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Guilt and the art of letting go: Why it’s okay to feel like crap sometimes

buddha-thoughtsSay you had a particularly stressful day at work and you came home and finished off a bag of chips before dinner instead of snacking on something more nutritious. Or maybe you fully intended to go to the gym before work, but your bed was just too darn comfy. Or perhaps you had planned to stick to the vegetables and lean protein offered at that dinner party, but those buttered dinner rolls were calling your name.

So you give in to temptation. And you immediately feel crappy about your decision.

But then you think, I shouldn’t feel this way. Tomorrow is a new day. It’s just a bag of chips; I can start again tomorrow, right? I feel guilty, but I feel silly for getting upset over something like this because I read this post on Facebook/inspirational quote on Pinterest telling me not to feel that way, that I shouldn’t beat myself up over things like this, and now I feel bad for feeling bad.

Sounds like a vicious cycle, right?

Well I say feel all the feels. (more…)

Unhappy with your body? Change your perception by thinking of it like this.

At the right place at the right time for this rainbow in Maui.

At the right place at the right time for this rainbow in Maui.

Are you unhappy with the way your body looks? Do you pick yourself apart, thinking negative thoughts about how this part of your flesh looks in that particular outfit, or the way that body part of yours should be just a little bit more narrow/wide/tall?

If you’re critical of your body, try thinking about it in this way.

Try thinking of it as a rainbow.

Seriously.

During my last few long marathon training runs, I started listening to AudioDharma, a podcast recorded at a meditation centre in California that explores Buddha’s teachings. Being an aspiring yogi, I decided I might gain some insight by brushing up on the teachings of this often-quoted spiritual sage. I like a lot of the concepts practiced in Buddhism (kindness, gratitude, generosity, mindfulness, etc.), so I thought I might be able to find little nuggets of wisdom I could take away and practice in my daily life while getting those training miles in under my belt. (more…)

I Mustache Ask You a Question…

492_23_11_12_9_16_071I was tagged by the lovely Rachel of bettylivin.com to answer a questionnaire that’s been floating around the health and wellness blogosphere recently. It feels like a Facebook note circa 2009!

1. Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

  • Bri (my real name is Brianne)
  • Breezy
  • Brian (when they read my real name out loud and think I’m a dude… hence going by “Bri”
  • Brie cheese

2. Four jobs I have had:

  • Barista
  • Visitor Information Councellor
  • Marketing, social media and communications associate for a local resort management company
  • Communication and events coordinator for a local triathlon series
3. Four movies I have watched more than once:
  • Moulin Rogue
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Love Actually
  • All Indiana Jones movies (except for the 4th one… it sucked.)
4. Four Books I recommend:
  • Ishmael (the book that turned me into a vegetarian)
  • Life of Pi (such a beautiful story)
  • Jitterbug Perfume (My favourite book by Tom Robbins — the king of the metaphor)
  • Born to Run (for obvious reasons!)

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Why our culture is making us fat

Hopefully Shakeology can get me through the holidays just a little bit healthier

Hopefully Shakeology can get me through the holidays just a little bit healthier

First off, I’m not one of those people who believes you have to eat healthy 100% of the time. I eat chocolate everyday, drink wine when I feel like it, go out for burgers and beers occasionally. But like all things bad for you, I consume them in moderation. Moderation means 10 less kilometres I have to run and three less sets I need to rep out to keep my body looking like it does and to be healthy, inside and out.

I don’t know at what point in time our culture stopped supporting this. I feel like there is this weird cultural norm where you get judged when you slip too far towards either edge of the health spectrum — too gluttonous and people think you have no self control/self respect, too health conscious and people think you’re no fun/judging everyone else/annoying. The perfect balance would be eating what everyone else is and still looking healthy, which isn’t possible except for those people gifted with genes that let them eat whatever they want and not gain a pound.

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How to train for a half marathon without actually running…

Me and Deb

My running buddy Debbie and me post race. PBs all around, plus finally took down a friend’s half marathon record he’d been taunting us about for years… (hence the number 1s!)

I think I did everything you aren’t supposed to do before a 21.1k race. I hardly ran in the weeks leading up to it. I went on a 18 km hike the week before followed by a 19.22 km run the next day “just to see if I could do it.” I did strength training the day before ’cause I felt like it. I drank beer the night before the race, also ’cause I felt like it. I didn’t stretch. I didn’t eat my go-to pre-race breakfast. And I waited until the very last minute to register.

I pretty much untrained myself for the 2012 Goodlife Fitness Victoria half marathon, and had one of the best runs of my life, with a personal best to boot with a time of 1:41:33 (22nd in my AG out of 479 women!) (more…)

I’m baaaaack!

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On a Mill Hill trail run with running buddy Debbie… clearly out of shape.

First of all, apologies for not blogging about what it’s like to work “behind the scenes” of an endurance event. To be honest, I was just so incredibly busy. I barely had time to run, let alone blog. I also didn’t have any training updates for you, as I wasn’t really training or racing. I managed to do a bit of trail running here and there, but no swimming or biking 🙁

But enough with the excuses. After a summer being the communications coordinator for four triathlons, I have a new appreciation for everything that goes into running safe and fun events. In about a year I went from being a total tri newb (what the hell is a bike bib?? How do I transition??) to knowing every little detail about the event, down to how many tins of Gatorade we’d need to prepare at each aid station on the course to provide for 800 competitors. (more…)

Super awesome exciting announcement!

Me finishing the Sooke Tri last year!

So I have a super awesome exciting announcement to share with all of you!

I was recently given the opportunity to combine everything I’m passionate about — writing, media relations, social media, triathlons and endurance sport events —  into a career!

As of Monday, I will be joining LifeSport Coaching as the Communications Coordinator for the Subaru Western Triathlon Series!

I’m super excited to finally be on the ‘other’ side of an endurance sport event and am looking forward to helping make this Tri Series the best yet. (more…)

My non-New Year’s resolutions post: Goal setting and my endurance sport plans for 2012

Me in Maui after finishing the Maui Oceanfront Half Marathon. Has nothing really to do with this post. I just thought it’d be more interesting than a stock photo of ‘Happy New Year’ text with squiggles and sparkles.

I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions. Mainly because I’m always thinking about, planning and refining my goals — personal, fitness and otherwise — throughout the year. But January 1st is a good time to reflect on the highs and lows of the previous year and how they changed you, as well as look forward to and plan what you want to achieve in the year to come.

And by planning what you want to achieve, I don’t mean the lose-30-pounds-and-make-time-to-read-more-books type of plan (otherwise known as the ‘New Year’s Resolution’) — I mean actually writing down your goals, and considering what it is you actually need to do to reach them.

For me, I knew 2011 was going to be the year I completed my first triathlon. Not only did I have no idea what I was doing or where to even start, but also I didn’t even know how to swim. With my target goal in sight (meaning I signed up for the triathlon before I even had a bike or knew how to swim), I wrote down all of the steps I needed to take in order to get there — the first being to get a good triathlon coach, which helped take all the guesswork out of the rest of the steps! (more…)

Training update: Sprint tri, epic trail runs, blister blunders and a second-place squash

Only in Metchosin would you get a second-place squash

So I meant be more consistent with my blog posts throughout August and September, but it was hard to find time to blog in between road trips to the Okanagan, camping, barbeques, and other more social activities that kept me outside and away from the computer.

Now that the typical west coast weather has returned to the island (sad face), I’ll probably get back to blogging weekly.

Since my first triathlon at the end of July, I’ve completed a few more races and blog-worthy runs and events, including another triathlon (a sprint distance at the Sooke International Triathlon during the first week of August), a local 5km race (where I came second in my age group and won a squash), and two epic trail runs with Hagen (one that I ran without proper trail shoes, also hungover from a wedding the night before; and one where I learned gels made of 100% agave do not agree with me), and a BC Cancer fundraiser initiative called “Van Isle Runners for Cancer”, which consisted of a calendar photoshoot (where I confirmed the fact that I take bad action shots; every race photo of me is horrible. I wouldn’t be surprised if they decide not to use my photos — Runner’s World cover model I am not). (more…)

Race Report: The Sri Chimoy Self Transcendence Triathlon (my first tri!)

Finishing up the 10 km run

“Looking good! Less than a kilometre to the finish line!” shouted a runner passing by me going the opposite way.

A year ago today, that other runner was me, cheering on the last of the Self Transcendence triathlon participants finishing up the run portion around Elk Lake.

I was out for a long run at Elk Lake, my 2010 summer Sunday ritual as I geared up for my first full marathon that fall, when I decided I would do this very same race next year. I was inspired by those triathletes, and thought the event looked like fun. So what if I couldn’t swim? I have a year to train. I can do this.

One year later, there I was, finishing up the last few kilometres of the 10 km run portion of an Olympic triathlon, with other runners cheering me on.

And it was a blast. (more…)

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