Wonder women, welcome! Checking my agenda, I see that it is the third Sunday in February making it time for Wellness Weekend 02.2020. I’m giving the first update on my 2020 wellness goals and then we are talking a little about hiking. An activity PC and I enjoy doing quite often.
Last year I gave myself a 1-5 rating each month on the progress I’d made toward my goals. Going to do the same thing this year. I really tried to honestly assess my progress. And on the months where my only progress was backward, I felt inspired to try harder over the weeks leading up to the next check-in post. Like last year, I am aiming for all 5s by the year’s end.
Here’s where we are today.
PHYSICAL HEALTH – 3.5
- Stretch and work out 4x a week , Weight Watchers to maintain weight – back to it, down 2 pounds, working out at the gym again. And I have discovered pickle ball and love it.
- Get 7200 steps and 3 floors a day – doing better but still need to move more everyday.
- Walk in nature for 30 minutes a day, 5x a week – back to walking more often but, have you heard, we’ve had snow…twice! The photo collage below was taking during last Sunday’s walk/hike.
NUTRITIONAL HEALTH – 4.0
- Cook meals at home 4x a week – yes, and continuing to cook for Lauren and fam some days.
- Eat 1 fruit and 1 veggie every day (sad, I know) – yes, I am being more conscientious about doing this.
- Indulge in alcohol and sweets on weekends – pretty well, got off track a bit with Valetine’s but, hey, it’s Valentine’s Day!!
SPIRITUAL HEALTH – 3.5
- Develop a morning routine M-F – better on track this month with my Proverbs 31 online Bible study.
- Enjoy quiet time M-F (devotional, writing, reading, moment of silence and prayer) – yes, trying to remember to start each morning with a prayer before my feet hit the floor.
- Use aroma therapy during my morning routine – not one time, shame, shame but, yes, there’s a BUT…I did find this site with recipes for using essential oils during devotional time.
MENTAL HEALTH – 4.0
- Get dressed every day (not active wear), wear a dress or skirt to church – have done pretty well at this.
- Weekly artistic activity; word games, journal – playing word games, journaling, and scrapbooking with my sister.
- Read 3 books a month in order to meet my Goodreads goal (are we friends on Goodreads yet?) – have a new goal of visiting the public library once a month. The last trip, I picked up some Texas Library Association Bluebonnet Award nominated picture books so I should easily meet my 3 book a month wellness goal. Jut finished Long Bright River by Liz Moore, and have begun reading The Dressmaker’s Gift by Fiona Valpy and Handcrafted by Clint Harp. My online book club will begin reading A Million Dreams by Dani Atkins this coming week. Come join us!! If you are interested and would like to check out the club, let me know.
RELATIONSHIP HEALTH – 3.5
- Unplug at 8:30 pm, implement evening routine – have just gotten better at this. Hope to have a great report for you in this area next month.
- Date night with PC 2x a month (bucket list activities) – yes! Dinner and UTEP basketball game, Sunday lunch at Rosa’s Cantina.
- Me time, develop friendships, take a class or do something for myself – have gone to pickleball lessons twice with plans to play again tomorrow.
PREVENTATIVE HEALTH MAINTENANCE -4.0
- Improved skin care, routine facials – bought a microdermabrasion treatment using Groupon; that counts, right? Really noticed a difference in my complexion afterward. Baby smooth and polished looking.
- Weekly dry brushing – I have been doing this several times a week.
- Regular manicures – yes, have had 3 manis in the new year. For Valentine’s got light pink and white with a heart on my ring finger.
FINANCIAL HEALTH – 4.0
- Continue saving each month – opened a teensy baby money market account, and have made a couple of deposits.
- Save for birthdays and Christmas – my worst birthday month is July, hope to have money saved for it and Christmas.
- Keep spending under control – have slowed way down after going crazy in December. Only a few clothing purchases so far this year.
Overall, I am feeling pretty good about my progress. Need to get back under my lifetime goal weight. And we need to avoid having lazy weeks that have us skipping the gym. But we did pretty well last week.
So, that brings us to the optional theme of today’s #WW2020…HIKING! If you are a new friend, you might not know that I live in El Paso, Texas at the foot of the Franklin Mountains. They are the southern-most, tail end of the Rockies. And have such a unique, rugged beauty. The elevation of El Paso is around 3700′ but the highest peak of the Franklins, North Franklin is over 7000′ above sea level. So that’s quite the spread.
We are fortunate to have many varied hiking trails available to us. And we take advantage of them regularly. Especially in the fall and spring seasons. Tom Mays and Hueco Tanks state parks, at the foothills right here in our neighborhood. Our favorite walk-hike is the 4 miles at up and back at McKelligon Canyon. We actually walk on the road that curves between mountains on either side. But the grade is crazy steep in places so I count this as hike. Because, it is a HIKE, even if it isn’t ‘off-road.’
But Why Hike?
One might ask why hike? What are the benefits of hiking? Here’s a list of my own personal but certainly unauthoritative benefits we enjoy.
- great cardio workout: varied terrains and elevations get that heartbeat going
- beautiful scenery: so much better than walking a circle in our neighborhood or on a treadmill at the gym
- forced to unplug from the world: as there is often little or no connectivity where we hike
- which means we are ‘have’ to talk: we have talked over some of our most difficult issues during a hike
- sunshine: Vitamin D, baby! But we are careful to always wear sunscreen
- nature: there’s no where I feel closer to Mother Nature and God than on a hike
- smell the roses: on a hike, I tend to take time to smell the roses
- basically free: hiking, at least to start, requires little investment or equipment. I have a pair of hiking high-top (in case we meet up with snakes) tennis shoes for our McKelligon walks and hiking boots with a thick tread for off-road hikes.
After writing up my list, I googled ‘benefits of hiking’ and found this article by the National Park Service. Pleased to see our lists are very similar!
A Few Tips
A couple of things to remember when you set out for a hike.
- Never hike – truly hike – alone.
- Always be sure to let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be back. Here in El Paso, the fire department and EMS have a combined mountain rescue team that stays plenty busy with people who get hurt or lost while hiking.
- Plan to return with plenty of time to spare before dark.
- Take plenty of water.
Once we began setting out for longer, more strenuous hikes, we bought a lightweight backpack. In it I packed several solar blankets that weigh nothing at all, a small first aid kit, sunscreen, ponchos, sunscreen, a few energy snacks, change of socks. We both have yucca walking sticks, too, that come in handy on more rugged walks.
I am hopeful that we can take on one of the more strenuous hikes in the Franklins this spring. It has been several years since we hiked Smuggler’s Gap but we are in good shape again and ready to hit that slope.
How are you progressing on the wellness goals you’ve set for the year? What’s been your best success or biggest obstacle? Link up your Wellness Weekend post below or leave me a comment letting me know.
Please stop by to cheer on some of the others linking up for this series. And thank you for taking time to visit me. Hope I can brag about having all 4s by March!
Hugs and kisses,