Spring has finally sprung, if that is what you want to call it. This winter has been a harsh one in every sense of the word. Old man winter just did not what to let go.
It’s nice to see all the buds on the trees and flowers popping up, and even with the dandelions making an appearance in yards around the Eastern Panhandle.
This issue is packed with articles about local people, events, destinations, and businesses. So sit back, pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy reading this issue of Around The Panhandle. This time of year we all talk about losing that extra 5 pounds or joining the gym or something to get in to shape. Well I have found something that made me accountable for my own actions.
I purchased a Fitbit, now for you that don’t know what this device does, it measures your steps and other benchmarks for healthy living, like calories burned and how many glasses of water you have drank. It can even monitor your sleep.
I will readily admit that, at first, my Fitbit was a mere fashion accessory, kind of like owning an SUV. But the thing has subtle mocking quality that gently nudges you to get out and actually do something. Just being draped around your wrist stops becoming an option when a friend says, “Oh, you have a Fitbit! How many steps are you doing everyday?
It’s that moment that I hit the road, sort of, and started walking; I walk in our field behind work, near my home and best of all the Tow Path in Shepherdstown. Nothing gets you lacing up your shoes faster than knowing a friend is 15,000 steps ahead of you for the week. So thanks, Fitbit for getting me on the path, literally, to semi-fitness and for indirectly opening my eyes to a healthier me.
Have a safe and happy May/June from all of us here at Hornby Publishing.