Life: Full-time teacher, part-time adventurer.

 

An adventure around every bend.

An adventure around every bend.

School started August 1st, and I’ve been busy getting myself adjusted to working full-time again; so the blog has been idle for a few weeks. I hope you missed me.

Since the last post (JUL 25), I’ve reviewed a children’s book over at A Beach, a Book, and a Breeze.  It’s the story of a young rabbit family who have to adjust their vacation plans because of Father’s pay cut at his job. The author weaves biblical teachings with adventure and fun. Great read for parents and elementary aged children.

Last weekend, my younger daughter and I participated in our third 5K race together at Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville, GA. She managed to eek out a third place finish in the 25-29 year old age group. As for myself, well after taking a dive around the 2 mile mark (tripped over a root, but only scratched my palms and my pride) I finished the race in 53 minutes.

My daughter has lost count of the races she has run, but this was my third. I started this madness back in January, and now, it’s a new passion. Not only is it helping me to stay fit in my “senior” years, but I have a purpose for traveling and a source for new article ideas, as well as, an opportunity to hone my photography skills. Look for updates here on the main blog and here, Georgia Adventures with Pauliana, where I write about the different places my husband and I visit around the state.

Third place finish for Brandy; Wounded Warrior award for me.

Third place finish for Brandy; Wounded Warrior award for me.

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.

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

EVERY CHALLENGE ENDS IN A POSITIVE OUTCOME FOR ME!

What have I gotten myself into this time?

PHOTO CREDIT: Diana Busby,
What have I gotten myself into this time?

While I was making a comment over at Loud Waterfall Photography, I got to thinking about the topic. The month of June has been a month of challenges for me, both personally and professionally.

I signed up to blog every day for 30 days.

I signed up for a 4 week course on writing for magazines.

PHOTO CREDIT: http://www.therenegadewriter.com
Linda Formichelli

Write For Magazines

I challenged myself to train for the Golden Olympics.

IMAGE CREDIT: Courtesy of Warner Robins Patriot Newspaper

What am I thinking? With my current 5k time, I couldn’t meet the minimum requirement for an 80 year old, much less someone my own age. No disrespect intended to anyone in your 80’s; you inspire me.

I challenged myself to a 30 day AB workout… that I’ve yet to start…

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I used to have abs like that… and I will again.

And finally, I’ve challenged myself to earn more as a writer by sending out 30 query letters in 30 days with Mridu Khullar Relph.

My realization is that although these challenges are quite difficult to maintain, I don’t think I’ve ever felt more ALIVE!

2013 04 02 The Color Run, Hampton, GA

PHOTO CREDIT: Brandy Busby

In an article by Sophie Lizard at Be a Freelance Blogger, I found a quote that I’ve repeated often since reading her post.

“Confidence comes from action.”

What action have you taken today to make your life better? Share your experience here.

Lessons Learned from Experience

At the beginning of 2013, I decided that I will start to fulfill a long time goal of running 5k races. My younger daughter and I entered our first race together in January. The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, in Downtown, Atlanta.

Excited to be able to complete my first 5k, especially with my running partner.

Excited to be able to complete my first 5k, especially with my running partner.

I had great intentions of training every day, building my stamina and making a great showing in my first ever 5k. HA!

The fact is I got out and “trained” about three times the week before the race.That means I walked 90% of the time and ran the rest, sometimes.

During the race, I had to walk up the hills. Going downhill seemed easy at first, but then toward the 2 mile mark, it seemed if I started running, I would pick up too much speed and then the fear of rolling down the rest of the hill caused me to walk again.

I didn’t come in last in my age group (50-54), but I was about 300 runners away from first. It was embarrassing, but I finished. We had some great refreshments afterward: hot chocolate, fudge, chocolate covered pretzels, bananas, and a free hoodie.

Despite the goodies, my body reminded me a couple days later that I was out of shape. My calves and thighs were on fire. I tried several remedies for the soreness, but nothing helped except to rest. I swore I wouldn’t let that happen again

My next race, The Color Run, in Hampton, GA. was a race around Atlanta Motor Speedway, not on the track, but around the outside wall. This one was totally for the fun of it. Every 1/2 mile or so we runners were doused with packets of powder in a rainbow of colors. It was somewhat hazardous to your health if you suffer from respiratory issues, but other than that, crazy fun, especially the after party.

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So I’ve learned to have fun when I run, but I’ve also learned that training (even when you are only running for fun) is important to keep that youthful feeling all year.

What lessons have you learned from your adventures? I’d love to read your comments.