Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

One Month!! Are you kidding me, first of all it feels like just yesterday that I started training let alone on my 4th week. I have really grown to LOVE LOVE LOVE spinning. For me I am very much an individual sports kinda girl, and also very competitive. Spinning has this ZONE about it - like when you get a great song and centre yourself it just seems like your legs take control and start to giver and then right at the end when you feel like they're slowing down thats when your mental strength kicks in.

And so.... I have this one instructor and he's this HUGE guy and nothing but muscle, kinda reminds be of the Burly Brawny Man with darker complexion anyway I tell you this cause I want you to picture this DUDE like a DUDE, DUDE and his class is amazing and every monday so far he ends with this mixed song of Dolly Parton's "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" and "Hallelujah" It is so empowering I have almost been brought to tears at the end of my class from pure adrenaline and overwhelming feeling of success.

So I have been spinning regularly 3 times a week and there has definitely been some give and take between morning or nights, weekday or weekends. I have to admit I love the evening spin, it really lets me unwind from my busy work day. The mornings are pretty tough and normally I only do them if I feel there is a chance I can't make it in the evening. I have been contemplating on my 2nd month of training and instead of 4 days of spinning to add either running or something else that will lengthen my muscles. I really don't want bulk up too much and I'd like to be left with longer leaner muscles. Any thoughts out there?

I know in my earlier post I had mentioned weight and measurements, I also mentioned my refusal to adapt my eating habits too extremely. Well I'm happy to report that I am down 4 lbs. I have lost .5" in my arms as well as around my bust. Why not my ass and my stomach I do not know but at least it's something and I am not complaining!

All this training is in preparation for my 200 km RIDE To Conquer Cancer. I need to raise $2500 before I am able to ride.
If you would like to donate you can do so with the link below, every little bit helps.

Thank you so much in advance
Christy - All for One

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A NEW Chapter

Well there comes a time in everyones life where we all make big decisions, whether it's to get married, have a baby or move to another country. We do this with the hope it will lead to something amazing, an adventure, or perhaps a new chapter. Whatever the reason and whatever the decision it is always easier to make when you are surrounded by the support of your family and friends. Well this is not my NEW Chapter, it is our full of laughter, kind, warm hearted, gracious, core of our circle, close friend Robert Ewles. He is about to embark on a new path, and while we are sad to see him leave, we are so proud of his strength and courage. And of course this is by no means goodbye more like see you in Phoenix when we all come down to visit. You truly will be missed and I hope you know that we are all rooting for you!

See you soon!

All our love
Your Friends

King Tut

King Tut - Pharaoh Tutankhamun
The Ancient Egyptians believed that as long as a pharaoh's name was remembered he would live for all eternity. Tutankhamun also known as King Tut was a minor King. He died when he was only nineteen years old, but the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and its fabulous wealth has made King Tut one of the most famous Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.

King Tut belonged to the Eighteenth dynasty of Egyptian Kings during the period of the New Kingdom. His family members included the following:
• The Father of Tutankhamun was Akhenaten, first known as Amenhotep
• The Mother of Tutankhamun was believed to be a noblewoman called Kiya
• His Stepmother was Nefertiti, the chief wife of Akhanaten
• The wife and consort of King Tut was Ankhesenpaaten (aka Ankhesanamum), who was also his half sister
• Children: None survived. His two daughters were still born and were buried with Tutankhamun

King Tut had five names reflecting the divine roles that were attributed to pharaohs. Each of his names defined a sacred function that was overseen by the gods. The five names of King Tut were his birth name, protected name, Horus name, Golden Horus name and throne name are as follows:
• His birth name, the Sa Ra (“son of the Sun”), Tutankhaten (“the living image of Aten”) later changed to Tutankhamun (“the living image of Amun”).
• In his role as Horus he is named as Heru: Ka Nakht, Tut Mesut (“Horus: Strong bull, of perfect birth”)
• His name under the protection of Nekhebet and Wadjet is Nebty: Nefer Hepu Segereh Taui (“He of the Good Laws, Who Pacifies the Two Lands”)
• His Golden Horus name, that identified his kinship to the gods as their son on earth, was Heru Nebu: Wetches Khau Sehotep Neteru (“He who Wears the Crowns and Satisfies the Gods”)
• His throne name was Nesu Bity (“king of upper and lower Egypt”) and this is Nebkheperura (“all the transformations of Ra”)

Tutankhamun was born in 1343 BC. Tutankhamun was first known as Tutankhaten, meaning "Living Image of Aten". The background of King Tut encompasses one of the most chaotic periods in the history of Ancient Egypt. It was the time when the lives of all Ancient Egyptians were turned upside down. The father of Tutankhamun was Akhenaten who became known as the heretic king. The religious ideas of his father radically changed Ancient Egypt from a polytheistic religion, worshipping many gods, to monotheism which was the worship of one god - the Aten depicted as the sun disc. The Ancient Egyptians had worshipped the same gods for literally thousands of years - the number of gods they worshipped numbered nearly 2000. The Ancient Egyptians were forced to abandon their old gods and Akhenaten used the might of the Egyptian army to enforce these ideas and destroy the old religion and its priesthood. The entire population of Thebes, numbering over 20,000 people, were moved to the new city of Armana which Akhenaten had built as his new capital. The powerful priests of Amun were expected to worship the sole god Aten. Akhenaten ordered that all images of all other gods were ordered to be destroyed. The traditional temple based economy, run by priests of Amun, had been replaced by the new regime, run by local administrators and military commanders.

King Tut died unexpectedly in the year of 1325 at the age of 18/19. He reigned for just 9 years and the cause of his death still remains a mystery. He was buried in his hastily prepared tomb in the Valley of the Kings 70 days after his death, according to the death rituals of the Ancient Egyptians.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Week 2 of Training

Well, it's week 2 of stepping up the training and while I know that I still have 6 months I think I'm off to a pretty good start. I did as I said I would and I went last Thursday and Saturday. As well as this past Monday and I am scheduled to go again tomorrow and Friday. With my spinning I am also doing Pilate's twice a week. And while I don't feel much different with the exception of being tired and worn out, I really hoped to start feeling the energizing part of being fit. I have to admit that while I have chosen to partake is such an amazing effort to fund an organization to help with research, on a secondary platform I am hoping to start a healthy active life.

I guess I thought this would finally get me over my hurdle of yo yo diets that seem to expire after 3 months. I have these great spurts of weight loss from these silly methods of diets that proclaim to be the problem solver of all over eaters and people looking to lose the last "10 pounds" I feel like the last almost 8 years I have been trying to lose and keep off the last 10 pounds. It's all starting to sound like such a crock of shit.

The real problem is "Over Eating" I LOVE food! All kinds of food and when there is a good meal in front of me the "will power" to push it away is not there. And while I can temporarily beat the urge I can never out last it. I'm so frustrated with this constant struggle of weight and self confidence. I really thought the RIDE might be the way to tone up and slim out, but since my training just over a week ago I have put almost 6 lbs on. This is so discouraging! And while I am told muscle weighs more then fat and that it is probably a result of the spinning, I look in that mirror and I really hate the figure I see staring back at me. I have now gone and measured various areas of the body to monitor and see if at the very least maybe I'm losing inches. Guess time will only tell. But in all honesty I am losing hope. There is no doubt in my mind that I will do and finish this RIDE and be very proud of my accomplishment, but my worry is that the vision I have of what I look like at that finish line is not what is really going to come true.

Well while I'm sure most of this insecurity is probably from watching the Bachelor ;) this is week 2 of training.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What a START!

So this idea of riding 200 km in 2 days started off with a conversation between mother and daughters well over a year ago, and with mom's 50th birthday just around the corner this was our motivator. We all went out and got bikes, mom bought hers first which meant - she means business. (There is no way I'm about to let my almost 50 year old mother ride 200 km without me) So off I went to get a bike. Her Name was "Pearl". And of course the chain reaction of that was... Nikki got a bike. So we all have bikes and we are ready to train. Well that was until..... Pearl got stolen... on her first ride. Sad but true. Thankfully my family came in to save the day and I now have another bike. His name is "Dalton" and he will bring me to the finish line with my team.

So we had our first team ride on the Thanksgiving holiday where I think we all surprised each other, we started from my house and rode down to the boardwalk and straight to pretty much Etobicoke and home again. I'm not gonna lie I kinda patted my own back on that. Did I mention we lost 2 out of 5 of our riders on the way back. opps

Shortly after that on Nov 1st mom and I took a ride in the country. I never thought how relaxing and breathtaking it would be to ride your bike in the country. Well.. lets be honest for the most part it's all that, however, there are parts that are stressful and tense. You know like when the Mack Trucks are trying to pass you and if feels like they purposely hug the shoulder.

For the past 2 months I lost focus, I was running here and there, and did a twice a week for 5 week pilates class, but I really felt like I was not dong enough. Lets be honest 200 km in 2 day is gonna take more training over the winter then pilates and occasional running.

After our New Years party where I made people pay $10 for not following our theme of "Ugly Sweaters" and went online to enter the donation - somewhere along the process I got motivated. I saw that $130 marker on my page and I had a proud moment. I took a little time to put together my personal page, added my friends and family to my contact list and sent out my first email looking for donations.

All of a sudden it hit me, this is real. In June 2010 (this year) I will have to ride 200 km and I am nowhere near being ready. On Sunday I went online to find a Spinning class that I could potentially hit on my way home and.. I DID. Monday was my first day of spinning, and my "SIT' bones are so sore I can't even describe it without being vulgar. My next session is Thursday and I will do another on Saturday. I am on roll and I am feeling awake.

Since Sunday when I sent my first email requesting donations I have gone and extended the request to co-workers and I am happy to report and thanks to all of you thus far I have raised $330.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude as I was watching the donations roll in, and I have a couple of times had to hold back tears of joy and admiration I have for all of you helping me "Make a Difference".

Thank you from the bottom of my heart

Saturday, January 2, 2010

The "UGLY" Sweater NYE Bash

Tony and I had an amazing time and we are so grateful we could be with you all to ring in 2010.
Happy New Year may it be full of family, friends, love and laughter.
I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Love always
Christy xo

P.S. Thanks so much for all those that donated to my RIDE, I have now officially started the long road of fundraising. Only $2370 left ;) Keep your eye out for the "Polar Party" late in the winter, and a poker night before the spring.