Kettlebells or “Wow, my legs hurt”


Kettlebells, Originally uploaded by essexjan

I’m taking a class at the gym.

An “Introduction to Kettlebells” class.

And every Friday morning (as it’s a Thursday evening class), my legs hurt.

It’s an amazing work out and I can now swing bells with husband, as he took the class this past spring. I’m so excited.

Not quite sure what I’m talking about? Watch this:¬†

Seasonal Change

The seasonal change means a change in my activities, my schedule, and my mindset.

Now that the days are slowly getting shorter and cooler, I can’t go kayaking anymore. I’ve enjoyed being on the water so much this summer and look forward to May 2011 when I can get back out there. This time of year also means an end to bicycling in the sun and sitting by the pool; I did a lot of the former this summer and not so much of the latter this year.

Another thing I didn’t do this summer was run. Sure, I went on a few runs here and there, but I didn’t run like I did last summer (2009) when I was training for the Army Ten-Miler. Since I’m not running the ATM this year, I decided to start my running on November 1 and I’ll run some this winter (which I really enjoy doing). I’m going to run the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile next year and will start training for reals for it around the first of the year.

Also, as I mentioned in my last post, school started last month. Expect my already sporadic posting schedule to get even more sporadic. I enjoy school (and am quite good at it), but it does eat up a lot of my time.

I also have to be careful this time of year to not get so angry with everyone. Just because the weather is darker and grayer, doesn’t mean that I have to be darker and grayer too. Plenty of sleep. Lots of hours in the gym. Lots of hugs by family and friends. These things get me through this time of year.

What is changing for you as the summer shifts into fall?

Calm

Husband and I took a trip over Labor Day weekend. It wasn’t a long one as we were only gone about 56 hours, but it was a necessary one. We went to hang out with some of my family in Panama City Beach, Florida. The weather was wonderful. The seafood was plentiful. The sunburn was all over my back. Good times.

It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind without realizing that you’ve given more of yourself to the world than what exists. At those times, take a break. Take a trip. Have a cup of tea. Go for a run. Do what you need to do to get your head back on straight.

Going to beach is like that for me. This trip was perfectly times as I just started school for the semester and husband is scheduled to go on a business trip in a few days. I was able to spend time with people who love and accept me just as I am and I recharged my batteries.