Tag Archive: jogging


The kids didn’t have school today so I ended up sleeping in. That, and the fact that I’m addicted to facebook left me with exactly 2 minutes to make my breakfast and get going on my walk. Even though no one from the apartment has shown up yet for the walking group I still feel the need to be there on time just in case. So, I threw some water, milk, and a scoop of Chocolate Shakeology into my handy dandy shaker cup and off I went. As always, scroll over images for more info. 🙂

It won’t be long before those honeysuckle bushes(?) will be covered with blooms and filling the air with their intoxicating scent. Today was so beautiful and sunny it made me long for Spring. Just look at that bright, blue sky!

I headed onto the path that runs along the south side of the stream and stumbled upon this. If you’re not sure what it is, scroll over the picture.

Um, thanks…I guess. I didn’t quite understand why they went to the trouble of the bag, but not throwing it away. You may be wondering, as I was as I walked on, why I didn’t just pick it up and throw it away myself if it bothered me that much. Well, one hand was busy holding my breakfast and the other was busy taking pictures of things like bags of poop. My only other option was to put it in my jacket pocket until I came upon a trash can. Turns out there are limits to my sense of community service. Just as I was thinking that person was for the birds I noticed an actual bird out of the corner of my eye. Crane? Heron? Bird lovers help me out here.

Taking a different trail took me past a part of Alton Baker Park I don’t normally visit, but I was there before when my brother came to visit in 2009. He introduced us to geocaching which was a lot of fun. This was one of the areas where we found some.

I really wish my camera would wake up faster. If it did, you might have been able to see the worm in this little guy’s beak. Unfortunately, I got the shot just after he gobbled it up.

Near the bridge, there’s this tree that I love. I have a question, though. Isn’t moss only supposed to grow facing one direction? Maybe it’s not moss.

I’m starting to notice some “regulars” when I’m out walking in the morning. Like the lady who brings her dog because he like to chase the squirrels. I recommended Dorris Ranch. She knew the place well and said they call it Squirrelville. : ) So, if you’re walking or running through Alton Baker Park and see a lady with red hair and a camera (possibly wearing spandex) stop and say hi! Maybe I’ll take your picture. 😉

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Quick post today. What? You thought I meant something else? 😉 That can burn a lot of calories, too. But, on to the real reason I’m posting. Today I got to walk with a friend who brought her dog along, too. It was cold, but bright and beautiful. Of course, I had to take a photo of “the tree”. No birds were there today, rude or otherwise. As with all most posts, scroll over the image for more info.

There were lots of people out walking, running, taking their dogs to the dog park. Here in the Northwest we have to take advantage of the sun whenever we get a chance, especially in winter.

I don’t have any deep philosophical thoughts to share today. Just happy to be alive and able to walk around outside taking in the fresh air and sunshine, enjoying good coversation with a friend. Now it’s time to get some care packages together to send over to soldiers in Afghanistan as a “thank you” for putting their lives at risk so we can do things like go for a walk whenever we want to or post whatever we want to say for the world to read. What will you choose to do with your freedom today?

This morning I walked solo and felt sorry for all the people who chose not to join me. It was absolutely beautiful outside! I ended up taking way more photos than I planned. Each time I took one I thought, “Ok, this is the last,” but then I’d turn a corner and have to take another. Scroll over the images for more info.  Check out the Photos from walking adventures Category to see more.

Decided to take a different route today. Went left instead of right toward Alton Baker.

Time to head back to where I started from. Since the route I’d normally take was closed off I hopped onto Pre’s Trail.

Ever find it excruciatingly difficult to get motivated to workout? Yeah, I’ve been there, too. Even after being really good for a long time and getting great results sometimes I just don’t want to do it and I’m finally figuring out why. I’m the type of person who always wants something new and different. Even though I LOVE TurboFire and P90X and both have tons of variety, sometimes I just want to do something either completely new or that I haven’t done in a long time.

I love going outside, but where I live the winter is very predictable…rain, rain, and more rain…or cold and overcast. Having the best fitness programs available in my living room is fantastic, but being a stay-at-home mom I start to feel claustrophic at times and just need to get out in the fresh air. So I’ve learned to mix it up. On the days when the weather is cooperating I head out for a walk/jog. Sometimes I feel so good after being outside I want to do more and pop in a DVD like P90X Shoulders & Arms or TurboFire CORE20.

The key to staying on track, even when you struggle to get motivated, is doing something FUN. Yes, exercise can be fun. For some people it may be taking a bike ride or hiking. For others it may be turning the music up and dancing. Some of us are old enough to remember when having fun as a kid meant some kind of physical activity instead of sitting in front of a TV or computer screen. So think like a kid from a generation or two ago. Maybe we can even teach our own kids a thing or two about having fun. So please share…what activities do you enjoy that get your heart pumping and those feel-good endorphines flowing?

Have you ever tried something you thought would be fun or good for you, found it to be difficult, and decided you’re just not good at it? At some point, not being good at that thing becomes so much a part of who you think you are that it never occurs to you to try again. I’ve done that with many things over the years…running, golf, high impact workouts, talking to strangers…to name a few.

When I was placed at the front desk at the dental office where I was working I was so nervous, but it didn’t take long to figure out how to talk to strangers. Most people just want to be treated with respect and to have someone smile and take an interest in them. Easy enough. Not sure why I had such a hard time with that before. Building that confidence made me start to realize I could all kinds of things I never thought possible.

Most of my life I’ve considered myself to not be athletic. That lead to a life long habit of sitting around which meant a lifetime of struggling with my weight. On November 1, 2009 I started Turbo Jam because I had topped out at 323.6 lbs and knew I HAD to do something. It was so hard at first, but my body began to adapt and change. I lost 40 lbs in the first few months. Then I got sick and got off track. All those years of sitting around made it hard to get my momentum back. I needed a challenge so I started TurboFire which is basically Turbo Jam on crack. I assumed that I needed to modify all the moves because I couldn’t do the high impact stuff. The trainer, Chalene Johnson, is a fantastic motivator and is always saying that our own negative thoughts hold us back so one day I decided to jump just to see if I could. Yep, I could. So no more low impact modifications for me. I choose to do more because I can.

Yesterday, I was walking around the school parking lot to pass the time while my son was at basketball practice. My goal was to do 20 laps before the hour was up. As I came around the last corner of lap 14 it occurred to me that perhaps I could jog a lap, so I did. As I came around the last corner of lap 15 it occurred to me that I felt great and perhaps I could jog another lap, so I did. And another. By the end of lap 17 it occurred to me that I could keep going, but I wasn’t wearing the right shoes and my jeans were falling down. Jogging with one hand keeping your pants up is not ideal, though probably hilarious to watch. I went back to walking and ended up completing 25 laps in all. Now I’ve caught the running bug and need to do some shoe shopping.

The point of all this is that we should all take a few moments to think about what we would like to do, but assume that we can’t. Make a list even. Then, try it. Sure it might be difficult and it may require some learning, but what’s wrong with that? We can turn our weaknesses into strengths and inspire others as we do. Doesn’t that sound better than living a life of “I can’t”? Next on my list…golf. What about you?