fresh starts

This is my favourite time of year. The kids are back in school, I’m back in school. There’s a nip to the morning air that whispers of the promise of autumn just around the corner. There’s a clean slate-feeling to September, isn’t there? The lazy (hah!) days of summer are behind us. The new notebooks are still crisp and inviting, the coloured pencils are all sharpened, and there’s a spring in everyone’s step as they head out the door.

What seemed like drudgery last June now seems fresh and exciting. And I’m not just talking about school. My workout schedule went on vacation right around the time the boys did. At the end of June. 10 long weeks ago. I made a few half-hearted attempts in the first few weeks, and then I didn’t even bother any more. Don’t get me wrong – I had a fun active summer, possibly the most active since I was a kid. And I would not trade playing with my kids, chasing them around, exploring nature trails and the like for anything in the world. Certainly not for a thirty minute run. But now? Even despite having a hectic schedule, the idea of following a workout plan seems fresh and exciting. I had my time off, I enjoyed it immensely, and now I’m ready to get back to it with renewed zest.

But what, exactly, is it? There are a lot of runners here at Shrinking Jeans. I gave it a whirl, but it’s not my bag, baby. (that’s for you, Heather!) I like to have a plan, to have an end goal of… something, but I don’t like to do events. Here are a few things I’m contemplating:

  • a twelve week weight training program
  • the swim a mile training schedule found here
  • joining a nordic walking group
  • joining an indoor rock climbing club

Those are ordered from most to least likely to happen :) But I’d like to know what your plan is. How are you going to jumpstart your fall fitness program? 

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  • http://christy.shrinkingjeans.net Christy_TheSistherhood

    Karena, I feel the EXACT same way about this time of year. I am so excited for Fall and all that it brings. Just yesterday while waiting for BJ to get out of school, I filled my calendar on my iPhone with a new workout schedule! Run on Monday, Bootcamp on T-Th, Yoga (I’m going to try it finally!!) on Wednesday, and run on Saturday. It was fun and exciting to see the spots fill up on my calendar!

    So this Fall, my new thing to try will be yoga, and I’m really excited :)

  • http://www.whereverimaywander.com LissaJoy

    I hear ya!! Running isn’t my thing, either. I love taking classes at the gym. I need to start taking my foster babe to the child watch program so I can get my workouts in. I’m also trying to find a way to go to an adult ballet class with a friend of mine.

  • Andy Drouin

    I love fall too! And it has that new year start feeling to it, more then January does for me. I tried running and it’s really not my thing. I’m going to stick with TaeKwon-Do as my exercise of choice.

    • http://www.traveling-well.com Karena @ Traveling Well

      Glad you found what works for you! I thought about trying aikido, actually, but the classes available don’t mesh well with my kids’ schedules. Enjoy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/annflandersgregory Ann Flanders Gregory

    I’ve been in a bad rut lately and haven’t done much beyond training walks. I’m trying to pull myself out of it but seems there is always osme excuse! I’m hoping the cooler weather will eventually be here and help motivate me to move!

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