100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 99: In Which I Accomplish Something….and Trouble

I have been doing a lot of considering about what to do with my time and energy.  I thought I had figured some things out, get more involved with WOWI, writing groups, and networking with writers, and lessen my involvement with what could be considered to be extra-curricular activities, working with South Island CrossFit and Vibrant Fitness.  I didn’t consider them extra-curricular myself, but my husband has been urging me to put my effort and energy into EarthFit, and let him be my first “client”.  The point of my involvement with CrossFit and Vibrant Fitness was to increase my experience and exposure to exercise programs and see how they are run.  But Chris has a point.  Why not launch EarthFit?

I have looked into South Whidbey Parks and Rec Department, and they have a program to initiate new instructors every season for new programs.  So, I think I will apply for EarthFit Outdoor Bootcamp to be a Fall program in October.  For the winter program, I can continue with EarthFit, but focus on nutrition (Eating Green), creating healthy habits (perfect for January resolution makers- Fitness through Operant Conditioning), and then next Summer put EarthFit into full motion as a program with Parks and Rec.  And use this whole summer to fine tune the workouts, learn how to modify exercises for different levels, and get myself in better shape to lead these exercises (no one wants to follow a fat trainer…)inspirational-quote-mindset-mac-anderson

I also dove right in with WOWI (Writers on Whidbey Island) and volunteered to be a part of their steering committee.  I have no idea how much work is required for steering committee members, but this is the reason we moved to Whidbey Island, so I’m taking my own advice and remembering why I’m here.  I did something awesome though- I started a Meet-up group for WOWI.  Meet-up isn’t used that much on the island, so it’s a new venture for many WOWI members, but once they see how easy it is to create and announce events on the site, we will wonder why we hadn’t been doing this eons ago!

And then the unexpected happened.  I was offered a job!  Not a huge amount of money or time-suck type of job, just a 4-6 hours a week, with possibility of increasing to 10 hours a week.  Just enough to give me a little extra spending money, but definitely give enough allowance to write as I need and see fit.  In fact, some (not all, or even most) of my writing could help to start a community blog.  Which would be super cool for me.  But….and there’s always a but with these things, isn’t there?

I have a huge issue with learning to say “no”.  I don’t mean to drugs, or unhealthy food.  I mean with people asking me to do things that will help them out.  I like helping people become the best version of themselves, which is another reason why I want to start my EarthFit program in the first place. i love to see people succeed But now the programs I am involved with are creating a conflict of interest, and I have to fess up to my involvement with the other. And I’m being asked to make a choice.  I can have a paying job in the area I’m interested in, but not in the exact practice or philosophy that I feel connected to.  Or I can continue to learn from a mentor that I agree with his principles and style of teaching, but will not lead to a paying job.  And apparently, having both is the conflict of interest.learn-to-say-no

So, Ms. Pattie is having a crash course in the art of saying “no”.  All the excitement- accomplishing something, and getting into trouble.  I couldn’t have it any other way.

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 91: Fresh Across the Country

Sometimes I come across “deals of a lifetime” and I get completely suckered in.  I’d like to brush off my naive notions to “trying new things”, but the fact of the matter is when it comes to food and health products, I am one of the most gullible customers on earth.  So, when I saw a deal of getting “farm fresh complete meals” (with protein, vegetables, and even spices included) advertised “for Freeland” I assumed it was a local company and I’d be getting a couple of awesome meals delivered to my door.  I entered the coupon and got the large package (to feed a family of 4) because, well, some of you have met my husband.  He’s not fat, not by any stretch of the imagination, but that boy can EAT.  So I wanted to be sure I got a big enough meal to satisfy his appetite. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 91: Fresh Across the Country

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 90: Nature Deficit Disorder

Last year, I read an eye-opening book that helped develop EarthFit in such a way that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t incorporated the ideas before.  That book was “The Nature Principle” by Richard Louv, and it was partly a follow-up to “Last Child In the Woods” and part follow up to the environmental/health movement he started with the coined phrase “Nature Deficit Disorder”.  To me, the book engulfed the very idea of EarthFit and answered a very interesting “What if” question- “What if I told you that appreciating nature and getting outdoors would increase your overall health and well-being?” Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 90: Nature Deficit Disorder

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 83: Of Worms and Bees

Last year at this time, I was just getting ready to move to Oregon, but I was also planning for my container garden I wanted for out balcony.  I had bought several seed packets of various spices, but also kale, green bell peppers, and of course, zucchini, because you can never go wrong with zucchini.

By June I had several small seedlings that were promising to be productive and prosperous.  I had divided them into several larger pots, purchased plant food and kept my fingers crossed that I would soon be enjoying the fruits of my labor. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 83: Of Worms and Bees

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 82: Not Your Typical Earth Day

It’s a long drive from Whidbey Island to Portland, Oregon.  And even in a Prius, it’s not the most environmentally friendly way to spend the one day out of the year dedicated to conserving resources and doing your part to protect the planet.  But this year was not your typical Earth Day,  and I was on my way to fulfill a few promises. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 82: Not Your Typical Earth Day

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 74: Is God Green?

What does religion have to do with conservation OR fitness?  What interest could EarthFit have in discussing theological theories with others?  It does seem to be an odd relation, but I saw it immediately when I heard there was going to be a Pub Talk (a public speaker at a winery/brew house) entitled “Is God Green?”. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 74: Is God Green?

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 69: Beach Naturalist

There is something about water, whether it’s a river, lake, or ocean, that completely draws me in.  Since I was a child, I have loved anything to do with the water.  It seems so natural that I would find my home here on an island. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 69: Beach Naturalist

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 64: Good News and Bad News

Whelp, there’s good news and bad news.  I suppose like a band-aid getting ripped off, I’ll start with the bad news and get it over and done with.  Quite depressing really.  We did our finances.  And that’s the end of the story… Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 64: Good News and Bad News

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 60: Whatever is Meant to Be

Tuesday I was incredibly disappointed that I didn’t “do anything” and nothing “productive” happened.  That is actually arguable, but I was feeling sorry for myself mainly because I was trying to get involved with something I probably wouldn’t have been as impassioned to continue.  I know, I thought what would make me the happiest person on earth is to be sitting in a green pasture, surrounded by baby goats all licking my face.  I would be crying from happiness.  And, you know, maybe that will one day make me the happiest person on earth.  But I have started to trust the system of “fate” to a degree, and trust that whatever is meant to be will happen. 14 - 1 Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 60: Whatever is Meant to Be