Speaking at Sibley’s – Hiking for the Couch Potato

Come by Sibley’s West in Downtown Chandler Friday night – March 14 – for a book-signing from 6 to 8 pm. Four Arizona authors will be speaking and signing books at Sibley’s West – the shop at 72 S. San Marcos Place that features Arizona-made gifts, including my Hiking for the Couch Potato books – with the theme Read More …

Overcoming hiking fears

Yesterday at my book signing (Great event – met a lot of interesting people!), I met a man who said he was really afraid of hiking.  He kept hearing about people having to be rescued. Overcoming hiking fears can be an easy thing if you use the following suggestions: 1) If you are new to Read More …

Book signing for Couch Potato

Couch Potato – alias Shelley Gillespie is pleased to announce that she will be hosted for a book signing for both Couch Potato books at the new Book Warehouse at the north end of the new Phoenix Premium Outlet in Chandler, Arizona.  Come by between 12 noon and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. The Read More …

Couch Potato Kid gets active

With today’s inauguration, you may be thinking it’s time to begin things for the future that can make life better for you and your family. We had some feedback that reinforces the view that one book, one parent, and one child CAN make a difference. Our kid’s book – Hiking for the Couch Potato Kid Read More …

Hummingbirds – the smallest bird

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Kids Blog, Motivation | No Comments

Hummingbirds are the smallest birds.  Their brains are the size of a human tooth, but for how little their bodies are, their brains are very big!   They use up a lot of energy as they flap their wings very quickly. To keep moving, they also have a very fast heartbeat – 1,260 beats per Read More …

Recovering from Hiking Injuries

Recovering from hiking injuries took me months.  How did I, the “Original” Couch Potato, get a hiking injury? Just like everyone else, I tend to overdo things if I am enjoying what I’m doing.  As a result, I wound up with plantar fasciitis, a very painful injury that results from tiny tears in the tendon Read More …

Enjoy healthy hiking in the heat – and other options for healthy activities

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Healthy Living, Motivation | No Comments

Summer season starts with Memorial Day weekend and it is oh-so-easy to indulge in the many feasts with the extra calories and poundage that can add. In the heat of summer it is still possible to have a healthy hiking experience! What can you do to preempt the pounds? 1) Get up a little early Read More …

National Wellness Week – a reminder to get healthier

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 in Healthy Living, Motivation | No Comments

With National Wellness Week (March 19-25), Couch Potato wants to make it a year-round event for everyone and those they love! Here are some ideas to get started: (Do one or more.) 1. Start with what you do as you get out of bed! Think positive thoughts about how your day will be. 2. Do Read More …

What’s a Couch Potato hike?

If you’ve been a Couch Potato, we’ll assume that you are not – instantly – planning a 20-mile hike with major uphill components. Time to set the ground rules: When we say it is worthy of a Couch Potato, our hikes would mostly be level, with possibly one or two rises where you might wind Read More …