Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Wandering

Having publicly admitted my workout failure to even complete a full session of Tai Chi classes, I thought I should try to find my sport. I have no idea what that could be. It can't be team sports, because I have the competitive spirit (but not the serenity) of a Buddhist monk. Although, I got pretty riled up about over a game of Wii bowling last year.

The only thing I really like to do is walk. No, more like, wander. A friend from high school contacted me a while back and asked if I still loved to walk. She remembers how I would say no to a bus ride and choose instead to spend 3 hours walking home from the across the city. When I moved to my current city, I worked nights and explored the mountain trails in the region for hours. Then I worked days and had children and the years and the scale moved forward.

So I'm off today to explore again, although I don't have the time (and probably not the stamina) to explore for hours. I'm determined to keep this up, because finally I understand that consistency is the key to everything. That's what this daily blogging challenge is about, consistency. What you do doesn't have to be perfect or amazing or brilliant or extreme. You just have to DO, like the tortoise plodding along.

And in the spring I'm thinking of taking up fencing or archery. Yep, old fashioned sports with weapons. I wonder what that says about me. I think it means I played too much Dungeons and Dragons with my brother when I was a kid. And I'm a geek. En garde!

9 comments:

dinahmow said...

Aw, shucks! I guess if a woman with a husband and kids (and all those inherent demands!) can hit a diddly little button once a day...
Maybe I'll wander across to Na Za Bl...what is ait, again? Once a day for a month, without acronyms...

Keep it up, trouper!

dinahmow said...

P.S. I believe another sketchjbook is heading your way...remember - we were first!


The wv is sitchom...sounds like TV series. ??? If I base it on the daily life of a blogger, over one month...hmm could have a winner here

my croft said...
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my croft said...

oops -- had an indelicate typo in the previous version. . .
here's the clean version:

You might enjoy having a look at jackie morris' cat blog
http://www.jackiemorris.co.uk/now.htm
(click on "cat blog" in the list on the left)

She's a painter and illustrator who lives in beautiful Pembrokeshire in Wales and frequently posts about her walks, upon which she is accompanied by her 2 or 3 dogs and up to 6 of her cats.

andrea said...

Archery appeals to me, too. My kids enjoyed fencing (I even posted about it once -- must do a search and see if I can find it). As for walking: yes! I find the natural, forward motion kind of soothing -- like meditating. When I spend too much time going forward too fast and injure myself I still can't use a stairclimber of -- even worse -- an elliptical -- to get my cardio in. It feels so wrong, so unnatural. Swimming is good, too, but not so much in winter. Brrr. I'm a wimp.

And if you need a D&D fix it actually happens twice a month here. (But shhh -- don't tell anyone.)

Ellen said...

Dinah: I'm waiting... my 'Idle Thoughts' blogline hasn't gone bold yet. As for the sketchbooks, I'm doing them completely out of order. I'm having anxiety with completing yours, which I KNOW is not in the spirit of it. Going to get it done TONIGHT.(How do you feel about Disney Princess stickers in yours?:))

Melanie:I'll check it out. Did I read correctly, her CATS walk with her? That is blog worthy. And I did just come back from a beautiful walk, but I need to remember NOT to drink a cup of coffee and 2 big glasses of water before I leave for the woods.

Andrea: You guys play D&D every month? Can I come over? We have fencing offered here, but I can't find archery. And you ARE taking the falconry class with me next year thou craven crook-pated wench!(just practicing my Shakespearian insults for when we hit the Medieval festivals)

my croft said...

Yes, you've got that right. Her CATS walk with her, outside and for quite some distance. She posts about it a lot -- with photos -- and her cats have their own blog. She has very talented cats. Mine have all they can manage with eating and shedding and suchlike.

katie jane said...

Good for you! You go, girl! I walk almost every day (mostly on the treadmill) and I am here to tell you, it gets easier the more you do it, and when you skip a few days (like now) you really feel it. Keep up the good work.

Ellen said...

Katie: Thanks for the encouragement.I'd like to get a treadmill too, but living in a climate where it doesn't usually get that cold, just rainy (really, really rainy), I'm forcing myself to be outside.