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Sunday, June 29, 2014

I might be simple minded sometimes when it comes to fitness... my goal/thinking: just do something - ANYthing - because it is better than nothing! emoticon

And the other simple fact that we ALL forget from time to time when we are in a exercise rut - lull - hiatus - justdontwannadoitbecauselifeis
todamncrazyrightnow: it FEELS GOOD when you actually finish!! even if it is just the smallest thing like gardening! The body needs to move...why else would we have muscles? right? right.

Anyway...I went out this morning for a "walk" which wound up to be a run...which I never intend to do because I don't like to put pressure on myself since I don't (and I don't care what you say) and probably will never consider myself an honest to god runner. I see real runners on a higher level than me: you actually go "out for a run" because you like it.... um, yeah, I am so not there yet. emoticon

But when I DO go out and walk...and listen to my body (which today told me to haul butt for some reason) I love it when I get that little extra bonus of "HEY! You just did that! Not bad for a cyclical exerciser! I love you, body!"

Today, on my run, I thought about when I started back in 2008 - on the treadmill - at 2.7 mph...for a mile... and thinking it was SO very hard to even walk that distance at that speed... SO very hard to even squeeze the time in with the kids being little... and being mentally SO very down and out, but something had to give because of those little kids - they needed an active mom, because they were only going to get more active as they got older.. and I want to be around to see that too. Those treadmill sessions were rough..but I pushed, and got faster and faster, raised the incline, but all the time with each session - I surprised myself with what I was able to do. I made it a mini-goal each time to see what I could do "a little bit more" if my body and mind were in the right place to do it.

Today I just went with the flow - ran around town willy nilly - came back and tracked the distance here on Spark: 2.75 miles in 30 minutes.

That is CRAAAAAAAZY! wasn't planning on it but.... SURPRISE!!!!

And that was my honest reaction... because y'all know I haven't been very active lately.

But it makes me want to be more active tomorrow... which is a good thing!!

Anyway...just had to share the shock. Our bodies truly are an amazing thing if we listen to them carefully and follow our instincts.

Now go forth and move those bodies on the beautiful Sunday!!!!
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DALID414 6/29/2014 8:26PM

    I walked a 5K with my lil sis this AM (Weight Watchers event) and then went to the gym for Body Pump.
At the end of the walk she asks was this even enough cardio for you? I said are you serious, we walked a whole hour, of course it was enough. She thinks because I run (sometimes) walking isn't good enough. (I don't consider myself a runner either.)
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KANOE10 6/29/2014 3:22PM

    What a great surprise! You did an excellent time for that distance! I like the idea of pushing that body beyond what you think it can do! I applaud you for your earlier efforts with exercise and raising young kids. If I had to do it again, I would exercise much more, even if I had young kids. I would walk laps while they had soccer practice, instead of just sitting there.

Thanks for an inspiring blog.

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LMGMILLER 6/29/2014 8:43AM

    My belief is also that something is better than nothing I do a lot of my movement in unstructured ways. emoticon

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MARINEMAMA 6/29/2014 7:58AM

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