My Workouts

I’d like to get healthy.

Surely I can’t finish this last half of my 40s in worse shape than I entered.   Can I still be carrying “baby” weight when my baby is almost 13?

I am motivated by my friend, Glenda, who is consistently training for these “mud runs” and “warrior dashes.”  But something about running through fire then climbing a wall scares me.

I think I was in shape once.  I ran a 10K and reached my goal to NOT come in last.   As I ran through the streets of Rockville Centre, praying to God that I not pass out, I vowed that would be my last race.  So what can I do to get some exercise?

I must make some real changes…and buying new bras that say, “Eliminates Back Fat” is not the way to go.

Any suggestions?  Please tell me, how do you stay in shape?

Composting

Spring starts tomorrow, but my car was covered in frost this morning.  It’s been a nasty winter.

I’d like to start a compost bin.  I’ve found so many “easy” ideas on Pinterest.  I wonder if it’s something I can actually do.

Will there be bugs…ewwww..or worse – rats?  Can I find a spot that in the yard where the sprinklers don’t hit?  Will Bojangles be able to leave it alone?

This is the summer that I’m going to try.  I’m not going to let fear or negative thoughts stop me.

Now if only I can learn how to use a drill…

Does anyone have a working compost bin?  How easy is this really?

**Here is the site for the easy composting project:  http://preparednessmama.com/create-a-mini-compost-bin/

Let me know how it goes!

(Lack of) Time to read

I’d like to read more…let me rephrase that…I’d like to read something other than my Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest newsfeeds.  I can’t seem to finish a book…and my latest excuse is that my eyes get so tired.

So I’d like to write about some fabulous books that I am going to read…or maybe I’ll realize that I just can’t read as much as I used to.

I’m currently reading Amy Tan’s “The Hundred Secret Senses.”  I’m loving the dialogue and detail.

Have you ready any good books lately?  Where do you find time to read?  How do you fit reading into your schedule?

Minimalism

I’ve spent almost 16 years filling my house with stuff — gifts, the kids’ artwork, clothes on sale, gadgets, paperwork, appliance manuals, books, and junk.

I’ve tried Feng Shui, the FlyLady, and monthly donations to Big Brothers/Big Sisters…and yet the stuff always seems to come back.

Recently, I’ve subscribed to a few “Minimalist” blogs.  The theory is that the less stuff we have, the less stuff we are responsible for and, therefore, can live freer, happier lives.

Anyway, I’m going to see how much of the house — specifically the basement and garage — I can empty out.

Have you heard of minimalism?  How do you apply it to your lives?  Have you recently cleared space in your house?  Inspire us with your success stories.

For a much more detailed explanation, go here:  http://www.becomingminimalist.com

Where to?

I love to travel.  I wish we had done it more when the kids were younger because now travel competes with school, sports, music, etc.  In two years, Jackson will be going to college and then it’ll really be a challenge to make it happen.

So I am making a conscious effort this year to travel as a family.

The next trip I’m planning is a roadtrip to Louisville, KY, so Bojangles can meet his Aunt Joanie and Uncle Jimmy– planned stops include Pittsburgh, PA (home of the Steelers); Terre Haute, IN (Del’s old stomping grounds); Chicago, IL (to visit my niece Emily at DePaul University); and Cleveland, OH (not really sure why).  We’re saving money by using up some of Del’s Hilton Honors points and crashing at my brother’s house.   I’m looking forward to crossing some states off of Elena’s Bucket List.

I would love to know how others juggle family schedules with travel plans.  Have you recently planned a family trip?  Do you have any tips for traveling with a dog?  Please share with me.

Bojangles

This is Bojangles, my two-year-old Havanese.

Bojangles just turned 2 in this photo.
Bojangles just turned 2 in this photo.

Since he is my first dog, I tried to read all I could about raising a puppy.  Ian Dunbar, http://www.dogstardaily.com, suggested that a puppy needed to meet at least 100 people before it turned 12 weeks.  I fell short.

First,  Bojangles had Giardia when we got him and I didn’t want him to infect other dogs.  Next, I didn’t have 100 friends to introduce to him.  I think we got as close as 87 by the time he was 16 weeks.

Luckily, I found a wonderful, pawsitive and force-free trainer — Helen Del Bove of Smarty Paws.  After a few private training sessions, Bojangles learned to love his crate,  walk with a leash, and calmly sit by the front window.  Last Spring, he earned a certificate in “Basic Manners”.  This Spring, he is registered for puppy playgroup and an agility class.

If you’re in the NY area and interested in a positive dog trainer, I highly recommend Helen.  Here is her website:  http://www.smartypawsny.com

Bojangles is still sort of shy and anti-social (sorta like his mama).  But we’re working on it.

Follow him on Instagram at  http://instagram.com/bojangles_the_havanese

Do you have a shy dog?   Please share with us some ideas on how you got your dog to be less shy.