I have more time to do really important things, like binge watch The Walking Dead.
I don't know why I waited so long to watch this show. It's awesome.
I started last week and I'm mid-way through season 2 and I'm already having dreams about walkers so obviously this is a wise life choice.
I can wear any shoes I want to the gym. I used to pick shoes based on how well they supported my running mileage, even if they weren't cute. I just realized the other day that it doesn't matter what I wear because I'm not doing any impact stuff, so I can buy my next pair just because I like the color.
|I can get cheap cute Target sneakers!|
On the same theme as the shoes, I can wear any top I want to the gym. Super cute sports bra top that would probably chafe after 3 miles and isn't supportive enough? Who gives a shit? I'm just on the Stair Master anyway so I can wear the cute tops with the cut away backs.
I'm home more often. I get to spend more time with my husband and kids which is always a plus. It's almost relaxing to not have to plan out how to get a certain amount of mileage done on the weekend, or get up early to get it done and be tired all day.
A few unexpected observations:
I throw away a lot more leftovers. I never realized how big of an appetite running gave me until I stopped. The kids won't eat leftovers (little snobs) and neither will my husband (big snob) so usually I'm the one who takes care of it. Well, I can't keep up anymore and even though I've convinced the baby that leftovers are OK, I'm still throwing away a lot more food than before. I guess I need to learn to cook smaller quantities?
I don't think my dog ever actually liked running. She's 6 now so that could be a factor, but once I stopped running, she really didn't care. This is a dog that would come with me for 20 miles and never falter, but I think she just would follow me to the end of the earth because she's a good dog. Now she and the cat just nap while I watch TV during the kid's nap time and she's just as happy and tired as before.
I've become way more girly. I used to never take the time to do my hair because I spent all my free time getting miles in and then I was tired from running. Now that I can only workout a reasonable amount every day, I'm putting more time into doing my hair and shit and I even have face cream now.
I'm almost three months post surgery and I go back for another post-op appointment on the 20th. I'm still having nerve pain but there isn't anything they can do for that, so my main hope is to get clearance to bend more so I can try spin and yoga. Mood wise, I'm doing OK. I'm still taking things day by day and honestly adopting Catniss was a big morale boost. Recovery is so long that it's nice to have a pet that just wants to cuddle and I can exercise her from the couch with a laser pointer. Cats are the lazy (or injured) person's ideal pet.
|See? They hate when people exercise|
If you had to give up your favorite hobby, what do you think would be the best "silver lining" of it? Before kids, I'd say sleeping in on the weekends, but we all know that's not something that happens with toddlers in the house.