Category Archives: Healthy Lifestyle

Weekly Photo Challenge: Regret

I have given a lot of thought to this weeks challenge. Asking myself the question: what do I regret? There are a lot of things that have happened to me that I regret, but I did not have any control so I am not responsible.  I wanted to think of a choice I made. The biggest regret I have is the choice to smoke. I was only 18. Not an excuse, just a fact. In those days, it was the non-smokers that were the minority. stupidly, I wanted to fit in. I soon became addicted and smoked for too many years. I quit about 15 years ago, but not soon enough. My lungs have been permanently damaged. I have to live with COPD. I must take an inhaler every day or I struggle to breathe. I still live life to the fullest, I exercise daily, love hiking, canoeing and am training to run a 5km race. Yet I do regret smoking and damaging my lungs. When I get a cold, it often leads to further complications like pneumonia and that is not fun.

This is not a pretty picture but I think It looks like a picture of me with my head hanging down in regret

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ready

I am always ready to try new things, ready for an adventure. While in Skagway Alaska, Sarah and I decided to go rock-climbing. I had tried it once indoors. Let me just say that the indoor climbing walls are a lot different to the real thing.

We travelled to the climbing site and I got my harness on. 

I have my harness on and I am READY

 The company gave us a powder blue helmet to put on. I couldn’t help but feel relief, knowing that when I fall from the top of the cliff, my helmet will save me.
A few last-minute adjustments while I looked up… waaaay up.The first step.

Surveying the cliff

 
As I placed my fingers on the cold hard rock, I wondered how I will be able to cling to the rock. the ledges were so tiny.

The first step.

I soon got the hang of it and climbing happened.

a view from below. can you see that tiny person way up there?

I am very proud that I made it to the top, not once but twice, in two different sections. Climbing is hard work. It takes a lot of leg strength to push up each step of the way.

a cropped photo of me at the top.the second climb is higher still.

 Repelling back down is the most fun because it takes no strength.

Just lean back and jump your way down.

 I am ready to give it another go. Anyone want to come with me? This is something I want to continue as part of my healthy new lifestyle.

Time to Review My Bucket List

Some may suggest it is morbid to make a bucket list, thinking of things to do before you die. Make no mistake, I do not plan on keeling over the day after I check off my last item, in fact, my list is continually evolving and changing as I age. I imagine one day, sitting around the nursing home, my list may simply include staying awake while watching TV, or walking to the dining room unaccompanied. I hope I will always have things I want to do because motivation is invigorating and setting goals is motivating.

I have had a bucket list for a long time. It wasn’t formal, I just knew I wanted to do certain things. a few years ago I made a formal list.

I like to dream, I like to plan. I am afraid of wasting my years living a humdrum existence, so I get involved, I volunteer and want to be a better person. Not for others, but simply for me, for my satisfaction.  I find it helps me to know my inner self, my true desires. I have become more aware of who I am. We all have many roles we play, between work and home, with family and friends, the community, socially, at church, we wear many hats and we have expectations placed upon us by others. A bucket list is not about expectations, it is about desires.

I think a bucket list reflects who you are and what is important to you. There are a lot of fun things and adventurous things on my list and I hope some things that will make me grow as a person.

If you do not yet have your dreams listed, I hope this will inspire you.

My Bucket List

  • Go for a Hot Air Balloon ride
  • Write a novel
  • Have my novel published
  • learn to play the guitar
  • Take a cruise on the Amazon River
  • visit Chile
  • travel to India and the Himalayas
  • See a polar bear in the wild.
  • Paint a truly beautiful painting
  • Win a photography competition
  • Weigh under 140 lbs
  • Run a 5km race.
  • walk a half marathon race (completed)
  • Travel to Newfoundland
  • Hike the West Coast trail
  • Sleep in a yurt.
  • Climb  on the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Robson.(completed)
  • Learn cross-country skiing.
  • Learn to Juggle.
  • Travel to the Arctic (completed)
  • Visit San Francisco and ride the cable car
  • Repell down a very high cliff
  • Go para-sailing
  • Go hang-gliding
  • Travel to Japan
  • Eat in a sidewalk cafe in Paris
  • Go on a meditation retreat.
  • Read every book of the Bible
  • Get my Scuba Diving license
  • Fly first class
  • Volunteer with “Operation Christmas Child” to deliver the boxes.
  • Dip my toe in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Stand on the Arctic Circle (completed)
  • Take a flying lesson (completed)
  • Visit all 50 American States
  • Visit all 10 Canadian Provinces and 3 Territories.
  • Go to at least 25 Zumba classes
  • Ride in a helicopter (completed)
  • Travel the Oregon Coast
  • Spend New Years Eve at Times Square.
  • Go to the Olympics
  • Travel to Africa and go on a safari Completed)
  • Stand on the Equator (completed)
  • Retire early (completed)
  • See the Grand canyon (Completed)
  • Volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen
  • Go bird-watching at Point Pelee park during the fall or spring migration
  • Win a writing contest
  • Join an organization with a humanitarian cause
  • Organize all my old photos (a large box full) into albums.

My Day 1 Healthy Dinner is Served

I wanted a simple meal tonight, it is just the two of us. I am not a gourmet cook, in fact, using the word “cook” and “Maggie” in the same sentence usually also includes the word “lousy”. With my resolution to eat healthy, I decided on an omelette.

scramble the eggs

I chopped some red pepper, sliced some zuccini and celery, and added some chopped bok choy and sauted them all  in a bit of olive oil. Using these colourful veggies, I would cover some of  the vitimins I need for the day. My plan is coming together nicely. My problem is my husband. How do I disguise the “Bok Choy”?  I could hear the words..”What is this green stuff?” said in a most disgruntled tone.  I know that I am “in it to win it”. I am going to eat healthy.  If he wants, he can always make  PB+J sandwiches for himself. It is my resolution after all.

saute the veggies in olive oil

I put the quinoa (keen-wa) on to cook. It cooks just like rice but is far healthier. It is important to get enough fibre and to eat healthy whole grains. Quinoa is a great choice.  In 1/4 cup I will get 3 gms of fibre and 5 gms of protein.

Quinoa is ready

I added a can of cooked tomatoes to the quinoa. Cooked tomatoes contain lycopene, which is one of the most potent antioxidants. Dietary intake of tomatoes and tomato products containing lycopene has been shown to be associated with a decreased risk of chronic diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. I need all the help I can get and I love tomatoes.

Quick and easy… dinner is served.

Dinner is served

I really enjoyed it and yes, he did ask “what is that green stuff”? But, he has a cold and his taste buds are out of service, so he thinks he “likes” bok choy… (yeah I win one.)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Launch… of a new healthy lifestyle

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week stumped me … Launch? are you kidding? None of the spaceships I am working on in my backyard are ready to launch. So I resorted to thinking….

It is a new year and I have resolved to change my ways. I need to embrace a healthier lifestyle. So…. Right here, right now, I am officially launching the new healthy life of Maggie.

I resolve to eat a rainbow of colourful veggies every day.

a rainbow of veggies everyday

I resolve to eat fresh fruit daily:

Fresh fruit

It is important to get enough fibre and to eat healthy whole grains. Quinoa is a great choice.  in 1/4 cup I will get 3 gms of fibre and 5 gms of protein. Take that white rice, you are outta here.

A healthy lifestyle includes so much more than eating the right food. Excercise is also crucial.

I resolve to go to the gym at least 3 times a week and to walk at least 15 km each week.

I resolve to keep fit and to hit my goal weight by April Fools Day. so for inspiration, I indulged and bought a magazine.

Do you think I can look like that by Apriil 1st?, Shake your head Maggie, you are retired!. those days are gone. (but not forgotten.)

I have been suffering with a cold and Bronchitis for the past week or so. I am feeling better and finally ready for 2012, better late than never. I am ready to start my new Lifestyle.