04 March 2007

A bike ride for groceries.

So after I wrote that post this morning I got to thinking. When I went to Africa I saw poverty that was like nothing I've ever seen before. I also swore to myself that I would never feel sorry for myself again and I would be thankful for everything I have. I hoped I would never experience poverty and conditions like that. Well, bet you can guess what happened. I got back, got busy and forgot. I got so busy living my life that I forgot there are people who struggle every single day to live theirs. That special last night really brought it back to me. I am so incredibly lucky and I need to keep that in mind. As my theme song says, Remember you're blessed!!! I am. A lot more than some, not as much as others, but still blessed!!!

On that note, I've decided to make my life a little harder in order to highlight how blessed I really am. Makes sense huh?? Most Sundays I get up, workout, clean house, and go grocery shopping. My grocery shopping is usually fruit and veggies (hubby does the cooking so he does the heavy shopping). Not much really. So today I decided to ride my bike to the store. I figure if those children can walk to get water I can ride my bike to the store. So I did and it was really fun. The store is only 4 miles away and it's a fairly easy ride and I really enjoyed it. I'm going to do this as often as possible primarily because it's fun :)

While doing this I came to a realization. I function much better when I have a purpose. For example, I've been trying to ride my bike for the past few weekends but keep getting sidetracked by one thing or the other. However, since I had a purpose today I was really looking forward to the ride. Even though it was drizzling when I left I didn't wus out.

That thought lead to a decision. The Honolulu marathon clinic starts next Sunday and I'm going to do it. Although it won't be a purpose run, by having a purpose to get up every Sunday I'll be more likely to do it. I know that's the general idea behind group training, you have someone you're accountable to, but I really don't do well in groups. I had to find my reason for joining another group. And I have. I'm excited.

Meanwhile, I also got a haircut and died my hair bleach blond this weekend. I'm going to try and get a new profile picture up so ya'll can see the new me :)

Well, I think that's enough for today. I'm going to finish watching my soaps, that Alexander Cambis is evil, and read my book for a while. Did you ever know anyone who had anything happen to them like happens on a soap?? Your dead father, who's not dead, kidnaps your wife and rigs a poison to her with a deadman's switch..... Yeah, that happens a lot.


Unknown said...

You've really got me thinking.

There were a few days last fall before the weather turned nasty when I decided to ride my bike to the post office rather than drive. And it was a blast.

I thought about trying to ride my bike to work, but I don't think that would be much fun at all. However, riding to the post office or library or to pick up a few groceries or some errands like that is a different story.

Have fun with your marathon training. Sounds like a great plan.

Vickie said...

I'm like you--I need a purpose to accomplish something. Especially when it comes to working out. The main purpose of course is fitness, but there are other purposes, one being goal setting and accomplishment, so I understand what you're saying. And with that purpose of the Honolulu marathon looming over your head, you will be more likely to do this and try to do the best you can!

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