Posted in Exercise and fitness, fitness, making time, mind and body, Uncategorized

Ringing in 2019: Parenting and Fitness–I CAN Do This in Relatively LITTLE Time!

Happy 2019 and 12th day of Christmas, everyone! Hope any–or all–of the holidays you celebrated lived up to all the energy many of us put into them!

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My decorations and tree are still up. After the festivities are over is when I most enjoy sitting and looking at them, in a quiet home after Hubby’s gone to bed and Younger Son is downstairs gaming. (Aside: I heard, on a local radio show, that the Christmas season doesn’t end until the baptism of Jesus. I’m thinking the caller meant the presentation at the temple–during the briss. Either way, that gives me one more week stay of execution to keep my tree up 😀 .)

T’is also the season when storage containers come to the forefront of stores, and diet commercials and promos for gym memberships bombard us from all sides.

“But it’s so hard to find time to exercise, get to the gym,. etc., with kids, work, the house…”

I know! I’ve been there. I’ve done that. (And I’m still here, keeping a home, working outside–and inside–the home for pay…) 🙂

So…

I’m linking you up with two posts in which I covered this subject, when I was still in the trenches with kids in elementary school and I had to come up with an alternate plan to getting in exercise. Seems like an appropriate time of year to do so.

Working in Exercise—Keeping the Parent’s Body (and Mind) Fit–Part 1

Working in Exercise–Keeping the Parent’s Body (and Mind) Fit–Part 2

You can do this! It’s a mind-shift, dear parents and caregivers, and it can be done. A little flexibility in your thinking and a desire to make it work within the parameters of your particular circumstance is all you need to make it so.

One mom I used to chat with, while we waited for our 3rd and 1st grade kids to be dismissed from school, loved running, but her hubby had to be OUT THE DOOR and on his way to the day job by 6:30 AM. “I kept my sneakers next to the bed. My feet were in them before my eyes were open.” She was on the move by 6 AM. (THAT’s dedication and flexibility. Those words still motivate me. I try to walk as soon as I get home from work every day, keep 3 lb. weights next to the bed for a few before-I-get-out-of-bed shoulder-arm exercises, do some wall push-ups or squats while I wait for water to boil… Y’all get the idea!)

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Wishing you all a great day and weekend!

Joanne

©Joanne C Timpano, content and images (unless otherwise credited), 2019.

Posted in mind and body, Reflections

Peace via Gratitude

Received this AMAZING QUOTE by Gilda Radner in my inbox via Thoughtful Mind:

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.”

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Totally in love with the colors of these Easter flowers. Can’t wait to plant them outdoors for next year!

This got me thinking. I know very little about Gilda Radner. She had a flourishing career on Saturday Night Live, and was married to Gene Wilder who supposedly loved her very much. (He probably still does.)

Life hit her.

Hard.

Cancer doesn’t care who you are or about what’s going on in your life.

The little I read suggests she chose to make the best of it, until her short life came to its close. (She died at 43.)

Flexibility is key, folks. Life happens. People—kids included—do what they do. (Sometimes it stinks.) We roll with it and experience some modicum of peace, or fight with it and spend many of our days feeling miserable, resentful, cheated, hopeless—you name it.

Regardless of your situation, name ONE thing for which to be grateful. It can be big (that promotion you just got) or not-so-big (the thoughtfulness behind the ceramic loon your 8-year-old spent his money on at the flea market, figuring you’d love it 😉 ).

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Make thankfulness a habit. Challenge yourself to name two things. Five. (You get the idea.) Miring oneself in gratitude—despite the stuff life brings—makes it really hard to stay sad. Just MHO and just sayin.’

“A man is as happy as he makes up his mind to be.” Abraham Lincoln. (I’m thinking this applies to women too! 😉 )

How do you practice gratitude and/or flexibility? Does either or both bring you peace? Share about it in the comments. You might just inspire someone else.

Have an inspired day,

Joanne

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