Wednesday, October 16, 2013

BDHQ joins the Mustard Seed Food Fight

BDHQ is joining the Mustard Seed for their Great Canadian Food Fight; a national food and fundraising challenge with food banks from across Canada to raise the most food by weight in 48-hours.

This Friday, October 18, your BDHQ trainers will be volunteering at Save On Foods Arena at
1925 Blanshard St from 4 - 8pm collecting food and cash donations from the public. If you need some good karma in your life, please come visit us at Save On with your donations. Every BDHQ-er that drops off a donation gets a FREE 2 x class pass for a friend. Paying it forward! 

The Great Canadian Food Fight is a friendly competition between food banks to ensure the food security of vulnerable communities.

WHY: The food raised in the Great Canadian Food Fight is vital to the food bank’s ability to provide nutritional food hampers to more than 7,000 vulnerable Victorian’s each month throughout the winter and upcoming holiday season.

The Mustard Seed has never won the Great Canadian Food Fight, but raised almost 100,000 pounds of food in the 2012 competition and more than 500,000 pounds of food since it began participating. This year BDHQ wants to change that, and will help the Mustard Seed in their goal of raising more than 200,000 pounds of food in an effort to win the competition against the reigning champion, the Regina Food Bank.

FACTS: Did you know...of the average people accessing Food Banks in Canada, 4 in 10 are single parents and 1 in 3 are children or youth under the age of 18.    

Mustard Seed Wish List: Peanut Butter is one of their main items.  It’s high in protein and many of their guests don’t have access to cooking facilities, which makes peanut butter a healthy and accessible food item. Other items include: tuna, canned soups, and both fresh and canned veggies & fruits. Cash donations are used to buy fresh food and produce, and your dollar goes further with the Mustard Seed than it does with you at the grocery store as the Mustard Seed purchases food wholesale.

Hope to see lots of you this Friday at Save on Foods Arena from 4 - 8pm...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Setting Goals - Raeleen Siu

Meet Raeleen Siu; former Biggest Winner participant and current Baby Bootcamper.

As part of BDHQ's 2014 Ambassador Challenge, we asked people to tell us their health goals they'd like to achieve by December 2013.  Raeleen's agreed to share her goals, along with a one month update. We appreciate her candidness and willingness to share with you all. 

1.  Finish my current maternity leave, returning to work November 4, 2013 in pre-baby shape (goal: wear a size 8, lose another 10 pounds to weigh 156 lbs)

UPDATE:  I am back into all my size 8 clothes! BDHQ trainer Trish did my measurements two weeks ago and I've lost 14 inches in just the chest, waist and hips since February 2013. I'm in the 10lb Challenge right now and set to get my $50 next Saturday, weighing 163lbs (she made her weigh-in and got her $50 back, FYI).

 2. Run the GoodLife Half Marathon October 13 in under 2 hours (that is a 7 minute cut from my last half marathon in June).

UPDATE:  I registered for the half marathon and joined the Pen Run clinic this past summer. I'm running 18K long runs in 1h 40mins...I think I can make this goal!

3. Eat according to the Biggest Winner principles (3L water/day, 2 servings of complex carbs/day, lean protein in every meal, etc.).

UPDATE: I'm not perfect every day, and if you have an idea about how I can be more successful here, I'd love advice/kick in the butt. Complex carbs is a big one for me that needs to be cut.

4. Go to Hawaii at Christmas and be able to see my abs (i.e. not cover myself up and hide on the beach!) This one scares me a lot. (goal: wear a size 6, weight in the 140's)

UPDATE: Trip to Hawaii is booked...the other goals above need to be met before this can happen.

5. Workout six days a week, including attending BDHQ Baby Bootcamp, The Drill, and spin classes.

UPDATE: I work out for at least one hour, five days a week. Because the half marathon long run training is getting to be two hours every Sunday, I've cut my Saturday workouts, so the drop to 5 days a week is intentional for now.

Thanks Raeleen! Can't wait to see what you achieve by December and beyond. The action alone of writing down your goals sets the intention to achieve them. To any of you reading this, take a minute to think about what you really want, short term, and an action plan to get there. If you need help, ask any of the trainers at BDHQ/BDHQ2. We're here for you and want to see you all succeed in anything you want to do.