Hey guys! I hope you all had a good weekend! If you’ve been on a Survive & Thrive trip, you know that every night after dinner we do high’s and low’s around the circle, giving everyone a chance to voice their low point (flipped my boat, felt out of my comfort zone, sunburn, etc) and their high (or multiple highs – which often include boat flipping too). 😉 Life isn’t all about just being positive – it’s about holding both the good and bad simultaneously (like I shared about in my last post). I thought I’d start the week off in the same way with some highs and lows from the weekend. Ready? Let’s do this.
I like to start with my low’s and end on the high’s – so the first of the weekend is:
Low: I was sick. Yep. Still! Blarg. What a downer! You know the worst part? It’s boring to be at home watching tv – your eyes can only take so much! Just a really bad cold that had me on the couch for 2 days, cancelled clients, low energy and a very raw nose.
High: I got to watch several interviews of The Women’s Strength Summit! You can still sign up for free and watch some pretty amazing interviews with bad-ass women in the world of health, fitness, nutrition and mindset/body image hosted by Steph Gaudreau. You can sign up here if you’d like to tune in, too (I just signed up for free; if you pay you can archive the interviews and have access to them forever!). That’s been a pretty great perk of being home!
Low: Mikey worked all weekend – super busy teaching a digital storytelling course at Wellspring during both weekend days and busy editing films at night – and I was at home with nothing to do but without a way to help him! Much nicer when we’re on the same page, but that’s life!
High: Without too much to do, I embraced the couch, those aforementioned short walks, got some laundry done, but also got the chance to talk to my mom a lot on the weekend (and a good friend on FaceTime)! PLUS… I booked a ticket home in May! I’m so excited to see family and have time to just be with them, talk, drink copious amounts of black coffee, drive along the coast with good music… It’s going to be great.
Low: No real movement since Tuesday. I moved a little bit when I trained some clients Saturday and took a walk with a good friend and her very darling new baby, Madelyn, on Sunday, but besides that it’s been very low-key. I’m itching to move!
High: My appetite hasn’t decreased! In fact, I’ve easily been eating the same amount – sometimes more thanks to sugary foods that I can actually taste – than workout days. At first this wasn’t a high – not even close! – as I thought about how much sitting I was doing and questioned why I’m not one of those people who loses their appetite when sick… But then I remembered something I’m trying to practice myself: the truth that you don’t need to EARN your food. You don’t need to have a cheat meal, have completed a hard workout, have fasted all day. You can still eat when you’ve overindulged OR eaten “clean;” when you’ve had a great day or a bad one. Food is just food. And this was a good opportunity for me to put that into practice.
Low: This is a long stretch, through the winter into spring, until summer hits when we get a break with Survive & Thrive summer trips and fun adventures outdoors. Mikey and I really focus on working hard for several months, then taking a break for some outdoor adventure, then repeating the process. He is feeling pretty stressed in life and I was reminded that we’re powering through this season, focusing on what lies ahead.
High: The weather in Calgary has been beautiful – very spring-like! – and has made everyone pretty happy around town. Plus, we got a permit for the Yampa River in northwestern Colorado and are doing our first friend trip (ie: not for Survive & Thrive) this summer! It’s been so long since we’ve done a trip with friends (really, we haven’t since university) and we cannot wait!
We’re taking inflatable kayaks and reunited with friends from the Outdoor Club at Trinity Western University; it’s going to be an awesome adventure.
And I’m going to leave it on that note – adventure awaits! In the meantime, I’m grateful to love what I do and to be reminded to appreciate my health – I’m still pretty stuffed up but I’m feeling better and actually excited to get back to work today! So, now I’ll throw it to you: share a high and low with me from your weekend! Have a great start to the week and I’ll check in with you guys later.
Live well & be well,