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Since I played “hookie” last week with my shopping expedition (…and since my arthritis had flared so much and I haven’t done…anything in 2 weeks)…I didn’t have high hopes for survival in yesterday’s “mudder training” (or whatever you want to call my “weekly workout” with the “girls”). But I donned my “‘guaranteed to be slimming’ yoga gear” (I still assert they lied), packed my bag, bought my LG Tim Horton’s tea, and headed to the church. There are worse places I could die…

I never noticed before how many exercise positions have animals names. Bear crawl, Downward Dog, Mule Kick, Crab Crunch, Flamingo …I’m sure there’s a long list. I’m still very much an “exercise virgin” unless you count activities like running for the bathroom or searching for the remote (I’m the keeper of the remote in our house)?

Somebody posted this picture on Facebook last week, and it has really helped me visualize the animal-exercise connection…

So with this fabulous image in my head (not to point out the elephant in the room), I headed to my morning session. Obviously I survived…I also thrived. Instead of skipping, I had a 2 year old darling who jumped and danced with me, “breathed” with me through the sumo squats, crawled and twisted (and growled) with me through the bear crawl…you get the picture! When you’re laughing and playing, the time passes and you don’t notice the pain (as much…at the time…). Today is another story…

p.s. I just found out from http://briannawithanaw.wordpress.com/ that Starbucks is buying Teavana, as if I wasn’t depressed enough…I need to drink myself silly with a good stiff drink…of orange blossom youthberry tea before I start running…errands. I got enough exercise yesterday! Cheers!