Infected with the pursuit of 20,000 steps

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getting going seems to be the secret.  once the spirit of the mood is active, then I’m more positively inclined to do, to move.

if I lay back down, then I am done.

I may not interact with society until late in the morning.

having no boundaries on my time does not imply happiness and freedom.  instead, the loose, haphazard manner in which I find myself is fully depressing.

so, my Garmin watch actually buzzes on my wrist, to “Move”.  it gives me daily step goals. I love it.  my husband and I, both Garmin users, are infected with the pursuit of 20,000 step days.  admittedly, we are both just as happy to achieve 10,000 steps in a day.

but lower than that, and I feel like I could be a sloth.  (which actually, would not be entirely a bad thing, if looked at in a certain way).  at any rate, my self-hatred and guilt rules me.

so, heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to stepping I go!

 

*Picture taken by author (me) at the Hennepin Canal, in Illinois

Transformations

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I compared my last pic from my last haircut. I think my chin is more doubly. Doubly is not a word, however, how to express that I see more chin under my chin?

I ate well today. Smart. So I have to start from there. Start from the fact that I at least treaded 2 miles today. Maybe I’ll do more with my husband when he gets home.

I had the most exciting meal, straight from Jewel, our supermarket. I bought miso salad and roasted cauliflower tikki masala. Wow. I felt really virtuous eating those meals prepped by Jewel’s super chefs! All is good!

I came to some internal decisions today, I believe. I was really worried about how to continue with my blog. I am leaving it as my secondary go to. I want to write a poem, an epic one. On my own, and save it for publishing, possibly. Big ideas, but I have to start somewhere.

Listening to Adele. I like her album. I love Apple Music. The choices for good listening are fathomless.

In the New Year, I find new challenges. My husband has thrown the gauntlet for some more pounds for me to shed. I like the reward—more sessions with my prior personal trainer. I also have thrown the gauntlet with the goal of producing some really good work both on and off blog.

It’s the 7th, but I feel like I am slowly becoming more aware of the chance for changes and good resolutions. Let there be good transformation!

posture

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posture is so pure
I walk
Meandering into my mind
Somewhat aware of what
Cracks to avoid

And then
Awareness

As my personal trainer
Instructs:
Throw your shoulders back
Tighten your gut
Straighten your head

I try

The gut part
Always :
A fail

Funny.

When I run,
My posture comes to me
Naturally.

It is with walking
That I forget.

Sweet forgetfulness.

exercise vs. writing

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I have been investing my time in tennis as of late: Tennis and personal training with a great trainer who is pushing me in the right direction. However today, I hit the wall with pains in my arms from weight lifting too much on them. And who said too much of a good thing is never enough???

So I couldn’t play tennis today, but I will be back at it tomorrow, I sincerely hope.

I find it difficult unfortunately to seek the muse of writing while I am so into exercise.

It is true; that to everything there is a season, and I will hope to find the season of writing poetry sooner than later.

elemental

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cold bracing wind
rips largely into my chest

I find fortitude in clean crisp pain
Pummeling me into more

miles I need to clock

as sun similarly sears into my skin
I face the potential of cancer daily
much scarier than any
cold I encounter

but there are the miles I
need to clock

snow wind sun sweat
I challenge myself to walk.

exercise!

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I was driving away from the Y this morning, and “Do that to me one more time” came on Sirius. I sang that song for my voice teacher as a high schooler. Today I thought the memory of that cohered well with how I felt. I felt like I wanted to do Body Pump LOTS more times! I don’t at this time belong to the Y. However, my mom does, and she gave me a guest pass to try this awesome class. I really would like to do Body Pump a lot more. It uses weights to condition your body. Combined with the stretching and the cardio, this is truly the gem of a class. I will have to talk to my husband about finances.

I will play pickle ball tomorrow for a couple hours, and then do a cardio class at mom’s tennis club. I am loving this!

Exercise is so freeing. I feel more solid about myself. More confident. A 360 change from where I was at the end of November.

This is a case where exercise offers “good” change. And I intend to continue any which way I can!!!!