Get Up and Move Update- October

It’s the end of October and we are almost finished with this years commitment of moving our bodies 30 minutes a day. I must admit, nothing is really going to change for me once January comes but for some of you moving all year will be a wonderful, healthy success you should all be very proud of.

Let’s see here, October for us has been quite busy but not pain free for me by any means. I mentioned that I have been dealing with some ankle pain for the past few months. Ultimately, that did not stop me from doing many of the things I love to do. My family made the entire west and east bluff loop at Devil’s Lake State Park a few weeks ago and it was amazing. Five hours of hiking happiness;-)

The next weekend I participated in a breast cancer walk which was three miles.

We have been getting back into our gym routine slowly and still making time for nightly walks when I am able to withstand the pain in my ankle.

And by no means have my afternoon workouts been effected, I still do this every day. I find it relieves morning stress and gives me the energy to make it through the afternoons.

So all in all, the month of October has been productive considering my ailment of a sore ankle. With the time change and less hours of daylight, I plan to really get back to the gym in the next month since walking in darkness is not one of my favorite things to do. Plus, we are working on finalizing our training plan to be ready for our vacation that is coming up.

Share with me what you did this month to keep healthy and active. I would love to hear from you.

Changing My Routine To Minimize Pain

Have you ever taken aqua zumba? Did you like it?

I finally decided to sign up and am looking forward to the adventure. I have been having a lot of ankle pain in one ankle since kicking a rock this summer in the river during a portage. (Not a smart move, I would not recommend doing this) Although, it’s not quite bad enough for me to go see a doctor yet, I am trying to stay as active as possible through the pain. I figured a water class would help this ailment and I am going to give it a try.

That being said, I do not plan to take it easy until the snow flies for sure. I have to savor these snow free days and get outside as much as possible. My hiking boots offer instant pain relief and ice helps when I sit long enough to ice it. Nothing at the gym hurts unless I walk the treadmill which I dislike with a passion. So, no worries there.

Anyhow, I am looking forward to trying this class. It gives me a set time and place for something to happen for the next 6 weeks, which for me at this time of year is great. Add in two weekends of family fun and a possible toddler hike we are hoping to squeeze in yet and I will be booked until Christmas. Awesome!!!!

Do you like having a full calendar?

What are your likes and dislikes regarding aqua zumba?

Listening To My Body Is Not Always Easy

Happy Friday everyone….it has been a gorgeous sunny week here in Green Bay and we have taken full advantage of every second, which is why I have not blogged since Monday, sorry!

With October upon us I must say it’s getting a little cold for my blood to spend a great deal of time outdoors but I am still savoring the moments without a winter jacket, hat, and scarves. I have broke out my gloves but I don’t mind them as much. I do have to admit, I have been taking it easy on the workouts lately due to some ankle issues that have decided to haunt me. That being said, I have still made it to the gym at least twice a week and we still take a short daily walk every morning. Our evening walk of three miles has been what has suffered the most. If I find myself chasing the kids all day I have been opting out of pushing it further at night with a walk. Although, if my pain level is still tolerable by dinner then we take it slow and easy. I have been wrapping it and icing it as much as possible but that is nearly impossible during working hours. So all in all, I could be doing less to hurt less but for my mental health, I need to exercise to tolerate everything else life throws my way, so I live with the pain.

Anyhow let’s move on. We made our first batch of pumpkin muffins this week and they were all gone in two days. Yes, 12 muffins in two days, gone. Unbelievable! Everyone loved them, obviously.

Our son has started creating his website to promote his photography and it is coming along beautifully. He is loving his photography classes and is turning into quite the busy person between work, school, and photo shoots for family and friends. It’s simply amazing what he finds to capture with his camera. He has mentioned that when he is done with his website I will be allowed to post a link for all my readers, so be watching for this in the near future.

This weekend we have some spectacular weather predicted and I can not wait to get out and soak up some sunshine. There has been talk of maybe taking the fishing boat out one last time before storing it for the winter. We may sneak in a hike depending on how my ankle feels or even possibly a game of disc golf somewhere. Who really knows at this point except that I am sure we will find something to do that is fun in the outdoors.

Have a great weekend everyone;-)

 

Walking For A Purpose….Breast Cancer Walk 2014

This past Saturday I rolled out of bed bright and early to do something I love to do….walk. Only today my walk had meaning behind it. I took part in a breast cancer walk to support women with breast cancer.

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In the past year we have listened to our neighbor agonize over what her sister has been going through while dealing with this illness. We have also watched as the mother of one of our son’s friends has fought this battle. I, myself, dealt with quite the scare less than a year ago and will forever remember the feelings I had while this was all happening.

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As you can imagine when I was asked to walk, I gave no hesitation at all. What better reason would I have to walk with such a great group of individuals than to support such a wonderful cause?

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I Need a Little Sunshine

In all honesty it’s been quite a blah week for me. Let’s see, rain for 4 of 5 days meant we were stuck inside for most of the week. However, that is not to say we did not have fun. One of my daycare kids requested a project that was beyond my doing so I passed her onto to my husband and they accomplished this together. Her hope was for a balance beam to do gymnastics on.

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After it was constructed it needed a little jazzing up. So they took different colored duct tape and made it a rainbow balance beam. What could be better than that, right? It sure made that rainy day a little brighter.

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In case you are wondering about any updates in regards to last weekends tragic accident at Devil’s Lake State Park that we witnessed, we know nothing new. I say this with sadness and hope. We have searched every single day for an update but have come up with nothing. We figure this may be good or bad but we are praying it means good things. Hopefully, this gentleman is recovering comfortably and there is nothing bad to update. Even though he has the right to his privacy, I just wish we knew if he will be ok in time. Either way, I still think of him often and keep praying that as long as we hear nothing it is all good.

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Near the end of my week, I felt like the perfect storm had hit our home. I woke up crabby on Thursday, had my coffee, found the urge to start the laundry before all my little tykes arrived and walked into a basement of water!!!!!!!!!!! The female in me wanted to scream and just turn around and walk back upstairs and forget I ever decided to start the laundry. The wife in me said that someone has to clean it up and figure out what happened since my husband had already left for work. Well, the wife won and I cleaned it up, found the problem and then passed it on to the hubby anyhow. Not a great start to my day and it was only 5:30a.m., I could only imagine what the rest of my day would have in store for me.

Today will be a long day. I have a meeting regarding my daycare business to conduct after hours which means instead of 10 1/2 hours I will likely end up working almost 12 hours. Who in their right mind plans a meeting on a Friday after work? You guessed it, I did. What was I thinking? Anyhow, it is Friday and I could not be happier. Well, honestly, my mood would brighten drastically with a little sunshine.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

 

Fall Trip To Devil’s Lake State Park

This past weekend we decided to squeeze in one last over night trip to our favorite WI park before the snow flies. We hiked all day Saturday at Devil’s Lake State Park and enjoyed all the fall colors,

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saw a class of rock climbers,

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and we also saw the most families I have ever seen at one time on the trails. This family pictured below just blew me away. If you have ever been to Devil’s Lake and climbed the east bluff you can only imagine what this man was feeling when he reached the top. We met him at the top and he was HOT and exhausted!

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Check this out, a family of 6 did this climb. Mom, dad, two kids walking, and two being carried in back packs. I was so proud of them and they should also be proud of themselves. Their children saw something that most children will never get to see and it was thanks to their determination and love for the outdoors. Good job mom and dad:-) (and thank you for letting me snap the picture, if you happen to be reading)

This is an amazing park and now is the prime time to take the trip from where ever you live and experience the beauty of the fall colors. Our son loves this park, there is just so much to capture with his camera.

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Family time is very hard to come by these days with work and school schedules making life so hectic, which is why we really enjoyed the time we spent all together this weekend.

 

 

 

A Special Message for the Gentleman Who Fell

Dear Sir,

My husband, son and I were three of the few gathered on the cliff top enjoying the view when you suddenly appeared and just as fast disappeared from our eyes along the trail you were on. Honestly, none of us could quite believe what we had just witnessed.

I feel this need to write this to you because often times with social media and hearsay people, like all of us, that love to do what we do for fun get a bad wrap for being careless.This however, was not the case when this happened to you. We all saw the trail you were on and could have made the same wrong step you did. Plus, I hope by writing you it makes me feel better inside. I, along with everyone else on the top of that cliff, felt so extremely helpless watching you fall and being able to do nothing to help. There were two EMT’s and one emergency room nurse hiking on that cliff when you fell trying to figure out any way possible to reach you. Your climbing friends were clearly shaken but would have done anything to help you also. We were amazed by the calmness of the one climber whom was thankfully already harnessed and immediately made his way down to you by repelling. Devils Lake park service was first to arrive within minutes and right behind Baraboo Fire and Rope Rescue Team showed up with a climber ready to repel to your location. Finally, after all emergency personnel arrived we were all asked to leave the scene and let them do their jobs. However, this was the part that I just can’t seem to forget. We headed down that trail with everyone else and no one was talking. There were groups gathered around in circles saying prayers for you and it was a somber finish for all of us who witnessed this horrific accident that you endured.

That night as we sat around the camp fire we were so thankful to be safe from a great day of hiking. At the same time our thoughts were on you, your friends and family whom would hopefully be by your side by now at a local hospital. We would not know until arriving home Sunday that you were airlifted from the cliff a few hours later in stable condition. Thank God! We all took a breath of relief but also hoped that stable condition meant that eventually you will be able to get back out there and continue doing what you love.

We are always cautious while hiking this gorgeous park. However, witnessing your mishap has brought a whole new meaning to us that we will never forget. Accidents happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone when we least expect them.

My family will be praying for your full recovery. Just know, that any of us on the top of that  cliff would have done just about anything to help you, we just had no way of doing anything.

Sincerely,

My Family