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February 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

A Thought For Today:

February 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Benefits of a Bicycle

February 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

I had no idea how beneficial riding a bicycle could be. I am, for the most part, in walking distance of most of the places I need to go. I decided to start riding a bicycle to save time, little did I know how much more quickly it was going to get me places! I am hoping to soon start riding around town (with a helmet and lights) and expand my cycling paths. I didn’t realise that walking really doesn’t do a whole lot for my physical fitness until I hopped on my bike and started riding it for a few weeks. Now I know! I walked somewhere today that I’ve been biking to and it seemed to take such a long time. The resistance a bike provides is great and suddenly hills appear everywhere (they were there the whole time, but walking you don’t see them as much)!

Being Naturally Skinny Makes Me Lucky…and Weak

January 28, 2012 § 8 Comments

At least that’s what this image purports: 

I disagree. 

I am one of those ‘naturally skinny’ girls. Call me ‘lucky’ if you want, but don’t be delusional: this skinny requires upkeep. Sure, it’s just genes, good eating, and a lot of exercise.  Simply being naturally skinny does not make me lucky. Sure, it could be said I have an easier time fitting with the modern culture than girls who have had to work to be thin, but that does not mean I don’t pay attention to what I eat or how much I exercise. For a time, I had a personal struggle feeling as though I had to maintain being thin because that is what people expected of me. It took me awhile to realise that it’s far more important to be healthy and fit than skinny. It’s much more of a challenge to be fit than skinny.

This image also says to me, the skinny girl, that I am not strong. 

That statement is a complete lie. Maybe my fight isn’t for skinny, it’s for a healthy, fit me. As a long distance runner in high school, I was one of the first people to arrive to track practice and one of the last to leave. Running around 20 miles a week, yoga, lifting weights, or other exercise during the week, daily bike riding, would you call that weak? My build does not allow me to put on much muscle and I am not fast, but I have two things that help me do what I do: Endurance and Heart. Like I said, I am not fast, but I can last a very long time. When the other girls are tiring out, I’m just getting going. It takes me running about a mile or two and stretching before I feel warmed up. Heart is most important; I absolutely love what I do. Exercising is something that I cannot live without. Whenever I go for a stretch without it, my legs start begging me to go for a run, not to mention the energy boost.

I hear about a lot of people that don’t like working out and I don’t know whether to say “Don’t do it” or “Shut up and get over it.” What do you want more: to go home and eat junk food or get to the point where you don’t get winded going up and down stairs?

First: fit is always better than skinny. Second: skinny girls have to work to be fit just like curvy girls. Skinny is what society seems to demand, but is that what is best for YOU? Some women look so much more beautiful with a few extra pounds. For others, it’s not even extra weight, it’s how she is built. I have friends that are curvy, fit young women and they are gorgeous; I envy them sometimes. Love the body you have and do what is best for your personal fitness.

 

Two side notes:

1) I do not believe in ‘luck’

2) I have heard similar things to this several times before and this image is the straw that broke the camel’s back. I found this image on Tumblr and I don’t know if the Tumblr that posted this image made it or not, so no hate there please.

Thank you for reading my opinion on this, I would like to hear what anyone else has to say.

~M

 

Training for the Half

January 21, 2012 § 4 Comments

I started training this week for a half marathon, and I must stay, I am ecstatic! Running is one of my favourite activities known to man.

I don’t plan on running the race for about six months because I won’t have time for many long runs in the near future, so right now I’m focusing on strength training and getting miles in.

Sunday: Ran two miles, lifted upper body, core, ran a mile

Monday: Ran three miles (25:05), lifted lower body, core, ran a mile

Tuesday: Ran three miles (23:50), lifted upper body, core, ran two miles

Wednesday: Rest day (due to all the errands I had to run)

Thursday: Ran three miles (24:09), lifted lower body, core, ran a mile

Friday: Two miles, lower body, core, one mile

One of my first goals is to get my three miles down to 21:00 and then I want to add a fourth for 28:00. After that, add a fifth mile and finish at 35:00. I know that is fairly ambitious, to run five consecutive miles at a 7:00 minute pace, but I relish the challenge. I met one of my lifting goals accidentally yesterday. I wanted to reach 300 on the seated (not incline) leg press and I did it! I was lifting with someone and that is what he had his set on and I forgot to change it back to the 240 I had been lifting. I thought it was kind of heavy and then looked to see the three hundred. I was excited.

~M

Lost in the Thought

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

You’d think I would’ve thought to plan for this.

(Then I think, is this something that can be planned for)

The door was shut and you opened it.

(That door doesn’t have a lock)

The words in my head can’t make it to my mouth.

(You shuffled them)

If you could have any memory, any at all, what would it be?

(Mine would be longer time with you)

 

Being Bothered is a Good Thing

January 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

Maybe, just maybe, if we were bothered enough, we would have the motivation to change something. What bothers you? Your kids spilling things they try to pour? Your husband waiting to work on his to-do list? What if, instead you realise it’s an opportunity for your kids to grow and learn that you trust them to try pouring the milk, even though it’s might spill, that it’s okay. Relish the moment you have with those sweet kiddos. As for your husband, try learning to fix a few things yourself or decide what’s really important and knock a few things off, and hey, at least you have a husband to complain about. 

What’s worth being bothered about? Are you being a good example for your kids about being the kind of grown up you want them to be? Or, are you even living the kind of life YOU want to live? That would bother me quite a bit, what are you doing to help other people. (Helping people and interacting with them is much more satisfying than staying wrapped up in your own world.) Perhaps some local policy bothers you, do something about it!

Find the things that really bother you, figure out WHY it bothers you, and get up off your tush and do something about it.

~M