Happy Saturday! The house is quiet, as the kids spent last night at their grandparents. Wade and I went out for supper to celebrate our fifteenth anniversary. We should really do something for our anniversary that doesn’t involve stuffing ourselves. Though it was delicious. We didn’t even have room for the cake we brought home from the grocery store, so now it’s breakfast. (Hey, the kids are gone, so why not?)
I love January. It’s a long month, and winter is usually pretty brutal in January, but this year we’ve got so much to keep us busy that I didn’t even have to make any resolutions about exercising more and living healthy! I joined the Futsal league in town, and our games are Sunday nights (starting tomorrow!). I’m one of only three girls in the league so that will be interesting…and the sports guy from the paper came during our orientation scrimmage game so I’m already in the papers playing Futsal.
The kids started cross country ski club last week. I guess the technical term is “nordic skiing.” I bought myself a pair of skis so I can ski with them every Saturday afternoon. The trails are beautiful and the class is set up so that I can ski with some parents while the kids do their drills, and then join the kids on the trail for the last half of the class. Since the kids take their loaner skis home every week, we plan to ski the trails every Wednesday afternoon as well.
With swimming on Tuesday and Thursday, fitting in a spinning session and a running session once a week, I’ve got fitness happening every day and that is exciting. It’s impossible to get in a rut with so many different disciplines to train in! I track all my workouts using Endomondo, because I am then challenged to beat my own personal bests and impress myself with how many kilometres I can travel in a year. From April to December of last year I went 684 km (running, biking and swimming) and however you add that up, it’s more than zero.
Just a few years ago I only exercised incidentally. You know, taking the kids for walks, the occasional hike or a single game of badminton. To be committed to my own health with regular exercise has energized me and I’ve learned that I do like sports after all. That was a complete surprise after the negative sports experiences of my childhood. I think it’s important to take a no-guilt approach to exercise. A little bit is better than nothing, and you’re stronger than you think are the two mottos that push me to continue.
I just joined Instagram and stuck a couple of photos of skiing with the kids from Wednesday on there that you can check out if you want. It’s definitely easier taking pictures with the phone when I’m wielding skis and poles than my clunky Nikon. (I love my Nikon but it’s not exactly sleek.)
My oldest turns ten this month and she desperately wants to go downhill skiing for her birthday. I think we’ll try to make that happen, but lessons will be mandatory. Wade and I have skied twice in our lives, and it’s been nearly twenty years since our last time. I think my parents will want to come just for the laughs.
How do you cope with the mid-winter blues? If you’re struggling, trying adding some motion to your day. It sure helps me.