Hey guys! Welcome to the weekend (end, end, end)! That’s my own personal echo in case you couldn’t tell. What are you up to today? I had a great morning workout (first since my 18 miler…I can only imagine how fatigued a marathon or more would make your legs – mine have been dragging since then!) that wiped me out but also made me feel strong. Then I trained two morning clients, something I said I’d never do on a Saturday, and actually really liked the incentive to get up early, get in my own movement, and go motivate others. A great start to the day!
You might be wondering about the title…did you know that wine and waffles go really well together? …or maybe we were just hungry last night. After spending most of yesterday working in a coffee shop with Mikey and then meeting a friend (at another coffee shop! ha!) and catching up on life, we headed home for a date night in. First up? Dinner. I was starving and did the dreaded deed: ate what I found instantly and THEN made food. Oh well. I didn’t overindulge and I hadn’t eaten much after being out all day (I try to pack foods with me wherever I go rather than buy, save for a coffee or tea out) and felt okay about it. What was on the menu? Breakfast for dinner + wine…enter: wine & waffles!
Maybe not the healthiest of meals, but a fun one to make every now and then! It came together fast (using this recipe with a few substitutions), Mikey made his version of his mom’s strawberry glaze, and I topped mine with Greek yogurt and Angela’s healthy chocolate chia seed pudding. All in all, it was packed with protein and some good nutrients, not to mention antioxidants from the wine!
We set up our projector (purchased for our cross-Canada film tour), found a fun movie on Netflix (“Unstoppable,” based on the true story of a runaway train and the guys that rescued it and saved a town!), and had a nice quiet evening in.
Our set-up, computer to projector & my dashing husband.
We’re going out to a friend’s birthday party tonight so we had no qualms with staying in tonight, and often feel like it by the time Friday rolls around. More often than not, do you guys go out Friday nights or opt to stay in?
More importantly, would you go out to the Real Deal Bonspiel ?! Allow me to elaborate, and please stick with me to the end.
Some of you may know that my husband and I formed a non-profit organization, Survive & Thrive Expeditions (STE), in the summer of 2009 after his cancer diagnosis and post-treatment. We realized we could combine what we were doing before cancer (working as outdoor guides) with our new reality and the idea of taking young adult cancer survivors on outdoor adventure trips was born (click here for a more thorough backstory!). Our aim? To give survivors a space, free from the demands of jumping back into work and relationships and technology, to refocus on the present and rebuild their lives in light of what they have learned about themselves through cancer.
STE is dedicated to combining travel, adventure and in-depth reflection and exploration of the cancer journey into one unique life changing experience. We already have 14 young adult survivors signed up to go on a trip with STE this summer (and lots of interest), but this year we do not have any funding partners (yet!). We need your help to cover some trip costs and to create participant stipends to help a survivors pay for their trip. If you are in Calgary, sign up to come to the Real Deal Bonspiel fundraiser and join us for a great night of curling, themed-team-costumes, delicious food, and contributing to survivors! If you can’t come you’re free to make a small donation here if you’d like: http://www.survivethrive.org/donate
The great thing about donating to a small, non-profit organization like STE is that absolutely 100% of your donations goes directly to helping a cancer survivor. We have no office fees, benefits, or overhead at all! Your funds go straight to helping us help cancer survivors make the rest of their lives the best of their lives. So please help us give YA survivors a once-in-a-lifetime adventure experience where they can build relationships with other survivors and identify, process and apply the life lessons gained from their difficult cancer experience.
Every penny counts! Thanks for your time and support you guys; thanks for being such a wonderful community to draw on for help.
If you’re interested in our trips (and would like to come – supporters are welcome as well! – or learn more, check out these videos/links):
Kayaking the Owyhee River, SE Oregon
Sailing in Desolation Sound, British Columbia
Rafting the Grand Canyon, Arizona
Thanks for reading and for your support! We appreciate it so much, whether you help spread the word, donate, or attend the event (if the latter is the case, email me at bonnie (dot) lang (dot) fitness (at) gmail (dot) com).
Have you ever been on a trip like any of the above? Have the desire to? I LOVE these kinds of trips…unplugging, getting out into the wilderness, and enjoying real community while pushing myself physically.
Catch you guys later! Live well & be well,