It is so exciting to know that school is out for summer just two weeks from today! The loose schedule, the ability to pick up and go without a school note. The joy of it all. Our June is packed full of plans already. Isn’t that the way it works in many families? Whether it is graduations, weddings, family vacations or a round of conferences like for me, June tends to be pretty busy.
However, I do not want the summer to get so busy that I fail to mark off some things on my bucket list. So I decided to extract a few things from my master list to create a summer activity bucket list. The list became quite long, but I pulled out a few to share with you all.
Go sugar free for a week
Yep, that includes avoiding fruit for that week. I know summer usually means people eat more fruit than other times of year because fruit is so refreshing, but I am going to go sugar free for 7-days straight to see what that does for me, if anything. Have any of your done this before? Did your body react in any particular way?
I am not a faux sugar fan, so I will not replace sugar for anything else during that week. I realize it may be difficult to totally cut sugar 100%, but it is a goal on my list for 7-days.
Run a 5k
Back in the day, I used to run a lot. I was good. Wayyyyy back in the day, I was a distance runner, but then a bad hip ruined those long runs for me. However, that does not mean I cannot do a few 5k’s here and there. I get a couple 3-5 mile runs in during the week and I want to do more. When I used to enter more 5ks, the entry fee was like $15-$25. Now entry fees are so expensive, it deters me from entering too many races. My idea is to run a race in every city I visit this summer if I can find one. Is that feasible or not? Well, I guess we will find out. I used to lose myself in a good run and I want that feeling back again.
Complete the Tour de Cure
First let me say, I love this event! I first did it years ago when my daughter (now in college) was in elementary school. It is a cycling event to fight diabetes, hosted by the American Diabetes Association. The Tour de Cure offers several race lengths, even one that is 1.5 miles for families. Yes, you can bring out the tikes for this event. And this race is still very reasonable to enter! Just $25 to enter and minimum donations to raise of $200.
Go white water rafting
Resurfacing our mother-daughter post last week made me want to go white water rafting again. This one may not get accomplished until August. Perhaps that will be best since August tends to be super, duper hot outside. White water rafting brings back fond memories of my childhood. It’s something fun for the whole family to partake in as long as you stay on the easy courses.
Get my hike on
Hiking is the #1 outdoor activity I quite enjoy. I picked it up once my hip started going bad and I had to cut back on my running. However, I live in one the flattest areas of the country. Getting my fill of hiking with varying terrain just does not happen unless I am traveling. Otherwise, it just seems like a long walk to me if the trails are all flat. lol. And the distance is not far enough to be considered a trek. Just sad. Anyway, I must hike at least once or twice this summer to feel whole again.
Start doing yoga
Okay! So there are so many fitness things I want to do and stick to, but we all know you can only do so many things. Yoga is one of those things I would really like to insert my schedule and make it stick. It would cover the stretching portion of my fitness regime. My issue is that I get going strong, then something fun strikes my fancy like a new kickboxing place, pure barre or something. The first thing I toss out to make time is yoga. It is something I would like to add to my burn calories while working from home repertoire. If only I could stick to it.
Those are a few things on my long list of bucket list items specifically for the summer season.
What about you? What is on your summer bucket list that is a physical activity or nutritional?