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I Feel Like I Never Should

Monday, February 11, 2013

It snowed a bit here - have you heard?

Seriously, we got 25" of the stuff, according to the official measurements from nearby Logan Airport. This was the view out of our front yard after my husband had done the first 45 minutes of shoveling.

Currently, after a combined 7 hours and 45 minutes (I only did 2 hours of that; I'm such a slacker), things look like this.

It is still ugly, and I easily have my cardio set for the remainder of the week.

It's okay. I actually like shoveling.


A few reasons -
* it's a way to get outside on an otherwise impossible day. I don't belong to a gym these days, so it's either this or walk, and walking means the street, and cars on some ice. Not a good combo.
* it's extremely good exercise. I get a caloric burn of nearly 700 calories in an hour, whereas I walk for an hour and a half and get maybe a third of that.
* it accomplishes something. See, this is what bores me about the gym. I recognize that fitness is an accomplishment unto itself, but it can often feel like, quite literally, the road to nowhere. Shovel the driveway and the rewards are considerably more tangible and immediate. It FEELS like something.

I suppose this is why I also like racing; it's got a tangible ending to it, and a tangible reward - tee shirts and sometimes medals, too!

What is also extraordinary, right now, is that, for the most part, I feel just fine. It was, I admit, less than perfectly pleasant to lift weights this morning. But it wasn't awful, and I am more than ready and willing to return to the task at hand this afternoon, once I've done my work for the day.

Bring it on. I'm ready.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DDOORN 2/23/2013 10:43PM

    Hey they delivered the snow to the wrong place! I love shoveling too! But: looks like it's just as well...a little cardiac boomerang has me taking it easy these days...


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MALCONTENTION 2/13/2013 5:26PM

    Way to go!

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    It is nice being out in the snow...if it is sunny...if it is light weight snow...if, if, if. I like my snow days on my terms. And I don't like the rain that is filling all the little air holes in the fluffy stuff. And I totally hate the ice. But I get the idea of a job with a point to it. Never thought of it before but maybe that is one of the many reasons I like dog walking. There is always a point to it. When are you coming to walk dogs with me? I probably wont be able to keep up with you. But you will love Milly. And you will feel accomplished.

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VEEJAY3 2/12/2013 8:13PM

    I'm jealous!!! We've had barely ANY snow in Denver this season, and that means drought conditions (and water cutbacks) this summer. Plus probably a bad fire season (add the dryness to the recent hundreds of acres of beetle-killed pine trees, and we're a tinder box). So I WISH I got to shovel snow. Lots of it. FEET of it.

Glad you have the right attitude for it.

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GAYLLYNNE 2/12/2013 7:00AM

    Great job!! We got at least two feet of snow too! I live in a town house so I don't have to shovel (and I have a teenage son). I hate the cold but I also wouldn't mind shoveling. I like the feeling of accomplishment too!

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CAROLISCIOUS 2/11/2013 8:36PM

    I'm the same way...I like to make push mowing my cardio.

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CDCSMITH2013 2/11/2013 6:53PM

    I enjoy shoveling too. Thought I was the only one. ;)

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PHEBESS 2/11/2013 5:06PM

    THIS is functional fitness!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!

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MELLY3183 2/11/2013 12:50PM

    woohoo!! Great job and snow shoveling, I can't believe you guys were hit so hard. Have a great week!

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MS.ELENI 2/11/2013 12:15PM

    brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr To cold for me. emoticon

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