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December 4WONDER.

How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year? (Prompt Author: Jeffrey Davis)

The biggest cultivation of wonder, this year, definitely came from all the physical activity I incorporated into my day-to-day life, this summer.   I biked and/or ran about 6 days of the week, along with swimming almost every day.   People said I was crazy.  Why on earth would I want to go into the Georgia heat and humidity to do that stuff?

For me it was all about proving to myself that I could do it.  That I could make myself uncomfortable and succeed .  That I could push myself and just do it.

And, I did it.  I succeeded.

I ran a 5K.

I biked almost 6 miles straight.

I lost about 20 pounds

I dropped *almost* two dress sizes.  (I could get into that size 18, if I was OK with muffin-top, which I am not!)

Unfortunately, the wonder of it all has slowed down once the kids’ school year started and the days got shorter (and colder.)  I do try to get in a half hour of some kind of activity, daily.   It’s important.  I want to be healthy and I don’t care if I lose another pound;  I want to be healthy and not worry about if my body will fail me.

It’s been wonderful to keep pushing myself, to feel uncomfortable, to sweat, to breath heavily, and to know I’m alive. I want to keep feeling this wonder.

Haiku: Friday

Shhh! I can’t talk now
I’m getting ready to go
Log some biking miles–

One month ago I hopped on my bike, determined to get strong.  Then I hopped on my bike the following day despite an aching va-jay-jay and butt bone.

In the beginning I was slow, huffed and puffed a lot, and felt—at times—like I was going to keel over and die.  Then something happened.  I got stronger. I added more miles to each biking session, I conquered the hills of our local streets, and I found that I loved mounting my bike almost every day of the week.

In one month I have logged over 65 biking miles.

Last week I even started something new:  The Couch to 5K program!

And I didn’t die.

I’m going to finish the C25K.  I’m going to continue riding my bike.  I’m going to push myself a little harder, because if there’s something that I’ve realized in this month it’s that I. am. strong.

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