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

Lessons from a Sloth

I started a running club this summer. I know, shocker! The girl who hates running, and avoids it at all costs just admitted to creating a running club. But wait. You didn’t hear the name of our running group. We call ourselves the Sloth Army. And in the past few weeks, I’ve learned there are some valuable lessons one can learn about health and fitness from a sloth. Continue reading Lessons from a Sloth

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

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 59: Buff Beach Bum

I should learn my lesson about bad-mouthing how a day goes, because then something is going to happen to shut me right up the next day.  While I may have felt unaccomplished with happenings yesterday, today was pack full of inspiration.  I guess I’ll have to buckle down and pick just one thing, and I think the best topic for the day was Double Bluff Beach workout.  Just call me the Double Bluff Buff Beach Bum.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 59: Buff Beach Bum

100 Days of EarthFit- Day 57: Putting Motivation in the Bank

There is a fairly popular and famous animal behavior expert by the name of Steve Martin.

SteveHarpy2-672x372Please do not confuse him with the comedian.  I’m sure he gets it ALL THE TIME!  He has so much great insight on practices for training, I consider him a true mentor in the field.  One of his many “gems” discusses the relationship between animals and trainers as a “trust bank”.  I have found this philosophy to coincide well with my fitness and wellness practices, but instead of calling it a “trust bank”, I refer to the actions I take as “putting motivation in the bank.”  But let me explain a little more what this “bank” reference means.trust-fall1
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100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 54: First Whidbey Island Workout

I am trying to establish routines as quickly as possible before I get sucked into the vortex of lounging around the house, doing a whole lot of nothing, and complaining that I’m not satisfied.  Part of life satisfaction comes from doing the ground work and setting accomplishing goals and routines.  I had already taken over a week off from working out to finish packing and getting ready for our great move, now was time to get off our rears and DO SOMETHING!  Trying to explore several options, we ventured out to do our first Whidbey Island workout.  Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 54: First Whidbey Island Workout

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 53: Creating Brand New Habits From Scratch

When I started my fitness journey in 2014, I created healthy habits that became a part of my routine and lifestyle.  This included my eating habits, workout habits, and even my drinking (water) and supplement habits.  I now drink way more water than I ever thought possible.  I eat more vegetables and fruit than processed snacks.   I log my meals.  Some habits need extra practice, and I decided that with our move and fresh start, now would be a great time to practice some of these habits that need refreshing, and also creating brand new habits from scratch. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 53: Creating Brand New Habits From Scratch

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 44: OrangeTheory Fitness

I got a phone call from OrangeTheory Fitness center about my membership I had reserved a couple months ago.  I hadn’t forgotten about it per se, but I kept forgetting to call them during their business hours to cancel my membership.  I told them about my situation and they still invited me to their facility for a free workout.  And who am I to say no to a free killer workout?   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 44: OrangeTheory Fitness

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 31: Great Workout, Anytime

With my husband off to his figure drawing open studio and my late shift at the wildlife refuge, I decided to forego another CrossFit WOD for the day, and finished my trial membership at Anytime Fitness, just down the street from the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 31: Great Workout, Anytime