Category Archives: fitness

faking it til I make the salad

After last week’s “whine” about seasonal transition disorder…I’ve been trying.

It started with a trip to my local farmers’ market on Saturday morning for a bag of fresh lettuce mixture. Made sure I had some veggies around. And have had THREE, yup three, salads this week so far. Washed the lettuce. Cut up cherry tomatoes, an avocado, added a little cooked chicken and some asiago cheese.

It’s happening. I’m making salads and walking and trying to only watch one hour of Netflix at a time!

How are you doing this week?

CJR

 

taking the ranch home

Every Friday afternoon at Rancho la Puerta they offer a lecture called Taking The Ranch Home. The goal is to help guests adopt healthy lifestyle changes from the Ranch and incorporate them into their everyday life. Since we just arrived home, it seems like a good time to reflect on what we are ‘taking home from the ranch’ this year.

Move early in the day. Hike, walk, swim…do it first thing before life gets in the way. Even better if you can be outside and watch the sun rise.

Eat well. It’s pretty easy to do at the Ranch because every meal includes about 15 different vegetables, a delicious soup and someone else did the work! With a little planning you can make healthy choices for your meals too.

Make time for reflection. The world would be a better place if we stopped every once in awhile during the day to pause, meditate, focus, count to 10, count your blessings…whatever you want to call it.

Spend time with your sister, or girlfriends or whoever listens to you and gets you!

HAR & CJR

rancho la puerta – hiking

Every morning at Rancho la Puerta begins with a mountain hike.

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There are several options for distance and difficulty, but they all start just as the sun is coming up over mystical Mt. Kuchumaa.image

It’s a wonderful way to start the day. They are timed perfectly so that just as you are finishing stretching, it’s time for breakfast!

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HAR & CJR

take a hike

We are heading to Italy this week for a walking/hiking vacation around Lake Como. The upcoming trip provided a good excuse to go for a hike over Labour Day weekend to make sure our hiking boots didn’t rub somewhere unexpected. My boots were fine, just lacking in some cushioning so I bought some new HOKA boots. (check out our friday favourite from last week to learn more.)

Ten years ago for some birthday one of us had, I bought a book of 50 Hikes in Massachusetts. We cracked it open and chose the very first hike, Alander Mountain, 2,239 feet and a prominent peak of the south Taconic Mountains.

It was a challenging hike with gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley in NY, NW Connecticut and Massachusetts. We enjoyed it so much we hiked Mt Wachusett in central Massachusetts this past weekend. We are fortunate to live only 1/2 hour from Wachusett mountain.

Fall is a perfect time of year to dig out your hiking boots (or buy some new ones!) and go take a hike!

HAR

finding a routine, again

I love fall. I love when the nights start to cool off. And after the ridiculous, extended humidity of this summer, I can’t wait for long pants.

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And I love getting back into some kind of routine. Much as I love the freedom of “I’ve got nothing planned!” – it isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be.

We were talking the other day about getting back into a good, healthy food routine too. Cooler weather definitely inspires my cooking side.

I roasted vegetables this weekend – I don’t think I’ve done that since May. I added feta to them for dinner, and will turn them into soup for healthy workday lunches.

And I’m trying to find ways to give my fitbit a workout. There are some nice steep streets in my neighbourhood – and they make a nice evening walk…as long as the temperatures stay in the reasonable range. I don’t know about you, but heat and humidity put a quick halt to my energy and exercising.

I’m thinking again about planning my meals – including overnight oatmeal and freezer muffins.

And trying to wind things down a little earlier in the evening so I can get 8 hours of sleep.

What fall routines do you have?

CJR