PAD Day 25 – Exercise – Exercise in Restraint and more poems

So my first thought this morning when I was thinking of exercise, the PAD prompt of the day, I was thinking running. Because running is an exercise in mental and physical ability. Running is how I lose weight. Nothing else burns the fat off quite as quickly. But the downside is I am not a very good runner. I have to use an inhaler for breathing, a form of exhalation asthma according to my doctor. I get worn out super fast, I can only run on a good day about two miles…. Three miles is the most I’ve ever pushed myself and it’s amazing, because I hit my wall at about a mile and a half to two miles.  So if I can get past that, well whoo hoo!  I need to get out running because this winter I put on at least 10 pounds. Even my comfy jeans are getting a bit snug…. Sigh.

But then I was walking to the library and I realized that I have to restrain myself when I go the the library. I would check out so many books, but my card has a limit. A twenty item limit. I can’t whip out my card like a credit card and just check out anything.  Lol. I would if I could and I would be carting home too many books!

And lastly, a bit of minor slam-ish poetry about how after the first four days in January, your New Year’s resolution is almost kaput.  So enjoy today’s three poems

Exercising Book Restraint

It’s an exercise in restraint to book shop
at my library when the new rotation
fills up the shelves in flashy covers
and my fingers itch to pull them down,
stuff them in my bag, greedy-like
then whipping out my library card
like it’s a platinum credit card
with no limit and endless funds.
Sadly my card is usually maxed out
at twenty items which is never enough.
New covers and new stories are my bling
my guilty pleasure, my food of living
Exercising restraint takes all the fun
out of library book shopping.

Running – Said on a Epithet

My feet hit the pavement with a slap
the rubber of my shoes absorbing impact
a hint of pain vibrating up to my knees
Running. Said on an epithet
It’s the agony that makes me cringe
the pain radiation from my shoulders out
and down to my calves that makes me
cringe and resist the exercise.
The endorphin’s buzz isn’t always enough.
Running, said on a sigh, now that’s
what makes me pull on my shoes
once or twice a week in the summer.
Knowing I’ll be in shape if I keep it up.
Running; is a casual thing for me.
Or jogging since I only run a ten minute mile
on a good week, or month, or never.
I love running the track field. Around
around, around till I hit three miles.
That magic three makes me dance and explode
in pure happiness as I pass my wall.
That stupid wall around one and a half to
two miles, and a flushed face, and a
wheezing set of lungs and the promise
of a damn good cup of coffee at home.
But three is my number, my goal, my
challenge and delight and reward.
Summer is coming and the running is
nagging me like a child tugging my skirts.
I’ve yet to acknowledge it other than
a passing glance, or a taste of guilt.

Exercise on a Slam

January — stack up the exercise books
pull out the free weights and yoga mats
Your New Year’s resolution is taunting you
You made the promise in a drunken flash
fool that you are, ignore the chip stash.
Don’t you know that booze lies?
But you are determined to win, goodbye fries.
The battle of weight and outta shape
You can ignore the cookies on the plate
Stretch and flex, you can win
It’s been four days, don’t give in.
Stick to your guns it’s only pain
and muscle you will eventually gain.
Others around will lose this battle
Heck, this lugging around isn’t just for cattle!
So step up the pace and push yourself on
Five days isn’t that far gone……..

A New Year Redux

Okay, now that I’m sure I have your attention, and I’m sorry for the ploy, but it got you here right?  Hoping you would hear about a redone New Year?  Not so.  Sorry.  Okay, well I’m not that sorry.

Declutter your life

Everywhere you turn you see how to improve your life.  Maybe it’s a January thing.  I’m not sure, and I do not have the resources to research it, but really, everything is about improving on one’s self.  Clear the clutter, feng shui yourself, organize a kitchen, clean a kitchen, redo this room, that room, eat healthy.  January is this giant fixit month.

Are you Feng Shui-ed?

Maybe it is because of all those New Year’s resolutions half of us won’t get to(yeah, I’m still not doing my yoga yet) or this thing that we all think we need to improve ourselves.  But why this month? Why not, say, June?  June is a lovely month.  It’s warm, you want to be outside, you don’t mind cleaning, it’s a pretty nice month.

But January?

And I’m just as much to blame as anyone else.  I have this insane (okay it’s probably not insane) desire to clean up the clutter.  A valid improvement in my life as well, I do clutter easily. It’s just so easy to do!  Organize, sew, start a new hobby that I seriously do not have time for.

Every where you turn you see it. I was at the library and there, sitting in a prime spot was 1000 ways to Clean Up the Clutter, or something along those lines.  The volunteers had set it out specifically for the month of January. Things to fix up your life.  Along with exercise, diet, health…. bla bla bla.  And what did I do?  I checked out the clutter book.  Yep, I fell for their ploy.  They are good.  Along with that, I checked out a book on healthy living.  Funny thing is, I live a pretty healthy life.  My parents have an organic produce business, we do not use tons of household chemicals (though I do love Softscrub), we feed our animals naturally, we eat tons of vegetables, we get our sun, we drink water, we sleep healthy…. Why do I need to read a book on living healthy?  Who knows, but I checked it out anyways.

Today, going through the second-hand store in town, on a table were three books on feng shui-ing your life, furniture, etc.  I almost, almost picked one up just to see, but then decided I can  only handle so many improvements all at one time.

Then tonight, looking through an older Martha Stewart Living magazine, old as in a couple of years, January issue, the whole thing is pretty much dedicated to organizing your life.  How to keep your kitchen sparkling clean.  Yes, that is nice, don’t get me wrong, but don’t you want it sparkling clean in March?  August? Gasp, and December when you have holiday guests?

Because seriously, come March, our New Years resolutions have petered away and we have lost some of our motivation.  We need the reminders more than just in January.  Granted, I’ve seen how to’s all year long, but this strange obsession with the first of the year.  We should learn to pace ourselves because really, if we overdo improving all at once, we get burned out.

Oh wait, isn’t there a book for being burned out?  Kidding.  Just kidding.  Though hold on let me Google that…….  Okay, yep, there are books on that too.

Well, so here I am, improving myself as well in the new year.  Whether or not I succeed is another post at another time.  For now I shall settle with trying to get back to yoga a few times a week, writing here and at ‘Escaping the Inkwell’ once a week, or more over there, and trying to clean up the clutter.  For your information I think the yoga and writing are the easiest of the three. I’m a lost cause when it come to clutter.  And I don’t think a book is going to help me solve that.

Signing off

~Kate

(images from : http://jogjatec.com/2009/07/08/5-common-mistakes-with-the-feng-shui-of-your-bed/

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Things I May Have Learned This Year

These may not make anyone laugh, but here are some things I’ve learned this year.

  1. I can never have too much of Ashland, OR.  It is one of the best towns ever!
  2. Bleaching your hair with hydrogen peroxide doesn’t always  work, and come Christmastime, yellow hair looks really crappy in the family photos.  Note to self, do not play hairdresser with medicine cabinet bottles.
  3. Tea does not dye the hair back.
  4. Query letters are a pain in the you- know- what.  And they take                                    F-O-R-E-V-E-R to write.
  5. There are some pop songs I will NEVER get out of my head, even though they drive me nuts most the time. Case in point.  Lady Gaga: Bad Romance (ugh on so many levels).  Katy Perry: California Gurls and possibly a few others.
  6. Always carry a notebook or paper to write on if you are a writer.  You never know when you will have an idea.  And do not lose those pieces, or you will go nuts for two weeks trying to find them!
  7. Jane Austen totally rocks!
  8. You can never have too many cups of tea  with friends.
  9. It is really hard to get back in the groove of yoga, jump rope, etc. once you have gotten sick.
  10.  Blogging on a regular basis is super hard to maintain!

Have a Happy New Year everyone!

Signing off

~Kate