In case you were not a part of it or didn’t hear, we had a blizzard here the last couple of days. If you’ve followed me a little (especially on Snapchat: you can find me at jenblau to follow my real life routine in raw footage) anyhow, if you’ve followed lately, you know that I’d much rather wear shorts, tank top, and flip flops instead of snow boots when I’m out for my walks.
I decided that I would make the most of this “storm” which ended up being considerably less snow for us than those to the north. Disappointing considering the way I geared up for this adventure.
My initial plan was to use the hill on our road as a bunny slope. You know, the kind that beginners (typically kids) start on at the ski resorts.
Honestly, this would have worked, but unfortunately, the county maintainer cleared the road before I got outside. Go figure. So I had to improvise.I’d bought my kids plastic snowboards so we could experiment together, and they were out on a drift in front of my car. A laughable height for me, really. A snowdrift, I thought. Ok. Whatever, I’m doing it anyway.
I spent about 30 minutes out on this drift with my board, and wouldn’t you know — no ski lifts here on the farm in a snow drift. The work it took to drag my body up that drift complete with snowboard attached to my feet was exhausting!! I had no idea! Consistent training in the gym helped for that upper body strength and then also with the balance it took to stay ON the board not to mention the core work involved.I’m always saying that we train in the gym so that we can live bravely and vitally outside of the gym.
I was doing that today.
Here’s the very first time I went down. Many more followed and tumbling with the board going end over end. You can imagine!
Girls. It is SO critical that we do new things and create new excitement in our lives. What is LIFE without that? It’s exciting NOT knowing how to do something and going through the steps to learn it and suck at it for awhile and then enjoy getting better at it.
We have got to have that.
The depth of our weight problems, our depression, our lack of luster in life (while not always, but A LOT of the time) is due to the fact that we’ve lost the search for this excitement.
We think we’re too old to learn something new or to physically challenge ourselves.
And we’re just not.
I’m 40 years old for goodness sake! And I just bought a snowboard last weekend and strapped myself into it today.
It was a measly snowdrift, but it was a step forward into the unknown.
You need that, too.
What interests do you have that you are still curious about?
You’re not too old, you’re not too inactive or out of shape.
It doesn’t have to be something extreme (you can start small like on a snowdrift instead of at the top of a mountain.) But you have to do it.
You only have this one life. What’s it going to be?
Let’s continue this conversation in the comments. I sincerely want to know what it is that you desire to do in your life.