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{ Day 6 } 31 Tricks to Scare Away the Grief Monster – Exercise

Scripture Meditation

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees

Hebrews 12:12


I chose today’s scripture because it is not one you normally hear and I love being different.

Today I’m writing about everyone’s favorite word:


My First Year

During the first year after Joe’s move to heaven, I spent most weekends on the couch. It would take me 3 hours to get up enough energy to walk down the basement stairs and switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer. Also, nothing like waiting till the last second to go to the bathroom.

I told myself I was storing up energy to be spent at work the next week. While that was true to some extent, I took “vegging out” to a new extreme.

While there is a time for everything, including “vegging out”, there is also a time for exercising.

Please do not do what I did.

Get your shoes on and at least walk.

I know the weather is changing, so take advantage of the opportunity for walking in sunshine while you have it.

The endorphins released will help with scaring away the grief monster because they help with depression, sleeping, and anxiety among other things.

Hopefully you will have a friend or a group of friends who will keep you motivated during the first year.

Once the nasty weather set in, then it is time for the gym, the rec center or exercise DVD’s. There are plenty DVD’s out there  so buy one and keep exercising.

You could also run up and down the steps of your basement but please do not turn into the “veggie” I did.


  1. Here is a link to an article about the benefits of exercise

2) Don’t know where to begin when it comes to exercise? Do not like walking? The follow this series along with me.

31 Days to a Better Butt

Those of us participating in the Write31Day challenge are in a private Facebook group. The author ( a personal trainer) asked if it would be an appropriate series to do. We all said yes. Her site was the first one I bookmarked when the series launched and I read her site every day. I am still on day 1 as I am in therapy for a shoulder issue resulting from being ended. Days 2 – 5 look like they might aggravate the shoulder.

But trust me (pun intended), every morning before I get out of bed I am firing up those glutes by doing the Day 1 exercises.

Won’t you join me?

Quote Meditation

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.

Wilhelm von Humboldt

Tour de Parks Finish Line: Climbing Mount McKinley

The Tour de Parks came to and end last week when I climbed Mount McKinley. I know, you are thinking Mt. McKinley does not exist anymore as it is now Denali.

Well Mount McKinley does exist in Canton, OH.


Red Carnation

President McKinley was known as the red carnation president for always having one in his lapel. Then one day he gave his carnation to a young girl in a receiving line at the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo, NY. Moments later he was shot and passed away several days later.

The Ascent

Today we will be walking up 108 steps to the tomb of President McKinley, Mrs. McKinley and their 2 daughters, Ida and Katherine. You will see the park from each of the 4 plateaus.

Ready? Let’s begin at the base camp.


The Starting Line At Base Camp


The shadow is mine and will serve as my “selfie” for this post. I have a Moto X phone and unable to download photos to my computer because of the incompatibility with Windows 10.

The View From Plateau #1

Level 1

The View From Plateau #2

Level 2

Here is the McKinley Museum from Plateau #2

McKinley Museum_Level_2

Here is President McKinley’s statue on Level 2. I walked down several steps in order to get this shot.


This picture shows the words on the base of the statue.


Plateau #3

Level 3

We are on Plateau # 3 looking up at Plateau #4 and the monument.


The View From Plateau 4

Level 4

Part of a sign at plateau #4


The skylight at top of inside the dome




Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war.

William McKinley


Eagle below the words “victories of peace.”


The door to the monument. Yes, that is my reflection.

Back At Base Camp

Well here we are back at base camp.


The header of the monument shot from base camp.

Monument Header

The End

Well this is the end of my Faithful Finish Lines Tour de Parks program. I am still in the Faithful Finish Lines program and highly recommend it. In fact, I am working on my next goal which will focus on healthy eating for this 7 week period.

Grieving – Get A Buddy

The first year of widowhood is very, very tough and I wish I had this group with me in 2008 and maybe I would have been more active.

If you are grieving, find and exercise buddy and get moving. Hopefully, reading my Tour de Parks posts has inspired you to find different places to walk. I’ve enjoyed doing these walks and bringing pictures of God’s handy work here in Northeast Ohio.

Canton, OH

I leave you with a view of the building tops in downtown Canton, OH taken from the 4th plateau.


10-10-2011_3by5Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© Award-Winner of JoyReturns.com. She encourages widows and educates society about grief and life as a widow by sharing her widowhood adventures. A graduate of Kent State University with a degree in communications, she has used her skills in the banking, collections, outdoor products and social media industries. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer. You can see more of her photography at OgleOhio.com.

Tour de Parks: Frozen Out Again


Peonies From Michele’s Garden


Well, the 3rd round of Tour de Parks got frozen out just like the second round. This past weekend was bitter cold and my sinus’ would not hold up during a walk around a park. Hopefully, we are done with the bitter cold after this week and I can start walking again this weekend.

New Here? 

I know there are a couple new readers to this blog, so let me explain Tour de Parks.  It is my goal to walk one Northeast Ohio park per weekend as part of the Faithful Finish Lines fitness program. This round started March 1st and ends April 25th. I am also taking pictures of the parks so you can share in my adventure. Faithful Finish Lines is a wonderful program I wish existed when Joe passed as I needed something or someone to motivate me to move more. My weekends were spent sitting on the couch conserving energy for the next work week.

Exercise boosts mood which is what widows need, even if the boost lasts only a few minutes or hours. When you are grieving, you embrace and cherish the moments you feel marvelous – even if you are huffing and puffing. You feel a sense of accomplishment which takes a piece out of the grief monster. He wants you beaten down, feeling sorry for yourself and loudly proclaiming “Woe is me!”

Now that the weather is starting to get nice, ask a widow to go walking, or biking, or hiking, or whatever exercise she feels up to doing. If she says no, be gently persistent.

If you are a widow, find an exercise buddy or join Faithful Finish Lines. It is a wonderful group of faithful, faith-filled women I am blessed to have in my life.

Oh, and speaking of boosting moods – I hope you are enjoying these peonies from my garden.