Time Passes By So Quickly

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With less than two weeks until the North Face Canadian Death Race it has turned to a time of reflection. It seems as though it was yesterday that I approached my "team" to join me on a crazy adventure to run 125 km as a five person relay team over three mountain summits and 17, 000 ft of elevation change.

That was five years ago. Even as I say it out loud I still can't believe it. We have seen it all as a team: dehydrated grey pale faces, cramping legs, bleeding feet, blistered necks, racers passing out in front of us, bears, near broken ankles, crutches, laughing, crying in pain and euphoria from all of this. There is a deep thread that holds us together as a team that has endured these maladies. 

Times Get Tough, Time To Get Tougher

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When life interferes it is amazing how "we" can be put on the back burner.

Case in point.

My basement flooded this weekend, thank goodness it was only rainwater but six inches of it everywhere in your basement will create a lot of work and my only saving grace was the gym wasn't deeply flooded, the gym mats kept the water under instead of wrecking my equipment (priorities!).

It Is Done

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I am thankful today for getting my long run in when it would have been easy to skip; I'm at the lake and really breakfast sounded much better with family than a long run. I am proud of getting it done and staying focused towards my goals for the year. It is so easy to just skip it and hang out but these are the moments that define your success; doing instead of waiting. I now can enjoy my weekend with my family as I hope you are able to do with yours! Happy Canada Day! I Live Life Now, Lisa

What Is Your Truth?

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It is funny what people can convince themselves is a truth.  They can be perfectly okay in their own head, even though their body is failing them.  Everyone has their limits: it's whether we recognize them.

Finding your own truth is a difficult path to follow and it constantly changes and evolves through life. What you believed as a twenty year old will change when you are fifty.

My truth is always changing: what I believed today can change tomorrow with new information (that is, if you get the information you need). When people decide to withhold information from you it can be detrimental and have repercussions and ramifications well beyond what they think. I am not very receptive to lying by omission and I have paid the price for my stubborness more than once standing my ground.  As a result, I do have a hard time still with lying by ommission as it still carries the same consequences. It creates a lack of trust.

When there is a lack of trust it creates questions and problems. It becomes its own entity, its own being. What did I or did not tell so and so. Ugh who has time or energy for this. If you want to know what I think, ask; I gladly share. There isn't much I hide; unfortunately for my family and friends but everyone knows where they stand with me so I create a different trust with people in my forthcoming nature. 

I try really hard with my children to help them grasp this concept. I tell them that if you lie it is far worse than telling the truth and dealing with the problems and consequences from this. Simple? Not so much, sometimes. The fear of being "in trouble" can cause humans to lie to themelves and others. I just hope with time they will realize that being honest has far more benefits that hiding the truth; time will tell.

It was a great day today riding my bike with my daughter!  She is an amazing little biker and the sky was beautiful again. Here is a picture from the day, I hope you see beauty in your life everyday like this! Look for it, it's there!

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I Live Life Now, 

Lisa

My Interest Is Piqued

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Darn you, clients who know how to push my buttons! As a result of your goal setting and interest, I have been researching the Spartan Race series in the United States and Canada. As I've said before, does anyone want to sponsor a willing woman who will try many things but does not have the time or resources right now?

The humidity is draining myself and all the clients I worked with today. It has been a long day - 12 hours straight through with 30 minutes off and I am drained, find myself getting ready for bed in a rolling thunderstorm. I love lightning and thunder - they possess such raw power.

I hope you have been busy setting goals for yourself. My problem is I have too many some days; most people can't set one and I can't decide on just one. Life is just so short that I would love to fit it all in! 

Tonight's blog will be short.  However, I encourage you to set out, by July 1st, a goal to have in place in place for the end of August, whatever that may be. I have goals in place until 2013 right now and more are being added all the time. So, surprise yourself and set a goal you really have to reach towards and work hard to achieve; the journey there is the best part, the results are a bonus!

I Live Life Now,

Lisa

Empty Mind

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Whoohoo!!  I should have been working on my website all day but I could not stand the mess in my house for one more minute. I was supposed to have a garage sale, but then the Slave Lake evacuees showed up and my week of cleaning and sorting turned to volunteering quite happily!  But the overwhelming pile of "stuff" nearly suffocated me for the past three months.  The sad part is that it took me this long to finally deal with it. 

For those who haven't heard of The 100 Thing Challenge, it is quite interesting to follow (although it would be nearly impossible for me to do). A guy named Dave ( http://guynameddave.com/100-thing-challenge) has decide to become a complete minimalist by only living with 100 possessions!  This does not include necessities such as underwear, dishes, food etc. if he aquires a new possession he has two days to release one of his current possessions. It is an interesting theory, but I think I would have to consider running shoes and sports gear as necessities because I am sure that I have half of my things' total just in those (secret addiction: running shoes).

I may not be living as simplistic as Dave, but today I feel as though the house has been lifted off my shoulders.  Literally.  There is less junk to look at (and I really shouldn't call it junk), but I do feel now that there is less and less "stuff" that I want in my life and just a few quality possessions that I will use and enjoy daily. I don't want a new couch every two years or to worry if my dishes match my tablecloth.  It is just not me and as long as you know what brings you joy I applaud you (and if it is the dishes than I applaud that as well) because not many people know what truly makes them happy. 

A couple of years ago, I decided that I would only purchase better quality products if I needed something so I would not have to re-buy it in a year when it broke. This also coincided with not shopping at Wal-Mart anymore.  Sorry, but I am not a fan, it costs too much to walk in for milk and come out $200 later with junk. I feel as though my life has been released from this simple action alone and, thankfully enough, I bring fewer possessions into our house from it.

So, as much as I should have caught up on other work, it has been a great day to clean out the clutter.  I will sleep better tonight because of it. Now don't get me wrong - my house is still lived in and not near show home looking - but I can go camping this weekend now with a clear mind. Life is good.

I Live Life Now,

Lisa

We Will Rock You

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I bragged last night: we may be sleep deprived but the numbers are in!  We, as a small town and area, raised over $75, 000 dollars for The Canadian Cancer Society! Yes, Athabasca rocks! Following what has been a really outstanding month in town (with hosting the Slave Lake evacuees, Athabasca University Convocation, an International Rotary Conference and then The Relay for Life), there has been no end to excitement and work for the volunteers in this town. And yet again, they rose to the challenge.

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Last night during my run I actually ran until I filled my shoes with blood. This was not on purpose, but maybe there is something to be said for a little suffering to make you feel more alive than normal. My only pain today comes from my shoes rubbing me raw, but I have thought a lot today about people who have undergone surgery or painful medical processes.  Really, in this regard, a little blood in my shoes is minor. It seems nowadays we blow minor problems out of proportion. I will keep in my thoughts the heroes who face difficult situations that seem impossible to overcome and my heart goes out to you and your families tonight. Know though that you will come out stronger.

Whether it is - cancer, heart disease or any unexpected event/tragedy - there is a message in it and as I said in my blog last night some of the survivors would never trade off the gifts they have received from facing the worst. And I agree, I can't have my father back but instead of wallowing in the sadness of it, I embrace the gift he gave me and continues to give me everyday. Living life now because I discovered at a young age that it can be taken away was the hardest leason to learn.  I just wish we all didn't have to learn the hard way!

I Live Life Now,

Lisa

Relay Day

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So it's 4 am in the morning (I apologize now for any incoherant thoughts). I haven't slept for nearly 24 hours. The first Relay for Life in Athabasca has been an overwhelming success. Living in a town that has such an amazing support group and volunteer base is unusual to find nowadays. Our little town had over 21 teams - which was well over the expected amount (by double)!

If you haven't been involved in a Relay before please do it. Nearly everyone has been affected by cancer in some way shape or form. The Relay for Life is NOT a race, or forced run. You walk to remember, bond with your team and honor the people still fighting or surviving cancer. This year has been truly special to share the event with my hometown and be inspired by the surivors in our town. 

Listening to Madena, a friend who is a cancer survivor, tell her story about the gifts she has received from cancer seems odd to many but in reality it is true; we do receive gifts in odd forms. She sees the gift of being able to watch her son graduate - which at the time of diagnosis she did not think would be possible. If you had your health taken away tomorrow or your chance at having a future, what would you pick? For myself, it would be seeing my kids become competent adults. I do believe that is what if you are a parent you worry about the most: where your kids will end up.

Thanks to everyone on my team for the laughs, for the midnight run to honor my dad and to the organizers for a great event. Life is similar to the Relay even in the darkest hours the sun will rise no matter how tired or lost you feel.

Our time on earth has no guarantees and no end date that we will know about so enjoy each day. It is the only guarantee we have. NOW. 

I Live Life Now,

Lisa

End Of A Great Time!

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Today is the last day of Bootcamp at the school, where I have hosted it for the last four years.  I can't believe that it is done, in one sense.  In another, it will be nice to maybe pick up my kids from school and take them to practice myself instead of having my friends do it (thank goodness for friends!). Thank you to the school being the grassroots of Bootcamp and my fitness dreams. It is always the first supporters that you remember the most for taking the chance with you. 

This is the first step in scaling back the number of classes I teach in a week and transitioning more into using this site. I had a funny thought today: there are more people reading this all the time...weird. And I have to write like no one is reading it otherwise it will change and I can't be something I'm not. So I'll write like no one's reading as long as you promise to dance and live like no one's watching or judging you!

Oddly enough as well the last time I had an excited feeling about a project or change was when I decided to take my fitness training and bring programs to the average person who would never consider themselves an "exercise lover". I am proud to say that I have helped many learn that sweat is okay and exercise doesn't have to be miserable.  Right? (This is why there is no comment page on here!)

The skies are black now with thunder and lightning looming so I am going to hang with my family and cozy up and watch a movie. The Relay for Life is tomorrow night and it will be an emotional and exhausting night but really nothing compared to the pain and suffering people with cancer face everyday without being given a choice. Remember that when you don't "feel" like going for a run or workout. Sometimes you're not given a choice in life as to what you have to face:  if you are already used to being out of the comfort zone, you can do anything you put your mind to even when faced with the unthinkable.

I Live Life Now

Lisa

 

 

Welcome To Summer

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Summer is here! Well, temporarily anyways.  I do believe tomorrow's forecast is for rain again, but the short welcome during the summer solstice was great.  Running outside this time of year is the best. I head out at 9:30 pm for a run and honestly you will not find a better time to run outside. 

If you're really brave head out for a run at 10:30 pm and run from dusk to darkness; just wear a head lamp. It is not as scary as you think running in the dark it is like being in a time warp where you can't tell how much farther you have to go and you just follow the light in front of you. 

Yes, I know I'm asking a lot of you - to go run or walk in the dark - but honestly, if you live somewhere safe try it. You never know till you go if it is scarier than hell or a neat rush to beat the "fear" of the dark. And honestly who isn't a little scared of the dark?  The real question is whether that fear rules your life or not.

The Canadian Death Race three years ago was a real test when you run in the mountains: 22 km in the dark, with bears, cougars, two torn ankles and no one in site for over an hour. Now that is a head game. But I did survive and lived to tell the story "on crutches" - and go whitewater rafting the next day!

I know it does not seem normal, but drinking all night or smoking cigarette after cigarette doesn't seem so sane to me either so it's all a matter of perspective. Whatever floats your boat. 

I thought I'd leave you with a picture from tonight's run and the tapestry that the sky painted for me. I think I have a lot of artists up there painting a new scene for each run I go on. The beauty of nature always amazes me.

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Lisa

I've Got No Power....

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Uh oh. My cooking Monday's have been tampered with. No power. I barbequed supper which turned out pretty good. Have you ever barbequed mussels before? Not bad - I think I would do it again. Thank goodness the power came back on so I could continue with my Monday ritual. 

It has been a rainy past couple of weeks and I am not really sick of it yet partly because I do not let the weather dictate my mood (unless it is the four feet of snow and -40C for weeks on end yes that gets a little wearing on the nerves). It has been rainy and muddy and you can ask people that run with me; I LOVE running through puddles. Both feet, as hard as possible, especially when it is raining hard. You are going to be wet anyways, what is the difference?

It is a joy on a basic level. Like you're not supposed to do it. I'm such a rebel (in my own mind)...but really how often do you see an adult out somewhere just wind up and jump in a puddle? In Maui I was out for a morning run when it started to pour, so I did what any sane person should, ran farther and jumped in every puddle screaming I LOVE THIS! Yup, I apologize if you were in Maui when I was running and you thought I forgot my medication, but it was fun.

So, if you're headed to the treadmill because you are worried about getting muddy, don't do it. Head outside and jump in the puddles and I promise your workout will turn into a "funin". That is my oxymoron for workout. If you "work" "out" it seems you are putting a lot of work in and it is going out somewhere. Where I don't know but perhaps you should find it. However a "fun" "in" has a whole new connotation to it. And so it should, who doesn't want more funin their life? I sure do. Try to find exercise programs that are a funin for you!

Maybe if we changed our thoughts on this whole program it would be better:

Funin's, sweat cleanses, fuel instead of diets and couch squats. 

See? Exercise just got a lot more interesting! It won't be easier to do but if you come back from the gym and someone asks where you were you can say: "I was doing my funin.". Then wait for the rumors to start! 

I Live Life Now

Lisa

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