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JERIBERI1 Posts: 11,837
1/15/09 10:06 A

Go, Girl!!!!!!
It's amazing what we can teach our bodies to do, even at our "not-so-young" age!!

JUSTNRY Posts: 5
1/15/09 10:04 A

I applaud you for all of your efforts!!! BRAVO. You're story is a great inspriration. Let me also add that the most wonderful thing I got out of it is that not only are you learning that skill that you once were so afraid of, but you are sharing this new milestone with your son and doing it together. You are giving him a wonderful lesson and the best of all gifts, YOUR TIME. Congratulations again.

AMBERCJ26 Posts: 4
1/15/09 10:04 A

That is awesome!!! You go girl! I am so proud of you!!! You keep plugging away and I am know you will maintain that goal and so much more! I just want to say thank you for inspiring me! :)

Have a great day and keep up the skating! :)


JAYJAY44 Posts: 6,824
1/15/09 10:04 A

A big BRAVO to you! Your story reminded me of how much I use to love bike riding. I don't own a bike but I'm thinking I will look into it (at least renting one) when all the snow is gone!


8G4B4GHAPPY Posts: 3
1/15/09 10:04 A

Way to go ! I grew up skating on rinks, rivers, lakes and loved it. But I haven't had skates on since I was 20 now I am 53. Reading your story made me want to get back out there and have some fun.

MOUSEHUNTER Posts: 1,046
1/15/09 10:01 A

good for you!!! i used to love to skate roller skate and ice. since high school i have had 2 knee surgery 3 children and alot of back problems ., i guess i m affraid to. but i am happy for you .you go girl!!!


1/15/09 10:00 A

That's awesome!! Don't ever give up! Sounds like you've got a great son. It's amazing the kind of determination kids have. So sad that we too often lose that as we grow older. I was watching my baby learn to walk and she'd just keep going no matter how often she fell down yet I constantly gave in to my frustrations. Keep it up and soon you'll be skating circles around him!! And that reminds I should go check out our pond out back, should be frozen enough now!

MOXY22 Posts: 1,204
1/15/09 9:59 A

Great story! I had a very similar story - I also never skated as a kid, but when I moved to Chicago 3 years ago, where there are amazing bike trails along the lake, I decided I wanted to finally learn to rollerblade. So I bought a pair, and signed up for some lessons. Like you, I was terrified of falling (and still am), so whenever I go out, I wear a helmet, knee pads, elbow pads, and shoulder pads! I know I look totally ridiculous, and I get a lot of weird looks from passers-by, but I also know it's what I need to do to maintain my confidence and not be afraid. I've been at it on-and-off for the last 3 years, and I've really made progress! I still can't do hills (mostly out of fear, which I'm still trying to conquer), but I can skate fairly fluidly along a flat surface with some decent speed - and it feels great! So keep with it - it most definitely IS possible to learn new skills in adulthood!

100LBLIGHTER Posts: 7,807
1/15/09 9:58 A

emoticon I was 45 the last time I skated. I loved to skate as a kid. I had just lost 44 pounds.. I was afraid of falling. I can tell you I had been walking everyday for a year, 2 miles or more and those skates used muscles that had not been used for a while. Great exercise and fun. Enjoy!!

AMANDADAY63 Posts: 1,565
1/15/09 9:58 A

kudos to should be very pleased with yourself...and proud of your gutsy "get up and go", just by virtue of this not so simple decision will motivate many to get up and do something whatever it is....just by your efforts you are a have not and will not fail!!!...congrats...and i know you must be super proud of your son...kudos to him too....keep us all posted...yeah, way to go!!!

SHERLYNN60 Posts: 11
1/15/09 9:57 A

Fantastic! And the memories of the rink that one brought back! I can still remember the first time I went around a corner without holding on. What a feeling of freedom. I'm proud of you! Keep it up! And as someone who is closing in on 63.... maybe I'll try it again myself. Thanks for the inspiration and the memories!

1/15/09 9:57 A

You rock!

BEAGLEGIRL1818 Posts: 5
1/15/09 9:56 A

Thank you for sharing this with me. I am new to SparkPeople and am starting to find my own groove. I am currently reinventing myself and have vowed that I am going to take kickboxing lessons. Part of me wanted to be in shape before I do that, but I think I should do it NOW. At the beginning of January I bought a kickboxing DVD and have done it at home. I know I can do this too. It helps me so much to know that we are all worried about looking like a fool by falling/failing, but what is the alternative? To never try is far worse, because we are only given this one life.
Thank you so much for your post today. It was like a breath into my own dream.

1/15/09 9:55 A

Way to go!!!!

JEWLZ13 Posts: 155
1/15/09 9:52 A

That's great! I have always wanted to learn to ski, so maybe one day I can feel like you do today! Congratulations on putting yourself out there and trying something new and exciting!

DOTMUL Posts: 274
1/15/09 9:52 A

Way to go!!! Thanks for sharing such a great story Brennyren! And the memories you evoked. I'm 81 and I haven't skated in decades, but your story reminded me of the hours spent rolling around the rink in our little town when I was in my teens. Oh, how I loved the freedom of rolling on those wheels. It was such great fun. Congrats to you for deciding to try again to learn to skate and give your son a big hug for being there to help you to learn. And kudos to you to be able to enjoy the thrill of succeeding in another skill.

MOODYMAL Posts: 52
1/15/09 9:50 A

What a great post!
That's the spirit, Never give up!

1/15/09 9:49 A

FABULOUS! My son got me skates for my birthday in October and it took me 2 months to get pads so I didn't kill myself and I'm still scared. As soon as this snow melts, I'm just going to do it! Thanks for helping me to get the nerve!

1/15/09 9:48 A

Love it! It made my heart warm and my eyes tear up!

SYDME17 Posts: 55
1/15/09 9:48 A

Congratulations!, maybe i try to put on pair this summer when it is much warmer than a sunny 6 degrees.

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1/15/09 9:46 A

This is really, truly a biggie. Heartfelt congratulations!

SLIM@54 Posts: 2
1/15/09 9:46 A

Congratulations; it always takes the first try and you are doing a wonderful job keep up the good work, by this spring you should be skating circles around those young

AEKEEL Posts: 42
1/15/09 9:45 A

As I opened my email this morning, your post was the first one there. I felt myself SO excited for you when I started reading it! I don't even know you, and I am so proud of you!!! I agree with what the many others have said, age is only what YOU make it! Keep going strong girl!!! We're all here shoutin' you on!

CKSONGBIRD Posts: 10,834
1/15/09 9:44 A

You have more courage than I do. I would not get on any kinds of skates at 55.

1/15/09 9:43 A

Way to Go!!!!!

SUNNYGAL2011 SparkPoints: (38,001)
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1/15/09 9:41 A

emoticon YOU GOOOOO Girl!
Amazing what we can do when we put our minds to it!
thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Best of Luck~~

BRIGHTSTAR861 Posts: 55
1/15/09 9:39 A

That's great!! It's been a long time since I've done that, but you probably did a lot better than I did my first time out on the ice.
Take care,

1/15/09 9:35 A

Congratulations on a Job well done ... Skating is incredible and the more you do it, the better you will get!

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1/15/09 9:33 A

WAY TO GO!! Always remember age is just a number, it does not define who you are!!! emoticon

MWJMR1 Posts: 21
1/15/09 9:32 A

Congrats!!! Job well done!!!! We all need to get out of our little gray box occassionally. Even if we are getting older.

A big ole hug for your Son.

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1/15/09 9:30 A

You go girl! Supersparkleskater! GREAT! WOO HOO!
FANTASTIC for YOU! emoticon

CLBBELL Posts: 13
1/15/09 9:29 A

Im so proud of you. I had avery similiar experience ice skating lately. My 5 yr old daughter made it around rink 2Xs by herself. I made it 1x but I did It!!!! Now im willing to give it a try again . I even bbought myself a pair of used skates.Keep on truckin! You are only as old as u think u are

AIM4THIN Posts: 84
1/15/09 9:29 A

BRENNYREN, Wow! Way to go! I don't even know you and I'm very proud of you. I'm 50 and don't think I'd venture to put skates on again. When I was in my early 40s, I put skates on for the first time in 30 years or so. I started feeling confident, then I took a spill. Since I'm so tall, it seemed to take forever for me to fall. Kinda like a big Redwood tree being felled! With about half a dozen people watching the show!

Keep on livin', keep on lovin', and keep on stretching yourself to the limits for a life lived to the fullest!


KYRRDIS Posts: 4,054
1/15/09 9:29 A

Good for you, trying something new!

Over Xmas, I tried something OLD... riding a bike. It's been at least 30 years, and yes, you CAN forget how. A year ago, however, I wouldn't have dared.

Keep on Sparking!

1/15/09 9:27 A

Good for you! I loved to rollerskate as a child but haven't been on skates since I took my granddtr several years ago. I was pretty shaky then. Maybe a pair of rollerblades is in my future yet - thanks for the inspiration!

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1/15/09 9:27 A

emoticon emoticon WAY TO GO!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

BLUEBERRIES16 Posts: 122
1/15/09 9:25 A

way to go you have more nerve than i have hang in there emoticon

SBRITTON13 Posts: 5
1/15/09 9:23 A

I actually dug my skates out and have not put them on as of yet. They are not rollerblades just the old kind white with pink wheels.

Maybe I will put them on and skate in my house to get used to them again. It's been about 5 yrs since i've skated.

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1/15/09 9:21 A

Mega-Kudos to you!!! You are an inspiration!!!

TEDDYBEAR6989 Posts: 30
1/15/09 9:21 A

Brennyren Yes that is a great story thank you for sharing that with us. Let us know how the next lesson goes GOOD LUCK!

CBIN2009 Posts: 1
1/15/09 9:18 A

Your story sounds awfully familiar to me and brought back many memories of my 'skate-learning' days. I did give up on it and now at 52, I don't dare try it. Good Luck to You!

JACKIE00 Posts: 154
1/15/09 9:13 A

I love your story, thanks for sharing with us.


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1/6/09 3:39 P

Wow, you are so great!!! emoticon

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1/6/09 3:00 P

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SPARKGUY SparkPoints: (69,335)
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1/6/09 12:22 P

Thanks for sharing such a great story Brennyren! This is what SparkPeople is all about. It's not just losing the weight, it's what you do with your improved health (both mental and physical).

Just think - now your story will motivate other people to have the same kinds of experiences!


KAREN42BOYS SparkPoints: (104,948)
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1/6/09 11:39 A

this is such a wonderful story! i love how you gave yourself permission to be more than you used to imagine!

KAREN42BOYS SparkPoints: (104,948)
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1/6/09 11:39 A

this is such a wonderful story! i love how you gave yourself permission to be more than you used to imagine!

CHYRRESP Posts: 294
1/6/09 7:34 A

Good for you! I can't wait to hear how it goes. It's so exciting to realize that we can always decide what to try, no matter what our age or skill level. emoticon

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1/6/09 3:07 A

Brenny, congratulations on trying out something new! I love reading this sort of thing. None of us need to "settle" for same-old, same-old, just because of a few measly extra years.

Thanks very much for sharing :)

Let us know how Skating Lesson 2 goes!

BRENNYREN Posts: 140
1/6/09 12:01 A

On my SparkPage, I first started announcing about 15 months ago that I intended to learn to skate.

Sunday, I finally donned my first pair of rollerblades -- the first skate of any type to touch my feet since oh, about early 1978. I can't say I learned to skate -- I have minimal natural athletic ability, which means that I'm not likely to pick up a new physical skill on my first attempt. But I made a start. With some surprisingly well-phrased instruction from my young son, I learned how to move my feet, and I spent almost an hour-and-a-half slowly making circuits of the skating rink. (He tells me next time he's going to help me with my balance. emoticon )

Not bad for a woman pushing 50, eh?

Though I did venture onto skating rinks occasionally as a child and teen (mostly at my mother's insistence or as a result of social pressure), I never learned to skate back then. It would be fair to say I never actually learned to let go of the wall. I was scared to death of falling, and just as scared of failing. I fell with great frequency. I might have been able to say I didn't fail, per se, but that's only because I never really tried.

I was past forty when I first got the idea that it might be possible for me to learn how to skate. While watching my then-five-year-old son get his first skating lessons, I saw him fall a lot. While the number of falls he took would have sent the girl I used to be straight back to the locker room, they didn't discourage him. Every time he fell, he simply got back up, a look of determination on his face, and started again.

I admired his grit. And I asked myself, "If I had been willing to take those falls and keep going when I was a kid, wouldn't I be able to skate now?"

The answer was obvious. But it took me a while to realize that I wasn't past learning the skill. I think it might have been after I joined SparkPeople, when I took my first bike ride in thirty years. (I HAD learned that skill, way-back-when, but I hadn't used it since I was a teen.) I thought, well, if I could relearn bike riding, at the age of really-close-to-50, why couldn't I learn a NEW skill?

Surely there wasn't any reason I couldn't. Even so, I'm still kind of afraid of falling, and I'm still kind of afraid of failing. So it took me more than a year to actually get around to lacing up a pair of skates. And even when I got the skates on, it took me almost five minutes to work up the nerve to stand up in them.

But I did. And the longer I skated -- if you care to call it that, at my skill level! -- the less scared I was, and the less awkward my movements became. And you know what? There wasn't really any reason to be afraid of looking stupid in front of other people, because the other people (with the sometime exception of my son)weren't paying any particular attention to me, anyway. (Why do I so often assume they will?) Murmuring a mantra of "You'll never learn younger," I kept going until free-skate time was over.

My son was surprised. I was proud.

We're going back to the rink next weekend, so he can give me that promised second lesson. And by God, I WILL learn to skate!

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