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Friday, November 20, 2015

It's ridiculously warm here today, for mid-late November. Beautiful blue skies, a nice warm breeze, almost tropical. I was walking without a coat during my lunch hour.

Last winter at this time, things were not so balmy. Rich had hurt his back right after our October vacation, and he had only just returned to work on Nov 12 of last year. He and I were not walking together at night, because he was limping and lurching so badly with his herniated disk. I wasn't working out in the morning, because he would phone me every morning and interrupt my by this time, I'd pretty much given up on trying to use that time for myself. My only exercise was my lunchtime walk.

Last winter the snow started early...we got clobbered with a big storm the day before Thanksgiving, with heavy, wet, plowable snow...I think it was about 8 inches. It broke branches on my little tree. The plow guy came to plow, for which I was thankful, but he wrecked my lawn because the ground wasn't frozen yet. And to add just a bit more misery to my day, I had to do Rich's driveway because he couldn't shovel, and he didn't have a plow guy nor was he looking for one. If I didn't shovel it for him, he would have attempted to do it himself and risked further injury just out of sheer stubbornness.

But that was then and this is now. No snow yet. Rich is healthy (so far...knock wood!). My dad has some health issues, but we'll work through it. As for me, I'm working out faithfully every morning. I finished my workout this morning and thought: "my body really likes me right now"... quite the opposite of the way I felt this spring, after letting myself gain weight all winter. I shouldn't have let it happen, but I did. I've been working hard to reclaim my healthy self. Thankfully, it feels like my body has forgiven me. I'm getting strong again, improving my balance and getting limber again. I'm grateful for this remarkably resilient body.

I'm not down to my goal weight yet, but I'm doing good. I've got a workout schedule, and I'm sticking to it. I've got an eating plan, and I'm sticking to that as well. I'm dreading the snow, but I'm not going to fall off the rails again, no matter what Mother Nature throws at me. It's a lot harder to lose weight than to gain it. And trying to build strength and recover flexibility at my age is pretty difficult, so it's best not to backslide for any reason.
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    great blog!
    1590 days ago
    Go can do this
    1645 days ago

    The Human body is an Incredible Design! "Remarkably Resilient" how true, as I've been abusing Mine for years and am Blessed with No Major health Issues.
    I too am back OP to Get Healthy and get to a weight where " My Body Really Likes Me Right Now" LOVE this statement!



    Barbara Jo

    1646 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/21/2015 7:42:52 AM
    Anne, you are more disciplined, than most people I know. I haven't gained any weight, in the last few years, maybe, a couple of pounds here and there, but always worked on losing it again, as soon as I gained them. But, I just can't break through to the last 10# I would like (or would have liked) to lose. I know, although, I work out most days, it is no longer at the intensity I used to work out during my 50s and 60s. At 75, next month, I do take my breaks, off and on, but try to stay active to keep my strength. So, I know where you are coming from, although, you are quite a bid younger.
    Keep it up, my friend. I hope your dad's health is improving.
    1646 days ago
  • ANEWME42012
    Lovely. Thanks for your post
    1647 days ago
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