Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Niles Library

Tuesdays are terrific because it means an outing to the Niles Library :)

Gavin and I started our morning at Starbucks after we dropped off Gigi at school. I had a coffee and he had a banana.

The artwork pictured above was created by a resident in celebration of the library's 50th anniversary. I need to warn you that this library is tinnnnnnyyyy. I'd estimate it to be around 600 - 700 square feet. Even still, I heart this place. It is super cute, quaint, and located in historic downtown Niles near the Railroad Station. Another thing I like is you can check out the most current issue of a magazine/periodical. In comparison to larger libraries, current issues are not available for check out and must be read in-house. They are open on Tuesdays only from 10 am - 5 pm.

We read some books on our own and skipped Toddler reading time today to enjoy the good weather to walk around, and of course, take a few pics along the way : )

Gavin found a pinwheel we got from Happy Hallow over the weekend and brought it along.

It turned out to be a good photo prop..

..that kept him busy and entertained while I snapped away.

"Let's go to the train station mommy." Ok :D

Hope your Tuesday is terrific :-)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Coyote Hills Regional Park

I've grown up in the southern part of the east bay and the first time I went to Coyote Hills was early January of this year. Ever since my discovery, I have been coming back to these hills, week after week. Rain or shine, for six straight weeks, I find myself here to run, hike, enjoy nature, and the beautiful scenery. 

The trail I've gotten to know the most is Muskrat Trail. Check out the Muskrat-ish looking creature I met above. Was it following me or was I following it? I don't know. All I know is I got lost (a handful of times.) But, I eventually find my way back. As an fyi, GPS does not work here, I tried it. Please PAY ATTENTION!

This is Bayview Trail which I discovered last week. Can you say beeee-yoooo-ti-ful! Ah... And the feeling you get walking/biking/running this trail is serenely exquisite.

This is Bayview trail heading toward Soaproot Trail..on my way to get a nice incline run :)

Words of advice: the best uphill workouts are off the beaten path. Literally. You have to get off the pavement and find the trails hikers have trodden upon. First of all, these paths are visible and have already been laid out for you. All you have to do is follow it. It's a little safe and a little scary because you're not sure where they'll lead. All of the ones I've chosen have led to very cool, hill top vistas. I highly recommend this!

CAUTION: Running uphill is tough but running downhill, can be scary! Really. BE. CAREFUL.

My "hill days" are usually Sundays. This weekly ritual is not only something I look forward to, but now crave. Being out there just feels right. You know: and Good. Tough. Scenic. Fun. That's all me baby!

Plus, it is a fantastic way to start off the week. I feel like if I can jog, run, climb these hilly beauts, I can accomplish whatever pops up during the week..with strength and a smile :)

Here's to creating happy and healthy rituals!

I hope you have yours and if you don't, please CREATE ONE! You'll thank me later.

Have a charmed & blessed week friends!

= )

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Leaning out

Sometimes it is the things we really don't want to do that are exactly the things we need to do.

For me one of those things is beginning to end my often abusive relationship with food.

To make a long short, I begrudgingly began eating healthily two days ago by following my brother Lyle's lead (filling up on veggies, meats, fruits, nuts, lots of water..basically cutting out processed food items including bread & rice). Surprisingly.. I feel pretty dang good!! (let's see how long this lasts...)

I will experiment and see what kind of results I get by eating this way for at least this whole month while maintaining my exercise regimen. I will also be tracking my mood, weight loss, strength, endurance, & energy.

Oh, and by the way, I've lost 2 pounds in 2 days. Let the losing & leaning out continue!

It's the beginning of another month ya'll. Let's get crackin' ;-D