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07 Jul Adventures with Ami: Bucket List

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On Engine 2 Extra, our online support community, we have all kinds of groups.  There are groups for all kinds of topics, from plant-strong travel to a recipes group and all kinds of groups in between.  One of our groups is a support group for the season.  We’ve actually been together as a group since last year.  Each month and each season we work on different things.  This season, it is the adventure of a personal bucket list.  Working on an attainable goal by summers end plus adding an item or two to a bucket list that we will cross off by Labor Day.

It is always good to have some goals, small or large, it gives you the extra motivation to keep doing, learning, trying new things.  Our bucket lists had goals of the fitness variety, following the plant-strong plan, trying new foods, personal growth goals, and goals getting over fears and issues.  Mine involved some goals with my running/fitness and starting a plant-strong potluck here in Saint Louis.  I hope to get that organized and planned before the end of summer.  I have heard from so many plant-strong folks in Saint Louis already, so I am pretty excited about that!  I sadly haven’t been running much – with the exception of running to the hardware store to pick up more supplies for our renovation project/new house.  We have survived the last three weeks of dust, dirt and a lot of hard work, but not much in the way of fitness, unless you count unloading lumber or drywall from the truck.

I have a great park two blocks from the house.  Running paths and a YMCA.  All within 5 minutes walk.  So I have no excuses.  I just haven’t made the time.  Or I should say, I haven’t taken the time I need to take care of myself in the way I need to on a regular basis.  I let other things get in the way and I make excuses about why I ‘can’t’. The funny thing about it is that I always feel better and have more energy when I do get out my running shoes.  I KNOW this.  So I am working on that.  Getting into a routine is huge for me.  Once I am in it, I do GREAT!  it is being able to get BACK on track that I have trouble with.  What are your best tips for getting back on track with fitness?  I love working out in the early morning.  So I am going to work on not making any early morning obligations so I can be sure to get it in at the start of my day.

What are you working on this summer?  Do you have any short term summer goals?  Have you a bucket list of your own?  Let us know what you are working on!  If not, build a bucket list for the summer, there is lots of time left to get in a little adventure!  We have a new 28 day challenge starting on Engine 2 Extra this week – maybe joining us on E2X will be one of your bucket list items.  Come learn and thrive with us at Engine 2 Extra!  http://engine2extra.com

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Ami Mackey

Ami Mackey is the Curator of Creative Content at Engine 2. She is also a food coach at Engine 2 and has been plant-strong since 2011. When she isn't attending to all things Engine 2, she is the Program Director at St Louis All City Boxing a nonprofit youth program. She has earned certificates from eCornell in Plant-Based Nutrition & Fitness Nutrition from NASM.

  • Brenda Rowe
    Posted at 10:22h, 08 July

    I have been swimming most days. My biggest goal is to get off as much medication as I can. Because of my Fibro I am taking a handful of pills twice a day. Because of my age and weight I am taking medication for diabetes and cholesterol. Then I am taking medication for the side affects of these pills. My other goal is to loose as much weight as I can. I have been loosing over these past 4 months it is easy when you are plant strong.

    • Annleasa
      Posted at 16:20h, 18 July

      Brenda, you are doing awesome! Just remember to let your doctor take you off of any medications, gradually. Don’t stop that on your own…could be dangerous. And yes, the side effects of meds can be worse than the actual symptoms themselves! I’m going to be 60 in Dec and am on no medications, and looking at not ever be on any. It’s possible with plant strong eating. I hope you continue on your journey, and hope to see you around the blogs 🙂

  • Lynnette
    Posted at 12:09h, 09 July

    Love this!!!! I need to check out the Seasons Group! Little steps are my best method to get back on track. If I build it up too big, it is too intimidating. Feel good about starting with a short walk and build from there. When I do that I find I push myself a little longer and a little more. But if I worry about finding time for a long walk or activity it is much more likely to get pushed aside. And a lot of littles add up.

  • Annleasa
    Posted at 16:16h, 18 July

    I too must get back in gear. Re-evalutated my eating and am now Plant Strong! With that said, I now have to pull myself back into a routine as well. So, yes, first thing in the morning it is! My summer plans are to get back to nature, more walks, hitting up the farmer’s markets, (pentiful here) working out, and settling into my new home (as soon as it’s completely built) and staying plant strong!

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