(Be)Musings on the Road to Fitness

(Be)Musings on the Road to Fitness

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Week Five: It Can't All Be Fun and Games


Sometimes it seems like there are a lot of things getting in the way.

And sometimes you just have to figure it out, and make things work...
Special, subtle cameo by Spencer, the World's Nuttiest Cat (Kim-Com, 2012)

Here at Adele on Wheels, it’s not all fun and games.  Sometimes, this new habit leans more toward “have to/need to” than “want to.” Such is the way it was last Sunday, when Bike Guy and I had planned to ride late in the morning.  That morning, I no longer felt like riding, so I said “I don’t mind if we don’t have enough time to ride today.” This translated (in my mind) to “I don’t want to ride my bike today.” So, he went off to help a neighbor with some work, and I took a nice, luxurious shower.  When he came back, I said “What do you want to do today?” I was thinking about things like movies and lunch.  He said, “How about ride our bikes?”  I said (kind of snarky-like), “I thought we agreed we weren’t doing that today??"  He, of course, was not aware of this “agreement.”  So there I was, with my one way ticket to Bitter Town.  In the end I realized that, even when I don’t want to go, I’m always glad I did, after it’s over.  After is always awesome.  After is my buddy.  Seems you need a before and a during (which is never as bad as it seems) before you can get to good old after.  But sometimes, before is just sucky...

So that day, it turned out once again that expectations can be a lot worse than reality.  BG put air in my tires, I took a shot of Gu, I got on my bike and Voila! (again, at 3.0 mph, with a good deal of huffing and puffing), up the hill we rocketed rode to a local canyon where, after our ride, we were rewarded with this bit of awesomeness:
In hindsight, maybe this part wasn't the best idea,
in terms of weight-loss, but Dude, it was good!

Side Note: I notice that many of my anecdotes include a great deal of huffing and puffing on my part.  No matter.  If it wasn’t so bleeping hard, it would be more difficult to be so impressed with myself each time I get just the tiniest bit better at it!
On one of our walks this week, my friend and I were on a local, paved street that is right near the mountains.  We came across a nuts-and-berries-filled-something that could politely be described as “droppings.”  Naturally, I assumed it was the leftovers of a lovely, bear breakfast.   Naturally, darkness was approaching, and I was a bit freaked out.  As we climbed higher, we came across another one, just like the first.  This guy was “eliminating” his way up the hill!  In the end he was not, as I had feared, waiting to greet us at the top.  He was long gone and, as it turns out, wasn’t thinking about me at all!  Selfish…  Anyway, after the walk, I texted the photo I took of the Evidence, to a certain Eagle Scout that I know.  He seems to think that the droppings were those belonging to a fox.  Foxes are pretty small, so I felt much better!
Thought you might enjoy seeing what we saw
at the top, rather than what we saw on the way up!

On Saturday, Bike Guy had a race.  It was down near San Diego, so I went along for the day.  As I sat there, with bike racers all around (and not a kickstand in sight), I started thinking that maybe I could/should be inspired by all these racers, from amateur to pro.  But then I realized that these people, even the so-called “amateurs” are so completely out of my league that this should not even be counted as the same activity as the bike riding I'm doing.  A logical, human response at that point might be to give up, go inside, and have a couple of sandwiches.  But not me, baby!  Pedal on!  The whole idea is to have fun, and do your best.  I’m at my level, and they are at theirs.  Everybody wins!  (Well, truthfully, they might win just a wee bit more, because of race participation and medals and whatnot, but you get the idea…)  
In other news, I discovered that my iPhone has a Voice Memo (digital voice recorder) in it.  This has come in handy when I’m driving, or otherwise need to be hands free, in order to record my deepest thoughts for posterity (or this blog, whichever comes first).  But to tell you the truth, having to endure listening to one’s own voice on playback is a torture that no one should have to endure.  So, the free Voice Memo app is a for now solution, since “free” is a decent price, and I haven’t found anything I like better.  Having to, literally, listen to my own thoughts is something I’ll just have to learn to live with.
And on the never-ending Indoor Exercise Front, I remembered that I am possibly the owner of several exercise DVD’s, due to my ill-advised joining of a DVD club a few years back. (Did you ever belong to the book/music/DVD club? Nothing was more exciting than getting those products in the mail! Nothing was more frustrating than not sending back the "no thank-you" card in time, when you didn’t want them to come in the mail, relentlessly...). Anyway, I'm hoping to give those a try, in the event of rain.  The only problem is that I can’t seem to locate them.  That’s why I am only the “possible” owner.  I seem to have had a clutter-reduction at some point, which may have swept away my pristine, unused collection.  Hopefully, though, they will turn up, at which time I will rejoice at our reunion, and then probably leave them unopened for another five years…
So, some weeks are harder than others, but the overall rewards (like sleeping better, and feeling less stressed) are far outweighing the difficulties.  I just have to keep getting to after...





Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
~~Victor Kiam

11 comments:

  1. I love it!! And so true!! Glad that wasn't a bear! and hope you find the cd's. Otherwise you might be able to borrow quite a few from the "N's" = Natasha or Niki or even Nieces. Oh! and after all these years haven't you learned guys don't get hints? LOL

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    1. Thanks! That's a great idea... Oh, and yes, you'd think I'd have learned that by now, huh??

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  2. Ha Ha. The comics are really funny and so is the blog. Nice pictures too. It seems like the whole adventure is picking up speed.

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    1. Thanks! The comics are awesome. Definitely picking up to a speedy crawl!

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  3. Hey! In checking for the next episode I was admiring the cartoon pics and:

    IS that Spencer's tail hanging out the back of your bike helmet?

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    1. Yes!!! Funny, eh?? He enjoys a nice ride around town...

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  4. OH MY!! and there is a hoola hoop in front of the shop where your bike is parked! Do you know the owner of the exercise equipment?

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  5. Never a dull moment reading your blog. Spencer is a handful.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, he is. Really a very sweet boy, though. :)

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  6. Hi, Adele. I love your blog! It's very witty and entertaining. I envy your easy way with words and I especially admire you for the fitness regime you've undertaken. You might remember, from our many conversations at Merwin, that I too am married to a somewhat fanatical "Bike Guy" who goes through heavy withdrawals if he can't get out and ride everyday! I'm glad that you have Howie to keep you motivated. Keep up the good work.

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