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Fit for a change.

Posted in Life & Love

Woman_Knitting_On_Porch_1280157952_thI’ve been working on changing the way that I live. The idea is to add value to my day by lessening the amount I put into my brain, and increasing the amount of work I expect from my body. The plan is still evolving – but I took my first step (literally) by buying a pair of running shoes, and downloading an app called “C25K” which promises to take me from the sofa to running 5 kilometers in 9 weeks.

The last time I ran was a quarter marathon: 30 years ago. I hated every step of the training – but did it because Paul, my boyfriend, had entered us as part of a relay marathon. I was on a team with the agency renegades – the girls who liked a drink or two. He was on the guys’ team with hot-shot fitness fanatics. By the time I reached the finish line – they had all buggered off for a drink. And the only people left there to witness my arrival were the clean-up crew. When he got home my running shoes were burning on his lawn.

But, I need an aerobic aspect to my ‘fitness program’ that is easy to slot in. And running seems to be the easiest fit. Spinning madly in a gym while an instructor shouts at me to pump it up, is my idea of hell. Besides, I don’t want greatness …. I just want 5ks. Jack, if the vet OKs it, will also be making the leap from couch to kilometer. I was walking behind him the other day – and he waddles. Not a good look on a six-year-old terrier. We will also keep up our gentle perambulations – to relax our minds.

For the weight-bearing part –  3 yoga classes a week. I love yoga, it suits me yet I have been utterly crap and lacked dedication this year, so that shouldn’t be a stretch (sorry).

So – that’s the health plan. Diet wise, I am not going to change too much – just look to portion management and less desserts. The minute I tell myself I can’t eat something is when I will eat everything. And, quite honestly, the way my body is built – getting too thin is not a good look on me: think “The Scream”.

10564997_10153079606941982_4093784202744762377_nThe next rung in this wheel is going to be tuning out. I am putting time management into play. Starting and finishing work at the same times each day. Going to bed earlier and no reading after 10.30pm. Complete disconnect on a Saturday from electronic geegaws – except for the phone – and that just for calls. I’m setting start and stop limits on anything I write. I’m allowing too much to take too long.

And finally – saying “no” when someone asks me to do something I don’t want to do. And sticking to it. No wavering. Short cutting all second guessing by just going with the flow and anticipating the best. I suppose that translates into incorporating mindfulness into the everyday. So each night before bed – a guided meditation by Jon Kabat Zinn, I’m crap at it on my own.

The reason I am telling you all this is prevailing wisdom and Oprah Winfrey hold that the only way a person will stick to new year’s resolutions is if you make them public. Shame – the great motivator.

Actually – with me it is more a realisation that this getting old thing is actually happening. And I need to stop screwing around living half a life. So, look for me on the highways. I’ll be the one running very slowly …. but I will be wearing bright pink and turquoise trainers and I will be moving forward. Beep beep.

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  1. Exactly what I was thinking so if you don’t mind I’m just going to take over your rather neat plan – I also just bought a pair of trainers, next I’ll download that app you mentioned, wait for it to stop raining and then start moving. Good luck.

    August 19, 2014
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  2. Good plan! I hope it goes well for you. Life goes by so fast that sometimes we need to stop, take a breath and admire the view (that’s also a great tip for when you’re out running…)

    August 19, 2014
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  3. I completely get this and the comment about living half a life is a bit too true for comfort. I feel like my life could be lived to the tune of flight of the bumble bee! Good luck with the running, it will do wonders for your mental state as well as your physical 🙂

    August 19, 2014
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