May 2011

We have had some great weather the past two weeks (mosquitoes aside) and have ben taking lots of time outside to walk and bike ride.  I can’t help but feel so thankful that I am able to have this luxury of being with my children and doing this together.

Here is my update:

Monday: 45 minutes yoga

Tuesday: 30 minute bike ride

Thursday: 30 minutes walk

Friday: 30 minutes hike

Saturday: 30 minutes yoga and lots of yard work

Sunday: 15 minutes yoga and lots of painting – for a total of 3 hours

Monday: 45 minutes yoga

Tuesday: 30 minute bike ride

Wednesday: 30 minute walk

Friday: 30 minutes yoga

Saturday: 60 minute hike (and about 4 hours planting the garden – lots of sweaty digging!) for a total of 3 hours 15 minutes

Although I keep planning to go running, it hasn’t been working out so far but I have been loving my David Swanson yoga DVD – 15, 30 and 45 minute options so hard to make an excuse that I don’t have time – a really great option for busy times.  Thanks to everyone who has donated so far 🙂


Well this week (Week 4), I have hit a bit of a lull.  I know it is only Tuesday – but I missed my 1 hour swim training and going to swim training always sets my week off on a good start.  I was feeling discouraged this morning.  I was going to write this blog post to remind myself why I’m doing this and that I want to do this!  I opened up my blog and didn’t feel like writing. 

Then I saw my shirt.  My Tread on Trafficking shirt I ordered when I started this.  It came in the mail on Friday.  I was excited to see it this morning and even though it is a bit snug (hopefully the exercise should help with that!) I put it on right away.  And I remembered that my freedom to be able to exercise or not exercise is a real gift.  It is a freedom that the kids caught in slavery do not have.  And I want to keep using my freedom to make a difference in their lives.  Please join me in that, if you haven’t already.  You can make a donation to Love146 here:

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Monday May 9 – 1 hour swim training

Thursday May 12 – 30 min Ashtanga yoga

Friday May 13 – 30 min bike

Saturday May 14 – 1 hour walk

TOTAL WEEK TWO – 3 hours



Monday May 16 – 45 min yoga; 1 hour swim training

Wednesday May 18 – 30 min yoga

Friday May 20 – 30 min bike

TOTAL WEEK THREE:  2 hrs 45min


TOTAL SO FAR – 8 hours 25 minutes

We had a beautiful week for our first week of the tread on trafficking fundraiser.  It felt so hopeful to be out and about exercising to help others in the beautiful spring weather.

One of the main ways I am planning on fitting in my exercise time in is by walking/bike riding to get the mail with my kiddos.  I live in the country so it is about 3/4 km to the mail box.  If we bike ride we complete our whole subdivision loop which is just under 3 km.   On Saturday we also participated in another fundraiser walk (2.5 km) and it made me think we should wrap up this tread on trafficking with a walk and picnic for whomever wants to come. 

So this was my time for week one:

Monday May 2 – walk with kids 20 minutes

Tuesday May 2 – 30 minutes of yoga

Thursday May 5 – bike ride with kids 30 minutes

Friday May 6 – family bike ride 30 minutes

Saturday May 7 – family and friends walk – 45 minutes

So 2 hours and 35 minutes only because I am not counting the fact that I raked lawn/dug new vegetable beds/hauled dirt for at least 16 hours on Saturday and Sunday as it would go too much over my 3 hours per week – but hey if you want to count that go ahead 🙂

Thanks for checking in on the Love146 tread on trafficking project!

A couple of people have asked what exactly Love146 directs their resources toward.  Great question!  Here are two links that explain their two main focuses: prevention and aftercare



I kicked off my exercise hours to raise money for Love146 with a lovely walk followed by freeze tag with my family.  I told Josiah that by going on this walk, we were bringing attention to our family and friends about kids who are stuck in bad situations that need a lot of help.  I told him that every time we go for a walk we’ll write it down on the computer and help raise money for those kids.  As soon as we got home he said, ‘don’t forget to put this walk on the computer so our friends and family will know to give more money to help those kids.’  🙂

3 hours was quite an increase to me in the area of exercise because I had been doing a whopping 0 hours/ week before this.  Sore arms, sore legs, happy heart!

Remember if you want to donate along the way you can visit our team page here

Or you can give at the end of June by donating a certain amount/hours we put into it.

My pledge hours for the 1st week of May:
Monday May 2 ; 30 min walk with family; 1 hour swim training

Tuesday May 3; 20 min yoga; 20 min bike

Friday May 6; 30 min bike

a grand total of 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Thank you for helping make a difference in the lives of young children around the world!