Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Step One: Staying Busy

As of Sunday, we started getting outside for some more fun & exploration. All of us went for a bike ride Sunday night, then on Monday I took the boys to Burlington to go for a hike. We also stopped by the beach where they frolicked in the water while I roamed the shoreline.

The summer plan is to ensure that we all stay active and off the couch. I put a daily agenda together for the boys, which includes reading after breakfast, then sending them outside to play while I get some chores done around the house. So far things have worked perfectly, but I'm probably going to go broke before too long. If we all benefit in the long run, it'll be worth it though.

Today I signed Birdie up at the gym for the Kids Summer Plyometrics & Weight Training Program. [Plyometrics is a type of strength training designed to produce fast, powerful movements, and improve the overall performance in a specific sport.] His doctor recommended that he drop about 20 pounds, especially if he wants to play football, so this was the inspiration. He'll also get better results for the other sports he plays, like baseball, soccer & skiing.

I tried to encourage him to do a summer weight loss challenge with me, but we couldn't agree on a tangible reward system. So I had to go in a different direction. He's excited about going to the gym and has agreed to make a commitment of 4 days/week in the program. I hoped to join alongside of him, but their free daycare isn't available during that time slot. So Nut & I will probably ride the bike path while Birdie does his thing.

Meanwhile, Friday we're going to sign up for the Summer Bowling Program, which the boys love. Plus it's cheap. Next week I've got more hiking & biking trips planned at Smuggs and around town.

So many adventures out there waiting for us to uncover... I just hope the weather cooperates!


  1. What a great idea for him, Lisa! Perfect find...great motivator.

    And why has it not occurred to us in recent summers to just hike...explore...adventure? You are right, so many waiting to uncover.

    Yes, we too will be signing up for bowling through the summer...just haven't made it there yet (probably on that rainy day that drives me batty, before I'll get over there...but so be it).

  2. We can't even THINK of doing anything outdoors with all this blasted RAIN!!!!

    We heard a rumor that tomorrow the sun will shine. I'll believe it when I see it.

    Sounds like you're doing an awesome job with summer vacation so far - you go, girl!

  3. What a great idea!!! He will Greatly benefit & so will you in the long run! Kudos!!!!

  4. We have already had so many great times outside. We all love taking the picnic basket, and scooters to the park to have a great time.


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