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Greet the Week with Gratitude: Outdoors Edition

Filed under: Gratitude — Kristi at 10:20 am on Monday, May 5, 2014

Saturday's 5.5 mile walk included a leg through Ross Natural Area.

  • I’m grateful for DH being willing and enabling of lots of walking. Now that the weather is nicer we’re doing quite lengthy walks on Saturdays. This week we cut it nearly in half from the previous week with a 5.5 mile walk.
  • One of our favorite destinations on Saturday mornings has us passing through Ross Natural Area on at least one direction. I’m so thankful that Fort Collins has so many trails that allow you to get away from traffic noise and pollution!
  • Chopped off about ten inches this afternoon!

  • A new haircut can really change ones attitude and was just what the change of seasons called for. I chopped of 8-10″ on Saturday. I love not having to worry about catching my hair under the straps of my backpack! It appears to wash and go without products decently and a bit of a blow-out dresses it up nicely too. I may need to try figure out a headband that doesn’t ride up and off of the back of head in 5 min for exercise. If you have any suggestions I’m listening! :-)
  • I’m thankful for my personal trainer/water aerobics instructor, Tracy Ibarra’s, shoulder re-hab workout she’s had me on since mid-April. I’m noticing some improvement amongst the post-workout soreness and am optimistic I’m going to whip my shoulders and neck into a better state eventually. Perhaps I’ll even be able to pick up the knitting needles again soon!

How are you greeting this week with gratitude?

Fit Friday: CO Get Movin’ Challenge

Filed under: Fit Friday — Kristi at 1:47 pm on Friday, May 2, 2014

#COGetMovin Challenge

I don’t recall if I ever mentioned taking part in the Get Movin’ Challenge last August, but I took part and completed it successfully, along with DH. This year they’ve moved it to May so it started yesterday. If you live in CO I hope you’ll consider taking part. It is a good start to make activity a habit.

Don’t worry that it is the 2nd. You can still log your activity from yesterday (in fact, I just entered my activity from yesterday). The logging takes place via MapMyFitness. You can log via your computer or tablet as well as with apps for phones.

The challenge isn’t just for gym rats or super athletic people. In fact, it is to encourage people of all levels to be more active on a regular basis. All kinds of activities count! While I go to the gym pretty regular these days, I also walk a few miles most days get to/from bus stops etc. and that counts! So if you live in CO, I’d encourage you to give it a go. There are prizes for hitting a wide variety of days as well as random drawings. Plus, the social aspect via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and blog posts from the Ambassadors are a great way to get new ideas for moving more and to find encouragement and support.

I’m very excited to have been chosen as an Ambassador for this year’s challenge and hope you will join me! For more daily encouragement you can join me on Facebook at Sustainably Natural and Active.

Greet the Week with Gratitude - Week 10

Filed under: Gratitude — Kristi at 10:59 am on Monday, March 10, 2014

Fox in a Bow Tie? Or <3 Bow Ties?

Wow, has 2014 been trying so far. Much of the trials the past few weeks have not been mine to share so it was easier to stay quiet, though extremely difficult to find anything to be grateful for. Now that we are on the other side the fog is thinning and finding a few positives is a bit more possible.

How are you doing? Are you greeting the weeks with gratitude?

  • The Mayo Clinic and their efficiency. What took more than 2 weeks to return inconclusive results at the hometown medical center/hospital had answers in three days at the Mayo. Not answers I’m terribly satisfied with (no treatment); though much, much better than we had been lead to believe from the hometown doctors. No cancer!
  • Technology - cell phones, texting, e-mail, Siri etc. that all made it possible to be kept up to date on the progress of tests and diagnoses.
  • Family in Rochester and Willmar who were able to step up and help mom and dad through this process with rides and guest beds when my sister and I could not
  • The Internet and its wealth of information and tutorials on Adobe products (plus some books from the CSU library). My knowledge and skills in Illustrator have grown exponentially in the last couple of months. I’m well beyond proficient now (dare I say verging into advanced?) and am hugely proud of the graphics I’ve been turing out for work. There have been very detailed and complex infographics, posters, stickers, postcards and more.
  • WorldCurlingTV - this last week we watched a handful of the US National Curling Championships which were being live streamed on YouTube. It was great since we didn’t get to see much Olympic curling because that was all on cable channels. And boy was the men’s final championship draw a fun one! Wow!
  • And last, but certainly not least, all of you who shared your positive energy, light, prayers, etc. with myself and my family these past few weeks without knowing the full story. It was greatly appreciated!

Buffalo tempeh burger with Gorgonzola, a quick celery and carrot slaw, all on homemade whole grain bread. #painisgood

Happy Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi at 4:32 pm on Friday, February 14, 2014

Emma says "hi" to dad. I actually can't believe I caught one if her very rare smiles. And without food!

My hopes of any news this week has dwindled. Looks like Monday is the day.

But, today is also Emma’s official adoption day! She chose us for Valentine’s Day in 2003 and we are sure glad she did! She may have some gray/white (or a lot) going on, but she is as spunky and frisky as ever.

10 on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Red Things

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi at 11:36 am on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

No surprise, as Carole is queen of timely 10 on Tuesday topics, but this week in time for Valentine’s Day on Friday we are to share 1o favorite things that are red. A pop of bright color in the midst of winter doldrums sounds like a good plan too.

March Kitchen Things
1 & 2: My great grandma’s sugar bowl (whose lid has since broken and now serves as our salt cellar) and apples (especially pink lady when you are talking the reddish kind).

Boosting my energy on this time change Monday with red kicks! #nanowrimo
3: I don’t wear them super often as they are cheapy Target shoes and not terribly comfortable for the amount of walking I do most days, but I can’t help but smile when I wear these red mary jane mules!

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus on Celery
4 & 5: Roasted red peppers! I especially like them in things like hummus or tomato and roasted red pepper soup.

m-Edge Kindle 3 Covers
6: While it is now a back-up, I still love my red case for my Kindle Keyboard and only wish there are been an equally good red choice for the Paperwhite. As a consolation, DH’s hand-me-down iPad came with a good red case too.

My New Bike - Jamis Coda Femme
7: My road bike, Isabella!

Röd Gröd Up Close
8: Röd Gröd, a Scandinavian raspberry pudding that is packed with fiber and antioxidants but still seems decadent and like a treat.

Three of Diamonds with Berries
9. Again with the red feet, but I love wearing my Three of Diamonds socks knit in Sandi’s Red from Miss Babs.

Hand knits at the office :-) My cornucopia cowl was today's pick.
10: And another handknit, my Cornucopia cowl has been getting a lot of love lately as we’ve had single digit or worse walks in the morning into the office. The soft yarn and pop of the red against my purple down jacket makes me smile.

Believe it or not, I used to hate red. With a passion. Now I keep being drawn to red things more and more. I will confess to being a bit prejudice against warm, orangey reds though. I apparently like nice, cool reds.

What are your favorite red things?

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