Vacation Getaway RecapJuly 23, 2009 in Excercise, Family, Food and Drink, Friendship, Holidays, Well-Being
I grew up in Seattle and making a road trip to vacation at the Ocean was a favorite tradition in my family. We revisited this tradition with a recent trip to a coastal fishing town in Washington called Westport. We spent time doing all the touristy attractions. We climbed 135 steps to the top of the tallest lighthouse in the Northwest and learned about what an enormous job it was to keep a lighthouse operating. (Now replaced by simpler, modern technology) I didn’t realize that every single lighthouse has a different light signal so sailors know where they are. We dined at the oldest resort in Washington. (we did our best to ignore the ants that were crawling around on the table – but couldn’t help but laugh about it after) We browsed the gift shops, the Oyster Farm, bought cans of best Tuna you’ll ever taste, toured the Museum, and even spent a few hours tasting and lunching at the Westport Winery. When we weren’t being tourists, we enjoyed walking the beach looking for whole sand dollars while taking in the wonderful sea air. It’s actually a pretty decent work-out to walk against the wind and trudge through the soft sand. (an excuse to eat more!) When you grow up with certain smells and sounds it is so very nostalgic to experience them again. We happened upon a great driftwood structure that we surmised locals had spent many hours constructing. But mostly we ate – and every meal was seafood. And it was all great seafood – crab, oysters, clams, tuna and prawns and then we’d do it all over again. Don’t worry though – we ate our veggies too – my sister introduced us to the best Bloody Mary ever!
These boots are made for walkin'!March 12, 2008 in Excercise, Well-Being
Right now, I'm beaming with self esteem, because (after a long winter) I went out for my first outdoor walk of the season. The treadmill serves it's purpose - but it's not the same as the great outdoors. I saw some amazing sights this first walk. Amongst still quite significant mounds of snow (6"-18" high), I saw all the classic signs of Spring in Spokane: a lady attempting to garden, a man hosing down his driveway, a teenage boy washing the family car and a girl walking her dog in a sleeveless top.
As I was walking, I was thinking about all the great benefits of walking. At first the obvious comes to mind - it's great for heart health, it helps you lose weight, and it boosts your mental well-being. But if that's not enough to inspire you - you can also sound really healthy to your couch potato friends when you casually work it into conversation that you were out for a brisk walk in the elements yesterday; your neighbors will notice that you didn't blimp-out over the winter; it's 45 minutes that you know you won't have your hand in the cookie jar (unless you sneak them with you in your jacket pocket), and it's virtually a free activity (unless you buy an ipod and numerous books on CD to keep it interesting after your second walk of the season) Guilty!
With all these benefits - it's still a push to get myself out the door. But I'm always SO glad I did, when I'm done.
The wee hours of the morningJanuary 6, 2007 in Excercise
Ever wake up at 3:00 am and can't fall back asleep?...........that's me right now . So, this was not a scheduled blog session (not that any of them are). Part of what woke me (other than the usual bladder call) was my achin' body. I had a massage after work yesterday (which is always good), but apparently I've overdone it on the Elliptical (exercise machine). My body apparently hasn't gotten used to it yet and my massage therapist warned me to back off a little. I'm taking a couple days off from the machine entirely to try and get rid of the soreness and I'll just do some sessions on the treadmill. I'm not kidding - my right rear cheek is killing me!!
I haven't come up with my 2007 resolutions yet - this seems like a good time to think about them. I'm already doing Jenny Craig - so the big, "Im going to lose weight!" one is already in progress. (By the way - 11 pounds!!!)
So, it's definitely all over now - as far as getting any sleep goes....So, now what do I do? It's now 4:00 am........how much longer do I stay in bed? How early should I go to the office? I know! I'll soak in the tub for a while. That will help my sore cheek and my really sore cheek. I'll get the Epsom salts going and I'm off to soak.
Hope you're sleeping! Debbie