Spring is always super busy in my world, and this year there were extra factors at work that made it even more so. On top of a frenzied work schedule, I kept up the gym routine. So, I haven't had the energy to come home and research or write, even when I've had the time, which was not often. The 8-week Outdoor Fitness Challenge ended about a week ago, and I've been nursing my need for creativity by playing with photos from it to create videos (which can hopefully be shared on the blog). I haven't been lacking in the working-on-the-gut department, I've just been lacking in writing about it.
But, it occurred to me just how much fitness has impacted my daily life. In ways I wouldn't have thought. As it turns out, as a children's librarian, my job is to be a professional fool. I perform a lot, and have to ham it up and be silly. This takes a certain amount of confidence and a certain amount of not caring what people think, both of which have increased with weight loss and strength gains. The ability to hold a squat has come in handy more than once, while acting out things like sitting in a chair. It also takes energy to be "on" all the time, and the consistent workouts have helped to recharge a depleted battery and keep me going (not to mention the occasional stress release!). More surprisingly, I've managed to include fitness in the performances themselves.
We held a Story Mob last week, based on the book by Nicholas Oldland called The Busy Beaver. There's a part where he has to recover from having a tree fall on him, and he does yoga and lifts weights. Part of a Story Mob is having props to act out the various parts, so you can guess which ones I snagged! There was a picket-line-type sign declaring "Do more yoga!" and promoting weight lifting to get stronger and better after injury. A few years ago, I'd have had zero interest in that.
All through this week, we are putting on a variety show to kick off the summer reading club. Five shows over three days. There is an active song which is practically a workout in itself, but after doing Button Factory, I'm not out of breath. There was a time when doing a song with those kind of actions would have winded me, and I couldn't have done the seamless transition to the next act. One of the skits is based on the book "Not a Stick" where we use our imaginations to pretend the stick is something else. Again, it was the weight-lifting part that caught my eye and I got excited about. So, twice daily, I pretend to do a deadlift and an Olympic lift with a feather-light stick. And darned if I'm not channeling Mat and thinking about form when I pantomime it. I couldn't ham it up like that if I didn't know how it felt to do it for real, how to make it look real, and every time I bend over I think "back flat, Barb; heels to the ground."
In short, I've been a busy little beaver. Well, "busy" only begins to cover it. I tallied up some stats from the past 6 weeks about the outreach I've been doing to promote the library and our summer reading programs. I've been to 7 schools where I saw 88 classes and talked about the Summer Reading Club to 2085 people; put on 272 km in mileage; did "Welcome to Kindergarten" parent nights at 8 schools, over 7 nights (yup, 2 in one night!), seeing 453 people. Story Mob, the Kidders variety show, and planning and prep for the actual summer programs that I've been so busy promoting. I'm TIRED.
But I also know what to do about it.
I'll get back on my feet,
do lots of yoga,
and lift weights.
And soon I will get back to blogging about it.