When you divorce physical activity from the whole concept of “have to” and “should do” it gets a lot more fun.

Marianne on wheels.

Oh, y’all, it has been so long (over ten years since I last skated – and broke my arm rather badly) and I have no confidence on wheels – once I get moving, I’m good but the process of getting there is still kind of shaky. More skating tomorrow should help! We headed to a local trailhead but spent most of our time circling the parking lot with lots of breaks to hold on to the car and not fall down. We headed to the trail when we first got there but my skates were laced too tightly and I was kind of terrified for a few minutes.

Lesson learned: don’t lace the skates too tightly; it hurts like a bastard.

Lesson learned: yes, the pom poms help.

My husband is better on the roller blades than I am on the skates but we’re both having a lot of fun. I’m happy that we have this active thing that we can do together.

Not because it’s good exercise, not because I am pursuing weight loss, not because I am pursuing some arbitrary ideal of health. There’s no guilt if I decide not to do this tomorrow (though right now I totally want to do this tomorrow *laugh*) and there’s no feeling like a failure if I don’t become, like, a fancy magic competitive roller skater.

I’m glad because it’s fun and it feels good. Not to sound like a decadent hedonist, but what better reason is there to do something than that?

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  1. Posted May 2, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    How could the pom-poms *not* help? :D

    This kinda makes me want to buy a bicycle. It’s been so long . . .

  2. Posted May 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Oh man, I so wish I could stand up in quads. I just can’t. My ankles are made out of busted rubberbands or something. But those pompoms are to die for.

  3. Arwen
    Posted May 2, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    You are my style icon!
    I have always been a bit of an exercise addict – I love it, and have before I realized that it was attached to “weight loss” in the popular dialogue. I had some ankle injuries last year and was out of the loop, and being able to move again – although in a constrained fashion – makes me SO GIDDY WITH DELIGHT!

  4. Posted May 3, 2009 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Those are some bad-ass pom-poms. I agree. Pom-poms really do improve everything. If you’re making with the decadent hedonism, there MUST be pom-poms.

  5. caseyatthebat
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    I’m so digging those pom-poms.

  6. Posted May 3, 2009 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    I love your attitude and the pom poms! :)

  7. Posted May 3, 2009 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    You know, I’m all for decadent hedonism. And I love roller skating.

  8. wriggles
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    Screw exercise

    I couldn’t agree with you more .

  9. Jackie
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    You look so cuuutteeee!

  10. Posted May 3, 2009 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    I love the picture. You look like you are having a blast! It’s been a while since I tried roller skating, and I think I’ll have to try it again at some point. But with lots of protection.

  11. Posted May 3, 2009 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    This will all end in derby, I just know it.

  12. Lori
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    You look so cute and like you are having so much fun that I wish I had roller skates! I can’t even manage to walk in high heels, though, so I think balancing on skates would be out for me. I was the kid hugging the wall and praying for a break in the crowd so I could go into the padded little middle area when people had their birthday parties at USA Skates.

  13. Lori
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Just to add, I think exercise, like so much of HAES, is an individual thing. I’m a person who really should exercise, and I feel better when I’m exercising regularly, even if I don’t feel motivated to do it. 10 minutes into my workout and I’m feeling great, and if I miss workouts for too long, my emotional stability suffers. On the other hand, while I love aerobics and it makes me feel great, I have absolutely no use whatsoever for weight training/toning-type exercises, and it was very freeing when I realized that there was no reason why I had to do it. I’m not going to be a weight-lifter, my daily activities don’t require more physical strength than I have, and it doesn’t improve my quality of life. So, no sit-ups and push-ups and leg lifts and weight machines for me.

    I know people who love weight training and get the same pleasure and sense of well-being from it that I get from aerobic exercise. And, I know peopel who don’t exercise regularly who are perfectly happy and who’s quality of life isn’t suffering. It’s all, I think, about figuring out what you enjoy, what makes you feel good, and what you need to do to have the quality of life that you want.

  14. Posted May 3, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Seriously, if they didn’t get in the way of my crossovers in derby, I’d soooo be rocking those pom poms. Looooove them! =)

  15. Tanz
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    I love this post! It reminds me of something that happened a few months ago – my (slim) man and I (I’m very obese, about 135 kilos) took the kids for a tramp through the hills near our house. Part way along the track we passed another group coming our way; a slim woman, an obese man, and two young girls (presumably their daughters). All 4 kids were moaning and we adults traded a joke about it as we passed by. But there was another thing traded – a quick glance and a smile between myself and the other gentleman. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized what it was: the recognition that we were two fat people doing something physical for the pure pleasure of it, rather than trying to be a ‘good’ fattie :)

    Made my week.

  16. rosie
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    Love the pompoms!
    To anyone who wants to learn how to skate- go for it! It’s so much fun, indoors or out, to go fast under your own power and the wind in your hair and…yah. If you’ve got a roller derby league, it’s a good place to start looking for learning.

  17. Posted May 3, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    Rollerskating is the one thing I miss the most since I’ve had back problems. When I was a kid (well, actually from the age of 12 until I was 23 or so) I rollerskated at every chance. Hell, I even took a broom to the pavillion at our local park and swept it so I could skate there in the summertime, during the day when the skating rink wasn’t open (otherwise, I was at the rink 3 nights a week and 2 weekend afternoons, 4-5 hours at a time). I had my own skates, and I swear I wore out 3 or four sets of wheels in that 11 years of skating (not to mention the pom poms I had, 3 pair, if I recall – purple,navy blue, and orange). I wish I could skate again *sigh*

  18. LR
    Posted May 3, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    You look like you’re having so much fun! And the pom-poms could not be more nifty. I used to love roller skating. I was actually pretty good at it. I haven’t skated in at least 15 years, as I am really afraid of injury. Isn’t annoying to grow up and realize you’re not indestructible? Maybe I should get myself a helmet and some knee & wrist guards and try it again….

  19. zingerella
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    See, this? This is why I ride my bike to work (or most of the way to work. I get on the bus for the un-fun part when the bike path ends and it’s all 6-lane streets and hills). This is why I dance. This is why I skate in the winter when the rinks are frozen, and why I keep thinking of buying a pair of inlines.

    This is why I do Pilates and yoga and all those fun things. Because I purely love doing them. Because they are fun, and make me feel good.

    And it’s why I don’t do gyms. Because they do not make me feel good, and I do not find them fun. Going to the gym is a chore, and I have enough chores. Dancing? When I’m dancing, I’m happy with every fibre of my being.

  20. piowapuff
    Posted May 4, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    My gosh, you look so cute!

  21. Cyn
    Posted May 5, 2009 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    Your skates are so gorgeous! And so are you!

    Some weeks ago I got my in-line skates out of their box, after not wearing them for +10 years. Good news: I can still rock on them. Bad news: The wheels started to break because the plastic had melted since I live in a horribly hot city. So now I’m on a neverending quest to find new wheels.

    And I am trying to learn how to ride a bike. As a small girl, never got the chance to do it because I was too you-know-what, according to mam. :/

  22. zingerella
    Posted May 5, 2009 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    also … what on earth is wrong with being a decadant hedonist?

  23. Kate
    Posted May 10, 2009 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    Skating outside is awesome and I can promise it will 10 times more awesome if you get outdoor wheels. They make a HUGE difference. They’re not cheap, but you won’t feel every freaking pebble you hit.


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