For the first time in decades, I did not dread the annual physical, and its obligatory weigh-in. No, I am not at the ideal weight the charts say I should be.
I never was!
The only time I came close to my ideal weight was in 1979, when I followed a strict diet; so restrictive, I lost so much weight in 6 weeks that the doctor insisted I be tested for TB!
The recent holidays did not derail this continuing adventure which is not a diet. In fact, I even made a little more progress. But, we are still talking ounces per week.
Nevertheless, our routine continues and may have become if not a habit, an attitude of commonsense and moderation toward food: that it is fuel, not a best buddy.
Also, I am still working for commonsense and moderation toward exercise. Face it, January and February’s cold days are about as inviting opportunities for walking outdoors as August and September were. My chair beckons — no, it cries — for me to settle in for a nice long spell, giving me time to hear some siren calls from the kitchen. ( Temptations)
Yes, I could go to the gym . . . and use their treadmills . . .
Did I tell you about one of the last times I went to a gym in Dallas? It was late afternoon, and both men and women were using the equipment.
Well, I tried to be as invisible as possible amongst the mixed group that included mature and young men, as well as one or two stalwart ladies of a certain age. It wasn’t hard; especially when a gorgeous young woman entered to begin her workout. Her outfit ensured she’d have no trouble cooling down. As she tied her thick blonde hair into a ponytail, and began some stretches on the treadmill, I mean, I heard the oxygen get sucked out of the room as the men in back of her had a clear view of her flexibility.
I can’t risk such sudden oxygen depletion again. Not at my age, right? So, I need to be super careful about gyms . . . and exercise choices, like hot yoga. Therefore, I am
Restating my resolution for my 2020 exercise program:
So, how are you doing?
Thank God for the wherewithal we have to take a deep breath, and see the sun shine, or snow fall, right?
Oh yes . . . and thank the Lord for the visual acuity to read expiration labels. Doug spotted this. It didn’t taste like it was a hundred years old! 🙂
In God we trust, all others we virus scan. ~Author Unknown
I love that you make me chuckle! That’s not my natural bent, to see the humor in ordinary life. You have such a gift for that, and you bless me. 🙂
Happy New Year, Friend! Hope to be in your neck of the woods someday soon for a visit!
I hope your physician was happy with your progress. I’m starting a 10 day elimination diet/detox today to stop the stupid eating that I started at Thanksgiving. Hopefully it will start me on the path you and Doug started last spring.
Thanks for yet another lovely post!