Rainy Day Fun

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This weekend we had a whole smattering of rain… After our healthy breakfast, we thought we might go visit a farm, just for some fun and sunshine.  But, those water drops came down early, and our trip was out rather suddenly!

It’s been a long time since I visited the amazing sites around my old college campus (the White House WAS my neighbor!) so rather out of the blue, we chose to hit the road – sitting around makes me feel lethargic!  (Active rest CAN include walking for a few hours, even if inside…)

We decided we’d visit one of the Smithsonian complexes on the mall (nevermind the St, Patrick’s Day parade we didn’t realize was going on simultaneously!) because really, what better place to explore when you can’t be outside?  

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I haven’t gone into a Natural History Museum in ages, and I have to say…it was an incredible joy.  As a little girl, I wanted desperately to be an archeologist – the prospect of discovering some meaningful antiquity, coming face to face with a mummy, or finding precious rocks had me enamored.  

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Maybe it was the idea that I’d be close to Earth…and in finding such things, I would have “touched” history in a way – like time travel, albeit not temporally!  

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Anyway…it always amazes me to see the wonders of the Natural World, and it was a perfect activity for such a gloomy day.  After the visit, my cloudy white cowboy boots (to jive with the grey skies) and all-black attire marched to a Hard Rock cafe for some fuel.  Most people would say you can’t fin anything healthy in a restaurant like that  but…I did!  Admittedly, the first time it didn’t come out as I asked…but…we managed!

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You can always ask for plain, grilled fish (I usually ask for this instead of chicken, which often is overly marinated already) and steamed vegetables.  My plate came with mashed potatoes, but I just ignored them (had I known they came in tow, I would have requested they save the food!)  It was exactly what I needed after a lengthy afternoon – protein works wonders to stabilize you, and keep you full longer.  I always as for veggies too because I need volume.

All in all, it was a wonderful day – I enjoyed being out and about, and doing something new and different. I know many folks go to Museums for their children, but it is equally as enriching as an adult…plus, even when it’s pouring, you get to walk round and stay active.  Win, win, win! 🙂 

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Being outside is incredibly important for our well-being, and I feel like with the fast-paced Life many people have nowadays, it happens less and less.  When I worked in Fashion, that was my fate also – I LIVED in my office, airplanes, and other people’s’ offices, basically.  I rarely had the opportunity to get outside and I definitely felt the effects of the lack of Vitamin D – lethargy, moodiness, less patience…it was just bad news.

Growing up, I watched my father do the same thing…except his days were even LONGER.  So what do you do..?  

If you can manage even five minutes – which may well be walking to and from the food place downstairs for lunch – it’s worth it.  

Or maybe it is a step-outside-to-have-a-quick-sip-of-coffee kind of breather.  I’m not saying it lightly either – I literally ate at my desk as if chained to it!  My only breaks were to run to the ladies room, or to the kitchen to get a second coffee.  The way that I worked was straight through, head down, nose to the grindstone – the concept of “hour lunches”…even “HALF hour lunches” didn’t register on my radar.

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But even just a few minutes of blue skies is a help – it’s a quick reset – and with the stress of jobs these days, it’s vital.  Some deep breaths of fresh air can make a world of difference when everything else is 24/7 realtime.  

And, since you probably fall short during the week…it is important to make time on the weekend!  Sitting indoors on a beautiful day is (for me personally) a crime!  Even if I’m exhausted, the air has a rejuvenating effect, and the sun beams have a lifting one.

My hunnie has an incredibly busy schedule and definitely doesn’t have two seconds to breathe during the work week… So two weekends ago we went to the park and just people watched – it was wonderfully relaxing (not to mention entertaining!), and absolutely uplifting.  He then had the awesome idea to buy a frisbee so the next time we could be out there playing too…

IT’S ON!!!!

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Sundays are my REST day.  I’m not great about taking time out for R&R – I train six days a week – so Sundays are the one day I force myself to relax.  Still, zero movement is hard for me – my body needs something, and being cooped up is a surefire way to make me nuts.  An hour or two in the park throwing a frisbee is THE perfect active rest I need…and it gave us that time to get some sunny, full breaths of fresh air.

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To add to the fun and healthy activity, we went to a now-favorite local haunt for a healthy lunch.  I’ve already decided I love their tuna, and so I got my “usual” – plain grilled fish on top of baby spinach (TONS of it!)  It was a massive boost of calcium, vitamin k, vitamin A, folate, B vitamins, potassium and protein.

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