Self care stories
#LifethisWeek with Denyse, has the optional prompt of sharing Self Care stories...with that in mind I’m sharing something I’ve found to be fun, as well as good for me, in the virtual world.
I’ve discovered the fun of cycling the world while cycling around my local area.
There are a few apps around that allow you to join a virtual challenge, either on your own or in a group, and charts your progress on your selected route, anywhere in the world.
I was made aware of these challenges by some blogging buddies and I loved the idea. You can use a variety of activities, my main ones are cycling and walking.
So far I have cycled from Split to Dubrovnik in Croatia, while cycling on my local rail trail and never actually leaving my neighbourhood (it’s a bit hard to leave Australia at the moment).
Some of these apps are free and others you pay a fee to join. Of course the free challenges don’t give the amount of detail, such as detailed maps, coffee stops, places of interest, postcards and planting of real trees along the way.
So far I have started with the free app, Myles, and am happy with it for the moment. It is a simple matter of my Strava app automatically adding my kilometres cycled (or walked) towards my selected challenge. I then check on my progress and look longingly at the map!
Other blogging friends have talked about these types of challenges and were the main reason I started looking at them. Donna wrote about her experiences here – Parallel Landscapes and Erica has written about her hike around Iceland here in her post The Honeymoon Period. It is a great way of ‘seeing’ the world, wouldn’t you agree?
I’ve now moved onto cycling the UK Coast to Coast and every kilometre I cycle here in Tumbarumba, adds to my journey across England. I’ve still got a way to go!
Here’s a photo from my ‘actual’ ride along the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail earlier this week. The weather was a bit different to the UK I can assure you!
Fit Fab Feb
Sue from Women Living Well After 50, (I like to call her my personal trainer) has a February challenge happening on her blog and Facebook group, called FitFabFeb (but I get mixed up and call it FitFatFeb). So far we’ve been working on increasing our minutes of intentional movement and adding more vegetables into every meal. Week 3 is all about stretching our minds.
It’s great to have encouragement, support and accountability and many of us are joining in sharing our efforts and recipes. It’s helping to keep me on track.
Do you have any thoughts to share?
These types of challenges help me stay active, mentally and physically, so I see them as a great tool to have in my self care toolkit!
What are your favourite ways of looking after your self care?
Have a great week ahead and thanks Denyse for another great prompt that got me thinking and sharing!
Becoming bold in 2021 and taking control of my self care.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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