These Old Bones Prove a Happy Life

i have recently gone through the 5 stages of loss and grief. what did i lose, you ask? my young joints and invincibility. i have kicked and screamed my way through each stage to finally come to accept my new physical self. i had to get back to that place where activity solved all of my problems, where all of the weight was taken off my shoulders, where i could let go and do something for myself and myself alone. and i have arrived. i have learned to embrace my new physical self that is a result of years of (what many would call) abuse; but i now choose to refer to as, a happy life. Read More »

The 6th, Unmentioned Love Language – Activity

many of us have heard of the 5 love languages – the book, authored by Gary Chapman, and the concept, now commonly referenced in relationships world-wide. it discusses how we love others and how we want to be loved. it tells us there are five methods through which people express love: physical touch, acts of service, quality time, receiving gifts, and words of affirmation. but i would argue that there is one very significant love language missing from this list – activity.

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30 books in 2016

when it comes to new year’s resolutions, some struggle to set goals and put them in ink; my struggle tends to be quite the opposite. an old friend, coach, and boss, has always told me that i was a paradigm of “having too many irons in the fire.” in years past, i laughed at him when he said that to me. but now that i am all the older and all the wiser, i completely understand what he meant, and how being that person can also be negative. in contrast to those individuals who may not finalize their goal setting, i tend to set so many resolutions that the degree to which i can extend myself in any one of them is limited. in 2016, i am recognizing that fault, and making a change. i don’t need to do everything, but everything i do, i need to do well.

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A Look Back – My One Year Blogging Anniversary

in january of 2015 i decided to launch a blog. i did so with a brief post, and some photos of the destination that inspired me to finally go live – Lake Tahoe. in the past year my blog has molded into a healthy living blog that encourages others to be active, to be outside, and to be themselves. in celebrating the one year anniversary of thefirst2hours, i thought i would share some of my favorite posts from 2015.

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10 Healthy Gift Giving Ideas

in the spirit of the holidays, i put together a list of 10 recommended healthy gift giving ideas. each of these items encourages healthy living; and i personally would burst at the seams if i found any of them under my tree.

while it is a bit late to be doing your holiday shopping on the eve of Christmas, i hope you will keep this fantastic companies and products in mind the next time you are looking to buy a gift.

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Healthy Holiday Traditions – Tree Hunting

during the holiday season we are surrounded by unhealthy choices: egg nog, Christmas cookies, lazy days, alcohol, football watching marathons, overeating, and more. it is difficult to make healthy decisions during the holidays, but it is doable. one of the best ways to ensure that we are able to indulge during this special time of the year (which i personally believe one SHOULD do in moderation), but still have a balance and stay healthy, is to develop healthy traditions. one such tradition that is a personal favorite of mine, is cutting down our family Christmas tree.

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The Benefit of Hiking with Dogs

there are few companions in this world i enjoy taking to the mountains more than my pups. everyone knows that dogs are (wo)man’s best friend; but did you know that dogs are (wo)man’s best hiking companion? let me give you a few reasons why.Read More »

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Life, Simplified

living a simple life is easier said than done in our modern day world. so easily we get caught up in our work, our social calendars, our “todo” list, money, responsibilities, etc.. every obligation creates a greater sense of urgency and stress.

and then once in awhile, we find ourselves in a place like this,

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Live on Bloglovin

great news, thefirst2hours has finally linked up with bloglovin! You can follow my blog with Bloglovin by clicking here. and to celebrate this new community, i thought i would share a visual history of some of the goodies that have been featured on thefirst2hours in days past.

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Gear Finder – Microfracture, and the One Orthopedic Problem There Isn’t a Real Solution For

find the workout clothes from previous post… Microfracture, and The One Orthopedic Problem There Isn’t a Real Solution For.

 

POWER WARM PUMA TIGHTS   *   ARCTERYX MOTUS CREW LS TOP

SPORTSMANS BASEBALL CAP   *  CAMELBAK L.U.X.E.  *  BROOKS GHOST 8 RUNNERS

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