Weigh Cool

So we’ve discussed the clothes and the hair and the underwear, but what about the “you” under all that glitz and glamour?

We’ve all just spent several months filling our summer selves with summertime goodness like barbeques and ice creamy treats and patio food and festival food and vacation food and beer and other cool refreshing beverages. And, all the while we’ve been lounging around because it’s summer and it’s too hot to do anything too strenuous, right?

Now, maybe the shorts are starting to feel a bit snug and we’re dusting off the fall gear which also seems to have shrunk a bit. We have about 3 months to get back in shape before the winter glut-fest begins. What to do? What to do?

For me it’s always tough to keep the pounds from creeping on in the summer. When it’s cold and the snow is up to my goo-gaw, I burn a million calories just walking to work. But in summer — there’s so much good stuff to eat (and drink) and not enough time or inclination in between to work it off.

Unless you’re like Zoom and manage to find yourself a brand new honey to keep you fit with that first bloom of lust thing and consequently have your pants falling off you by now. (Notice how she hasn’t mentioned any foolishness about getting up at 5:00 to go to the gym lately??)

Those of us with more sporadic bedtime adventures need to find other ways to maintain our optimum fitness levels. Especially, as we sink deeper and deeper into middle age when one good meal puts on five pounds that will take two months to work off.

Fortunately, the Urban Animal’s running discussions lately are so filled with the essence of runner’s high, that they made me long to get back out there and run myself.  I’ve always loved to run, especially in the early morning when the sun’s just coming up and it’s only you, the newspaper guys and a few dog walkers out there. I stopped a while back, though because it was starting to affect my knees.

Then, a month or so ago, I was passing by a sports shop and they had my favorite runners on for half price, so I figured it was kismet. So, I’ve been out there fairly regularly loping along. The knees are okay so far.

As an added bonus Ottawa has suddenly been overwhelmed with fresh-from-the-orchard/field local produce. So I’m all about the fruit and the salad vegetables lately.

If I can keep it up I think I’m going to be okay while still enjoying the last of the waning barbeque/patio/festival/beer-and-other-cool-refreshing-beverages season.

What do you do to stay fit? How do you keep the middle-age spread from spreading too far?

If it’s Sunday, it must be Award Time

Please keep doing the survey. Results will be available anon But, in the meantime, I have to acknowledge an award before too much more time elapses.

The ever-stalwart Miss Grandy, over at Functional Schmunctional was kind enough to include me in her list of Kick Ass award recipients. I graciously accept this award and thank bloggers everywhere who kick my ass into making my blog worth spending time on a few days every week And thank YOU, Grandy for the love – gotta love the love

Here’s the award (because they’re always a graphic):


 Here are the rules (because there are always rules):

  • Choose 5 bloggers that you feel are “Kick Ass Bloggers”
  • Let ’em know in your post or via email, twitter or blog comments that they’ve received an award
  • Share the love and link back to both the person who awarded you and back to Mamma Dawg
  • Hop on back to the Kick Ass Blogger Club HQ to sign Mr. Linky then pass it on!

So for my list of Kick Ass Bloggers I’ve chosen a group of women who’ve had some ups and downs in their life recently and have shared these so honestly in the blog world. I admire their ability to put the small and big joys and sadnesses of their lives into words that so engage their readers Ya’ll kick ass!

  1. Lynn at Diary of a Turtlehead who’s off on a much deserved vacation and is always great to share information and ideas with and who can make you think or smile no matter what she writes about
  2.  Lesley of Um….What? who can go from steamy romance to haircut issues in the blink of an eye and has such a gift for drawing you into the moment that I always want to rush over and either give her a big hug or grab her by the hands and jump up and down with her.
  3.  Mo and The Daily Snark, who has been going through some very stressful times what with the renos and the dog park adventures and work and getting older and rude people. Like with Lesley, I always feel like I want to pop by Mo’s place at the end of the day with a casserole and a bottle of wine and keep talking about the stuff she blogged about that day
  4.  My gal, Debra at Reflecting, who’s going through some sort of early mid-life crisis or has ants in her pants or something. She’s being a bit quiet these days, so I know she must be a bit out of sorts. I miss her brilliant observances and educational factoids and snippets of her life. The Kick Ass gals are here for you, woman. Tell us what you need.  
  5. The enduring Urban Animal, who really has had one hell of a year and has taken us along on all her adventures and in between gives us a really lovely view of her Toronto. Not to mention that her enthusiasm for her new found love of running has inspired me to lace up the Reebox again – for which I’m really grateful (more about that later).