Fall Hiking in the woods

Fall Hiking in the woods
15 Nov

November is the best time of year to hike in the woods and see all the Fall leaves. There are so many colors to see around you. The ground isn’t the usual brown or green because its covered with the Fall leaves. This year the squirrels have been extra busy gathering acorns, there are not as many around to collect. I hope does not mean we are in for a chilly winter with lots of snow. Where is your favorite place to hike? Here is a link to my favorite spots in CT. Get out there soon before the cold winter comes.

This blog post was written in collaboration with Declan.

Veterans Day 2020

Veterans Day 2020
11 Nov

Being from the Washington DC area, we always observed Veterans Day in a big way. There was always a parade in DC and the president layed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. ( I am sure that they still takes place)

To celebrate this date in my way, I thought I would commemorate the day by sharing some fun facts that I tearned about Veterans Day.

  • 18.2 million living veterans served during at least one war as of 2018.
  • 9 percent of veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
  • 3 million veterans have served in support of the War on Terrorism.
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 496,777 were still alive as of 2018.
  • Connecticut was home to the highest percentage of World War II veterans as of 2018 at 7.1 percent.

So as you are going about your day today and if you see an American flag take a minute and send a “thank you for your service” thought out into the world. I know I will!

If you are surprized that this post did NOT include a workout, please leave me a comment below !

VOTE

03 Nov

I was thinking this morning about the first presidential election that I was eligible to vote in. I had to look it up because I did not remember it! I think that this election will be alot different for any first time voter.

The pandemic has changed everything. It has always been important to vote and have a say in your local representatives but looking back on the several times I have voted, i never felt this much of a focus on the election.

So on Tuesday this will be my strategy.

No Doomscrolling. 

Doomscrolling is endlessly reading bad news story after bad news story, and understandably can leave you feeling… bad.

I will set aside a block of time to look at the news once or twice a day and go directly to a source I can trust. It can be tempting to see other perspectives on the same story, but that can lead to more anxiety.

Exercise

This is my go to for most everything anyway so why not?

November

02 Nov

Yesterday, I had planned to run the TCS NYC marathon for the second time. It is the 50th anniversary of the race and I started running at 50 so it all works. Since signing up in Jan 2020 alot has changed. The race went virtual, along with any and all training races I had planned.

So instead of running, I am going to join in on a fitness challenge that starts today.

Join me and Its totally do able!

Click here – https://grownstrong.com/blogs/health-fitness

We know what you’re thinking, it’s too good to be true but check out the

 5 easy steps below: 

Drink ½ bodyweight in ounces of water per day 

Eat a protein source at each meal or snack 

Have a handful of veggies at least 3 times a day 

Sleep at least 7 hours a night 

Commit to 10 minutes of movement a day 

Sign up for the free and track your progess via social media by using the hashtag #gsfallchallenge and #strongbystrand!

I will be cheering you on!