Well, I never thought I’d be sending a post from Saskatchewan, but here I am, posting on the road from the RV in sunny Saskatoon! The scenery, life, people, and experiences have been different from one province to another, starting in Victoria, Vancouver, the Lower Mainland; moving to Edmonton after a Calgary snowstorm; and now after being in the cities of Regina and Saskatoon. It’s been an incredible experience thus far (you can follow along with our exploits here!) but I thought I’d address what I’m learning health- & fitness-wise on this trip so far.
Exercise: I’ve been able to keep up with a fairly regular routine of running (almost) every other day and doing (occasional) push ups. The running has been great for several reasons:
- It’s given me a chance to see other sides of the cities besides the walking streets and from the back seat in the RV.
- I’m finding these screenings, the traveling, the late nights and early mornings invigorating and yet draining as well as invigorating. Running seems to do the same thing for me – invigorate me physically and even emotionally but also leave me feeling like I had a good workout, whereas completing a workout (body weight or even a TRX workout) is more draining to me right now.
I wasn’t able to run the morning of my screening in Regina because I was up so early to be at the hospital by 7 am (and let’s be honest – I am one tired woman these days!), but after bussing north to Saskatoon that afternoon and resting up that night, I was ready to move the next day. We all slept in and I awoke ready to roll on a gorgeous afternoon; my 9 mile run became my warmest run of 2011 so far! I should have worn my running skirt (those running tights might officially be packed away until next winter now!) but was happy in my capris and tank top – what a beautiful day! It’s so fun to run in areas where spring is starting to show itself, and running along the river front was a great way to experience Saskatoon.
I’m 100 push ups in to my day already (as I type this it’s just after 12 pm) and I’m slowing starting to add push ups back into my daily routine. I’m looking forward to finding ways to squeeze some strength training back into my life, especially as I’m seeing some muscle definition disappear, and you all know how much I enjoy being and feeling strong!
So all in all, exercise is keeping me sane, but I think I’m ready to bump it up a bit and become more consistent with strength training, as that’s what I’m beginning to miss…it’s time to make my body my machine!
(Plankin’ it up with my body in the darkness while we drive! The bouncing definitely works my core stabilizer muscles in a different way!)
Eating: I’ve been really surprised with how doable it’s been to eat well as we’ve traveled. It’s wonderful to have a mini fridge and the ability to stock up on healthy food. Not that I haven’t enjoyed a snack or two (it’s that time of year for Cadbury Eggs, and let’s be honest – if we have a freezer you know we’ll enjoy some ice cream here and there!), but I have happily indulged in many-a-spinach salad and morning porridge with cinnamon, sunflower seed butter, and blueberries.
(Starting the day out as usual: trying to steal Mikey’s blueberries after my own complete breakfast…they just taste better off someone else’s plate! Can I get a HOLLA for the “wife bite,” anyone?!)
(A great meal out with friends – Cassandra and I split the Mediterranean Plate and I had a great mushroom barley soup on the side. Last night I had a delicious veggie burger and side salad that I turned into a veggie salad (wasn’t hungry enough for the bun) that was made up of oatmeal, flax, sunflower seeds, and included bits of peppers, sprouts, carrots, and fresh lettuce…this was at a pub, too! I was happily surprised!)
(Lunch in Regina with my ride and new friend , Cheryl: a spinach berry salad with feta and almond slivers, hold the dressing, “no thanks” to the bun, but an over-easy egg on the side to fill me up with protein instead! Always great options out there.)
All in all I feel like I’m making smart choices, fueling up properly, and taking advantage of both my ability to get up early (discipline!) and my free time to move! There are always healthy options out there eating-wise, even if it takes hunting for a grocery store or not just eating out at the first restaurant you see based on convenience. And it’s so worth it – to feel restored and renewed after a healthy meal and to feel rejuvenated after a run, even if it means sacrificing an hour of sleep. It definitely takes more effort and intentionality to find ways to stay fit on the road when living and traveling in an RV with 3 other people, but I’m enjoying the challenge because staying active and eating well is more than a goal – it’s a lifestyle! And if I can do it from the road and others can do it under hard life circumstances, you can too! Start with little steps, don’t be afraid to make commitments, stay engaged, and remember to be kind to yourself in the process:
I’d love to hear how you guys are doing! I’m keeping up with your blogs and lives as I get the chance (whenever there’s internet we all madly get work done and then seem to leave as suddenly as we came!), and I’m sorry for the lack of comments – dialogue makes the (blog)world go ‘round! Anyone have any stories from the prairie lands of SK?! Do share, and keep moving lots, eating well, and treating yourself and others with kindness as you strive to live a holistically healthy life! Catch ya on the flip side,