Have you guys ever heard of Tony Robbins? I mentioned him in a post regarding morning routines. His morning routine is really cool (literally). He does Contrast Bath Therapy and a thing called Priming every day. Check out the post.
I’ve heard about him for quite some time but never really got into learning about his teachings and such, but for the last year I’ve been really trying to improve my overall physical and mental health, my finances, and my relationships, to truly be the best version of myself and he was a common denominator in a lot of my findings.
I’m a big fan of TED Talks (if you’re not you better get on it!) I saw a Ted Talk featuring Tony Robbins …one of most viewed videos by the way…..and his energy & knowledge blew my mind and I wondered how does this guy get all of his energy. I want that energy!
He does a number of seminars every year and I really wanted to experience what he does up close and personal. He has a couple of seminars that we could choose from so we decided to sign up for the “Unleash the Power Within” seminar in Chicago. It was life changing— truly life changing. I am truly at lost for words on how to describe what these 4 days (long days I might add) did for me and Catie. He really goes deep into our psyche & subconscious to help us discover what our limiting beliefs are, to help us uncover the person we really want to be, where we want to be in our life, and most importantly how to get there. The simple (and very summarized) answer is that we need to change our physical, mental and spiritual State.
On week 12 of our training to hike Mt Rainier, we did a 9 hr hike so that pretty much sums up the week!
We were getting too comfortable hiking Crowders Mountain and Umstead Park so we needed to change our location. We decided to climb Mt Mitchell. For our Mt Rainier hike we will gain almost 10,000 feet in 2 days so we needed to train in a similar environment. Mt Mitchell doesn’t elevate that high but is the highest peak east of the Mississippi and the only peak close to us.
Mt Mitchell is located 127 miles northwest of Charlotte, NC and about 32 miles northeast of Asheville, NC. It’s the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains at 6,684 ft. and it’s beautiful up there! Driving through the Blue Ridge Parkway is awesome! I really wanted to drive a bit more while we were in the area but we needed to get hiking.
These 2 weeks were a bit of an adjustment just to get back into my regular training to climb Mt Rainier. I really enjoyed my time in Brazil and the pace of life down there!
I took 3 days off in week 10 to slowly get back into my weekly schedule, but was able to do a couple of Crossfit workouts, stair intervals and a long hike on Saturday.I was planning just to take 2 days off this week but Saturday was a long night! Catie and I went to a Justin Timberlake concert and then we went out with a friend we haven’t seen in a while, so a 5 hr hike plus a long night….a day off was required! The Saturday hike was the longest we’ve done so far and we needed to take snacks, lunch and plenty of water. For the hikes we’ve done prior to this one we’ve only taken water with the exception of the 4 hr hike in week 8 when we stopped and had some Açaí!! This hike was an excellent opportunity for us to start planning and trying the actual food/snacks we will be taking when we climb Mt Rainier. RMI Expeditions offers a meal plan for the days we will be up in Mt Rainier but they don’t offer a gluten free option.
As I mentioned to you guys on a previous post Açaí na Tigela is the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life!
I first had Açaí on my first trip to Brazil in 2013 while I was learning Portuguese in a city called Vitória in the state of Espírito Santo. My teacher recommended that I try Açaí na Tigela so she took me to a restaurant called “Acai.com” (there’s no website it’s just the name of the place), and my love for Açaí began! But before I go into a tantrum on how heavenly delicious Açaí is, I’ll give you some info about it that I found very interesting.