in my defence …
well first i need to address the tweet/status/contest. recently i entered a contest. i did it not for the trip, but to show/prove to others that if you set your mind to something – you can achieve it. it’s not easy, it takes a lot of work. but in the end, worth every ounce of sweat. the contest was to show your body transformation after a period of time. i did this over about a 6 month time. here is the blurb with my entry:
mother of 2 in kindergarten and hard working community volunteer
My name is Sharon and I’m 35 years old. I joined Greco Kanata October 28th, 2011. And today I am in the best shape of my life!
I had my kids in 2006 and 2007 … And for the next couple of years it was all about survival!
Between my family, friends, and volunteer roles in Kanata, I found it extremely tough to eat healthy and get back into shape. I tried various ‘quick fix’ and ‘lose weight fast’ programs but nothing worked. I was eating poorly and had almost no energy – hard to raise kids 16 months apart when I was living coffee to coffee
Finally in the summer of 2011 myself and some girlfriends decided to run a half marathon. Training begun. It was tough! But we all did it – ran my first half marathon in September … and my second half marathon in October. The week after I decided enough was enough and it was time to join a gym. Many of my friends were already members at Greco and convinced me to come. I had no idea what to expect but these friends all looked incredible so I joined. The next day I did my first class.
During my first class, I realized 2 things – 1. I couldn’t even do 1 pushup, and 2. I was in terrible shape. I looked around me and as everyone was giving it their all as I was trying to find the best excuse to leave! Thankfully, Megan (@Greco Kanata) never let me stop. I stayed for the entire class. From then on, I started attending classes about 4 times per week.
It’s been 6 months, I’m in the best shape of my life! I’ve turned flab into FAB ~ 18% body fat! I’ve shaved MINUTES off my runs – ran my best 5K/10K to date – 24:53min./58:44 (previously 28:20/1:01:39) and I can do 100 pushups in a single class. I find I have more confidence, energy, and positivity. My eating habits are great not just from routine, but from knowledge of what I’ve been shown/guided through over the past 6 months.
This summer I’m competing in my first Spartan Race as well as Ottawa Race Weekend 10K. My goals are not to ‘just’ complete this time, but to excel!
the before picture I submitted:
The 3 month picture:
And the final photo at 6 months:
And with that – I entered
2. ARC Kanata South
And here is the decision for the ARC for Kanata South (where it affects my family):
Grade JK-3 at Castlefrank
Grade 4-8 at Katimavik
Grade JK-1 at Katimavik
Grade 2-3 at Castlefrank
Grade 4-8 at Katimvik
And I’m ok with it … so far!
Now onto some goodness
Jakey has figured out this skating thing – FINALLY! Check out these videos (the last 5 videos). And Hannah is doing awesome – learning to skate on 1 foot – pretty snazzy!
I finally cracked <25min. for my 5k! 2 years of running later … And it felt incredible!!!! 24:53 was my exact time. Yay me
Alrighty, off to get my looooong list to do done. Mostly volunteer work … 12 things on the list – 12 to do by tomorrow night, that’s my deadline. Go me!