Tuesday, September 30, 2008

And a little bit on life...

Lately, I have been a lump. Not completely. I work on Sundays and if I get 15 minutes at a time to sit down to myself it is a blessing... because usually I am jumping up to help #1 with math, #2 with reading, and #3 get a snack, sometimes within writing the same two sentence email... but for voluntary activity, this girl gets a failing grade.

For a while I was walking every morning. My neighbor and I had been walking a 2.5 mile route for about 2 months when things started getting hairy and stressed in our relationship. Which is fine... relationships wax and wane, but what I didn't like about it is I stopped walking. I really feel I need that extra person to get me going on any sort of physical routine. I have no motivation myself.

My main issue is, before this last two years, I have never needed anyone to help me get my butt up out of my house and move. Never. Maybe it was hitting 30 (6 mos ago), maybe it was #3 becoming super toddler (very likely actually), maybe it was the change in the weather with our bleak and cold summer, maybe it was homeschooling 3 kiddos. Maybe it is just the fact that I think about being active and don't actually do it. lol... I plan, and then don't act. But this year, I haven't even gardened. I planted things... and then let them do their own thing. I even mowed my pathway... I didn't weed it... I mowed it. I didn't even plant beans after my peas had died.

Nothing has changed... not even my pants size. I don't see that being true for many more years however. I can't imagine that being sedentary is good for anyone. But I am not 'sedentary'... I do things... just not active things.

I have always been a big "Earth Gym" kinda girl... the kind that takes lots of walks, that gardens in the sunlight, that likes good shoes so she can run in the rain.... but maybe I just need to get a gym membership or something.

Thoughts?

7 comments:

Sadie said...

No advice here...just sympathy. I have the same problem. I can't find the time during the day. I am not a fan of gyms. But walking with slow-pokes don't do too much for getting your heart rate up!

A bleak cold summer probably isn't the best for the mood either...

Beth said...

Ugh, yeah, I know what you mean. I was walking every evening when the weather cooled down. I just had Seth in his stroller or I towed him behind me on my bike. I had such a routine that the neighbor kids everywhere would come and go with me. It was a huge thing to go biking or walking all around my neighborhood every night. I havent done that since I came back from our trip to Washington in July!

On the bright side though, I do keep super busy at home and with this daycare thing Im doing. I dont sit down much so I think that helps. I sweat sometimes because Im doing so much so thats good. I think that means Im burning calories. So maybe it evens itself out if you just keep busy at home and running around doing chores and errands; anything to keep busy and moving...

Sandi Felch said...

If it didn't involve an additional hour of driving, not to mention several gallons of gas, I'd be happy to come and walk with you. I have a neighbor who is willing to walk with me two days per week--inside the church gym--during the school year--if nothing else conflicts on a given morning. The upside of walking in the gym is that I can, literally, walk circles around her. I've learned that exercise is like baking bread; when you're in the habit it's easy, but...

by Val said...

I've learned that exercise is like baking bread; when you're in the habit it's easy, but...

So true Sandi. I have to get back into it. It felt so good... esp on mornings where I wouldn't really get out for the rest of the day because the kids and I were doing something for school inside.

Sadie... the bleak cold summer really killed the mood for walking. At first it was great... wasn't too hot, could walk pretty much any time during the day, so we got to it at least once a day for a while... like three months... where we were walking 3 miles a day at least. I miss it. I think part of why I posted was for motivation. Like Beth said, sometimes you just have to take the kids with you... just to do it, and do it no matter what.

Love Val

Sarah said...

May I suggest Hooping? Seriously. You can take it in the backyard and it's so much fun! Meditative, fun, stress relieving, fun, a GREAT workout, fun, and good for weightloss, (I'm down about 12 pounds now in the last 4 months!) oh yeah and it's fun!!

I'll make one for ya! ;P

Sarah said...

oh yeah...and you can do it in the house too, for the colder yuckier weather, just push furniture out of the way!

by Val said...

If I would look half as good as you doing it Sarah I could feel good about it. lol!

I am emailing you... I have a thought. ;)

Val