Janathon 10/31 – Cold walk in the woods

Yep, you guessed it, today’s janathon work out is brought to you by a cold walk in the Vermont woods.  It was beautiful and we were able to take our time because it was kinda icy on those trails.  Not sure how long the walk took because we obviously took time to stop and look at the view but it was about three miles.  I’m totally counting that as my work out for the day.  I am sure I burned extra calories with all the layers and my body working a little harder to stay warm.

Here are some great pics of the walk.

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The walk is around a reservoir which was frozen over.

The walk is around a reservoir which was frozen over.

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Water that was flowing into the lake that is now frozen over and very slick to walk across.

Water that was flowing into the lake that is now frozen over and very slick to walk across.

Looking out on the water.  So pretty and peaceful here.

Looking out on the water. So pretty and peaceful here. 

Hope you had a wonderful day on this 10th day of Janathon.  Do anything fun to log that exercise?

 

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Father’s Day Fun… Juneathon 15/30

Today was supposed to be a long run day but instead I opted for a hike up a mountain with my other half for Father’s Day.  It was cross training.  It also wasn’t nearly the mileage I needed to go but it was fun and a great way to spend a beautiful day.

Here are some wonderful pics of our journey.  Enjoy!

Juneathon update: (PS – we are halfway through!)

3.75 miles with a 1000 ft elevation gain

A nice walk through the woods.

A nice walk through the woods.

In the winter this is a ski slope, steeper than it looks.

In the winter this is a ski slope, steeper than it looks.

Sitting in the chair lift almost at the top.

Sitting in the chair lift almost at the top.

Pretty nice view.

Pretty nice view.

Ski map!

Ski map!

I can see Boston off in the Distance.  Way, Way, off in the distance.

I can see Boston off in the Distance. Way, Way, off in the distance.

At the top!

At the top!

Our reward back at home.

Our reward back at home.

 

Mummy/Daughter Day… Juneathon 14/30

Sprang out of bed early to go for a run, okay really it was a telemarketer calling at 8am on a Saturday  (why?????) that made me spring out of bed.  With a wakeup call like that, there was no way I was going to go back to sleep.  So I turned it into a “let’s get this run started” kind of moment, besides I was going to spend the afternoon with my daughter in Boston so I needed to get it done.  Ate a few chomps, drank some water and headed to my favorite 5 mile route (maybe not my favorite but one that has varied terrain like hills and some flat spots where I need them).  It went well and I finished feeling pretty good.

Headed back home to shower and have a late breakfast with the fam.  Then my daughter and I headed out to Boston.  For Mother’s day/my Birthday, she had purchased two tickets to the aquarium and then she had planned dinner at a fun little restaurant nearby all on her dime and we were off to redeem it.

We drove 45 minutes into the outskirts of Boston and took the subway in, changing trains several times but it was very enjoyable.  I love spending time with my kid.  We made it to the aquarium and had some fun time petting sting rays, clams, and starfish as well as visiting the penguins and huge fish tank in the middle of the aquarium filled with cool fish, eels and turtles.

After the aquarium we walked up to a well-known pastry shop for cannolis to take home and then it was off to dinner at The Barking Crab.  There is nothing like eating the seafood you just got to see in the exhibits at the aquarium.

It was a wonderful afternoon hanging out and walking around an awesome city with daughter.  It has been so much fun being her mom all these 19 years and I am looking forward to watching her grow into an adult.

(Oh I forgot to tell you that my daughter calls me Mummy so that is why the title is Mummy/Daughter)

Here’s some pics to enjoy of our day.  Oh and my Juneathon update for the day:

5 mile run

2-3 miles of walking in Boston

Happy 14th day of Juneathon!

Headed in on the subway.

Headed in on the subway.

Petting some stingrays

Petting some stingrays

Penguins!!!!

Penguins!!!!

Sea turtle.  Too cute.

Sea turtle. Too cute.

Coolest thing ever!  Sea dragon!

Coolest thing ever! Sea dragon!

She wanted to take home a penguin.  Being a good mom, I said "no"!

She wanted to take home a penguin. Being a good mom, I said “no”!

Off to the North End for some pastry's

Off to the North End for some pastry’s

Yummy!!!!

Yummy!!!!

Taking a little break by Boston Harbor

Taking a little break by Boston Harbor

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More Harbor!

A wonderful day, complete!  Inbound to home!

A wonderful day, complete! Inbound to home!

 

Cherish Jar Update

DSC_0663Last January I found this fabulous idea on Pinterest, I called it the Cherish Jar.  That became my word for the year, “cherish”.  Each time something would happen in our lives one of us (usually me) would take out a piece of paper and write a little note about it to be read at the beginning of the New Year.  The idea behind this is to cherish the small moments as well as the big moments and take some time to relive and reflect on them.

A few weeks ago we opened our jar…

It was fun to remember the moments and to see what was important (a moment to cherish) to different family members.  We laughed, I cried (because that is what I do but they were happy tears) and overall it was a wonderful experience.  This is something I would highly encourage anyone to do for several reasons.

  1. Our lives get so busy and it is easy to forget things that happened along the way.
  2. It is nice to look for moments in your everyday life that are moments you want to remember.
  3. Reliving these moments creates a wonderful memory in itself.

We have decided to do it again this year with a few pointers.

  1. Make sure you write the date on the piece of paper.
  2. Put on it as much detail as possible.
  3. Don’t limit yourself to only writing about events where the whole family was present because that is hard to do.
  4. Some of the coolest ones were the everyday moments that we forget about. (ex: we all remember trips taken but do you remember when one of the teachers at your child’s school says something nice about your child)

As we continue to find moments in our lives that we cherish maybe you should give it a try too.cherish4

Janathon 4/31

Today’s activities were just to stay warm so no real exercise, unless you can consider running inside places from the car exercise!  Family visits always restrict my training but that is okay.  It’s always nice to spend time with family.  There were lots of stairs involved though.  She lives on the 3rd floor and we did stairs a few times, went to the movies and they have stairs up to the theater (and an escalator), and then all the seating was up stairs and we sat at the top.  So when you get down to it, today was another stair climbing, cross training day!

Hope you had a good 4th of January training day!

I think we might have a problem….

I’m probably over reacting but come on look at the picture below:

IMG_1009 The top tube of toothpaste is the one my child brought home from college and the other one is the one we use.  My first thought when I saw it was, “Wow, anger issues?”  It looks like she is strangling someone.  Okay, Okay I’m probably reading too much into it but seriously!  I know I taught her how to do things like laundry (although folding her laundry is still an issue/she files her clothes under “f” for floor most of the time), cleaning, and how to respect others but I never thought I would have to teach her how to squeeze the toothpaste or should I say how not to squeeze the toothpaste!

Really I just find it very humorous.  I never thought I would be caught off guard or alarmed at something so small and it really is small.  I know she squeezes it like this because she is always in a hurry and maybe a little laziness but at least she is brushing!

So I’m not going to enter my child into therapy just yet but she better know, “I’m watching”!  🙂

Catching up: (Juneathon 6/14, 6/15 &6/16)

I am beginning to think “what was I thinking, signing up for Juneathon because I am so unreliable in my blogging right now.”  Then I think, “well at least Juneathon is doing it’s job making me think about getting some sort of exercise in everyday” (it’s the writing about it that I am slacking at!). 

So here goes:

6/14: Fabulous Friday!!

I ran a 10K and didn’t even know it.  You know those times you just go out to do something (for me it is running) and then you just keep going because it is fun.  Then you get home and realize you were doing it pretty fast!  Thanks Mapmyrun for helping me finally get an accurate distance on some of my runs.  Here is what I did:

Duration Duration Average Pace Calories Burned
6.25 milese 51:59 8:19 617 kCal

See I told you it felt good!

6/15: Graduation Party day!!!!

Spent a lot of time setting up and then for fun we rented one of these:photo (3)

so I spent about 20 minutes bouncing around in it.  Let me tell you, it is some exercise!!!

6/16: Cleaning up after Graduation Party day!

I couldn’t just clean up because we still had the bounce house for another day so my daughter and I spent another 20-30 minutes in it bouncing.

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We had a great time as a family and went for a 1 mile evening walking after overeating Thai food which was followed up by ice cream from a local ice cream stand.

All in all it was a pretty successful exercising weekend and thanks Juneathon for making me aware that I need to do some amount of exercise on a daily basis!!!

Cherishing the moments… (Juneathon 6/7 & 6/8)

Didn’t post yesterday due to this:

My daughter and I after she graduated!  So hard to believe she is done with High School.

My daughter and I after she graduated! So hard to believe she is done with High School.

But I did get some exercise.  Not formal but I was running around like a crazy person getting ready and then because I couldn’t sit still I was up and down (read us doing squats and stretching!)  I would say my heart rate went up probably more stress and emotions but sometimes that is more tiring and really felt like I had done physical work by the end of the evening.

Today we walked.  We walked, we ate, and then we walked again.  No pedometer to measure the distance but we were up and moving.  Here is some of the scenery we were blessed with.

Some well used lobstah traps!

Some well used lobstah traps!

 

Where the freshwater meets the saltwater and also a great view during dinner.

Where the freshwater meets the saltwater and also a great view during dinner.

A little shopping while we walk in this quaint New England downtown.  Looks like it did probably 100 years ago.

A little shopping while we walk in this quaint New England downtown. Looks like it did probably 100 years ago.

Not the best walking surface but in pretty good shape.

Not the best walking surface but in pretty good shape.

Spent some time on the beach walking too.

Spent some time on the beach walking too.

My walking buddy, aka Dave!

My walking buddy, aka Dave!

My other walking buddy, aka my mom!

My other walking buddy, aka my mom!

It was a beautiful day!

It was a beautiful day!

Two more days of some exercise done, just not as formal as I would like.  I am hoping to get back to a regular schedule as soon as all this graduation stuff (party next weekend) is over.

One more, a beautiful sunset.

One more, a beautiful sunset.

Home really is where your heart is…

Yesterday a huge tornado ripped through the City of Moore in my home state of Oklahoma.  I felt so trapped living 1500 miles away.  okWe had lost power due to a huge transformer fire around the corner from our house and I was unable to be connected to what was going on.  I felt lost.  I felt my heart beating out of my chest with worry.  Worry for those I didn’t know and for those I do know.  I have a great friend who is a counselor in the Moore school district but I wasn’t sure which one.  So for a little while I was overwhelmed until I knew she was safe.  Turns out she is okay, it didn’t hit her school.

Tonight I was actually able to see all the destruction.  It looked all too familiar.  This has happened before to my great state.  I don’t live there anymore but I am still connected (hence my first marathon was there just last month).  ok2

You know that statement, “Home is where the heart is”.  Well as I cried watching the evening news I realized once again that it is so true.  I am who I am because I was brought up in a state where we knew destruction could happen at any moment.  We practiced tornado drills on a monthly basis.  We were taught that bad things can happen but if they do, you pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back into the action.  The whole idea of just wallowing in grief and not moving forward is not an Okie option.  I am thankful for that.  I am able to be a better therapist because of this resilient attitude.

I am happy that the world will once again get to see how we Okies persevere but I do hope we don’t have to go through another one of these events any time again in the near future.

Mommy’s Day

Today is that day in the good ole’ USA, we celebrate Mommy’s (aka Mother’s Day).  I think moms and women should be celebrated all the time but I am not sure the card companies agree with me hence the second Sunday of May is Mother’s day!

I spent my day here:

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I would like to say lounging and resting but that is not so, besides I would probably be very bored because I can’t sit still that long.  We were opening for the season which makes me very excited but is a lot of hardwork.  Anyway back to the picture, we have a family lake house that is so peaceful and nice that just thinking about it makes me calm and relaxed.  I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful day.  And then of course, moms don’t cook dinner on Mom’s day so out to dinner with the family for a nice relaxing meal.

Now back to mommy’s day (I am all over the place today, sorry) I think we should celebrate each other every day especially those who have molded us into the person we are today.  Each person who comes into my life on a daily basis challenges me to be a better person.  I am thankful for my mom for building up my confidence and cheering me on to try and complete new things.  Thanks Mom because of you and I am a better mom!  Happy Mother’s day to all the moms out there (and yes you moms of the four-legged variety count too!).

A Mother…
When you’re a child she walks before you,
To set an example.
When you’re a teenager she walks behind you
To be there should you need her.
When you’re an adult she walks beside you
So that as two friends you can enjoy life together..
Author Unknown