12 Weeks Done

As promised after 6 weeks, here’s the update of the next 6 weeks of healthy living.  It’s now been 3 months since getting up and into the Steve Nash Sports Club in an attempt to have just a butt instead of a fat butt.  
I’ve lost 28 lbs so far but that’s not really an accurate depiction of the physical changes that have happened, I’ve gained inches in some body parts, lost inches in other parts and definitely feel muscles where there used to be sponge.  Mentally I’ve grown as well, feeling stronger and more confident, this is boosted whenever I bump into friends I haven’t seen in a while who are so surprised by the change in my appearance. One friend in particular I had to call out on the street as he didn’t ‘see’ me and was walking right by…since then he’s been telling all our other friends about it.  Even though I’m doing it for myself, these little ego boosts makes all the effort worthwhile. 
This week was my final session with Personal Trainer Alex Jack.  I know I paid for it, but I cannot thank him enough for the guidance, motivation and encouragment he’s provided over these weeks. I think he was genuinely impressed and a little proud with how far we’ve come since April. Back then I couldn’t even make it through the first session, I was so drained I thought I’d throw-up! Now, the sessions make me feel good and motivated to do more next time.  
At about the 8 week period I changed up my regular routine of 2 personal trainer sessions plus 5 cardio session and traded a cardio day for an extra weight session.  Alex would give me a routine each week to do as my ‘homework’ session.  Then last week, after 22 sessions of full body workouts aimed at getting me ‘fit’, he set me up with 3 strength routines to proceed with through the summer.  These programs are mostly weight driven so trying to grow and exceed the starting weights will give me the drive and challenge I’ll be missing from Alex looking over my shoulder (plus I’ll know of at least one friend who is ‘watching’ so I don’t slip).  The fact that ‘this’, working out and being active, is now part of my everyday routine will also push me through to the autumn when I’ll check-in with Alex again for an assessment, updated routine and new challenge.  In the meantime I’ll keep you posted on achievements and everything else happening in my world, here or on twitter @jminter.

Happy Summer!

Canada Day 2010

Reigniting the Spirit of 2010! In our first opportunity since winter, my friend Brian and I, along with thousands of other Vancouverites, took to the streets again breaking out the red hoodies, jersey’s and Canada Olympic gear.  Thanks to the lessons learned in February, Canada Day 2010 seemed to have an added boost of patriotism this year.  Some Scottish tourists actually commented to me how amazed they were at the blatant patriotism on display (often emblazoned across our chests in a large CANADA).
Canada Place is host of the biggest Canada Day party in the west and pulled out all the stops to wow the crowd of new and old Canadians.  Beginning with the swearing in of a batch of new Canadian citizens, to a celebration of the Canadian Navy’s centenary, bands, dancers, street performers and the events were all topped off with the reignited Olympic Cauldron sitting in it’s newly finished water feature. It’s a great family oriented day out!
Wrapping up our day is the annual Helijet Family Barbeque at the Vancouver Harbour Heliport.  For the last few years we’ve gathered our families and friends, in the evening on July 1st to eat barbeque, drink, visit, watch kids play…then we all proceed down to the floating helipad for our exclusive view of the fireworks display over Canada Place.  It’s our unique Helijet tribute to Canada Day…family, friends and fun !