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It's Not That Serious. Or is it???

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I live in a community where people take their fitness very seriously. At any given time of the day or night, you WILL see people out and about in all parts of the neighborhood walking, jogging, running, biking or whatever. (One day there was even this guy on a unicycle with a guitar headed to the hookah bar but that's another story) emoticon . Anyway, I grew up in a different part of the country, where we didn't take our fitness so seriously. We celebrated life at a much slower pace, and food and drink were common companions to any situation. Got a new job? Let's go out for dinner and drinks! emoticon . Divorced your spouse? Let's do dinner and drinks. emoticon emoticon . Somebody died? Dinner for a whole week...and LOTS of drinks emoticon emoticon emoticon
I always said if I lived in a community where people were more active, it would force me to be active too. Fast forward. I moved half-way across the country and smack dab into living in an active community, and working in a walking city. I did become more active. But I noticed that some of these jokers took this fitness thing way too seriously. People actually go outside and walk/jog/run in the cold? In the rain? emoticon AND in the snow? emoticon It's just not that serious, I said emoticon .
And then yesterday...as I (willingly) trudged a mile uphill in a coat, carrying a backpack, donning ear warmers and gloves, carrying an umbrella (when I could've easily boarded a train and gotten there quicker), I realized...I am one of those people. How the hell did I get here??? But I smiled. I was happy with the realization. I AM one of those people. And my fitness IS that serious emoticon
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CYWSMILEY 1/27/2013 9:34AM

    That is great

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FLIPPINFIT08 1/21/2013 2:52PM

    I love your blog keep up the wonderful work

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PUNZIE73 1/17/2013 11:01AM

    You do your thang! Keep up the great work!

-Lea

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MSPATOOTY 1/17/2013 11:01AM

    Loved this blog post! Isn't it amazing how we can change? emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 1/17/2013 10:40AM

    Great realization!
Keep it up!

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JBELICIOUS5 1/16/2013 11:03PM

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FREENEWMET 1/16/2013 10:41PM

    I Love this blog!! Many years ago I used to be one of those people too... Working my way back to that!! I'm on my way!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAINYC 1/16/2013 5:18PM

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NSTARSMITH 1/16/2013 2:31PM

    I LOVE IT!!! You were seduced into an active lifestyle without even realizing it! Woo Hoo!!!

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MIRAGE727 1/16/2013 2:02PM

    I continue to believe I have a healthy drive for my fitness. I've taken the SparkQuiz enough to believe it.
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Last night I mentioned to this Race Director that I've done 32 5Ks & 2 Half Marathons inside the past 2 years. He smiled and replied, "Ah, an addict!" I'm still trying to determine whether I am or not.
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PENNYSAVER2 1/16/2013 1:59PM

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PARASELENIC 1/16/2013 1:20PM

    It reminds me of Emerson-- to be in nature is one of the greatest gifts one can give to oneself. We are human, in the elements. We are human at the moments in commune with the cold, the crisp air, the sky white-grey-snow above.

I think it's wonderful that you discover yourself here, an active human being. Thank you for sharing your moment here. Congratulations on your active self. I can't wait to see where you go from here!

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KRZYKAT3 1/16/2013 12:54PM

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isn't it fun when you realize you like your healthy lifestyle??

next thing you know, you be missing your work outs!!


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PRINCESSAMY 1/16/2013 12:13PM

    I had one of those moments... I will take the stairs up to the 8th floor of the building I work in. If someone would have told me I would be one of those kind of people I would have laughed! emoticon

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 1/16/2013 12:12PM

    Isn't it grand?!* emoticon emoticon emoticon Not that there is anything wrong with celebrating or commiserating with a good meal and some wine! emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/16/2013 12:12:41 PM

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CARBJUNKIE83 1/16/2013 12:10PM

    emoticon that is so cool! What an awesome blog! emoticon for being one of "those people"! So neat how people we don't know on a personal basis can inspire and motivate us! emoticon girly, you are doing emoticon

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FITNFUNJEN 1/16/2013 12:04PM

    emoticon It's emoticon when you realize that you are becoming who you want to be!! emoticon

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NKOUAMI26 1/16/2013 11:40AM

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XANGELSTEARZX 1/16/2013 11:37AM

    I live in rural Missouri...so mid-midwest. I am slowly becoming one of the people that walks even in the cold. I just can't cope with the mud that accompanies snow and ice out here in the middle of nowhere.

emoticon Hurrah that you've become one of those people! I'd love to be one of those people if I didn't live a 30-minute car ride from civilization.

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JAZZEJR 1/16/2013 11:33AM

    Great! Welcome aboard. I just watched a rerun of Oprah's presentation with Dr. Oz and Dr. Ian Smith on the diabetes epidemic in our country, and how 30 min.exercise a day could cut our risk by 60%. It's not an option to NOT trudge up that hill, rain, snow or shine. (Sounds as if you must live near me. That was my weather yesterday. :)

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1TRULYBLESSED 1/16/2013 11:31AM

    emoticon LOVE it!! emoticon emoticon

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HDHAWK 1/16/2013 11:28AM

    I'm in the midwest too, but live in a college town and still see lots of joggers in the snow and rain. It's fine as long as you don't fall on the ice! emoticon

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WRITINGBLUEHAWK 1/16/2013 11:11AM

    Good for you! I live in the midwest where if people see you walking, they'll assume your car's broke down and will kindly offer you a ride. Any opportunity to move is always good, but we haven't internalized that in all parts of the country.

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