Tag Archives: fitness

Not your daughter’s hula hoop

I don’t usually wake up the morning after a workout with a sore ear and a bruised waist. And yet that’s exactly what I did after my first hula hoop class. I’d heard that hula hooping builds core strength and … Continue reading

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Kickboxing, a day late

I intended to post an account of my kickboxing experience yesterday. Alas, a freak Halloween snowstorm knocked out our power, leaving me helplessly offline. So yesterday’s post is below. As for today, well, telling my kids that we couldn’t go … Continue reading

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Kickboxing, sport of the future (like tomorrow)

A light rain on a chilly morning. A nearly empty shopping center. Four people stand outside a martial arts center and wait. And shiver. And wait. I reported for kickboxing at 10am sharp. The center owner was unavoidably detained, so … Continue reading

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Wild goose chase

Certain things can really focus your attention, really bring you into the present moment. Like being chased by a crazed goose. This is not my writing prompt exercise from yesterday; this happened. Today I went for a jog on a … Continue reading

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Bravery or stupidity?

If you have sidewalks where you live, count yourself lucky. My beautiful town has lots of trees and charming old stone walls but, except for a short stretch at the center of town, no sidewalks. This large and fairly rural … Continue reading

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A little help from my friends

I hate asking for help. I’m not worried about ruining my image as supermom extraordinaire. That ship sailed a long time ago. My reluctance is rooted in the fear that people will resent me for asking. How dare I think … Continue reading

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Have belly, will dance

Yes, I took a belly dancing class. It was hard to follow and I looked ridiculous. But it was kind of fun. Of the ten women in the class, six had committed to the wardrobe. They wore hip scarves with … Continue reading

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