I Wonder Why….

I wonder why some people turn to food when stressed? (guilty)

I wonder why prescription drug side effects are often worse then the condition they are meant to treat? Have you ever listened to the end of a drug commercial when it says: side effects could include yadayadayada? Makes me really wonder if its worth it in the end!

I wonder why people seem to pass away shortly after retirement?

I wonder why parents often don’t give their children credit for how smart they really are at a very young age?

I wonder why people often use age as a reason not to be active?

I wonder why ophidiophobia has to exist? (I have a severe case of this)

I wonder why we have 2 day weekends and 5 day work weeks?  What would happen if it was reversed? Just think about that for a few minutes.

I wonder why domestic abuse cases are higher during football season?

I wonder why life has to be so tough at times and yet so easy at other times? Wouldn’t it just be easier to live a balanced happy life?

 

Can you add to my list?

 

 

 

Advertisements

Opening A Child’s Eyes

It is so rewarding to open a child’s eyes to something new and exciting. Our family recently had this opportunity again this past weekend when we stopped in for a visit with my inlaws. They had our niece with them for the weekend and we just happen to have two kayaks in the truck for a brief paddle on the lake near their campsite. (Yes, I know we have whitewater kayaks and this is a lake, but water is water when you can’t get to a river.)

We see our niece once, maybe twice a year so this was quite the treat. Although, we do not know her very well, she seemed very interested in the kayaks and asked a ton of questions on the way to the lake. (Yes, that is a winter hat and mittens on her head and hands. It was quite chilly this weekend.)

IMG_1077

When we reached the lake the boys suited up entered the water.IMG_1083

That is when she took her position at the docks edge, got comfortable, and watched closely.

IMG_1088

Even talking Uncle Terry into rolling his kayak. ( it was pretty cold on this particular day)

IMG_1090

Then the offer was made for her to try it. She was not too sure but said she just wanted to sit in a kayak next to the dock. This was done and it took only a few minutes until she asked for a paddle and gave it a try. I think you would all agree that the smile says it all.

IMG_1092

I think we may have a another paddler in the family.

It was such a pleasure to spend time with her and show her how our family has fun. We don’t get to spend much time if any with much of our family but the offer is always there for anyone to join us in our adventures.

 

 

 

Weekend Highlights: Rhubarb Jam and Getting Reunited With My Standup Paddle Board

What a spectacular weekend we had. It all started Friday night. We had the great pleasure of being invited to clear out an entire patch of rhubarb from one of my daycare families yard. I was beyond thrilled with this offer from them. Immediately the wheels started turning in my head. The cookbooks were out and I started adding to my grocery list the ingredients needed to make jam and rhubarb bread.

IMG_4713

Thankfully, after cutting a ton of stalks, my husband offered to do all the cleaning and chopping so I could get the rest of the grocery shopping done Friday night. I returned home to find it all chopped and packaged in the frig waiting for me to prepare. Although, this would all have to wait until Sunday.

Saturday was our day of play which really turned into a day of pure relaxation. I finally got reunited with my standup paddle board after many, many months of it hanging on the wall. We loaded it up on our new Thule roof rack system we purchased back in March and headed to a new lake we were told to check out from a friend.

IMG_4720

Let me just say, I was in HEAVEN! The lake was calm, quiet, and not a weed in sight.

IMG_4715

Weeds are always a big fear of mine especially if I fall into a patch of them…ewwww! However, no one fell in this time. I paddled for quite a few hours. My husband fished from one of our recreational kayaks while I simply enjoyed the calm lake. At one point I decided to lay back on the board, take in some sun and actually dozed off awakening to find that I had drifted into the lily pads on the edge of the lake. Now that is relaxed, I guess I needed some down time. Thankfully, I fell asleep with my PFD still on :/

Sunday brought the day to put all that rhubarb to good use. I made rhubarb sauce for pancake topping or it’s also great on ice cream. I also made rhubarb bread, mini muffins, and jam.

IMG_4728

I still have about three gallons of chopped rhubarb to use up  but I ran out of time. After all that cooking it was time to get a gym workout in before the stormy weather hit Sunday night.

I could not have asked for a better weekend. I hope you all enjoyed your as much as I did.

 

 

 

 

Hiking vs. Walking

I have to get this off my chest and apologize to anyone who does not want to hear me gripe. If that’s the case, STOP reading now!

As you all know we are an active family. We often ask others to join us in our outdoor activities. The individuals that are asked are people we see often, enjoy each others company and typically have a good time together. When we ask them to stop over and share dinner, watch a movie or just to chat, they are all in. When we suggest a walk they start getting somewhat nervous, although at times, have joined us. But ask them to step out of their comfort zones and take a hike with us and excuse after excuse start to pour out of them.

Why I ask? I need some insight on this…please help me understand what is so scary about the word “hike” compared to the word “walk”. It is literally the same activity!!!!

I have thought about this many times. What dictates the difference between the two? Mileage, shoe of choice, elevation(if any), surroundings, terrain, duration, etc.?

I am well aware that we live in Wisconsin, the home of brats, beer and cheese. This should get me some dandy comments butttt ….are people in Wisconsin that lazy?

We all wonder why our kids are getting larger with every generation that passes. We wonder why health care costs what it cost. I’ll tell you why.  It’s because as parents, we are not good role models if all we do is sit on our rumps! It’s because our bodies were designed to move, not sit still.

The weather is finally getting nice. After two weeks of trying to make plans for a fun activity with some friends that would take place somewhere other than a couch, I have just given up.

I’ve decided to toss out an offer and let active people come to us instead. So,if you happen to be in the Wisconsin area and are ACTIVE, let us know. Many of my followers are hikers and we would not hesitate to get together for a hike, paddle, walk, or anything else for that matter.

 

Let’s Reminisce / Get Up and Move Update Week 3

I have made it very clear that the months of winter are very long for me. So I thought we would reminisce together. If you miss the sunny skies of summer, sunscreen, wet beach towels, tailgate meals, dirt covered hiking trails and just about anything else that pertains to summer, please enjoy these pics with me.

A winter hike today

DSC_0109

A summer hike in the future to look forward to.

IMG_2725

Our VERY icy beach today

DSC_0255

The same gorgeous sunny beach we will wait patiently to see again in the summer.

IMG_1572

A friend we came across while winter hiking

DSC_0191

A warm weather friend I wouldn’t mind seeing again.

IMG_2912

My husband climbing the ice mountain alone

DSC_0227

A much more enjoyable mountain we could climb again together.

IMG_3124

Our very dry kayaks hanging in the garage.

IMG_2753

The way we would rather see our kayaks. WET!!!

IMG_1745

Oh, if only I could make our rivers flow and warm up sooner…..

And last but not least, the lighthouse we aim for when fishing on the big lake in the summer months. This lighthouse is my savior because that means we are almost to the bathrooms after HOURS of fishing.

Today it looks a little frosty with splattered lake water frozen to the side of it.

DSC_0224

And here is a look at it in the summer months with no ice crystals nearby.

IMG_3261

Gosh, do I miss summer. I just keep thinking, everyday brings me a little closer to the time of year I love.

Enough reminiscing, time to move on…

Now for the GET UP AND MOVE UPDATE for week three.

Monday 1/13: 30 minutes on the arc trainer, 15 minutes of cycling and weight training (all at the gym)

Tuesday 1/14: 30 minutes cycling, and 30 minutes of floor exercises at home, 45 minute yoga dvd

Wednesday 1/15: 30 minutes of cycling(at home), 30 minutes on the arc trainer, weight lifting, 15 minutes of cycling (at the gym)

Thursday 1/16: 3 mile walk with my hubby

Friday 1/17: 30 minutes cycling and 30 minute stability ball workout with hand weights (at home)

Saturday 1/18: 30 minutes on the arc trainer, 15 minutes cycling and weight lifting (all at the gym)

Sunday 1/19: 30 minutes on the arc trainer, 20 minutes cycling and weight lifting (all at the gym)

This week has been amazing. Great workouts even though we arrived at the gym a few times this week and cars were parked on the street due to the lot being full. The joys of New Year’s resolutions….it will slowly clear out in the upcoming weeks, I am sure. At least the gym has plenty of equipment, which means we did not have any trouble getting in what we needed to in a reasonable amount of time.

So how are you all doing on the challenge? Are you getting in 30 minutes? Are you feeling more energized? Are you sleeping better? I can attest from what my husband has seen since he has started his new routine, that he is feeling much better all the way around. He has so much more energy. His first two arc trainer sessions were killers but he is now up to 30 minutes at one time at a very good level and his heart rate is perfect;) Which makes his wife (me) very happy. I hope you are all seeing the same successful outcome that he has seen.

For me, well, the 30 minutes is really not much of a challenge. I normally workout a lot and I know this. My workouts are more for happiness than exercise. Which may sound odd, but exercise just really makes me happy. With my birthday coming up here in a few months I am just so grateful I am as active as I am at this age. It’s sort of odd to think what I was like when I was 25 because I did not do much at all when I was younger. Now, there are days where I just have to say enough is enough and just stop moving for the day.