Hmmm….Thinking back to that third grade essay for Mrs. Gray…..What I’m Thankful For:

New Riding Partner at Lunch!

Actually, Kerri is obviously picking up a new set of wheels for the munchkin.  Good job for getting her started early!

Smooth Pavement!

After at least a couple of years begging the county to do something about the streets in our subdivision, they finally got re-paved this week.  It wasn’t nice they day stripped out the old, but that new asphalt is OH SO SWEET!

The ability to ride my bike around town!

When my dad was a much younger man than I, he was actually an old man.  He acted old.  He had limited mobility and energy.  For all practical purposes, his sedentary lifestyle left him so out of shape that if he tried to do anything at all he would hurt himself.  His life consisted (and still does) of watching TV, reading, and spectator events as long as they were easy to get in and out of.  I looked at that and decided there had to be more of life than that.  The problem was, I wasn’t sure how, so I did the best I knew to do.  It consisted of lots of walking and not a lot else other than just generally keeping myself busy by chasing after the kids.

Through my thirties, that was generally enough to keep me in reasonably good shape, but about ten years ago, I realized that I was still on a downward slide.  I weighed about 185 lbs, and noticed that I was susceptible to back aches and like my dad, I started feeling lots of aches and pains.  About that time, Pam got a job with Cox Health Systems, and had an opportunity to join their fitness center for a reasonable price.  Other than high school PE classes, I had never been inside a “gym” in my life.  Talk about an intimidating experience going in that first time for my orientation.  Luckily, as part of that orientation, the trainer gave me a sample exercise program for beginners and showed me how to use the weights and equipment.  If not for that, I’m sure I would have floundered.

Fast forward ten years.  I’m now in the best physical condition of my life.  I often lament to Pam that I wish I had figured out this lifestyle ten years earlier, just to see how good, fast, and strong I could have been.  I weigh 159 lbs, have a body fat percentage that is “ideal” for my height and age, and have a resting heart rate in the low 40′s.  I can run a 5k without thinking anything of it, ride my bike to work five days a week, ride a century with very little additional training, and I can do 100 pushups without stopping.  But more  than that, I feel good.  I’ve got energy for the things in life that are important to me. 

I look back at my dad’s life, and realize that he’s of the temperment to be happy with the choices he made.  I don’t have that temperment though.  I want to live life and live it at it’s fullest!  And I am….That’s what I’m thankful for

How about you?  What are you thankful for this weekend?

God bless….


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3 Comments on “Thankfulness”

  1. Steve A Says:

    You may not live any longer, but the journey will certainly be more pleasant.

  2. That too is my motivations for riding and staying in shape.

  3. I am thankful for my mom and dad for buying me a bike as a girl and allowing me the freedom to practically *live* on it! They didn’t hover or worry endlessly and even bought me a fantastic rode bike when I turned 19 which I rode into the ground. While my mother is not athletic (her parents did not allow her to participate in sports due to their religious beliefs), she always encouraged me to be more active than she was and I appreciate that to this day.

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