Monday, August 29, 2011

Lessons from Ironman 2011

Yesterday I attended my second Ironman to cheer on Troy, Greg and Tim while they competed in this year's event... (See Ironman2010 here). Just like last year, I came away from that experience with such a sense of pride for not only those guys, but for all of the competitors who put the training in and finish that race.

This year proved what we already knew: that weather is a factor, that heat makes anything more intense, and that the support of friends, family and even strangers, is just one more component which drives these athletes to the finish line- like Gatorade, water, Power Gels, and Cliff Blocks.

For what would Ironman be without the streets filled with words of love and encouragement? How could a runner withstand a marathon in the blistering sun after a 6-hour bike ride, if he didn’t know his family was waiting for him at the end? How do these people even find the strength to continue when their muscles are cramping and everything in their body is telling them to quit?

I know the answer.

Because when I see some of these people squishing into those wetsuits, gearing up for that 180km bike, or pounding the pavement slowly, but surely, one step at a time, I know that at some point in their life they set this goal, and allowed nothing to stand in their way. I am filled with awe when I yell “Great job!” from the sidelines and they smile back and say “thank you”. And in those moments I am even more intrigued with the power of the human spirit, and the might of the human body.

Although this event may not be on everybody’s bucket list, it certainly epitomizes the power of a goal. Whether you want to lose weight, eat healthier, or just live a more active life, you need to know that that is already in you. It is not out of your reach. Anything can be achieved. And when you give yourself space and time and you dedicate yourself to something, it will happen. It is the law of the universe, that what we think about, we bring about.

So plant that seed. Aim high. Create your own Ironman.

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

If you are looking for a new restaurant to try in Vancouver I would love to suggest visiting The Oakwood in Kits ( 2471 West 4th Ave) ... Troy and I joined Jody and Tyson there last night for a late dinner and it was DELICIOUS! Boasting all local, all organic and all seasonal ingredients, Mike Shea and his team do it right... In a word: Perfection!
Check it out and let me know what you think!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Keen-Wah :)

Meet my new food Compadre: Quinoa.

Although a seed, quinoa is commonly mistaken as a grain because of its light and fluffy consistency when cooked. Being very high in protein, quinoa is an essential part of any healthy vegetarian's or vegan's diet (I am neither of these)... and more importantly is a complete protein, which means it includes all nine essential amino acids. Here are some other things its good for : Manganese and Copper (antioxidants), Magnesium (blood pressure), Fiber (digestion, linked to cancer prevention), and Riboflavin (AKA Vitamin B- AKA Energy!)... SOLD!

Right now I am doing the Wild Rose Cleanse and quinoa is up there on the list of recommended foods... so I am all over it.
Last night I made a really yummy Black Bean Salmon and Quinoa Salad and this morning I whipped up Quinoa with Berries and a splash of coconut milk. Both meals were totally filling, really healthy, and most importantly for me: SO easy to make.

Black Bean, Smoked Salmon and Quinoa Salad

Prepare Quinoa by boiling 1 1/4 Cups of water and adding 1 cup of quinoa- turn the heat down and cover for 12 minutes. Fluff up with a fork when done.
1 Red Pepper
1 Yellow Pepper
1 Cucumber (skin on)
4 stalks of green onions
Chopped Cilantro to taste
1 can of Organic Black Beans (rinsed)
1 Avocado
Cut up pieces of smoked Salmon

Quinoa and Berries

Prepare quinoa the same as above- once cooked add fresh or frozen berries and some coconut milk. Yum!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

1 Minute Rounds!

Incorporate this 16 minute fitness complex into your workout, or run through it on its own for a quick blast of cardio anytime during your day. Simply set your timer for one minute and repeat the three exercises in order for the full 60 seconds with a 20 second rest in between each set.

READY.... GO!!!!

1 Minute: 10 High Knees/ 5 Squat Jumps/ 5 Push Ups
20 Seconds Rest
Repeat 3x

1 Minute: 6 Split Jumps/ 6 Low Jacks/ 6 Jump Ins
20 Seconds Rest
Repeat 3x