Fitness and Roadlife

It’s like my grad school roommate, Fred Anderson talked about “allowing yourself to be three dimensional.” @krystaldiaries got me thinking with her post on “Why I Don’t Feel Guilty Missing a Workout. The gist is that it’s supposed to be fun, and making memories are more important. So…

“How can the experience lead to positive results if it’s guilt-ridden?”

I flip #vanlife on Instagram. One pic after another of smiling, sun-kissed, carefree people living life on the road. But it’s stressful behind the scenes of 40,000 miles and 37 state lines. In real life, fitness is so much more than ribs and a spinal column doing hot yoga in spandex. Fitness equals quality of life: an active lifestyle, healthy eating, mindful living.

In our experience, it’s stressful behind the scenes of 40,000 miles and 37 state lines. How do you fit exercise into packing, repacking, working, and driving from one point to the other? What do you eat when fast food is convenient, and farm-to-table takes time, effort, and money? How do you remain mindful in an enclosed space of high-decibel conflicting identities, needs, and life goals? Pffft. To be honest, it was that last part, especially that kicked us in the ass.

In an honest self-audit, we walked and biked fairly consistently, but I didn’t get on my bike as much as I would’ve liked. We did a great job cooking instead of buying, but I had a tendency to pig out. We spent a lot of time investing in positive experiences for the kids, but I spent too much time being angry.

But the adventure continues. I re-read my post on  An Active Life is an Adventure.

  • Don’t go 3 days without engaging.
  • Don’t miss a Monday; start the week off right.
  • Don’t give up. Begin again.

So today, I’m getting back on the horse. I’m making the choice to start off the day with yoga, water, and reading aloud to the kids. I’m planning an outdoor activity, healthy lunch, and measuring my responses to my family.

And I’m taking away a few lessons from this summer:

  • Be patient & positive. With everyone else and yourself.
    @GaryVee puts it best here: “Once you understand that nobody cares & you’re complaining to empty air you start going in a …different direction.” Nobody cares about the negative shit. You shouldn’t either. People care about the stories. Get busy writing yours.
  • Have opportunities at the ready.
    Kristin is great about laying out the yoga mat. And I’m more apt to use it if it’s already available. What I’ve learned is to make the optimal situation more easily available.
  • Everything in moderation.
    A lesson from Buddhism gave me the biggest success in my diet. I started using a small plate. I even occasionally allow myself seconds. Say yes! Just give yourself a small bowl.
  • Use your smartphone
    When we anticipate our need for a break or a meal 15 to 30 minutes ahead, the copilot has time to Google a park or the healthier of restaurants. Tech used mindfully creates mindful opportunities.

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