Friday, May 30, 2014

Which Parts of Keeping Fit Do You Love?

I love and am proud of the fact that I take the time to keep fit and it takes a lot of time. Sometimes I think about what I could do with that time if I wasn't exercising so much.  But it is time well spent.


I love love love biking. No surprise there. If you've read this blog for more than a minute you know that one. Yesterday as on many bike rides I found myself grinning broadly. I love the downhills.  I love the miles you can cover in a short time. I love the scenery you can see. I love biking in new places. I love old favorite routes. I love biking with friends. I love biking alone.

Sometimes I think I like running best when I am unable to run. I find I miss it. But I don't find myself grinning when I am running. I generally like the feeling I have when I am done. I don't often find myself in the zone.  I love racing and that is what has kept me running. I like running in new places especially on vacations. It's a great way to observe and learn more about where you are.

I do like swimming even though I am still not great. I find it relaxing most of the time and it is such a great fallback when you are injured and just can't do weight baring exercise.  I even like open water swimming if I don't think about what lies beneath.

These days I am also liking the eating part of being fit.  I have changed the way I eat (for the most part) and have lost a lot of needed weight. I am fitting in clothes that haven't fit in a couple of years.  I am enjoying making different meals and truly feel better these days.  I am going on a trip in a month where I won't be eating so heathy but I know I'll get back at it once I'm home.




Off topic now.......we had a great field trip this week. It was a cold and a tiny bit rainy day but it was still one of the best field trips ever. We went to Chimney Point, Vermont and walked over the bridge to Crown Point, New York.  We visited the museum at Chimney Point which had lots of artifacts that the kids loved. They loved walking across the bridge - almost none had done it and then Crown Point was a huge hit. We visited and went into the lighthouse. I had never done this and was equally thrilled.  Then they got to walk around (run) the ruins of two old forts.  To say they were thrilled is understating it.  It was sunny but cool by now and so perfect.  Everyone including me was exhausted at the end of the day.  Lots of enthusiasm all around which is a great way to end a field trip.

Last but not least I picked up four books at the library. I could hardly decide what to begin first as they are all books by favorite authors. I went with the Waldman book and it started out good immediately.  That's how a book should begin.



10 comments:

Lisa Isenberger said...

I'm struggling right now to find a way to stay fit that works with my various injuries and ailments. Hula hooping has been an interesting distraction!

Teamarcia said...

I wasn't always fit so I well remember what I did with the time I now spend working out. I feel SO much better when I get my sweat fix almost every day. I love the smells I experience on the bike, especially now when so much is flowering.

Darlene said...

We feel the same about running. Where are you going? We need to find a race to do together this summer.

Darlene said...

Thanks for the book recommendations. I am always looking for new authors.

Jamoosh said...

Running. Hands down. Running.

Char said...

I love how keeping fit helps with every aspect of life - from just coping to moving easily (except for a while after the really long runs when I don't move so easily)

HappyTrails said...

Doing whatever reminds me I'm alive! I love to ride my mountain or road bike but I also love to run on quiet trails...

Looking forward to "The Fault in Our Stars" movie due out on June 6... Google the movie trailer...

Have an AWESOME weekend doing whatever you LOVE!!!

Giorgio said...

Wonderful place. Those old buildings are fantastic landmarks along your ride.
Have a nice weekend!

Amy Crawshaw said...

My favorite thing about keeping fit is how positive and happy it makes me feel in general. Thanks for the book recommendations!

Fran said...

I like running but I love the long walks with Bella.

Running is to stay fit, it's exercising to me, just like the DVD workouts I do.

But the walking is for fun. I enjoy looking around me, take photo's of things I see and I see so much more now that I'm walking with more attention.

I don't always like my exercise but I know that when I don't do it for a couple of days I got lower back pain.