Archive for May, 2012

Introducing Bec…

Hi my name is Bec and I have a passion for pretty much every sport under the sun. Sport has always had such a profound impact on my life and I can’t imagine life without it! From doing a half marathon on the beach solely possible due to encouragement from friends, to riding from Townsville to Sydney for charity, and jumping out of a plane 16,000ft, sport has taught me that anything is possible if you try hard enough. 

I am most passionate about cycling. Almost everyday I ride my bike; commuting to work, riding to friends house or to the shops. My dream is to have bikes take over the car… with all kids riding to school (or using another form of active transport), business men riding to work, and mothers doing their errands on bikes. For this to happen, it is essential to have government support in providing the needed infrastructure and services to make cycling safer, more convenient, and comfortable.

This is when my energy and passion for sport can be put to good use in advocating for an attitude change by the community to embrace the bike! So here is the plan- to win cycling races! I can rant and rave on as much as I want about how much I love bikes, but in reality, the average person doesn’t listen to a person who is average in what they are trying to promote (including the government). Take a person picking what movie to watch at the cinemas, they are less likely to go see a movie with a never heard before cast, compared to a cast with Tom Cruise and the like. But you see, the problem is that there are few cycling champions that promote cycling for commuting. Instead, the stereotypical cyclist is seen as one that wishes to show off newly toned legs wearing lycra, can keep an average of above 30km/hr, or have a wish to participate in the next Tour de France. This leaves an incredible amount of people that could gain so much from riding a bike but thinking they are incapable. The attitude must change! That’s why I want to get to the top, and be in a position where I can advocate to the best of my ability how much happier people would be if bike riding was the norm for transport.

A few things are needed to achieve my goal, with keeping myself energised and healthy being vital. This is when I was so excited to hear that AquaForce would be in to support me. Since I am living up in Townsville at the moment for studies, I find the greatest challenge is drinking enough water to replenish the amount that I sweat. But obviously, sweat isn’t just water, it is a nice and salty concoction of many ions and minerals that must also be replenished with performance being compromised if not. I heavily support AquaForce, as it is the only sports drink I have found thus far that isn’t pumped with sugar, and other harmful additives.  I can’t wait to implement my plan with AquaForce on my side!

Get Fit and Shed Kilos - My Goals for 2012

Like most people getting fit was on the top of my New Year’s resolutions. I had been going to the gym a couple of times a week but not really putting much emphasis on it. So New Year, new me and as someone who is fast approaching the big 50 milestone I figured it was time to get serious. My change in attitude was helped by the fact that I had given my knees a bit of a thrashing over the years and now I’m paying the price – getting fit and losing weight is part of my long term goal to avoid surgery.

Since the beginning of the year I’ve been pretty focused – I make it to the gym at least 5 times a week. The treadmill is a no-no so I get my cardio from a combination of cycling, cross trainer and the rowing machine. I do high intensity bursts throughout a 40 minute session. Right now the rower is still my nemesis. I really need to work on my upper body! Strengthening the muscles around my knees and working on core strength, round out my basic program.

Through the week I have a couple of sessions with my trainer – this can be anything from boxing to weights, to cxworx. I’m never bored and always challenged with Kelly! She pushes me harder than I would by myself. I’ve got to the point now I feel like my day is missing something if I don’t get some form of exercise. But I also have learnt to accept that sometimes a busy schedule can mean missing a day every so often. I’ve had to travel a bit already this year so I’m always pleased when I find a way to include some exercise.

In the last month I’ve started tackling my eating habits – this has been hard, no one likes to admit they have bad habits! A food diary made me realise I was eating in response to stress. Now I stop and ask myself why am I eating – am I really hungry?

I’ve been a fan of Aquaforce for several years but I had only been using it when I was active, now I drink it throughout the day as well as when I work out – I’ve always believed it helped with focus and I find I actually drink more than if I was drinking plain water so I know I’m staying well hydrated. My son now joins me at the gym and he is also an Aquaforce fan.

So far I’ve seen a decrease in my overall measurements but only a minor decrease in weight. My fitness and energy has improved markedly which is very satisfying. The next step is to enlist the help of a dietician – I think I’m doing the right things but it would be nice to see better results! I have a goal for my birthday later this year and I want to reach it!