Writing and Staying Fit

Now that I’m back in the swing of things (finally have decent internet, so I can synch up my files with my little team of editing elves), I felt it was time to ramp up my activity levels. My yoga group and I have been skipping a lot of classes lately. I teach yoga once a week to a small group, but there has been so much going on, other events that people didnt want to miss and so on, that yoga has taken a back burner. Then last week I started playing volleyball in the nearby village. A few peop!e from the yoga class play. That was a refreshing change, and I realised how much I needed to mix things up a little.

Yoga is more like my maintainance routine. It improves flexibility, develops strength and balance. But it doesn’t challenge me in the way other sports do. So… I started running. Sunday marked the start of Week 1 of my running challenge. Gods, I hate running! All the more reason to push myself. So, I’ve been running every other morning since starting. My dog tags along with me, and sometimes it feels more like I’m dragging her along. She better shape up or she won’t be going with me anymore. My routine goes something like this: Wake up around 7am, get my daughter ready and take her by bike to kindergarten (for the Americans out there, that means preschool), come home, get the dog and off we go. We don’t get far, but it’s the best I can do. Come home, make breakfast, and try not to eat some great big feast (since by that time I’m starving!), then try to get some writing or chores done.

So, what do you do to keep in shape while still managing to get some writing/reading done? Leave a reply in the comments. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Published by Jessica Urquhart

First off, who am I? My name is Jessica Urquhart. Writing has always been a hobby of mine, which got its start in middle and highschool, when I'd write short stories for the amusement of my friends and classmates. Currently, I'm working on my first book, my one true love of a story I've been saying I would one day write. Well, that day has come. If you'd care to follow my musings on the adventures and hurdles of writing my first fantasy book, then please, read my blog.

35 thoughts on “Writing and Staying Fit

      1. You will never be the same, Jessica!;-)

        I wish I were this young and healthy. I looked for an old guy couch potato, but I couldn’t find one!

        Actually, I was quite the stud, many years ago, but then came that damn chemical spill! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. Whoa! Those girls look fit. Dont do like me and go get surgery to fix all the body parts I wrecked while being fit. Avoid the body mechanic and be good to yourself while you explore awesomeness. Me, I climb mountains, huff and puff furiously, and take pictures so people wont call me a liar.

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    1. This morning I ran until it my stomach hurt, then tried to walk it off, continued running despite the pain until I couldn’t take it anymore. Developing stamina is go into be hard work!
      Those girls are some of the better looking female body builders I found on a Google search. Most take it way too far, but if they enjoy it, so be it.

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      1. I’m going to run Saturday and Sunday just to keep on the same weekly pattern, so once a week I’ll be running two days in a row and the rest every other day.

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      2. The little yoga I did yesterday was helpful, but I need to do at least a few sun salutations and leg stretches every day to make up for the running.

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      3. I wish I could get started but I’ve blown up my left shoulder and now my right knee has shamed me for the decadent fun of yesterdays cave exploration. I need some AI parts installed. Hmmmm. Hans is grinning. Dear gods! what is he doing with that banana! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    1. That’s impressive that you manage to get in so many yoga sessions a week! I used to go to classes 2 or 3 times a week, plus irregular sessions at home, but now it’s just a little here and there, often randomly throughout the day, and once a week minimum a 90 minute session.

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      1. I have been abstinent for years when my daughters were smaller now I have more flexibility but usually I wake up earlier then anybody else in the house to do my 40/45 minutes.this week I skip but back from Monday ๐Ÿค“

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      2. Oh, yes, I can relate. My daughter is still young enough to demand a lot of time and attention, so getting full sessions in is hard. I try to include her and she’s totally interested, but it just turns into her telling me how to do yoga. At least we can laugh about it!

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      3. I understand,I used to do it with mine to but then once again it becomes an us time and not a me time….and Iโ€™m very greedy with my time๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚

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      4. Yep! That’s why I teach the class once a week. Do your kids take children’s yoga classes? There’s a teacher in my area, but she’s currently full, so Frida has to wait to start.

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      5. My eldest used to do it in the old school once a week.rather then that no,they are already busy enough and me too driving them around.I keep saying that Iโ€™m going to do it at least once a week with them but then for a reason or an other we do it together very randomly and rarely ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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      6. Well, good luck! Strawberries are pretty easy and low maintenance. Just give them a nice flat garden patch and good soil, keep them watered and if it gets pretty cold where you live, cover with straw in the winter. I used fall leaves to cover mine this past winter, and everything was fine, but it’s mild here.

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      7. Thatโ€™s what my friend said,and she has them for years with no really effort given…I just have to find a garden patch sheltered from the dogs๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ“

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      8. Hmm… My dog doesn’t disturb my garden and it isn’t fenced off or anything. The cat likes to use the garden as a litter box, though. Not much I can do about that. Strawberries are very happy in a flower bed. Just clear out whatever else is growing there and plant strawberries. They make good ground cover and look really nice, actually. Ever heard of edible gardens? It’s a push to transform how people think about decorative gardening, by growing edible plants, such as herbs, fruits, veggies, in a way that is aesthetically pleasing. Some native wild flowers growing in the garden is also very good, because it attracts bees and other pollinators. I’m glad my daughter is taking more of an interest in help in in the garden, so that we can do it together. Makes it feel like less of a chore and more of a learning opportunity as a family.

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      9. Ok ok u bought me her Iโ€™ll get my strawberries….thank u in advance on behalf of my daughters ๐Ÿ˜‰I might clear up a bit of space taken by the bugs hotel they made me build๐Ÿค“

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