, "NEVER rule anything out! You never know what you are capable of if you keep moving forward."

That is truth! Cathy did her first Ironman at age 40 AFTER losing a ton of weight and giving birth to 8 kids!  She inspires me.  My buddy Braydon doesn't fit the stereo typical body type of an Ironman athlete and competed in strong form!  There are so many on that course that overcome more than we spectators realize. I get teary eyed because I am NOT just a baby.  Well... maybe I am...  BUT.... These people are who I want to be.  They make me aware of my capabilities that are lying dormant inside me.  That I can do so much more than I think I can.  That my excuses are invalid!

I have NO IDEA if a half Ironman or a full Ironman is in my future. It isn't my current goal.  But my first marathon is.  AND my first SOLO Sprint triathlon is. Several years ago I couldn't even WALK around my block without passing out.  I will be 40 this year and am in better shape now than I have EVER been in!

The exciting thing to me is, I have witnessed people 20 years older than me competing in the Iron man for their first time.... So who knows?  No promises at this point of course.

BUT....

NEVER rule anything out!

Maybe competing isn't for you..
That's fine.
But volunteering is for EVERYONE!
PS - I love seeing some of buddies in this video.  LOVE YOU PEOPLE!

Friday, May 3, 2013

What is wrong with this picture....?

I just switched computers and am loading images of fitness inspiration into my new machine. I have a problem.... you get to help me figure it out.  You see, I know what my issue is, I just don't have all the time in the world to get it in writing in a manner that is "PC" and sensitive, so you get to do that for me.

I am about to post some images, some I have MAJOR issues with and the messages they send. Others I love what they say without saying much.

Here is the thing... I married an artist. He often attends "life drawing classes". We have portfolios full of drawings of nude models. My kids are welcome to look at those. I would FREAK OUT if my husband got into pornography or went to a strip club. One day we were explaining the difference to my kids about the drawing my husband has and the crap on the internet. Why the body is amazing and just fine as God created it.

Now...  you get to figure out the rest....

I will post some images some people in the fitness industry think are motivating - not to me.  Then I will post images that I would gladly post on my walls.

Can you tell me the difference?

Here is the crap I hate and what I see is wrong with the overall "fitness industry"....












Are you getting the message these people are sending out about what fitness is about?

Okay... now here are some images I LOVE!....

























I tried to find different levels of modesty and fitness levels to be fair and show that there are some GREAT things about the fitness industry media out there.  I wish I had hours and hours to write more for you and REALLY delve into the issue.  Maybe when I come back after this weekend I will take the time to really explain why I feel the way I do. HOW do the Images I put up as "negative"  impact our society.  And all that other good stuff.  In the meantime, I LOVE exercise!  I love what it does.  I love that I DO feel sexy and alive and wonderful.

Now YOU get to write the rest for me in your comments - please... comment.  I would love to hear from you.  I was about to say "Unless you disagree with my view - then don't bother"  :)  But no, really, go ahead. comment either way.

Thanks for taking the time with this for me.  I am heading off to a meeting to volunteer at the St. George Ironman 70.3.  I will be on a Kayak this time - not an SUP and I will be taking my life vest.  :)
(referrencing last year's craziness on the water....   swim-support-another-story-of-st-george ironman)

Have FUN!