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February 23, 2014
Hey everyone! How was your weekend? Ours was good…a real mix of work, friends, downtime at home and time out together.
No, we did not get up at 5 am to watch the Canadian Men’s Hockey team win gold…but we did go to our friend’s house at 8 am on Sunday to watch it. Still pretty early for a weekend to be out and about if not in the mountains! Did you know they changed the laws in Canada for 1 day, allowing bars to serve alcohol that early in the morning? You gotta admit, Canadian or not, that a country changing it’s regulations for a hockey game (and yes, the bars WERE full at 5 am and people were cheering Canada on, beer in hand), is pretty sweet. …even if they did beat the US. Such is life!
In other news on the weekend front, I was pretty sedentary. Don’t get me wrong, a rest day is awesome (and important!), but after moving my long run (9 miles) to Friday morning and our cross country skiing plans changing Saturday, I was left with a new cold front that had blown in, my run done and a weekend ahead of me.
I hibernated. Didn’t even do a single burpee! And had one of those weekends were I ate most everything in sight. While those weekends don’t throw me anymore because I normally am better about being balanced and enjoying what Jill Coleman refers to as “intermittent sampling,” you still never feel great after a weekend like that, so I’m feeling kind of so-so today. Oh well – it’s a new day tomorrow and a new decision for my next snack or meal, so I can move forward knowing there’s a week of great possibilities ahead!
I mentioned we got some work done this weekend, as we often do since we run Survive & Thrive Expeditions and do speaking engagements (more so Mikey than me) from time to time. Part of that included prepping for a tele-health conference that airs at different hospitals which is taking place this Wednesday midday and prep for a new launch that I wanted to tell you about today.
(our weekend work station)
Mikey and I have come to a new phase with Survive & Thrive and are looking to branch out, to change our focus and to rebrand. How does this affect you? Well, for one thing, this blog as we know it, Bonnie Lang Fitness, will be incorporated into the larger scheme of Survive & Thrive Cancer Programs. That means that you’ll still be able to come to this website, but you’ll be redirected to our soon-to-be-fully-combined website. But everything will be the same: my focus will still be fitness, our adventures and musings about life; my writing, reviews and thoughts will still be the same; and I’ll still be passionate to share life with you guys! It will just be in a different location.
More on this later, but as I’ve already changed my Instagram name, I wanted you to know a bit on the why! My Facebook page now has a different URL, so if you follow me there please take note of that when typing it in too. …more to come at the end of the weekend when are changes will be revealed! (website currently under construction)
It’s exciting when you move into a different direction, although a bit scary. In fact, this process has been harder than I thought as I’ve slowly started letting whatever I had of my personal brand of “Bonnie Lang Fitness” go. It’s a big step! But it’s for a bigger purpose and, although we’re not sure what God wants to do with it or us, it’s exciting.
In other news from our week, waffles & wine (not together, although that wouldn’t be too bad!) were consumed with friends,
the days were sunny but cold and I had fun playing with my dreads a bit.
We also enjoyed lunch with Mikey’s parents today after church. So great to chat about life and run ideas by them…and eat good, home cooked meals. And now it’s back to more computer work and presentation prep – oh, and workout prep for the week’s clients and classes and maybe a bit of studying too. Phew! It’s a busy phase of life, and the danger is not allowing yourself to get so overwhelmed that it paralyzes you to do nothing! So…short blocks of time dedicated to tasks working alongside Mikey…I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Any changes coming up in YOUR life? How was your weekend! Give me 1 highlight that stood out to you from it.
Live well & be well, friends!
January 21, 2014
If you had more hours in a day, what you do with it? Get that workout in? Read more books? Meet a friend for lunch? Write some letters to your aunt or uncle?
I was chatting the other day with my mom – one of the only people with whom I really talk about my physical struggles with, partly because I don’t need to voice it that often, partly because I know I’m strong and healthy and fit and partly because we all need an outlet, personal trainer or not.
We were referencing people in our lives who seem consumed by exericse or how they eat, noting that we, too, have had moments where we were to consumed with these thoughts. I made the comment that I just don’t WANT to spend that much of my free time thinking thoughts about my body, my next meal, or getting another workout in. It’s not worth the time and stress to me, nor is it worth me sacrificing certain foods or events in order to maintain the level of lean-ness that I desire.
This idea came up again last night while having dinner with two friends – sisters – from the gym. In a funny moment, one of my friend’s belts popped open after dinner, the straps so thin they finally gave way, and her sister remarked, “I hope you don’t take that the wrong way and let it worry you!” Both women are healthy, fit and attractive, and I commented that she didn’t seem like the girl who had those thoughts too often. She proceeded to tell me that she heard via a Ted Talk recently that women, on average, think thoughts about their bodies (“Does this light make me look good?” “My thighs look fat when I’m sitting.”) every 30 seconds. 30 seconds! That’s nuts! And we all agreed we’ve been there, done that. And sometimes get sucked back into those thoughts, but our intention is to simply not give ourselves that much thought.
Think about if you had more time in your mind – filled with less of you and more of others. Or more time to think about life. To make decisions. To be kind to yourself. What if more of these thoughts took over?
If we are thinking these thoughts every 30 seconds (on average, and of course not every woman struggles with this, and I’m sure it’s not exclusive to women), you can add that up and deduce that we’re spending TOO MUCH time thinking (mostly critical) thoughts about ourselves. So, if you had time, what would you think about and how would you spend that resulting time?
I’d be grateful for the sky, for crisp air in Calgary that stings a bit but makes me feel alive when I step outside. I’d think about friends and remember to turn those thoughts into prayers. I’d probably look up good recipes and take time to make some healthy food instead of looking up workouts to work off those gummy bears.
More confirmation on this topic came when I received the most recent newsletter from Neghar Fonooni. She talks about how much her weight fluctuates lately (~7 lbs, which makes me feel pretty normal with about a 4 lbs weight change in either direction) but how she’s so much happier. To quote Neghar:
My life is awesome; it’s so much more meaningful than it was when everything revolved around my body fat percentage. That’s because I have so much more to offer the world than a lean physique, and so do you.Now, understand that I am not saying that fat loss is not a worthy pursuit. I’m not insinuating that wanting to lose fat is wrong or meaningless in any way whatsoever. Fat loss pursuits are valuable as long as they are done with positive intentions, self-love, and compassion.
January 6, 2014
Hello and happy Monday, friends! I hope you guys all had a great first weekend of 2014. Although I’m not one to set resolutions, it’s neat to be intentional at the start of the year and use it as a launchpad for things you want to change, address or be more mindful of, and this weekend gave me a chance to do that in a few ways.
First of all, for Christmas I received a Nike Fuel Band (thanks, mom and dad!). Although I generally have no problem being active – I love to move and don’t often struggle with workout motivation – it was something I wanted to show me how active the hours outside my workouts were.
I promptly set it up (simple to do) and put it on, burpee-ing around the house, practicing handstands, choosing to go in to the store to get more steps in when I might just listen to the radio in the car while Mikey ran in to get a last-minute item.
Nike Fuel Band got started in CA, in my parents’ living room
Mikey and I had talked about getting them for ages, so after I received one as a surprise, we came back to Canada and bought him one. For a guy who DOES struggle with motivation to move (he could sit and think and read and type and work all day!), I’m loving how it’s changed him! The Fuel Band works as more of a behavioral than an analytical tool, meaning that it’s not the most accurate (I get more “points” by waving my arm back and forth than from a tough weight workout that wasn’t as aerobic), if it works to help you move more, that’s a successful tool. I’ve NEVER seen Mikey join me in a workout or, more importantly, willingly just start doing burpees or jumping jacks to get closer to his daily goal. Pretty neat, hey?
I loved getting back in the gym last week and also doing some workouts at home over the weekend.
But what good is moving more if you’re eating poorly? So that’s something else Mikey and I, along with several clients from the gym, are teaming up to tackle. We’re not necessarily removing major foods from our diets, but rather focusing on eating more mindfully and saying “no thanks” to refined sugars, processed foods and alcohol. You know – the usual “clean eating” that isn’t extreme. The goal here is to establish habits that are sustainable and easy to maintain, and we worked this weekend at not snacking mindlessly or eating in off schedules. Thursday and Friday were great, as was most of Saturday, until the evening when, at a friend’s birthday party, we both ate too many sweets and candy (our weakness is gummy bears!). A friend said it made him feel better to see me eating junk food with all my #fitfluential posts on Instagram which made me pause and think. I’m very open about what I eat (everything) and how often (working on the moderation thing) but I suppose I never Instagram myself diving in the candy bowl or going back for those extra bites of food! But I’m very normal in that regard, let me assure you. No alcohol for me that night, just a few too many handfuls of gummies not because I was feeling guilty for indulging, but because I was full and consciously ate more than I needed.
The win in that scenario? Definitely recognizing my hunger levels (even if I chose to ignore them) and making most my weekend be filled with water and things I only really wanted. Perhaps because I knew that all processed sugars were being stopped Monday I indulged a little more. But every day, every snack, every next decision is a new choice, a fresh slate, and I went to bed feeling like I’m ready to be in control of those decisions. It feels good to be mindful and I’m actually looking forward to a few concentrated weeks of nourishment!
cooking for friends Sunday night
After a really neat service at church, we had a fun lunch at my in-laws’ home and got caught up on post-NYE activities. It was great to catch up and to take a few minutes to begin the year in prayer and reflection with them; I’m so thankful they initiated that with us. The service was about Jesus- after just celebrating him at Christmas, our church is doing a new series asking the question, “Who is Jesus?” for a few weeks – and today we focused on Jesus as Savior. I loved hearing the stories of our radical Lord who isn’t a doormat, isn’t a good luck charm, isn’t a “get-you-out-of-a-jam” Jesus but rather is the Jesus who saves with grace, with love, without judgement and who is patient. Being reminded of how Jesus saved women in a culture when they were looked down upon, how he saved people from their lifestyles of sin who the religious sect would never interact with, how even in his last breath on the cross he was still saving thieves. He extended grace but never pushed it, allowed people to first accept his grace and then to change their lives.
I want to live in the reality of a Risen and Saving Jesus this year! But not just because it’s a new year, but because I want everyday to be surprised and excited by the truth of Jesus’ life in me. Body, mind and spirit – he is alive and I want to live as his ambassador extending that same loving, non-judgmental and accepting grace to those in my life.
So it was a good weekend of being refreshed in many ways, including lots of great time with people! From lunch with the in-laws to having friends over for dinner, a birthday party with lots of close friends and some good moments just with Mikey, I’m moving into 2014 and this next week feeling refreshed and ready. Who knows what God has in store? But I want to enjoy it to the fullest with his life, a healthy body and a supportive community I’m feeding into.
Oh – and the second half of our #californiachristmas video is live! Thanks Mikey for capturing so many memories…reliving them as I’m back to work in the “real world” today.
Live well & be well, friends!