IN HONOR OF MY ANNIVERSARY

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Well2Day turns One Year Old on May 4, 2013. To celebrate, I’m going on another adventure! My husband is taking me to the coast of Oregon to see the Puffins. While I’m away I will be taking a break from all the electronics that make my life connected. So for the next few days I’m showcasing my favorite blog posts during my first year. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I did.

THE BRIDGE was my second blog post in May of 2012. It was an an accomplishment for me at the time. Going over past accomplishments is a great motivator today as I look forward to what’s in store for me. Today I’m making a list of all the accomplishments that I’ve made in the last year, five years, 10 years, and my entire life.

THE BRIDGE

Ever since we moved here, four years ago, I’ve wanted to walk this bridge. My husband has been across it many times on his bicycle rides. For some reason I never got around to it. I love exploring  Sundays it’s our time to do things together whether it’s going on camping, hiking, a special walk, or a drive. Today was a little different because it is during my first week of vacation between classes from college, and he wasn’t sure what I would want to do. The weather is gorgeous, a balmy 53 degrees, and sunshine, beautiful sunshine.

I love that this morning we woke up to fog and by noon the fog lifted to a beautiful day filled with this glorious energy giving sunshine. So many times we are faced with clouds and rain that when May hits every chance we can, we go outside with all the rest of the Pacific Northwesternites to soak up as much sun as we can. It is days like these that make the rest of the time here bearable.

A scene from the bridge

It is still such a beautiful day…I think I may go out and enjoy more of it.

DAY 25: EXERCISE LOVE

At the beginning of this month I never thought I would love to exercise as much as I do now. I’m not talking about spending hours at the gym, I still don’t like gyms. But I love to exercise. In the morning while watching documentaries either on PBS or a DVD I do Pilates, Callanetics, or just some stretching. But this month has shown both my husband and I that walking together is really helping our health and our relationship.

I read a book this month The Wisdom of Tuscany by Ferenc Mate. This was the book that I chose to read aloud to my husband while we drove long distances and while we sat on the couch after our walks. One thing that we really learned was that we can incorporate the simplistic lifestyle of the Tuscany region into our own lives. And we did. The Tuscan’s walk every where that is 3.5 miles or less. I wonder if that’s why my ancestors were healthier than my family is today.

walking

So my husband and I instituted this new rule for ourselves. If our destination is 3 miles or less we walk. This means that we need to take the time to coordinate our walking map and make sure we take the appropriate supplies like a backpack and other shopping bags. Last week when I walked to the store I just had the bagger make sure that the weight was level in the pack so I could walk home (the grocery store is 1.5 miles both ways). Yesterday we walked 4.5 miles going to the farm store (so I could look at the baby chicks), then to the electronics store (to look at new phones), and the grocery store I do my bulk shopping in. It’s interesting at how you rethink your needs when you have to carry home the purchases.

These walks have become our time to be together but it’s also our time to dream together. We walk down to the harbor which is 3 miles one way, stop for a cup of coffee, run into friends, and then walk back. These walks are also helping us get back in hiking shape. We are often asked, “What if rains?” We live on Puget Sound, it’s gonna rain. So we get wet. It’s only water.

Not only are we helping our health and relationship we are also helping our gas budget.

Here are some other ways to turn a love-hate relationship with exercise into exercise love.

  • Go dancing: if you don’t know how, take some classes!
  • No money for classes, follow the Walk Dance Guru
  • Get outside and play: get a jump rope and sing rope jumping songs like when you were a kid, play catch with your kids.
  • Go build some snow furniture. Remembering the fun you had in the snow when you were a kid, go out and build a snow man, snow furniture, or other snow animals. If you’re so inclined, shovel out half your yard and fill it with water and let it freeze. Instant ice skating rink! (My dad used to do this for us kids every winter!)
  • Go for a bike ride for fun: I love bicycle riding but not the way most people do. I love it because I love to watch my streamers blow in the wind. Yes, I said streamers! I have purple Gary Fisher bike with purple, pink, and yellow streamers which I made my husband put on each handle. For me bike riding is all about fun. I can’t wait to get my white basket put on the bike this summer.

Exercise love is about putting the fun back into our exercise programs. Take it from me, as someone who has many hang-ups when it comes to exercising, if I see it as fun I’ll want to do it more. Exercise and health go hand-in-hand! You can’t have good health if you don’t exercise!

 

The Bridge

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Ever since we moved here, four years ago, I’ve wanted to walk this bridge. My husband has been across it many times on his bicycle rides. For some reason I never got around to it. I love exploring  Sundays it’s our time to do things together whether it’s going on camping, hiking,   a special walk, or a drive. Today was a little different because it is during my first week of vacation between classes from college, and he wasn’t sure what I would want to do. The weather is gorgeous, a balmy 53 degrees, and sunshine, beautiful sunshine.

I love that this morning we woke up to fog and by noon the fog lifted to a beautiful day filled with this glorious energy giving sunshine. So many times we are faced with clouds and rain that when May hits every chance we can, we go outside with all the rest of the Pacific Northwesternites to soak up as much sun as we can. It is days like these that make the rest of the time here bearable.

A scene from the bridge

It is still such a beautiful day…I think I may go out and enjoy more of it.