Recently I referenced a great book I’d read, and shared a thought or two from the pages I ate up while earnestly stepping my way to happiness at the gym. I’ve finally taken to reading books & listening to music to drown out the gym noise, and boy is it awesome! Honestly, not sure why I was needlessly suffering all these years! Continue reading →
There are things that bring us all happiness in our lives. It could be a quiet moment, or a few hours with a really good book. For some it could be a run in the woods, or a call from a good friend. For me, I can always use a good laugh, and luckily there is no lack of that in my life. Continue reading →
Holla friends and bloggers! It’s so great to be baaaack!
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful few days over the weekend! As for us, we took a few extra days to enjoy the Canadian holiday that just passed and celebrated with the first road trip of the summer season.
We love to road trip!
Ah, open space, open roads, and open minds.
Road trips are not for everyone, and I know a few people who simply don’t enjoy time cooped up in a car for hours on end. With that, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ‘more’ ways to make road travel (just a little) ‘less’ stressful, and maybe (just a little) more enjoyable.
Of course, if you are a lover of the open road like we are, I’d love to hear your tips!
Here are a few of our faves…
Eat breakfast. Eat it before you go, or pack it and take it with you.
Just as you wouldn’t set off for the highway without a full tank of gas, its important to start the trip with a good full tummy!
So whether it’s a bowl of oatmeal, a piece of toast, or a yummy green smoothie (my next post), enjoy it before you head off.
Or, simply throw your smoothie into a clean mason jar and you are good to go for whenever you do get hungry!
The only journey is the one within.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Pack plenty of food. The key to a good time is always good food, and the car is no exception!
Easy to eat and clean up healthy snacks are best – and are always appreciated as well!
Our faves are lots of raw veggies, PB&J sandwiches, bagels, jujubes, and easy fruits like apples and oranges.
Nothing feels as good as being prepared, and I love pulling the good stuff out of the bag and smiling while they chow down
Take lots of fresh water. Staying well hydrated anytime is key, and especially on the road (even if it does mean more annoying pee breaks).
Keeping hydrated ensures you arrive at your destination fresh and ready, instead of dry and wilted.
Water helps with alertness too (for the driver). So pack lots of the cold stuff just to be safe, and pee breaks are always a nice excuse to hit another view-point!
When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
~ Benjamin Franklin
Cover your bases. Before leaving for the road, make sure you’ve got enough supplies to keep everyone happy….toilet paper, paper towel, tea towels for extra spills, plastic bags, hand sanitizer, gravol, and pillows & blankets for those who might sleep in the back…..or the front….always me on the way home!
Remember to love the driver. I made a rule years ago to honor the driver that got me somewhere. It’s super corny, but I know my driving hubby likes a little of that love, and I like to give it.
The open road can be harsh, and driving is stressful. I try to remember the driver, to thank them, and to take care of them. So whether it’s a little neck massage, an arm scratch, a well-timed Altoid, or even just a genuine ‘thank you’ – a little goes a long way, even if it is just a little gesture.
I wonder if she is practicing mindful breathing?
Take the opportunity to breathe (or not). Anyone tried mindful breathing on the road? It’s a great time to focus on breath and calm the self for the long road ahead. Just a few deep breaths to start the trip and you might relax (just a little) more.
Now wouldn’t that be swell?
Smile, breathe and go slowly.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Get ready to be inspired. My favorite part of the open road is the possibility ahead, especially at the start of a trip!
With all the promise of a few days away, comes an unknown that brings us joy and maybe (just a little) hope. Hope that we’ll see and do things that will bring us joy.
Hope in the memories we’ll make and the sights that we’ll see. Notebooks, cameras, books and music. Anything to inspire and delight!
The world is ours to see.
Strong and content I travel the open road.
~ Walt Whitman
With this view, I am sure you can imagine we didn’t leave much, and arriving there was pretty sweet indeed.
We had a great time with old friends, and it was surely worth the drive.
The meals weren’t half bad either, as you can see from these shots of the wonderfully bustling farmer’s market
An inspired vacation salad..
Are you a fan of travel or road trips?
What are your favorite travel snacks?
In my next post I’ll be sharing with you my latest green smoothie (pictured here today), and I am so thrilled to have heard from those of you who had success with some of the recent IPOM recipes!
Thank you for your wonderful comments, support, and feedback – I always love to hear from you
When it comes to exercise, the preferred approach (in this girl’s humble corner of the world) is just this:
Moderately everyday instead of obsessively now and then
With all the pressure we face in life to be constantly awesome (mostly put on our own selves by our own selves) – it can be easy for some of us to fall into traps.
Traps of thinking if we aren’t 100% clean eating, we fail, or traps of thinking if we aren’t the best at something we shouldn’t do it.
Obsessing over perfection is just silly, and it’s always better to do something good than to not.
Since physical results are always cumulative (resulting from regular habits), I can’t stress enough how key adopting this philosophy has been for me personally in as many areas of my life as possible (and trust me it does not come naturally).
Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
~ Nelson Mandela
With all the wonderful fitness choices available out there, I settled long ago on my one true fitness love.
Yes, it’s running!
And no, I am not hardcore like the crazy guys pictured here (really, not at all).
I don’t race (not to say I am against it). I don’t run with headphones, or even with a clock or a watch. It’s just me, my thoughts, the road ahead, and whatever time I have to get out there. So I try to make the most of it. The important thing is to do it as often as I can.
But enough about me.
All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.
~ James Thurber
Regardless of the time you have, or the day you’ve had, it’s really just about starting.
If you regularly have a tough time just getting out, try my girlfriends brilliant ’5 minute rule’: tell yourself you’ll do it for just 5 minutes – once you are out there all warmed up and breathing that fresh air – see where you go, it’s never back home
So if you are a seasoned runner, someone who’s never run, or someone who’s even just thinking about it, here is the less and more of running IPOM style – I’d love to see what you have to add to this!
Less Time: Despite what anyone says (“I don’t have time!”)….you absolutely can get a good cardio workout in just 20 minutes. Seriously folks! 20 minutes! Where else do you get that kind of a return on your time? Factor in 3 minutes to change, 20 seconds to tie your shoes, and you are in business as soon as you cross your doorstep.
Less Money: A pair of decent running shoes costs about $60 and up. Add a pair of shorts, a sports bra (for us ladies), and an old rock t-shirt (I don’t run in one but I have always wanted to) and out the door you go! No membership fees, no classes. No driving, no gas. Less cost for more benefit. Less is oh so much more here.
Less Constraints: Go anytime. Anywhere. Go when you are traveling (a fabulous way to see a foreign city). You choose. No late starts, no classmates. No worries. Less dependence. Less pressure. Just lace up and go! It’s free to try, and best of all, if you like it, it’s free to keep going too!
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
~ Og Mandino
More Cardio: Moving at your own pace means you set the tone. Climbing a hill while running is a real achievement, so work into it. Power walker? You are half way there already. It’s all good, so go slow, and don’t stop – just find your pace (even if you do feel like a turtle at first) and settle in.
More Meditation: Every runner’s got their reasons why they are hooked. Mine is in the meditation. Every step in the cold air is a sun salutation. Every thought processed, every step forward, I can work it all out. The ‘zone’ is the best zen feeling I’ve ever found, and it’s one that lasts throughout the rest of the day, and seeps into all areas of life. Namaste!
More Leanness: All good cardio promotes lean muscle development and the cardio burns lots of fuel.
Fresh air in your cells means more oxygen flowing so they can do more dirty work. Strong muscles means better efficiency.
More Strength: More strength means more power and more power means, well, more power to do the things you really love!
More Freedom: You can go wherever you feel moved. Wherever, whenever. Like walking (also a fave), all you need is you, a few minutes, and a will to go. Let your feet do the rest! No special gear, no vehicle. No company necessary (unless you want it).
More Scenery: See the world on foot! Anywhere you go, the world awaits.
More Confidence: This is the real deal. When you set your mind to running, there is no feeling like the finish. Knowing that you can, and youwill, is (IMO) just about the best feeling in the world. It’s a gift you can give yourself every single day!
More fresh Air. More time just for you.
Gear is important, but not THAT important. I recently cleared out my ‘gear box’ and got rid of about 80% of what I had in there (part of my spring clean). But there are one or two very important essentials, starting with a good supportive sports bra (unless you are a dude in which case you are all good).
The greatest step is out the door
~ German Proverb
A good athletic top or two is nice. You want something light, that you can really sweat in.
Cotton is okay, but there is some great technical stuff out there, and really, one is all you need.
It’s worth it, no matter what sport you do in it.
Of course, if you want to be (just a little) bad-ass, wear a cool rock t-shirt. I’ve always wanted to do that
There is no one giant step that does it. It’s a lot of little steps.
~ Peter A. Cohen
Then there are the shoes. Yes – the shoes! There are lots of different philosophies on shoes. I am not an expert, so make sure to buy comfy ones from a decent brand.
Call me simple, but running is the reason I don’t get on skis (never mind I am not a fan of the cold snow)…give me a snowy trail, a good fleece jacket, and an hour and I am happy as a clam!
There are folks who have trouble running, whether it is hard on the knees or just not your thing. Thankfully, there is no end to the ways we can care for our bodies.
It just matters that we do.
Are you a runner?
Got any tips you’d like to share?
What is your favorite way to stay fit?
Whatever gets you there..
Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.
~ William James
I’d love to hear your thoughts on fitness and how you get outdoors. The best things in life really are free, and I can’t think of anything better than fresh, cool air. (Just a little) everyday is all takes!
Let us know your thoughts friends, and as always, much gratitude and thanks for reading!
I hope you all are having a fabulous day – our next post – a fabulous potato salad!
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.”
Happy Friday IPOM readers and fellow blogging friends!
Yesterday was a fun day of travel for work, evidenced by the relaxing seaplane trip I took to do my business, and the slight break in me and the families normal routines.
Days like yesterday are truly refreshing.
I dare say they are also quite inspiring.
“Promise me you’ll always remember: you’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
~Christopher Robin (to Pooh)
Especially when my surroundings are cloaked in fresh ocean air and brilliant morning sunshine.
Fuel comes in so many forms, doesn’t it?
Our food is certainly our primary source of energy, and nothing could be more inspiring (or deliciously promising) than a basketful of greens and a few spare hours to create in the kitchen.
My main source of inspiration and an art form in itself!
Turn up the tunes, widen the smile, get on your (kitchen-friendly) dancing shoes, you favorite tattered apron, and away you go…
But as much as I love those times (and I LIVE for them) – give me a sunny day, a pen, a few empty pages, and a fresh outlook and I’m fed on a whole new level.
I often fast on a travel day too – making sure to catch up with healthy sustenance when I really feel hungry and hydrating with lots of fresh water and herbal tea for comfort if I feel like it.
The day seems to fly by when I do this and before I know it my mind is clear and so is my body.
Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart…”
I am curious to know with all you fabulous and inspired (and in turn, totally inspiring!) bloggers out there, just what feeds you outside of the wonderful food we all share and revel in?
A nap is always a welcome treat. Especially on the top of a mountain.
A Recipe for Inspiration (all items optional):
(1-2) good shots of fresh espresso
(1) ball point pen
(1) clean notebook (I have sooooo many)
(1) good sleep the night before
(1) bottle of fresh water
(1-2) rays of sunshine
(1-2) long deep breaths of fresh air
(1-2) moments of silence
These few simple ingredients make for a super calm, super relaxing time – no matter where you may be! Of course you can add or delete as you wish..
With all we have to do in life, it’s not always practical to get away on that much needed vacation in the sun, and it’s not feasible for many of us to just jet away on that silent meditation retreat we think will do us a world of good (ever tried just not talking?!).
Sometimes the best we can do is to work with what we have right in front of us.
This moment. Today.
So with that thought, I’d love to know your recipe for inspiration, and what feeds you….
“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”
~Vincent van Gogh
Coming up for your eating and cooking pleasure:
a little something with chocolate and coconut!
As always, I absolutely adore your comments…feel free to share with us below!
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