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HOW TO STAY FIT THIS FALL

P ushing Y our E dges

Shelly Coffman

It’s October again! Having a September birthday with a kiddo who has an October birthday means mine consistently goes ignored (unless I plan something for myself), and we are now in full-tilt planning for my daughter’s birthday. I often wonder how this very creative kiddo was birthed of two introvert parents. We are in year five of birthday theme parties, born of her own wishes. There was the Tiger party, the Barbie party, the fairy tale party, the Zombie party, and this year, the “Myth” party (and my favorite pun, “Don’t myth it!”). With every birthday, kid-directed planning starts in February, with guest lists, party ideas and activities, and even invitation wording. It’s exhaustive, but it engages my kiddo, and she loves to chat about and plan it endlessly. The thing that gets me every year is how she is able to challenge my comfort zone without even trying. During the Tiger party year, she gave a special request for “Tiger Strawberry Pie.” As a person who doesn’t usually make pie, I had to get creative. As you can imagine, the Barbie party came along with a Barbie cake. Again, I met that challenge! The fairy tale party had me skating in a Maleficent costume, and the Zombie party (truly my sweet spot), had me cooking “brains” and “zombie fingers.” This year, I’ve been tasked with pulling off a“Greek Goddess” costume for myself, whichmakes me oh so uncomfortable. And somehow, I’m supposed tomake a“Dragon Egg”cake. Cue the Game of Thrones Pinterest search. And through it all, there’s joy in things I didn’t know I enjoyed. I love to learn new things. These are just not the things I would choose to learn, so it’s a bit of a surprise to find out that meeting the crazy challenge is half the fun.

I t ' s E asier T han Y ou T hink

With the sun setting on summer, it’s easy to think your most active days are behind you and nothing but months of indoor workouts and dodging holiday treats lie ahead. You’ll be happy to know that you couldn’t be more wrong. In some parts of the country, the summer heat can actually be a workout inhibitor, encouraging folks to bask in the air conditioning or soak listlessly in the pool rather than get out on the baseball field or toss a frisbee. Thankfully, fall brings with it cooler weather and a plethora of outdoor traditions. Participating in activities like picking apples and pumpkins, taking long walks to look at leaves, dashing through corn mazes and haunted houses, and raking leaves should be enough to keep you hale and hearty through the season. Here’s a breakdown of a few fall favorites to help you stay fit.

My wish for you is that you get to push your edges with some fun and joyful stuff. Hopefully, there’s Dragon Egg cake there too.

–-Shelly Coffman

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