Hi everyone! Well, it’s been an incredible week away filled with adventure, new experiences, family time with two of our favorite families around and lots of meaningful conversations – on and off camera. Here’s a quick glimpse via photos of what we experienced as we continued filming our next Survive & Thrive Productions in which we’re following the process of Brock’s metastatic liver cancer and its effect on his body, heart and family:
Road trip to Washington after a flight from Calgary to Vancouver! Brock, Ben, Kristin and Mikey and I.
Happy to have made it!
The view from the cabin we stayed at; so grateful to Ron and Sherry for their kindness and hospitality!
Blurry but fun: controlled chaos (in the best way possible!) at the Bryant household. Sharing meals in community (and seeing this family of 5 again) was refreshing and life-giving! Working again with HandsOnFilms was great, as usual.
Mikey and Kirstin, chatting on the beach.
Waiting in line for the ferry (and playing frisbee! Only hit 1 car, score!) from Anacortes to Orcas Island.
On the boat during our kayaking trip with my man – so happy to be on the West Coast and in the sunshine!
Boats prepped to go!
Caleb running (with Ben close in tow above) at our beautiful campsite on the kayaking trip with Outdoor Adventures.
On Yellow Island, a nature conservatory island in the San Juan Islands that only allows 12 people at a time to be on it. A great treat during our kayaking trip.
Love these succulents growing out of the rock! So coastal.
The guides at Outdoor Adventures served us so well and loved us through their kindness and incredible food! We felt the love (and full stomachs).
Nothing beats those ocean sunsets…
I wanted to touch on something that’s changed for me over the years as I’ve grown and matured and as my mindset towards health and fitness has shifted. I typically don’t workout on our expeditions (even 10, 20 minute bursts), which is different than when I’m on vacation or traveling for a conference or to see family. I love checking out hotel gyms and enjoy getting up while Mikey’s sleeping and exploring a town with a short run or hitting it hard with a quick, effective workout in the gym or outside. But on our expeditions it’s a different story. I used to workout and would do push ups, squats and other body weight exercises and remember days of getting up bright and early before we got on the water for a week long river trip and running 10 miles on a highway, using the mil markers on the side of the road to clock when to turn around. It’s kinda neat I did that but also kind of crazy for me to think I did that, because it seems like so much extra effort and care and when I’ve come to realize WHY I’m there in the first place: to love the people around me.
My focus on these expeditions is not maintaining my body, keeping up with my training, or worrying about the options at lunch (often it’s chips or Wheat Thins, white wraps and the like), it’s about being present with the people around me. Allow me to elaborate:
As much as I like the idea of being a free, no plans, play it by ear kind of person, I like routine. Or maybe it’s my body that likes routine. I get up, have my hot lemon water (with cayenne or cinnamon for some metabolism boosting power!), then my cup of black coffee and a big, healthy breakfast. I walk to work, train my clients, always squeeze my own workout in and usually have a green protein smoothie for lunch. Then it’s a few more clients and a walk home to eat dinner, connect with Mikey, have tea and hit the hay. And I like that routine.
But I also love traveling – the unknowns, the ups and downs, the unexpected. Camping is a blast and so are expeditions like extended river trips, climbing trips and just periods of time outside. However, with that comes foods I don’t normally eat and a routine that doesn’t always include solid nights of sleep, intentional movement or workouts.
On our trips we kayak, hike, raft, sail and live life with young adult cancer survivors and their supporters, and everyone is at different physical abilities. Although the movement was important to me, I learned over the years of doing these trips that maybe my workouts and bursts of movement could be misconstrued by others who are unable to move easily or are struggling with post-treatment side effects. I stopped feeling like it was necessary for me to work out and realized that one week of not working out and eating different foods is not going to affect my body any more than a perfect week of clean eating and tough workouts. Plus, my focus has shifted to why I’m there in the first place.
From our Grand Canyon trip with some beauties last year!
I got back from the trip last night after snacking on gummy bears, kettle chips (so good!), peanut butter wraps…you know, not my usual foods. I didn’t do a single pull up, interrupting my PLP Challenge and losing some strength (as I found out in Friday’s workout!), squat or push up and didn’t feel guilty about it. I didn’t go for a run or wake up early to do anything, but simply enjoyed being “off” and in the moment with those around me. I typically don’t pack different snacks or meals like protein powder, bars, supplements and the like. Sure, it’s tough to get back on track after some time off, but it also feels good to be able to take that time away and not worry about my body or habits. Such freedom! Plus, when you’re back to your routine, enjoying that lemon water and hitting your workout stride, it feels good. Your body is ready for less junk and more greens, for morning walks and pull ups again.
I did the “Filthy 50” for some total body conditioning Friday and it rocked me! Took me 38 minutes but I finished and was happy I got it in. The workout consists of 50 reps (take breaks as needed and pound through this workout!) of:
- 50 Box jumps
- 50 Jumping Pull Ups (tried to jump as little as possible to work my back again!)
- 50 KB Swings(I used 16 kg for these and did them unbroken)
- 50 Walking Lunges (total)
- 50 Knees to Elbows
- 50 Push Presses (I did 35 lbs getting back in the groove!)
- 50 Back Extensions
- 50 Wall Balls (I used a 14 lbs ball)
- 50 Burpees (phew! hurts so good!)
- 50 Double Unders (practice makes progress)
So there you have it. A quick trip recap (I’ll save the details for you to watch when our film is produced in who knows how long – such an unknown with documentaries!) and my thoughts on working out on our expeditions (which, again, differ from holidays or vacations but are conscious decision on my part all the same).
Are you able to let it go for a week and relax about getting out of your routine? I’d love to hear how you thrive best and how your flexibility helps or hinders your fitness goals.
Have a great long weekend to my American friends and a spring-like one to my Canadian friends! Live well & be well,