Shout It Out Loud

May Health starts tomorrow, and I am pretty darn excited!

Last year, I participated in May Health for the first time.  I was competely blown away at the outpouring of support from all of the other May Health participants.  Especially Mark and Julie.  I went into it with two goals.

Stop drinking coffee and be active every day.May Health

I am happy to report I stopped the coffee drinking for several months, and was active almost every day in May.

The amazing thing was that the activity continued on through the summer.  I ran my first 5k in July, and a 10k in September.  I also trained hard all summer to compete in the Guelph Lake II Duathlon.  I’m not sure any of it would have happened without the May Health kick start.

This year, I go into May Health knowing I am capable of BIG things when I put my mind to it.

With this in mind, I have 3 goals I want to accomplish this year for May Health.

1)  Cut out added sugar from my diet.  This is going to be tough.  I am a sugar lover.  Chocolate, sour candy, sweet candy, ice cream and so on.  I don’t need it, and with a family history of Diabetes, its time to cut back.  I will make an exception with sandwich bread, and my morning yogurt (both have added sugar).  Otherwise, I’m going to try to stick with only natural sources of sugar.

My New Girl2)  Walk a least 15,000 steps every day.  This will probably be the easiest of the 3 challenges, and my Fitbit One will keep me honest.  It means I will have to make an effort to get out and walk every day for about a half hour in addition to all the steps I do during a normal day.  Good habit to get into.  One I would like to continue long past the end of May.

3)  Bike 1000km in May.  This is the biggie.  This is the one that I know will test me.  But, I am up for the challenge.  I have it roughly mapped out, and luckily biking daily is something I love.  Some of the shorter rides will be with my boys on the mountain bike, and the longer ones and solo ones will be on my new girl.  I know the weather is going to play HUGE role in whether I am able to complete this or not, and I am ready to give it my all.  I really think I can do it.

So, there you have it.  My May Heath Goals.  Shouted out loud for everyone to hear.

I’m ready to get started tomorrow, and I am really looking forward to hitting my 1000km goal near the end of May.  I will watching and cheering all of you on too.

You can do it!! xo

It’s Magical

I’m not sure why, but the lens flare effect from my Helios 44-2 lens is pure magic.

Both times I have experimented with shooting towards the sunlight for an intentional flare, have had amazing and beautiful results.

Perhaps it isn’t the lens, but the location instead. Preservation Park is a rather magical spot to explore.

I think I will have to explore both options on their own before I can come to any conclusion.

It

Magic indeed! Ilove the colors too.

Evocative

I love images like this one.

Although there is no clear subject matter, the colours and focus evoke emotion. Sometimes good, and sometimes bad.

What do you see when you look at this? How does it make you feel?

Evocative

The Light Always Shines Through

Only four months in, and I can say this year has been a really tough one.

Slowly though, I am finding myself again.

I have learned that as dark as it may get, and as bleak as it may feel, the light will always shine through.

When you let yourself see it again, everything is beautiful.

The Light Always Shines Through

5 Things About Me

Owen and I put posts together tonight, 5 things about each of us.  You can view Owen’s list here.

1.  I love Froot Loops.  In fact, I had them for dinner tonight.

As a kid, we had a family friend who worked at the Kellogg’s factory.  She often brought us cases of the damaged unsaleable cereal.  I loved it when the cases of Froot Loops came.

Froot Loops

2.  I have started watching the TV show Gossip Girl.  It is juvenile, and utterly ridiculous.  But, I love it.  So does Connor.  The two of us have had Gossip Girl marathon afternoons full of rich kid drama.

Gossip Girl

3.  I HATE, and I mean HATE doing laundry.  It is the WORST CHORE EVER!

It reminds me of being a kid, and doing the laundry for 2 adults and 5 kids.  It was the chore that never ended.

Now, I wish they would invent disposable clothing, so I never had to do laundry again!

Laundry

4.  I have never been on an airplane.  Yes, that is right…  I am 36 years old, and have NEVER been on a plane.

I actually think I have a healthy fear of it now too.  The older you get, the more you hear about the tragedies, and the more you overthink the dangers of flying.  I know it is irrational, and I am sure when the time comes, I will fly somewhere.  Until then, I will happily stay grounded.

Airplane

5.  Completing the Guelph Lake II Duathlon last August, was my proudest accomplishment.

I trained hard all summer to be able to race.  I ran 2-3 times a week and biked almost that often as well.  In July alone, I logged 400kms between the two.

It was a gruelling 39km race, but getting to finish line and meeting up with Erin, and realizing we had both finished the race was the best moment.  I don’t think I had ever been more proud of myself.  So much so, that I am going to race again this summer.

Duathlon

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