Trading The Gym For The Outdoors

Lately, I find myself choosing the outdoors over the gym to get my daily workouts. As the seasons change I typically find this to be what happens, although this year it seems earlier than most for this to be happening.

I am not, by any means, a gym die hard. I do, however, like to keep a routine and try and make it there at least twice during week and twice on the weekends in the winter months. The remainder of the time I just find it more convenient to workout at home. When winter comes to an end, I still try and make it there twice during the week but weekends often are spent outside instead.

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That being said, I can’t help but struggle during the week with going to the gym when the sun is shining and there is so much to be offered outside to get in a great workout. Which means some weeks I don’t make it to the gym at all.

For one, I love to do yoga, weights, and stretching in nearby parks. Find a back corner where there is peace and quiet and you can really clear your mind and get in a good sweat.

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As a family we have come to love disc golf. It’s challenging, it’s often a nice walk through a wooded park, and offers fun while your exercising and you often don’t even realize it.

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You all know if I had to choose a great hike over a visit to the gym….the hike would win every time. Here in the midwest, hiking season is short so I take advantage of every chance I get to log trail miles. Granted, I don’t get to work every muscle group I could be working at the gym….however, hiking is one activity that’s truly brings me peace and let’s me know that I can literally walk away from life for a short amount of time. On the trail I can just let everything go.

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Once summer arrives in full force, our paddles come out, get dusted off, and the water calls my name every weekend and even some week nights. From kayaking to paddle boarding, I often struggle with which one to do on which weekend. I know right….what a hard decision to have to make. Believe me…..it really is sometimes.

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During the months of June,July, and August I will be very lucky to touch foot in the gym even once. Weekends are jam packed with summer fun and week days are also jammed packed with other types of summer fun while I work. Caring for children during the days in the summer months is twice as exhausting as in the winter months for me. Winter offers the same activities in rotation. Summer, however, leads to all sorts of summer fun….especially when my husband and son are also home to join in the action. Things such as water balloon fights and critter hunting always add to the fun of summer.

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Do you prefer to spend time exercising outdoors or inside?

What’s you favorite outdoor exercise?

Geocaching, Disc Golf, Fishing, Hiking….Just Not Enough Time In One Weekend

Do you ever feel like you never have enough time in one weekend to do everything you wish to do? We do quite often…this past weekend was one of them. However, we did fit in quite a bit of fun along with some chores that needed to be done also.

First off, Saturday morning we wanted to cross off a few things on the to do list so we made a trip to a local retailer to buy 8 bags of mulch.

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While I spread mulch around our house my husband prepared the boat for the 2017 season and also pressure washed outside toys, tables, chairs, and high chairs from the long winter. This always brightens up everything and is so easy to do.

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Add in a few loads of laundry and some bedding that was cleaned and hung outside to dry and it was now time to have some fun.

We finally went geocaching. In case you missed our new goal announcement, we have decided to section hike the entire Mountain Bay Trail and while doing this we also plan to search and find all the placed geocaches along the way.

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We searched and found all but two in a 4.5 mile section.One was not even attempted do to the width of the ditch of water that would have had to be jumped across and one was simply not located. The trail was quite quiet in this section and offered us some well deserved peace and quiet time.

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Oh, and without leaving out the best worst part of the whole hike, I can now add four more snakes to the list….these things literally make my heart skip a beat. I have a feeling it’s going to be a bad year for these little critters….or maybe I should say, a bad year for me since I seem to be the one to always find them.

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That sums up Saturday…. a productive, yet fun day.

Sunday I woke up later than my husband to breakfast prepared for me. How wonderful was that….I have the best husband ever, in my opinion.

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After breakfast we went fishing for a few hours on a local river. I am not the biggest fan of fishing but sometimes its fun to give it a try. Today was not my lucky day….I caught nothing!! My husband was the lucky one and caught two, both of which he threw back, but its the catch that is the exciting part not cleaning and eating of the catch.

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After this it was a quick trip home for lunch and to pick up our son after he was done working. We had made family plans to hit the disc golf course for the first time this year. This is always fun since we normally are pretty rusty at first. Although, to my surprise I did much better at this than fishing. My first basket I achieved in two throws….with disgust from both my husband and my son. Ahhh, it sure felt good to throw a disc again.

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18 baskets later and it was home for dinner and relaxation time before the week once again.

 

Let’s Relive Summer Mid Winter…..

Who’s feeling like they have had enough of winter? I know I am.

As I often do at this time of year I thought I would take a look back at summer and all the fun that was had by us all. Let’s just say it’s something a bit more brighter, a bit more fun, and a bit more cheerful than looking outside my window at everything covered in WINTER!!!

Join me will you….

The view from atop Oberg Mountain.

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Water, sunshine, and two great friends…who could ask for more?

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Simply relaxing;-)

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Catch of the day.

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Yoga outside…..priceless!

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My second home.

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Freezing cold Lake Superior in July.

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Disc golf anyone?

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The bluest water in Wisconsin.

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Roses….oh, how I miss stopping to smell the roses.

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Homemade fly swatter constructed while sitting next to the campfire.

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It’s coming, summer is right around the corner. If you keep repeating this to yourself like I do we will all survive this winter. You gotta believe….

I Am Not Ready For It To Be August

August 1st already….. where did two months of summer go????? I am just not ready for it to be almost over. We have had so much fun, there is still so much to do, and well, I am just simply not ready.

This weekend I informed my husband and son that mom needed a water break. We have spent the last two months every weekend doing some type of water activity. However, with all that fun comes a lot of work the day after. Beach towels need washing, gear needs enzyme treating, watercraft need to be restored stored and so on.

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In all honesty, I really got the hiking groove back after spending a week on the North Shore of Minnesota. Hiking gives me a certain type of peace and reset that no other activity can give me. Although, my standup paddle board comes in a very close second, hiking is by far my number one sport. So this weekend my husband and I did everything on dry land/trail.

First, we visited my favorite disc golf course in Kaukauna, WI. Grignon Park is like hiking while disc golfing. Of course its my favorite for this simple reason. IMG_4984

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It has some big hills to climb and half the course is thickly wooded which offers solitude and a challenge when disc golfing.

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Then, later in the day, I finally talked him into taking me hiking on a trail I have been wanting to hike for a few years now. I will do a complete write up of this trail after we explore a bit more in upcoming weeks but for now let me say, it’s close to home and VERY PEACEFUL. Here are a few pictures from our 4.5 mile hike.

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It ended up to be a great way to bid farewell to July 2016. As August rolls around we have many more adventures on the calendar. And as you can imagine, I will savor every single moment of warmth and sunshine this next month cause I know what’s right around the corner. I dread it so much so that I am not even going to type that four letter word that starts with “S”

 

What are you looking forward to in the month of August?

What is your favorite season and why?

 

An Awesome Week Completed

Happy Friday everyone!!!! Wow, did I have a great week.

It no secret that my weeks have been a struggle lately. By Thursday I am mentally exhausted and Friday’s are usually a blur at best. This week however, was fantastic. I had energy every night of the week after work and was in the best mood ever. One night we disc golfed a local course,

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another night we walked three miles after dinner, the next night we got in a gym workout, and one night I had a great workout with a friend in a local park.

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This outdoor park workout has turned into one of my favorite places to exercise. Find a quiet park with a big shade tree and grab a yoga mat and do what comes to mind. From yoga to strength training it’s just a great place to workout. Add a partner and you have the makings of a good time.

As for our weekend plans…..we are FINALLY picking up our son’s new kayak. It’s a week late in arriving and it’s driving him insane to have nice weather and nothing to paddle. So you can bet we will be spending some time on the water this weekend.

Have a great weekend……

Feeling Alive Again

You know those morning where you go to get up and every joint cracks as your body weight is lifted from the mattress and is supported by your skeleton?

Then you go to bend over to put your socks on and can’t believe how far away your foot is.

When all you want is a cup of coffee with a little extra punch.

As you drink that coffee wondering, why in the world you played so hard all weekend to return to the work week exhausted and sore everywhere.

If you have experienced that type of morning it simply means it was a great weekend.

I am currently going through that right now and I am so happy to feel this rough. It means I spent the weekend making memories that will last a lifetime.

It means that I have a week of recovery before I ultimately will do it again next weekend.

Those mornings, for me, mean I am alive and feeling wonderful.

Here is a quick look at what we did all weekend as a family.

28 holes of disc golf

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yard games

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our son making do with what we had while waiting for his new kayak to arrive

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Add in a few not so fun chores, like oil changes and yard work and I would say it was a very productive and fun weekend. Finding time these days to spend as a family is hard. This particular weekend we did everything together and it was great.

A Picture Perfect Weekend

Our weekend was picture perfect. Take a look.

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clean carpets thanks to my hubby

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flowers planted

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more egg muffin cups made… this time bacon, onion and cheese

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kayak demo day which is always fun(and expensive)

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a great game of disc golf at a favorite course

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and a beautiful sunset

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What a wonderful weekend it turned out to be for us.