Friday, September 28, 2012

Stick With What You Love- Healthy Writers Post

Today I want to wish a Happy 40th Birthday to my wonderful husband.  I don't know how I was so lucky to find my perfect soul mate.  Happy Birthday sweetie!

Stick With What You Love

I joined Shallee McArthur's Healthy Writers Club last week as a way to help promote fitness in myself and throughout the blogosphere.

Here's what I'm doing to stay fit:

Even though I'm a figure skating coach by day, I don't get much time myself to skate or work out.  When I'm home I'm sitting in the chair writing or helping the kids with schoolwork.  I decided that had to change.

For awhile my husband and I tried to go to a gym together.  It was actually fun when we made it there.  But our schedules are so crazy that we couldn't make it more than about once a week.  We canceled our membership.

I tried running a couple of times, but I'm sorry, I'm just not going to ever go out running in the rain or snow, so that ended that.

Then I realized, what I really wanted was to skate.  It is the one thing I have always loved and it is great exercise.  But I have to admit, I feel a little silly sometimes as a 40 year old doing the same things as the kids.  (Don't worry, I don't wear the little skating dresses.)  Not because I'm afraid to look stupid by falling, (I'm a pro at looking stupid), but because skating is a showy sport by nature and I don't want my co-workers to think I'm trying to get attention or show them up.

But I've decided life is too short to worry about how other people will take my actions.  I have to do what I love if I want to stay motivated. (I find the same with writing, I have to write what I enjoy and not try to please others, or it becomes flat.)

So I'm setting my sights high and I'm going to work toward passing my remaining tests:
Silver and Gold Moves and
Bronze- Gold Freeskate.  (Moves are what replaced figures and Freeskate is all the fun stuff including jumps and spins)  I had already started working on it in January but I haven't been very good about making time to practice.
 I realize I may not complete this goal.  It's kind of like saying you're going to finish the Boston Marathon.  I surely won't reach it by the end of this year.  It might take until I'm 45, but at least for me, the slippery road is the journey I want to take, I'll leave running on pavement to someone else.            

 Weekly Stats:
Spent an hour on Monday practicing the Silver Moves test
Tuesday, started stretching again
Wednesday- very sore!
Thursday 15 minutes of off ice jumps

Have a great weekend everyone!

Kathy :)


  1. Yay for being active! I ran most of the summer, but like you I'm not going to run in rain and snow- pretty much once it chilled- I stopped. Congrats on your progress with skating.

  2. Thanks Summer. If I could run in a bubble and not get wet or cold, maybe. :) At least in the rink it's always cold and I can dress for it.

  3. thats an awesome goal! and one that requires skill! i'll cheer you on =) go kathy!

    have a smooth weekend!

  4. That sounds like a wonderful workout! As for annoying any of your coworkers, they should be impressed that you're actually going out there and doing this stuff instead of sitting on the sidelines and talking everyone else through it. Teachers and coaches SHOULD do what they teach. Enjoy it!

  5. Those sound like great goals! I love that you're doing what you love most. :) Hope you enjoy your skating!

  6. Tara, Shallee and Caryn- It's great to have you girls cheering me on! Thanks. :)

  7. Now that is inspirational, skating, wow. Good for you, like everything else is you don't enjoy doing it -- it isn't going to work. Sounds like a plan. Keep at it. I just found this site and hope to up my walking and start a yoga program.

  8. Skating sounds like an awesome way to stay active. You should take advantage and skate with the kids. I stayed in pretty good shape for a lone time by coaching my daughters soccer teams through the years. Alas, she's all grown up now. But I'm working my way back into walking and then hopefully a little running - I'm 52:)

  9. Yolanda- I love yoga too.

    Gwen- Yeah I am lucky that I can be out there with my kids. It's a lot of fun!
    Good luck with your running.