Healthy Lifestyle both Physically and Mentally

As I get older I feel that my life needs a bit more of a health upgrade. My wife is constantly pushing me to be more active. And she’s right. Look at yesterday for example:

I become stagnant and inert sometimes without realizing it. Yesterday she accomplished nearly 12,000 steps. I barely did 1700. As you can see- her goal is significantly higher than mine. Now that I’m in my early 40’s- it’s time to really start looking at my future.

I’m planning to retire by my mid 50’s. Which means besides being financially secure by then, I also want to be able to enjoy life. I don’t see myself hitting the gym, but walking more and getting off my phone to see the world are becoming more prevalent choices in order to feel healthy. So I also took a drastic approach to my cellphone addiction on Sunday.

On Sunday, as I was waiting for my son to compete in his Speed Skating competition, I noticed how everyone in the stands was on their phones- hardly interacting with one another. Naturally, I took out my phone and opened Facebook. This is when I realized I have a problem. It became clear that even though in the past I have taken a month hiatus periodically from the Social Media- I needed to do more. So I began by looking at my “Friends” list. I removed people to try and “clean house”.

By the end, I had removed nearly everyone on my list. There is now only my wife and daughters, my three friends who have passed away and two fellows whom I respect in many ways. One is a hard working artist, the other is my son’s coach. It took four days before anyone noticed that they weren’t my “Friend” anymore. The one who did notice is a close friend of mine and messaged me last night. Others may not have noticed, because if they follow my Blog- they are still seeing me posts on a daily basis because WordPress shares directly there for me.

After nearly 12 years on Facebook, it is tough to just give it up. I have kept my Facebook “alive” in order to read stories and news articles from groups that I follow. As well as to interact with those who comment on my blog posts. A couple of years ago I stopped using Twitter. The one social media I do enjoy is Instagram. I follow many of my Former Facebook Friends on their and enjoy seeing quick snapshots of their adventures.

Maybe one day I’ll regret dropping all of those Facebook contacts. I didn’t announce it to the world at the time because it really shouldn’t be a big deal. So I guess this is that announcement just to let people know. Time for me to move on. And by move, I mean walk more. Healthy living should be both physical and mental.

A new journey lies ahead. If I put my phone down- I’ll see where I’m going.

Penzer Parkour Park

Our children only had a half day of school today. So this afternoon we went out for some “Screamers” to celebrate the start of summer. A cold mix of slushee and soft serve ice cream.  I did a mix of Crush soda flavors to make a cool rainbow chilled awesomeness.


The place we went to was “Ed’s Market” in my old neighborhood from when we first moved into Langley.  The market itself has barely changed, neither has the nearby neighborhood. A few upgrades over the past thirty years- some new buildings, some torn down. But the neighborhood remains familiar to me.

After grabbing a cold drink, we got back into the car and we were going to head to a park to relax.  It dawned on me that we were close to where a new Parkour Park was opening today.  So we drove over to check it out.  I’m glad we were there before the Grand Opening.


We arrived before the crowds- found parking easily and we were able to experience the park with hardly anyone around.  A few races through the park against my son and I was breaking into a sweat.  

My height gave me an advantage of jumping further distances with ease. But his spry little body had me left in the dust as he jumped through bars and holes.  He clambered up walls with ease.  I had to practice a few times to get it.



There were plenty of signs around offering tips and advice.  Very handy considering I’ve only ever seen a few YouTube videos and never tried it myself. In trying out this Parkour Park, I realized that it’s a workout that I can enjoy. Under the hot sun, perhaps we should’ve had water to drink instead of Screamers.  Next time…


Since hardly anyone was there, the embarrassment factor was minimal.  I was as graceful as a tall guy who never did this before could be.  A couple misses and falls, but nothing major. We walked away injury free.  All of us vowing to return and create course challenges with each other throughout the summer.


Parkour may be the activity that gets me moving again.  Challenging myself to push my limits. Perhaps we can hit the park once a week this summer.