The Bike Life

I’ve just about had it with my newsfeeds bombarding me with “clean eating” and “5K’s” and “10K’s” and “21 Day Fixes” and “Boot Camps” and “Spinning” and on and on and on and on and on… I applaud these people, I really do. But, for heaven’s sake, reading about everyone else doing it is giving me anxiety for not having done it myself.

Every once in a while, I’ll consider it or I’ll think “Maybe once I’m settled into my new apartment, I’ll have time..” And maybe I seriously will but, in the meantime, all this not doing is stressful!

Living in Cambridge (UK) requires me to bike everywhere. I actually had no choice. When I arrived, it was assumed I would buy a bike and that would be my main mode of transportation. We bike EVERYWHERE! And, guess what? That’s enough exercise to stay healthy! It really is.

So, if you’re like me and aren’t rushing to jump on every health and fitness trend of the week, how do you avoid the stress and anxiety of feeling like you should be jumping on the bandwagons so many of your peers are already aboard?

I went on an emotional roller coaster of annoyance, jealousy, resentment, and finally contentment with the continual stream of my friends who are converted to health nuttiness everyday (it seems). How did I do this? One approach that didn’t work was “ignore and avoid”.

What did work was a “good for them” attitude. Whenever I read a post about someone completing a marathon or a cleanse etc., I congratulate them (sometimes through a private message, if appropriate). I don’t ever give in to the urge to say “Wish I could do something like that..” First of all, it’s awkward and an invitation for said peer to become my “coach”. Second of all, I can do something like that but I’ve chosen not to.

Lastly, I thank God for my accomplishments. When I finish a book, master a new math concept, work on my writing, or gain a great memory by going to a party, event, or doing an activity, I thank God for those blessings.

This has granted me the grace to be happy for my friends but content in the fact that just biking around town is enough for me!


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