Thursday, July 15, 2010

Excuses, oh I've Had my Share!

So yes, I live in a beautiful place and there should be absolutely no reason for me not to get out often to enjoy the great outdoors. But during the school year, between working 2 jobs, teaching and tutoring, I often leave for school in the dark, at 6:00 a.m. to commute an hour to work, and get home in the dark, sometimes at 8:00 p.m. It gets cool and foggy here along the coast and the gray windy weather does not call me to run. In fact, it encourages me to get home, eat dinner, wrap up in a blanket and enjoy the sofa with my hubby for about 2 hours before I go to bed each night.

You may be thinking: well, if I lived there I would be out there every day, running, surfing, kayaking, rollerblading, bicycling, and all of those fun activities. But here's the deal: I work a lot so I can afford to live here. I am not complaining, though, because I have made this choice with my eyes wide open.  When the days are short and the weather not so nice, I sometimes forget the amazing beauty surrounding me ( this photo above is taken 2 minutes from my teeny tiny apartment) and lose touch with why I live here.

I am sure that there is either a place that inspires you to move or an activity that you absolutely love but have stopped for one reason or another.  I am here to ask a favor of you, team #temt! Please, if you hear me spouting off any excuse, ANY reason I am not getting out there at least 3-4 times per week, I ask that you call me on it! Right now I am on a roll, getting out there about 5 days per week and challenging myself to reach new goals. But I fear I will lose momentum. Do you fear that as well? What can we do together to ditch those excuses?


  1. Nice thoughts, you make meappreciate the fact I can enjoy my surroundings and not have to work two jobs. Keep up the good job!

  2. I feel your pain and understand your difficulties. Although my surroundings are not as beautiful as yours I too, work two jobs, during the academic year, and would also prefer spending my evenings with my wife rather than a treadmill, weights or some other gym equipment.

    thus I have found mixed curling for the winter. The wife and I play in two leagues from September to April. That covers two nights a week.

    If you have any suggestions for the other one I am open. Oh my second job is more manual labour related, therefore some exercise is involved.

  3. Thanks for the comments! Yes, Dean, there's something to be said for that! I was helping two kids get through college as well for several years so now that both are graduated and one is in grad school I can maybe cut back a bit.
    Thanks Shawn for your ideas as well. Maybe my husband and I can do a "together" exercise on those winter nights. I have been wanting to take Salsa lessons. I think we just have to be creative in motivating ourselves in those darker winter months.
    Thanks everyone for reading and sharing!