Exercise & Activity Archive


Three Great Day Hikes for Kids (and their Parents) in Western Washington

Hopefully that last post inspired you to pack a snack and hit the trail! In case you are wondering where to go for your first hikes, here are my reviews of the trails we have explored this month. I’d love to know where your family likes to hike. Please leave a note


The Joy of Hiking with Kids

This month our family has gone on several day hikes. I’ve got to say it feels really good to get out and breathe fresh mountain air. The scent of fir needles baking on a sun drenched forest floor is invigorating. These little excursions have been therapeutic for my body and my mind.


The Houseworkout

  Every day I come across reminders of the powerful connection between the mind and the body. There is a reason phrases like “keep your head in the game” are used so often. If you have been struggling to overcome a stumbling block in your health journey I highly suggest you make


How to Lose (or Maintain) Weight on Vacation

Planing to lose weight on vacation can be tricky. In many cases you are setting yourself up to go against the cultural norm. Over the past five years I have lost, maintained, and gained weight while on vacation. Each time the key to success or a weighty surprise has been in the


Weekend Warriors – 5 Upcycled Wood Projects

One of the wonderful benefits of shedding a collective 300+ pounds is an increase in energy and physical ability for both Mr. Second Helpings and myself. Just yesterday we charged through a bedroom painting project in a couple of hours and marveled at easy it felt. Shortly after moving into our home


Tip Toeing Through The Tulips

On Friday our family packed a picnic and visited the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. I thought you might enjoy a few of the shots we captured in the fields. It is always a treat to be able to see row upon row of vibrant tulips up close. We even told The Little


5 Ways to Celebrate Earth & Arbor Days Throughout the Year

This week is framed by two wonderful days that remind us to be mindful citizens of the planet. When I think about Earth Day and Arbor Day I am inspired to find ways to protect and celebrate the wonders of the natural world. Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day, “an annual day


April 3rd is National Walking Day

Lace up those sneakers - Today is The American Heart Association’s National Walking Day! Please check with your healthcare provider before beginning a new routine. Walking is one of the few activities that I can fit in almost any time. Even at my heaviest I frequently chose walking as my method of


Put your Heart Into It

Today I took a little time out to show some love to myself. Even with a busy day ahead I spent 30 minutes jogging on our treadmill. Over the past few months I have been working to make physical activity a greater priority. Because it is Valentine’s Day and we are smack


Climbing Out of a Rut

From time to time I find myself getting sucked into a rut of lethargy and general funkiness. These are the days when I am most likely to stand infront of the open refrigerator and try to cure my ill ease with a snack, or three. During these times my to-do list feels


Workouts On Demand – Review and Giveaway!

Regular readers are aware of my recent frustrations over Netflix removal of all fitness content from their Instant Watch library (read my rants here and here). Well readers, it is time to move forward. A few weeks ago I was contacted by the lovely folks at Workouts On Demand. In exchange for reviewing the


Really Netflix??

Update 9/9/12: If you have stumbled upon this post looking for a way to stream workouts make sure to click over to my review of www.workoutsondemand.com and enter the membership giveaway or take advantage of the 55% reader discount. Good afternoon Netflix Users and Our Lady Readers! It has been a few

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