Elliptical Life

I am not a 5’8″, 110lb, buff 23 year old.  I’m 36.  I have a 3 year old son.  I love food.  I do what I can to stay healthy but I find that most fitness advice comes from fitness people.  Most people aren’t fitness people.  Most people just try to exercise between kids, work, soccer and ballet practice, band concerts, family get togethers and the myriad of life that always seems to take precedence.

Many years ago we bought an elliptical machine.  In the long run it was much cheaper than a gym membership and we could hang a TV on the wall in front of it.  We actually did a pretty good job of using it.  I also started taking a kick boxing class (which I LOVED).  Then I got pregnant.  Which was great!  I worked at loosing a few more pounds before baby arrived and I was in really great shape and ready for delivery.  After my son was born I dropped the extra weight fairly quickly.  I was kind of surprised, really.  Then, when he got a bit older and needed more attention the exercise basically disappeared.  I gained some of the weight back.

Once my son became more self sufficient (for a 2.5 year old, anyway) I started back in a fitness routine.  Actually, it’s not really a routine but more of a thought process.  I let go of the need for weight loss goals, calorie counting (I always hated this anyway), making sure I exercised X amount every week, etc.  I’m happier.  I’m loosing weight, slowly.  And I don’t care if I miss the exercise that I wanted to do because I spent the day with son and grandma instead.

On a side note, one definition of elliptical is tending to be ambiguous, cryptic, or obscure.  Which actually makes perfect sense.  I like the way elliptical can pertain to the exercise machine I own AND the style of fitness I have adopted.

But what about everyone else?  I said to myself, self, you’ve managed to find a balance between what you want to do, what society tells you to do and what you actually can do.  Why not offer some simple fitness advice from one average person to another.  No fancy exercise routines, protein shakes, yoga poses you can’t do or pictures of a ripped body.  Just life… on an elliptical.

So, here is my first piece of advice…
Do what you can when you can and forget about the rest.

We are not actors, models, body builders, stunt men, athletes, or astronauts.  We are most people.

I’ll spend some time here talking about what I do to sneak in exercise when I can, getting creative.  Check back when you feel like it.  Maybe we can help each other balance our elliptical life.

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