Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wordless Wednesday, May 10

 Collages from my daily walks

Linked at Life at Rossmont, for Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wordless Wednesday, May 3

Collage from my daily walk yesterday.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

My Journey to Healthy, by Wendy

 What made me decide to begin this journey back to healthy?

First of all, my age. Yeah, face it, we are all getting older. Our bodies begin to "fall apart" on us. Metabolism slows down. The aches and pains increase. For many of us, because the metabolism slows down, the weight increases.

A few years ago, I was walking daily...but I wasn't seeing any weight loss, so I grew discouraged. Then I moved to a different state, to a small town, where I didn't feel safe going out and walking. So, I didn't get exercise. The weight increased. It grew harder to bear the body aches and pains, which made me want to move my body even less.

Then about a year ago, my children and I moved back, to be near my folks. I still didn't feel the urgency to get out and walk. This past December, God spoke to me, and I finally listened. I began walking. Basically, I began taking a stroll each morning, with my camera, to find something new and interesting each day to photograph.

I was rather alarmed to find how breathless and in pain I was, just from walking to the corner and back! But I kept walking, a little further and a little further. I was excited to discover one day, that I could rise from a sitting position without using my arms to boost myself up!

On January 22, I set up an account on Map My Walk, and My Fitness Pal. When I began logging my food intake, I was impressed by how small a serving really is! They both have apps you can load on to your phone. When I take my walks, I track it with my app. I would be happy to be "friends" with you on Map My Walk; we could be exercise partners, encouraging each other along the way. Right now, I have only one friend, a lady from my church. I have other friends encouraging me along the way, through Facebook and Instagram as well.

Since January 22, I have lost 11 pounds, and walked 100 miles. 😇

I take phone photos, and post a collage on Instagram each day, as well as how many miles I've logged. Come follow along.

Friday, March 17, 2017


Welcome to the kitchen on Chickadee Lane.

I'm Wendy, the mom. Currently I spend my days homeschooling my two teenage sons, and "just being there" for my two young adult know, in case they do actually still "need" me.

I've recently begun a journey to becoming healthier. Before I began, my pain level was high pretty much continuously. I had to use my arms to push myself up from a chair. I could barely walk to the corner and back without feeling winded and hurting even more.

I began taking a morning stroll with my camera, to find what I could in nature to capture. I gradually increased my distance. I also began noticing improvements in how I felt. It was an exciting day to realize I could actually rise from a chair without needing to use my arms to push up!

There will be occasional...okay, probably frequent...posts about my journey to healthy.

Jen is my only daughter. She is a crew member at a nearby McDonald's. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 10 1/2. We've been on this roller coaster, mostly together, for about 13 years now. She depends on me a lot less now, but I'm still here if she needs me.

A few months ago, we decided that on March 16, 2018, we plan to begin a through hike on the Appalachian Trail. Yeah, it may be just a pipe dream, but it gives me a goal to work toward on this journey back to being healthier. We plan to share about our preparations for this adventure.

We also plan to share some of our adventures in the kitchen, and some of our favorite recipes.

One more purpose for this blog is to share reviews of some of the restaurants we visit. Our budgets are tight, so restaurants don't happen frequently. But we do belong to a ladies' luncheon group, which meets once a month at various local eateries.

I hope you'll join us often!