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    Monday, July 23, 2007

    Exercise is a Dirty Word

    I have always hated exercise. My ass would have sweat dripping down the crack before you could say, "Ice cream sundae". Part of this hatred for exercise stems from high school when I was supposed to run a mile. Most girls could run it in 7 minutes or less. Then there was me. I was lucky to finish, crawling on my hands and knees within 13 minutes all while the masochistic male gym teacher bellowed, "Move your backside, (insert my maiden name here)".

    Surprisingly, I've been pretty diligent with walking every night. I don't go too far, usually between 1 and 2 miles. I'm able to walk a mile in 10 minutes. I almost hate to admit that I am enjoying my little evening ritual. I wear a pedometer all day and easily get in 3-5 miles a day at work. Not bad for a fat chick!

    Last night we went to my grandparents pond (see last year's post here). We had dinner and then everyone went fishing. I decided to go for a walk instead. I took my cell phone and took some pictures.

    My grandpa is 82 and farmed his entire life. Last year, he decided to put all of his land into the land bank instead of farming it. He planted all of the land with grasses and wildflowers.

    This is the view of the back of the barns looking across the fields.

    I love the woods!

    You can't see it in this picture, but the pond is on the left near the trees.

    This is what most of the fields look like with millions of Black Eyed Susans.

    This is #1 fishing in flip flops.

    She caught the biggest bass out of everyone.

    The road to get back to the pond is 1/2 mile long. I made signs that we placed along the way for entertainment purposes. Some of them were old Burma Shave slogans. Here are a few samples of the non Burma Shave ones.


    G-Man said...

    Heres one i"ve always remembered.....
    "In This world
    Of toil and Sin
    Your head grows bald
    But NOT your chin...
    Burma Shave"!!
    Great pics Jenn.
    You needed someone to talk to during that little hike....Hmmmmmmmm?

    buddha_girl said...

    LOVE that last one!!!

    I'm so glad you're enjoying the whole movement thing. There's something wonderful about solitary movement. I left Lorna and Buddha in the dust last week when we went hiking and just reveled in the sounds of nature as well as my own damn sweat sliding down the back of my neck.

    Keep up the good work, sister! I'm proud of you!

    ~~R~~ said...

    I always love those signs..The pictures are gorgeous.I am glad you are enjoying walking

    MilkMaid said...

    What is a land bank?

    Big Pissy said...

    Walking a 10 minute mile is GREAT!

    Most people can't RUN a 10 minute mile! :)

    MONA said...

    You make me crack up! specially the description if running one mile at school is hilarious!

    I love the pics...I love wilderness of open fields..I can lie on the grass for the whole day, smelling sweet wild flowers & gazing at the eagles in the sky...

    gab said...

    Oh I want the peace and quiet sign! Now I will have to do a post about my farm.
    I know how you feel from school. I was same way only not as heavy as I am now. My problem was planters warts and I wasnt even suppose to take gym I had a dr's note to the school informing them of that but do you think that fazed my gym teacher? Hell no. and I had short legs so that didnt help me move as fast as the girls who were 6 feet tall(well more than 5'3")

    barman said...

    Love the signs, very clever. You know those wild flowers... that looks like my house with the weeds growing. Maybe I should just call them wild flowers and I will be all set. 10 minute mile, Wow. When I was on a treadmill I was barely able to walk that fast and I do not think I ever kept it up for a whole 10 minutes.

    Oh and I just have to add ... Move your backside SignGurl! I guess you showed him.

    Donna said...

    Uh,girl, at some point you need to stop referring to yourself as a "fat chick"!

    You are well into moving in the "soon to be slim" direction.

    You might think it's just poking fun at yourself, but you could be limiting your potential! Don't settle for "good for a fat chick."

    ...and I mean this in the most sincere way! I'm so proud of you!

    The inside of me said...

    I love those signs. Nice bass there too. How did it taste? I lvoed your 55 too.

    cadbury_vw said...

    yeah - gym class - gym teachers - i hear you sister

    i agree with pissy - a 10 minute mile walking it a pretty speedy pace

    thank-you for sharing your pictures

    Crabby said...

    I'm wearing a pedometer all the time now too! Very into my walks. It's gotten my metabolism working again so I'm not gaining weight as easily anymore. And I have more energy. I ususally do a couple miles on the treadmill in the morning while I listen to my music. Then I do weight resistance work...easy stuff cause I'm lazy. Then in the evening we walk the trail in the ravine behind our house. It's really nice back there. I'll post pics some time.

    PS. I loathed my gym teacher. With her it was climbing those damned asswipe ropes. You'd about burn the fingerprints right offa your hands while she was standing down there yelling up at you to "put some work into it!" Yeah, "work this, unibrow woman!"

    Sicilian said...

    Gurl. . . what a beautiful place. Kind of like the Michigan of my dreams.
    I hate exercise too. Even though I was a skinny chick, I did not run distances very well. Somehow if you weren't a favorite. . . you got to listen to the crap. . .
    As an adult. . . I have learned that I can enjoy exercise for me. . . and I love walking with someone else because I am competitive. . . but I love walking with me. . . because I can enjoy that time to think and meditate.
    We have both come a long way.