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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Was thinking this morning about how/why I've become a less-active person over the last few years, and what I need to do to reverse that trend.

The how/why has something to do with working from home, which has cut out my bicycle commuting and daytime foot-errands and made it much too easy not to move much on the weekdays, except for gardening/house work.

Another change is something to do with having challenging-to-schedule-active
-activity weekends now that I spend most weekends with another person, with whom I plan the days, and for whom strenuous weekend outdoor activities are much less inviting, because he spends his weeks being exposed to all sorts of weather at work, and his job also entails very little sitting. And I totally get why my idea of fun is not always going to be his top choice. Happily, he does like to get out and about and do interesting things, and is not difficult to enlist in a stroll when then weather is decent - so we have a great time spending time together and the compromising hasn't been exactly unpleasant. But the end result is that I do a lot less swimming, biking and hiking than I used to, and I miss those activities a lot.

Doing something about the first situation is totally within my control. All it requires is commitment and a dash of time management. I have access to good local options for both biking and walking, and also have the ability to turn my outdoor bike into an indoor bike, as well as a small collection of exercise videos and a lovely set of kettlebells to keep me busy on bad/cold weather days.

The second situation is trickier. I don't want to have to choose between time with my fella and time spent hiking, biking or swimming. But if the compromise is generally that we don't do these things when we're together, then I need to grow a spine and at least occasionally go by myself.

And it's up to me to make it happen.
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  • JLITT62
    As long as you get together time, some me time is also important. Especially when it comes to your health!

    Unfortunately my fella doesn't lime to move at all - even get getting him to WW
    K the dogs is a challenge. So exercise has to be done without him & I won't compromise on that.
    1696 days ago
    You can do this!
    1696 days ago
    Wise words from Natheless.
    1697 days ago
    Seems like you know what needs to be done for Situation #1 - now you just gotta do it!

    Situation #2 is something that I also struggle with. You put it very well, we need to "grow a spine" and be independent about it. I'd much rather sit on a couch being lazy with the mister for two hours than force myself into activity for an hour and THEN sit on the couch for the second hour. How does that make sense?! Maybe chat with your man and see if he can help nudge you in the right direction? Maybe he can find a hobby and working out can be your "hobby" and then you guys can come together afterwards? Just an idea! Good luck!
    1697 days ago
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