I Zipped Up the Stairs – And Almost Fell Back Down

Stairs

On January 6th, I started my journey back into a more physical life.

  • It was my first belly dance class.
  • I had a lot of fun.
  • And could barely walk from my car to the front door when I got home.

Two weeks later, I added working out with my trainer twice a week into the loop.

  • While very kind, she works me hard.
  • Most days it’s been a lot of fun.
  • And, unfortunately, most days could barely walk from my car to the front door when I got home.

I spent a lot of January sleeping.

  • My body was in a state of shock.
  • How could I try to shed my beloved couch potato lifestyle?
  • It was so much easier to do nothing!

My muscles drained my brain.

  • I often felt like I was thinking through a vat of thick mud.
  • Everything took massive effort.
  • Even things that should be easy for me to do.

I knew in my heart of hearts, I was on the right path.

  • This was just the really painful part of the initiation.
  • One day it would lift.
  • (One day could not come soon enough!)

Yesterday, I was about to leave to run an errand.

  • Realized I left my purse in my office.
  • On the second floor.
  • I thought about asking James to get it – as I had done so many times over the last few years.

Instead I just zipped up the steps myself.

  • Then it hit me!
  • I was zipping!
  • My feet were moving much faster than my usual trudge.

It was fairly effortless.

  • I was in such shock, I almost fell back down the stairs.
  • Thankfully I caught myself and let out a big cheer!
  • Phase 1 of “More Active Cynthia” is complete!

I’ve got a long ways to go before I reach the fitness level I want to make my norm.

  • And that’s okay.
  • Today I’m celebrating survival.
  • And zipping up stairs!

How do you celebrate the small successes in your life?


Just Call ME the Kayak Queen?

kayak queen

Can you imagine ME as the Kayak Queen?

  • James, my husband, enjoys swimming open water races.
  • He keeps swimming longer and longer races.
  • Has been doing a 10K open water race for a few years now.

Yesterday he found a race that’s in one of our favorite places.

  • It too is a 10K.
  • Would be swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • And requires he have a pilot kayaking along side him.

James left for a meeting and I started thinking.

  • What if I trained to be his pilot?
  • Would it be fun?
  • Could I train enough to be easy for me to do?

I have never been on a kayak in my life.

  • However found out we can rent kayaks in Ann Arbor.
  • And they have some regular longer distance events that I can practice with.
  • I’m hoping they might offer lessons in the spring too – but there’s always YouTube.

I started to buzz with excitement.

  • Imagine me able to kayak for a 10K!
  • I texted my trainer to make sure it was sort of realistic.
  • Ran it past a friend to see what I was missing.

By the time James got home from his meeting, I had a rough plan of action.

  • The look on his face when I shared it was precious.
  • Shock is a pretty accurate descriptor.
  • (He knew when he married me I was not and am NOT boring!)

Today, I’m even more excited – and in a bit of wonderment.

  • Wondering what I’m thinking about doing!
  • If I become the Kayak Queen needed to support James in his race, my life will need to change drastically
  • How do I keep my life infused with fun while training for such a big physical challenge?

James signs up for the race at the end of the week.

  • He’s going to request a pilot to be provided.
  • That takes the pressure off me. (What if I don’t like it?)
  • And leaves me room to be as outrageous as I want to be as I train.

My fantasy is to look amazing and be strong as heck as I step into the role as his pilot in November.

  • As Kayak Queen, I’ll be adding some style to James’ race.
  • James likes to wear colorful swim suits.
  • Perhaps I’ll wear a tiara to add some bling to the team.

How do you keep the fun in your big stretches?


Today is the BEST Day of My Life!!!

Best day

And I didn’t get married today!

Growing up, I often heard the best day of a woman’s life was the day she got married.

  • Brides were beautiful.
  • Princesses dressed in gorgeous dresses.
  • People gave gifts – and the bride got a husband!

After I got married, I started to worry.

  • Was that it for me as a woman?
  • If I didn’t have kids did I only get one best day of my life?
  • It was rather depressing to think about.

Fast forward to a little over a month ago.

  • I started to do Morning Pages. (I’ve never studied Julia Cameron; however know she is the concept creator.)
  • Every morning I dumped whatever was in my head onto three pages.
  • It was great way to release mind worms, worries and more.

After a while, I didn’t have as much of that stuff to write about.

  • I didn’t want to turn it into a journal about what I did the day before.
  • So I decided to write about my future.
  • As if it already happened.

Every morning has become a leap into potential for me.

  • After I do any dumping – yes, sometimes it’s still there.
  • Or work through an issue that needs some attention.
  • I totally enjoy raving about how wonderful my successes have been – even though I haven’t done them yet.

This practice has juiced my imagination.

  • I can try on different scenarios.
  • Claim all sorts of bold things for myself.
  • And start my day on quite a high.

Last week, I started to end every morning page session with “This is the best day of my life!!!”

  • I giggle every morning as I break the rule about weddings.
  • And find myself looking for proof about how amazing my day is.
  • Interestingly, I’ve been having some unexpected and fabulous experiences – sort of out of the blue.

Are my Morning Pages and my bold closing about the best day ever causing the bounty of joy coming my way?

  • I have no idea.
  • However, Mama didn’t raise a fool.
  • I’m going to keep writing every morning just in case it is.

How do you make every day the best day of your life?


Want More Cynthia? Cynthia D'Amour

Enter your email address here and get Cynthia's posts sent directly to you: