I’m a Cheater

I don’t cheat on my man but I sure as heck cheat on my diet. Over a month ago I decided to cut out wheat and dairy. I had a disgusting addiction to cheese and I was feeling blah. I’m talking eating a while package of cheese strings…..Yah, gross, I know!

So, I cut ’em out and I feel great. However, temptation is all around me. I don’t find it hard to cut out the wheat and dairy unless I’m craving sushi or it’s someones birthday. I have decided that if I behave and temptation crosses my path (for good reason) I can have a little taste.  That isn’t so bad, right? I mean, I have hardly had cheese and that IS A HUGE DEAL! Oh yah, I have also cut out coffee (but I have it when I NEED it). What are your trips for staying on track?? Please help!

Here are some tools that help me survive: 

I do have to modify a lot of the recipes but that's easy.

I do have to modify a lot of the recipes but that’s easy.

Almonds

Almonds

Quinoa (with vegi soup broth)

Quinoa (with vegi soup broth)

Hot. Yummy. Teaaaaa

Hot. Yummy. Teaaaaa

 

Summer is here and I’m learning to bike (better), fish and other Pemberton activities. Follow me on my journey. Check back every Wednesday (ish) to see what I have been up to.

 

 

 

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I like to ride my bicycle…

I like to ride my bike!

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The snow is melting so I thought it was time to bring out my vintage Norco Pinnacle. There are so many fun trails that take you to magical places. I’m working on flat trails and so far I have gone up and down the trail behind my house, lapped One Mile lake and have been on Bathtub.

There are many trails to explore (click to enlarge):

Pemberton Trails

Pemberton Trails

 

I plan on buying a new bike and helmet but in the mean time my sexy bike will do. It has a broken ladybug bell, 2 water bottle holders and a stunning paint job.

So, will you go on a bike ride with me?

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I’ve Been To Heaven

Skiing forces you to “suck it up!” You find a run too hard? Too bad. You can’t quit because you still need to get down the mountain and where else are you going to go? So really, there is no quitting.

When a significant other takes you, the beginner, skiing it can really test your relationships. Luckily, Shayne is very patient with me and my mad ski skills. He decided to finally ski with me.

Us.

Us.

Here are the facts/ highlights from Sunday:

  • I haven’t skied in 2 months making this my 6th time up there
  • Shayne is pretty much a pro skier
  • I have athletic endured asthma (sexy, I know)
  • Shayne’s a really good skier. I am not.
  • Went up Excalibur gondola on Blackcomb (my first time on this mountain)
  • Skied greens and cat tracks
  • Lunch that cost an arm and leg at Rendevouz
  • Skied 7th heaven cat track to 7th Heaven Express
  • Skied down Green, some blue (my first) and in some pow (also my first)
  • I fell a lot and my left knee and right breast are sore
  • Shayne said I yelled a lot at him but I’m just a loud human and was not yelling
  • I had to take many breaks
  • I survived and didn’t die
  • I rode the Peak 2 Peak Gondola
  • I’m still dating Shayne

I did learn how scary it is to fall on a cat track and how embarrassing it is. Tip: get out of the way as fast as you can and watch for fast skiers/boarders.

So, will Shayne take me skiing again? I think so. I do need to go skiing a lot more so I can get better but I have the basics (almost) down. Will you take me skiing (I won’t/don’t yell)?

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Me at the top of 7th Heaven

To follow my mountain life journey, check back every Wednesday (or sometimes Thursday) and read about my learning adventure. It is okay  to learn to ski at any age. If I can do it, so can you! Please share your skiing tips and comments below. Cheers! 

Skiing so I can Après?

I did it. I went down a green run. What this means is that I am no longer on the learning hill.

 

Image originally on http://www.chamonet.com

Image originally on http://www.chamonet.com

The “green run” is the easiest slopes at a mountain and are usually wide and groomed, and not that “steep.” It does not mean that the snow is green in colour.

I went up the Fitzsimmons Express… which was neat because it was outside (unlink the gondola which is inclosed) and got off at mid station. I hung out on Whiskey Jack for the morning (from the very top and midstation). I forgot my #1 rule: DON’T LOOK DOWN! I fell but a friend picked me up and I slowly remembered everything that I have learned.

I also learned a few other lessons:

  • When your boot buckle is stuck, do another buckle up in order to undo it. Don’t freak out and tell other skiers your boot is broken because it’s not.
  • Whisky Jack is also a cute bird that hangs out on the mountain.
  • There are many lines to get onto the chairlift. Know where to go (you can ask). It is confusing.

Have you ever been inside a gondola before? Check out this video of me coming down from the top of Whistler:

I also love après. Après refers to socializing over drinks when your ski day is done. I have been Aprèsing for a long time so I guess you can say I’m now pre- Aprèsing. This weekend featured cesars and friends (Thea and Jodie)!

So, now that I’m on the grownup runs and embracing the après I feel like I’m growing up in the ski world. Soon I will try a different run (or maybe 2). What do you suggest I try next?

Image belongs to http://letissierdesigns.com

A Whisky Jack.Image belongs to http://letissierdesigns.com

To follow my skiing journey, check back every Wednesday (or sometimes Thursday) and read about my learning adventure. It is okay  to learn to ski at any age. If I can do it, so can you! Please share your skiing tips and comments below. Cheers! 

Day 4 of Skiing: Monologues from the Chairlift

I made it to the mountain on Sunday. My ride left before I could get myself together so I took the Greyhound from Pemberton to Whistler (I do not have a car). Greyhound sucks. The website was down so I stood at the stop when I thought there would be a bus and at 12:30pm a bus came along (with a very nice driver) so I began my skiing adventure.

I decided to make chairlift monologues about my day on the Olympic Chair. Watch the first one…you can see what it is like to be on a chairlift:

So, I made it down without landing in any tree wells. I became confident….so here is the 2nd video. Can you hear my asthmatic lungs?:

I have not yet made the Craigslist ad but when I do…..you will know! 

I SHAVED……off 45 minutes of how long it takes me to get down. I made it down in a record time of 15 minutes. Hear me ramble for 30-something seconds here (I sound so stoked):

I have a few questions: 

1.Why am I so sexy in these videos?

2. Has anyone ever dropped their phone while making a chairlift monologue?

You can expect more of these videos (but better) because, moving forward, I will explore the other 199 runs that Whistler Blackcomb have to offer. I guess one would say that I am a big girl now….

Do you have any skiing tips or questions? Let me know and I’ll either try your tip or find someone to answer your question! 

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To follow my skiing journey, check back every Wednesday (or sometimes Thursday) and read about my learning adventure. It is okay  to learn to ski at any age. If I can do it, so can you! Please share your skiing tips and comments below. Cheers! 

Bend and Snap: Cross Training

Unlike the many lucky souls that live out here, I am not a full fledge ski bum. I have a job and work more than 40 hours a week, which leaves very little time for skiing. Between injuries, the flu and life I do manage to find time to ski. The mountain closes before I get off work so I have to find other ways to stay fit and healthy during the week and my time on the mountain.  You see, I’m in a shape and I’m hoping to modify it. Maybe by writing this blog post I will be held accountable for keeping true to my goals.

In Pemberton I have discovered this great little yoga studio called Tadasana Yoga.  There are other studios and gyms that offer yoga but the classes offered here best compliment with my schedule.  Also, there is a training facility in close proximity to my house called Revolution Fitness and for the next 6 weeks I’ll be ending my work week with Friday night personal training sessions.

Yoga is great for the mind, body and soul and working with a personal trainer will help with…..everything.  Here is what my weekly fitness schedule will be for the next 6 weeks:

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On the weekends I will try and ski at least 1 day and go to yoga at least 1 day (there is a 5pm Hot Chocolate après ski yoga class on Saturday and Sunday).

Shayne will be on the road for the next 6 weeks so I have nothing but free time so watch out mind, body and soul because you are about to change!

Care to join me for any classes? I’ll be signing up for unlimited monthly yoga. If you are not in the Pemberton area and want to try out yoga, you can check the Yoga Directory Canada.

To follow my skiing journey, check back every Wednesday (or sometimes Thursday) and Sunday to read about my learning adventures. It is okay to learn to ski at any age. If I can do it, so can you! Please share your skiing tips and comments below. Cheers!