Getting Out There!!!

FB_IMG_1498167652488My day begins at 4:30 a.m.  Yes, I know… way too early, but if you live in Arizona and the outdoors is calling you, you must get up before the sun.  Today, my good friend Liz Merritt at boombaby.me,  (check out her site) invited me to go paddle boarding.  Now, I love the outdoors, I kayak, hike etc…. but I have never paddled before.

As the birds began to chirp and sing their morning songs, I was out the door.  The board strapped to the top of my SUV…off to the lake I go.  A short 40 minute drive to one of the many lakes we have in Arizona.

I came prepared, my camelback loaded with water, sunscreen on, and my water shoes in hand.  I was a little worried I might fall off at first, but I surprised myself, the water did not get the pleasure of enveloping me with its wetness.  I could tell I was working my inner thighs, my core, and defiantly my arm muscles with all the paddling.  I was enjoying the outdoors which I call my playground as well as getting a great workout at the same time.

But…the best part, was the peacefulness of the calm, empty lake at 6:00 a.m.. The hawk flying overhead feeding her babies, and the beautiful canyons that surrounded us.  We paddled in silence and took it all in.

It was an amazing morning.   I tried something new on my bucket list, I got my workout in, and I wasn’t in an enclosed space with air conditioning.  I had a view, an  amazing view.

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I want you to see that choosing healthy doesn’t have to be boring.  Get out there and try something new.  It might not be easy at first, but don’t give up.  You just have to keep going….one step at a time, one day at a time.  We are all in a different place in our lives.  We have to do what fits our lifestyle.  Just… GET OUT THERE!!!

I choose healthy.  I choose to live my life…. you can too!!!!

Never Give up!

Kimberly Rae

 

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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