Monday, July 27, 2015

Be the Snail

Last week while on a run with my daughter (happy dance!) I caught sight of this little guy as we were cooling down. I was taken with him and his "snail's pace." I admired how he slugged along slowly without a care for us hovering over him with our expectations. I loved him and I wanted to be him.

I considered writing a poem about the snail. A rhyming poem so I set off to think of words that rhyme with snail:


Well, a poem felt too ambitious for someone who wanted to be more snail-like, so I scrapped that.

In my head I'm loving summer. My body not so much. I've been sick three times since the beginning of June. Then there's this rash on my face that I can't shake. I don't want to believe I feel stressed. That's not the story I want to tell. Partly, because when I look at the summer on paper, or perhaps more appropriately, from my children's perspective, the summer has been ideal. Summer has been FUN!

My attempts to "take care of myself" have inadvertently added to my stress: such as when a week goes by without yoga or I can't go to my tennis class again. Knowing I was struggling to get to a place to workout I decided to have a home-based back-up plan and commit to one restorative exercise class a day for the month of July, which means only 22 classes of 25-30 minutes within a 31 day time frame. Then last week I realized I had more classes than I had days left in the month. I felt like I was failing at restorative exercise. I was managing to stress myself out over my attempts to be less stressed.

There are five weeks left of summer. I will be the snail. What else can I do? Being more snail like means I will tend to my garden more, I will make homemade pasta again, I will lose myself in a good book. I'm also yearning for a tv series to binge watch.

Fortunately, getting my snail on got off to a good start with a surprise visit from Workout Partner Pam. We had a lovely and leisurely walk around the lake this morning. I'm loving the pace already.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

What Rhymes With Snail?

This and more, coming Monday (because I can't seem to pull it together this week).

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A Few Book Reviewers Needed for Mama Sweat

Last night as I pulled back into my driveway so I could retrieve my tennis racquet for my tennis lesson (essential equipment) I considered bagging it. I was running late anyway. I felt I had no business leaving the house when the house was so clearly in need of my attention (Laundry! Dirty bathrooms! Trash day tomorrow!) To say nothing of the list of Things I Must Do. But I persevered. Got back in my car--with my racquet--and got to the courts. Plus, if I did go back inside, I knew I would only pour myself a glass of wine, not clean a toilet, fold laundry or collect the trash.

I do not regret that decision. Mama sweat accomplished. Sanity maintained.

In order for me to find fitness in the chaos of motherhood I have to give a few things up. I have to leave things undone. I do what I can with the energy I have each day. Delegating is another good option, and the kids are all pitching in around the house (mostly under duress).

I could use a hand around the blog, too. There are a few books I'd love to review but haven't found the time to read them. One is a running memoir, another is a children's nutrition book, and the last is a book on the history of a woman's sport popular in the 1800s. All worthy of reading and if you think you're up for the task, please send me an email!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Save on Soccer Dolls and Book!

I was just in Atlanta for a book signing with Diverse Marketing for the Go! Go! Sports Girls--an exciting and fun trip, but leaving me little time for blogging. So, let me take this virtual space to share the special Go! Go! Sports Girls is having on Soccer this week in honor of Team USA's World Cup Soccer Championship. Score 20% off Soccer Girl dolls Cassie and Anna, and Soccer Girl Cassie's book, 'Teamwork Is the Goal'! Use promo code: TeamUSA at Sale ends on Friday!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Do You Dare Me?

During most all of my kids sports activities this summer, I rarely sit idly as a spectator. As a general rule I watch the first five minutes and the last 10 minutes and everything in between is open for movement: walking the dog, playing catch or hitting tennis balls with other kids, etc. At softball games, however, I'm often sitting or standing glued to the game. Sometimes this is fine, as by that time of night I haven't sat down once and I welcome the chance. But other times, well, my butt gets bored on those metal bleachers.

It was during one of those moments when I wished I had a hula hoop.

And then I realized that would be weird.

Would it be weird?

Or, would it be smart?

I'd love nothing more than to hula hoop as I watch the game, but I have to say, even for me, that would be brave. Could I get past the looks, the comments? Of course I shouldn't care. Why is that any different from hitting tennis balls with my daughter or walking on the path for an inning or two?

I'm going to work up the nerve. Meanwhile I'm practicing cheering while hooping. I imagine a future where all sports fans bring their hula hoop to the game.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

This Is Still Hard For Me

You'd think after all these blog posts, getting in a workout would come easy for me. Not so. Not even when I confidently proclaim I will, at a minimum, go to yoga and tennis once a week. This week I can't make either happen. So I'm left to figure it all out again. When? How? Then my own advice boomeranged back to me in a text from a friend.

Three book signings for the Go! Go! Sports Girls will keep me busy this week. Here's the line up:

Wednesday, June 24 
1:30-3:30 pm 
ABC & Toy Zone
(860 W. 78th Street)
Chanhassen, Minnesota

Friday, June 26 
5:30-7:30 pm
Diverse Marketing Showroom
Dallas Gift Market
Dallas, Texas

Saturday, June 27
12:00-2:00 pm
Barnes & Noble
Preston Royal Shopping Center
Dallas, Texas

If you're in the area I'd love to see you. If you do, make me do 10 push ups, will you?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer Has Hit the Fan

Despite the crazy summer schedule I am taking time to stop and smell the peonies.
I have blogged before about adapting to a new summer schedule. There has been a blog about planning for summer and a blog about what I learned in hindsight. All these blog posts and here I am trying to figure it out all over again.

I remember trying to set a routine around the moving target that was the baby and/or toddler nap schedule. You might be able to have a routine for two weeks, then developmental milestones, illness, teething, etc. would throw everything off again. Now working around a nap schedule seems a glorious alternative to juggling gymnastics carpool, softball games, tennis lessons and the like.

Alas, I am finding fitness in the chaos of motherhood. (Dammit!)

1) I finished (and had a ton of fun) at my first sprint triathlon in three years.

2) I have signed up for tennis lessons on Tuesday nights.

3) I will go to yoga once a week. That may be the only class I get to and I will probably be late or need to leave early due to the summer taxi service, but I will go.

4) Daily walks. If not for the dog, I might easily let this slide. She is good for me like that.

5) Playing with the kids. This is what makes summer fun, after all.

Has summer thrown off your fitness game? What are you doing to fit fitness in?