Category Archives: Nature

It’s Workout Wednesday–Outdoor Style!

In my desire to add strength training to my fitness routine, I’ve had to get a little creative. Being a mom to three boys–one with special needs–having a traveling husband and being on a tight budget, the gym really isn’t an option. So I do what I know best, I head outside! And you can too…throw some weight into a backpack or find a tree, it really is that easy. Remember–no gym (or tan!) necessary. Here are some exercises to get you started. And please go easy on me, I’m a work in progress. Real women move and don’t have to be a bikini babe or even tan to be fit :)

So what do you think, something you would ever try?

Suter Falls, Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee

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To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring — these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ~John Burroughs

Just living the simple life. And loving every sweet moment!

 

Taking the plunge, part 2

trailrace{the River Gorge trail race in Chattanooga, TN this past April}

Exactly three years ago this week, I decided to buy some running shoes and train for my first 5k. A lot has happened since then, including a difficult pregnancy and some big life changes. But since that time I’ve run numerous races and made the switch from the road to the trail. I’ve completed a half marathon, a triathlon and many 10+ mile mountain trail races. I even won first place for my age group in a very small mountain trail race. I have many races planned for the upcoming year and I’m looking to try my first adventure race next year. Trail running has become a regular part of my life. I have now added in strength-training and diet changes to take my fitness from good enough to much better.

And it all began with a challenge I gave myself about taking time for me and focusing on my health. It turned into something much more–a passion for challenging myself and creating a fit, healthy lifestyle for me and my family.

And it has been a life saver. It helps me manage my stress and allows me to become an even better mommy to my little ones.

If you had asked me three years ago if I could have ever become a runner and complete races and triathlons, I would have laughed and thought you were crazy.

But here I am, on a journey that I never expected. And if I can make such huge changes in a short amount of time, I know I could helps others, too. Which is why I’ve been doing some studying lately!

photoHopefully in a few more months I’ll be starting my journey as a certified personal trainer. I’ll be focusing on using the outdoors and natural landscapes as my gym. I’m so excited to see how all of this comes together!

 

 

 

Taking a Plunge

{the hubster, plunging off of a waterfall in his kayak, Tellico River, TN}

Hi, remember me? I used to blog here! I’m working very hard to make blogging a priority again. I really miss sharing my outdoor adventures and documenting the current happenings in my life. Lots of good stuff going on lately. I’ll play catch up soon. But if you really want to follow along on a daily basis, please come visit me on Instagram! @hikingmama_wild.and.fit (you can click the instagram icon on the right side bar under “connect with hiking mama.”  I’m really enjoying posting over there and would love to have you join me.

Hike.Blog.Love Is Hitting the Road!

That’s right, later this summer we’re hitting the open road in search of adventure, and we’re heading out west. We’ll be hitting up Zion, Moab, The Grand Canyon and the Colorado Rockies.

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There will be hiking, climbing, kayaking, off-roading and who knows what else! It’s going to be an epic family adventure. Stay tuned and follow along with us…

Luscious Spring

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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We live in the woods but are lucky enough to have a little patch of land that receives pretty good sunshine during the day. So this year we planted a vegetable and fruit garden. So far things are going well. It’s quite miraculous to see new life springing up all around! Sometimes I find myself just sitting by the garden, staring at the beautiful green plants and soaking up the earthy smell. I think I might be a little obsessed.

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Soon we will hopefully be enjoying tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, radishes, spinach, green onions, peas, carrots and spinach.

And my handy hubby created us a double rotating composter out of rain barrels. Pretty cool, huh?!

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Mother’s Day Weekend for an Outdoor Addict

I spent my Mother’s Day weekend doing three of my most favorite things. Saturday morning I ran in a trail race (and finished 1st place in my age/gender division, yippeee!), I hiked alongside my family to a beautiful waterfall and enjoyed an evening of indoor rock climbing as well. It was great! Although it was a far from perfect weekend in many ways (my special needs son had many, many struggles and hard moments), it was imperfectly perfect to me. I hope all you mamas out there got to celebrate doing something you loved.

And unfortunately I didn’t bring my good camera, so I’ll bore you with cell phone photos instead.

photo (7) I’ve never won first place before, so of course I had to wake up the babe and make the kids pose with me! photo (9) photo (10) photo (12) photo (13) photo (14) photo (15) photo (16) photo (17) photo (1) photo (2) photo (3) photo (4) photo (5)The hike to Ozone Falls is short but the views are spectacular. Definitely a family favorite!

I promise I’m going to pick up the blog again. Really and truly this time!

Camping with Baby: Keep It Simple

This past weekend we embarked upon Little Baby’s first camping trip. He had a blast and was so, so good! The entire family enjoyed the trip. So much, in fact, that we’re going again next weekend. We prefer primitive style camping, so that’s what we did.

altDSC_0788DSC_0785alt1DSC_0794altWe’ve been camping with kids for years now, but this was my first time with an 8 month-old. My two big boys were older than that when they first came home. In preparing for our trip, I came across all kinds of tips and gear made just for baby. In the end, however, I decided to keep it simple. A tent, hammock, outdoor blanket, a baby carrier, some simple toys and lots of changes of clothes. That’s it.

So I’m not going to give you a list of “must haves,” “must dos” or extravagant outdoor baby gear that will be guaranteed to make your trip easy and enjoyable. My one and only tip is to keep it simple and to treasure each moment. You got this. You don’t need a ton of gear or stuff to have an awesome camp out!

 

Nature’s Grand Finale

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.” ~Lauren DeStefano

Nothing makes my heart and soul sing more joyously than a hike with family through the autumn leaves! So grateful that I live in a part of the country where autumn is always breathtaking and the temperatures are just perfect. I hope you are enjoying the fall where you live as well. How do things look where you are today?

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