Workout at the Park

When Chris and I first moved to Oregon, we found a little park not too far from our apartment that has benches, a playground with monkey bars, and seemed secluded enough to allow some “privacy” while working out.  Then we joined VillaSport for the summer and when we left Villla, our workout park seemed…different.

 

It seemed to have grown crowded by annoying types of people. People smoking (weed), people who didn’t pick up after their dogs (ewww), broken glass on the ground (c’mon, people, KIDS play here), and folks who just let their kids walk up to random strangers and talk to them while said strangers were trying to get their workout on.   Last weekend we hit our limit on how much we could take when we tried to do a circuit workout but with traffic on the road, and then stepping in dog poo during the workout, we were finished with the park once and for all.

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Do One Green Thing- Produce, Meat, Dairy, Poultry, and Eggs

Embarking on this journey to live fit and green has been empowering, but I am very grateful that I am not going at this on my own.  I have found a plethora of books that have helped me make better consumer choices and create healthier, more environmental habits.

Recently, I have been reading an enjoyable book, “Do One Green Thing” by Mindy Pennybacker.  I like it for its simplicity and positive focus on small changes one can make in their diet, homes, and travels to help the planet.  Do One Green Thing: book by Mindy Pennybacker Continue reading Do One Green Thing- Produce, Meat, Dairy, Poultry, and Eggs

Once Upon a Time: The Beginning to My Love for Animals and Nature

One of my favorite phrases is “Once upon a time”.  It’s probably the most ideal phrase to begin any statement in which you need my undivided attention.  Those words are what propelled me to be the person I am today.

The first time I heard those words, “once upon a time”, was not from a Disney film.  I was maybe three or four, and my grandfather would re-enact the tales of Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel at bedtime.  Poppi had a terrific voice for the Big Bad Wolf.Little-Red-Riding-Hood-Wolf-4

With all the stories of evil predatory creatures of the woods that wanted to devour small children, one would assume that I grew up with an unhealthy fear of the forests.  Instead, I saw the fantastical interaction between fairy tale characters to be intriguing. Continue reading Once Upon a Time: The Beginning to My Love for Animals and Nature

Minute Man Workout

Chris and I kicked off our workout today with a quick 10 minute partner AMRAP with med ball lunges, Russian twists, and plank hi-fives.  I also wanted to try out a new workout I came up with I like to call the Minute Man.  For this workout, you simply do a man-maker at the top of the minute for however many minutes you want to do your workout, and then finish each minute with different various exercises. Continue reading Minute Man Workout

Playing with a Deck of Cards

One of my favorite types of workouts is called “Deck of Cards”.  It’s exactly what it sounds like, using a deck of cards to tell you what your workout will be.  You assign an exercise for each suit, shuffle the deck, and then draw cards and your rep count will be the number that’s on the card (I usually make face cards 10 and Aces are 15), and repeat until you go through the whole deck.  I also use the Jokers in my deck and assign them a particularly challenging exercise, such as running for me (do I need to write a full blog post on why I don’t run?). Continue reading Playing with a Deck of Cards

Plank Off

After not working out for three weeks, the simple, yet apparently effective Blah Blaster took out a lot from Chris and me.  So, today, I prepared a super quick, low intensity workout I called “Plank Off”.  It didn’t kick our rears like Blah Blaster, but it’s pretty core intensive so it can be effective, too. Continue reading Plank Off

Learning to Fly

Earlier this month, I received a rude awakening.  All summer, I had been preparing and fine-tuning my presentation for this project that has become near and dear to my heart.  My chosen venue to debut EarthFit was the International Congress of Zookeepers in Germany.  To me, sharing this program with the zookeeper community was a no-brainer.  EarthFit had been developed while I was a zookeeper, and it had truly benefited me as a zookeeper. Continue reading Learning to Fly

Dragging My Way Back to a Routine

My husband and I have been away on vacation for three weeks.  Three weeks of eating decadent foods, getting little rest, not drinking enough water, and walking around medieval European towns as our main source of working out.  I had even given us one extra day off the routine, but by Saturday, enough was enough.  We needed to get our rears in gear.  So, I pulled out an oldie from my prepared workouts, called the Blah Blaster! Continue reading Dragging My Way Back to a Routine

Winnie Memorial

I can’t remember exactly how old Winnie was when I picked her up from my co-worker’s place.  She was just a scroungy little kitten though. Gorgeous tortoise shell coloration, long hair, and piercing gold eyes. I wasn’t allowed to have cats at the apartment I was then renting, but Winnie wasn’t my cat anyway.  I put her in a crate with a towel, placed her in the front seat of my car, and started the 8 hour car ride back to South Carolina.   Continue reading Winnie Memorial