Motivation Monday: Courage

 

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Having the courage to do or say something is a scary feat. This is especially true when we feel inadequate in some sort. We may even feel like we are not taken seriously. But should this fear – whether real or imagined – take over? Simply, no. Yes, courage doesn’t come with a guarantee of unlimited fearlessness. The same is true of our fears – it is no guarantee that they would make us weak. Ironically, it takes courage to overcome our fears to be courageous! Isn’t that something to think about? 😎

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Motivation Monday: Don’t Dwell on the Past

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It can be difficult to move on from a bad situation. But letting go of the past is the best way to open a positive future. Dwelling on a past problem results in stress, bitterness, anger and a mistrust to self or others. Moving on is the only remedy and it will only make you stronger. Granted, it is a long hard battle to conquer. But in the end when you stop and let go of the bad, relief will always come.

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FitBit Chronicles: Part II

Two weeks ago, one of my friends sent a mass text about walking a nature trail. I was reluctant to reply because I am not much of an outdoorsy person. The last time I walked a trail was way back in 4th grade on a school trip. I don’t even remember the name of the trail – I think it was in Wissahickon (another section of Philadelphia). Anyway, what I do remember was that we took the trail a day after a rainstorm and everything was muddy. We walked on muddy cliffs with tall trees all around and some of us slipped and fell numerous times – even with boots on. Since then, I haven’t really thought about walking trails until last year when the feeling of walking through nature in the summer crept in.

Back to 2016, the nature trail my friend wanted to go to was close by in Tinicum Township (near the Philly International Airport). The place: John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. I have rode by this place so many times throughout the years and never went inside! For some reason, I thought it was like going to the zoo where I had to pay admission or something. But no, it is free. And they have many different visitor programs like fishing, canoeing, photography and more.

Before I met up with my friends, I looked at the website and noticed the trail was 10 miles long. The first thing I thought was: I wish I was in a FitBit challenge today. Sad isn’t it? XD . Then I thought: Oh goodness, I probably won’t be able to get up in the morning. That’s a lot of walking! Regardless of this fact, I walked the trail.

The trail was so peaceful. It was a sunny (but chilly) Sunday afternoon with very limited people there. We crossed a bridge with bench seating and binoculars over Darby Creek which was nice. Speaking of the creek – oh the views were beautiful!

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Accomplishments

Walking the trail was great! Like in my school trip, there was a rainstorm the night before but this time we were on level ground (no muddy cliffs). The trail had lots of twigs, rocks and gravel, as expected. But the main thing was that I did not get tired of the walk until maybe the last mile! Maybe because I was embracing my surroundings? Or was it my self-made FitBit training? 😉 I think the FitBit has helped me with my endurance walking for long periods of time. I still need work on things and have an actual exercise regimen instead of randomly working out.

After the trail, I was tired but could have did just a bit more walking if I rested some. During the whole trail, we did not stop! Next time I go, I will take short breaks and take more pictures. When I checked my FitBit stats, I realized we only walked four miles instead of the 10 I thought we did.

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I did about 3,000 total steps prior to and after the trail but I like my stats for this day! I hope to come back to this trail when the weather gets steadily warmer. What a nice hidden gem in the city!

Disclaimer: I did not receive any compensation or contact from FitBit, John Heinz Wildlife Refuge or Wissahickon Valley Trail on this review. This is my exclusive personal experience at John Heinz and using the FitBit.

FitBit Chronicles: Part I

Yes, I am one of those crazy walkers with an armband counting my steps. I am that one who changes FitBit bands to match my outfit. I admit – I am a FitBitter.

Last year, I wrote a post about visiting the local trails in Philadelphia and had hopes of getting a FitBit to help me walk more. Well, I did get a FitBit Flex a couple of months later and haven’t turned back since. In the beginning, I was super excited but a little nervous of whether this investment was worth it to buy. As time moved on, I realized that it is truly beneficial! I would have never pushed myself to make 10,000 or more steps a day if I didn’t have my FitBit. Continue reading

Motivation Monday: Never Give Up

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I saw this on someone’s Instagram and immediately made a screenshot. 😉 I love this infographic – no additional words needed.

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Motivation Monday: Anxiety vs. Gratitude

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This statement is so much easier said than done. There are too many problems that can rob us of our peace, whether it’s financial, emotional, physical or mental. But will the ongoing worry change the situation(s)? Likely, not. Having a “worst-case-scenario” mindset will only lead to an undue fear. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Drink Infused Water

When I was younger, I very rarely drank water. I loved juice and sodas and practically had it all.the.time. During college, I developed my coffee addiction (thanks Java City :-/ ) and since then, I have this seemingly urgent need to have a cup a day. I’m not as bad as others…although when I miss a couple days, my head reminds me with a splitting migraine. Continue reading