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Monday, July 27, 2009

Journey Along the Way

Day 106.

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.


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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
  • Stevia
  • ~ 1/4 c. Coffee
I had plenty of great energy today. My mouth started to annoy me later afternoon. It was about a 5/6 today. I got bloated late afternoon. And then I got sick around 8pm. I felt better after that. My right eye still twitching a little.

Here was my day:

Breakfast (pre-4 mile run)
  • 1/4 Fruit Fusion
Breakfast (post workout)
  • Small Barista Cafe Au Lait + Soy/Stevia
  • Steel Cut Oats + Nutribiotic Vanilla Rice Protein + Stevia/Cinnamon
Snack
  • Iced Protein Latte
Lunch
  • 1/2 c. Quinoa mixed with XLean Turkey + paprika
  • Spinach + Sea Salt/Pepper
Snack
  • Orange
  • Lean Turkey
Snack
  • XLean Turkey + paprika
  • Organic Baby Carrots
  • Spinach
Dinner
  • Tuna + Romaine Lettuce + (Steamed) Spinach & Garlic
    + Balsamic/Sea Salt/Spirulina/Fish Oil
  • Watermelon

1 comment:

  1. I loved what you talked about in this post about "the end" of things if we don't take care of ourselves. As you know I have recently started to run and have pretty much gotten addicted to it because it is such a great way for me to relieve stress and clear my head and no matter how bad a day is if I go for a run I always feel better afterwards because I am doing something that I haven't done in the past. I am SO much happier now that I am running! But before I was that person that at "the end" of my day I was stressed from the day and carrying it from day to day. Hope that all made sense! Thanks for being a great inspiration!

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