It’s Friday! And that means I’m shutting down and preparing to relax for the weekend. Well, sort of. We’re off again tomorrow morning for what we think will be the last trip for a while. Mikey and I leave tomorrow morning for Toronto to receive an award for Wrong Way to Hope and will be there almost a week before leaving this cultural city for the nation’s capital, Ottawa. We’re there for a few days to attend the Young Adult Cancer Canada conference and are excited to see old friends and undoubtedly meet some new ones. And last but not least, we’re flying into the States (to Austin, actually! – I’m lookin’ at you, Lindsay! ) for Lance Armstrong’s Young Adult Alliance conference. Whew. It’s going to be a whirlwind next two weeks. It must seem crazy reading about our adventures – we seem to be here and there so often! – but there is a lot of normalcy to our lives too, even if it doesn’t make it on the blog. I’m building up my client base (wahoo!) and am anxious to return to more regular training and Mikey’s really enjoying his job at the cancer centre. I was there earlier today to pick him up and still can’t believe that he now works at the very place he was treated for cancer 3 years ago. Wow! This once-difficult and life-changing experience has opened up a whole new world to us with the outdoor adventure trips we lead, with the growing exposition of our film, and with the chance to speak at different conferences and retreats. It takes us here and there and outside of “regular life” from time to time, and while sometimes we get tired of that and still feel behind our peers financially (living in the basement) and life-wise, we’re grateful for every experience.
Today was a good day, despite waking up to an email cancellation from a client (it happens!). We had so much to do with Mikey’s full Friday at work and with all our presentation and personal gear to pack that it ended up working out for me not to train today. I ran a bunch of errands, packed, and had a super solid workout at home in the basement. Here’s what I did:
100 reps Burpee-Push Up-Row, 10 lb weights
(breaking briefly every 10 burpees)
Do each exercise for 20 seconds with 5 seconds rest between; repeat 5-6x:
Leaning Push ups (aka sliding push ups here)
Plank knee to elbow reach
Core- 20 seconds of each with 5 seconds rest; repeat 4x:
Tricep push ups
Phew! The total body move wiped me out by the end and took about 16 minutes without rests (I was a bit lame and only timed the movement parts, but the total time is important because too much rest defeats the purpose!). Then I knew I needed a little something extra after all my breaks and decided to do the above rounds after reading it on Lindsay’s site. It happily wiped me out – I flopped down on my back on the ground afterward breathing heavily – just what I wanted! Over so quick but so effective. Click the link above for her full workout – I’m going to save this one for my travels in the next two weeks! And to recover? A post-workout protein powder green smoothie. Looks gross, tastes delicious (to me, anyway!):
In more exciting news (although I hope some of you are excited by that workout above – it’s a good one! ), last night we partook in one of my favorite Halloween activities: pumpkin carving! Mikey and I each chose our designs and got to work. [Spoiler alert: I am not fancy or talented. Mikey is. He looks photos up for inspiration and goes to town; I happily carve something that looks pretty much the same every year.]
Candles, pumpkin beer (my first of the season!), and good music set the tone.
Pumpkin carving with my man…I think it’s clear who’s the better carver.
Roasted pumpkin seeds with garlic powder, paprika, and some salt.
We had a great time. I’m not sure what, exactly, we’re doing on Halloween Monday since we’ll be in Toronto (I already looked up costume dress up races, but to no avail!), but the fact that we got our carve on made me happy. Skyping with my parents afterward was great too, since my mom is the queen of Halloween!
To close off the night and this post, I just wanted to share something I read to start my day off this morning from the book of James in the Bible. In chapter 1 verse 5, James writes,
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him…”
and in chapter 3 13-18:
“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from God is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
I have lately been asking wisdom from God, and actually often pray for this in my life. Why? Because the Bible is clear that God grants it to those who ask for it and ask with good intentions. I love the contrast between what our “earthly wisdom” is compared to God’s wisdom, and I most definitely want to be someone who’s described in verses 17 and 18: a pure, peaceable, gentle, open, merciful, fruit-bearing, impartial, and sincere woman. I’ve been praying for God’s wisdom with different training opportunities (staying solo or working with other companies/gyms) and for Mikey in his work situation and our life direction. As we head into the next two weeks I pray for this wisdom in my interactions with the survivors and supporters we’ll meet – to know what to say, how to love others best, and how to be sensitive to wherever they’re at. We just received a phone call tonight from a good friend who just got some bad news about their cancer…it’s times like these that I want to display the wisdom that’s from God and be there in the way they need it. I pray for wisdom in my priorities when it comes to working out versus spending my time in other ways, conscious of how this can affect others. And if my jealousy or selfish ambition ever cloud my judgment and alter how I pray, I hope God will be delicate to deal with me mercifully, as I’m always battling my flesh (as the other Lindsay pointed out the other day).
It’s easy enough for me to keep my workout focus and say no to baked goods late at night (after a few sample bites ), but it’s often harder for me to have discipline in the areas of my life that really matter. So here’s to the right focus as I head out with Mikey to love others and live well – and my prayers are the same for you! Have a great weekend (and a HAPPY HALLOWEEN! ) and I’ll see you from Toronto!