Mindful Monday – Healthy Living: Gardening Your Way to Healthy

Welcome to Mindful Monday – Healthy Living! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself on my journey to becoming healthier. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come and join me on my journey. You never know what you will learn about yourself.

…to all of you who have left comments and cheered me on and are interested in accompanying me on this journey to healthy living! Together, we can offer support and ideas to make this road to “healthy,” a fun journey!

My hope is that you will all visit the posts of everyone who participated last week. You can find their blog links and comments on last week’s post HERE. Stop by and say hello! You just might make someone’s day!

Each week I want to share one of your links or comments that motivated me:


Helen, from her blog “This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time.” Helen wrote about being mindful when she was sick. I loved this quote:

“Being mindful when I’m sick is about letting myself be without attaching to all the thoughts that bring me down.

I should be helping around the house.
What about my kids?
I need to make breakfast…”

Please click the link above to visit her blog and read her thoughts. Helen shares that sometimes we just have to let go!

I am making great progress on my novel writing. It seems that with everything else I do around the house I have been able to write a chapter a week. I am fine with that. There will be plenty of time to edit when I have finished my creativity phase. Chapter 15 this week!

It was a cold week. We had quite the blizzard move through. In between the storms, I wrote as much as I could since I could not get outside and walk. I am having some issues with my right eye so will have to get that checked out this week. That could limit my reading and writing. Wow! I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t see! Perish the thought!

Let’s move on to some fun things I have been thinking about. Like Spring! And garden planning! You know all those vegetables we talk about eating all the time? What if you could grow your own?

Our back garden is a blank slate. It is rectangular shaped with a fence surrounding our lot. There is a rock pathway that encircles the entire perimeter of the fence. The grass is inside the perimeter.

The photo above gives you a general idea of the back garden. Of course, Spice had to get in the picture. Since the recent snowfall, we are all white back there!

The first thing to do when you are planning a new garden area is to do a drawing. I am not much of an artist so I sketched out a general plan.

My idea is to have 3 planting areas with above ground planters made from bricks or stacking stones that would sit in the rocked-in areas. This would give me plenty of space to plant vegetables. I would like to plant some tall cypress trees in the back corner areas to give us a bit more privacy. I don’t know if I would plant a tree in the middle of the yard or not. Since this is a work in progress it will be fun to see if my plan is affordable or even doable.

Colorado Springs is in planting zone 5a or 5b since we are northeast of the springs. Here is how you can find your planting zone: American Horticultural Society Gardening Maps.

The best thing about gardening is that it helps you stay in shape, it helps you eat better, and it is good for your emotional well-being. Gardening is a great family activity. Gardening Gone Wild, shares an article: “13 Reasons Why Gardening is Good for Your Health.”

I have always had some kind of a garden. There is something so basic and fulfilling when you plant seeds or seedlings and watch them grow. The added bonus is that you get a harvest of fresh vegetables that are free from pesticides!

This gardening cheat sheet from HuffPost Taste is a great way to begin planning out a garden. If you are low on space or don’t want to actually dig out a garden space (like me) using pots is a great way to start. BrownThumbMama
has a great article about container gardening for vegetables.

I had a hard time growing vegetables in Florida. The heat, humidity, and sea breezes where we lived really made it difficult. Then, there were the bugs. WOW! It was a losing proposition. I refused to use pesticides so I was left with vegetables that did not mature and were eaten alive by the bugs.

In my current location bugs will not be as great an issue. The best garden I ever had was in Great Falls, Montana which was in gardening zone 1! Few bugs, low humidity, and a short but warm growing season really did the trick. I expect the same thing here in Colorado. It will be interesting to note if the elevation plays a part in the growing process or not.

Image Credit: Remodelaholic.com

While browsing Pinterest I came across this fabulous idea for container gardening – livestock troughs! These are made of galvanized steel and sell for around $80 for a 4-foot long version. I am going to investigate this idea further because this might be the low-cost raised bed option that will work perfectly for me! How exciting! We will be checking out the Farm and Ranch stores in the area.

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I am excited to get some seeds growing. With all the benefits of gardening, I can’t think of a single reason not to play in the dirt. I guess you could say I have spring fever!

I know that I must have one thing in my garden. A place for the meadow fairies to live. Maybe something like this:

pots and fairy gardens

Image credit: TheMetaPicture.com

I feel fine and am progressing well with my healthy journey. I have kept the “evil pig” at bay for three weeks now and I am seeing great progress! Read here
to learn how you can control your inner pig! This is a free book that has really helped me on my way to healthy!

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Have a wonderful week! If you would like to join me in your own healthy living journey, please do. Use whatever program works for you. You do not even have to follow a program if you don’t want to. The whole idea is to start thinking about ways that you can become healthier and fit. This includes going gluten-free, fat-free, lactose-free, starting an exercise program, or even a new way of eating such as becoming a vegetarian. If it has to do with becoming healthy, write about it!


How about you? What are your healthy living goals for the week?

Remember, this is not a challenge.  Each of us has different goals that we wish to attain. This is an offering of support and a place where my online community can come to participate in attaining a healthy lifestyle.  If you would like to join in with your own Mindful Monday – Healthy Living goals you can do so in the comments, or on a separate post of your own making.  If you want to link back to my post, please feel free to do so, however, it is not necessary. Each week I will include a link to the previous week’s post where readers can find your links and comments from the previous week. My main aim here is to give and get support to become more mindful of my journey to healthy living.

Thanks for being part of my fabulous journey to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t forget to share your journey. ❤ No matter what your goals are in becoming more healthy, together we can do it!