This has been a very busy week for me. One of my sisters was in town from Toronto and we were trying to cram as much in as possible with her, especially on the weekend. We had an awesome day on Saturday at the Vancouver Aquarium (so much fun with a toddler – no that is no sarcasm you hear in my voice, that is total sincerity), a drive up to Whistler (our first time too) and we were lucky enough to catch the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra play in the Olympic square. Which I was so impressed that my little Q man sat through quietly and clapped in all the right places. He melts my heart when he looks at me with his big blue eyes and smiles while he says “Mama, dats music” pointing to the orchestra. Adorable!
When Sunday came along I decided to take advantage of my sister being here and make her babysit. Several weeks ago my husband suggested that we try The Grouse Grind Trail but we didn’t have a sitter to take care of Q. Finally we did, so I jumped on the opportunity to be toddler free for a couple of hours. Somewhere in my excitement I must have forgotten, or maybe didn’t hear my husband when he said it was stairs straight up a mountain. Yeah, I’m pretty sure I just didn’t hear him on that one because I was not prepared. I almost didn’t eat anything before going first thing in the morning thinking that it would be a leisurely walk up the mountain. Thank gawd I had a bowl of my home made granola before trekkin’ up there! Mama would not have made it otherwiseI’ve climbed two mountains before, but the trails were nice & easy, unobstructed paths. No stairs. One was up to the tea house at Lake Louise, the other was Tunnel Mountain. OK, was I in for a surprise! My heart was racing, I was sweating buckets (I know, just the vision you wanted of me) and I was about ready to rip my husband’s eyes out when we hit the 1/4 mark! I could not believe that it was only the 1/4 mark! Seriously, he got the angry death stare. I’m talking full on flames shooting from my eyes, steam bursting from my ears ready to kill him death stare. I told him he better go ahead…didn’t want to tell him how I really felt, but…I’m pretty sure he got the gist from ‘the look.’
I took a break, let my heart slow down and took a sip of water. I didn’t know if I could make it up. Either I turn back here at the 1/4 mark or climb the rest of these stairs to the top. What if this was my only opportunity to do this? What if I can’t do this? What if my body can’t do this? I thought. I was losing confidence in myself. When I used to get nervous before going on stage to perform, I would say to myself ‘If you can beat cancer, you can do this’. It always calmed me down. So as I sat there at the 1/4 mark on a cold damp rock, I lifted my heavy legs and repeated that in my head. Each step became easier. And, after a couple more breaks through the hike, I was at the top! I climbed a mountain! Holy crap, was it hard but the feeling of pride when I reached the top was AWESOME! It didn’t matter how long it took me or how many people passed me. I made it! I then gave thanks that my body was healthy enough to do a hike like this. I can’t wait to do it again!
Struggling to climb a mountain or fight an illness? What are your words of encouragement to yourself? Share with a comment!
- 3 cups of rolled oats
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- ½ cup frozen apple juice, defrosted
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup or honey
- 2 tbsp coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
- pinch of sea salt
- ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup goji berries
- ½ cup hemp hearts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix oats and almonds. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20mins, mixing half way through.
- In the same large bowl, mix the apple juice, maple syrup, oil and salt. Add the oat and almond mix and stir until all the oats are covered with the wet ingredients.
- Place back on baking sheet, baking for another 35-40mins or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
- While oats are cooling, mix together pumpkin seeds, goji berries and hemp hearts. When cooled(about 20mins), add oats and almonds. Place in mason jar for storage and enjoy with Greek yogurt or milk before you climb that mountain - or just anytime you want energy!