I love podcasts. Are you someone who listens while you work? It’s a way for me to enjoy walking and moving while still feeling productive and not like I’m wasting time. I used to believe that walking was a waste of time because it wasn’t hardcore enough, intense enough, or burning enough fat, but I’ve since come to believe that it’s one of the best things we can do for our bodies physically and also for our minds and hearts emotionally.
So, back to podcasts. Sometimes I listen to fitness-related podcasts (well, most often!), sometimes I listen to series like Serial, other times I listen to sermons. I mention all this to say that I’ve been loving the Girls Gone WOD podcast, even though I’m not paleo myself. I love their approach to fitness and down to earth way of speaking about nutrition and life. I was listening to an episode this weekend that was about many topics, when my ears perked up when I heard something particularly interesting and insightful:
“People who hate having a rest day probably aren’t comfortable OR good at their diet.” …That’s why they feel like they have to work out to make up for their (poor) eating. Doesn’t that make so much sense? I used to worry so much about taking time off if I was on on the road or on a river or if my training plans were tweaked at all.(Note: I’m not talking about muscle gain here. That’s another story, although I’ve also learned that taking a week off won’t cause you to lose your strength gains.) But as soon as I realized that your diet counts for more when it comes to maintaining your weight than just working out, I started relaxing about my training plans. Because life happens! You might need more rest, or there might not be a a gym where you’re traveling to, or … the list goes on. But if you can consistent in the kitchen, you’ll do okay.
Pancakes. Part of my life, and hopefully part of yours too!
I was thinking about this when my eating was off and on this weekend. Over the last few weeks it was pretty good – mainly managing my portion sizes as when you’re on a trip where you don’t pack the food, you don’t have much of an option! And although kayaking is active, it’s very different than lifting and different than when you’re using your whole body for different movements.
And as I’ve shared before on the blog, food and nutrition is always the tough part for me – abs are made in the gym and revealed in the kitchen, as we all know – so knowing that I’m about to be on the road (slash on water!) for so long makes me realize I need to tackle the rest of my summer with a strategy. I want to set some goals for maintaining my strength in the next two months as well as being mindful about my food choices (I don’t have dig into the trail mix if I’m not actually hungry “just because” it’s there!).
But while I do want to set some goals, I also want to remember what Aleks “The Hebrew Hammer” Salkin said on Facebook the other day:
“Time to knock off the navel contemplating and start doing what works again: getting strong, eating delicious food, and having fun doing it.
Don’t think so hard about it. Just do it!”
All of this has my mind thinking and I’m excited to share about a fun partnership for the summer (#summerofsweat, anyone?!) in another post this week that infuses fun and flexibility into my goals too. Stay tuned for more!
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Lots of thoughts in today’s post, so how about some highlights of the weekend?
We were super happy to have our friend from last year’s Owyhee trip, Mel, reach out to us on her trip to Canada and she came by for a BBQ and visit! Our friend Britt (who also came on the trip AND is a local and rocked my recent bootcamp) and her boyfriend came too, and it was so great to have a mini reunion.
Saturday night after a workout at CityFit, Mikey and I went to the cheap theater to see “The Water Diviner” – SUCH a great film and story starring Russell Crowe. The above picture? All the food we smuggled in to watch it! I was so embarrassed because I forgot my purse and ended up using my gym bag – it was HUGE! Watermelon, dinner pieces, raspberries, my water bottle…but at least we didn’t eat any candy! 😉
Speaking of the workout, check out the thoughts behind why I worked out in a sportsbra in this video on my Instagram channel:
And after a great morning at church and lots of errands around Calgary, I snuck out for a gorgeous 7.15 mile run along the water in a half-sun, half-cloudy day. It felt great until the end of the run, when I slowed considerably and my ankles started to hurt a bit. But I made it! Out and back and, for the most part, an enjoyable run and time outside after not pounding the pavement for quite some time.
(Of course I stopped long enough to take a selfie – but only for about 2 minutes!) 😉
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So. Summer fitness. It’s about being flexible, going with the flow, and having fun while maintaining what you’re after! There’s never a stopping point when it comes to your fitness levels; it’s a moving target. What are your goals? Give it some time. And stick with it.
More on this soon, but in the meantime, do you have any goals you’d like to share over the summer? Or any fun weekend events that transpired?
Live well & be well, and catch you soon!