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.
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.
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 »
as i have been working my way back into levels of comfort as a yogi, i have been practicing various poses at home. each morning generally begins with a yoga stretching session in the living room. apparently my pups have been eager to participate as well; and now, at week end, they both join me each morning for some yoga.
getting my outdoor fix, means getting my sanity; and apparently i am not the only one. some experts now refer to time in green space as “Vitamin G,” and their studies have shown extensive benefits in getting outside. it is no secret that i love to be outside, as is demonstrated here, here, here and here.
and in desperation to fill up on Vitamin G last week, i set out for the foothills, for a family outing and a half day hike.
the best athlete i ever knew, is a red head. he has four legs, goes by the name of gunner, and he is fast. gunner is a vizsla, and he loves to be active. thankfully, so do joe and i. and this past weekend, we were all active together, in a sweet little mountain town called mccall.
the hairiest man i ever loved goes by the name of fisher. he greets me at the door with enthusiasm, he bathes me in kisses, he gazes straight into my eyes, he snuggles me night and day, he accompanies me on adventures, and he has the curliest, most adorable hair i ever saw.
one year and 3 days ago our fur baby boy was born. for those who know nothing about vizslas, here are a few important facts about this dog breed:
1. vizslas are hungarian sporting dogs. they are excellent pointers for bird hunting families, and excellent household dogs for non-hunting families
2. they are more commonly referred to as “velcro vizslas” because they love companionship, and they LOVE snuggling
3. vizslas love to run. vizslas NEED to run. and if vizslas don’t have the ability to run, they may possibly destroy everything that comes into their path.
home is where the pups live.
when you combine my travel schedule, with the schedule of my fiancé Joe, it occasionally means that i am greeted by two loving guys when i come home from a work trip, instead of three. meet the three guys in my life: fisher (the fur ball), gunner (the jumper), and joe (the hunky mountain man).