As we continue to settle into our daily lives here in Mexico, there are many familiar habits that have changed. Some of these changes are good – some still need some adjustment. We have grudgingly accepted that we cannot live as if we are on a perpetual vacation. This is our life and it is time to choose how we want to live it. One of the good changes is that we no longer watch TV. So far, we have decided not to buy a satellite dish, which means we have no English speaking TV. We do have Netflix, and every now and then we watch a movie. And we always figure out a way to watch our Riders play – either on our computer or at some local sports bar. But we don’t have that endless TV background noise playing in our house anymore – that is a welcome change. Another good change is that Grant and I really do spend all our time together. I like that and I am crossing my fingers that he does to.
One of our biggest changes has been in the area of health and exercise. Grant has always been super active with his construction business. He didn’t need exercise because he was lifting and climbing and pounding every day. I, on the other hand, have always been a paper pusher so I do need to exercise. In the last couple of years I had gotten into a good rhythm using online and/or DVD exercise programs and the gym equipment we had purchased. Even when we traveled I was able to exercise. And I had started to cook and eat pretty healthy. Then we settled here and I was flooded with perceived barriers. My house is too hot. It is too small. The floors are all tile which is uncomfortable to exercise on. I sold all my equipment before I left Canada. My daily schedule was completely different. I just couldn’t get into a rhythm.
5 weeks ago, Grant said “That’s it – we need to start exercising.” So we put on the spandex, filled up the water bottles, updated the playlists and drove 10 minutes to the community of Nuevo Vallarta, the only neighborhood with smooth roads and sidewalks. Grant strapped on wheels, I tied on running shoes and we started the painful journey of getting in shape. As a former hockey player, he wanted to skate. Fast. I couldn’t possibly keep up on skates, so I ran while he skated. I have always hated running – A LOT – but it was the best solution so I decided to JUST DO IT. I started by walking more than running. The low point was the day when TWO different taxi drivers stopped to ask if I needed a ride. Apparently, I did not look like an athlete in training. But we kept going 3 days a week and last Saturday I actually felt a moment of victory when my fitness app told me I had run 42 minutes and walked 11. I realized I was enjoying my time more – running part of my route on the beautiful morning beach. Praying as I ran – feeling peace and hope and joy in the journey. Breathing it all in. I can’t say I like running yet – my knees and ankles still hurt. I look at my watch a lot. But we are doing it. Grant had a good day Saturday too – he skated 16 km, hitting his goal. Old folks for the WIN!
Jungles and street paths and beaches – even some coatis checking us out
Progress and pain go together!
Let’s face it – change is uncomfortable. Stretching yourself is uncomfortable. Walking in a direction that you know is going to hurt…. It’s all uncomfortable. But if you want to live your best life – you just have to do it! This weekend we went to two birthday parties for our dear friend Francisco. I ate tacos and tostadas and strudel and 2 pieces of cake. Because celebrating is also part of a good life and sometimes that comes with amazing Mexican food. Tomorrow we will get up and head back to the street where the taxi drivers wave at me now. And the one thing I know for sure? It’s definitely going to hurt…..
And I’m okay with that.