Last week was the 3rd annual “Camp Aunt Corinne.” My nephew, who is now 14 comes to stay with me for a week. During our time I choose fun activities in the area for us to do together. (Per his request, he also gets to go to Dave and Buster’s and plays video games until the money I give him runs out.
This week we went on a long bike ride and several shorter rides to get ice cream, spent an hour at WhoaZone in Holly; an inflatable adventure course floating on the lake. An afternoon at Tree Runner in West Bloomfield; an adventure course up in the trees with zip lines and repelling. And my nephew’s favorite, DEFY Trampoline park in Commerce; think Air Time plus America Ninja Warrior. Although, for the record, I did not participate in the trampoline park day for bladder related reasons. (I know you ladies can relate).
While I am beyond exhausted and have sore muscles and bruises on most parts of me, I had an awesome time this week! Moving, trying new things and playing were just what my body and spirit needed to bust out of my recent slump. I giggled as I fell into the water, pushed myself to ride my bike faster and wholeheartedly felt free and healthier all at the same time.
In my Stop Eating Like an Asshole and Start Living Like a Badass Seminars, (which will be back by popular demand in September), I teach that we all need to find an activity that we do for the joy of moving, not simply because we “need to exercise.” This week I practiced what I teach, and I absolutely loved it. The kid that still lives in me was once again welcomed to join my life and push the limits that my lame ass adult self consistently uses to squash both movement and fun.
In a recent conversation with the health coach I’ve been working with, Kristen K of WellHelloFitness (She’s a total BadASS!) challenged me to consider how I can use the fun I had during my week of Camp Aunt Corinne and integrate it into more of my regular routine. She astutely noticed that when I show up for others, like my nephew, I am willing to take risks, keep commitments and otherwise push myself beyond my fallback feeling of “I don’t want to.” I told her I would contemplate her feedback and see if I could find some goals for my future.
You see, for a few months now, I’ve been stuck waiting for my body to want to go move. I will commit to something and then I will sit on the sofa and binge watch something, play games on my iPad or just stare at social media for 3 hours, thus, breaking my commitment. In the past this was a sign that I was fatigued or needed a break. This time, however, I have found that no amount of waiting or resting or recharging has changed my desire to move more. I guess it’s just not in me at this time.
Despite my habit of breaking commitments to myself and not feeling like moving off the couch EVER, you know what I don’t do? I don’t cancel on my clients, I don’t back out on my friends and I certainly never say to my nephew, “nah, not this year.” I will move for others and thus, I need to find a group of like-minded co-movers who also need some external accountability.
Three big awarenesses came from this conversation and contemplation. First, I need more accountability to ensure that I move regularly. I need to commit to having a meeting with others so that I show up. Second, I need some more fun in my activity routine. Finding adventures, new things to try and recapturing the activities of my youth are all keys to increasing my goal of moving more and finding joy. It seems that, at least for now, all of me wants to stay sedentary. Once I’m moving, however, I find the joy and every time I push myself beyond the not wanting to I am ALWAYS glad I did.
So, in honor of all of us who don’t crave activity, who won’t go out on an adventure without someone nudging or agreeing to go with us, who just need something to commit to so we push past our body’s desire to stay still, and thus, less healthy, I’m starting three new events in September at SheHive.
All of these events are going to have nominal fees, (most are $5.00 on our end). I’m charging something because money is another way that we hold ourselves accountable. We are more likely to show up and follow through when we have literally made an investment. All the money from these events will go to the SheHive (not me). The adventure group will also have varied event fees depending on the cost for the weekly adventure.
For the month of September our Adventure Group will be capitalizing on the last of the warm days by wake-boarding, tree running with bonus zip lining and then attending the first annual yoga triathlon at an Eastside Yoga studio. As the weather cools, we will find indoor activities; I know roller skating and pool Zumba need to be on the list. The winter will allow for some skiing, ice skating and hockey! I’m open to your ideas too. Just remember, movement (i.e. sweating!) and joy are mandatory.
So, whether you are someone who just needs to commit to some walking, or you can identify with my rekindled passion to find more adventure and reconnect with some of the activities from your youth, lets get together and move more!
Join me as I Stop Sitting Like an Asshole and Start Moving Like a Badass!