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Friday, December 14, 2012

Thaks to everyone who sent me sympathy, goodies, comments and kind thoughts. The kindness was very much appreciated.

The past week was a total loss as far as diet and exercise. I started out depressed, then I lost the key to my bike locker and couldn't ride my bike to work, and the weather was cold and rainy, and I ate... and ate... and ate... I gained a pound and stopped weighing myself.

On Thursday I realized I had to do SOMETHING or get stuck in depression.

So I went to an aikido class, my first time in more than four years. Since I was a beginner in a room full of black belts, the sensei had me sit and watch after the first half hour - for which I was extremely grateful. I am still a beginner, so even though they "slowed it down" for me, it was still a faster and tougher workout than at my previous dojo. Today I'm feeling pleased that although I'm sore, there seem to be no new injuries and even the old ones are behaving.

After the holidays I plan to check out another dojo that has some beginner level classes. It did feel great to be on the mat again and so focused.

I realized one reason I find it hard to work out at the gym is that it's mainly just repetetive motions to burn calories and/or build muscle, rather than learning a new skill that engages my body and mind and feeds my spirit. It doesn't matter whether I'm graceful or talented at it, just that I enjoy it and sweat a lot!

Activites in nature also feed my soul, and activate my mind in a different way - noticing the world and appreciating its beauty.
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    I'm so GLAD you went to Akido! I love martial arts! I never had so much exercise as when I was in tae kwon do, and I want to go back. It got expensive, so I quit but I'll get back to it after I graduate. This year I'm going to get fit then next year I want to learn parkour and martial arts (I mean not, learn, but start know what I mean..)
    1958 days ago
    Your so welcome..! Remeber when your down and depressed to go serch for someone to air out to.. ! I am here.. and i do care.. i know its hard when depressed.. been there.. and its good you pushed yourself to get going again .. things will get better.. thinking of you.. hugs Geri
    1958 days ago
    Have a great weekend
    1958 days ago
    It is good to get out in nature from time to time, though this time of year with the cold makes it twice as hard to do it. But there's still a lot of pretty stuff to see, even if you just go to a local Christmas light festival and walk through. Something about lights that are always good for the soul. Great job getting to your class and working out and glad to hear no injuries. Welcome back to spark- we missed you! Glad you're back! emoticon
    1959 days ago
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