100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 62: Getting Healthy? There’s an App for That

I’m trying an experiment for the next few weeks that is going to end up being a little time consuming, but probably well worth the effort.  While I pride myself on being a techno-phobe, I do recognize the value of several smart phone apps that help people track, log, and plan their workouts, meals, diet, and even grocery shopping.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 62: Getting Healthy? There’s an App for That

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 58: A Seinfeld Type of Day

If you ever ask what the show Seinfeld was about, your answer will be that it was a show about nothing.  I know I did a bunch of stuff- did laundry (including both heavy blankets where the Monster kitty threw up a hairball), I made a breakfast casserole, stopped by the library to pick up my copies of “Seeds of Hope” by Jane Goodall, drove all the way to Padilla Bay outside of Anacortes for Beach Naturalist training, and even went grocery shopping to last through Saturday, when I am able to attend our first Whidbey Island farmers market.  But I feel like it was a Seinfeld type of day.  A day where nothing happened. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 58: A Seinfeld Type of Day

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 48: Leaving Oregon

I was going to try to be all poignant and significant with my post, and relate my packing and moving to fitness and conservation, but to tell the truth, my brain is a little fried from the whirlwind of news and last chances and the actual packing and moving.  We are leaving Oregon and if I’m being brutally honest here, it couldn’t come soon enough. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 48: Leaving Oregon

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 14: Happy Heart Day

Most couples celebrate February 14 as Valentine’s Day and surprise each other with chocolates, flowers, and expensive dinners.  While I understand this particular “holiday” is to celebrate love, I tend to call it Happy Heart Day, and do things that feel good for the heart, mind, and soul. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 14: Happy Heart Day

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 13: When Things Don’t Go as Planned

There is nothing on earth more frustrating than when things don’t go as planned.  Take today.  I planned on going to this job fair and finding the perfect job.  And then I’d go to the grocery store and get all my things for dinners and lunches for this coming week.  After that, Chris and I would go to the Zoo Club for our workout.  And then I’d make dinner, watch one of my webinars and have dozens of topics to discuss for my blog post.

But so very little actually happened the way I envisioned.  The job fair was pretty much the representatives giving me a sheet of paper that showed the exact job openings on their website.  So, I didn’t speak with anyone directly, but instead went home and applied for the jobs I thought I would be qualified or interested in doing.  There is an Environmental Education Instructor at the Nature Park that seems up my alley.  But it’s seasonal, and I’m afraid it’s full-time seasonal,  which is a little more than I’m wanting to work currently.

I did find some killer deals on Quorn chicken products while grocery shopping.  Quorn is a vegetarian protein product, and I’ve used the chicken fillets before, so that was a great find.  But I forgot a few other items on my list and ended up having to go back to the store to make sure I had everything for dinner.

Our workout was most disappointing.  We headed over to Zoo at 4:00.  While the gym is 24 hours for members, our 7-day pass was only for staffed hours.  And what we didn’t realize was on Saturdays, the staff hours were only 10 am- 2 pm.  Nuts!  With the rain and slight cold, we weren’t able to go to our regular park, and things didn’t go as planned to work arms/chest/back .  To make matters worse, it’s completely unstaffed on Sundays, so we are now done with our pass to Zoo, and we don’t have anywhere in mind to workout for Valentine’s Day.  I’m going to have to put on my thinking cap and figure something out….

To top my evening off, I watched a webinar about time-management in regards to finding time to fit behavioral husbandry (training and enrichment) into zookeepers’ busy days.  I was intrigued by the idea of the webinar because it could potentially fit very well into my Zookeeper Fitness book, to explore how zookeepers find time to keep their animals healthy and active, and demonstrate how anyone can find time to take care of themselves for fitness.  But the webinar went nothing like I anticipated, and while I don’t feel it was a complete waste of an hour, I definitely feel I could have spent that time doing something more worth while, like, say, loving on my cats, or reading my Uncommon Field Guide book for the Book Club.

Setbacks and disappointments are going to happen.  Such is life.  How you handle yourself is the important key.  I didn’t do a workout today, but I can finish my glute exercises.  I don’t need a gym for those.  I can even read my book while doing my glute exercises.

I don’t need a gym to perform the workout I would like to try for Valentine’s Day.  I just need space.  So, if Chris and I have options, we will get a V-Day workout and we will LOVE it!!!  And I downloaded at least 20 webinars, so even though this one didn’t meet my expectations, I’m sure I’ll watch at least a couple that will have relevance to me in my situation.  Tomorrow is another day to be completely awesome!

Winter’s Break is OVER!!!

I am ending my hiatus officially tonight.  Oh, my excuses for not writing were long and vast, some were even mildly legit.  But let’s be honest- I could have easily gotten even a hundred word blog to simply state how I’m doing and WHAT I’m doing.  But sometimes life happens.

Let’s just say I was on Winter Break. Continue reading Winter’s Break is OVER!!!

Work in Progress

How do you know if you are making progress in your fitness if you don’t have a gym or a personal trainer to mark progress toward your goal? progress You mark it yourself.  And today, I wanted to test how far Chris and I may have come in our journey of working out in the great outdoors.  On October 14, we finished one of the most grueling workouts I’d ever come up with: the Nature Park.  The workout entailed us running around the entirety of the park, following all trails going to the left.  Well, we don’t run so much as jog or run at a walking pace.  But I did us one more in the workout.  How much fun would it be to just run?  None at all.  So, I decided to have us do different exercises every time we came up to a bench.  They were quick little circuits, but effective.  On that date, October 14, Chris and I finished the entire circuit in 90 minutes.  That was about 3 miles of jogging plus several circuits of abs, legs, and arms.673px-TualatinHillsMap Continue reading Work in Progress

The Boring Side to Fitness

I know this is going to sound blasphemous coming from me, but I’m going to go ahead and say it:  There is a boring side to fitness, and I’m delving into it head-on right now!

In my endeavors to become a mentor and knowledgeable in my conservation fitness program, I felt I should get some sort of professional recognition to help back up many of my fitness claims and suggestions.  So, I found an online personal training certification course and I’ve signed up.  I have no desire to be a personal trainer, even if I get the certification, but the title will give me some credentials that I can’t get with the “zookeeper” or “conservationist/environmentalist” titles. Continue reading The Boring Side to Fitness

Special Dedication- 1000 Days of Art

In 2013, my husband embarked on a challenge for himself and his passion.  He decided that he would challenge himself to do some kind of art, whether that be painting or drawing for at least 30 minutes each day.  Every day.

Chris has always been inspired by the masters, and knowing those masters have dedicated their lives to their craft, and knowing they did their art every freaking day is what MADE them masters, Chris wanted to emulate some of their principles. Continue reading Special Dedication- 1000 Days of Art