A Good Harvest

strawberries

Today was a beautiful day.

It felt like summer this morning so I took my walk early. I wanted my energy level to be high. Exercise seems to be the “in” thing right now because there were people everywhere. Walking, jogging, cycling… I was constantly zigzagging across streets, making sure to stay 6 feet away. How weird that feels! I try to acknowledge everyone—offering a smile, a wave, or a friendly “hello”—just to let them know I’m not trying to be avoidant. Or rude.

Still no photographs from the streets. I ordered a super lightweight backpack to carry my water, camera, and music… so after Saturday I’m ready to rock and roll. Now let’s hope for some good photo-ops!

And if not, that’s alright too. On my walk… I realized that I’ve got to stop building these expectations. That’s what the problem has been.

I need to Just BE. Just ENJOY.
Stop thinking and worrying about plans… and Just DO.


Things are as they are, we suffer because we imagined different.

That’s about all for now, thanks for reading!

Walk Stats: 3.46 Miles / 1 Hour, 19 Minutes / 8,484 Steps


About the Image: My mood was so elevated after soaking in all of that sunshine that I roamed the backyard to see what I could share. I’ve been watching these hanging strawberries and this afternoon they were begging for a selfie.

Quarantine Walks

Journaling through Quarantine

An idea on which direction to go with The Quarantine Project finally came to me. It didn’t happen while walking yesterday—as I had hoped—but the light bulb turned on this morning as I sat down to write this. 

I didn’t take my camera walking with me because I was worried that it would slow me down. After several days of rain, I was eager to get out there and POWER walk. The camera is fairly heavy, and I would have had to wear it around my neck. Note to Self: find a backpack to wear on my walks; to carry water, phone, glasses, identification, and camera.

What’s ironic is that while the rain kept me indoors, I was able to read all of the posts by JLynn on WhileWalkingToday; another blogger who is literally walking her way into shape. All I could think about while reading her posts (besides being amazed by her perseverance and her humorous approach to it all) was how much I missed being out there… walking.

Anyway, since I didn’t have my camera—of course—I noticed EVERYTHING. My first thought whenever something caught my eye was always… “Man, I sure wish I had my camera!” My disappointment subsided when I thought about the fact that sometimes photos don’t express what you REALLY see. Many times in fact. So I thought I might write about what I saw instead.

Gratitude kept coming to mind. I was so grateful to be outside! Being “without” really changes us. When I broke both of my ankles some years back, all I could think about was how heavenly it would feel to walk again. Yesterday was like that. I kept looking up at the big blue sky, wanting to lift my hands and shout Hallelujah

I walked through an alley that I never even knew existed. And I’ve been in this community for… welldecades. We have equestrian neighborhoods here, and the alley runs behind the houses in one of those areas. I guess you could say I had an up-close and personal view of the back; horse stalls and all. And manure. Honestly… I was never so happy to smell horse poop. 

Upon entering the major thoroughfare, I was greeted by several walkers, runners, and cyclists… almost all of them wearing masks of some sort. 

One man who jogged by me looked something like this…

painted spring

PHOTO NOT BY ME

I wasn’t wearing a mask so I felt a little awkward. I didn’t really plan to see humans (how odd is that?!) so it didn’t seem necessary. Much of it is still so surreal to me. It seemed like I had exited stage left and had erroneously landed smack dab in the middle of a Mad Max production. But, in spite of it all, everyone I encountered was full of energy and life, and they all seemed as grateful as I was… to be outside.

All in all, it was a beautiful day. I walked 2.77 miles (or 6,768 steps) in an hour. And I haven’t been wearing my step counter either. What I’m realizing is that with counting steps, reading up on food facts, and hopping on and off the scale… all of this can easily turn counter-productive. As they say—don’t think about what you are trying to quit! The key here is the same key that helped me stop drinking and smoking. Turn it over to God and think about something else; NEW things.

So, it seems as though everything is falling into place. I’m going to think less about food and fitness, and focus more on The Quarantine Project; a collection of stories and images from “walks around the neighborhood” during the social distancing restriction. When you think about it—some day—any experiences that we document right now will literally be a part of history. What an awesome opportunity!

That’s about all for now. If you’ve made it this far down… thank you so much for reading (hanging in there).

And thank you Rebekah and JLynn—for all of the inspiration.

Fit Fun Facts

It’s Official.

I’m obsessed with my New Lifestyle, New Me project.

I’ve been taking walks every single day now and I’ve had no problem hitting my mark of 6,500 steps per day. In spite of the fact that it’s a little eerie out there (due to the lack of traffic and the masked men on the streets), I actually find a lot of enjoyment in walking.

I notice everything when I’m out… beautiful flowers, cool trees, and lots of sidewalk chalk. “Enjoy the Simple Things” was one of the sketched out messages I read, and then I was prompted along a pathway to skip, hopscotch, spin, and walk like a penguin. Did I do it? I’ll never tell!

Anyway, since I’m trying not to think about FOOD so much, and it’s supposed to to rain any minute now, I thought I’d check around and see what I can do at home to keep my body moving—and not spend a boatload of money.

I found this video and thought it was definitely worth a share.

I’m not so great at DIY projects, but that’s what sons are for, no? I’m going to make some calls and see if I can get one of them started on this.

That’s about all for now. Be safe and stay healthy!

Thank you for reading,
—Janet

Step, Step…

Step to my Lou

Today is the first day of my week two addition: The 10,000 Steps a Day Challenge.

Maybe it’s just that I’m an optimist, but after receiving my step tracker I can see how this device will become a motivational tool for me. It’s like a little cheerleader, clinging to my body, telling me to just get up and move.

At the moment I have 3131 steps in, and it’s only 5:15 p.m. I don’t think the number of steps is what’s important right now. What matters is that I’m becoming more mindful of my movement, or lack thereof. I don’t know about anyone else, but when I sit down to my laptop I have a tendency to find reasons to remain there; like I’m entranced. I refuse to stop what I’m doing and step away until it’s absolutely necessary—like the house is on fire or something.

Anyway, this is not really a “challenge,” it’s a STEP. A step in the right direction. The shirt I put on this morning fit better than it did last time I wore it. Usually it clings and wants to ride up above my pants… like shirts do when they get too tight. I hate that! It actually hung the way a shirt should hang—freely and gracefully.

I would definitely recommend a step counting gadget to anyone who wants to exert themselves more but likes to have a “companion” nearby who will encourage them. They’re not too expensive if you shop around.

Anyway, I’m still working on ideas for more Food Fun Facts. I’m treading carefully since food is so tricky, and so personal (as many of you have already mentioned). It’s something I really need to think about. Besides, this journey is about having fun, mixing things up, trying new things, and being adventurous—not about calorie counting, nitpicking, and scrutinizing my every move (or bite). Who wants to live like that?!?

For now… it’s time to get up and move.

Peace & Love!!