Refreshing Friday

I love having the time to read posts from the blogathon and other sources throughout the web,  something I don’t have when I’m teaching, or as in yesterday, watching the grandchildren.

What summer feels like.

 Their ages are 3 and 7, so I don’t expect them to be satisfied watching TV and playing video games for very long. I did manage to get about an hour and a half after lunch to work on a project.

This week I found three posts that were especially refreshing to read:

* The first comes from Barb Freda at Babette Feasts. I’m the first to admit, I am not the most domestic when it comes to cooking. Recently though, I’ve become much more aware of the amount of money I’ve spent on fast food, and how unhealthy my eating habits have become. Now, I have a great starting point for getting the rest of my nutritional needs in balance. Check it out:

http://www.babfeasts.com/2013/06/five-things-everyone-should-know-how-to.html

* My second find this week comes a new favorite, Just a Backpack and a Rollie. I have a burning desire to visit Portland, Oregon after reading all the posts during this Blogathon, Here’s a fun reason:

http://justabackpackandarollie.com/2013/06/18/taking-it-to-the-streets-a-cityscape-adventure-race-in-portland/

* And finally, rounding out this week’s interesting posts, lesson from Ray Bradbury on writing. I aspire to be a published author, so I try to read as much about writing as I do about everything else I’m passionate about. This article gave me some insight on being a better writer:

http://writingonthepagesoflife.com/2013/06/18/lessons-from-ray-bradbury/

Thankful Thursday

Thankfulness is more than appreciating the things you have. It’s knowing that your life would not be as fulfilling without those things. Not that you couldn’t live without certain comforts, but you certainly don’t realize how much you have if you are always wishing for more.

“It’s not having what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.” Soak Up The Sun, Cheryl Crow.

I am thankful for my 7AM walk this morning. That’s about an hour earlier than I usually get out. There were a few others out today as well. I’m also thankful that my legs are no longer hurting – those leg exercises really work!

New blender; great tasting smoothie made with Vi-Shape protein mix, frozen banana, strawberries, and blue berries; topped with a heaping helping of honey. UM UM UM!

New blender; great tasting smoothie made with Vi-Shape protein mix, frozen banana, strawberries, and blue berries; topped with a heaping helping of honey. UM UM UM!

I’m thankful for my new blender. I killed my last one when I tried to mix too many frozen fruits and ice for my daily Vi-Shape nutrition shake. Have I mentioned I am a promoter for the Body-by-Vi Challenge? You can get more information at http://dianabusby.myvi.net/

I’m thankful for my lesson in photography with Bonnie Gehling. We spent about two hours going over the ins and outs of my new camera. She helped to refresh my knowledge about basic skills, and gave me some great tips to work on until my next lesson. The classes are affordable and personal. I encourage anyone in the Middle Georgia area who is interested in improving your photography skills, check out Bonnie’s site.

Madison Martin Prayer Warriors

Madison Martin Prayer Warriors

And as always, I am thankful for all those who are following the progress of our sweet Maddie Martin. She experienced bleeding from a brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation) on Monday, June 3rd. The bleeding has stopped, and she is alert and responsive to questions and commands. However, there continues to be issues. They were unsuccessful at removing the ventilator tube yesterday, so that will have to be done in stages. Then, later in the day it was revealed that she has 5 blood clots throughout her body, which can’t be treated due to the clot to stop the bleeding from the AVM. So, we continue to pray for healing, understanding, and strength for Maddie and her family.

What are you thankful for this Thursday? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Search Party Saturday: Searching for the most interesting posts around Blogathon 2013

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This week’s 5 most interesting posts around Blogathon 2013.
I’m not sure how long I’ll keep up the alliteration theme, but for now it’s helping me to stay focused. Blogging every day is not easy. I remember thinking, pish, I will have no problem thinking of what to write about. HA! I started struggling about the third day.  Having a guest post was very helpful. But then I started to panic, because I hadn’t prepared any other themes or ideas for the remainder of the month.

Mind Mapping

Then, along came Anne Headen. Her post on generating blogging ideas is a great reminder that we have a world of tools literally at our fingertips.  Another helpful post on Anne’s blog is about creating an editorial calendar using Google Calendar.  I’ll definitely be working with both these tools in the future.

Editorial Calendar

For inspiration and encouragement, I’ve been stopping by Run Tall, Walk Tall. Just knowing that someone is interested in running and has the pictures to go with the story, it’s enough to keep me thinking I can keep going.

The view makes it easier to get up early for a morning run.

I also found a lot of interesting reading at Feel Better In Your Body. I’ve finally figured out that I am not going to keep feeling like a twenty-year-old unless I start taking care of my body.

Ah! That feels marvelous!

And finally, for a bit of sanity in a world of chaos, this post from The Writer’s Clinic helps me to realize why I listen to soft music when I’m stressed; I play it in my classroom on the days I need the students to be quiet and complete written work, and I use it to help me sort out my priorities when I get stuck. Just listen:
Otherwise, I’m listening to Guns-n- Roses and the likes.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to leave your comments before you go.
 
~dlb~

Refreshing Friday: Guest Post @ justabackpackandarollie

I’m “refreshing” this post, which first appeared at justabackpackandarolli.

Psych Yourself Up to Workout

Sometimes the first step is the hardest.

The first step is the hardest.

The first step is the hardest.

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“Just do it”, they say, but it’s not always that easy.

For many, just the thought of getting outdoors to workout is crippling. You can think of a million things that need to be completed instead of doing the one thing that could make a difference in your own life, like taking a walk, or even going for a jog.

You tell yourself, “I’m not a marathon runner, why do I need to walk outdoors where everyone will see me and make fun of me?” “I need to rest, I have a sinus headache.” “I don’t feel like getting out today, I’ll walk twice as far tomorrow.” “It’s too hot, too cold, too far, too everything.”

As an educator I see this mentality all the time. When a student sees an assignment that is going to require a couple days of work, they simply shut down and refuse to work. At first it seems the student is being defiant; however, after some questioning and coaxing, it’s easier to understand that the student is overwhelmed with the thought that the task is too difficult. She doesn’t see a way to break the assignment into manageable steps, so rather than doing something that is beyond her ability, she simply accepts that she will receive a zero on the assignment. She feels bad for not completing the assignment, but not as bad as she thinks she will feel if her attempt results in failure.

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Just as I help my students break assignments into manageable tasks, I’m here to help you break down the process of getting outdoors to workout. “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time. Start with small steps to get you moving toward the door and down the road.

Below are some suggestions for getting out the door and on to the road of fitness.

STEP 1:

Get dressed. That’s it. Just putting on your workout clothes makes it harder to say no to exercise. Keep your shoes and other workout clothing in a convenient spot, where you will see them every time you pass by. Put them on first thing in the morning if you are a morning workout person. If you have a job that prevents you from working out in the morning, have them sitting out and ready for you after you get off work. Just put them on and lace up your jogging shoes.

STEP 2:

Step outside. After you have on your workout clothes and shoes, step out the front door. Take a look around; enjoy the sounds of the birds, watch the squirrels race around, playing tag. Don’t talk to yourself about all the things that need to be done inside the house or around the yard. Concentrate on enjoying the sounds of nature.

Step 3:

Walk to the street:

After a few minutes of standing on the porch or stoop, walk out to the street. Again, don’t try to rationalize about all the other things you could be doing. Just walk to the curb.

Step 4:

Just go for it:

Since you’re at the curb, you might as well walk/jog down to the corner and back. At this point, your mind is probably saying, “We got this far, we might as well go all the way.” You may even be a little excited that you convinced yourself to make it to the mailbox, so a 30 minute workout will be a breeze.

Step 5:

Congratulate yourself:

You did it! You beat the monster that prevents you from doing the things that make you happy. Reward yourself for your accomplishment. My reward is usually a protein smoothie. When I have completed a workout and added nutrition to my reward, the feeling of confidence these actions brings stays with me throughout the day.

Other tips for staying motivated:

http://www.runnersworld.com/runners-stories/101-kicks-butt?page=single

Take things one step at a time, and before you know it, you’ll have completed that three mile walk or jog. You’ll wonder what was holding you back in the first place. Use this technique on other areas that hold you back. If you have a stack of laundry waiting to be washed, just think about one load at a time, start the water, pour in the detergent, load the clothes, transfer clothes to dryer, start the next load, fold the dry clothes…etc. Break it down into its parts to make it seem more manageable.

To your health!

Diana

Guest Post: Success ~ Sometimes it Comes From Setting Really Big Goals

Guest blogger, Nancy Thompson, from  JustaBackpackandaRollietakes over as we continue our look at active senior citizens and what motivates us to keep going.

~dlb~

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I have traveled all over the fitness map.  Sometimes there’s a plan.  Other days, not so much.  But, I have learned from experience that setting a long term goal that is a real stretch (pun intended) is often the motivation I need to keep up my exercise or walking practice.  It works for me.  Every time.

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That’s me #12168 with the white visor coming into the finish lanes.

Way back when I was a young 49 year old mostly-couch-potato, I read an article about Team in Training and marathon walking.  Intrigued, I explored this opportunity to train with a team and walk or run in marathons all over the world – and raise money for a great cause.  Fortunately, I tend to jump without worrying about the details like “how far is 26.2 miles anyway”?  With the goal to walk the Honolulu Marathon for my 50th birthday, I signed up.  I walked every day starting with two miles that first week and ending my last training walk with a 22 miler from my front door in Lake Oswego to my sister’s house in Hillsboro, Oregon.  Two weeks later, I was on a plane ready to take on the full 26.2 in Honolulu.   And I did it.  And I never walked another marathon again.

But I did keep on walking.   Usually by myself.  Until recently, this was the typical evening conversation at our house.  Me:  “Honey, want to go for a walk with me?”  Hubby:  “Umm, No thanks.”

But that all changed exactly one year ago when I began hatching my plan to do something memorable for my 65th birthday this August.  I wanted to walk the last 65 miles of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. James) in Spain.  I discovered a walking tour company, Marly Tours, who provide support for those of use who do not want the full Pilgrim experience (carrying everything on your back, sleeping on the ground and/or sleeping in hostels with 300 others in bunk beds).  I was so excited about this idea that my enthusiasm spilled over onto my husband.  Suddenly, he wanted to join me on walks.   Starting last Fall, we began planning our weekends around walking or hiking.  We have explored most of the City of Portland Oregon on foot and we’ve recently branched out to local hikes.  I posted about one of my favorites The Ten Falls Hike recently on my blog JustaBackpackandaRollie.   These days we do 8 to 10 miles on Saturday and then another 6 or 8 on Sunday.  Always with a stop for lunch.  We call it jogging for doughnuts.

Not too bad for a couple of almost senior citizens.  On the Camino, we’ll be walking our 65 miles over 5 days.  The 6th day is only 4 km so I’m not counting it.  We don’t know the terrain, but I’m told to expect everything from country lanes to farmers fields to hill climbs to city streets.   We walk 15 miles the first day!  Then we get up and do it again the next day, whether we’re ready or not.  Whether we’re tired or not.  Whether our feet hurt or not.

I can’t wait to get started!

Setting this long term and very large goal, has changed our lives.  We walk every day.  Hubs joined the gym.  We walk for entertainment.  We enjoy our time together.  We’re active people again and I don’t see that ending anytime soon.   In fact, we’re already thinking about walking through England or Italy next.

See you on the trail!

Nancy

Nancy Thompson blogs about exploring retirement and the world with just a backpack and a rolling suitcase.  She is a blogger, travel writer and a retirement re-inventor.  One of her essays was recently published in 65 Things to Do When You Retire: Travel from Seller’s Publishing.  You can follow Nancy at http://www.justabackpackandarollie.com