30 Days of ZooFit: Day 16- Double Workout, a Healthy Obsession

A few years ago, when I became serious about getting in shape, I was gung ho. I joined a gym, signed up for a weight loss challenge, and began a journey which would lead many friends (but mostly non-friends) to claim I was obsessed. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 16- Double Workout, a Healthy Obsession

30 Days of ZooFit: Day 6- Conservation Hero WODs

Ah, Spring. Here in the Pacific Northwest, at last.

Well, for the moment. April on Whidbey Island is like a crapshoot. Today was absolutely gorgeous.  This weekend is supposed to be raining and dreary again.

Spring, to me, is where ZooFit thrives. ZooFit is very much about exploring and appreciating the outdoors, nature, and the environment. A favorite quote of mine from Baba Dioum says “we will conserve only what we love”. This is true, to me. The more time we go outside, the more we will love being outside. This leads us to caring about what happens to our sacred spaces, those spots we enjoy more than anything else. And what we love we will protect. Continue reading 30 Days of ZooFit: Day 6- Conservation Hero WODs

Conservation Hero WODs

I will have to admit a little factoid about myself. My fitness program is heavily influenced by CrossFit. I have a strange love-hate relationship with CrossFit, but for the most part, and I do mean a majority of my feelings are quite positive. CrossFit offers camaraderie that I have never experienced before. They also offer a huge variety which I greatly appreciate in a workout program. And most of the time, they are very positive reinforcement and encouragement driven.  Continue reading Conservation Hero WODs

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

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

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!

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 92: Star Wars Day

It’s a little known fact that I love nerdy or fandom holidays.  Maybe you picked up on the idea that I love these holidays when I celebrated Pi Day over, say, Easter.  And this week is a big holiday for me.  No, I’m not talking about Cinco de Mayo.  Bigger.  A whole galaxy far far away bigger.  That’s right.  I’m talking about Star Wars Day. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 92: Star Wars Day

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 88: Child’s Play Not So Simple

I had two opportunities to be involved in new fitness programs for children, and I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed both of them tremendously, for different reasons.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 88: Child’s Play Not So Simple

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 68: Taking off the Training Wheels

I hate it when my husband is right.  I mean, I’m okay that he’s right when we’re in agreement, but when he tells me something I’m not prepared to hear, or scared to hear, in this particular instance, well, you’ve heard the term “Hell hath no fury…”? Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 68: Taking off the Training Wheels