Monday, October 4, 2010

Shifting Gears

Change is in the air.  Actually its been in the air for awhile but now I feel like it's time to put some momentum into that feeling.  The summer is over and it's time to get serious. I don't know about you but I get bored with routine.  And the fall is the perfect time to change things up just a little bit.   So it began with a new exercise plan, an addition to the daily walk. 

Day 1 -Took the usual three mile dog walk and added an extra few blocks for good measure.

Dust off the roller blades that haven't seen use in two years.  There I find a pair of socks that I thought had been swallowed by the dryer ages ago.   Let's say I carried those puppies gingerly to the wash.  Although to be fair they didn't smell - really!  So I was off,  only to discover that the time of year with leaves and twigs everywhere, as well as the city street repairs - soft fill that stops a skater dead, weren't a good combination.  Although I remained upright, it wasn't without avid concentration on the road.  I really regretted not grabbing that bike helmet.

One hour later -  I still need to get some photocopying done.  So it's off to the library on my bike.  After all, when changing routine it's best to move forward full throttle.  So I'm off, into the wind and the traffic with a few shortcuts and a jaunt down a boggy easement that reminded me that I might be sporting a skunk trail by the time I arrived.

Two hours later - There's leaves to be raked and the dog is still full of energy and wants to be chased a couple of laps around the yard.

Three hours later - My roller blades are resting downstairs - preparing for next year's jaunt, the washer is running and I've discovered muscles that were previously undetected.   Apparently one is supposed to ease into exercise programs. 
Note to self - when shifting gears - take it one gear at a time.  So change is still in the air - it's just going to take a bit more time to settle. 

Change - one gear at a time or full throttle ahead?

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Jillian said...

I'm not sure if my cat hit Enter on my last comment...if so, I apologize! I was in the midst of commenting on changes in exercise routine. Possibly one of the most difficult changes to make! Besides maybe diet?
I know, personally, if I make a sudden change to my routine, it can be difficult to stick to. Scratch that--nearly impossible. If I want to make a permanent change, I HAVE to work my way towards my goal.
Though, of course, tackling a new challenge head-on can be exciting. ...For the 15 minutes my motivation lasts!

Ryshia Kennie said...

Jillian - I think your cat hitting enter is a blog post in itself. Thanks for the laugh! And you're so right - 15 minutes of motivation, the rush before reality sets in.

joder said...

I'm not one that likes changes. I'm a creature of habit and find that change stresses me out. I like order and throwing changes at me is hard to cope with.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Jessica said...

I haven't gone rollerblading in years, your post was a wonderful reminder of how much fun I used to have. I'm thinking it's time for a shopping trip to the sporting goods store for some new blades. Thanks for the inspiration!
Jessica @ Just Jess

Ryshia Kennie said...

Jody - isn't stress part of the rush of change? Okay I have to admit that I get stressed too but that's when I know I tried to shake things up too quickly.

Jillian - I'm so glad I inspired someone else to get out their roller blades. I just can't believe I let my gather dust for so long. I remembered despite the tricky terrain - how much I love the sport.

Mary A said...

A day late I know , but where do you get the energy the constant. I walk three to four times a week two to three miles. Then clean, cook, pick up three grandkids, after running around with a soon to be three year old. My brain goes to mush then alone my body.
I have aches on my aches. I do like your blogs though so I surf when I get the chance.

Ryshia Kennie said...

Mary A - sometimes I don't have the energy either but I've found a trick or two. Habit is one thing I rely on and for a person that mentions change that's odd I know. And the other is when ideas come to me, record those little snippets somewhere before you forget. They can turn into something later - saves time and energy.