Fortune Cookie Inspiration

Fortune Cookie Inspiration

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!

But first a couple of reminders:

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Make it a rich day!




  1. June 1, 2015 / 8:51 am

    What a great story about the fortune cookie….sometimes I think we just need to see/hear it from a different source! And aren’t we all a little superstitious at times? jodie

  2. June 1, 2015 / 9:08 am

    Yay for inspirational fortune cookies! I want that piggy! What a cutie! So sad she was abandoned but so fortunate someone found her and gave her a good home!

  3. June 1, 2015 / 9:20 am

    My neighbor has an exerpeutic bike. She invited me over to look at it and I LOVED IT. They are only $149 so I plan to get one…. I think it might fit right here in my home office. No, I am not affiliated with the company, just passing along the word… xox Good luck with your 30 days of exercise. I think that’s great, something more bloggers who sit too much (including me) should do, and walking is a free exercise… just put your shoes on and go. You are a lot younger than me, so start taking care of yourself now. xox

  4. Renee
    June 1, 2015 / 10:29 am

    Thanks for the nudge…I vow to exercise 30 minutes a day for 30 days…starting TODAY, June1st!! I’ll name it my 30/30 challenge! I believe this is very doable.

  5. June 1, 2015 / 10:42 am

    Your commitment to fitness as a couple is wonderful! You’re right about the sedentary lifestyle, it doesn’t bode well as we age. My husband and I have made meaningful and significant changes to our diet and fitness over the past year and it has paid off in so many positive ways for both of us. We continue to get stronger together, literally and figuratively. As for fitness & weight loss aids, I know I’ve mentioned this before but it bears repeating: I swear by my FitBit (at least 10,000 steps a day) and my fitness pal (free app that tracks your food/beverage intake and your exercise).

    Keep up the hikes, they look like so much fun!

  6. Kathy
    June 1, 2015 / 1:38 pm

    My husband and I have also upped our exercise routine and goals. It began with a 7.5 mile mountain hike – we both felt so good (although tired) and proud afterwards and realized that although we had both been exercising, we weren’t pushing ourselves to get stronger, just maintaining. I agree about having a partner to do it with, and to help motivate each other. Yes, I’ll join your commitment.
    How much did you pay the Chinese restaurant to have that fortune put in Bill’s cookie?

  7. June 1, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    What a funny place to find inspiration! If it works that’s all it matters. Good luck with your month of fitness.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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