Event Training with ZooFit

I am a part of an amazing team competing in the Whidbey Island Triathlon this Saturday.  In my continuous effort to practice ZooFit in all my affairs, I figured training for this event utilizing the principles of operant conditioning, enrichment, and even conservation would be a great experiment. While we are definitely a competitive team, I feel confident that event training with ZooFit will prove beneficial and effective. Continue reading Event Training with ZooFit

Interpretive Nature Run

Being an avid non-runner, I look for opportunities to avoid the exercise at all costs. However, with the Sloth Army Running Club in full swing and meeting twice a week for runs, I can’t escape it. Coming up with running workouts on Thursdays is pretty easy, I have a slew of them. Coming up with interesting longer runs for Sundays is somewhat more difficult. I decided for today’s trail run, I’d revert a little to my background as an educator/naturalist and give an interpretive narration throughout the 2 mile run. Continue reading Interpretive Nature Run

Boredom is a Four Letter Word

I’m working on the Enrichment section for my book Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness. Enrichment was one of my favorite aspects of being a zookeeper. Keeping the animals mentally and physically active, increasing naturalistic behaviors, and engaging them in more dynamic ways was the epitome of zookeeping, personally.  Continue reading Boredom is a Four Letter Word

Positive Spin on a Dire Situation

I have been struggling with how to convey my most important fitness message to my audience for some time.  My main motivation and inspiration for getting fit was conservation.  Doing my part to stay healthy and help the planet.  But it has also been to create a healthy, positive attitude about our fitness, and conservation.  This is where it gets tricky, and I have wrangled with my message.  The situations our favorite animals are facing are dire.  They need immediate, and often drastic action.  To make the most positive impact, we need to change a lot of our eating habits, consumer habits, and even our workout habits.  But as I’ve been told, learning about the dire situations our planet faces doesn’t actually inspire people, it brings them.  How do I, as a trainer utilizing positive reinforcement put a positive spin on a dire situation and inspire people to get fit not just for themselves, but for the planet? Continue reading Positive Spin on a Dire Situation

30 Days Wild- June 5: Beach Naturalist

I volunteer as a Beach Naturalist at Deception Pass’ Rosario Beach, and during low tide, it is a fascinating and wondrous world of underwater life that can be found simply by slowing down and taking in your surroundings. Continue reading 30 Days Wild- June 5: Beach Naturalist

30 Days of Wild- June 4: A Hot Day

I do not thrive in hot weather.  It’s one of the reasons Washington is so appealing to me.  But this weekend is a scorcher- 78 today (felt like 100) and low 80s tomorrow.

At least we aren’t in Beaverton, which is going to hit 100 this weekend!  WHAT the WHAT?!?!  Weird summer last year my ass!

I did a double workout but I’m surprised by my ability to muster through the lazy sleepy feeling I had around 2:00.  It was too hot for a soccer field workout, so we picked a nice spot in the shade of the wooded nature trail and performed our burpeee/planks partner WOD.  Fun times!

30 Days Wild- June 3: Writing in the Woods

I didn’t think I was going to have my day in nature today until I went to my Whidbey Writers’ Network social planning meeting at Captain Whidbey Inn in Coupeville.  0c709186-d447-45bb-ad0e-8dae7c95c395Once there, I was enthralled with our new writing quarters.  This quaint lodge on Penn Cove in the Puget Sound was surrounded by woods, gardens, and gorgeous Pacific Northwest scenery.d5c062c4-5ccf-40e7-9eeb-bd4e02a77b92

I say new writing quarters because we are starting to have writing groups that will meet in the “Ice House”, a cozy little conference center next to the vegetable garden and surrounded by nooks and crannies for anyone with a need for privacy or peace and quiet.b75f31bd-9560-48e6-a6c0-deb9fcfd478f

What a lovely afternoon among the gorgeous nature!d1e7d398-58e3-4be4-8519-d914f051c534

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 100: Awakening the Passion for Conservation and Fitness

There is an incredible amount of passion residing within me.  It seems obvious that I would have such strong infatuation for animals and nature, given my career of choice. Growing up, I jumped at every opportunity to increase my knowledge and experience with wildlife and their environments.  As my admiration for nature grew, so did a third, very prominent obsession: conservation.  The more I learned about my favorite animals, and the more I studied nature, the more I wanted to do everything in my power to protect both.  More than one person can relate to this story, I’m sure. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 100: Awakening the Passion for Conservation and Fitness

100 Ways of EarthFit: Mother’s Day Part 2- Maiden of the Pass

Celebrating Mother’s Day at Deception Pass could have been hit or miss.  How many moms out there would say “You know what I want to do on a day celebrating ME?  Go visit the tide pools at Rosario Beach!”  I mean, that’s what would think to be a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but I’m not actually a mom, so… Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit: Mother’s Day Part 2- Maiden of the Pass