The last few months I have been experimenting with my life!  To explain why I have to go back to last summer.  I was in training for the Friends For Life Bike Rally, a 6 day, 660k bike ride adventure from Toronto to Montreal.  When I started training I was riding 50k a weekend and as we got closer to the date of departure we were riding 200k a weekend.

There were many challenges for me in this adventure.  I was recovering from a torn MCL, torn Meniscus and a big problem with my back.  On top of all that I was always in huge pain, barely being able to walk after each ride.  I continued and in July of 2011 we left Toronto.

The pain I experienced doing this ride was extraordinary for me.  Riding the bike was no problem however once I was off the bike I could hardly move and sleeping outside in a tent on a blow up mattress was beyond what I could enjoy.  It really made the whole event something that I couldn’t wait to be over!

Once we arrive in Montreal my thought was it was no big deal to ride a bike 660k!  LOL!

However once I got home and back to normal living back in Toronto not to be on a bike since what I noticed is I started to bloat up.  In a very few short months I noticed I had gained over 15 pounds and was not happy about it.  Even though I was not riding a bike I was still exercising and training each week.  As I don’t eat junk food of fast food it was really a mystery as to why?

Then one day we were having a conversation and the comment came out that where we were buying our food (protein) it was all grain fed.  I was actually quite shocked to think about this because they advertise the protein to be antibiotic free and hormone free.  In my mind that seemed to say it was grass fed!

You have heard the saying you are what you eat?  Well I was eating grains everyday and not even knowing it!  To add to that I was eating sprouted grains each day for breakfast (toast).  In the process I was gaining weight, getting bigger and bigger to the point where my clothes were not fitting me.

So here is where the experiment comes in.  I decided to do an experiment.  I was only going to eat protein and vegatables.   I decided that butter was ok to put on my vegatables and I could use olive oil and coconut oil for cooking.  Now within 2 weeks I had gone down 10 lbs and that bloated look was gone.  I started to feel more energetic, I was thinking clearer as well.

This was 2 months ago when I began this experiment and as I continue to reduce in size what I am also seeing is my sleep is really amazing.  For the first time in over 15 years I am getting most nights about 6-7 hours sleep without waking up.  That has been one of the best things about this experiment for me.

About 3 weeks after I began my experiment I was able to listen to the Paleo Summit by Sean Croxton.  Here I have been able to begin my journey to learn about the Paleo and Primal program by many professionals.  I have also been able to begin learning about Gluten Sensitivity, a big health challenge in our world today!

So my experiment so far has been quite amazing for how I feel.  That dull constant pain I have lived with for over 16 years has  been eliminated almost 100% and if that is all I would ever has found beneficial for my experiment it would have been well worth it.  Better sleep, weight reduction, more energy, clearer thinking have also been benefits I have seen over the last 2 months.

Now is a time to continue to experiment, to see what other benefits I see and more importantly feel.  I will continue to include Symmetry’s Ultra Vitality, Tranquility, Clarity and of course Genesis with X’Tranol 24 in my daily regimine, lots of Symmetry filtered water of course and for sure Organic vegatables, butter, coconut oil, coffee cream and pastured grass fed beef, and poultry and Alaskan Salmon.

I personally don’t feel that I am missing out on any Junk foods because feeling better is worth so much more to me than putting anything in my system that causes me challenges!

It is my intention to continue to chronicle this experiment for myself and see where it leads me.

In good health, Wendy Bottrell

Go ahead and Show Up!

Exericse like your life depended on it!   What if you began an exercise program that fit you perfectly?  What if you changed your opinion of exercise to feeling that each and every time you bagan your perfect program you had the time of your life?  What if you found that lifting weights, moving your body in ways that you do not normally do was so much fun you couldn’t wait for your next training session?  What if you found that as you continued to train you actually began to see yourself as an athlete?  What if you began to change your shape by movement in a good way?

I say What If because most people especially women never give it a chance!  I mean a real chance.  If you have never trained, worked out, exercised, moved beyond only the most basic life movemnets it is going to take a minimum of 3 months for your body to begin to adapt!  Then as you continue you will see small changes over time that will make the biggest difference to your mental outlook, your health and wellbeing, your shape will continue to change become what you have envisioned.

With all that said the only way it will happen is if you actually find a way to start, continue and see it through.  A colleague wrote on his blog this morning that in his gym he is already seeing the big drop off in usership at his gym.  All the New Year Resolution members are quitting because!  Well who knows why they quit.  Yet they do and this happens each and every year.

There are a couple of things you must address to have success in the area of fitness.

  1.  Look at the goal you want to achieve?  What are you looking to change?  And with all change comes loss, so you must also look at what you will be leaving behind that is comforting.  Be very clear on both of these as it will allow you to move feeling good for what is coming and what you are leaving behind.
  2. Have yourself Show Up!  Showing up gives you the space to be uncomfortable with what you are doing yet be there willing to begin.  Show Up as the person who has a clear goal that you want to achieve!  Show Up as a person who is looking for a positve change.  Show Up as a person who is ready to let go of what is not working when it comes to your health and fitness needs.   You can begin your health & fitness journey by simply showing up!  Go ahead and Show Up!

So, exercise like your life depends on it!  Have fun, Show Up, See and Feel like a new you.

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