Riding bicycle and climbing mountains to meet and interview fellow survivors!
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Well it's the middle of the third week of the new year. My massive cold has ebbed. It was a rough one. The whole family got sick. It's made me really think about nutrition and exercise. I have been spending most of my time working on our apartment. I got the kitchen almost done.
I also got our living room fixed up. I still have a lot of work to get done. The changes in these spaces have really made everyone feel more comfortable. I'm happy with the progress and excited to get it done so I can start spending my energy on producing content and get out and ride my bike everyday.
I have really worked hard and the space has come a long way. I'm really proud of the work.
I have been spending all of my energy on getting this work done and almost no energy on my nutrition and exercise. I got to the point to where all I was eating was #Ensure and meats. Maybe I would have some rice or potato, but that was about it for the last month or two. I made a few smoothies and drank some Boathouse Farms drinks, but nothing like what I need. My body just feels like crap and my pain levels are super high. I can tell my body has not been getting what it needs.
Well now that I have most of the hard work done I can start spending more of my time and energy on my health. Tonight I made a smoothie out of two beets, a cup of spinach, four large kale leaves, a large lime, two cups of Greek yogurt and a cup of a berry Boathouse drink. I drank half of it tonight and will drink the rest in the morning with my oatmeal.
My goal is to eat a fresh beet everyday. I'll be blending them into smoothies. I'm not worried about eating organic. It would be nice, the beets I got were organic, but I just don't have the money to afford organic. i use to think I needed to eat organic, but any vegetable is better than my meet and starch diet. I don't eat fast food except on rare occasions and if you're eating junk food there is really no point in worrying about organic.
Back in the day when I was eating really good this would be a few days worth of veggies and fruits. I really hope to get back up to this point again in the near future.
There was a point not to long ago when I would ride by bike 50 miles day. I'm in pain all day every day and the only time my pain is under control is when I'm on the bike, maybe it's just that I'm in pain anyways so I might as well be in pain from riding my bike all day or climbing a mountain.
The family managed to get out and go hiking. I wish I could have gone, but I needed to keep working on the kitchen. I'm really looking forward to us all getting out and enjoying the NW this year. Lots of hiking and biking in our near future. We have a cancer survivor group hike up to the summit of Mt. St. Helens planned for May.
The Epic Big Ride
While I plan to start riding everyday I'm really excited for this summer. I'm planning my big ride for riding down the pacific coast again. I wanted to go someplace new, but decided to repeat the west coast ride. I'm going to try and ride all the way to Mexico this year. One of the main reasons for this choice is that I want to enjoy the ride this time. The first time was my first ever tour and I packed way too much stuff and it was really hard pulling 100+ pounds of gear up and down all the coastal hills.
Another reason for choosing this route is that I have a lot of friends all along the coast and this will allow me to invite other survivors to join me on this epic adventure. I'm really hopeful that I can inspire a few survivors to ride for a day, or a week, or even the whole tour. That would be epic and really inspire many. I'm excited and looking forward to the rest of the year and meeting cool people! I really enjoy talking to people about what I'm doing while on the road. I spent so much time in a shell not even willing to talk to people because of my voice, now I live for it. I have met people from all over the world. This is really going to be super Epic!
I hope to see you on the road.