To Be or Not to Be…Healthy…

The sun shines down on this state as if we were the only ones who needed the warmth of its fiery orb.  The temperature today will reach 117.  Not a record, but close.  A great excuse not to go to the gym, or workout or even go outside.  But we can’t let obstacles such as these keep us from getting out there and doing our best to stay healthy.  Being healthy is a choice that we have to make. With that comes responsibility and accountability.

I am 59 years young.   I have been active my entire life.  But as we age,  we don’t bounce back as easily and the things we always loved doing are a little harder than they used to be.   As young as I am mentally, it doesn’t seem to match up with my chronological age.  I have bulging discs in my lower back and some arthritis in my wrists. But I do not let these ailments sideline me.  I can still do the things I love, with moderation.  I choose to be healthy.  Okay, so I can’t run anymore or climb a mountain.  But I can still hike, kayak, and work out at a gym.

No… I am not one of those who works out all the time and has no life other than the gym. I have a job just like most of you.  I have a house to keep up and a man in my life.   I have to fit working out into my day.  I make it a priority.  I workout 3 days a week and do something active on the weekend.  I eat right, but I’m not a fanatic about that either.  I do not deprive myself.

I believe a lot of people think being healthy means giving up just about everything you love.  When in fact it does not.  I always tell people, give up one thing that isn’t good for you.  Start there.  Like pop or fast food.  Once you take one of those out of your daily existence, you will begin to notice a difference.  Setting goals, making a plan are important to reaching that healthy lifestyle that fits you.  My healthy lifestyle may not match yours, but then it shouldn’t.  It has to be right for you.  As always, you should consult your doctor before starting any big change.

I will be sharing weekly, the things I do inside and out.  What I eat and my downfalls.  I’m real.  I do not pretend to be anyone but me.   I will share delicious recipes with you and my typical workout.  I don’t strive for perfection.  I do the things I do, to be HEALTHY, not to look like I could compete in a body building competition.  If that is your goal… Go for it.

The toughest part is getting started.  So what are you going to do?  Follow my journey and maybe I can inspire you to get going!!! or… to keep going:)

Staying healthy and keepin it real!!!

 

Kimberly Rae

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Life’s Gifts

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I was blessed with an amazing summer… Opportunities… Beautiful places to see. I Do my best to look for that miracle in my everyday life. I certainly found them this Summer.

The historical volcanic Peaks that I climbed, on the North Shore of Oahu, to the Beautiful clear blue water that bathed my feet as I walked along the shore, were nothing short of miracles in my book.

The days I spent on a farm in Iowa, showed me the hard life of a farmer, the long days planting, and the prayers for just the right amount of rain.

I immersed myself in  cultures and lifestyles so unlike my own.  I relished in the simplicity that this way of life has to offer.

As simplistically as I live my life at home, it made me appreciate more, the little things that can bring joy into our everyday life; the colors of the leaves when the season changes. The red and orange sunsets that plaque-rd the sky, as if to say… “look at me, I am beautiful!”  Or it might be a smile from a friend, a child, or someone you don’t even know, that brightens your day.

The way I see it, living is getting out there and experiencing life.  Seeing knew places, meeting knew people… it opens your eyes to possibilities you never thought of.  It can propel you in a direction that is empowering and help you grow as an individual.

As I always say… The Journey is the Reward

So GET OUT THERE!!  Live It!!!

Keep Hiking to the Top,

Kimberly Rae

 

 

 

 

What Inspires You?

An inspiration can come from a person, a quote, a movie, a book; the list goes on.  The littlest thing can inspire us.  It doesn’t even have to have words.  A picture can inspire me.

Who inspires you?  What inspires you?  Or are you in search of some inspiration; of any kind?

Inspiration should make us think about where we are, who we are, and how to reach the top.  We want that firecracker feeling inside where anything is possible; even in our darkest moments.  When we make decisions about our life, change is about to take place. 

Many things inspire me; the word of God, certain people, poetry, or a picture that I took that just made me feel good inside. 

I know when I was deep in the throws of my pain and healing, I looked for inspiration wherever I could find it; anything to get me to take the next step.  That is when I began blogging.  My words were helping me heal as I was inspiring others to do the same. 

Think about the inspirations in your life; find them, thank them, write it down.   

I would like to share with you a few blogs that have inspired me.  I read many, but these stand out.  Take a look.  Listen to what they have to say.  Their words continue to inspire me as I keep hiking to the top! (theweatheredlife.com, candycoatedreality.com, and Godmatters.com)

I’ll see you there!

Kimberly Rae

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A picture I took on the side of the road in Colorado a few months ago.  It hangs on my wall and inspires my creativity daily.