these feet were made fer walkin’!
Perhaps around twenty?
I had a conversation with my then-boyfriend/now-husband:
I long to be the individual people look at and wonder: Does she own a car? I always see her on her bike! Seriously. Does she own a car?!
I dont even know precisely why I longed for this (remnants of college Grateful Dead loving days? a sense of wanting the freedom I surmised a bike-only misfit would feel?) –but I did.
There simply seemed to exist a spontaneity in that girl I wanted to experience and which I did not possess.
I was also self-aware enough–even then–to realize this would never happen.
It wasnt so much I loved my car/cars in general (oh how I did not).
It wasnt the fact I didnt need/want the exercise (biking places seemed an easy way to fit in fitness).
I just knew myself.
The conversations would always end with:
…and I guess part of maturing is realizing when something you WANT to be a piece of your self-definition really will never be reality. That bike-women sounds free-spirited & interesting yet that will never be me.
I recognized it was fantasy I needed to let go of.
And shed I did.
Id completely forgotten those youthful-conversations until recently, too.
Flash forward to life *today* in Oakland.
After flashing back to my broken window experiences.
Oh, and flashing sideways to how having a pedometer has changed my life and made me a better mother.
(Annnnnnd do the *sprinkler* as you dash UPSTAIRS because youre not allowed to pee on the first floor these days…)
The lens through which I view Oakland-living has done a 180 by virtue of the fact I’ve chosen to view it as a walking community.
It’s not really.
It’s a kind of a haul to my coffee-shop office.
I can only grab a few items at the grocery as the l-o-n-g walk back + said items on my back = awkward-cumbersome.
Yet I’ve chosen to view my ‘hood through the WALKING LENS none the less.
go carla go!
Recently a neighbor I dont know approached me and asked:
Do you own a car? We see you walking everywhere and wondered.
Over the course of the next few weeks I *other* strangers/neighbors/new friends made similar comments.
Do you and your husband share one car? I see you walking all the time–did you sell your car before you moved?
It was during those interactions it dawned on me I’d achieved a life-goal without noticing.
rain or shine: Id become a walker!
Id done precisely what the ‘goal achieving gurus’ tell us not to do (Id taken my eyes completely off the prize!) and only after I let my goal go did I accidentally achieve it.
And, because I am indeed the consummate misfit, this accidental-success has bolstered my confidence in arenas where Im actively seeking successes.
I now think:
Well damn. If I can transform myself into the girl no one thinks owns a car (!!) then why could I NOT _______, too?
It feels empowering & it feels amazing.
I feel unstoppable.
- Have you ever been so busy LIVING youve not realized—either until someone points it out or with hindsight–youve achieved a goal?
If you live in the USA you may still be feeling the, uh, repercussions of the great Thanksgiving Stress-Out.
Family, food, schedules thrown for a loop, routine replaced by mayhem.
No matter where you reside or what you celebrate we’re all thisclose to being knee-deep in holiday frenzy.
Ive shared my tips for Fighting Holiday Frazzle.
They were fantastic tips (according to my mom, anyway), yet they were generalities.
Vague What *I* do to stave off holiday stress musings in hopes they’d spark thoughts/insights for you.
Today we’re about the concrete.
About building a long & creative list of specific actions we can take to make these next 3 weeks as smooth as we can.
A list this misfit Jew can steal, print, hang on my fridge & use as a “go to” when at a loss for ways to lighten my holiday load.
A list to make our Holiday Season 2013 fun, frazzle-free and PRESENT so we can cruise into 2014 as our best & most healthy selves.
I’ll start us off.
Hanukkah ends Thursday night.
The thing is, a result of my being as busy as a COUGAR Hanukkah Harry, I realized only a few weeks ago Thanksgivukkah was year.
Upon that realization, right in that moment, I bestowed upon myself the gift certificate pictured above.
I immediately recognized how *crazy* card creation would make me (I love personalized photocards. I caint mail said-card without heartfelt note inside) if I attempted to make/mail before 12.5.13.
I immediately acknowledged, while some things necessitate holiday hecticness (preparing for company, purchasing gifts on time, decorating before Hanukkah is OVER), this was not one of those things.
I immediately gave myself the gift(certificate) of time.
It’s not an exaggeration to say, after releasing myself from that obligation, I felt as though I could b-r-e-a-t-h-e again.
I felt so *ENERGIZED* by the sweet, sweet gift of freedom I started us a list of stuffs we could gift ourselves these next few weeks.
- Never say YES when your heart & head is screaming NO.
- If you have a vacation from work dont use *all* the time for others dedicate some to self-care.
- (should you be a weigh’er) Bestow upon yourself a break from the scale.
- No! More! MUSTurbation. Do what you can when you can & shed the shoulds & oughts.
- Please to hit us all up with your number five below…
G’day! I’m Lauren.
I’m an Aussie personal trainer and strength coach who dabbles a little in Volleyball.
I blog over at LaurensFitness.com.
If the football or your favorite reality show has you glued to the TV, it doesn’t mean you need to make that bum groove any bigger.
Try this couch potato workout that will challenge your inner athlete and make your couch time much more productive!
Strength training is ridiculously important and effective, but you don’t need to leave your living room to get it done.
If you want to grow, lose fat or get stronger you need to put some pressure on your muscles. To get the best result quickly we want to stay in a low repetition range.
- Do the circuit 2 or 3 time depending on your level.
- Perform each exercise 8-12 times, if you can do 12 repetitions perform the harder version of the exercise.
- Rest for 1 minute in between each circuit.
- Drink water not beer.
The Ultimate Couch Potato Workout
The classic squat is functional, a great warm up for the circuit and will work your bum and legs. Stand in front of the couch and move backwards from your hips first, let your knees follow. When you tip the couch push back up again slowly.
T Push Ups
With an added twist to the push up this is great for your chest and core. Start with your hands on the couch just wider than shoulder width apart. Press up into a push up position and extend your body out to a T. If this is too easy, reverse it! Put your feet on the couch and your hands on the floor.
We are taking the squat one step further and really challenging your legs and stability. Place one leg on the couch and step out as far as you can. When you drop down into the lunge your knees shouldn’t go over your toes. If it’s too difficult just drop down and hold in an isometric position for as long as you can. Don’t worry, you will improve quickly!
Upper Back Prone Lifts
This will hit that core and get your upper back in shape. Start with your feet on the floor and forearms on the couch. Keep your body is a straight position and squeeze your bum. From here you want to drop your upper body down so your chest get’s closer to the couch. Press back up and round your upper body out. This should burn between your shoulder blades!
Couch Hip Thrusts
This is harder than it looks! Place your shoulders on the couch and your feet on the floor. Drop your bum to the floor and press back up through your heels until your body is level again. Too easy? Try it one leg!
Want more workouts you can do at home?
Luckily I have another 41 exercises you can do in your living room, check them out here!