Boot Camp, Day 20: Time for “Plan B”

The hardest part about trying to find time every day to exercise, is that life happens and your best intentions are challenged seemingly from 10 different directions at once.

Sunday was Day 20 of my self-imposed, 77-day (11-week) Boot Camp. As with making any kind of plans things can and will go wrong.

Being a professional photographer, I have to squeeze my workouts in when they don’t conflict with my clients’ schedules. I shoot weddings, head shots, model portfolios, events and even some family photos.

Had a professional maternity photo shoot at a local lake with a young lady who wanted some memorable shots of her pregnancy. We both were excited and had some really awesome ideas for artistic images.

Caitlyn MaternityAbout an hour before we were scheduled to meet, she called and said that her legs were swollen and she could barely walk. Long story short, we had to reschedule.

Part of my Boot Camp workouts includes walking at least 3 miles a day. Doing the photo shoot would have easily pushed my step count over 6,000 steps. So, I tried to think of something fun to do where I could get my steps in for the day.

With only 3,000 steps, I was only half way to my goal. I remembered the Bonanza Casino was hosting a show and shine for classic cars participating in Hot August Nights, a huge, event in Reno that draws more than 800,000 people every year.

The show-and-shine was scheduled to be over at 6 p.m. and it already was 5:30 p.m., so I didn’t know if anyone would still be there. Fortunately, there were more than 20 cars still there so I spent a little over an hours walking around, looking at the cars, taking some pix and talking to the car owners.


This lady won ‘Best of Show” award for her beautiful 1923 Ford T-bucket.

Here are a few of my favorite pix from the show-and-shine.


After  I had seen all of the remaining cars, I still needed to get about 1,000 steps in to reach four miles or 8,000 steps (I know, I can be an over-achiever sometimes>)

So I walked behind and around the casino through the residential area. I made a full circle and also stopped to grab a shot of this beautiful flower.


At the end of the day, I had avoided going to the gym to get my steps in on the treadmill. I had successfully went out and found something inspiring and got my steps in a had fun doing it.

The moral of the story: When I have plans to work out but life gets in the way, I try to find alternative ways to exercise.

Tomorrow is the beginning of week three of my 77-day, self-imposed Boot Camp.

Wonder what new adventures await?


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