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Rebalancing My Life

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I have mentioned several times about my need for fitness goals to keep myself interested and motivated. Well, dh and ds have brought it to my attention that I am regularly not at home and I workout too much. Personally, I don't it is out of balance as I am away from home (aside from work) about 1 1/2 hours a night. Nonetheless, I need to consider their feelings and this is my son's last year of high school before he goes off to college. (My dd already moved out for college).

I had some high goals for 2013, I wanted to "try" to complete a 1/2 Iron Man and my 2nd full marathon. I think I will need to put these off until 2014. I am slowing coming to peace with putting this off. My family is definitely the most important part of my life but as you may have learned, it is scaring to feel like your fitness level will decline.

So, this week, I have only worked out 3 days at 30 minutes each (and at home) with 1 session of strength and 2 of HIIT. One thing, I have already discovered is that I am less hungry, with less workouts. duh! I am tracking my food so I should be able to maintain my weight. I will just need to start paying more attention because I am not burning the calories as before. My trial week has gone well, I hope I can keep up the maintenance.

If my family wants me present more, I just need to think of new hobbies I can do at home. I don't want to go back to sitting on the couch and watching tv or reading books. ( I used to listen to audiobooks during my runs). Any ideas? I am a "productive" person, so it needs to be something that is valueable/useful. Meaning, I don't want cleaning to be a hobby. LOL. I don't want to be busy for the sake of being busy. I have thought about starting garage sale shopping and refinishing old furniture. This might be fun and they could help!

Any ideas? What other hobbies do you have?
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GETSALONG 12/24/2012 6:41PM

  emoticon Hoping you can find active/activities that work for all of you :)

I don't know if an early b4 breakfast workout at home might be an option... I think when I started going to the pool in the evenings, dh was like... where are you going, why are you leaving? when I started changing what I was eating, he kind of lost his cook and eating partner... so these changes we make do have a ripple effect changing time & how we are doing with others... it takes some adjustment to find what works for everyone... sometimes it's getting them to understand that working out, eating well is not selfish, but essential that we are taking care of our personal physical needs, much like maintaining a car (in guy talk ;) and when the car works, then we can go/do all sorts of things better with them :)

(hugs) looking forward to hearing what you've worked out :)

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LEVELPATHS 12/22/2012 5:31AM

    How about a 101 in 1001 list. This is the link to mine. At the bottom of the blog are two links to other peoples lists. :-)


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GYMRAT54 12/21/2012 10:41AM

    How about getting the Twister Game (would be like or a Wii Fit "Just Dance" or Zumba or some other Wii Fit sport game, like bowling, tennis or golf.

How about poring over new healthy recipes and trying them out, cooking together?

Playing cards and other board games.

Building a snowman or sledding.

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HOLLY255255 12/20/2012 7:39PM

    These are great suggestions - I can see myself doing most of them!! Thank you!

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OJ_2_OK 12/20/2012 12:19PM

    Why don't you guys take on some hobbies that are physical such as hiking, geocaching, or things your family could do together, but still allow you to work out. Skiing burns a lot of calories, etc.

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POINTAFTER 12/20/2012 12:09PM

    Forgive me for saying so, but I don't see how this will help? Whether you're working out at home or doing needlepoint at home, it sounds like what they want is for you to spend more time with them.

If that is what they are asking for, then ask THEM what activity the 3 of you can do together. Hopefully they don't suggest watching TV emoticon

Of course, if I am misinterpreting this and they just want you in the house, then there are countless workouts you can do at home. A DVD player and a Wii provide endless options.

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LUVS2BIKE101 12/20/2012 11:23AM

    I enjoy fabric-related projects. Quilting is my favorite. I belong to a local chapter of "Project Linus". Monthly meetings are optional and I do the work at home. It's very rewarding to know you made a difference in a child's life who is going through serious illness or had a recent tragedy.

I also enjoy creating personal little fabric-related projects for gift-giving throughout the year. Doing my "Christmas Shopping" throughout the year is more meaningful and less stressful. And the recipient is more appreciative of a "homemade" gift rather than "store bought".


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ITSMATT 12/20/2012 10:52AM

    Hi there - how are you doing?

So, some of the more "artsy" things I like as hobbies are:

Wood carving - specifically chip carving or carving things like "braided" wooden spoons or Celtic patterns.

Drawing - charcoals or colored pencils.

Take up an instrument. I play the banjo. I"m not good at it but it is fun and keeps my hands occupied rather than sitting in front of the TV & munching.

Some of the outdoors hobbies I have:

I took up beekeeping this year. Reasonably inexpensive and safe. Plus you can get some honey and/or beeswax out of it. And honeybees are fascinating creatures.

If you have space/inclination you might consider raising a few backyard chickens. I've got a small farm with umm... 10 hens right now. Easy things to keep, the hens are quiet (roosters are loud, avoid them) and love scraps. Might not be your thing but anyhow.

Gardening. Love gardening. Enough said.

I can keep going but one last one is geocaching. That is a fun activity to do as a couple or family. Plus you can see a lot of things and get out and about in the fresh air.

Make it a great day!

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1935MARY 12/20/2012 8:09AM

    I like the garage sale and refinishing, I do that. I change allot of my old furniture, by painting ,staining, upholstery it. It is fun , and I can decorated to match it. It is like having a different home. I also am doing a family tree, through This pass summer, we found my great grandmother and grandfather's graves,as an added bonus,I also found my grandmother's first husbands grave which gave me more info. I have traced her father's side back to 1500's. It is fun.

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