Today, I promised Isadore that we would go on a hike together at Powell Butte since I left her behind on my walk last night around the neighborhood (not an easy neighborhood to walk in since there is that super steep hill and no shoulder--not kid-friendly.) What is up with all this walking, you ask? Well, I took an idea from my friend Amy (Syma Says) and her friend Jess (the SUV-driving-bitch your mother warned you about) to work out once a day for 21 days. This seemed like a good comittment to me--not so long that you are destined to failure but also long enough to become a bit of a habit. For example, squeezing in a walk just before dinner really isn't that hard but unless I have to or it's a common occurance then I won't (I'd crack a beer instead). Seven days into it and it's going very well--I've either walked Powell Butte (and sometimes do some yoga at the top), walked the neighborhood, or done a good yoga routine everyday. I have to do this. I hate being attached to weight but I am very unhappy being this heavy. I've never weighed this much before--even at the height of my pregnancy with Mayan I was still a few pounds less that I am now. And it isn't only that my clothes fit poorly (which would be reason enough for this fashion-conscious mama!) but that I just feel out of shape. Obviously, I have a newborn, and these things take time, so I should cut myself a break but I really feel like I could be more active and that will only help my situation. I am not "watching what I eat" or counting calories, I am a nursing mama and I will eat what feels right, but being more active will help a lot.
Working out is actually something I find very strange. Americans simulate walking and biking on a stationary machine in front of thier tv sets--that is how lacking our lifestyles are in phyical activity! We actually have to set aside time in our days to move our bodies! I have rocked a treadmill on my iPod, so I am not shaming anyone but I am often asking myself "what is natural?" In a simpler world, our daily life would be enough to keep us fit. Sometimes when I walk up the neighborhood north of ours on Mt. Scott, past the exceedingly large and close together mini-mansions, I think in a simpler time I would have been hoofing it daily (sometimes twice!) up and down this hill to fetch water or go to the market with a basket on my head. I would not have time to "work-out"--that would seem ABSURD--but instead my daily activities would keep my muscles tone and body strong. But this IS America and I have to actually force myself to load up my children in their government approved carseats, along with my jogging stroller (complete with cup holder and sun shade!) in the back of my giant Suburban and drive to a "nature park" kindly set aside from the urban spew, and walk along it's paved paths so that I can burn off the calories I have ingested and work my muscles. Brilliant!
The girls though have enjoyed accompanying me on my outings, which brings me back to our day today. i told Isadore she and I and George could take that hike up Powell togetherr today, just the three of us. Team Perlingieri members B and MG would stay behind and work on the play structure. We were Team Perlingieri, unit 3: not only were their three of us but George is now 3 months, Isadore is technically still 3, and I am 3 to the 3rd power. Yeah, we're dorks. I also had some other errands to run with them such as bringing a large pile of CDs to sell at a music store, then hitting the teacher supply store for some handwriting paper, and finally going to the Goodwill to shop for books. Speaking of three, this ended up being a triple bust. The CD store only wanted 4 of my Cd's (out of like 15), the teacher supply store is no longer there (I drove all around mall 205 twice looking for it!), and then when we finally got to the Goodwill, I unloaded a sleeping and very sweaty George in to my sling, and took Isadore's hand only to notice that she had peed her pants! (She claimed it was water but it smelled like pee to me...) We bailed the mission and headed home. Oh, well, I really like my life enough that I will take the occassional "typical Monday" anyday without much of a fight.
Hope everyone else had a decent Monday;-)