Social Media and 100 Days of Burpees

The other day I was on #fitchat and I met @300lbsandrunnin .  He was talking about his #100DaysofBurpees Challenge, so of course I needed to butt-in and ask what this was about.  300 lbs and Running's 100 Day Burpee (You can click here if you’d like to know more or participate.  Come join in on the burpee fun!!  If you do not know what a burpee is, you can click here.  My cousin asked what a burpee is and then suggested that it was something that someone did after drinking a Slurpee too quickly.  har har. )

Admittedly I’m picking up this challenge a little late in the game.  I started on day 20, and plan on continuing through to day 100, given my poor heel can take it.

The awesomeness of social media and ‘chats’ that are run on Twitter are evident once again and have proven to be quite beneficial to me.  Never would I ever commit to doing burpees for 100 days by myself! (Not going to lie about that one hah.)

Before, I never understood why people swore by chats on social media.  I have learned over time why.  You are chatting with people from all over the world who are interested in the same things as you.  You sometimes even get a chance to brag about your own accomplishments too, and of course sign-on to support others and participate in challenges. 🙂  (I’m not saying do it because you’ll get an imaginary internet pat on the back, but I’m saying do it because you will gain friends you didn’t even know were out there.)

I have had the opportunity of ‘meeting’ quite a few of you on social media and look forward to the day we can put the face to face with our friendships.  When I try to explain this to some of my friends, I get the “These people are not your REAL friends, Rebecca.”  On the contrary I believe quite the opposite.  I’ve ‘seen’ imaginary friends before, my brother used to have one growing up named Cheermuck.  (He’s going to kill me for writing that… and no I have no idea where the name came from, and when he drew a picture of him once he looked like a tree with a face on it.)  Anyways, returning to the subject at hand, I have also met people who I have talked to on social media before, and we’ve had some of the most solid friendships.  When you read and participate in someone’s social media, you do get to know them quite well before you actually meet them face-to-face.  You often already know a lot of things about them that you both have in common, the bonds have already been set.

Social media gives people an outlet, and allows them to say what they truly feel about their passions and what is happening in their lives.  Never would I ever have predicted that I would have such a great support network of like-minded people who are constantly encouraging me to get out and do my running, my planks, my burpees.  etc.  It’s like having 1000+ personal trainers and life coaches at your fingertips, or as some may call them, friends 🙂

Happy training,

-Bexx

Winter Running: Training with Vanilla Ice

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I have been running in the winter for a while now and my mom used to yell at me back in the day, saying that I was a little crazy for running in -30 degree celsius weather, and that I was going to slip and fall and break my neck.  So far so good, I have not! wooo hooo *fist pumping action*

I know that winter running is a bit more dangerous than summer running, but to be honest I’m just as big of a klutz during all seasons, so the possibility and probability of me falling in any season is probably just as high as if I were to be running non-stop for 5k on a sheet of ice.  I’m the type of person who has tripped over my own pant leg on numerous occasions (one time my big toe got stuck in the rolled up part of my lulus causing me to trip and fall while simultaneously also losing my pants.)  Despite this being quite entertaining for the casual observer, I think I give people quite a fright when I say that I am going running in the winter 😉

I am excited and proud to say that I have no accidents to report.  The occasional ankle tweak sometimes happens due to my weak ankles from so many sprains in soccer over the years.  I’ve never broken a bone in my life (touch wood) and I am pretty proud of myself.

The key for me is to take it slow when winter running.  I’m have hit black ice before.  I think if you treat your body kind of like a car in bad weather you’ll be fine.  Make sure that your shoes do not have ice on the bottom of them right from the get-go (one time this happened to my ski boots – going in and out of the chalet the snow froze into a giant ball on the bottom of my boots and I sure did fall over.)  I’m not sure if shoes do this, but I figured it might be an okay tip just in case hah

SLOW DOWN –  you are not trying to break a world record, nor are you Super Mario trying to defeat Ice World.  You calm down.  (I’m mostly telling this to myself, because I’ve been known to think hey…. there aren’t that many people out here, I should try to speed this up and get home – almost ending in disaster.  Slow and steady wins the winter training ‘race.’  I believe Vanilla Ice put it best when he said [watch out for the] ice, ice, baby.  (Or at least if he ever wants to be quoted as saying anything profound, I added that little part in the beginning for him. You’re welcome.)

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Yeti-Bexx

Layering is key.  I have this awesome Under Armor shirt that is sweat wicking, and helps heat you up during your run.  It’s one of my favourites and it also helps because then you don’t have to wear 10 shirts and a jacket.  Although the idea of me running down the road at high speeds toward you like an abominably dressed snow wo-man does make me giggle.Run with a buddy too, that always helps keep me motivated and if you do fall, then there is someone to carry you home! Think about it! 😉

I’m no expert, so take my advice for what is it, general tips on how I’ve stayed safe so far.  I’m not saying you’re not going to slip and fall.  I sure did do that the other morning in my mom’s driveway while just walking to the car.  Of course the neighbours were watching, and so while I was down there on the ground, I did not fail to take this opportunity to strike a pose like a model laying on a beach.

Probably not the most flattering picture of me in life, but winter running at it's finest ;)
Probably not the most flattering picture of me in life, but winter running at it’s finest 😉

Be safe this winter season! (and if you don’t have winter where you are… then I should probably come and visit – I envy you sometimes ;))

Happy training!-Bexx

NYE List for 2012

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I’m going to have to edit my list a little bit, as there are a few things that I don’t want going public  (read: names of boys/embarrassing details haah)…. but every year a wonderful group of friends and I, sit down (whether it’s together or in a coffee shop on our own) and reflect on the year that has passed.  We list the top 10 outstanding moments of that year,  whether we accomplished the 5 goals that we had set out for ourselves that year, 5 disappointments of the year (we can’t always be positive!) and the 5 new goals for the upcoming year.  Last year we also added a “3 best people of the year” section.  If we aren’t together we share via email.  This happened last year.

Below you will see my email to the group from January 2012.  I have edited it a bit to preserve some self-respect (I hope you don’t mind :))

From: rebecca_yanyk@hotmail.com
To: Jay, Bren, JRod, Eroki, Paul, Jane, Jill 
Subject: NYE List 2011 Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 14:33:01 -0500

Hello Folks, Here is my list, I know I wasn’t there at midnight.. I hope you guys don’t mind recapping a bit for moi. I love all of you guys so mucho!  I read over my stuff from last year below and thought that some goals were rather funny, now that I read back.

TOP 10 OUTSTANDING MOMENTS OF 2011…
  1. Getting a promotion!!! As I’m sure you can reference below, that was a great disappointment for 2010.  It took me a whole ‘nother year, and I got said promotion Dec 2010, but I did not give up. 
  2. Being asked by my two lovely friends to MC their wedding, and doing it without looking silly, barfing, screwing up etc.  Basically launching my career in stand-up is what I’m saying.
  3. Travelling to Sweden for work and actually getting my butt somewhere other than North America.  although not on my own dime (yeehawwww!) I got to live like a queen and the experience is one that I surely will not forget for a long time.
  4. Getting published/interviewed for an article in Canadian Running magazine.  Far from famous, but still super excited to be part of a publication 🙂
  5. Attending a course on Public Speaking, doing my speeches and gaining the skills that I need to do the best stuff ever.
  6. Meeting a boy that I really like, and realizing that sometimes it’s really not you the timing may just not be right- doesn’t mean the end of the world.  I’m still learning, this is good 🙂
  7. Becoming a Big sister to a Little Brother through the Big/Little Program.  Highlight-  “Rebecca, because I’m 16 I’m going to be done the program soon (18), but that’s okay.. because even when this program is over I’m going to remember how much confidence that you have, and I’m going to be like you.”
  8. Dropping out of the half marathon a day before-  to some this might not seem like a highlight- but for me this was a highlight and pivotal moment in my life where I said.. “no, you’re not prepared… there is nothing wrong with that, but you don’t have to do this if you’re not ready.”  I never used to say no.  Now I do 🙂
  9. Going home for Christmas and not getting into any fights at home.  Although most of the majority of my time was spend elsewhere, i’d like to report that maybe just maybe we’ve (all my fam) has grown enough that we get along now? I’m probs jinxing next Christmas.
  10. Making my 90 grandmother laugh at Christmas and feel special.  “You have not changed a bit since I’ve met you, Rebecca.  You are still crazy!”  ❤
TOP 5 DISAPPOINTMENTS IN 2011
  1. Not losing the final 40 lbs that I would like to.
  2. Finding two roommates who are less than my favourite people…. le sigh 😉 (randoms off craigslist)
  3. Finding someone who likes me, but sometimes it’s just not enough… = le single Bexx 😉  (Oh well, gives me more time to figure out me.. until I’m 40 ;))
  4. Getting dumped in a subway station.  Subway dump has become his new name. 
  5. My bestie Leanne quitting Corby.  I miss seeing her everyday.5 GOALS for 2011
  I only completed one goal for last year…. I travelled again to Sweden, Calgary, Vancouver, NYC.  I did not surf, get a bf, finish my half marathon or exercise/go running with Brenda so she can attain her Olympic gold medal in water polo. 5 Goals for 2012
  1. To go parasailing
  2. To meet someone who compliments me and my life, at the right time 🙂 (my psychic says I’ll meet two dudes I need to decide between and be super happy and awesome/excited about love by Oct… so don’t panic.. hahaah 
  3. To travel more, and see more of the world
  4. To pay down debts.  Not all of it (unless I win the lottery,) but a nice chunk.
  5. Lose the last 40 lbs 🙂 

3 Best New People of the Year-

  1. Amira De Vera–  She is a friend from Twitter.. haha we met at an event, but since then we have hung out and become super close.  She is a 5 foot (barely) tall bubble of energy.  Absolutely amazing.
  2. MM (timing dude from above… I’m not giving up on him just yet.. but if it’s meant to be.. it will… if not.. I will marry Freddy Prince Jr.  no big deal..)
  3. Sue McGrath-  a new friend from work.  I knew her before but we were not tight.  We go to boot camp together now, and she is one of the most genuine, awesome, honest, amazing person that anyone could meet.
xox b*tches,
Bexx”
I wanted to share this with you because I hope that you all do the same this NYE.  I don’t really look back at my list from the previous year until I sit down to do this again.  It’s interesting to see which goals you have accomplished, which you have blown out of the water (throwing those goals down and making them yell MERCY! because you so awesomely squashed ’em) and how sometimes you aren’t necessarily where you thought you’d be, but you’ve still come so far and accomplished so much.
I can’t wait to post the reflections from this past year and the new goals for 2013!!
2013 is going to be a great year, I can feel it!
-Bexx

The Guy With Two Thumbs

Today I helped my friend Chantal with her grade 1/2 class.  She was surprised that I was willing to get up to be ready for 6:20am to make it to school with her.  My alathumbsrm didn’t go off and I was almost late, but I made it.  We dropped her two kids off at daycare and were on the road sooner than later.

While social media continued to remind me today of the impending doom of the end of the world tomorrow, I was reminded of what it was like to be a child again 😉

Now a lot of my friends are teachers, some employed as such and some still looking for jobs, and I was privileged to be invited to be a guest in the classroom today to see what all this hype was about.  I work in the alcohol industry in marketing and often get teased about how easy my job is and all the perks of my job certainly do not go unnoticed.  Teachers sometimes hear the same thing, with summers off and having it easy just ‘watching a bunch of kids all day’, how hard could it be?  This is wholeheartedly an inaccurate description of both my job and a teacher’s job if i do say so myself.   Anyone who thinks that running a classroom, having to engage 15+ students at a time is an easy task has a skewed perception of reality… and I know this despite only being there for a day.

I got to step out of my regular marketing shoes, and experience what it is like to work with 18 wonderful 6 and 7 year olds today.  I understand what my teacher friends are talking about – how much they plan, how much they put up with, and how much they appreciate those ‘feel good’ feelings when a child finally appreciates something they’ve said, taught, or done for them.  I mean at the end of the day my experience is limited (and was in fact just one day… I realize this) but I have a new appreciation and respect for what teachers do having had the opportunity to be integrated right into the classroom myself.

I was helping the students make some ornaments for Christmas.  (I’m calling it Christmas, to heck with this ‘Holiday” bull…. hah)

Things that made my day today:

i) I got called Madame Rebecca for the day
ii) A little girl got so excited by some little presents she found today in her classroom stocking (pencil sharpener, pencil, candy cane etc.,) that she gushed that Christmas could be over because she was so genuinely excited about what she had already received.
iii) A little boy made me laugh really hard because he reminded me of me (from what my mom tells me mostly) at that age.  He yelled: “Who wants to come play? Come over here to the guy with two thumbs!” *points two thumbs at himself*
iv) Another little girl asked if I was coming back tomorrow and after Christmas.  When I said no, she replied – “Well I’m going to do everything in my power to see you again because you’re just so nice.”

I’m still smiling from my experience.

I know this isn’t my typical fitness post, but still relevant because moments like this are important too 🙂

Hang out with a child this holiday season.  They make you remember to not take yourself and life too seriously! *two thumbs up*

-Bexx