After an inspiring time in Victoria, we are back on the mainland and enjoying a productive morning at Pat and Lee’s house in Vancouver. Time has flown…I simply cannot believe it’s only been 1 week because it feels more like a month has gone by! If you’re interested in the recent screening in Victoria, check out the new post (that will be going up later today), Instant Community, at the Wrong Way to Hope site. If you’re interested in running and/or seeing the sites of Victoria by foot, then read on! But first, a check-in on my March Goals…
1.) Drink at least 3L of water a day (I’ll measure using my water bottle, which is 1,000 ml or 32 oz in one fill-up).
I’ve readjusted my goal after hearing from a client of mine through her nutritionist that 2L is plenty for a day, and if you try to chug too much at once your body will pass the nutrients as they cannot be absorbed that quickly. I’ve been aiming for 2.5L a day and have wound up somewhere around there most days, and am continuing to measure with my water bottle. When I feel hungry, I drink first, and that helps get my water count up and reminds me not to munch mindlessly!
2.) Maintain my fitness during this unpredictable time with 3 workouts a week(staying broad and inclusive of all kinds because soon we’ll be on the road:TRX workouts, jump rope intervals (portable!), high intensity body weight circuit training workouts, & running when it’s warm enough).
As you know, I’ve mainly been running, which is due in part to the fact that we have been on the go like crazy this week! It’s hard to do a workout in someone’s living room but manageable to wake up early and get a run in before the craziness of the day ensues! I brought my jump rope for days when I feel like it’s too rough to run, but I’ve managed to run every-other-day for a total of 3 – 4 workouts a week (plus push ups here and there!), so I’ve been able to maintain! My TRX will be coming with us on the road from Calgary on, because from that point on we’ll have our own car (RV!) to stow it in, so for now it’s been lacing up my shoes and hitting the pavement/trails (there’s something so organic about that!).
3.) Beware of mindless eating and be thoughtful about what I eat and when (just when hungry!). Although this one’s harder to evaluate, it’s been on my mind enough that I know I will eat healthier and simply make better, less mindless choices because I can truly feel the difference when I pay attention to how I fuel my body. For the long days coming up, probably less scheduled movement, and possibly more stress, I want to anticipate ahead of time and treat my body well.
I’m quite proud to announce that the mindless munching has been so much better! Mainly because we are busy and don’t have our own cabinets to look in and fridges to shuffle through! I’ve been listening to my body (I actually said yesterday, “No, I don’t actually want ice cream.” …excuse me? ). I’m excited to keep this up on tour, not have a scale to go by, keep moving when I can, and eat well to fuel my body with good things for the excitement that’s to come.
Well if you made it through that, congrats! Now…how have your March goals been coming? Let me hear about ‘em! Onto the tour!
My goal has been to run every other day between 5 and 10 miles depending on how much time we have that day, how busy we are, and how my body’s feeling. Sometimes it’s a quick speed play, sometimes a longer run, but most the time it’s more of a tempo-paced jaunt around whatever city we’re in as we start our Wrong Way to Hope film tour on the west coast and head east. My Friday morning run last week so gorgeous that I said I would grab my phone and snap pictures on my Sunday morning run, so here is, as promised, 8.57 miles of Victoria waterfront on foot, starting from the apartment lobby where I was SO thrilled to wear a t-shirt and my running skirt! Spring has definitely sprung here:
(Obviously excited and ready to go! I was waiting for this run all weekend.)
(Esquimalt Road, before cutting down to the waterfront. Loving it!)
(To the water, along the pathways and bridges, with the sun rising and cool graffiti murals on stone walls…)
(One of the marinas in the harbor; moving fast.)
(The legislative buildings in the background; a statue with the buildings a bit closer.)
(The Empress Hotel; beautiful! And a run well done.)
I am just LOVING this tour-a-new-city-on-foot routine! Somehow, even after long nights and full days, it’s easy for me to pop out of bed and run, and I know it’s because it sets me up for the day well and makes me feel so fresh and alive. What’s your favorite way to see a city? Do you have a favorite city to run in?
We’re off to prep for our hospital screening in Abbotsford tomorrow and spend some down time with Mikey’s younger sister and her fiancée. Live well & be well,