Happy New Year…I’m Fed Up!

As I was preparing my list of goals for 2014 I noticed a trend.  Some things keep making it onto the list because they’re incomplete.  One of them is my transformation.  Yes…It’s incomplete.

I still feel that I didn’t lose all that I needed to and as a result of quitting smoking I actually gained some back…GASP! Yes I said it.  This has been a source of lots of angst and shame.  How can a trainer gain weight?

I have shied away from opportunities to expand my business because I don’t look the part.  I have avoided telling others about T-Tapp or my nutrition coaching because I am embarrassed.  It’s awful and stifling.  I have a passion and a dream but I keep putting a lid on it.  That is such a crazy way to be.

So my dear friends I’m declaring publicly that I’m done with it.  I’m tired of feeling like I’m not worthy of clients or new opportunities because I don’t look the part BUT I’m also going to make 2014 be the year I finish this transformation once and for all.

This is the reason behind Fit, Fab and 43 since I’m going to be 43 this year.

I’d love for you to join me so we can encourage and support each other.  I know how to do this…I just have to get out of my own way.

Let’s go!!

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Bruce Trail Adventure #4 – Niagara 66.9 to 80 and Iroquoia 0 to 9.2

Beamsville to Grimsby

Hmmm…the days are getting shorter but we’re so addicted to the challenge of getting as much done as possible before the weather changes.   We decided we’d just have to leave home earlier but somehow ended up starting our hike at the exact same time as the previous adventure!  This hike was great!  I am finding that driving on the highway to get to where we’re going is coming to me easier and easier and I’m even mustering up the courage to drive home on the highway for parts of the trip (until I’m so freaked out by traffic or drivers that I decide to get off the highway and continue home on the side streets)!

My new hiking boots have been holding up well.  Very few blisters and no need to even change socks or shoes halfway through.  I’m so happy I found them on sale!  This hike marked the end of the first section and we were thrilled.  It was an awesome day and we were so glad we took the day off and decided to go hiking.  The trail was very rocky and slippery again.  We both almost twisted our ankles again by not seeing a hole in the path that was covered with leaves.  The leaves are very pretty however they cover up stuff so you have to be careful not to slip or get hurt.

My ankle that was twisted a few days before held up well however I find that by the end of the hike I have to be more careful with my back or ankles because they’re tired and I’m more likely to get hurt if I’m not.  It was not as sunny as our previous outing but it was warmer for the most part.  We didn’t break any time records however we did climb the equivalent of 164 flights of stairs.  Phew…I knew it felt like we were climbing a lot but I didn’t realize just how much!

We enjoyed the lovely scenery all along the trail again.  My favourite is to see the huge rocks that look like someone just dumped them there.  Those glaciers must have been powerful!  We loved seeing all the different types of waterfalls along the way too.

I’ve stopped relying on my husband’s photography and carried my own little point and click camera.  It was worth it!  I took a lot more pictures this time around.  I’ll post a link to an album soon.

By far the funniest thing that happened this time around was me ducking a few times thinking that we were being shot at.  It turns out that someone was shooting the equivalent of fireworks to keep birds away from their grapes.  Extremely funny to me after passing the winery in question and seeing that it was named Organized Crime Winery…hmmm.

I’m sad that winter will be here soon and I’m hoping that it will be mild enough to still allow us to have some hiking adventures.  We’ll really learning a lot about ourselves and how much we can endure.  In the past the most we’d hike was 4 hours so this is much longer than our usual.  In addition I’m noticing some increased core strength because I’m always maintaining T-Tapp stance as much as possible to protect my back. 

These hikes have been better than a winery tour for me.  I see a lot more beauty at my own pace and I’m not stuck in a bus!  I don’t care if I don’t taste any wine…I’m not much of a drinker anyway.

 Funniest thing – the “shooting” and ducking described above

Weirdest thing – Gibson house…not sure if it looked scary or not but it was odd to me AND all the fallen trees at one of the conservation areas we walked through (I’ll get the name once I check my map)

Coolest thing – The view of Grimsby up high


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Bruce Trail Adventure #3 – Niagara 45.1 to 66.9km

Rockway to Kinsmen Community Park

Well I can now appreciate flat trails to break up the rocky terrain of the hikes once in a while!  It feels like this whole section was rocky.  It certainly wasn’t a very fast hike considering the wet leaves, wet ground and rocks all over the place making for very interesting challenges.  The worst of it all was when I was trying to step on some tree branches to avoid a big puddle and it all ended up crashing down and causing me to bang my leg and twist my ankle.  Luckily I didn’t have anything major happen however it did slow us down.

I felt very empowered after this hike because we walked onwards even despite the fall and we climbed soooo much throughout the day that we ended up registering 146 flights of stairs!! Honestly, sometimes I’d like to have a word with whoever designed the trail because I think he/she has a sick sense of humour but I am loving the whole experience.  It certainly qualifies for some HIIT (high intensity interval training) at times.

On this trip we walked through more winery land and continued to hear the loud booms of the propane powered bird deterrents.  However we also did walk by the outside border of a shooting range so I’m sure at some point we may have heard gunshots but couldn’t tell the difference.  It was a stunning day and very sunny.

We did bump into a few people here and there who were hiking and much to my chagrin we also bumped into their dogs without a leash.  I’m afraid of dogs and this doesn’t help when I think they’re going to jump on me…hahaha.  My husband thinks I’m crazy and should stay calm however I prefer to play frozen tag until they walk by with their owners.

We really liked the Ball’s Falls area and I’d definitely go back to check it out.  There was a very long set of steps in the escarpment that we used to get up to the top…that was a big surprise but I guess it’s better than having to walk back and forth along the side of the hill to get to the top.  We also slid down one area earlier in the day because there were no steps to get down but just a rope to hang onto.

We saw some wild turkeys and the back of a coyote too!

It was such a clear day that we could actually see the Toronto skyline, the CN tower and the Roger’s Centre all the way from our hiking path at one point.

All in all it was a great day.  We ended up taking an early turn off the path for fear that we might miss our parking spot but luckily the park trail did lead to it.  Next time we’ll just have to remember to take that little path back onto the Bruce Trail so we can continue where we left off.

Weirdest thing on the trail: Lots of blood on the road and a dead deer in the ditch…not weird..maybe just “ugh”.

Coolest thing on the trail: Seeing Toronto from so far away.

Funniest thing on the trail: My husband’s backpack was “taken” by a tree.  He walked under the tree and his backpack got stuck by the handle on the branch of a tree so perfectly that when he came out the other end he had no backpack!

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