Lifestyle

Via Francigena

Did the Via Francigena Break the Bank? A Pilgrim Budget and How we Plan Pilgrimage

October 4th, 2022
All Blogs, Camino de Santiago, Tips and Travel Adventures, Via Francigena

A budget for any vacation/holiday is a personal topic. It’s scary to allow others to see how we chose to spend our money. We risk judgment and ridicule. However, the benefits of sharing go back to the theme of all my blogs which is to share all parts of our Camino experiences despite what others […]

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Lifestyle

VF Day 21-24: What is Living a Balanced Life?

June 25th, 2022
All Blogs, Lifestyle, Via Francigena

Since you heard from me last we have walked 47.6 km, took a train for 31.5 km, and enjoyed a bit of rejuvenation. See our stats at the end of the blog. Can you feel the zen of a balanced life? Brian and I have lived by the school calendar our entire lives. We don’t […]

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Tips and Travel Adventures

Did the Via Francigena Break the Bank? A Pilgrim Budget and How we Plan Pilgrimage

October 4th, 2022
All Blogs, Camino de Santiago, Tips and Travel Adventures, Via Francigena

A budget for any vacation/holiday is a personal topic. It’s scary to allow others to see how we chose to spend our money. We risk judgment and ridicule. However, the benefits of sharing go back to the theme of all my blogs which is to share all parts of our Camino experiences despite what others […]

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Recipes

The 21 Pound Turkey... How to Handle Dreaded Holiday Leftovers!

December 20th, 2020
All Blogs, Recipes

In the midst of the COVID virus pandemic, we purchased a 21-pound turkey for two and it’s a good thing we love turkey leftovers! Now don’t get me wrong, I can only eat Thanksgiving (or Christmas) dinner with all of the trimmings twice at most but take that holiday turkey and divide it into dinner-sized […]

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RV’ing

RV Slideout

RV Slideout Upgrade

November 19th, 2019
All Blogs, RV'ing

Making modifications to our CC (the name of our travel trailer is Casa del Camino or CC) can take away from the adventure, relaxation, and wine time of RV living, however, the payoff is huge. The more we have modified CC, personalized her, the more we love her. I remember wanting to sell, upgrade, and […]

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Camino de Santiago

Did the Via Francigena Break the Bank? A Pilgrim Budget and How we Plan Pilgrimage

October 4th, 2022
All Blogs, Camino de Santiago, Tips and Travel Adventures, Via Francigena

A budget for any vacation/holiday is a personal topic. It’s scary to allow others to see how we chose to spend our money. We risk judgment and ridicule. However, the benefits of sharing go back to the theme of all my blogs which is to share all parts of our Camino experiences despite what others […]

Read More >>

VF Day 21-24: What is Living a Balanced Life?

By on June 25, 2022

Since you heard from me last we have walked 47.6 km, took a train for 31.5 km, and enjoyed a bit of rejuvenation. See our stats at the end of the blog. Can you feel the zen of a balanced life? Brian and I have lived by the school calendar our entire lives. We don’t […]

The VF Day 11 & 12: Slow Down, Happiness is Trying to Catch You

By on June 11, 2022

This photo came up on my Facebook memories today. It’s ironic and funny because without seeing that picture I asked Brian to take the picture below. I’m always exhausted after a day of hiking in the heat and sun. Despite the exhaustion, I am called back to the trail all the time. I don’t know […]

Gluten is Not My Friend

By on June 10, 2022

Oh how I wish we were the best of friends. The pastries, the pizza, the pasta, the bread, Lord have mercy, the bread. I want to have a relationship with these foods like no other relationship I have had before. Sorry, Brian but you get me. I don’t want to linger on this discussion because […]

Living a Life of Adventure = Achieving Goals

By on February 27, 2022

It’s critical to focus on the positive when you’re deep in the weeds working on your goals. And, oh my gosh, these weeds are thick! At the of each day, we want to be able to say, “we did everything we could.” We want to say that but some days we just soak in our […]

The Year of 50!

Is Turning 50 Tough? Setting Goals for a New Year

By on January 30, 2022

“Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.” Helen Hayes Turning 50 isn’t hard in the literal sense. One day it’s a Tuesday and you are 49, the next day is a Wednesday and you are 50 years old. Sure, literally it is not difficult. But we all know how the mind plays tricks on […]

Heal Yourself: An Intermittent Fasting Life

By on March 2, 2021

The final post of this intermittent fasting (IF) series is here. I have reflected on how far I have come since I started practicing IF two years ago, stayed focused on my 2021 goals, and thanks to your feedback, I know I have inspired a few people. If you decide to practice IF, one thing I can guarantee is your journey will not look like mine or anyone else's journey. Now let's get into looking at what our IF practice has looked like over the last two years and talk about the changes we made to our practice.

IF Series, Part 6: Lessons Learned from Intermittent Fasting

By on February 23, 2021

I've met a lot of diets I loathed within weeks of starting them, sometimes less. The thought of the cabbage soup diet still gives me nightmares. Counting points, counting calories, never eating carbs again, putting food in pre-portioned boxes, 3-day detox diets, and meal prepping, honestly, all give me a massive headache. Brian and I have been practicing IF for two years and it has been the most freeing, most rewarding relationship we have ever had with food. We have learned a lot about IF and that's what I am going to talk about today.

IF Series, Part 5: The World Loves Wine

By on February 9, 2021

For me, the bottom is line is alcohol is a problem if my goal is weight loss. During our two years practicing intermittent fasting (IF), I have learned I can maintain my weight while enjoying a life with some alcohol in it. Wine is a metaphor for life and today I have quite a tasting flight for you.

IF Series, Part 4: The Gym Rat Turns Fat, Again

By on February 2, 2021

I have always loathed going to the gym. Even though I loved the girlfriends I met and the friendships I made in spin class, I hated the "eat less, move more" bandwagon I was on. I felt like if I didn't go to the gym, I would get fat. Today I am talking about what has changed since those gym days, how exercise fits into our intermittent fasting (IF) lifestyle, and how we have come to enjoy exercising again.

IF Series, Part 3: The Prison of Guilty Eating

By on January 26, 2021

Food is not in a pill. It's not in a juice, a bar, a diet label, and it definitely is not in a pill. Food is real. It is crunchy, flavorful, chewy, colorful, and can bring people great joy. We need food to live and it is meant to be enjoyed. If you eat something because a diet plan tells you to eat it and it doesn't bring you joy, I get it. I have been eating foods that I don't enjoy for too long. Guilt and food describe my life in short. Read on to discover how I learned to eat again with intermittent fasting.

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