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SPINNING The Drearies Away...!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Although I had hoped to get out for long walks/jogs while visiting family in MI, it's just been too yucky outside...cold, drippy and dreary. So I had my son set up his bike in his bike trainer and tried mimicking what I imagine a "spinning" class to be like...whew! Great, soaking wet workout! :-) SPINNING the drearies away...! (I've YET to join a spinning class, but would like to someday...you know, like when there's TIME?!?!)

While traveling to MI I had a blast listening to Frank McCourt's Teacher Man in audiobook format. It was wonderful to hear him telling his own story with his Irish brogue mixed in with tough, tell-it-like-it-is New York City influences.

A couple of things he said resonated with my wonderful journey here at SparkPeople. When talking about his philosophy of teaching he drew a big letter "F" on the left side of his chalkboard and another big letter "F" on the right side of his chalkboard and said that when he teaches he hopes to inspire students to move from:

Fear ---> Toward ---> FREEDOM!

...which sums up what I and I think MANY of you are doing here through SparkPeople... BOTH actually MOVING and making that transition from Fear to Freedom, but ALSO to INSPIRE OTHERS to do the SAME! Chris Downie also echoes this sentiment in his book "The SPARK!" Which I've also been reading and nodding my head throughout. Chris uses my well-worn reference to Newton's Laws of Physics...an object at rest tends to stay at rest, while an object in motion tends to stay in motion. This is why missing a day of cardio is so risky for me...I IMMEDIATELY feel the pull of staying STOPPED and have to FIGHT it so!

Another thing McCourt said toward the end of his book referring to retirement was that he wanted to be "out IN the world before" he "was out OF the world!"

Which also sums up a driving force within myself: I want to do ALL those things I've passed up along the way in my life...things I either told myself I was too fat to do or too apathetic to do...I crave it ALL and want so much to catch up and do it ALL! Preferably YESTERDAY! :-)

So SPARK ON, everyone...be your OWN inspiration and pay it forward by inspiring OTHERS TOO!

Don
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WISTFULVISTA 10/10/2009 9:17PM

    What's the rule? "An object in motion tends to stay in motion"? Thanks for a vivid illustration of that, Don! And moving from fear to freedom seems to take a Herculean effort, but I can only imagine the rewards! Glad you got a chance to read "The Spark" in advance... I can't wait for my copy! - Susan

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YAKWOMAN 10/10/2009 9:08AM

    Don, YOU are an amazing inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us here. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 10/10/2009 6:22AM

    I loved reading that book and I can imagine it would be a special experience to hear Frank McCord read it himself! I may just have to "read" it again.

Hope you've been more comfortable sleeping!

Blessings for a weekend in motion,
Michelle

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JCORYCMA 10/10/2009 12:39AM

    I've signed up for swimming lessons at the Y starting next week. I've always been a little apprehensive about water so your blog was so timely for me! I took yoga last Sunday and why did I ever think yoga was like a relaxing nap I'll never know. Just about the time the soreness is dying down it'll be time to go again. Keep reminding me Fear to Freedom...
Joanne emoticon emoticon

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ROYALETBONE 10/9/2009 9:02PM

    Thanks for this blog... fear to freedom, yes! Spark on!

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SOULCOLLAGESUE 10/9/2009 7:32PM

    I hadn't heard of Teacher Man. Thank you for sharing both his lessons. They resonate with me, as well. Your journey continues to inspire me, Don.
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ZIRCADIA 10/9/2009 2:03PM

    I read Teacher Man not too long ago -- but listening to it definitely sounds more fun. :D hehehe.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 10/9/2009 11:58AM

    You know, there's a terror in finding something you like to do, later in life.

Take WW kayaking. I've had so many activities stolen from me by my knee injury at 17 and subsequent arthritis: running, martial arts, downhill skiing. It's one of the reasons I just gave up and gained up to 335.6 lbs. (Obviously not the only reason, but definitely a convenient excuse to use...)

I found myself close to tears on Sunday at the end of the WW kayaking trip - partly out of sheer exhaustion, and partly because I've finally found something that provides the adrenalin rush I love. And what if, at 43, I've discovered the sport too late to improve enough to enjoy it before my body falls apart?!

All I can do is push forward and see where it takes me. Drop the remaining 40 lbs. Develop my basic rolling and bracing until they're instinct. Build my core and upper body strength. And not waste time about it. I aim to do this in time for spring melt. That's almost 6 months away.

I don't even want to know what age people peak in this sport, because I don't want to be limited by anything other than my own heart and abilities. And maybe in the end, that's where we all as humans need to be. Pushing our own limits to do the things we love, in whatever capacity we can enjoy them.

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