I hope you had a lovely last weekend of May. Can you believe it’s June already? Summer will officially arrive in a matter of weeks.
For the first time in a long time, neither my husband, Bill, nor I had any weekend plans. Surprisingly Bill asked if I wanted to take a hike…as in exercise. We are both terrible about exercising regularly and admit that we simply don’t make it a priority.
To make things worse, we both spend an excessive amount of time sitting in front of the computer everyday as part of our jobs. It scares me to think about our inactivity and the effects that is having on our health. I nag both of us to work out but so far that is doing nothing. So why the sudden change?
A few days ago, Bill went out for Chinese food with his father. When Bill cracked open his fortune cookie, this was inside.
He saved it and brought it home to show me. After all the persistent nagging I have done, and this is what gets him motivated to exercise? Hey, whatever works! If it gets us both off our butts, I am all for it. We call it “Fortune Cookie Inspiration” and so far it’s working!
First we went on a 3-mile hike in Sonoma Valley Regional Park.
The trail leads to Sonoma Developmental Center which has an animal farm – sort of a rescue facility and petting zoo in one – where you can visit farm animals ranging from goats to donkeys to doves.
This cute potbelly pig is their newest addition. She (or he?) was left on the side of a road, abandoned. Some kind-hearted person found her and eventually she landed herself a new home at Eldridge Farm. Dallas has a great big play area with lots of toys and plenty of farm animal friends – like chickens and bunny rabbits – to keep her company. When we approached her pen, she came running – or more like waddling – up to us, tail wagging.
Getting the chance to visit Dallas and the other animals is motivation to hike! I want to go back and see her again this week.
The next morning, Bill proposed we go hiking again (this fortune cookie thing is really working!). We hiked 6 hilly miles in Annadel State Park, near our home. It was a gorgeous hike – beautiful forests, scenic vistas, and cool temperatures.
When we got home, I was so fatigued. I crawled into bed and slept for two hours! I never take naps so this was a bit of a surprise and another sign telling me I need to spend more time exercising and less time on my rear end.
Bill and I have decided to take on a personal exercise challenge for the month of June. Nothing crazy, just enough of a commitment to make it doable and still create change (and hopefully a habit). We will track our walks with an exercise tracking app (Map My Run).
And to improve upper body strength, we will either do 20 pushups (minimum) or a 90-second plank hold every day during the month of June, even on vacation. I believe it’s always better to partner up with someone when fitness is involved and I am delighted – and relieved – Bill has decided to do this along with me.
It’s funny how something so small and trivial as a fortune cookie can make such and impact.
Have you been inspired by unexpected things to make changes?
Care to join us in our June exercise challenge?
I’m off to do my push-ups!
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Make it a rich day!