Skating my way to a better me

I went out Saturday and purchased a pair of roller skates.  I never got the hand of roller blades so I decided go to get a pair of quad skates.  I was able to try them out on Sunday evening.  I thought that I would just get back on skates and I would immediately start skating like I did 20 years ago.  It’s just like riding a bike right?  Wrong!

The first thing I did was wipe out.  The neigbor’s son came down as I was putting on my skates and was saying in cute toddler talk “chelle got skates”.  I stood up and took about 3 steps and hit the pavement.  I thought “ok so this won’t be as easy as I thought it would be”.  But I saw no reason to give up.

From the time I was 5 or 6 years old I loved to skate.  My friend Anne, who visited me with her sisters this weekend, and I used to spend hours skating around my basement or out on the street near her house.  I had birthday parties at the roller rink and I was always bothering my mother to take me.  All my memories surrounding skating are good ones.

I’m trying to rekindle my romance with physical activity.  I’m not sure when I became so inactive but I’m working on changing that.  I’ve always been more active than some with my scuba diving, hiking and etc.   But I am working on finding more activities that I enjoy because I know that I won’t stay active unless I find things that make me want to be active.  Along with that I need to find people who like being active with me.  My 7 year old is showing an interest in skating so it might be a fun activity for us to do together.

I’ve been practicing and I’m glad to say that I am starting to get the hang of it again.  My biggest obstacles now is those little rocks that make me stumble, the cracks in the concrete sidewalk, and my own hesitancy to go fast.  If I remember correctly the first two will be overcome once I get to the third.  I should have bought a set of pads in the beginning but didn’t so I think that will be my next investment.

Other activities I am enjoying these days include, body boarding, yoga, and taking the dog for brisk walks.  I am looking forward to getting back to diving in a couple weeks after the kids go back to school.  I have been carving out my work out time in the evening either when the kids are at taekwondo, or more often after dinner time.

I’m also enjoying trying out new recipes from all sorts of sources.  Eating healthy and being active both feel good and I hope that over time I will break old habits and establish new healthier ones.  An unexpected bonus is that because I am spending more time being active I feel better about myself even if my body hasn’t changed too much yet.  It feels good to know that you have exercised your body and given it good fuel to burn.  And of course to know that I am setting the example for my kids that I want to set.


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