Monday, April 18, 2005

time for the blades, baby!

So the snow here is finally all melted, though the currents in the lake keep bringing in ice floes from Far-Off Places. The sidewalks are clear and dry, and I remembered to bring my rollerblades back with me yesterday! I put in a solid half-hour of work-out skating last night before supper, then this morning, I got up early and skated for a good 45 minutes before coming back to my dorm and showering and getting ready for my 9 o'clock class. Tonight, again, I skated a hard half-hour before supper...I love this. I love the feeling of working out so intensely that my throat burns a little, and pushing myself so that I'm sweating as I skate. I love knowing that each stroke of the blades is helping get rid of The Thighs and some padding that I don't like. My body gets tired, and I want to go back to the dorm, but I turn around and make myself skate back to the other side of campus...this morning, I skated each sidewalk on campus, twice.

I take my keychain pepper spray with me, clipped onto my belt loop; I don't take my phone for fear that if I fall again (I fell yesterday, once, because my skate caught in a deep place between two slabs of sidewalk), I could hurt it, or it could hurt me. However, there are 14 or 16 Emergency stations set up around campus, and except for a slight detour down a city street so I can stand there and gaze at the newly renovated cathedral (it wouldn't be out of place in a french town), I don't stray off the campus sidewalks; apparently there are roughly 200 registered sex offenders in a 12-mile radius (or so) of here. Yuck. But I'm careful; and I don't wander around campus after dark. I'm not paranoid (har); I'm just not stupid, and not taking any risks.

8 comments:

Jen said...

"The Thighs" sheesh girl. You're a small. Your shape probably won't change much. My cousin Sarah works out like, an hour every day, and she wears a size 0 jeans. But guess what? She still has the ol' unmistakable Davidson hips/thighs. Yep. You can't get away from body chemistry!!!

dänika said...

I know, but I can try! ;) and it's good and healthy to get exercise anyway.

size 0? Yikes. I don't want anything that extreme, just a couple sizes down from where I am now. but, in health class, the prof was talking about how we have an ideal weight, and our body is adjusted to it, and that's why when people diet, it's so hard to keep the weight off, because your body still wants to process things as though you're the weight you were before...and so you have to keep the weight off for a couple of years before your body restabilizes.

Anonymous said...

i think you can change chemistry, but no, not really genetics. i've come to terms with hips and um, other big things, that aren't going away by excerise. it's okay... forget kate moss, womanly shapes are loverly...

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Kate said...

Dänika, your prof is right. I think. Right now my doctor and I are doing an experiment - I'm the guinea pig. (unfortunately) I've put on a few pounds recently and now my body is working better. My doc doesn't want me to lose weight for a while, because she thinks that my body had to get up to a certain weight in order for my thyroid to work properly.

Blarg. It's, like, a good thing and a bad thing - all rolled into one.

Kate said...

p.s. I want to rollerblade with you! I'm thinking I need to bust mine out. I rollerbladed briefly in March - but I gotta get a rollin'...

Chera said...

I wish I could roller blade! Living in the country, there isn't too much pavement. I make do with my bike. Which needs a tune up before I take it anywhere. I mean, the chain fell off. yeesh.

Jen said...

Whoops! That was me. :-D

djm said...

Face -
Glad your body is working better now, hon! I know it's difficult getting used to carrying weight you're not used to...but just think! You can eat chocolate and not feel guilty! :D
I wish you could rollerblade with me! Most times, I like the solitude, being on my own on the skates, but there are sometimes I wish I had a skating buddy. :)

Jen,
I ran into that problem when I lived at home -- here, though, it's perfect for rollerblading! :D