After a number of posts heavy with images, information and links, I think I’ll just write about how I’m doing with everything. But first, a picture of a Buddha from Aveda Institute. I got my second ever face treatment for only $21 for an hour. Self-care is allowed whether you’re a cyclist like me or unable to do much if any physical exercise at all due to a chronic situation. The massage and various products did make it feel better. Whether it looks better is a matter of opinion. Continue reading →
All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray I’ve been for a walk on a winter’s day I’d be safe and warm if I was in L.A. California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day
— “California Dreamin'” by The Mamas & The Papas
Baby, It’s Cold Outside. So What? Go Exercise, Dude.
A Dude Abikes does not think of himself as a quitter but he has let go of many things over time, some by choice, others not (car, job, a really nice pair of Ray Bans). Some wisely, like trying to be a vegan. Others, maybe not so skillful, like eating frozen pizza (haven’t had one of nature’s most perfect foods this year so far). Today I kept my walking every day for a month practice going. If I Don’t Break The Chain and make it all year, I’ll have walked over 400 miles — on purpose! Someday maybe I’ll be at a weight where I’ll feel it’s safe to run again without damaging my feet and joints. For now, I’m just getting out there and putting one foot in front of the other for half an hour, even if it’s 28 degrees F like today. That quality of doing it no matter what that I’ve tapped into with the yoga, biking and no-car-having is not really something you can teach. But I think everyone has the capacity for being resolute, stubborn, determined or committed. I also put on 19 articles of clothing, so I was prepared like a good Boy Scout. Yes, A Dude really was an Eagle Scout.
Early readers of this blog or those new ones perusing the archives (welcome!) know that I have a daily yoga practice of 30′ (or more) going back to December 4, 2013. (I count the anniversary as December 6th, because I lost two days to having been on anesthesia for an exam.) When I counted up the days, the 1,500 benchmark seemed impressive enough to revisit. I actually reach that day Monday but becoming a D-list celebrity steals that fire. (I’m writing this Tuesday about this blog I forgot to finish on Saturday.) That’s OK, I’ll just do more yoga and it will calm the jangled nerves from all the paparazzi camped outside, clamoring for a few bon mots or a candid picture of A Dude Abikes. Continue reading →
About 11 years ago, comedian Jerry Seinfeld(if you didn’t know it already, A Dude loves the Sein!) was said to have revealed the secret of his success. It was four words (five if you don’t count the contraction): Don’t Break The Chain (DBTC). By that he meant writing jokes for 10 minutes a day, no matter what. Seeing the red x’s accumulate on the big all-year wall calendar would supposedly motivate him to keep going. Eventually the jokes would get better. Turns out that was bogus; he didn’t invent it or really do it. But he sure did work hard and continuously to become one of the most successful comedians ever. Plus, he walks and bikes to work, how cool is that?! If you haven’t already, check out his documentary,Jerry Before Seinfeld, on Netflix.