D2 Shoes

My cycling shoes have arrived!!!!  I ordered them at the end of January.  D2 Shoes sent me the measuring kit and foam forms for me to give them the size and shape of my feet.  Thats right they are custom made for my feet.  I sent in the foam and such mid February and I have been waiting ever since.  Seems they are very popular and although they have been trying to add staff and keep up … well.  I wasn’t too upset as my injuries make it hard for me to walk and bike riding is not much better.

I am really excited about this so I tried them on and modelled them around the office.  They look great with my black dress.  It is amazing to have a pair of shoes with the arch support in the right spot and no crushed toes!!!  I have trouble even buying running shoes for these monster feet of mine.  All the better to not tip over I say.

I guess this means I have to show my sorry face in spinning class again after a long break.

The Self-Hate Thing

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I have been meaning to write about self-hate for a while, but I just have not felt really qualified to speak on the topic.  I have had people tell me that I don’t like myself or that I have low self-esteem.  I think maybe they are making an assumption based on the way I look.  I am a complainer maybe that is what they see.  I also make jokes about the indignities of being fat.  I find it funny.  Maybe my sense of humour is warped.  The thing is that I really like myself.  I would rather be slim and in the best shape possible, but I don’t really see this body I live in as being a big part of the definition of who I am.  I just consider it the house I live in.  On the outside it needs a lot of work because it has been neglected but that is just cosmetic.  The foundation is rock solid.  The interior is clever and artistic and colourful and well really pretty amazing! Continue reading

Bluesday Link Storm

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This is the first day of the work week for Canadians so instead of Moanday Links Storm we are having a Bluesday Link Storm!

If you are looking for unique fitness clothing, shoes, fitness equipment, music, nutrition and food or  new exercise ideas you may want to go to the CanFit Pro Consumer Fitness and Wellness show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday, August 18th from 8:30AM to 5:30PM for free.  Just follow the link below and on the upper right it says Free Ticket.  Fill out the form and bring it with you to the show.  I have been in the past and had a great time.  I was in love with the yoga wear on sale.  Sorry they generally only go up to size large.  The fitness and dance demonstrations are amazing.  You can participate in the demonstrations just be aware that most people that are at this event are fitness pros so they are going to be able to follow along with little instruction.  There is a lot of fitness equipment to try on for size and talks by your favorite fitness personalities.

http://www.canfitpro.com/en/trade-show

The Huffington Post has a great on-line series of article called Becoming Fearless.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/becoming-fearless/

The Huffington Post also has a series called Sleep and another called GPS for the Soul

This Fat Chick isn’t Hiking!

You read that right.  This Fat Chick isn’t hiking!  Not gonna do it! No way!  Uh UH!

I want to hike.  Well that’s not true.  We are having a heat wave!  If the weather was cooler I would definitely like to go.  So what is the problem?  I have a booboo!  Actually I have several injuries.  Hiking just isn’t in the cards right now.

So today I am going to talk about Fat Chick hiking, one of my favorite sports!  There is nothing like getting into the woods, hearing the breeze in the trees, smelling the tree bark and pine needles and watching the sunshine dance through the leaves.  Yep, I’m a big tree hugger followed closely by a babbling brook … babbler? Splishsplasher? Hmm. Continue reading

Moanday Link Storm

Snagged from http://www.rentonschools.us/

Moanday instead of Monday Ha!!  That was an accident but it is so true.  My mother was kind enough to pick out my spelling and grammar mistakes on the site this weekend so I could correct them.  I wonder what she will make of this.  I blame my spelling problems on the fact that I can never find my reading glasses so I am just guessing what is actually getting written on this page.

So on MOANdays I am going to try to make a habit of posting links to interesting articles on the web.

A friend is having some weight loss success after years of amazing discipline with little result using this web site http://www.myfitnesspal.com/  She has been able to increase her calories and still lose weight.  She is similar to many older woman in that her metabolism has slowed down and she has a persistent 20 Lbs stuck on her tummy and hips.

There is an interesting series on HBO called The Weight of The Nation about obesity.  I know you don’t get HBO.  Not a problem you can watch the series on-line even up here in Canada at http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/

Here is an article Pam from www.FatGirls4Fitness.com sent me on the  benefits exercise provides for your heart http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/exercise-benefits-the-heart-even-when-it-doesnt-shrink-the-waistline

Naked Hot Tub!

Bet this title got your attention.  I wonder if I can get my site on a banned list this way.

Todays topic is sleep.  Keep reading long enough and I will get to the hot tub.  I have had trouble sleeping for more than 30 years.  What do I do about it?  Well for years I did nothing.  I generally felt OK during the day with 4 to 6 hours sleep so I didn’t worry about it.  Generally I fall asleep at my usual time just fine and wake up 2 to 3 hours later to go to the bathroom.  This is when the problem begins.  I am wide awake.  I usually read for 2 to 3 hours and then sleep lightly for another 2 hours.  Again I am wide awake and running out of time to get more sleep.  If it is the weekend I can read for a few hours and take another 1 hour nap.  If it is a weekday there is no more sleep. Continue reading

Therese Unplugged

Friends!

Therese is one of the amazing Yise women who has changed my life for the better.  She is astoundingly open with and accepting of her own faults as well as others.  I can always count on Therese to tell it like it is.  Which usually has me at least, bug eyed and jaw dropped!  Everybody should have a friend like Therese!

From as far back as childhood I have struggled with my identity, I never felt I fitted in anywhere, a square peg in a round hole. Continue reading

Just One Thing

I have to say I love a good tool!  Not the latest 12-in-1 wrench, knife, corkscrew … tool although I love that kind as well.  No I’m not talking about THAT guy at work either.  I mean an idea that can make it a bit easier to get things done.

When I first started changing my life and going to the gym.  I used a tool.  I called it “Just One Thing”.  You see it is easier for me to deal with challenges if I simplify it.  Each day I told myself that I had to do “Just One Thing”.  Is the suspense killing you yet? Continue reading