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I'm a self-professed adventure writer and former exercise junkie seeking a long-term relationship with my higher self, healthy workout habits, and a balanced, adventurous lifestyle in San Luis Obispo. Join me as I discover the healthy activities of SLO County, from land to sea.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Day 7

Sometimes you have to ride the choppy waves and trust that you'll arrive safely on shore. I won't elaborate now, but today's unexpected good news feels like the end of a bumpy ride. But regardless, the last 12 hours made for another long day and now it’s time to finish my 30 minutes of exercise.

Since I already walked around Downtown SLO for 10 minutes this evening (before watching 2 great surf films at the Fremont Theatre that kicked off this weekend’s Wine, Waves and Beyond event  that benefits the Association of Amputee Surfers), I’ll get in my other 20 and call it a day.

Tomorrow, let the good tides roll.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Day 6

Seriously long day. Very tired. Keeping my thoughts short and simple this evening. 

In spite of wanting nothing more than to come home and plop on the couch, I managed to get in a 30-minute walk. What really inspired me to get out and accomplish my committed exercise today was a simple quote that I stumbled upon earlier this evening. While browsing and wandering a bit aimlessly in a bookstore in downtown San Luis Obispo, by happenstance I found a book about the law of attraction that was randomly stuck on the wrong shelf. I flipped opened to a page and an affirmation struck me as simple, yet poignant: I allow myself to have what I want.

Right now I know what I want—a healthy, fit body and psyche. So I’ll keep on moving. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Day 5

We are bombarded with health advice. Not a day goes by that just by turning on the news, looking online or glancing at market-stand magazines, messages abound. Over time these proclamations change, and sometimes we’re left wondering what holds true. Are we getting enough sleep? Are stress levels too high? Are we exercising enough? Do our diets contain enough monounsaturated fat? What kind of carbohydrates are good for us? 

But no matter how much the expert advice varies over the years about our recommended diet and lifestyle habits, I will always remember one very important truth about the human body: We were not designed for inactivity. And even though varying opinions exist as to how often, or how intense our workouts should be, the bottom line is…exercise is key. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, regular physical activity helps controls weight; combats health conditions and diseases; improves mood; boosts energy; and promotes better sleep. Now that I’m steering myself back on track with my fitness goals (day 5 and I’m feeling better already!), I’m looking forward to reaping these rewards. Over the next 95 days and beyond, I’ll continue to monitor my progress and keep on moving. I’ll even continue to listen to what some of the experts have to say. 

30 minutes of movement a day.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Day 4

I couldn’t keep to the bare minimum today. My self-imposed pledge to complete 30 minutes of daily exercise just didn’t hit the mark. Once my feet clobbered the sand and my lungs took a deep breath of fresh ocean air—I forged ahead.  Morro Rock loomed one-and-a-half miles in front of me, and I couldn’t resist its lure. 

With a lovely stretch of beach sporting perfect walking conditions, I marched on towards the 21-million-year-old Rock, the extinct volcanic peak that juts 576 feet into the sky. At the early hour of 8:00 a.m., this geological landmark of Morro Bay sat tranquilly amidst the lucid sky; its massive height captured flawlessly by the enchanting seaside canvas. 

I regaled in the clear blue skies, the steady crash of booming waves, and miracle of all miracles—hardly any wind. Walkers, joggers, dogs, and surfers performed their morning rituals on this idyllic holiday morning; I paused along the way to record my daybreak with incredible photo ops as the magnificent Rock’s reflection glinted across the wet sand. 

After one-and-a-half hours of traipsing along this coastal escape (my 30 minutes far into overtime!), fatigue settled in and I plodded back to my car. The wind picked up, and as I looked back towards the water’s edge, whispers of fog enveloped the Rock. I headed home.

30 minutes of exercise every day for 100 days. Day 4a colossal success.

A perfect day for reflection.

I stumbled upon this message at Morro Rock. Good advice.

All text and photos copywright @ 2012 by Elizabeth in SLO. All rights reserved.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Day 3

Sunny blue skies? Check!
Perfect temperatures? Yes!
Another gorgeous day in SLO paradise? You bet!

I got my wish—I woke up to a beautifully colored sky. Perfect conditions for the third day of the 100 Days Challenge.  My motivation to accomplish at least 30 minutes of exercise today soared through the roof and my hiking boots begged for a brisk climb. I headed for the big “M.”

Cerro San Luis Obispo Mountain, aka San Luis Mountain or Madonna Mountain, sports a trail that climbs up and around to a spot that rewards its hikers with terrific views of San Luis Obispo City and the surrounding Santa Lucia Mountains. This ascent ends when you reach a huge cemented, decaying “M” that lies flat against the mountainside. Supposedly the “M” stands for the nearby Old Mission School (and not for the Madonna Inn as many people commonly believe).

Standing at the end of the trail on a magnificent day like today, the hills, the buildings, the inhabitants and the nearby coastline all melded seamlessly from this lofty vantage point. My daily 1,800 seconds of huffing and puffing went quickly; the backs of my legs benefitted from the steep incline, and my hamstrings held their own on the way down. Just another SLO day in paradise.

"Beauty awakens the soul to act." Dante Alighieri

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Day 2

As someone once said, everyone complains about the weather but no one ever does anything about it. Today the San Luis Obispo sky sat gray and morose, barely giving way to a hint of sunshine. I felt like sitting right along with it. For a much anticipated holiday weekend, this was hardly the Saturday I’d envisioned. 

But don’t get me wrong. I love where I live; I’ll gladly take the clouds, the fog, and whatever else this unique geographic pocket on the California Central Coast throws my way. It’s just that, well…don’t we tend to feel more motivated when the heavens sport golden rays and clear blue views? 

Since I couldn’t look to the blue, I searched within. I forced myself to put on my exercise clothes, grabbed my new point ‘n shoot camera, and hit the gray atmosphere for my committed 30 minutes of movement. I ran a little and walked a lot. I reminisced of the 10K I attempted to run a few weeks ago that was a bust. Not enough consistent training. Too much indolence. 

So, as I sit here now in front of my computer amidst the melancholy weather, on the second day of the 100 Days Challenge, I am grateful for the day regardless of the color. I’m making changes and holding myself accountable.  Tomorrow’s weather will bring its own unique influence and I look forward to whatever the day brings.

Just now, glinting through the curtains behind me, is a bright gleam of light.

I brightened my day (and living room) with my favorite colored flowers, 
purchased this morning at a local SLO farmer's market.