Getting Fit · Uncategorized

Fitness Friday – It’s ok to enjoy vacation time

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I have been enjoying another week off from work this week.  Since it is my last full week of vacation time this summer, I am doing my best to enjoy every minute of it.  And if that means not giving my fitness goals and diet 100% of my attention, I am ok with that.  It doesn’t mean that I am not cognizant of what I am eating and doing, but I am not letting it get in the way of enjoying what little time I have off.  I have committed to get right back on track come Monday morning, but until them I am in total vacation mode.

I had actually even thought about skipping my Fitness Friday posting this week as well, but I thought I better keep myself somewhat accountable and not go too crazy.  LOL

One thing I am doing as part of my vacation is doing some new “fitnessy” kind of things.  This past weekend, I ventured into the city to visit my BFF.  We hopped on bikes and made our way down to the waterfront beach area.  I never thought I would have the courage to ride a bike in the heart of the city but thankfully there were beautiful bike paths away from the crazy city traffic.

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My bff had rented stand up paddle boards for us to use that afternoon.  She had taken a lesson before and told me she would just show me how it was done.  Truth be told, I was a little worried about not taking a formal lesson but trusted her instinct.  I was so glad I did.  I was up on the board first try.   It was so much fun and I didn’t end up in the lake once.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone and want to do it again soon.

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The next day we decided to continue the outdoorsy theme and headed to a local conservation area/ski hill to do some hiking.  The scenery was gorgeous.  It was quite hot so we didn’t venture too far up the hills but still got a good long hike in.  Afterwards we splashed in the lake for a bit to cool off.

Ski hill2We’ve been under a bit of a heat wave the rest of the week so I was more than happy to sit on the deck along side a friend’s pool and just enjoy the remaining days of my vacation.    We’re heading up to cottage country this weekend and of course after an almost drought like summer, it is supposed to pour rain ALL weekend.  It’s ok, my son and I can fish off the dock in the rain and as long as it doesn’t thunder and lightning, I am sure my son will be wanting to swim in the lake anyways.

I am not going to feel guilty about not going to the gym this week at all, I am not even going to post my accountability like I normally do.  Only thing I will account for is I have continued to ensure I get a minimum of my 10K steps in each day.  I don’t believe that one should feel forced into going to the gym or watching their diet every single second and enjoying a cheat day every one in a while.  It’s only going to make someone hate it and not get back on track as soon as they have a bad day.  I treat it like a lifestyle instead of a diet and every lifestyle gets a vacation everyone in a while.

Enjoy your week and Monday……back on track!!!

 

 

Travel

Our Treewalk Village Adventure

Have a little one that loves adventure?  Love getting out into nature and enjoying the warm weather and fresh air?  Head on over to TreeWalk Village located Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area in Stouffville.

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TreeWalk Village is an amazing playground of tree-houses connected by rope bridges and hammock net pathways.

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My son is a bit of adventurer and can’t wait until he is old enough to do the Treetop Trekking and zip lining, which is also available at this location.  But until then, this is a great option.

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I am sure some parents are thinking this isn’t a great option if there children are of the younger crowd.  Let me reassure you, when I was there, there were children as young as 2 years old there and they were having a ton of fun too.  In addition to the rope bridges, there is a group of tunnels for the kids to the walk/crawl through which would be ideal for the younger crowd.

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There is also a small rock wall for the kids to take a turn climbing on.

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Reservations are required and are for 2 hours at a time.  This is a perfect amount of time to enjoy the entire park area.

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There are picnic tables located throughout the park, so be sure to bring along snacks and lots of water.  Even though the area is shaded, it is a bit of a workout maneuvering the bridges between each of the tree-houses.

We both thoroughly enjoyed our adventure and will be returning soon.  It is a great day out for families of all ages.

You can get more information about TreeWalk Village but visiting their website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

**Although admission was provided to me, all comments, opinions and pictures are mine.**

Parenting/Life · Uncategorized

Single Mom’s answer to “I’m bored”

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Given the opportunity, like most little boys, my son would happily play on his tablet all day or video games all day. I am sorry but with the nice weather finally upon us, the last thing I want is to be cooped up inside all day.  And as parents, I am sure we have all been there, where as soon as the children step outside, we get the dreaded “I’m bored.”  Well this year, I have decided to nip this one in the bud and put together a list together that my son can use to become “unbored”.   When he says the dreaded words, I will show him this list and he can chose something to make the boredom go away.

Most of these items are free and those that aren’t won’t break the bank.

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Yes, I understand that being a single Mom of 1 child, this list only works if I get out with him.  But that is the whole point!!  We get outside together and enjoy not only the wonderful weather, but each other.

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So enough of the “I’m bored” and get outside and enjoy it while you can.  Before we know it, it will be back to the cooler weather when you won’t want to be outside.

Parenting/Life · Uncategorized

Get out and enjoy the spring weather!

This past weekend, we got a glimmer of hope that the spring weather was coming and I used this to our advantage to get outside and soak up the Vitamin D. With friends one day and family another, we visited 2 of our local conservation areas; Heber Downs and Lynde Shores. If you are in the area, I totally recommend you make a day of it and visit one of these locations. Both are extremely scenic but very different from one another.

Heber Downs is quite hilly and in my opinion, more of a forested area.  I have been several times in the past and haven’t run into much wildlife, if any.

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Lynde Shores is more of a flat lands but tons of wildlife. The chickadees will come and eat seeds right out of your hands. It is amazing.  Be sure to bring bird seed (especially sunflower seeds) with you!

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Both of these are part of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation.  Parking is $2/hour or $5/day.  You can purchase a parking pass that works for all CLOCA locations for $60/year.    So it is a great day and not hard on the pocket book.

I am seriously considering purchasing one of these as my son has recently discovered Geocaching.  If you don’t know what Geocaching is, it is basically a scavenger hunt using GPS.  There is an app that you can use on your phone and it helps you locate hidden objects within nature.  Some contain little “treasures” that you can trade out.  My son loved the idea of this.  We were able to locate our first “cache” which was quite small but exciting nonetheless.

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Even if you don’t live in our area, get out and visit your local conversation areas with you kids.  It’s a great way to get them out in the fresh air and away from the electronics and who knows what you will find there!

 

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