Wednesday, July 5, 2017

WWU - Running and Jumping and Playing!

One of the best things that came from losing weight was gaining an active lifestyle.  Yes, I run, but I also go for walks without thinking about how far it is, or how much I'm going to sweat and chafe and how sore my feet will be.  Sure, some of this is also thanks to learning about wicking clothing and good shoes, but the person I am today is not the person I was 10 years ago when it comes to doing things.  And for that, I'm grateful.  I'm not the fastest, I'm not the most agile, but I get out and play, and I love that.

Last week, Julia and I resurrected our summer tradition of fun, fitness, and friendship by meeting up for a walk, run, and breakfast afterward.  We parked at a restaurant and walked to the outer perimeter of Texas A&M University, then ran around campus for 2.5 miles.  It was fun to run somewhere different for a change.  We walked back to the restaurant, had breakfast, did our usual therapy session, and the day was good.

On Saturday, we ran in what was the hottest temps of the year so far - it was 79 degrees with a feels like temp of 89 - yes, almost 90 freaking degrees!  Cary and I ran together and we took it easy...no need to kill ourselves on a day like that.  Jeff ran his birthday 6 miles but said that was it for him - no more long runs in that kind of heat.  Afterward, I was dripping sweat and trying to cool down with a pickle pop, when Abi wanted some attention:
Pet me, kiss me, love me!!!
Poor thing didn't understand - normally I do pet her, but I wanted to dry off first so I wouldn't have her fur stuck to my sweaty self.  

After everyone was finished running, we went to Blue Baker, where the baker gave us two s'mores cookies, which they've just come out with.  They have a hit with that flavor - we all enjoyed it!

On Sunday evening, we played Frisbee at Karen and Jimmymeow's house.  We had so much fun, and like I said above, I'm not the most agile person, but I was out there running and sometimes jumping for it, throwing and catching and just enjoying life.  It's great to be a participant instead of just sitting on the sidelines, too heavy to move.
Cary and Chip - oh, he LOVED the Frisbee!!!
It's all fun and games until the Frisbee lands on the roof.  Then it's time for Brian to show his MacGyver skills of getting it down with a ladder and a golf ball retriever.  

So, a bit of an unorthodox week in terms of exercise, but one that was fully enjoyable.  I've even ordered a Frisbee so Jeff and I can play in the front yard...I wonder if Paco will be as interested in it as Chip was?

13 comments:

  1. At the gym I've been going to they keep emphasizing functional movements and doing exercise type things that recreate natural and child-like movements. I'm sure frisbee hits the nail on the head with all of that. Glad to hear you and Julia worked it out to run together a little this summer - I know you dislike running alone!

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    1. I can see how doing the things we did as kids help in everyday fitness now - plus, it's just plain fun!

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  2. Isn't it fun to be able to just pick up and play? I love that part of being fit.

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    1. It really is, and it's something I didn't know I was missing out on quite so much until I was able to participate.

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  3. We all need to remember to let our inner child out to play more often. We play darts and horseshoes a lot and we made our own bean bag toss. He made the board and I made the bean bags.

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    1. Your games sound like a lot of fun, Sarah!

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  4. The frisbee looks like its floating above the roof! Oh, that will be fun to see how Paco does with the frisbee. He has the makings of a frisbee champion, I bet!

    Even with my knee, which I was thinking--I can't run and twist and turn like that!--I can still do so much more than when I was heavy--like moving heavy garden pots and big bags of soil and stuff :) I'm with you--so happy that I've changed my life for the good.

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    1. I managed to get a good shot as Brian tossed the Frisbee down. :) If Paco ends up liking the Frisbee, I'll probably get a dog one - it's made of a softer material so it doesn't hurt when they catch it in their mouths.

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  5. I love this post! It shows that you don't have to be out there running to live an active lifestyle! Yes, life is much more fun when you participate rather than sitting on the sidelines. You always have so much fun! I wish I lived near you!

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  6. I can't even remember the last time I threw a frisbee. I could walk ten miles a day and never get sick of it. But you would be proud of me, I actually ran 1/2 a mile on Monday night without stopping! :D

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  7. That's great that your group got back together again! So much fun!! The frisbee on the roof is too funny! I can't remember the last time I threw a frisbee!

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  8. Glad to hear that you are still having fun.

    Keep it up!

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  9. The most amazing part of weight loss and the. Enefits of exercise for me was /is the fact that I can join in with those fun active activities like frisbee playing!!!! (Which reminds me...I have a frisbee in my car..I think Jason and I need to pull that out again!!!!)

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