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Boulder’s best lesson

July 24th, 2011
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There are many, many great things about living in Boulder. Quite a few of these have been extolled in the press. Just check out the “Best of Boulder” list on the city’s website. Boulder is a town of great athletes, brainiacs, foodies, artists and artisans, do gooders, and just generally healthy and happy folks. People say that there must be something in the water. I think it just might be a tad more radiation, but there’s a more definitive common thread between these sometimes disparate groups. The people of Boulder are driven. They don’t think about doing something some day or spend a lot of time day dreaming. Nope. These folks get things done. Step 1) Idea. Step 2) Execute. It’s what I love most about Boulder, and it most certainly rubs off on you.

When you’re surrounded by people who are living life to the fullest, you come to realize that it’s just not that hard. You just have to put one foot in front of the other and do it. The only trick is listening to your mind and body for signs of burn out and ignoring the voices of self-doubt. Most important of all, you have to jump while you have the fire, because dilly dallying leads to hesitation which leads to inaction.

Thank you, Boulder for helping me be the best possible me.

Boulder, life, self-improvement

Baby steps

June 28th, 2011

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been feeling healthier, stronger, and more energetic–all thanks to my new yeast free diet. I’ve been feeling the urge, no the need to exercise and to use some of this excess energy. Getting active is always one of those things I’ve said I was going to do, but it really hasn’t happened. I’ve taken yoga and ballroom dancing and swam a bit in the past, but nothing stuck. Swimming in public was intimidating back in Missouri. It seems emotionally impossible in this land of beautiful people here in Boulder. Ballroom was fun, but it can be frustrating–especially since Rich and I prefer much different styles. I love Latin; he prefers waltz. As for yoga, I’ve been kind of gun shy since a severe injury a couple of years ago.

When we moved into our current condo here in Boulder back in December, I had mixed feelings about the community fitness room. On one hand, I was excited it was here. Locker rooms are gross and intimidating. Even on rainy/snowy/super hot days, the proximity would leave me little excuse. On the other hand, now I had to feel guilty if I didn’t use it. That’s girl wuss logic for you.

Over the last few months, I’ve been taking baby steps–tiny, tiny little baby steps to get myself started. I started by visiting the weight room, just in my street clothes. I didn’t do anything with the equipment. The first time, I didn’t even walk all the way in, just walked in and out. I did this a few more times, increasing how long I stayed and started paying attention to what was in the room. Tonight, I went twice–in work out clothes and with intent to actually work out. You see, I’ve decided to start running. It hit me a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to run, not because I should or because I wanted to fit in here in Boulder. I wanted to feel the wind in my hair and catch a little air. So, Friday, I’m going in to Boulder Running Company for gait analysis (link to video) and to buy running shoes–or at least walking/jogging shoes for now :)

If you watch the video, you’ll see that the folks at Boulder Running Company will video tape me jogging on a treadmill to help me pick the right shoe for me. This was a problem as I have never jogged on a treadmill, until tonight that is. I’ve walked plenty, but jog? That’s always seemed a bit dangerous to me. Yes, I know I’m revealing my level of cowardice here.  But…I did it. And? It was fun! As part of my baby steps, I walked and jogged on the treadmill (at various speeds and inclines). I used the stationary bike. I tried a few things on the Nautilus type equipment we have. I did some arm curls with hand weights. As it turns out, I can still do a few arm curls with a 15lb weight. Woot! When I got back to our place, I even popped in a yoga DVD for a few minutes and discovered I need to work on my setup. Overall, it was probably around a half hour of working out, but that’s half an hour more than I did yesterday. I think it’s going to stick. I felt good after working out. I’ve always heard that’s how you’re supposed to feel after working out, but it hasn’t been that true for me in the past other than a glimmer from yoga. Tonight, it happened. I felt good. Baby steps.

 

Boulder, fitness, running, self-improvement, weight training, yeast free, yoga