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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.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Day 37

This evening I chased after my young niece who isn't even walking yet. Then she delighted as this momma turkey strutted through the yard, protectively goading her winged babes. 

Takes a lot of energy to keep up with the little whippersnappers. Thank goodness I exercise every day.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Day 36

Made it to Friday. Celebrated by getting my body adorned with henna art. Hopefully I didn't sweat off the ink when I exercised. 

Ancient art  form meets modern at-home workout dvd.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Day 35

My arms are sore. That's called progress. I wonder what my arms will look like ten years from now if I keep up with at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.

Probably pretty well toned.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Day 34

Whew. Today I took a big step and said what I needed to say. Sometimes you just have to face your fear and do it anyway. 

Oh, I exercised too.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Day 32

My daily exercise almost slipped my mind today. But then I remembered. So I mustered up some energy and took time away from extra curricular projects to get some fresh air. So glad I did. Stomped the pavement a bit, did some stretching, breathed a little. Good for me. 

Now it's back to work.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Day 31

"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."
~Jim Ryan 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Day 30

If I can create new habits, anyone can. 

It's already day 30 of the 100 Days Challenge and by this point, exercising every day is becoming second nature to me again. I must admit that some days I don't feel like doing much of anythingI'm exhausted at the end of the daybut I committed to this challenge and I'm seeing it through. In fact, I'm ready to step it up. Thirty minutes each day doesn't even seem like enough anymore. 

So, as I embark on the rest of this journey, I'll continue to look to the hills and local beaches for inspiration. Maybe I'll even take up some new forms of exertion. In another life I was a dancer for a good 20 years.  

The show must go on.

“To learn to dance by practicing dancing
or to learn to live by practicing living,
the principles are the same."

~Martha Graham

Friday, June 22, 2012

Day 29

A strange week has come to a close. Thank goodness. But in spite of the rigmarole, I still achieved my goal of getting in 30 minutes of exercise each day. In fact, I'm now heading into my second month of the 100 Days Challenge and perhaps it's time for a wee bit of self reflection. 

But I'll save that for tomorrow. Now I just need to be.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Day 28

A mind-crunching day at work...followed by a San Luis Obispo County food and wine event at the Mission Plaza...then a movie at the Palm. But still I found the time and energy for a late night workout at home.  

Four weeks into the 100 Days Challenge. Still going strong. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Day 27

When in doubtexercise. A long, brisk walk can do wonders to clear the clutter from your mind and free up your soul.

Breathe; let it go. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Day 26

"Take good care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." 
~Jim Rohn

Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 25

If a clean house is the sign of a boring person, than I am anything but commonplace.  A little clutter here, a few stacked boxes there…I’ve lived on this planet for 41 years…and I have proof.

But I really do believe that in order to free the mind we must live in harmony with our surroundings. So, after a busy few weeks I just couldn’t tolerate the mess anymore. Today's exercise involved stair stepping as I hauled out several loads of recycling, repetitive circular arm motion as I cleaned and polished the countertops, and weight lifting hefty loads of laundry. And the night is still young—I plan on getting down on my hands and knees after dinner and scrubbing the heck out of the kitchen floor.

It’s time to bring back a little humdrum. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Day 24

Today's exercise adventure took me to Lewis Creek Trail in Madera County; just outside of Yosemite National Park. My dad and I hiked for about two hours and explored both of the trails here. 

We discovered many wondrous spectacles and breathtaking scenes. Just take a look.


I can't wait to return.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Day 23

Today I walked along the giants at dusk. 
Lovely way to exercise.

Yosemite National Park's Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Day 22

Remember the television show, The Incredible Hulk? As a child this show was a must-watch for me and my brother. Today I heard that the Hulkactor Lou Ferrignolives in Pismo Beach and is now a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's reserve deputy. I always admired the well-built Hulk for his green, full-of-tough largess.

Today I took it up a notch and incorporated a few minutes of running into my normal 30-minute walk. Who knows what's next? Maybe it's time to incorporate some strength training and take my workouts to a new level.

A little bulk is good. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Day 21

Today I learned a valuable lesson: Strange appearances and odd behavior don’t necessarily equate to up-to-no-good. The end of my work day finished with an office full of nervous employees and a call to 911 to report a suspicious person in our building.

Thankfully, the call turned out to be a false alarm.  But I must admit that I felt a bit guilty for jumping to conclusions. But then again, we all have the right to our instincts and to look out for ourselves and the safety of others.

So, as I fulfill my dedicated 30 minutes of exercise this evening, I will keep in mind that although sometimes my gut feelings are amiss and my physical body is imperfect, I am who I am. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day 20

Today my dentist earnestly assaulted two of my teeth. But still I carried on with the 100 Days Challenge and hit my neighborhood’s sidewalks for a 30-minute walk. Fresh air is always an ideal elixir.

Now I can focus on the positive: my dental surgeries are behind me; my teeth are intact; and I’m forging ahead, creating a healthy body and mind.

Here’s to a vigorous body and augmented teeth. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Day 19

Just suppose that we all devoted 30 minutes per day over the next ten years to something unique, existent, and transformative. Whatever you chose to put into those 1,800 seconds each day could easily parallel into a little bit of incredible over time.

Seriously, think about it. 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Day 18

"Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn't going to get the job done." 

~Jim Rohn

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Day 17

Round 2. 

I couldn't resist going back to Montaña de Oro for the second day in a row for more blue skies, fresh air and irresistible scenery. I walked even farther than yesterday, stretched my tight muscles along the way, and stopped to snap up plenty more pictures. 

This whole exercising thing ain't so bad.

This little guy (or girl) stopped for a respite at this stunning vantage point. 
So did I.
I prefer the trail less traveled.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Day 16

Today's walk along the bluffs at Montaña De Oro hardly felt like exercise. 

Blue skies. 
Crashing waves.
Gentle, cool breezes.
Clusters of colorful wildflowers.

Need I say more?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Day 15

Today a friend’s sage remark hit home: You got your smile back


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Day 14

Yesterday the world lost one of my favorite authors, Ray Bradbury. But his writing carries on. I will always adore his futurism and keen words to the wise.

 “Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't "try" to do things. You simply "must" do things.”
~Ray Bradbury

I have a book sitting on my coffee table:
Bradbury Stories
100 of His Most Celebrated Tales

I've read a few of these stories so far. Now I feel that I must incorporate one of these tales each night to coincide with the rest of my 100 SLO Days.  

After all, there is no try. You’re either going to do something or not. So here I go, another day.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Day 12

12 days down and I notice that my clothes are getting bigger. When I started this 100-day exercise commitment, my growing waistline, my jiggly arms and the beginning signs of a gobbley turkey neck were weighing on my consciousness. I also brooded about my simple lack of motivation for consistent exercise.

But as each day rolls into the next and my efforts start to accumulate and make a difference, I’m noticing more than just a physical difference. A happy body and sound mind go hand in hand. An in-shape body is not just about cardio and building muscle. If you can’t remember to smile, roll with the punches, and be grateful for what you’ve got, no matter how fit your physical body might appear, the whole shebang just doesn’t exist.

Tonight I sit here in a state of gratitude—thankful for a day that included some laughter, a little self-reflection, and 30 minutes of exercise. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Day 11

I made it through day 11 of the 100 Days Challenge. This evening I sweated for 30 minutes to an at-home workout after creating a new recipe. I've noticed that I've been feeling more imaginative and my appetite for healthy foods is increasing. I will continue to take advantage of spring and summer by moving more, sweating more, and making the right eating choices. With the San Luis Obispo County farmers' markets brimming with colorful, vitamin-packed, freshly-picked produce, who can resist all that is fresh and healthy?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Day 10

On a clear day you can see forever. 

Today’s dazzling weather at Pismo Beach, with blue skies and cerulean-like seas, provided the perfect backdrop for a workout. I strolled out on the pier, watched the longboard surf competition (taking place as part of the 3rd Annual Wine Waves, and Beyond festival weekend), then sauntered across the sand to take a look at the vintage VW display.

Today’s exercise regime was clearly not bad. Not bad at all.

Maybe one of these days I'll take up surfing as a form of exercise. Then again, maybe not. 

Shark bait!
I'll bet these buses have logged a lot of miles...

...and had a lot of fun.

Quite spiffy and well-maintained in spite of her age.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Day 9

Today there was tons of pep in my step and I got more than enough exercise. Not only did I log a 30-minute walk in the fresh morning air, but this evening I poured wine for guests at a celebrity wedding, and in the process, logged an additional three hours of hustle and bustle on my feet. Never a dull moment in San Luis Obispo County.

Run Elizabeth Run.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Day 8

My pet peeve when it comes to exercising is working my core muscles. But without solid abdominal and back muscles, you can’t really stand strong. So, today my 30-minute laborious workout entailed strictly Pilates. After all, what’s the point of rising up on your own two feet every day if you can’t stand tall?