I learned something from the day Ryan and I spent together on Saturday about health, fitness and overall wellness.
I talk a lot about "endless possibilities" and about how great life is/how much we can take from it. But what I realized on Saturday was that if you do not take care of yourself and care even just a little about your health, fitness and overall wellness, your "endless possibilities" soon don't become so much "endless" anymore as they become "the end." And here's what I'm talking about.
The second thing we did on Saturday was take a Ferry from Pier 41 to Angel Island. Angel Island is gorgeous - you take it for what it is - beautiful. When we got to the Island, we rented bikes. We biked around the Island, for a total of about 5 miles. Keep in mind, it's not a flat loop around the island; there are definitely hills! When our bike ride was over, we returned the bikes, grabbed a little "energy fuel" and then decided we wanted to hike to the top! It took us about an hour to climb to the top. We enjoyed each and every step along the way. The views were incredible. And then we reached the top and could see every angle of the city - San Francisco is so amazing! All the little islands - the "blueness" of the sky, of the ocean - and greens/flowers/trees surrounding us. Simply beautiful!
But as we were hiking up to the top for a split second we thought, "Wow, I'm out of shape!" Now, really, my husband and I are far from being out of shape. Ryan says we're just not in "hiking shape." This all made me think, though. How much are some people forced to limit themselves because they have neglected their health, fitness and overall wellness? For many, walking up one flight of stairs is too much. If you can't walk up that one flight up stairs, then you certainly won't be able to climb to the top of Angel Island and see what we saw that day. It wasn't just the view from the top, but the journey along the way. And I pray that everyone reading this will take the time to care enough about themselves; their health, fitness and overall wellness so that they, too, can enjoy their own journey along the way.
One final thing for today - I "invented" an Iced Protein Latte. It was so good and simple. Here is how I made it:
- 1.5 scoops Nutribiotic Vanilla Protein
- 1 c. unsweetened Rice Milk
- A few ice cubes
- ~ 1/4 c. Coffee
Here was my day:
Breakfast (pre-4 mile run)
- 1/4 Fruit Fusion
- Small Barista Cafe Au Lait + Soy/Stevia
- Steel Cut Oats + Nutribiotic Vanilla Rice Protein + Stevia/Cinnamon
- Iced Protein Latte
- 1/2 c. Quinoa mixed with XLean Turkey + paprika
- Spinach + Sea Salt/Pepper
- Lean Turkey
- XLean Turkey + paprika
- Organic Baby Carrots
- Tuna + Romaine Lettuce + (Steamed) Spinach & Garlic
+ Balsamic/Sea Salt/Spirulina/Fish Oil