Why walking is one of the single most important things you’ll ever do :)

I just read this in Success Magazine and I loved it – I had to share 🙂

Unfortunately I don’t know who the author is but I hope you enjoy!

 

“Hey, brain researchers—yeah, you with the lab coats and electrodes. Where are all the studies on walking and relationships? On why taking a stroll together is as great for romance, family ties and friendship as it is for muscles and Reebok sales? Not only has my web sleuthing turned up no such studies, but a famous neurologist tells me he can’t find any either. Well, no biggie. Over the years, I’ve developed plenty of my own theories on what makes walking the best thing for human bonding since the smile:

➽Walking is proof you care. Going to dinner with someone could just mean you’re hungry. A movie? Maybe you’ve got a crush on Angelina Jolie. But inviting a friend or loved one for a walk shows you really want to spend time with that person. I’ll never forget how, one day in the mid-1980s, my pal Bill offered to walk with me clear across our New Jersey college town so I could buy yarn. He had zero interest in yarn—which is how I knew, beyond doubt, that he was interested in me. (Yes, he was the Bill I’m now married to.)

➽Walking is easy. Unlike playing a sport, there’s no equipment (except sneakers), no score to keep track of, no court time or tee time to reserve. Unlike meeting for lunch, there are no menus to study or waiters to track down. You can walk often and on the spur of the moment—and if you’re like my friends and me, you’ll pick a route with so few street crossings, you could practically do it blindfolded. Bingo: except for the occasional need to hopscotch over a pile of steaming dog gifts, you’ll be free to focus on nothing but each other.

➽Walking loosens tongues. Most of my best gabfests with my father and brother have been during walks. Meandering without my chatty mother, we can’t hang back and let her do the talking as we usually do. Plus, I suspect, the oxygen-induced brain boost we’re getting from exercise (which has been studied) helps get our words rolling.

➽Walking really loosens kids’ tongues. Go on: Ask your offspring, “How was your day?” while you’re all sitting indoors. Then ask the same thing while marching side by side in the fresh air. Which scenario wins you the fewest “I dunnos” and the most tales of frenemy antics and floor-hockey politics? The walking scenario, I guarantee. Plenty of parents have noticed that car rides have ice-breaking effects, too—maybe because, like walking, they don’t involve much eye contact. But I find strolls are even better for parent-child conversation. On foot, after all, your kids can’t escape into a book or a round of Angry Birds (at least not if you win the argument, as I usually do, over whether walking is compatible with cellphone games and paperbacks about fairies).

➽Walking is, in its own humble way, a form of travel. We all know that vacationing with someone builds fantastic rapport—assuming that you can agree on where to go and what to splurge on, and don’t almost come to blows when one of you insists on stinking up your motel room with nail polish remover. (No, Mom, I’m in no way referring to that time in Boston.) An ordinary walk requires few, if any, negotiations and no money. It’s just two people enjoying many perks of a shared vacation—interesting sights and sounds, joint memories built—who are then free to sleep in their own, un-stinky bedrooms.

➽Walking provides no shortage of stuff to talk about. Whether you’re with a new friend or your spouse of 20 years (maybe especially your spouse of 20 years), you’re bound to hit awkward silences now and then. This is where that guy shuffling toward you—the one who, you both agree, looks exactly like John Boehner crossed with the Pillsbury Doughboy—comes in  handy.

➽Walking helps you blow off steam. Every few months, Bill and I take what we delicately call a “b*#!$*%’s walk” (rhymes with “dastard’s walk”). As you might guess, this is not an occasion to say nice things about a charming colleague, boss or contractor who’s been acting lovely. As you might also guess, it’s pretty darn cathartic. This is good both for our spirits at that moment and, I’m convinced, for our marriage, because it cuts down on the need to sulk at home.

➽Walking gives your kids a chance to gripe to each other about how mean you are. Face it: They need to do this—but you probably don’t want to overhear them. So the other day after a family disagreement, when my son and daughter casually announced that they would be taking a short walk together, I said sure, great, fine, and watch out for cars.

And there you have it, scientists—my case for walking and relationships. Just remember: When you win a Nobel for proving my theories (which I’m sure you’re now dying to do), I want a cut.”

A whole new outlook

I am at a point in my life where I’m learning more about myself than ever. After I had my daughter I underwent major changes not only in how I felt emotionally and physically, but how I viewed the world around me as a whole. Now nearly 14 months later I’ve reached such a fantastic point in my life where I’m happy and grateful on a daily basis. (4 years ago I sat in chaos.) With all this change came knowledge, and once I reached a certain point I couldn’t turn back.

On May 4th I watched a documentary called ‘Peaceable Kingdom‘ which sparked me to watch another, ‘Vegecated.’ Now for those of you who know what those are about, you’ll know that this probably qued a large change in my diet. However for those of you who aren’t familiar with these documentaries I’ll give you a quick run down. (You can click the links and read more.) In short they are about the world of raising animals for consumption and in turn changing your eating habits so as to not take part in this process. I would definitely recommend both these films coupled with ‘I Am.’ Seeing so many animals in pain and emotional distress for the majority of their lives was just so heart breaking. Not only was I outraged that humans could do this to another living being, something inside me just snapped. The decision to be a Vegetarian came so quickly and so easily that I knew there was no questioning it. That evening and the next few days following I hit the books hard researching cooking substitutions and recipes. I hope to eventually go vegan 🙂

Now before you stray away thinking I’m going to start protesting and shaming you for your decisions, please know that I am making this decision for myself. I am a girl who grew up eating a meat and potatoes based diet. I’ve always found it difficult to shy away from animal products mostly because a lot of it had been my comfort food but also because it’s just always been ‘the norm’ to eat it without question. At this point in time it just made sense to me to become vegetarian. I am continuously educating myself on what goes in and on my body as well as my family’s.

So as Maya Angelou says, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

Technology Detox

Do you ever feel like you know exactly what’s happening in everyones’ lives (via social media) but still feel more disconnected than ever? Yeah me too.

I just don’t understand how in a world where it’s so easy to be ‘connected,’ we go days or months without speaking to friends. We sift through pictures of family events, the birth of a child, parties, vacations, birthdays, and endless selfies and somehow we feel as if we’re keeping in touch by clicking the ‘like’ button on Facebook.

Our perception of our own lives is often clouded by what we see of someone elses’ through media, but keep in mind that what you see is often the best of it. No one is going to post photos of their negative account balance or the messy state that their house is in. It’s often said that the grass is always greener on the other side and I have to agree, visually sure it is! But it’s not always the case. (And often it’s not.)

I’ve come to the conclusion that I (like many others) am in need of a detox from this virtual environment. Not only do I find it toxic, but it’s just downright time-consuming. I will be the first to complain there aren’t enough hours in the day yet there I sit, spending my free moments on my phone or computer clicking away through Facebook, Instagram, Pintrest, and other blogs. What a friggin’ waste of time! Sure I find cool patterns for sewing or I talk to other moms on my cloth diaper network, but let’s be honest…majority of this time is spent basically doing nothing. Useless gawking at a screen when I could be doing something more productive like cleaning, reading an actual book, sewing, baking, etc. The saddest part of it is that I realize this but continue to do so day in and day out.

So this is where I’m going to draw the line and challenge myself to detox and get back in touch with the real world. I’ve decided I’m going to make a list of things I want to do this fall/winter and actually DO them. So here I go, this is part of my list:

– Sew the following: Dress for myself, dress for Aurora, stuffed toys, crib set, and a few things for Christmas gifts.
– Make a habit of going for a morning walk (until it gets bitterly cold/the snow gets deep)
– Do yoga daily, or at least every other day.
– Take Aurora for a sleigh ride.
– Go around and see all the pumpkin people.
– Read books. Yes multiple! Haha.
– Go to a concert in the city with the hubby.
– Bake more.
– Go to more social events (ie. yoga, farmers markets, baby groups, basically anything to get me out of the house and meeting new people.)
– Hand make my Christmas gifts.
– Spend more quality time with the hubby.
– Set up a garbage station with bins for recycling/garbage/cardboard. (Instead of just a garbage bin and the rest in bags on the floor.)
– Make soups/stews from local in season veggies to freeze for easy dinners.

Those are just a few but you get the idea. It’s so easy to just sit back and let your thumbs do all the work but I promise you that getting more hands on will be MUCH more rewarding. You don’t have to give up your guilty internet pleasure completely but why not try to cut back and kick it old school? 🙂 You might just have fun and actually get connected.

V

A blog and movie you may enjoy that are similar to this topic:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wait-but-why/generation-y-unhappy_b_3930620.html – Such a great article on todays generation and partially what triggered this post of mine.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1433811/ – I plan on watching this 🙂 It came highly recommended.

 

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You are what you eat

Why is it so easy to eat junk and so damn hard to eat healthy?

I’ve been wandering on and off of the path to eating healthy for about 5 years now. Over time I’ve learned more about the food I eat and what it does to my body. I’ve spoken to numerous people, each with different eating habits. So how is it that I’m still baffled by planning my meals and I feel like a stranger in the kitchen? 

I have such a strong craving for knowledge in regards to health. I want so badly to become comfortable and confident in the kitchen, to cook beautiful meals, and to do so consistently. To treat my body with care and respect, so that I can physically and mentally be there for my family and friends in every way. I want to wake up every morning feeling great, and to have immense amounts of energy throughout the day. So finding the motivation to do all of this has been my goal as of late.

It’s so easy to get caught up in all the craziness of life and lose touch with your body. Most times you aren’t even aware of it happening until one day you wake up, and BAM! You feel like you’ve been hit by a train and the only way you’re ever going to get out of bed is if you shot gun jet fuel and light a fire under your ass. Just remind yourself that you are what you eat, and that you are totally capable of making a change for the best. 

I’ve struggled with this, so I know as you’re reading right now you’re saying, “Easier said than done!” Well yes, it is. But nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. It’s going to take a lot of determination and self control but damn it, it’s possible. 

So please, join me on my journey to become happier and healthier. I look forward to further educating myself and I hope you can not only learn as well but keep me on track with any questions or concerns you may have.

 

V