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HEALTH AND FITNESS FROM A WOMAN’S PERSPECTIVE

Hello, it’s just me. I’m just a lady, much like yourself, trying to sort my personal life out and make the necessary improvements so that I can get on with my life and enjoy its finer things for once and for all.

You see, just like you, I really want to be well. I decided to start this personal blog talking mainly about health and fitness from a woman’s point of view, mainly so that I could also use my personal experiences to help others reading this post to make amends to their lives after struggling for so long.

I’d like to point out to you that I am not a qualified expert on health and fitness, nor am I a medical technician or seasoned nutritionist. If you are looking for more coherent answers on more serious and urgent matters related to your health, then I would suggest that you search the internet or your local area for those qualified experts who should only be too glad to assist you. Of course, if you are ill, you should have already been to your general practitioner for a first assessment and first series of treatment measures, if required.

The nature and motivations for writing a health and fitness blog from the personal perspective of one woman is to share and care. Sharing means caring, does it not? By sharing personal thoughts and, when these opportune things do come along, useful, helpful and important information, you are only helping others who may be in more need than you can imagine. I decided to write this first post straight from the heart without any hindsight to the internet’s large volumes of information which can sometimes be guilty of misinformation in the sense that some of the articles are riddled with bullet holes that show up factual errors and incoherent remarks which suspiciously suggest that the writer is not who he or she said.

That is not the case here. I really want to help and encourage you. I want to help myself as well. In talking to you today, I am already helping myself. Right at this very point in time, I am seriously thinking what I need to do next in order to fix up my personal life and turn it into one which is wholesomely healthy and happy. I have the burning desire to be well. I’d also like to go a little further in my personal life to become fit and strong so that I can do and manage the personal and work-related things that I had not managed or put up with before.

So, without further ado, let me tell you a little bit about what I am looking forward to writing for you. Quite possibly, the two most important posts I may be writing for you concern my personal journey and discoveries on healthy lifestyles for women in particular and working our way towards creating what I am terming a balanced health and fitness plan which is commensurate with my own personal life right now, subject to change and, I say this quite positively, as my life changes for the better. Just this morning, I was laying in my bed thinking to myself that my life cannot get any worse than this.

I regarded such thoughts in a positive light and dismissed the guilty feelings of perceiving myself to be selfish, thinking only of myself at this point in time. But I have asked myself and my Maker time and time again, how could I possibly be of use to anyone else if I cannot service my own needs effectively. One area of my life that I have been putting off for quite some time is the matter of my nutritional needs. Addressing these now is no longer a skeptical preoccupation but rather influenced by moments of excitement and anticipation. It should go without saying for the rest that this has mainly to do with doing things for the very first time.

And so it goes in life. I am one of those who were always so fearful of change. But the positive affirmation says that change is actually quite healthy for you, particularly when your previous life was not a bed of roses. Change is as good as a holiday and change brings about exciting new possibilities. I deliberately chose not to go over my previous copy here, not so much that I could rush to finish it (because as things stand now, the day is moving along at a ferocious pace already) but to keep myself looking forward. And in doing that, I am putting the past behind me and only looking forward to what I would like to do with my life and the things that I need to do to achieve my goals in life.

One of those goals is to be healthy and happy. And did I forget to tell you, I may have, that we’ll also be spending time in the kitchen, sifting through all the exciting new ingredients that go towards strengthening and nourishing the body to its healthy and happy state.

 

On My Travels The Great Outdoors and Nature

Things to Do While at the Beach

There is nothing like a day at the beach, no matter where that beach might be. Who doesn’t love the song of seagulls, the smell of the salt air and the soothing sound of the waves rolling onto the shore? I know I love it, it’s one of those places that simply brings my soul peace and harmony within minutes.

The beach however, isn’t just for strolling down, as much fun as that can be, but it can also be an adventure or even a mini-vacation depending upon how long you plan on visiting the beach. There are a lot of different things you can do while visiting the beach.

One thing you can do is take a pair of binoculars with you and while strolling down the beach use the binoculars to look out at the horizon and see if you can spot any dolphins or whales. How exciting it can be to see such beautiful creatures and if there’s a chance of seeing them, you don’t want to miss out.

If the beach you are visiting has a boardwalk I highly recommend that you spend some time walking it and play games in their arcades and if they have rides on it, make sure to hop on a few and don’t forget to eat some delicious food while walking around and exploring.

Often beaches also have trails that are close by and you should consider taking a hike while there. This is great exercise and you will get to experience more nature along the way and you might even be able to catch some great views of the ocean and surrounding area.

If you aren’t into eating food from available vendors then why not pack yourself a nice little picnic. You could include a variety of cheeses, fresh fruits, crackers, whatever else you might enjoy while lounging on the beach. Make sure to bring plenty of water and other beverages.

Consider bringing along a little bit of fishing gear if the beach you are going to has a pier so that you can dabble a bit in fishing. Fishing can actually be one of the most relaxing things that you can do while at the beach and who knows, you might even catch something good to eat too!

If there are little seaside shops on or near the beach you are visiting why not take time out to do some window shopping while you’re there. Most of these little shops are very quaint and extremely fun to go in and explore, even if you don’t want to buy anything you’ll have a lot of fun looking at all the cool things they have to offer. This gives you some time out of the sun as well, and who knows, you might run across a bargain or two that you can’t live without.

If you are with a small or large group of people at the beach consider having a bonfire party. These can really be fun sitting around a nice fire especially on a cool evening, just sitting around talking and maybe even singing a few songs and roasting marshmallows. Just make sure before you do this that the beach allows bonfires.

Bring a journal with you and sit down and relax on the beach and write about your experiences on the beach and surrounding areas or if you feel inspired consider writing some poetry. The ocean has a way of sometimes bringing out the creativity in people so take advantage of some down time and let the sea speak to you.

Last but not least, look for seashells that you can take back home with you that will remind you of your trip to the beach.

On My Travels The Great Outdoors and Nature

Things to Know In Order to Enjoy Hiking

Hiking can really be a wonderful way in which you can get out and truly enjoy what nature has to offer you. If you really have never been on a true hike it’s something that you should consider doing. If the word hiking scares you off just realize that if you can walk, you can hike. Honest. What hiking is, is simply going for a walk but instead of walking in the city or in a mall you do it in the wilderness. When it comes to hiking it isn’t much different from plain old walking except that the surfaces you’ll be walking on are more than likely going to be more uneven than what you will find at your local city park. Plus, if you are really going out some place out there, you need to be more prepared than you need to be when going on a walk.

Here are a few things you should know before you go hiking if you are a newbie at this kind of activity. The first thing I suggest for those who truly have never been on a real hike, is this; start taking walks in parks. This is a great way to get started. It’s a good idea if you try to find parks that have some walking paths that are not paved and that have some open areas where you can walk also. To be honest with you, you may discover that walking on unpaved surfaces actually is more pleasant than when you walk on concrete. Those hard surfaces in the city can give you blisters a lot faster than the softer surfaces of an unpaved path.

There are some very important differences between taking a walk in the city and hiking somewhere out of town. One is that you really need to be a lot more aware of the circumstances around you in the wilderness so you can take care of your body. Remember, when you are out hiking usually you are not going to find a car, bus, store or any other kind of shelter to take cover in if you get too hot, cold, tired, or hungry. Also, depending upon where you go, you may not see any other people around either. This is why it’s important to start off with short hikes in case you misjudge something about the hike, with a short hike you can quickly get back to shelter for warmth, food and water.

Be smart about hiking, make sure that you go hiking during the year when the weather is going to be the nicest. Hiking means you are going to be outside the whole time and you don’t want to get caught in some awful weather. Of course it does depend upon where you live. For instance if you live in a desert area then you may want to go hiking in the spring or fall when temperatures are for more tolerable. By picking “friendly” weather you are going to have a much better experience hiking.

If it truly is your first time hiking I really don’t recommend that you go alone. It’s a better idea to ask someone to go with you and it’s even better if those you invite already have experience at it and they already know what can be expected and can help you out if something comes up that you don’t know how to handle. If you can’t find anyone who wants to go with you then consider checking to see if you city has any local hiking clubs that you might be able to join.

This is very important, your footwear! One of the biggest mistakes that newbies commit is wearing the wrong kind of shoes. You need to pick shoes that are designed to make your feet feel comfortable when you are walking and not shoes that just make your feet look good. Another really big mistake that newbies to hiking commit is buy a brand new pair of shoes and wear them on a hike before they have been broken in. You need to let your feet get use to the new shoes so you should try to break them in by wearing them around the house for awhile and for short walks in a park. This way when you go hiking for the first time your feet will be used to the shoes.

Another thing that is really important when you go hiking is the clothes that you wear. Your feet are not the only things that need comfort on a hike but your whole body. This means that it is best to wear loose fitting clothing and not something that is super tight. Your clothes also have to be appropriate for the weather. So make sure you know what the weather is predicted to be like before you set off on your hike.

When you go hiking as a newbie always make sure that you find areas that have designated walking trails so that you can follow that same trail back to where you started, the last thing you want on one of your first hikes is to get lost. Whatever you do, never stray off the path.

If you think that your hike is going to be a couple of hours or longer it’s a good idea to take a few things with you such as a lighter or matches, a knife, a simple first aid kit, anti-itch cream and sunscreen, a flashlight and even a little toilet paper, you never know.

You also need to make sure that you take water or a sports drink with you because you will be losing a lot of fluid when you go for a hike and you need to replenish what you lost in order to avoid dehydration or a heat stroke because both can kill you.

Most importantly, use your God given common sense and don’t tempt fate. No matter how beautiful Mother Nature is, she is very indifferent to hurting you, especially if you do stupid things.

On My Travels

Creative Ideas for Those Seashells You’ve Been Collecting

I don’t know about you but any time I have an opportunity to visit a beach, I’m always looking for some great seashells to pick up and take home with me. I like doing this not only because they are a beautiful reminder of strolling along a warm sandy beach but, they can also be turned into some nice gifts if you want to be creative with them.

Here’s a few crafty ideas for your seashells:

A really simple and elegant item you can make with seashells are seashell candles. All you need are a variety of different sized deep shells such as scallops, clams and quahog shells. Then just get whatever kind of candle wax you want and some wick string found at craft stores. Melt you candle wax, cut wick to the size you want, dip the wick in the warm wax, place it in the shell and pour the rest of the wax into the shell making sure you leave just enough of the wick above the surface of the wax to be able to light it when your candles are ready. These are great to use on coffee tables, end tables, patio tables and even for a nice look on your dining table.

Soap dishes are neat gifts to give and you can easily make them with a couple of different sized shells. You should have one big shell and then one small shell for the base of the soap dish. Take some newspaper, crumple it up and form into a ring. Then take some two part epoxy and epoxy the big seashell to the small seashell, make sure it’s back to back. Once that is done put the shells in the newspaper ring with the small seashell down, this is to help support the top shell while the epoxy is drying. Easy as that, as soon as it’s dry you have a lovely little soap dish to keep or give as a gift.

Another simple and elegant gift you can create with clam shells or shells similar to clam shells is a shell wreath. All you need is a 12 inch metal wreath that is form packed with straw. Take some wire and tightly wind it around the straw and frame at one inch intervals. Then take some tacky craft glue and put it on the inside edge of your shells. Now arrange your shells kind of like a puzzle on the wreath form. Put medium sized shells in the center of the wreath and along the outside of the wreath then add smaller sizes to fill in any gaps there might be. Once it’s dry the wreath is ready to hang.

One final idea is to make seashell flowerpots. Here you will need a variety of different sized Terra-cotta pots, same sized seashells or close to same sized for each pot, some tacky glue and tweezers. Take whatever size pot you want to work with first and then get the shells you want to work with, add some tacky glue to the shells and then add them all around the rim of the pot. For smaller shells you can use the tweezers to help glue them onto the pots. That’s all there is to it. If you want to make the pot looked weathered, you can buy some powdered milk paint and then combine one part milk paint with one part water and paint pot. Let it dry one hour. Next you’ll need one part lime powder, this can be found in most garden centers and combine with two parts water, brush over the paint and let dry one hour. Take some sand paper when dry and sand down the pot with medium grit sand paper until you get the look you want.

The Great Outdoors and Nature

Nothing Like a Walk in the Park

If you are looking for a good way to commune with nature and have a chance to simply get away from all the hustle and bustle of work and the city, there is nothing like a walk in the park. Even if it’s one of your city parks, it still helps you to calm down and relax. Any time you give yourself the opportunity to be with nature, the natural beauty of it all is one of the best things that will help you battle any stress you might have in your life and lord knows that we all face a lot of stress off and on in our lives.

Check out what kind of parks you have in your area and then consider visiting several of them until you find one that suits your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. This way you will be able to have a special place that you can call your own. If you are trying to find a place that will fill you with peace and tranquility I would suggest that you stay away from parks that have playground equipment, this is a sure fire hint that kids go to that park a lot and where there’s kids you more than likely are not going to find that peace that you are looking. Nothing against kids, raised two of my own, but we all know kids are full of energy, curiosity and quite frankly, loud.

Find a park that has some nice walking trails that might lead you on a nature walk. Going for a nature walk is something that always seems to have a calming effect on me. I just love to listen to the birds as they sing, quietly watch the butterflies fluttering from flower to flower or dancing in the air with another butterfly, nothing like a ballet in air.

Where I live we have our own nature area that is reserved only for the residents so there never are lots of people or strangers walking their dogs on the nature trails provided for us and our dogs. Often I use this as my peaceful getaway with my dogs and find no need for a park. The trails we are provided are primitive so you feel like you are really getting away from all the rush of the city. It is filled with trees, trees, trees and various types of other plants and the trails all lead down to a canal which is also our source of water. During any particular walk my dogs and I might come across chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, ground hogs, snakes, lizards, a variety of birds from ducks and geese to hawks and deer. It can be a quite interesting walk on any given day, but it’s always peaceful. It gives me and my dogs the opportunity to not only get some good and much needed exercise but it allows us time to bond and to enjoy all that nature has to offer without even having to get in my car and find a park to visit.

Of course not everyone has access to something like I have where I live so do some research about your area, especially if you are new to the area to find out what kinds of parks there are. If you love flowers, you might want to see if there are any local flower gardens that you can visit and enjoy.

Taking a walk in a park can be beneficial in so many different ways. It is a source of exercise, an opportunity to get to know what kind of wildlife lives in your area, can bring you peace and tranquility when you need both and if you have a dog, it’s a wonderful way to bond.