Adventures in my Ryn Rocker Shoes

What a funny day today. I wanted to try out my new RYN rocker shoes. I was super excited to finally have my shoes as the process of actually deciding to purchase the Ryn shoes over a pair of MBT rocker shoes has been about 6 months in the making. However, with Ryn offering shoes at almost 1/3rd of the price (normally $295 but discounted to $119) with no tax and free shipping to Canada (with no problems whatsoever at Customs), how could I resist such a fabulous deal?

The size I initially ordered seemed to fit too large — the sizing is unisex and the toe box is extra wide, so as to accomodate a male foot. Realizing the quandary of buying shoes online (not knowing exactly how the shoe will fit until you receive it), I reordered the shoes, a 1/2 size smaller. Smaller than my normal shoe size, 5mm smaller from the current seemingly extra large pair I first ordered. Having received the smaller sized RYN walker, I decided to give them a good try with walking the 2 hour distance to my medical appointment. Somehow in the shuffling of shoes, I managed to mix up the sizes. About an hour in to my walk, I realized that the left shoe was feeling remarkably different than the right. My left foot was starting to feel squished and tingly whilst the right foot was joyful and carefree, wonderfully comfortable. I stopped to massage my left foot (I still had an hour left in my journey) and took note of the shoe size. I continued shortly thereafter on the rest of my hike, arriving right on time at the medical establishment. It was only when I had to remove my shoes for my doctor that my hunch was confirmed. My right foot sported a 260 Korean sized RYN walker (Women’s size US 9) whereas my right foot was housed lovingly in a 265 (size 9.5). Ack! I had somehow worn one of each of the new shoes. Truly, NOT my intention! However, it was an incredible lesson in measurements and proportion. Had I gone with my instinct to keep the smaller 260 shoe, I would have been heartbroken by their uncomfortable sizing over time. Even though the larger shoe seemed too big, in fact it was perfect (although roomy) for my purposes. I love to walk! And if I can spend hours roaming around a city in comfort, who cares if the shoes look and fit like a huge beast. That’s just the way my feet roll. They’re large, long and ever so loved. Deal with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

No shortcuts to slimming the daily exercise routine

Not enough daily exercise
Last night, I watched on TV the breaking health Harvard study ย http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8586767.stm news about women and weight gain. As an older woman, in order to keep the weight off and maintain a healthy lifestyle and BMI, an hour of exercise daily is needed. Ironically, just this past week, I read an article that stated only 90 minutes of exercise a week was enough. This is not the case . Seems that with the shift in our diets and daily routines, newer research is suggesting that we needย more, to not only stop the weight gain, but to also maintain health. And if one is overweight, add the term ‘diet’ to that regimen.

What I want to know is, how does one keep motivated enough to sustain this level of physical activity? I have noticed that, with always being on the move in our Airstream travels (although time has essentially opened up compared to our past life in Calgary), I have become somewhat ‘soft’ in our new lifestyle choice. My regular daily practice of yoga has made a U-turn and at times has stopped (limited space within the trailer leaves me craving for the convenience of our gym membership), and I wonder what motivational inspiration I can embrace throughout the changes of our nomadic lifestyle. Luckily, stationed here at Skydive Elsinore, I have plenty of space on the airfield to walk around. I am blessed with the freedom to traipse up and down the gravel runways before the Otter starts its ritual morning skydiver drop. This in turn inspires and propels me to walk, walk, walk it off. Having groovin’ music and satisfyingly educational podcasts on the iPod help a lot as well. I’m intrigued at the possibly of jumping rope daily when I don’t have the safety and depth of 1 hour treks. First and foremost, I however need to see the repercussions on my knees. Baby steps. The thought of a fit, tone hard body at my age inspires me to not get any softer. I want to be a part of my age group that excels beyond the average and moderate. I need to keep fit, for me and my families future. Here’s to keeping that motivation going!

A day for me, of peace & mindful awareness

Today is a blessed day that I have fully and totally to myself! slaDE~ was out the door before the crack of dawn, heading to the mountains to visit his other love … snowboarding in the Rockies.Ohmm And with the dawn of a brilliantly warm and sumptuously quiet day, I have been nurturing my soul with goodness and alone time to contemplate, reflect, meditate and pursue the physicalities of a healthy body. Yoga! Dinacharya! A blistering steam room detoxifying the body after a heart-quenching workout. Feeding my appetite with loving nourishing foods. A blissful day no less. Something I’ve truly needed all week but haven’t come even close to fulfilling, from within or without.

The heat is on!

gatorade is not an optionSummertime is just around the corner, and it’s important to keep hydrated, especially if you sweat a lot. Sweat is the body’s internal air conditioning, keeping you cool from the inside out. But with sweat comes a loss of electrolytes (i.e. sodium, potassium, and chloride = sweaty salty skin) and water.

Instead of reaching for your sports drink* (which often has awful artificial food dyes and colourings), try this natural sports drink recipe below (organic optional, of course) to keep your boost on, maintaining a hydrated, healthy and happy body.

500 ml water or coconut water (coconut water is nature’s sports drink)
Juice of 1 organic lemon
Juice of 1 organic lime
4-5 tbsp of organic maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt

Blend all these ingredients and enjoy!

* The main benefit sports drinks provide is hydration, which is why water is their most important component. Dehydration both decreases performance and is potentially life-threatening. Regular water intake is essential during exercise.

And here’s a recipe for an inexpensive protein drink — not for the lactose or dairy intolerant

To 2 scoops of skimmed milk powder, add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 apple. Blend and enjoy!

Week 7 Project Theme — ‘My Walk to Work’

elements of Mission
With the Flickr admins falling behind in their definition of project themes AGAIN (no pressure, no pressure), I’ve again taken it on myself to find a theme for this week. Hence, feeling playful and inspired, I’ve decided to extend the joy that I find in my walk to work, through the Mission District. ๐Ÿ™‚
This theme is tougher than I thought …. narrowing down the number of special moments will be difficult, with natures varying moods and dimensions flavouring my background shots, dependent on the route that I take.

I have several different ways to navigate my stroll (or run!) to work. Usually I find the path of least resistance, as I’m customarily running late with my 8am start. My favourite, of course, is rambling through the park, via the Talisman, over the bridge and along the bicycle route. This extends my trip however, from 6 to 14 minutes (of course subject to the number of times I stop to smell the roses, enjoy the view and capture the moment).