Thursday, July 14, 2011
For the nine months prior to starting SP, I would certainly have not considered myself an "outside" person. My days were primarily spent fueling myself with copious amounts of caffeine and sugar before, during and after homeschooling two of my three kids. My outings were the daily trips to the pool to deliver my youngest for practice. Hours passed by at a time as I sat hunched over history, science, and math texts making sure I thoroughly understood the material I was teaching. My knees, left hip and lower back ached. I grew heavier and heavier in body and in spirit. Once in a while, I would think about one of my favorite camping spots and how whenever we returned from a trip, I felt stifled in the house and actually considered sleeping on the deck. Most of the time, I was too tired to ponder the whys of that scenario.
Taking It Outside
Fast forward into my SP journey. My youngest had suggested hiking in our local city park with its 70 miles of trails. Our first outings were fun even if I was huffing and puffing. We had been visiting our local Audubon Society during the school year. If I take a kid out in nature, it's science! The third week into SP, the outdoor pool opened. I have always enjoyed swimming and that seemed like a natural place for my cardio. Now, I have joined the Rookie Running team and am planning on running in my first 5K in September.
You know what? I love taking it outside. It makes for a much better "me" regardless of the weather. I have one day off from cardio which is Wednesday and I could not figure out why I felt so sleepy and unaccomplished. Yes, it was the lack of outdoors time. So my plan is, even if I don't do cardio on Wednesday, it's time to resume my gardening which I had all but given up due to stiff knees which are getting stronger every day.
It's funny, I thought this journey would be all about giving things up. In reality, I have given up so very little in order to gain so much personal freedom.
For this, I am grateful.
May you all find that joy or your own equivalent of "taking it outdoors" that keeps you motivated and passionate about your healthy lifestyle adventure.