Tale of spin
Experimenting with watercolour pencils. Fun!
I don’t exercise enough. There, I’ve said it. It has been reverberating through my head for a while. Especially when lycra clad mothers drop off their children at school, clutching their water bottles, before setting off around the lanes.
I’m more of a swimming gal than a runner, although I could spend all day walking. The obvious option is to take some time out of my week to swim, but I am yet to set enough time aside. So many excuses.
In the meantime, I have a solution. It does not involve leaving the house, so it is not reliant on perfect weather or child care scheduling. After I drop the children off, I spin.
Waiting to ply
No, I’m not talking about that kind of spinning, although I do grab moments of the day to refine my skill. I’m still very much a beginner and loving it. I can’t really count it as exercise.
Nor am I talking about that kind of spinning. We have low ceilings in our cottage, which rules out spinning poi inside. I only practise it on beautiful sunny days in the middle of the garden. There again, I am very much a beginner.
I’m talking about hoop spinning. My sister introduced this to me a year ago. I loved hula hoops when I was little and was pretty good at it. I tried my daughter’s hoop and failed absolutely to keep it spinning more than once. I wrote my spinning days off.
Curiosity drove me to do a bit of research. I found I needed a grown-up version. This is weighted and bigger. As soon as I tried it, I was hooked again. From the start I could keep it spinning and spinning.
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I now set 15 minutes aside, once I have dropped the children off in the morning. If I feel like it, then I go on for longer. I have a DVD, but usually I put the radio on. Other times I listen and watch the birds in the garden. It is a great time for thinking or just meditating. One step along the path to taking care of me. Body and mind. The time goes by surprisingly quickly. It’s my time!
I’m not suggesting that this rules out the need for more exercise. It really isn’t enough. I still have it on my list to set up a regular swimming session. I still walk the children to school when the schedule allows me. The real advantage of the hoop is that I am yet to find an excuse not to do my 15 minutes (hoop) spinning in the morning. Its part of the routine. I have no excuse. Yet.
I’m joining in Maureen’s Taking care of Mama time again this week. Last week’s journey into gaining more time and cutting stress, is working. Yeh! Meal planning is back. I’ve blu-tacked it to the inside of the cupboard door along with a shopping list and a pen. I have started putting my control manual together. Morning and evening schedules are in place. Stress is less and I have more time. I’m working on some crafty goodness, so watch this space. In the meantime, checkout Maureen‘s for more ideas.