This Year’s Theme

steep hillIf I had to hazard a guess about what I have been writing about the most this year, it is probably having less stuff or losing weight/getting in shape.

The actual truth is that I am better at making lists and reading books about these things than I am about actually doing them.

However, during my last trip to Portland, I could not keep up with the Abbigator when she rented bikes for us to ride around the park. A few times I simply got stuck behind really slow people and lost momentum at key points. A few other times I honestly just couldn’t keep up.

Excuses include being horribly overweight, out of shape and getting older. None of those are good excuses. And by the way, getting old is not synonymous with dying tomorrow.

I promised her, not that she asked, but I was promising myself, that before we go on a trip together in July that I will be in shape. In shape meaning I will be able to keep up hiking and on bike rides. I wish in shape meant discarding all of this extra weight quickly, but I can’t do that by July.

I have been vigorously walking long distances (about six miles a day) and taking in a big hill once a day. I can get up the dirt hill from the Anniversary Inn to Crescent Rim Drive in 99 steps without stopping now. It is reasonably steep.

One problem with working nights is that I cannot do some big workout and then expect to possess the energy to stay away from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. doing nursing stuff. My coworkers (all the guys anyway) told me to exercise after the shift, but before going to sleep.

At first, I could not consider this mentally. I decided to get a grip because I only have so much time. If I don’t exercise on the days I work, then I will not be able to get in shape. At first, I just took about a mile walk after work, but before going to sleep.

This week I am going to step it up to a three mile walk. That is tomorrow morning.

The guys in the book I reviewed said to always be increasing goals in working out. This is the next step up.


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