Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Falling in love

Being an injured runner I find myself with extra time on my hands.  Running, getting ready to run, taking the kids somewhere, etc can often consume up to three hours of my day when you account for driving time, visiting time, etc, etc.

Since I have been not running very much, if at all I have cleaned out my kids rooms and got rid of toys they no longer play with and clothes that are too small. I planted my garden in record time and yesterday shampooed all the carpets in my house.  My kids have also started swim lessons for the summer and so when I take them to that it sucks another two hours out my life. I wish they had some adult lessons too!

Yesterday I went for a 10 mile bike ride and it felt great, if my quad started to bother me I just backed off on the pace and intensity.  Best bike ride I have had in years, I think I loved it so much because I haven't been doing much in the way of cardio and it just felt so good to move! I might be developing a love affair with my bike, although don't tell my bike it will probably get dropped like a hot potato once I can run like a rockstar again.

I also gave in and joined Zuzka's Zgym.  I will probably drop it eventually because I HATE monthly fees that I don't need to have, but I have been a follower of hers so long and I had extra time on my hands after I shampooed the carpets I just gave in and joined.  My kids both went to spend the night at my sister's house so I didn't even have the kids to distract me. I guess I could have been cooking supper... that was next.

Most of her workouts have a lot of jumping type involve the quads a lot type moves so I may have to modify to what my right leg can handle.  I do love her workouts though I credit them with making my a stronger faster and mentally tougher runner. She completely changed the way I worked out at home and I started following her over three years ago when she was on Bodyrock.tv

If you haven't read this yet, stop everything and do it, especially if you have a daughter. http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/wellbeing/8760102/When-your-mother-says-shes-fat
So powerful and true! 

My favorite was the last part
Your body is perfect too. It allows you to disarm a room with your smile and infect everyone with your laugh. It gives you arms to wrap around Violet and squeeze her until she giggles. Every moment we spend worrying about our physical ''flaws'' is a moment wasted, a precious slice of life that we will never get back.
Let us honour and respect our bodies for what they do instead of despising them for how they appear. Focus on living healthy and active lives, let our weight fall where it may, and consign our body hatred in the past where it belongs. When I looked at that photo of you in the white bathing suit all those years ago, my innocent young eyes saw the truth. I saw unconditional love, beauty and wisdom. I saw my Mum.

Love that.  Such a great reminder that my daughter looks to me on how to think about herself.


  1. Ok so I'm definitely going to need to read that one when I'm not sitting at my desk at work...the kids may come in and think their teacher has lost it!! I need articles like that lately...days when I struggle to stay positive about how my body looks.

  2. Man what a great article. I can relate to it. My mom always worried about her weight and i'm the same way. I just wish I could live my life without worrying about my weight on a daily basis. Once that is installed in your brain it hard to get rid of. I dont think I'm worthy of anything when I'm feeling fat. It's daily struggle telling my self I'[m ok just the way I'm.

  3. Wow that letter is amazing. It brought tears to my eyes. Although I don't have a daughter, I have realized for many years how important it is not to put ourselves down especially in front of our children. When I hear moms say things about their appearance in front of their daughters, it makes me cringe.

  4. Love the one you're with...the bike! Glad you're able to do that right now.

  5. SO glad you had a good ride! Yay! I hear you about the extra time...my closets are way organized now! I love that article...it's so true! I can't tell you how many girls I've taught on Wednesday nights over the years have complained to me about being fat and not liking the way they look. It's sad.

  6. yes, she does! and I think you are an awesome and strong role model for her... and kind and compassionate, too.

    glad you are enjoying your bike... how's that horse of yours? :)

  7. What a beautiful letter. Love the powerful words/message. Glad you're enjoying the bike, a great workout to help keep you busy while not running. Hang in there!

  8. Just remember that biking is one of the best cross training activities to do with running. So you may just want to find time to work it in!

  9. Glad that you are taking the time to enjoy the bike because I know that it isn't your favorite thing. It is good cardio though. :-)

  10. It is crazy how much time you have when something is removed off your plate! That's how I feel in between semesters of grad school. Sadly that's way more fun than no running :(

  11. YAY for biking!
    I can't believe how busy you've been, I get depressed when injured and sick and sit on the couch feeling sorry for myself. ;-)
    That was a great article and a good reminder for us moms with daughters.

  12. you're an inspiration the way you've been dealing with this injury! way to go girl!


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