History Brief

Now most of you know me well enough to know parts of my past. But for those of you that don't, here is a little look back in time.
Growing up I was on a skipping team for a solid 11 years of my life. I loved every single part of that sport. (yes it IS a sport.) And before you start making assumptions no we did not just bounce around chanting "had a little sportscar in 1978 took it around the cooooooorner and slammed on the breaks. policeman stopped me and put me in jail, all i had was ginger ale, how many bottles did i drink..1...2...3.." ok wait a minute. Just because I know that rhyme does not mean anything...hmm..Im really not supporting my argument to well. But I don't care about that, because once you watch these videos I will have made a believer out of you.

First of all, let me give you a quick breakdown on how a skipping competition goes down:
They are usually 2 days long. First day is generally speed and endurance. In this catagory there is both single and team events. An example of an event is single rope 30 second speed. My best time if i remember correctly was 168 revolutions in 30 seconds. If you don't understand how fast that is, i suggest you try running in one spot for 30 seconds counting only one leg. You may be lucky to break 70. You then take that number and times it by two. (obviously so you can count for both feet.) The same rules apply to team events, except for it is done in double dutch and one person is skipping working their ass off and two people are turning the ropes at lightning speed. An example of another event is called "power" and it is where you do as many double or triple unders as you can until you mess up.

Second day is generally the freestyle day. This is where it really gets creative. As a single skipper your routines are usually close to a minute long, and you must pack as MANY of the hardest tricks you can into this tiny window of opportunity. Points are knocked off for mess ups and added for difficulty, use of space, creativity, time to music, and certain other technicalities (much like figure skating. including the politics.) Same rules apply to team, you are just in the double dutch format with either one single skipper or two skippers in the middle.

Now that you have been briefed i think you are almost ready.

I attended numerous competitions throughout my time on the Rhythm Ropers and closer to the end of my career, placed in the top 3 at provinicial and national levels for the greater part of my performances. (as a single and as part of a team.) It is something that I am proud of and I can brag about it if i want. I gotta lot of blue kickin around in the ribbons and metal bin i have stashed away. I kicked some serious ass. So for all you non believers out there, Ima guna make a believer out of yous. If more people skipped with the intensity and drive that these next videos do, maybe skipping would finally be recognized as a real sport. (even though it already is a real sport, I made that very clear at the beginning. I' just saying maybe now people will ACKNOWLEDGE that.) The only vids I could find on youtube so far are all double dutch freestyle, but its a good start. Anyways, i guess you can watch the videos now. I really miss skipping, can you tell?

Rope skipping
History Brief cont...

Life Update

So. Lot of new things happening lately. Good things. They are as follows:

- got my bike here finally. Now I can bike to work and save buttloads of money.

- Have just signed up to become a volunteer at "NEED" a crisis line here in victoria. My traning will commence sept.29th.

- Have lost 10 lbs. Don't look any different but i guess its 10 lbs of something from somewhere right?

- Another peice of good news goes here but its subject cannot yet be disclosed.

- Victoria idol starts on sept.29th. Well this is when my audition cd needs to be in. I have to have 2 pre-recorded songs and my friend cody is going to help me out. Still don't know if i am going to endure this at a recording studio or try to create a makeshift one at my house. Any suggestions?This may quite possibly be the most terrifying experience I have ever done as of yet. I still can't believe im doing this. But i will keep you updated with the progress, if any.

That's basically it for the brief news update. It's my day off today but I have just been notified there is a possibility I will be called in so i better go to the gym now or i wont get to go.

What if it all means something?

If I could do anything for you,
Believe me I would
Do you feel the same? Feel the same as me?
If I could be anyone for you,
Believe me I would
I'm not ashamed not ashamed to be.
Its hard for me to know,
Sometimes I feel like letting go
But what if it all means something?

If I could go anywhere for you,
Believe me I would
I'd run away, I'd ran away, I'd leave.
If I could fix everything for you,
Believe me I would
Do you feel the same, feel the same as me?
Its hard for me to know, well maybe I should just let go.
But what if it all means something?

~ Chantal Kreviazuk



So I have been doing something for the last month and am now ready to disclose what it is. It has taken me a while because I wanted to make sure I was going to be 100 % into it and a bit successful before i disclosed this information to the world only to let myself down in public.

I am on a fitness and meal plan through my gym. This is what my week looks like:

Mon - Weights & Core class
Tues - Cardio
Wed - Weights
Thursday - Cardio
Friday - Weights
Sat - Cardio
Sun - Weights

I know it looks boring but i do in fact do different things on the days marked "cardio" and still do cardio on the days marked weights. So really that is not even a remotely good representation of my week at all.

On another note, the meal plan is fantastic. I have only been on the nutrition plan for 11 days now but It is completely personalized to my choices. (they had me pick things out of a huge list and then It got sent away to make MY book) .It is based on the "zone" theory and concentrates on keeping your blood sugar levels the same throughout the day (among a plethora of other things.) It it is based on a 2 and 3 point system. A 3 point meal is made up of 3 Protien points, 3 Carbs, and 3 fats. Your snacks are instead 2, 2, and 2. (you get it. its not complicated math....well maybe for me.) Anyways, it focuses on created a completely balanced diet so you are not depriving your body of things it still needs (like carbohydrates...)and it is designed to help create muscle mass and reduce weight mass.

It is a huge book and I have learnt so much already. My days are planned out for me but it is easy to replace food with other things that have the same value, there is even a conversion chart to help me :) And best of all, my grocery lists are already made so I don't even have to think about it when i go shopping. Only downside is I am spending twice as much money on groceries as I was before (there is actually a new list every week) but I haven't eaten out at all so I guess it weighs out.

Now, some of you may be wondering "well has she lost any weight?" And my response is this. For some strange and unknown reason I am not yet willing to divuldge my original weight amount before this little project. It is completely bizarre since I just recently uncovered my inability to do fractions on a very large and PUBLIC scale which is probably far more embarassing then my weigt will ever be, but I just at this time and no comfortable doing so. But I will tell you this:

- I have gained 6 lbs of muscles mass
- I have lost 7 lbs of fat mass
- And have reduced my Fat % down 4 percent.

And on a whole I have lost 5 lbs.

Right now I don't feel like I look any different, but I am way happier and I have definately noticed a change in my energy level and also have improved mental acuity. (although my co-workers may beg to differ based on how many times I have forgotten my day planner at work i nthe last week...).

So that's that. Its a go. If anyone has any suggestions or would like more information on my nutrition and welness plan just ask. I am not afraid of questions and as you probably already know I would tell yo anything..yeah other then that weight thing.

But now its time for some bike action. Off to the gym I go.