This week we are sharing our top 2 hobbies.
Lucky for me, one of my hobbies is also my job. As an English teacher, I get to read some of my favorite books over and over (and over) again, all while discussing the life-altering themes with my students. It really is a dream job. Outside of school (whenever Connor is in bed, usually) I like to read just about anything I can get my hands on. Whether it be reading fiction, Bible studies for my Sunday school class, blogs I love to follow, or the occasional historical nonfiction (Jason's influence), there is nothing more relaxing than getting lost in a good book.
I am currently reading:
and I would love to read this next (I need to check the public library or borrow it from someone):
For the past 5 years or so, I have cultivated a love for exercise (particularly kickboxing/taebo) that I never anticipated. I am not, by nature, an athletic person. In 4th grade, I scored 2 points the entire youth league basketball season. Despite being relatively tall for a girl at the time, I was not (and still am not) particularly coordinated. Therefore, throughout most of my life, I believed that exercise was my enemy, sweating was yucky, and I pretty much stayed away from physical activity, unless it involved playing baseball with my cousins or taking a walk (which is the only "exercise" I could tolerate before).
However, when a fellow teacher started a class after school in the band room and then expanded to the local gym, I decided to give it a try. I was hooked. The ladies with whom we worked out were fun and sassy, our instructor made us believe we could work harder and push ourselves more each time, and I actually started having fun working out. At the peak of my fitness, we were working out during the week for two hours, and then on Saturdays we would sometimes workout for up to 2+ hours. Before, this would have been completely out of my comfort zone, but I came to love it and look forward to going to class.
While pregnant with Connor I continued to kickboxing up until the week before his surprise (three-week early) arrival, and I like to think that being in the best shape of my life helped make delivery so easy (that and the epidural, for sure).
With Connor, I don't get to go as often as I'd like these days, and our routine has changed a bit, but I still have a love for this specific form of exercise that I never would have before. Hopefully once we settle into a fall routine, I can start going more regularly, and get back to feeling as great as I did before. I still have 15+ pounds to lose, but even with that extra weight, I feel better when I am exercising regularly. I have more energy, I feel more confident, and I am stronger. I am so thankful to my kickboxing girls and our instructor for showing me that exercise can be fun and empowering!
|They even threw me a surprise baby shower when I had Connor! Love these folks!|