Posted in Fitness & Health


Since the tracker has seemed to stop working on, I’ve gone Google with it (like everything else lately!) Here’s my progress chart!

Posted in Blessings, NaBloPoMo

BIG Boy Bike

This afternoon I had one of those wonderful “perfect moments”. You know, the ones where just for a brief flash you realize THIS is life! THIS is a moment to enjoy. We bought our very first bike helmets (a first for all three of us), and J5 had his first ride on his new big boy bike. J4 and I got the tires inflated on our new (to us) bikes, and had a ride around our neighborhood.

We rode to the playground, where J5 had a swing and a slide, then declared it was time to go riding again. As we headed home, with J4 and J5 ahead of me, I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the ability to be outside, to be doing something good for our health, and for a chance to spend time with my two favorite guys in the whole world!

Posted in Reflection

Geocaching – Trip #1

We had a really good day. Our very first Geocaching trip! We went outside. We walked. We hiked. We searched. We found!

For those of you new (like us) to the concept, geocaching is basically a scavenger hunt done with GPS! People create “caches” and place them around the world, then post their location using latitude and longitude coordinates, and then others run around trying to find them. Simple? Not always.

To learn a bunch more about the process, check out I have no idea why, but simply the idea of this had me SO excited. And I have to say, after having done one, I can sense an addiction forming. And it has the added benefit of fresh air and exercise!

When you find a cache, you have multiple options. You can just simply sign the log, leave a token item, or you can exchange an item. The caches can be any variety of container. You use a GPS device to locate the general vicinity of where the container was stashed, and then you look. And look, and look, and look. 🙂

It took us about 20-30 minutes to find this one. The container was not the one we expected, but very fun to find, nonetheless. I think the hardest part of the search was keeping Jack from running off on his own. He was having a really good time, running around, and whacking things with a stick he picked up!

When we found the cache, I laid the items out (see below). We were hoping the container would have been the larger one that we saw in some of the log pictures from over the years. (This particular cache was originally stashed in March 2004.) So, our contribution ended up in a ziploc baggie hidden with the container. Hopefully someone will find it and take it soon! 🙂

Let me know if you ever want to join us on an excursion. Weather permitting, I think this is about to become our new weekend pastime!!

Posted in Reflection

Around the world in 80 days….!

Ok, so maybe not around the world, but you can probably make a lot of progress on your health in 80 days! Come join us! The Healthy For the Holidays 2007 is still running strong! Please don’t let the date range dissuade you! If you start today, you still have 80 days to make a difference in your health!

You can increase your energy, get better sleep, and strengthen your immune system. All by increasing your activity in some way!

  • Click HERE to see the original post with the details.
  • Click HERE to see the other participants and their progress.

Email me if you want to join!

Posted in Reflection

Healthy for the Holidays – 2007 Exercise Challenge


Welcome to the Healthy for the Holidays 2007 Exercise Challenge!

The guidelines & plans are simple:

  1. You want to do something to improve your health
  2. You’d like to set a goal for yourself to be measured between now and the upcoming holidays.
  3. You want to have fun and share your progress with others who are working right along side you!
  4. The Challenge will run from September 10 – December 9 (90-days)
  5. I will post any tickers you care to share on the H4H status page
  6. Reply to this post in order to join in. I will email you the button code to link to the status page.
  7. You can set whatever challenge you want for your self – miles walked, pounds lost, minutes exercised – it’s up to you!
  8. (I’ll add extra stuff here as we go – in case questions come up.)
Disclaimer stuff: Always consult a physician prior to doing any new exercise, diet, etc. I’m not responsible for any crazy stuff anyone chooses to do that results in injuries, and the like. Also, I reserve the right to remove anything from my blog that is inappropriate.
Posted in Reflection

Summer Exercise Challenge – Status

Summer 2007 Exercise Challenge LogoJust thought I’d post a status about the Summer 2007 Exercise Challenge.

I’m still doing Leslie Sansone’s In Home Walking on DVD. My exercise plan detail is tracked in a Google Spreadsheet.

Click on my exercise ticker below, to hop over to mamabright’s challenge details:

Happy Walking!

Posted in Reflection

Summer 2007 Exercise Challenge

Summer 2007 Exercise Challenge LogoMamabright, over at bright like the Son is hosting a Summer 2007 Exercise Challenge between now (started June 3, but you can hop in anytime!) and September 3. I’m in.

As I wrote yesterday, I have started doing Leslie Sansone’s In Home Walking on DVD. So, I’ve written up a loose plan of exercise and set a goal of 80 miles (via the DVD – not IRL) in the next 11 weeks. The DVD that I have has a one-mile and a two-mile plan. I’ve written up a plan that will get the hours in. Oh the fun of Google Spreadsheets!!

This is my progress ticker, linking to the challenge: