Can I tell you how excited I was last week to surf across this great linky started by Katie over at Queen of the First Grade Jungle?
I’m excited for several reasons–I love when teachers come together to make their personal lives better, to connect with people doing what I want to do more of, to give me a great summer linky to be a part of…and because it gives me a second boost of workout/exercise/fitness accountability in addition to my own Get Fit Friday linky I started two weeks ago. (New post every week–why not add your link? I’d love to see you here!)
Since Katie’s been around longer than me, she’s got way more readers, which gives me a community outside my own blog. I love it! I also love how hers is more a compilation of the week’s actions and activities that go a very long way towards incorporating fitness. Also? It’s really darned inspirational to read about the ladies who’ve posted about their success. Gives a struggling fitness wanna-be like me lots of inspiration. We all need more of that, you know…
For me, fitness and getting healthy has become more important to me than losing weight. If I keep saying that, I’ll believe it, right? For those of you who say, “Oh, I could stand to lose 5 pounds…”….that’s a dream to me. Since kindergarten, the size of my jeans always had an X at the end. You know all those husky jean jokes comedians make about their childhood? Yep, that was me then and, well, if they sold husky in adult sizes, I’d be in them LOL.
I’ve come a long way, though. I don’t hate myself anymore for my weight. I have come to realize that I’m a pretty fun/awesome/cool person despite being not-a-size-ten. I like myself a lot, I just think that going forward from here (I’m in my ..ahem…low to mid-40s…) I need to focus on getting healthy. I am watching the women in my family (aunts, grandma, mom) move up the age scale and some of the health issues they’re facing due to weight, and I really want to avoid that.
I like to say that I inherited all the best parts of the women in my family: their humor, humility, creativity, domesticness and compassion…along with the worst part…their thighs and hips. Hey, I come from a line of strong, capable, amazing women who just happen to like to eat as much as we like to cook…LOL.
Besides all that, keeping active and working on health just makes me feel better physically and mentally.
Which brings us to my week of working on getting fitter this summer. First, like several of you, I start my day with Spark. I couldn’t live without it, and don’t know how I functioned before I found it. (Coffee…lots of coffee).
And there’s good news and bad news to this post, both of which are related. The good news? Miss O., my lovable black lab, and I have been walking every single morning (except in today’s monsoon). Here are a few of our routes from my FitBit:
Actually, I did the top one by myself. 3 miles, no matter what the screenshot says. Miss O. has hit age 12 and can’t quite make it that long anymore. The bottom shot, which was around our block, was her output for the morning. She sniffs everything, and we’ve lived here 10 years. You think the trees would smell the same, but they don’t…hence our extremely slow pace.
Now, for the bad news. I have a passionate love affair for everything FitBit. I’ve had one since the first one they had with the little blooming flower. I want to say that was back in the early 2000s, and as the years have passed, so have my FitBits. Do you know how geeked I was to get the Surge in January? Wildly geeked. But that changed Monday after the walk when the screen started to condense with moisture. Why? I don’t know. Although it’s water resistant, I never even tempt water near it. And now it’s completely unreadable.
The good news on that is that I have always had wonderful customer service with FitBits (despite what many people say). I emailed them last night about a solution, but I am feeling quite naked without it. It’s poured rain today, all day, anyway, so there’s not much walking going on…still…that cloudy screen is a big, fat sad face in my book. Looks like I’ll have to do some pilates or T25 workouts today…
When I get my FitBit up and running, do you want to connect? I generally do 8-10K a day, and I love to send taunts and cheers. If you do, let me know in the comments below and we can link up!
In the meantime, time to make a healthy lunch…