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Cycling Head Games

It’s that time again. The fight for the yellow jersey is on!

Tour de France is here.

And with it comes an extra motivation that hits all cyclists: recreation riders, triathletes, endurance engines, commuters, home town racers, and semi pro’s to boot.

How can we not get excited. It’s mid stream in the warmer, drier months. Especially here in Seattle where the winter rains make it a bit more interesting to ride skinny tires. And many folks just consider winter an off season. Come July 5, summer is on, it’s hot, people are in better shape, and they once again are loving their bikes. I know it’s true. It happens to my husband and I every year. We watch the opening day. It’s fun. We tap in to the world of cycling where we see individuals compete on teams.

The views are gorgeous.

The crowds are fun.

The commentary is a combination of education, color, and hope.

The wins and the losses touch us deeply, as if we are watching friends.

Mind / Body Kinesthetic Motivation

Every year, as we stare at those guys in colorful kits spinning hard across fascinating terrain, our leg muscles literally twitch with motivation. Their cadence becomes our mental map of what our legs should do. It’s a mind body thing, similar to the Kinesthetics programs sold that teach a sport via a video. They use a technique that trains the mind to activate the muscles.  What I mean is simple. The mind watches so closely that the body is tricked into thinking it is doing what it sees.  It’s part Inner Game of Tennis, Kinesthetic Learning, and part Psycho Cybernetics.  (Ref: ideas and books that I grew up with)

The Kinesthetic Ski Instruction Videos are long off the market, but check out this awesome reference guide on the Mental Games of Sports Performance.

But it’s just a bike race. Or is it?

Oh heck no. It’s not just a bike race. It’s an opportunity for the viewer to learn, get excited about the industry, learn what new items are on the market, find out about great products, fun escapes, and …. ok, all of that. But its’ also the best marketing machine for cycling for the entire year.

How do I know? Because each year, as I watch, I also get emails. Emails from favorite manufacturers. Facebook posts offering a chance to win. Bike companies offering great discounts. And favorite cycling stores like Competitive Cycle, offering a deal a day. Like this one from a favorite vendor: Competitive Cycle

It’s brilliant. Everyone wins. The Tour de France Sale: Daily Deals for All 21 Stages

It’s not just the Tour! It’s mid summer special season and if the stores aren’t touting Tour deals, they are touting Mid Summer Seasonal specials. It’s time for them to gear up for fall, so they need to inspire us to get into the store and help them clear out inventory. And if you are like me, I’d rather be riding that shopping. I tend to put off purchases until I really need stuff. A simple trip to a store can be an hour or two lost riding time. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a time suck.  And my solution: Buy Online when I can, when it makes sense, when I trust the vendor.

Companies like Competitive Cycle make life so much easier. They are a known entity. They offer not only the best, but a nice array. Sure they cater to the elite, but aren’t we all a little elite?  I trust these guys. I can call them and ask specific questions. I can get honest answers. Returns are easy too.
Then there is the stand by Recreational Equipment Coop, Inc.  REI not only has a great Mega Sale or Summer Sale, but you can buy online, and return in store if it doesn’t work.

I have my favorite local brick and mortar stores, but sometimes it doesn’t work. Some local guys that only carry the elite and cater to the upper echelon. They lose me. I don’t really need the top of the line cycling stuff. Do you? If you aren’t a racer, aren’t in the industry, and really just want a bit of comfort for a reasonable price –you don’t want to spend $300 on a pair of tights when the $150 tights do the job.  Unless the guy at the shop convinces you that those $300 knickers are the absolute most comfortable ever and you just can’t live without them.  Me? I buy the best that works for me. And I bet you do too. If everything in a store like Competitive Cycle makes sense, that’s where you shop.

Every year, on the 5th of July, we start seeing it. More yellow. More polka dots. More Strava reports. More fun. It’s summer! It’s time for the Tour de France. Let’s RIDE!

And don’t forget — check out the daily deals at Competitive Cycle for the next 21 days. The Tour de France Sale: Daily Deals for All 21 Stages

Releasing the Ancient Wounds Opens the Gateway

TRUE PROSPERITY?

It’s not about money and it’s not about the perfect body.

My health coaching is evolving and with it so am I. It’s pretty clear: At some point, we just know that it’s not so much about food. We can change our diets. We can add exercise. We can detox all year round. Until we open the floodgates and let the bad out, we don’t have room for the good unless we expand. So — let’d do something about it.

We can’t fix the past. No one can. We can talk about till we are bored silly with our own stories. We can spend tens of thousands over decades of ‘talk therapy’ and find that the sore spots still fester at a simple trigger. What’s the trigger point? It could be a voice, seeing a name, seeing  an advertisement, hearing someone else’s pain….or just that unconscious mental moment.

Let’s get rid of this stuff, eh?

Five Steps to Releasing and Revitalizing YOU

RECOGNIZE

REMOVE

REPLACE

RENEW

REFUEL

Yes, YOU CAN.

So Can I. And if I can YOU SURE CAN.

Want to try it out? Call me for a single session. If you love it, you can sign up for a package. It works. I’m working it.

Love you all.

Nancy

Sugar: The Bitter Truth- March 24, 2011 – YouTube

The ancients knew about obesity before we created McD’s.

But — we are exploding. How did we get so big so fast? Dr. Robert Lustig addresses this in his YouTube talk.

Sugar: The Bitter Truth- March 24, 2011 – YouTube.

His theory is amazing!  He shows why eat less, exercise more does not work.  A calorie is not just a calorie.

As long as we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we are headed for the biggest health crisis our world has ever known. We cured malaria. We cured small pox. We created penicillun.

The one thing WE aren’t doing is curing our own behaviors.  It’s time, people.

 

Shut Up about Health Already

Shut Up About Health Already!  

A friend’s post inspired me…
Lisa Tucker is a fellow health coach and friend from school. I found this on her website. This article seems to urge me to tell my story. It’s time. All my talk about healthy stuff — it’s not just a business idea. It’s because I care so deeply. You want to know what fueled my fire to dive back in to a healing career. Maybe you just want to know what all the talk about juicing, whole foods, and eating locally is really about.

Lisa posted about one persons’ journey. I can only say please — click on the link, read it, and then get your butt back here to read my story.

http://vanitysanityandhealth.com/2012/03/16/shut-up-about-nutrition-already/

It could be any one of you!
You know what? It could be any one of you! Read More→

Want to EAT EVERYTHING? Try cutting out sugar

Sugar Addiction?

It’s an epidemic. It’s a trap. It’s about how the dieting paradigm is flawed. As people get fatter, and sicker, they try all kinds of diets. They never stop to think about what’s really going on in their bodies. It’s time for change!

I know — I rarely ate packaged foods, used to run, and work out for hours. I practiced a revolutionary way of living, eating, and playing. My career suffered but my body was happy!

I met and married a man I love, but his ‘gourmet’ eating meant a lot more of the stuff I never ate. Oils, sugars and preservatives are hidden in all those jarred and canned ‘gourmet’ items. Especially sugars. And long words I don’t pronounce, but know they aren’t made by nature. I gained 28 pounds in less than 10 years! Then I watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, and decided enough was enough.

Out came my juicer and my Vitamix. I began with healthy soups. I continued with juicing and a plate that was half filled with vegetables. I made sure I did everything possible to take control of this growing beast. I insisted on eating home more and going out less and less. I went back to my normal and the pounds quickly fell off. Fortunately, my husband came along for the ride. I’ve lost 20 pounds and kept it off. He’s lost 50! And talking about riding, we are both cycling nuts again. All the aches and pains: Gone. All the stiff, tight joints: Fluid and flexible. My muscles and joints respond better. I’m more relaxed. I just feel better.

One must understand what’s in the foods they eat before they will think about changing. We all have options.

One serving of Newman’s own LIGHT salad dressing? Check this out:
Serving Size: 2 TBSP
Calories: 60
Fat Calories: 40
Total Fat: 4G
Sat. Fat .5G
Trans Fat 0
Cholestral 0 mg
Sodium 380 mg
Total Carb: 0
Sugars 3G

THREE GRAMS OF SUGAR per TWO TABLESPOONS? Think about it. That quantity isn’t too bad until you realize that its a high percentage of the total amount.

But it gets worse and here is why:

1 Teaspoon of sugar = 7 Grams
1 Tablespoon of sugar = 14 Grams

My home made salad dressing gets a teaspoon of sugar for the WHOLE BATCH — not a single serving.

And when you add it up — it means that one Cliff Bar — a seemingly natural and healthy alternative to a candy bar — that Cliff bar has 21 Grams — or nearly two TABLESPOONS of sugar. I know because I read the label.

My favorite Raw Revolution all raw energy bar? That 140 calorie so called healthy alternative is 22 Grams of sugar — and even though its mainly natural sugar, its still SUGAR.

I tell my clients: Start crowding out packaged foods.  A little advance thinking, and you can easily substitue the sugary stuff for home made healthier fare.  Salad dressing is easy.  If I run out of time, I’ll mix balsamic vinegar with walnut oil — nothing else.   Want some sweet in your oatmeal? Add a chopped up fresh apple and a bit of honey and cinnamon. Sure there is ‘some’ sugar, but nothing compared to the pre packaged stuff sold on the shelves.  And if really crunched for time, make it overnight in your crockpot.

Crowd out the stuff that’s bad for you.

Core Muscle Strength in 10 minutes a day – Seriously!

It’s true! Without strong balanced core muscles, you will fatigue easily. It’s never been about sit ups and crunches — I’ve never gotten six pack abs anyway.  What I do have is a strong core and that makes me:

Stand taller

Ride longer

Handle turns easily

Balance

Fit my clothes easily

I have more fun on both my MTB and my Roadie. I feel solid. I feel confident. I don’t wobble around like a beginner.   This article provides strong rationale for why you need to work your core.  AND gives you 10 exercises you can do at home with no extra equipment.   Read More→