The Fit Travel Show

Episode 14 - Sara (@livefreewarrior) and Javier on Preparing to Live Your Best Life

November 12, 2019 Season 1 Episode 14
The Fit Travel Show
Episode 14 - Sara (@livefreewarrior) and Javier on Preparing to Live Your Best Life
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The Fit Travel Show
Episode 14 - Sara (@livefreewarrior) and Javier on Preparing to Live Your Best Life
Nov 12, 2019 Season 1 Episode 14
Maryssa and Mike Randall
Interview with Sara (@livefreewarrior) and husband Javi, who share unique perspectives about living your best life, overcoming addiction, and sharing value with the world.
Show Notes Transcript

Today, we interview Sara Quiriconi and her husband, Javier Olmedo.

Sara is @livefreewarrior on Instagram and YouTube, and author of the book “Living Cancer Free: A Warrior’s Fall and Rise Through Food, Addiction + Cancer”. Javier “El Nino” Olmedo is a media producer, involved with multiple TV stations and famous Latin American artists who recently founded R90D which you can learn more about at www.r90d.tv

In this episode, we talk about many facets of fit travel, from tips for recovering from long flights, to tips and tricks about nutrition and exercise preparation. It was an awesome joy to have Javi and Sara on the show. They both have powerful stories, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy as they share their hearts with us today.

Our favorite quote from this conversation:

"The strongest swimmers don't swim with the current." - Sara Quiriconi

No transcript of today’s episode. We want to share this conversation with Sara and Javi, as if you were with us at a dinner table or in a coffee shop. :)

• Sara's Web/Social:

http://www.livefreewarrior.com/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCezoJy-GslJSO_FzsFetYew

https://www.instagram.com/livefreewarrior/

• Javier's Web/Social

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChIBCE0P-dGTlP64WPoyEIA


Quick Links to Sara and Javi's books:
Living Cancer Free
R90D



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Speaker 1:
0:01
In today's episode we interview Sarah Cura Kony and her husband Javier Olmedo. Sarah is at live free warrior on Instagram and she has a really cool YouTube channel. She's also the author of a book titled living cancer free, a Warrior's fall and rise through food addiction and cancer that's available on Amazon and we'll link it to the show notes. Javier also known as El Nino is a pretty famous media producer in Latin America. He was involved with multiple TV stations and several Latin American artists, very famous Latin American artists and he recently founded R 90 D which seems like a really awesome program that's coming out soon. You can learn more about that at www dot R 90 D as in Delta dot TB. Guys, one quick mention, the audio quality does get a little choppy sometimes throughout the conversation because we were on a wifi call. Forgive us for this technical difficulty.
Speaker 1:
1:03
We're just working on honing some of the tools and softwares that we use and we definitely want to aim to have the best audio quality for you guys, so thank you for your patience and go ahead and listen on in this episode we talk about many facets of fit travel from fit tips for recovering from long flights to tips and tricks about nutrition and exercise preparation. We really emphasize that principle in this episode. It was an awesome joy to have Havi and Sarah on the show. They're absolutely wonderful. We're really looking forward to sharing this with you. They both have their own really interesting, powerful stories to tell and they make a super awesome couple and I'm sure that you'll enjoy as they share their hearts with us today.
Speaker 2:
1:50
Welcome fit traveler. Thanks for listening in today as we dive into another fun topic where Marissa and Mike aim to deliver life-giving insights and encourage you to live a healthier, more adventurous lifestyle. Let's get into the show.
Speaker 3:
2:11
[inaudible]
Speaker 1:
2:11
we're saying, here we are. Hey guys. So, uh, on the call today, we have Sarah cure, Coney and Javier, all NATO, and they're in Miami today. Sarah hobby. How are you guys doing?
Speaker 4:
2:25
Great. Enjoying some sunshine today, getting through the work day creating and, uh, yeah, we're great. Thank you for having us here.
Speaker 1:
2:33
Awesome. So awesome. So we, we've introduced a little bit about your backgrounds to our audience, but, uh, I have a funny question for you, Sarah. This may hit home with you, but who is Sarah, can you tell a little bit, uh, to our audience about who Sarah and Javier?
Speaker 4:
2:52
Absolutely. Um, I mean, it's a loaded question. I originally from new England, I was born in Connecticut and, uh, 20 years thinking I'd get 10 years in Boston and now five officially in Miami. Uh, growing up in Connecticut was, I mean, the typical average child upbringing for say, you know, uh, I went to school in Boston and ended up coming back to Connecticut after leaving my first attempt at college. And I was struggling a lot throughout the teenage years with both eating disorders and alcoholism. So there was a, uh, toiled, um, a lot of mental health, uh, strain and stress and a lot of things to work through, a lot of self esteem and trying to fit in when really I never really fit in anywhere and I still don't, I realized that being in Miami, um, I studied design and art direction in college, which I got my first job out of college as a junior art director in a big ad agency, which was fascinating in every way.
Speaker 4:
4:06
And you know, when you first get out of college, it's like a, a dream job. And it certainly was a, at the time I was also laid off about two years later when everybody else lost their jobs in advertising in 2008 and 2009 that led me at the time, you know, two, two years on employment but also yoga. And that's where I started to practice yoga more often, not as it started as a workout. I'll be honest with that. And most people will think, ah, you know, that they either hated yoga and I hated yoga when I first started to, but give it some time and started to really see the benefits of how it helped to heal my mind and my body started to reconnect it after being disconnected for so many years. That led me to finding a job back in design, which I then left nine months later and decided I wanted to start teaching yoga full time to really pursue a path that was going to help heal and inspire their people to take care of themselves.
Speaker 4:
5:08
That you can heal yourself, that you can do this. Uh, that's where I get on the path of yoga, which then led to health coaching. Then led me to moving to Miami because I was like, I've had enough of this snow and I don't have all my lights. And that is where I ended up in Miami. I ended up divorcing my now ex husband who's a good friend and has full custody of my little Pippinger, the puggle. Um, he's an amazing dog, dad. And then later, uh, so I was teaching full time in Miami is a long story now. I was teaching full time in Miami and I had an event in Miami and that's where Javier came as one of the students and that was the first time that we overlapped. Didn't remember him and deli messaged me later on Facebook and asking if I wanted to be in some videos that he was filming. So it was like, okay, this is interesting. Sure. And I mean to, to speed up the process a little bit. We did a started filming but then realized that there was a deeper connection and that's where we had fallen in love, got moved in, got married very fast after. And that's about three and a half, four years now going on.
Speaker 5:
6:25
Congratulations. That's awesome. Congratulations. Yeah, that's really exciting. There's a lot to unpack there for sure. Yeah, yeah, of course. Oh well my story is a completely different, I never finished high school. I never try any sports. My family wanted me to play tennis, but I really wanted a new suit. Being a musician all my life. I ended up waiting high school and get a Java sign now, audio engineer, music producer. Then I started presenting in TV. Short story I dangers and I ended up managing three TV stations, five really well known music artists from Latin America. We want some Grammys, billboards. I traveled the world, 50 something countries selling concerts, TV contents and reduction. But at the same time I had to develop a serious issue with alcohol addiction. Too many pills I didn't use like illegal drugs, but I use every legal drug that I can have and I started gaining more and more weights.
Speaker 5:
7:33
I'm doing, I wasn't more than 300 pounds and I had a heart condition when I was very treat. So I got something in side that I decided to change my life. I quit everything, moved to China, then [inaudible] and I decided to start a different path. So I started studying yoga. Sarah said, I wrote a book, name isn't [inaudible] Roberta in 90 days because that was a time that took me to make the decision and scenes there I start creating content again, but in a different way, like creating more wellness. And BDOs of traveling food combining exercise. I finished an Ironman and I finished my money, dude. Wow, that's amazing. Yeah. I had to restart. I remember doing my first competition in the U S owning 300 minus $300 in my bank account, asking for all my friends to buy tires for my bike because I wanted to do that. And what I share now is that this is the land of opportunity to really do you have a hobby and like what you're doing and you have fun doing what you love. Then eventually people start paying for that. So that's what we collectively want to do. We create, we have the dream of being a dream to create a probable wellness show and keep working with music artists and mixing. I really love to mix music and to spend the most time I can.
Speaker 4:
9:00
Yeah, absolutely. We can relate a lot to that. We kind of feel similar, similar things as far as um, getting involved with the world of, of fit travel obviously.
Speaker 1:
9:11
Yeah. Yeah.
Speaker 4:
9:12
I hope so. That's your name and I forgot to add in there too. I'm a, I had cancer at 18. I kind of skipped over that part in high school. It's a, I skipped over that part, but I had cancer when I was 18, so that's 16 years cancer free.
Speaker 1:
9:28
Well, let's use that as a really great segue if that's okay. So we have some topics and some notes that we'd love to get to, but uh, you, you gave us a perfect window to talk a little bit about that, Sarah. So first of all, thank you guys both for sharing your backgrounds. I think that's awesome. Yeah, we'd love to talk more about the travel on the show before we sign off here. Uh, real quickly hobby. Uh, so you're originally from Mexico? Yes, sir. And where at in Mexico?
Speaker 5:
9:56
Mexico is still the most polluted and dangerous city.
Speaker 1:
10:00
Yeah. Uh, so I actually have a sibling that lives in Mexico. She lives in Guadalajara and her husband is from, uh, San Miguel day and day. I try to plug her any opportunity I can. Uh, because she's been there. Everyone asks like, Oh, so did she just move there? No, no, no. She's lived there for over a decade. Yeah. Wow. They have a wonderful family there. So any chance I have a, uh, an opportunity to cross paths with somebody from Mexico. I always like having that conversation. It's exciting.
Speaker 5:
10:34
I think it's not Miguel, it's a beautiful magic time and [inaudible] is the land of tequila. So
Speaker 1:
10:40
yeah. Yes. That's what we've heard. That's totally fair. So Sarah, coming back to you, so, uh, we had an opportunity to read through your book, which was really great. Uh, the, what's the complete title if someone was to search that on Amazon? It's called [inaudible]
Speaker 4:
10:55
living cancer free warriors. Yeah. A Warrior's journey through food, alcohol and cancer and how you can too, but living cancer free. We'll pop it right up there.
Speaker 1:
11:09
Yeah. So would you mind telling us just a little bit about how the book came about and you know, what the significance of having that name out there for people to read?
Speaker 4:
11:18
Definitely. And think I'm going to say to thank you for taking the time to also read through it, to have something to reflect on book itself. You know, when I talk about cancer and I have the physical cancer, something that is a misconception is that a cancer is just a disease. But I beg to differ because a cancer can be anything that is causing disease was in our lives. It can be a job that really is just so stressful. It can be a relationship that just really isn't working. It can be, you know, poor food that you're consuming on, you know, knowingly or unknowingly or you pretend not to know a lack of movement and just sitting for too long. Like all of those are different forms of cancers that can destroy your lives. That is so precious. So when we think of living cancer free, and that's where the title came up.
Speaker 4:
12:13
So I'm like, how do I encompass into wine and eating disorder, alcohol, cancer? And it's like, well they're all cancers. You'd be think about it. And that's where the tire really came up from those walking back from the beach one day. And I had the idea necessarily for a book, but just the phrase came into my mind was living cancer free. And I was like, that's the title of a book. And I was like, I didn't even know I wanted to write a book, but that's going to be the title of the book. And I started to think about how I would compartmentalize writing this, you know, like history, but then make it something that can also empower and inspire other people. I think it's, I think I shared this in the book too, it's interesting to give a history and a biography, but it's more helpful to also give people tips and tools on how to empower themselves.
Speaker 4:
13:07
So I found it very important. The first two parts of the book are about my history and pass the fall. Originally the fall of, you know, the downhill battles, but then the rise, what happened when I started to do yoga and to connect and to heal. And then the third part is the workbook, which is 52 just, you know, nothing mind blowing, but there are 52 tips that really helped me to empower myself to heal some of the wounds and to, you know, day by day. The last chapter are a part of the manifesto, the live free manifesto. And those are values that I hold true to myself whenever making any decisions, then it's, you know, does this align with the values that I'm trying to impose on other people, but in my living at myself. So I think I'm always a person who needs to walk my talk. And that is a big part of why, you know, a book puts you accountable for things. So are you doing it otherwise? Probably, you know, start walking your dog. But that's where the book originated from and where it has precluded today.
Speaker 6:
14:12
Yeah. That's great. Awesome. And then kind of along the lines of your book, but kind of moving forward into your lifestyle now, you talk a lot about how you've helped heal yourself from all of these vices and all of these, um, cancers in your life using yoga. So, um, how did you guys get into yoga? I kind of shared a little bit of your story, but how did you go from having these issues and healing yourself with sadness and with yoga? I think that is something that our listeners
Speaker 4:
14:42
have. You go here first. Do we have the issue with my weight? Of course on my heart condition and I realized
Speaker 5:
14:53
that first I couldn't run or swim or do anything. I was really, really overweight and I never moved myself from 13 to 33 I think I just used the elevators. So I remember the first class when they said seat comfortably, come lay in the floor and touch your stalls. And I was like, first, I'm not comfortable in the floor. Second, I don't think I can touch. That was the beginning and it's a discipline that I realized that you cannot bullshit or light to. You can cheat in a lot of things in your life, but I hit sand a CRO or oldest crazy poses that side of those. I didn't do that. To do that, you really need to be unshaved, you need to practice. And the second part is, is really important for me was learning something that called me and was meditating what I'm thinking, why am doing this? Because you have to breathe and move in a certain pace to be in a certain position. So it wasn't learning why, why I have to do this, why these will help me. And I didn't find that in any other kind of sort of you can say like so in the physical aspect that was so the teacher will talk a little bit more of
Speaker 4:
16:08
um, I think um, you know, similarly my, my start with yoga wasn't love at first downward facing dog either. It's like this is boring, it's sucks. I'm doing the same thing. How many calories am I burning? And it was really a, I hate, it was an Ashtanga class there. I remember in a gym that I was working at and I was working at the gym in college at the time to get the free membership and that's when I first started yoga. I was like, I don't like this at all. And they told me when I was going through chemo therapy, straight yoga is straight yoga. And I was like, I'm not doing that shit. Like that's really easy stuff. I'm going to go to the gym, do my weights. I mean lo and behold, it's not easy by any means. And some of the best shape that I've had has been from doing yoga.
Speaker 4:
16:59
But anyway, the path, the yoga originally started out really not liking it, but then continuing to go back and it was when I found, and this way encourage people, if you don't like a class, you don't like the teacher, you try three classes, keep trying and you can eventually find something that clicks for you. Because I think in today's day and age, there's so much out there that you can find a teacher, a practice that you connect with and not that you become attached to because that's not healthy either. But that you can then start to learn yourself. And that's what I started to do was I found a teacher that I loved. I was like, this is different. I want to keep doing this kind of stuff. And that led me to two years later doing my teacher training. And when I started to heal, that's when I knew that I wanted to teach and empower other people to do the same thing. And I don't teach anymore. I do like special events, but I don't necessarily teach anymore. But it comes through in the messages in the post and the shares and speaking and the content that you can always empower yourself to heal, to grow, to thrive.
Speaker 1:
18:08
100%. Yeah. That's awesome. And one minor details. So you guys mentioned that when you met, uh, I believe Havi came to one of your classes. That's how you guys first met. So Javier, at what point in your yoga journey where you, when you came to Sarah's class?
Speaker 5:
18:26
I did the teacher training. I tried first in India and then I finished my teacher training in Miami. I honestly walked in a school that physically was okay, but I didn't get the connection. Spiritual, what is a big part of yoga for me? I remember somebody told me the biggest practices outside the mat. So it was like, Whoa, that the rest of nights. And also something that I keep sharing is I do yoga for the sake of the world. It's not for me. My mood changes. I'm less aggressive, everything. So I remember going to this event cause I wasn't leaving in the living room of one of my friends with my daughter. I have nothing, I didn't have a credit or I couldn't renting if me and another friend told me, Hey, there's this event, the name is transcend. I think you should try it.
Speaker 5:
19:12
And it's that moment in your life that you need to try anything, whatever it is to the ground. So I went there, I did my practice and I remember it was 40 church. One of the four has a special movement in the hand. She did the service and that should guide that on the wards was like leaving three and go with the flow. And, and I turned that boys and something connected me. We didn't, we didn't do anything else. We just, I remember they took a group picture and I was standing just behind her and that's when I decided to send a Facebook message and said, you know what? I want to interview you. I want to share these kinds of words and impact many people. So that was the connection was I really wanted to feel her and I always got this side for TV. Like I said, I was really successful and to be so I think creating the continent, it was important. And I do the interview few weeks later and the beach and I let her talk about that, but I think it was a magical day. And the Starbucks
Speaker 1:
20:11
incredible. Thank you guys for sharing that.
Speaker 6:
20:13
That's awesome. Yeah, we have a lot of, uh, fit couples that follow us because we are a couple as well and we find that fitness kind of creates a unique bond in our relationship. And so, um, have you guys found that as well that you guys can connect a lot over health and wellness and how that translates to your relationship?
Speaker 4:
20:32
Absolutely. And I think we just had this conversation having, I had this conversation the other day in the gym, but it's nice that we can, um, stay accountable, uh, and continue to, you know, there's, there's no slacking off at the gym like day and it's been a part of my life, I think something and him being very candid and honest, that's what we said the other day too. I've always been active since the day was born. It's in my blood. It's what my family does. We don't stop. Uh, so I think I told him like, as long as you're with me, you will always be accountable. I can promise you, I will always keep it going. And I think that's great because if one person, and it doesn't make an impossible, but if you don't have the same mentality about taking care of your own self and me, and aside from the fact that, you know, attraction is a big part of a marriage, uh, and if one person doesn't care, you know, that can lead to some portion of disconnect, but also having a different lifestyle. Um, you know, that on top of can lead to disconnect. So having a similar mind so that I'm taking care of myself, my partner is taking care of himself. It gets you on the same, yeah, it's needed and it's gets you on the same page that we're in this to take best care of yourselves for the longterm, for myself, for each other for the week.
Speaker 1:
21:58
It's definitely a good motivator when you have somebody else who's grinding it out and you can't Slack off for sure.
Speaker 4:
22:04
No, he inspired me to try the rower. This one. I mean, I'd done the rower before, but he's been doing the rower every morning and today I was like, I gotta to switch it up. So I did some of the rowers, so I will be tired tonight. I think that entitles me to a little back massage.
Speaker 1:
22:20
Yeah, I agree. Hobby a hundred percent. The back massage is needed necessary. Yup. So we could go a lot of different directions here. I want to save some of the more tangible stuff that our audience, because you can use as takeaways for a few minutes from now because, uh, I'm really enjoying getting to know about you guys a little bit. So, um, if we can talk about, uh, your relationship and how relationships are important, uh, you know, as you're achieving the things that you want in life. And so for example, you guys talked about this traveling wellness show, you know, I can only imagine that it takes a strong connection between the two of you guys to, you know, keep a wonderful connection and keep a wonderful relationship but also to create and manifest these things that you guys both want to kind of put out into the world. And furthermore, your audience is going to recognize if there is any type of discourse or this content. So could you guys speak to us a little bit about that? You know, your, your perspectives or opinions on, you know, the importance of relationship and then how that relates to like being able to travel the world and being able to accomplish your goals together.
Speaker 4:
23:32
You want to leave that? I think when I met Sarah and I sent the message and we from the first day in the bitch, she told me something like my passport is going to love you to be in the
Speaker 5:
23:46
way that I was traveling before doing TV shows, concerts cause well known, but everybody that we were the last ones going to bed, we had this Gracie after bar. It's a lot of alcohol, drugs, everything that it's wrong. What's right is what you do. You create a part as you created as wrong things. So traveling Wessel was for me like my way of leaving, but I see when especially when you have kids, do you realize that you're have to build something better for them? If you hear the music right now, it's horrible and it's another, like we said about keys or ACDC is really terrible at doing now. So having the opportunity to travel to create something better, what's really attractive then comes the second part that you said that is really interesting. Being a partner and traveling with the same goal is not always CC sharing happiness and wellbeing. Luckily foods and it's super challenging with it. A couple of, I was at a retreat during one of the saddles retreat and I remember you get food poisoning and we did something in a robot. Then you have this challenge of the foods in this bank. So seeing in her eyes it's completely different. It's, it's beautiful to share to the world that whatever you are, you can choose to be healthy or be wrong. No. That thing, that's what we started with the,
Speaker 4:
25:07
yeah we called it like on your weird kind of thing and it's about making choices. That was in Fiji actually. We were in a press trip and Fiji I was doing some writing and everybody else was choosing, you know, whatever they had on the, it was supposed to be a, well I think it was supposed to be a wellness event. No, it was drinking lots of wine. It was imported meats, you know, eat whatever you want to eat. But it's like if you're promoting wellbeing and sustainability, importing meats doesn't really connect with me. But anyway, so I chose more of the vegan fair cause that's what I was more so eating at the time. And uh, you know, I was the only person requesting that and I was the only person asking for four plates of papaya and you know, that was me. So that's where kind of own your weird game from where I was. Like wherever you are, it's like that's who you are. Like respect cultures. I think that's important. If you're traveling somewhere, it's respecting cultures, but at the same time it doesn't mean that you have to change who you are. And that might overlap back into your initial question about relationships where you know, you don't always have to agree and things, but at the end of the day it's about finding a way and it's about finding something that the two of you can steer the ship together on
Speaker 6:
26:22
for sure. And I think that just like you guys were kind of alluding to, um, there are so many parallels between travel and the newness and excitement that you get and the feelings that you get and fitness. And so that's kind of where we found ourselves really loving the parallels of fitness and travel of new experiences and challenging yourself to step outside your comfort and challenging yourself to do a little bit more. Um, but also, you know, taking care of yourself and taking care of the culture and the things that you're experiencing. And so, um, can you guys talk a little bit more about why you love fitness and travel as a, um, as basically as a marriage? They are really, really, you know, they are synergistic.
Speaker 4:
27:05
You want to win. I mean, for, for myself, I find that typically when I'm traveling that I do more yoga and I think that's because you're seated long, you're seated, seated longer. You are in more confined spaces. Maybe you're limited on access to what you have at the gym. I mean, that's all, that's all excuses and BS too because you can really get a workout anywhere, which I prove and we proved time and time again at a gym in the room. Um, but that's also the incredible part of yoga is you don't need anything. You can stop, drop and stretch. And it's, you know, you can do it in the middle of the aisle, in row seven X. It doesn't matter. Uh, when it comes to staying fit and fitness with travel. I think you also align yourself with similar people if you are traveling and also even for work because if you're traveling to Chicago and have business meetings and then eat an evening, you have three coworkers that are going to the bar but you have one that's kind of like, I think I want to go check out the spin class. You will can connect probably deeper with the dude who's gone to the spin class cause you have a different mindset. So it's another way to also create community and connect with people. And I'm like mine that you can, you know, the same with marriage, it's the same. You're going to connect with somebody that has similar um, values to yourself that includes health. Health is a big value if you don't value your health. And uh, I know I respect you but you're not the warrior for me.
Speaker 6:
28:45
So Sarah, I have a quick followup question for you. What if you are that guy that's going to the spin class? Do you have any tips for that person? If you're kind of like the lone Wolf and you don't have anybody that can go along with you,
Speaker 4:
29:00
you know the strongest swimmers are the ones that go with the current, and I think the same goes true for people who choose your own path. Thank you. There are leaders and then there are followers and I would much rather be a leader than a follower any day. Having my own opinions, my own thoughts, and for that guy, you will be weird the first maybe four times, I promise you give it time. You're either going to turn one of your coworkers onto it or you're going to find somebody else that's going to make your time worth it because at the end of the day, their hangover is their shit to deal with in the morning. How you wake up the next morning is your own in your own thing to deal with.
Speaker 1:
29:43
Absolutely. That's true. Yeah. That's really good. How many, did you have anything you wanted to add to that topic?
Speaker 5:
29:49
Absolutely, yes. Because especially the thing that she said above and hangover when you were in a tour. I see the difference of waking up after five hours of concert, reading everything. I'm five hours drinking four and then my best example is last year Latin Grammy's in Vegas. I took the time to go to the gym. I run one hour in the morning and I was energized, feeling super happy, active everything and I ended up having pizza and salad in my room site. He didn't find anybody to to have a quiet night, but I was the only one happy in the morning. So that's what the stuff I think is just sharing and we do set about the excitement of course if you go to the different cities is when like when you try different sports for me was a triathlon or it's maybe yoga. You find different things about yourself if you are awake and aware. And I think exercise and fitness help you to be awake
Speaker 4:
30:44
[inaudible] in a conscious level. Yeah, I agree.
Speaker 1:
30:50
Yeah, definitely. So let's talk about that for a second. So you guys both travel a lot and you've mentioned, you know, you can find a way to be, to getting a workout in anywhere. So, uh, so two fronts. You guys can cover either one in either order, but with regards to exercise and nutrition, how do you guys stay healthy while you're traveling and while you're on the go? Uh, Sarah, I definitely want you to, to extrapolate on the topic of being a flexitarian,
Speaker 4:
31:26
my, my lifestyle, not a diet, you know, and I think it'll be great to get answers from both of us because something beautiful that we, we have the same vision for health. We have a very different approach to food. And I think that's to our benefit because it proves that there are multiple diets that work for different bodies and not one diet, not one way of eating is going to work for everybody. For myself, I, I'm a packer and a plan ahead person I always have with me. Um, raw nuts, bars, protein powders, oatmeals, uh, dates if I am traveling, you know, domestically it's grabbing fruits from the Admiral's lounge to bringing my own. So I have, uh, I have my own little bag of food to go and it's important for me to find a market or um, you know, usually if it's within the U S I will look for whole foods or something and have that ready nearby.
Speaker 4:
32:23
I think the biggest part for me, it's planning ahead and making that time and space to get the food that I want. But at the same time, going back to the flexitarian part, if we're in Spain and we did this, we're in Spain and the fish is fresh from the market and it's you how it's prepared and where it's caught from, I'm going to eat fish because it's, you know, it's, it's uh, it's sourced in a more sustainable, um, clean and non farmed way that that's part of also experiencing the culture. That's where the flexitarian part, you get also roll with it sometimes too. And it's less about fitting in one category to say, no, I can't because I'm vegan. It's like I respect that. But at the same time with my background with eating disorders, I'm always very careful to make sure that what I'm choosing is based on what I need, not just a category or a title. Awesome. Havi wrap it on his food and he's hungry. So now dinner,
Speaker 5:
33:33
well, you don't gain 130 pounds just because you're depressed. I love to be, that's for sure. I realized that if I'm eating better, I can eat more also. So yes. What Sarah said, I think part of what we look for now is which hotel has a better gym? Where is the nearest whole foods? Many people told me that eating healthy is more expensive and I can prove you that truest couched in a bar. It's much worse than a whole weekend. That's part of what we learn in the process. It's on the set of saying it. I like to try every kind of foods in, especially if it's fresh. You can read the ingredients. I think that's a good number rule know is if you can read the ingredients, you can process it and need it. So yes, finding what makes you feel better.
Speaker 1:
34:24
That's awesome. Any, any tips for like eating out, eating out at restaurants? Sarah, I know I read that your favorite meal eating out is a meal that you prepared. Uh, but let's say that you, you're rolling with the punches and you decide we're going to go out to a really nice dinner. Uh, any, any tips or things that come to mind for you guys to make sure that you're kind of staying on path? Or do you guys, you guys allow yourself kind of like a cheat meal from time to time?
Speaker 4:
34:49
You know, and I, I want to say too, I think it's really fun to go to restaurants in different cities because I think that's a way that you can really see how they're preparing the food, what's local, and you're going to learn any in a lot about yourself, but also really about the cult. That's the reason that you're going. So I think something that we are trying to implement and I'm, I think we do is we, you know, more when we're traveling sometimes. Um, I think that there's always options. And if, you know, finding a restaurant that has multiple different categories to choose from is not that hard. You know, we travel a lot to Mexico and a lot of Mexican food, you can find healthier options. You really can find healthier options in the, uh, I think it's honestly fresher many times more than what I have here in Los Estados Unidos to be honest.
Speaker 4:
35:44
I mean the avocados are so fresh and you know, a lot of the vegetables are really fresh and it's easy to do vegan in Mexico if you're looking for it. So it's, you know, you can always look at a menu in advance or you can see when you arrive and you're, you know, maybe ordered two appetizers and then you have something else after. Maybe you try something, have another meal, but be open to it. But you know, you don't have to go in line. But I'll also be open to ask if you can mix or match something on the menu too.
Speaker 5:
36:20
And that's, that's I think a key point. That side is bringing you to be open to try something. But also to be firm and say, you know what, I want this salad but I don't want this on the salad or you can prepare this as I like it. And again, I think we love, I love to cook so we can have X each and in the apartment and the hotel or whatever. I will always prefer to go to a market and something for us because we like to do that. I think that's something that we like. I think a good rule is that go to the restaurant, ask for what you want and don't be afraid to say please do it this way. Yup.
Speaker 6:
36:54
Yeah, we, we do. We do that a lot too. I think we try to promote speaking up and I think a lot of people are nervous to kind of, you know, push those boundaries a little bit and just ask for what they want. And that's what they're there for is to kind of help you get what you want and have a good meal for sure. So
Speaker 4:
37:12
we went down the singles on an airplane, how many times people just take the soda or they take cookies and it's like you really get to eat that crap. Like really? You can say no, you can't take home. You can ask more water instead and you can say no thanks. I don't want the pretzels or the cookies, but they all take them. But it's just, it just like auto, like they just, and then you say no and then the attendant looks at you like you shot her puppy. And I'm like, I just don't want your cookies. I brought some, I mean anything. So
Speaker 6:
37:45
that kind of stuff that you're saying we resonate with a lot. So like planning your meals out, planning ahead of time. Um, a lot of people don't think about planning their workouts and it's kind of a thing that we do naturally and I'm sure that you guys plan your movement and your yoga and things like that naturally. And so, um, do you guys do that ahead of time where you plan your, uh, your movement, your activities around your health and wellness or does that something that is just a part of your routine and you don't have to think about it?
Speaker 1:
38:12
Yeah. And I want to, I want to add to that question a tiny bit. So you know, again, similar to the nutrition topic, is that something that you guys also put thought into on the exercise side and uh, is it always yoga? Is it sometimes working out in the hotel gym and then Javier, for you specifically, do you try to use your own creativity or do you lean on Sarah's expertise as you know, a yoga instructor and um, although you guys both have plenty of experience in yoga, you kind of defer to her to come up with those creative ideas.
Speaker 5:
38:45
I definitely tried to be on my own. I tried to implement whatever I want. I try and I keep trying, but if she's around me, I completely realize whatever she said, like my posture, my shoulders. I realized that I had a lot of injuries, especially my neck because I was doing something wrong. And this applies for yoga, for even biking or even in the RA said if you don't know how to do something, please ask. Please. Especially, yes, I had an injury in India in an ashram trying to do a headstand because somebody pushed me in a wrong way. Um, and I think we're wouldn't have do yoga. I have, or at least me, I don't do yoga, whatever day. I do more like cardio. I liked Ronna, like use the bike, everything cause that's what I need. But definitely yes, if I can be coached by Sada, I love it.
Speaker 4:
39:44
I think for myself, uh, I mean I do yoga every day, but defining what is yoga. Sometimes it's five minutes, sometimes it's 20 minutes, sometimes it's 10 in the morning and 20 later at the gym. So it's doesn't have a 60 minute practice going to the studio doing this, it's, I really make it a lifestyle. And when it comes to the gym, I mean you always completely intuitive for me at this point. There's no, there's no planning. It's just like, what am I feeling? Oh I'm going to wiggle this way. But when it comes to the gym, I try to start with some cardio cause I hate cardio. But I also know that it gives me strength in ways that I need when I was going through chemotherapy and they said that there's no way to strengthen my lungs again. And I was like, that's the crap.
Speaker 4:
40:36
Sorry. Don't believe that at all. So it was like my life mission to prove them wrong. But um, no, and I know that cardio was a great, you know, it's, it's, we need it. So it's my motivation time where I'm watching YouTube and learning them there. But it's usually a combination of switching up the cardio and then doing some sort of weight training kettlebells, be it sometimes machines, uh, sometimes for weights. And typically it's been another little bit of stretching and then a little bit of vitamin D cause we live in Miami. So why not get 10 minutes of sunshine
Speaker 1:
41:12
of course. So, uh, a couple of things. So first of all we've got to say like a huge thank you for everything you guys shared so far. You guys have been wonderful. This is awesome. Um, I want to be respectful of your time and uh, kind of come down to a couple of bullet points, some tangible takeaways for our audience and then circle back to all the awesome stuff that you guys are working on. I want to learn about your online program and then also the travel and wellness show. Uh, so real quick, do you want to ask some bullet point questions?
Speaker 6:
41:44
Yeah. So our first one was what's one exercise or motive training that you love to use while you're traveling that you recommend to fit travelers that they can easily bring with them anywhere. And you guys talked a lot about yoga, but is there something else that you recommend?
Speaker 4:
42:00
Uh, hobbies, doing the arm motions, which you can't see and I agree with him, but the resistance bands are great to bring along cause they take up no space. They are so lightweight. You know, you can throw them in your carry on and you can work every aspect of the body. They're really one of the best. If you are bringing any kind of materials, they're wonderful. And if you're not using them, you can tie something up in your luggage with them. Yeah, absolutely. We use totally agree with that when we love our city
Speaker 1:
42:27
spans for sure. And then our next one is what location do you guys think that everyone needs to visit before it gets too late? Google. Mexico.
Speaker 4:
42:37
That's too late. That's already too late already. Too late.
Speaker 1:
42:42
Orissa has been, I have not. Oh man. It's, it's amazing. It's beautiful. Yeah.
Speaker 4:
42:47
Yeah, it is incredible. I don't have to say any one of the nicest places. Um, ah, I'm a big Island girl, but Aruba, I mean it's a, a rule is really beautiful and the Cayman islands is another one that I think is a little less tap that I always recommend. Some beautiful, safe and friendly Island
Speaker 1:
43:09
balloons. Awesome. So one, we don't like to belabor this point because we talk about it in other content, but one place a, I want to ask if you guys have ever been New Zealand [inaudible]
Speaker 4:
43:20
not yet. It is a short term bucket list.
Speaker 1:
43:24
Okay. So we uh, I think maybe because we've heard that so many times, like it's on the list. It's on the list. When Marissa and I started dating my bucket list number one was Australia and hers was New Zealand. So we decided that was like the first major trip that we took together. We went to New Zealand, uh, December of 2018 absolutely incredible. Like, please, please, after this podcast, go book your flights and go
Speaker 4:
43:54
[inaudible].
Speaker 1:
43:54
And we're a little bit biased because this is when we went, but we highly encourage going in like December, January, because it's right at the end of their winter, the beginning of the summer, you get to see some really incredible things that you don't see if it's like in the middle of the season and there aren't a ton of tourists. It was awesome. Yeah, it's perfect. But the reason we like to ask this question is because one of the places we went was, uh, were the glaciers and, uh, we were, we went to France, Joseph, but there's another glacier called Fox glacier. Well, the, the tour guides explained that the glaciers will not be there in about 50 years. So they're only going to be around for a short amount of time because the, the, well, the glaciers are melting, but they move about eight meters a day. Wow. So, and uh, even when we were hiking, we took a helicopter out because you can't climb up the glacier because it's moving so much. So we land on the glacier and the second we step off the helicopter, it was like a, like a scene from a movie. We heard this big piece of glacier, like fall off in the distance and come crashing down. It sounded like it was right next to us, but it was probably a couple of miles in the distance. So, and I was, there were probably some islands like that may not be here. And in a few decades,
Speaker 4:
45:20
Venice, I mean, same with Venice. And then same with even Miami. One more. So the last one is what is the top travel, fitness or relationship tip that you want to give our audience before we close? Keep inspiring each other, motivate, you know, be there for each other. It's, it's a team, travel, fitness partnerships. You're a team so you have to be each other's biggest cheerleader but at the same time be each other's biggest mirror. So it's being there for each other isn't always pretty, but it's um, what you can bring together. Cause in the end it's about we and it's about building strength together, fitness and as a relationship. Yeah, absolutely. And the same happens on the road. If you've got stuff wrong in your house at home, it's going to be wrong in your hotel room. Amplified. It's sometimes that trouble starts.
Speaker 1:
46:19
Yeah. Javier, I have a, a tangent question for you from that, that topic. So, um, Sarah you mentioned keep inspiring each other as a great tip, which I think is a phenomenal tip. Um, hobby. When you think of that comment, keep inspiring each other. How much of that is related to getting outside of your comfort zone?
Speaker 5:
46:46
Absolutely. 100%. But there says, I start saying something and it's, I don't want to be out of my comfort zone. I want to make my comfort zone bigger. Cause I really encourage people leave you happy with what you're doing. If you enjoy what you're doing, if you're comfortable in the weather or the CD, you're leaving food, you're having the exercise from the couple, you have the partnering crime that I have, it's perfect. Let's be more comfortable. That's what my end in life is right now.
Speaker 1:
47:17
[inaudible] awesome.
Speaker 4:
47:18
And on the boundary pushers going to keep like, Ooh.
Speaker 1:
47:26
Yeah. We just think that the idea of the zone is something that we're exploring a lot. And uh, I've, I've, it's my opinion
Speaker 7:
47:36
that, uh,
Speaker 1:
47:38
you know, most of our are extremely memorable experiences or the one, the experiences that we can't wait to share with other people are usually just outside of our comfort zone. It's like, Hey, we almost died in an Uber. Or like, you know, we were in a helicopter for the first time. Uh, you know, different, we went to this country and like,
Speaker 7:
47:56
I don't know, my, my, uh,
Speaker 1:
47:59
toothpaste exploded in my bag and we had to, you know, do a bunch of stuff and then we missed a flight.
Speaker 4:
48:05
That sucks. Yeah. Yeah. That's happened with my conditioner many times.
Speaker 6:
48:13
So yeah, I think that all travel, fitness, relationships, everything that you're challenging those boundaries is definitely where you grow. So
Speaker 4:
48:21
for sure. That's awesome.
Speaker 6:
48:23
So we're going to close just by having you guys tell us a little bit about your next project. So, um, Sarah you were saying that you have a 28 day online program and if our listeners,
Speaker 1:
48:32
I want to find you there, where do they go to find you? And can you tell us a little bit about that program?
Speaker 4:
48:37
Sure. The 28 days. It's a work in progress but it is also derived from the book living cancer free as something else that would have you and I have as a similar overlap is our passion to share what we've learned with other people through different programs and through our book, the 20 day program is 28 days to renew. That's teaching you new habits that you know, we fall off track. You don't have to reinvent your life, but this will get you back on track with some healthier habits. There's an, I mean like construction, um, especially in Miami. It is a work in progress. I'm aiming for an early 2020 launch, but the best way to find out is going to my website, live free warrior.com you can sign up for newsletters there, but that's where I have all the information for not only the 28 day program but currently what I'm up to, events, what I'm sharing and how best to connect with me, particularly through Instagram free warrior back. Yeah.
Speaker 1:
49:33
We love connecting with you there. Yeah. You post lots of really good content. And so you also have a, you guys are doing a retreat in the Caribbean.
Speaker 4:
49:44
Not that I know, but we can do it. You can, do I need to update the website?
Speaker 1:
49:49
Perhaps it could be just a note that I took. Not a big deal. Um, but tell us more. The travel and wellness show, is that the wellness passport series or is that something separate?
Speaker 4:
50:01
That's it. That's it. So you know, TB still thinks that there's no money in wellness, but I beg to differ with all the statistics that are out there. So I think sometimes do have dreams and sometimes you're ahead of your times and that's what we've kind of, we're not having children, but that pretty much is our child at this point. And it's, you know, when the right time for this fruit to then we don't know. But it's something that we continue to believe in and have faith in that you can learn from cultures when you visit them, that there is no one definition for wellness and the world can teach us that there's no Ayurvedic medicine from India to take in. And then there's Western medicine in California to learn about and then there's German studies of what they're doing. So it's, we all have different modalities, methodologies, but there's no one definition and that's really what the basis of the show is.
Speaker 4:
50:53
How do we learn from that? That's, that's awesome. Yeah, that's something that's right. I mean, you know, we would be all about listening to that. We're always curious about how other cultures and other places really value wellness and how we can overlap and learn from them. That's just so useful. For sure. So if you guys and your listeners can write into Nat geo discovery and we see in pull them that too will highly agree with you. The call to action, we'll put that in the show notes and tell them that that's what we need for sure.
Speaker 1:
51:30
So real quick guys, before we sign off. And again, thank you so much for joining us on the call. Where are you guys traveling next? We're a couple of destinations that you guys are traveling to.
Speaker 4:
51:40
Well, I mean we already mentioned, um, you know, to loom or going over Thanksgiving together, but uh, sometimes some trips are meant to be solo. So this Saturday I'm going, well if we can't timely this, but uh, coming up next, I'm being the kind of while hobbies in Mexico city. Oh, awesome. Awesome. That'll be fun. I form weather.
Speaker 1:
52:00
Yeah,
Speaker 5:
52:01
yeah. Well then we go to Connecticut after that too. He's going to see is no for the first time this time, there's no version here.
Speaker 4:
52:09
You've never seen? No, but we're going to have to see my family for Christmas, so I don't want to, I don't want to hurt him and I don't want to harm him. But I think it could be cool for you to see snow for your first time cheek of snow on Christmas. It is, and that's so exciting.
Speaker 1:
52:25
So Sarah, we relate to you a lot as well. Both of you guys for a well, so Sarah, I know that you came from the Northeast new England area down to Miami. We went from the Midwest to Houston, so that's where we're at. Very similar reason. Warmer weather, Javier, older sister, Megan, the time of year that she loves, I don't want to say he loves the most, but she absolutely loves Christmas time when she gets to come home and visit the family and the only thing she asked Santa Claus for every year, it's no.
Speaker 4:
52:58
Okay.
Speaker 1:
52:59
I think it will be a positive experience for you.
Speaker 4:
53:03
Yeah. [inaudible] sweater, you'll be fine.
Speaker 5:
53:06
Yeah, definitely going to take a picture and send it to you.
Speaker 1:
53:09
Yes. You may need snow shoes in new England though. They get a lot of snow.
Speaker 4:
53:12
My family ski and snowboard store, so he's covered in every aspect. You're all set. See no excuse. I'm going to open up a little space too because have you also wrote a book, so give him some space to to, to share about his,
Speaker 1:
53:26
talk to us about it please.
Speaker 5:
53:28
I think more than the book, the book is a revert and 90 days is the program that I did, but now I'm more than the book I'm excited of sharing. I create a YouTube channel thanks to the study. The name is Sonos sounds and it's the first time that I'm teaching Audi or for engineers and how to be healthier on a tool. So maybe some tricks, not just to make some sound better to, to feel better cause we never take care of our health or ears or physical aspect of creating music. So
Speaker 1:
54:00
yeah, absolutely. So great. Yeah. Well Lincoln, Spanglish. So it's [inaudible] like health in Spanish. So the green gold listeners out there and then sounds for of course, some ways Osama sounds excellent. Yeah. So we'll put all of those things, any, any way that we can connect our audience with the great content that you guys are putting out. We'll put all of that in the show notes. And with that guys, thank you again so much for joining us. We look forward to hear from you guys in the near future.
Speaker 5:
54:31
Thank you. It's really been a pleasure to meet you. Did buy this one and it's lovely seeing you.
Speaker 1:
54:38
Absolutely. Thank you guys. You guys as well. Talk to you.
Speaker 4:
54:44
Thanks for listening today guys. We really hope you enjoyed our conversation with Sarah and Javier. Don't forget that you can join us on this journey at to fit travelers on every social media platform. Our fit, travel drive on Facebook is bustling with energy right now, and also provides an opportunity for you to engage in the conversation around travel and fitness with other like-minded travelers. Thanks guys,
Speaker 2:
55:06
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Speaker 3:
55:42
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