Outside walking just didn’t happen this winter mainly because I have broken at least every extremity that I own. I didn’t want to risk going down on an icy patch. I love to be outside to work out, and I can’t wait to get back to our woods near our home. It looks like it will be at least a few days until I can smell the great outdoors again. So it’s back downstairs to the elliptical. Mine has a cross county ski feel to it. I can adjust it to a harder or lower level, according to my mood and exhaustion.
Outside I have always loved to listen to music as I walk. Inside I do every once in a while, but this year I have decided to watch taped DVR programing so that I can fast forward through the commercials. I loved watching most of Katie Couric’s shows and could decide ahead of time if it was worth watching from the guide. Sadly, Katie was cancelled. Now what? I tried news shows, but they were just bummers most often and very repetitive.
Finally I found just the right thing for me…Hallmark movies. I don’t stay on the elliptical more than 45 minutes, so one Hallmark special will last two days fast forwarding through the commercials. I love the simple, predictable plots, very simple violence or none at all….and seeing actors and actresses that were very popular for a time and now just enjoy the simple life of Hallmark. I’m also a Hallmark card girl from my youth. You only use these cards when you ” care enough to send the very best”. Hallmark TV movies are the kind of shows that I still watched with my daughter through her twenties. I kind of compare my simple addiction to Dave and March Madness or college bowl games. He laughs at my need for Hallmark, to see things with happy glasses…to be in a place where I know things are going to turn out okay.
But at least I’m not laying prone on the couch, I say. I’m working out, and I hardly notice that my arms and legs continue to move. It is my simple distraction and I think everyone has a right to that ‘happy place’ every now and again. xo nanc