This blog is for and about the Webster family. Each of us want to make choices every day that will result in optimal health and fitness. We represent different generations and different places in life - from empty-nesters to young families to students. Our health goals are as varied as we are, but we want to have a common place to post our progress and our challenges. We will be accountable to each other - to provide support, design incentives, share information we come across, and in general cheer each other on and celebrate our steps toward fitness! If anyone happens upon this blog and is inspired to be more fit and healthy that is icing on the cake. So here we go!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Kathy - Fresh Night Air

When talking about fitness the most important components mentioned are generally diet and exercise. There are actually many components to health and fitness as well, such as adequate rest, fresh air, drinking plenty of water, etc.  While FL and I generally open our bedroom windows at night all year long to enjoy the benefits of fresh air, last night we also opened our bedroom door.  Admittedly this was not so we could get more healthy by breathing more fresh air.  The real reason is because all the dogs slept inside last night.  Until now the Beast has had the bedroom floor to herself but last night FL and I decided it was time for Chubs and Charger to join her.  We left the bedroom door wide open so they could get to the backyard should they have the need during the night.  Things started out beautifully - all three animals stretched out blissfully and we all drifted off to sleep.  FL, being the responsible person he is, slept lightly with a flashlight by his side so he could check on things should any situation demand his attention. Chubs left for a brief jaunt to the yard around 11:00 p.m. (according to FL, I did not sleep so lightly).  So far, so good, the night was progressing better than we thought it would - Chubs and Charger were champion sleepers.  The problems began at 3:00 a.m. with the Beast.  She was restless - don't know if she missed her usual amount of floor space or what, but she paced back and forth between FL and my side of the bed shoving her nose into our faces - perhaps trying to tell us that she, for one, did not like this intrusion into her personal sleeping quarters.  When we repeatedly ignored her and whispered sharply for her to "Lay down and go to sleep,"  she decided that since the pups had gotten an upgrade in their sleeping situation she should too - and proceeded to try to crawl in bed with us!  Not once, but twice.  Not terribly amusing at 3:00 a.m.  She obviously did not understand the health concept of adequate rest.

Yes, the pups will sleep inside again tonight and perhaps by the time winter sets in we can shut the bedroom door.  Meanwhile, today we took them all for a 4 mile hike this morning before church, gave them a swim this afternoon, and will take a turn around the Field of Death this evening striving for exhaustion for the Beast so she (and us!) will sleep long and deeply tonight.

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