You realize that firefighters are expected to be more conditioned & fit compared to police. I always see local police at coffee shops or sitting in their vehicle, or is that just me? Lol
I am a long time admirer of this profession (firefighters) and want to honor them. Especially after the memory of 9/11 😔 Images of men & women sacrificing everything to save one. It’s been 18 years but feels like yesterday.
To honor his fellow firefighters Aaron Zamzow in 9/11/11 competed in Ironman Wisconsin. Upholding the memory of the 343 that gave their all. Eventually he opened Fire Rescue Fitness encouraging others to live a fit life.
The city of Tacoma holds a memorial service every 9/11 at 9am for the past 18 years and will continue.
Complete with releasing of the doves. 🕊
It’s crazy to realize that there’s an entire generation of young adults who weren’t born & have no memory of this painful event. Eighteen years has gone by so quickly but it still hurts.
Retired Captain of NY Fire Department Stands with the Mayor & Tacoma’s Captain. Below is his story…
They lowered the flags, rang the bell & played the bagpipes. The crowd stood their in solidarity & silence, remembering their bravery.
Stay fit, eat well & peace be the journey. This is what I’m up to… https://instabio.cc/Walk_Inn_Beauty Hope to see you on IG, you’ll find me as Walk_Inn_Beauty
From April – June I started conditioning classes to get paddlers ready to pull. Every year different tribes from the PNW host an annual Canoe Journey. This year it was Lummi.
On this particular 5:30 am sunrise we connected our minds to the 4-hour paddle ahead. It was exciting & overwhelming at the same time. Below are my thoughts on conditioning the mind…
- BREATHE – Sometimes we overthink the situation. To put it into perspective it’s not 4-hours but one dig at a time. [To “dig” is to put the paddle in the water a pull your canoe through.]
- FEEL – Connect with the joy and excitement of others & allow that to feed your motivation while squashing any doubt.
- DO – You’ll never know what’s possible until you try.
On this particular part of the journey I had the privilege to paddle with my two oldest children. They were ready! In fact this was their pre-paddle schedule…
- 2x’s Week 6am Walk/Run
- 2x’s Week a 60min STRONG Session
- 2x’s Week Culture Lessons
When we lifted the cedar canoe into the water the sky greeted us with a few sun rays and a rainbow. Unfortunately I didn’t capture the rainbow but it was totally there.
We paddled from Port Of Tacoma to Alki Beach in Seattle. It was beautiful!!! Especially when we stopped on one of the islands for stacks & a quick toilet break.
My personal favorite was the lighthouses along the way. They inspire me to live simple and be the light in a dark world.
Vashon Island was so generous to host us for a 30min break. Each tribe was able to get refreshments & use the much needed toilets. 🙂
The best way to enjoy our shores is to paddle along it, almost as if you’re becoming one with nature. Remember to ALOHA ALWAYS https://www.hoomalamalama.com
In May we started a special session for the Nisqually Canoe Family who are getting ready for the PADDLE TO LUMMI.
I’m doing a combination of Strong By Zumba™️ & holistic lifestyle coaching in preparation for the journey.
It’s a start & I’m excited to be working with Janel Blacketer of the Nisqually Gardens on some post-workout smoothies, yummy 😋.
Paddle to LUMMI is from July 15-28th. They’re starting from Squaxin Island Tribe & paddling their way to Lummi. Watch the training here.
MY NEW PLANNER
The weight-loss industry and fitness realm have one thing in common. They create for the masses NOT unique individuals.
What if there was something that a local herbalist could create for you?
Herbalist do exist!
They’re nothing like a dietitian or nutritionalist but can be super beneficial. Their delivery system come in three forms: Teas, Tablets and Tinctures. (Also, creams and salves but neither of those words started with “T”)
TEAS: herbal mixtures to work within the gut, permeating your digestive system to detox, soothe or energize.
TABLETS/PILLS: Imagine everything you wouldn’t eat, but know it’s good for you, stuffed into a tiny caplet. Fungus like reishi mushroom can be quickly digested for its benefits.
TINCTURE: A liquid extract of an herbal product. A single drop of a specific tincture under your tongue can work wonders in the body.
There are powder blends, salves and so much more.
I personally enjoy the quality of knowledgeable people, and what they have to share with me. Bottom line, I didn’t have to pay for their education but I do benefit from it.
Why share this info?
- I just want you to know that we have options when it comes to weight-loss.
- You are not alone on this journey called wellness.
- Connect on the community level, find help and resources in your environment.
As a bonus, I wrote another article called, “It doesn’t have to be organic.” And if you’ve read this post then the other one will make total sense. I’m trying to shed the light on local business.
Click here to read the blogpost.
On Instagram I shared another FIT FOODIE moment, pic below & you can click on it to visit the post.
I’ve heard the comment, “You can eat whatever you want, as long as you burn off the calories.”
To, loosely, quote JJ Virgin, “We’re a society of sugar burner(s) not FAT burner(s).”
We’ve been programmed that sugar is energy & fiber, like prunes, give you diarrhea. So we consume sugar filled energy drinks and avoid fiber at all cost. We actually think iceberg lettuce is healthy, but its soul purpose is to hold your dressing.
5 Tips for Food & Fitness REVOLUTION
1. Start with a food journal.2. Cut out food & fitness images that inspire you. Glue them in your journal or in my case I use a DIY Make Mahalo Planner.3. Draw, doodle or write your daily focus. Mine is, “Walk In Beauty.”4. Look for food & fitness inspirations. Here’s my food & fitness boards. Also allow yourself to be inspired, I share mines here. 5. Create a menu & make it happen. Schedule your fitness sessions & ask someone to hold you accountable.
Start simple, slow & steady.
I’m including a YouTube vid by JJ Virgin. I appreciate how she’s speaking out & educating America about our food & fitness perception.
If you’d like to build accountability around your food & fitness goals, connect with me on Instagram.
PEACE Be the Journey
It’s Valentines Day in New Zealand 🇳🇿 and it will be tomorrow here in the USA. This is a beef inspired dish plated with a lovely organic tomato for all of you fit-foodies. Showing love ❤️ to your body by taking time to eat beautifully. I read a post by Dr. Mark Hyman, “You are what your food ate.”
I’m not a regular beef connoisseur but when I do eat it I prefer locally raised & grass fed. Since my last post I’ve been in training and the extra workout has me eating more protein.
DETAILS: Fit-Foodie Inspiration: Bulgogi beef cuts with shredded ginger, carrots & purple cabbage. On a spinach nest topped with a juicy tomato. Seasoned with crushed pepper & Yakima smoked salt. [My fave sea salt smoked with apple wood.] Beef 🥩 is grass feed organic & my butcher knows how to make bulgogi slices.
More fit-foodie inspiration & smoothies on my Instagram.
WholelisticFit Blog: “The art of self-care.” I started writing more holistic lifestyle post on a Members only blog, but don’t worry it’s easy to join. In fact it’s free. I’ll post the link below.
The goal is to live in BALANCE while getting fit. Paying attention to the mind, body & Soul. If you’re already a Mermaid then use this link to read the post.
To join the Mermaid pod click here, it’s free and you get access to the WholelisticFit blog, monthly newsletter & occasional printable.
Calendula salve I made & wrote about on the holistic blog. What’s your self care routine?
Don’t forget to spoil yourself.
Start 2018 with regular meals but keep it super simple. Don’t complicate your mornings. Here’s a post I did about this subject that’s still relevant. 🧜🏽♀️✨