30 Days of ZooFit: Day 20- Watoto’s Rumble

I’ve often wondered how it would feel for someone to love me so much, they peed whenever they saw me.

This was how Bamboo, a fifty-year old Asian elephant, greeted her best friend, retired zookeeper Chuck, whenever he visited. She would squeal with excitement, and when she couldn’t contain herself anymore, Bamboo would relieve herself. It was a sight to see. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 20- Watoto’s Rumble

In Which Everything I Know About Fitness is a Lie

Okay, I know that’s not true. Deep down, in the recesses of my cerebral cortex, I know everything I’ve learned about fitness is NOT really a lie. I know taking care of yourself means eating healthy foods and exercising. I know we should cut down on sugars, and simple carbs, and starches, and saturated fats. I know eating whole fruits and veggies is good for us.  Continue reading In Which Everything I Know About Fitness is a Lie

I’d Give My Right Kidney For Some Good Health Insurance

As it is with life, I got behind on keeping up with my blog. Life happens, but sometimes life throws a couple whammies at you. Sometimes life demonstrates why we need to take care of ourselves. Continue reading I’d Give My Right Kidney For Some Good Health Insurance

Consistency and Patience- Watoto’s Rumble

One of the most incredible experiences of my career was the chance to work with elephants at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.  To build a unique and special relationship with such an enormous creature that could easily have crushed me as much as look at me, was, in a word, awesome. Continue reading Consistency and Patience- Watoto’s Rumble

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 96: It Was All Great Until People

There’s a saying among writers that goes something along the lines of “There are no bad days, just days with better writing material”, or something to that effect.  That was today.  Great writing material.  It was all great until people… I have shirt that reads “Careful or you’ll end up in my novel”.  This is an important warning for my stories, because I actually hold a great deal of admiration for George R.R. Martin for ruthlessly killing any and all characters in a blink of an eye.    Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 96: It Was All Great Until People

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 61: There Goes the Neighborhood

I had quite a productive day.  I met several amazing people around the island, in several capacities, and got to know our neighbors.  But knowing us, getting to know the neighbors is like announcing “There goes the neighborhood!” Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 61: There Goes the Neighborhood

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