Are you up for a challenge? Please join me. Eeek, I am scared but excited.

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A couple of months ago I was asked to be an ambassador for a brand new adventure challenge with big ambitions. Now there is nothing I like more than big ambition and a passion to make things happen.

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The race organizers would like to take their races across the country but they are starting this year in Calgary. They recruited me because they were looking for someone with a story like mine. Someone with a regular or low level of fitness who wants to make a change in their lives. Behold the X Warrior Challenge.

As an ambassador for the race I am asked to blog about the training and experience and assist in recruiting people to run the race and help make it a success. January 31st is the last day of a reduced registration fee and coincides with me wanting to recruit a team. The FAT Project team is already at 4 people and I love to make it way more!!! Not only are these races about personal accomplishment but they are even more fun when you have a support from a team.

If you ever wanted to try something physical like this I invite you to join us. It is a 5km journey with around 20 obstacles at the Stampede Grounds in Calgary on August 27th, and I have signed up for the afternoon portion from 12-4 pm.  The organizers are incenting me to recruit by offering 10% of the entry fee for people who use this link:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/x-warrior-challenge-stadium-calgary-august-27-2016-tickets-18103402765?aff=PaulM

First Click on Join a Team:

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And then start typing FAT Project:

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And then click the EARLY BIRD SAT AFTERNOON BOX 12:00 – 4:00

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The fee goes up at the end of January. Please join Team FAT Project as we tackle the X-Warrior Challenge – if I can do it, you can do it.  My goal is to complete, even if it takes a really long time! This also links to one of my New Years Resolutions.

Christine and discussed it and we will be putting any proceeds into an after party and supporting the FAT Project. And to add to the crazyness we are launching t-shirts for the FAT Project- and I will be wearing these when I work out!

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The US dollar  is really killing things right now.  The shirts were priced at $13.99 US but with the exchange they are running at $19.66 CAD – sorry for how terrible that is!!  Teespring is a great company and makes very high quality shirts so you won’t disappointed!! https://teespring.com/fatproject and they ship globally. The shirt/hoodie sale runs like a kickstarter campaign so we need to get out 15 and there are 19 days left.

Thank you for all the amazing support so far and I do hope you will join the team.

 

Skip the Restaurants? Probably. At least reduce them....

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My wife sent me a link to this story this morning. The TL;DR is that you should reduce the amount of restaurants you eat at because portions are too big and they are hard to resist.  I definitely agree, but this is always a tough road to navigate especially if you spend a lot of time working in a downtown and haven’t made time at home to cook properly.

We have been meeting with a finance coach recently (which we think is awesome by the way) and restaurants also cause a lot of pain for budgets.

The one thing I have enjoyed while eating out during the FAT Project is that at least 75% of them will retweet or like my instagram post if I have tagged them.  This helps me get the word out for the FAT Project and highlight that there are good choices out there.

Here are a few of my restaurant meals lately:

Stone Bowl

Stone Bowl 7th and Macleod SE Calgary

Blue River

Blue River Cafe – 12th and 2nd SW Calgary

Subway

Subway – literally everywhere….

Boxwood

Boxwood – Memorial Park Calgary

The headline picture is from my cousin Harold’s restaurant in Kitchener, Ontario.  Tasty business if you happen to be near, especially the beer.  The Bent Elbow

Egg Allergy/Intolerance? I sure hope not...

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For a long time (10+ years) I have had a reaction to eggs.  It used to just be uncooked yolks that would cause me to visit the washroom about 20-30 min after eating them and involved some cramping.  It was more an inconvenience than anything else and I could prepare for it.  It gradually has gotten to the point where the whites affect me in the same way as well.

In the past few weeks I have also noticed what I believe is a new symptom.  Achiness and muscle fatigue to the point where I have some trouble walking around without muscle relaxants.  I had attributed this to being obese and a general result of eating poorly, but I think this symptom may just be tied to eggs.  Because I can now look back and see what I have eaten back to October 9, 2015, I can see my egg consumption.  And it overlaps with my physical symptoms that I am talking about.

Now, let me be very clear.  I love eggs.  I love them fried, scrambled, poached, over-easy, on burgers, in noodles, stone bowl, omelet – every which way.  They are full of healthy and yummy goodness, and I am quite sad over this development.

So I am going to go three weeks without eggs, starting on February 15.  Why wait you ask?  Well Christine is heading away for a week and I will looking after the kids full-time and I don’t want to add the burden of different breakfasts in that time.  I also don’t know if this includes eggs in baking as I don’t think I have the same reaction.

I know of one other person who has egg problems, are there more of us?

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A delicious egg-white omelet

Emotional times

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I went downstairs tonight wanting to eat a lot.  We had about half an angel food cake left and I wanted to eat it all. I then went to the pantry to look for something that would serve the same purpose.  It all kept coming back to the fact that I knew I deliberately wanted to eat too much to feel better.  The FAT Project has been designed to assist in times like this and I will say that it worked.  I kept thinking about the picture I would have to take about eating half a cake and it truly had me reflect and make a different choice.

For the past 100 days I haven’t been able to use food as much to regulate my emotional state, and I have been actively choosing not to.  So the questions arises….how am I dealing with my emotions?  As this video on Facebook can attest, it isn’t always rosy.

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I haven’t gotten into exercise enough yet to use it as an emotional regulator, but I am hoping it can assist with that. As my body changes and as I begin to need new ways to cope with my feelings, I have the sense that I am going to learn a lot about myself.  What do you do to assist with emotions?

I ended up eating some popcorn tonight, which as a snack is a good choice (we air pop).  But it did feel that it was helping to control my emotions. Baby steps….