Yes, I cancelled the walk on Saturday. I wanted to spare folks [ok, me] the misery of enduring the first cold, soaking rain of the season. What seemed like a prudent decision at the time turned out to be a bust. In the end, it wasn’t raining very hard. And it wasn’t all that cold. I got some grief from a lot of folks. The president of GVWC’s Alaska Chapter, Joe, was fairly vocal about the wrong-headedness of my decision. By way of email, Joe admonished me by saying:
“There is no crying in baseball, either. C’mon, the Alaska chapter walked 3 miles in the snow at 29 degrees and fought off a bear.”
Joe has a great point. And that is one tough group up there! As a rule, the GVWC walks year-round and in all weather– except for when conditions are dangerous (e.g., lightening, ice, etc.). On Saturday, the conditions definitely weren’t dangerous.
The GVWC welcomes new members: Randy, Shelly & Mark, and the return of Roberta. Shelly and Mark have been regular walkers for a while who finally made it official. Thanks to all and, again, welcome!
In the newsletter this week:
- Hitting the Snooze Button? It Probably Isn’t Helping
- Chinese Mushrooms – Reishi
- Making the Slow Work Movement Work For You
Hitting the Snooze Button? It Probably Isn’t Helping
Do you have a tendency to hit the snooze alarm on your alarm clock? (Anyone use an alarm clock anymore or just your cell phone for an alarm?) Well, if you hit that snooze button, and multiple times, you may not be gaining any additional sleep—or at least quality sleep—that you’re longing for. This article from the mgbhealth blog explains how those additional nine minutes of sleep are probably not gaining you any additional quality rest.
Chinese Mushrooms – Reishi
Mushrooms. Dang, these things are ugly. But apparently they have lots of medicinal benefits. They boost immunity, fight infection, reduce fatigue, reduce high blood pressure, and balance your checkbook. (Just kidding on that last one.) Check out the article from the Verywellfit blog with the scoop. Good stuff. But, dang, they are ugly!
Making the Slow Work Movement Work For You
I don’t know if you feel it, too, but there seems to be increasing pressure for us to maximize nearly every moment of our waking hours—whether at work or in our personal lives. Being “on” all the time takes a toll on our mental and physical health. As with just about everything, moderation is key. In this case, moderation comes via the Slow-Work movement as explained in this article, This is how to make the ‘slow work’ movement work for you. My favorite thing on the list is monotasking. I’m really trying to master that one!
Route of the Week
This week’s route can be found here.
Motivation of the Week
I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!