Fitness Challenge Day 32 – Grandkidz Rawk

Hanging with the grandkidz

Who can resist grandchildren? (I call them grandkidz – I am Grampz to them). Yesterday morning at 7:30 I was pulled out of my restful slumber by my 7 year old granddaughter Joselyn. She says “Hi Grampz. Did I wake you?” So very sweet.  She proceeded to tell me that her mother had lots of errands and that her Dad was going to be busy and wondered if she and her sister and brother could come spend time with us.  Julianne had loads of homework for school and I had plans to get a bunch of things done….but who can resist indulging in the joy of grandkidz? And, no calories and totally fat free!!

Drinking red juice…made from fresh beets, celery, oranges and apples

So, I got up, got dressed, had some red juice that Julianne had made for us.  I used to hate anything with beets,  but this was good.  I think she made it with fresh red beets, some celery, apples and perhaps an orange?  It was good and energizing.

Then, I was off to my daughter’s house to go get her three children and take them to the park.  With the three of them I drove through Jacobson Park in search of baby gosslings.  It is that time of year and they are always adorable.  But, alas, we saw none.  But we did see a turtle family and my favorite blue heron.

From Jacobson, we headed to the playground at Kirklevington Park. On the way I stopped by another daughters’ house and picked up my oldest grandchild Autumn, who is nine and off to the park we went for a fun time.  The kids played and I soaked in the joy points watching them, photographing them and just enjoying the birds singing, the nice cool breeze and the beautiful sunshiny day.   I needed this small, yet timely, respite in my life.

Eating Lady Alice apples!

Typically, when I go out with the grandkidz I have taken them to Taco Bell or Chick-fil-a afterwards.  But, being mindful of the PlantPure style I am trying to infuse in my life, I brought a bag of my favorite organic Lady Alice apples. (I know…I keep posting about them, but they are sooooo good!)

For the sake of the Rainier Fruit Company, I took pictures of the grandkidz enjoying these at the park. I had a couple myself too.  Great snacking food for the PlantPure mindful soul.

The kids would grab a few bites, leave them with me and then run off and play.  The nice thing about these Lady Alice apples is that they don’t brown quickly.  They appear to stay fresh and crunchy for a good long time.  I am so glad we had them.

After the park we swung by the house for a few minutes so the kids could see Grandma and play a bit.  Then, I took them to Chick-fil-a drive-thru for some chicken, lemonade and apple sauce.  I DID NOT get myself anything!! Then I took them all over to my daughter’s house, came home and had some beans and got ready for our bi-weekly Bountiful Baskets Coop delivery.

Bountiful Baskets…volunteers hard at work filling the baskets with healthful FRESH fruits and vegetables.

BBFC is a group of people who work together for mutual benefit. Its a grassroots, all volunteer, no contracts, no catch co-operative. There are no employees and so, as a national group we pay rock bottom prices on fresh produce. We have many that also come early to participate in volunteering by unloading the truck, filling the baskets, etc. Julianne and I have been the Lexington site coordinators for nearly two years and really love the experience.  Every other week nearly 100 participants enjoy the benefits of these $15 produce baskets, as well as the reduced prices and high quality of numerous other add ons. (This week we had add ons for Cinco de Mayo — lots of Mexican-themed fruits, produce and even some masa and corn husks to make tamales!)

Bountiful Baskets is fabulous!! And it helps keep our diets PlantPure

Typically, our Bountiful Baskets distribution takes about 3 hours from our arrival at the park to our cleanup and departure. The volunteers in Lexington are awesome!!

Upon return from BBFC, Julianne and I had some toast from our fresh Bountiful Baskets Organic Multigrain Bread (we call it OMG bread) and some fresh grapefruit sections.  I didn’t get a walk in yesterday…had to rest the knees from the two mile walk on Friday.  Nonetheless, it was a marvelous day…

And I cannot pass up reminding all my Kentucky readers to come join Team Sumoflam at the Great American Fitness Challenge in Lexington, KY on June 13. The discounted rates are only good until May 8 and then they go up. A few of my Lexington family and friends have said they would come join me, but only one has registered so far. to remind you, it will be held at the beautiful Kentucky Horse Park and features a 5K, a 15K, an Open Steeplechase and an Elite Steeplechase. You can register by clicking the link below. Anyone that participates on Team Sumoflam will get a specially designed t-shirt with artwork by singer/songwriter/artist Antsy McClain.

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