Life has been a whirlwind of ups and downs, changes and challenges. I have only recently started to think about my old blog and decided to check it out today, wouldn’t you know the last post was on May 22, 2011…. I can’t even describe how fast the time has flown.
As far as fitness goes I am still trying to find my way. I have recently found a treatment that brings some relief from the IT band group of pain I have been working through. Bowen therapy, it works, it’s easy, it doesn’t hurt like the f’in foam roller devil. Now I just need to find another therapist as my guy has decided to go west for the winter, yes I said winter in May…. I have been living in Australia for the past 18 months.
I have been able to maintain a 30-35 lb weight loss since my big loss of 80 lbs. I am happy about that but I would like to crack the crust on how to get back down again and be able to maintain that loss in a healthy manner. Not that the weight loss wasn’t healthy the last time it is that the weight gain was caused by a slip back in to unhealthy habits. I am vulnerable to stress eating and using food as a distraction. Trying to use old episodes of Gossip Girl as a distraction right now, just have to make sure I am on my bike on the windtrainer not on the couch.
We have moved to one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Australia. I will say that life is different when you move somewhere to live not just come to visit. The realities of leaving friends and family sink in. I take quite a long time to connect to people so it was hard to leave the friendships I had cultivated. Australians I must say are quick to welcome you once you break the ice, especially triathlete types.
I have only done one triathlon since being here and that was a sub sprint. It was weird that everyone thought it was my first ever and I was such a newbie. I had this completely different life in Canada with some little successes in running races, mini triathlons but now I was back to being overweight and slow with no cred… Could it be a good thing? One thing I am not is a quitter. I was often the slowest person on the group rides with Impact Multisport, but they never made me feel bad. Why can’t I give it a go here? Early mornings perhaps, yuck 5 am wake ups.
There have been a few messages from the cosmos that I need to get my proverbial shit together. My beloved Dad passed away very suddenly of a massive stroke, no warning at all. Still working on that one. A friend recently passed away at a very young age and it has given me more pause to think about what is important. A perfect body is not something I have ever really been obsessed with but I would like to have a very functional one that moves well in space and wears clothes comfortably. Not too much to ask? I would also like to be able to run comfortably again but if that is not in the cards right now there is surely more activities that I can do with ease.
This is my 40th year and it seems a bit trite but I would like to have a few things sorted out by the end of it. Healthy body, career direction (that’s another long story), harmonious family life.
XOXO Betty Girl