As a young girl I was briefly in gymnastics lessons. I have very few memories: playing in the foam pit, stretching on the mats, walking on the balance beam, etc…. I know that one of my goals was to be bale to get into the splits. I never quite made it and eventually quit gymnastics when my instructor made me keep practicing after I had severely injured myself. In middle school my best friend took up gymnastics and I went to watch her first competition in Brandon, Manitoba. That day, at the end of her floor routine, she got into the splits for the first time….and broke her lady parts. She was on crutches. Ever since that day I’ve had no desire to do the splits. Well, until now….
You see, I’ve leaned about a new type of splits that I like to call the “gym splits.” I’ve learned that after work the gym is really busy and I often find myself too lazy to get myself there (ANY excuse will work). I also discovered that 6am doesn’t have to be dreadful and at that time of day I love cardio. I’m also getting into weight training (weight loss and strength building) but I don’t have time to do that before work (I need to get 30 minutes of cardio, a shower and a coffee in before 6:50am) so I needed a plan. The plan became the “gym splits.”
I read somewhere about someone’s secret to success at GOING to the gym and weight loss was that they went before AND after work but left their stuff in a locker all day. You see, this is genius. If I leave my stuff in a locker at the gym in the morning, I have to go back and get it after work because we are not allowed to leave anything in the lockers overnight. If I have to pick up my stuff, what’s another 20-40 minutes of weights? There was only one day in the past few weeks where I just went to the gym to get my stuff and skipped the workout but overall, it’s almost fool proof. So, “gym splits,” I’ve successfully gotten into you and have not broke my crotch!
One thing that I have noticed over the past few years is that Pemberton (and Whistler) have a much slower pace of life. It seems like most people that reside here work to live and unlike big cities, they don’t live it work. For me and my sanity, that is fantastic because I used to live to work. This change in lifestyle for me has drastically reduced my stress and allows me to live a more balanced life. You see, the problem with me and my personality is my ambition and urge to reach goals and have amazing experiences is very prominent. Over the past 2 years I’ve had to redefine what success is to me and dial back my timeline for achieving goals. My ambition is still there and from time to time it causes restlessness, but hey, what can you do? I have the right people on my side (friends, family and coworkers) and I’m lucky to have Shayne in my life to balance me out and remind me it’s okay to just chill out and live day to day.
Living day to day seems like the mentality of the majority here. I like it. You know what? I LOVE it. It’s okay to have goals but it’s also okay to slow down and enjoy the pace that your life is at. I will achieve certain career goals at some point and I know that everything I do it working towards them. I know that I will eventually be a “good” skier and that this summer was amazing because of work-life balance (AND CAMPING). I know that due to my lifestyle changes, moving to Pemberton, working for Whistler Transit and a few other factors I was able to pay off debt and set up RRSPs and a TFSA . Everything happens for a reason and I’m stoked to be walking hand in hand with life. So, how do you like to slow down and enjoy the pace of life?
This past weekend Shayne and myself vacationed on Savary Island. We had a wedding to attend there and saw this as the right opportunity to take a break from life. It’s a beautiful island that is a drive, 2 ferries and a water taxi away from Pemberton. It’s WELL WORTH the journey, trust me. We rented a cabin for 3 nights and spent 1 night in Powell River. Sunshine. White sand beaches. Friends. Nature. Love. Will I be going back? YES.
The weather is getting colder and the mornings are getting darker. This can only mean one thing…. FALL IS HERE. Being from Winnipeg, I’m someone who doesn’t love the winter. Being out in Pemberton I’m able to tolerate winter and with my ambition of being a good skier, this year shouldn’t be so dreadful. Naturally, when fall arrives I’m sad ebecuase I know what season follows. Summer is my favourite time of year and it’s very glorious but to keep my spirits high I’m going to highlight all of the fabulous things about fall:
1. It’s pretty. The leaves get ready to depart from the tree’s branches. Before they do they change to immaculate colours of red, orange and yellow. Nothing is better than the sun shining through the colourful leaves. They dance in the wind before they fall to the ground.
2. Halloween is during fall and it is my favourite holiday (besides my birthday). Nothing is more fun than wearing a costume. Also, I love candy corn.
3. I can still ride my bike without getting heatstroke.
4. The air smells fresh and crisp.
5. The sound of crunching leaves is oddly soothing.
6. It’s shoulder season in Whistler so the Village is quiet and there are many dinner specials. YAY.
7. We can still camp (we have heat in the camper).
Why do you LOVE fall?
Here are some pictures that I did not take but were found when I Googled “fall in Whistler:”
Last week my father came to visit. We invited Shayne’s parents to join us for a night, so they could meet. I was hoping to have something funny to report on but all there was love and laughs so this week I’m going to talk to you about the new love of my life. His name is GYM.
I have been working out (off and on) since the age of 12 and once I moved to Vancouver I stopped going to the gym because 1) I walked everywhere and 2 )I was way to poor to afford a gym membership. However, since moving to Pemberton I have had a love-hate relationship with the gym. The “things” I liked to do weren’t available at the gym in town and I found working out more of a drag than fun.
I have come to the realization that I need to get into a different shape than the once I’m in and ski season is quickly approaching (I need to be in top shape for that). Both my lungs and muscles are NOT ready, as of today. So, I have decided to commit to going to the gym AT LEAST 5 days a week for a cardio and weight session (alternating between arms and back to legs and butt). Due to my stupid rib problem, I have to take it easy on me abs, but that is okay ( for now).
The things I didn’t like about the gym have changed since the last time I was there. They went from having 1 crappy elliptical trainer to having 2 good ones (and still 1 less-good one). They have also drastically increased the amount and quality of equipment. To be honest, the equipment that I used yesterday made working out really fun!
I’m still working on my “plan” and am open to suggestions for exercises using kettlebells and weights AND I’d love to know your favourite quad and glute moves.
So, this blog post is meant to openly share my goals and hold me accountable for going to the gym at least 5 times a week (when I’m in town). It is a great was for me to spend my time, listen to new music, get in shape and clear my mind/get creative. Who’s with me?