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Being Fit Makes Me Happy

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Tonight, as I stared (for hours) at the computer, trying to think of the “best” possible post for you all to read, my mind wandered a lot. In my head were lots of topic ideas, yet nothing fun or funny was coming to me.

My mind wanders when I stare at the computer

Stare Stare Stare. Think Think Think.

My head was full of thoughts, yet none of them interesting or suitable for a site about health and exercise. Too distracted, I guess. By the fact that my sister’s beloved father-in-law is living his last few days; that my elder son is leaving town for two weeks and my younger son for 4 or 5 days; that my mom needs a realistic plan for her future as she ages; by the distance or circumstances that can separate us from those we love; that I won’t see my beloved niece for a long time; and by the chores and bills that always seem to be just a bit more than I can keep up with.

Then it came to me that I am good at coping and being responsible. Cranky sometimes and impatient, yet good overall. Just like you! And being healthy and fit helps me stay optimistic and energetic. So here’s my list of things I can do because I have good health and am fit:

* stay up past 1:00 a.m. then wake up at 6:30 to make waffles for my kids

Yummy waffles

My waffles always look & taste perfect ("always" means "If I'm lucky")

* have push-up contests with my teen boys and impress them (I even win sometimes)
* wear the same clothes I’ve owned for years as my size is consistent
* feel attractive and sexy (okay, not every day) even though I’m a mom of teens, not a 30-year-old hottie

The Best Me I Can Be

Sigh. That's All I Got, Folks!

* teach strength training and cardio to university students, then smile to myself when they realize I have way more energy and stamina than they do
* go for long walks with my sister and not worry about making it back to the car
* eat Rocky Road ice cream on occasion and not stress out about it

Rocky Road Ice Cream is My Kind of Treat

Rocky Road? Yes Please!

* volunteer at my place of worship
* clean the kitchen every dang day, even though I’m not always the one who messed it
* meet up with friends I haven’t seen in years and not worry that they’ll be thinking “What happened to her?”
* stick up for myself, because no-one messes with me

Female Martial Artist

Don't Even Think of It

* plan for a really long future (you know – travel, visit my kids and overstay my welcome, watch the grandkids and give them back when they need changing or get fussy, get a call from the President on my 100th birthday – that kind of future)
* be independent (or at least have the illusion, considering I have two barnacles kids)
* feel successful
* run like heck or fight back if someone tries to grab my purse
* wake up every single day ready to do it all over again

What things can you do, thanks to your good health? What can Brown Fitness do for you?

Photo credits: Creative Commons (cultivatechi.com)

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4 Responses to Being Fit Makes Me Happy

  1. Evelyn June 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    I enjoyed this post!

    I’m not as fit as I would like to be, but I am working on it. :) With that being said, I can still bend down and touch my toes, keep up with a 4 1/2 year old and dance with her without getting tired and that’s something I am thankful for.

    I’m challenging myself to exercise for 21 days straight..I’m a little lazy, hopefully during this challenge, I will form a habit of exercising and be fitter than ever.

    Take care,

    Evelyn
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    • Alexandra June 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

      Thank you Evelyn. We can work a deal: I’ll substitute something vegan a few times a day, and you can do your 21 days of exercise. At the end of the 3 weeks, we will both be healthier!

  2. Kris @Krazy_Kris June 29, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    YES! When I’m healthy and taking care of myself – I am so much less of a hag. I love my hag, but occasionally she’s a pain LOL
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    • AlexandraFunFit June 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

      This is a hag-free zone, so you must be exaggerating! And you are right – if I’m cranky, I go for a walk. Works every time!
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