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Summertime activity: I can do it now!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Something has changed this time around. Today it is incredibly warm and humid here. The heat index is 102...it's muggy and uncomfortable. A few years ago, I would have been essentially down for the count. I would go out only to get to work. The heat would have actually made me ill and dizzy.

This year...having a gym membership at a facility with a pool, I can go swimming whenever I can get to the gym. I try to go 3 to 4 days a week. I get up early and get to the gym at 5:30 am so I can swim before work.

I have always loved walking, and when I was at my heaviest (205 lbs) I tore the meniscus in my right knee. With the extra weight, it was painful to walk. I had to go up stairs slowly, one step at a time. I was looking a surgery. Winter was frightening; we have icy, snowy winters here, and I do not drive. Walking to the bus stop was hard and dangerous. I fell a few times, and it was hard to get up. Summertime, I couldn't walk because I would get overheated. Plus, to put it bluntly, I sweat and I stunk when I sweat, so I couldn't get too hot and go to work.

This is leading up to today. I work at a college that has access to a park with walking paths along the Genesee River. I wasn't going to take a walk because of the heat, but sitting at my desk all morning made me antsy. So I filled up a large water bottle and headed out. If it was too hot, I'd just walk around the campus for a few minutes and head back in. Well, I made it to the river, and then back. There was a lot of shade and a breeze, and I can handle the heat now, as long as I'm careful and keep hydrated. The hot, humid weather is great for the plants...lots of wild flowers. The ducks were out; the birds were chirping up a storm. What a great break in the middle of my work day. I was only out for half an hour, but it revitalized me.

I am so glad that I can enjoy the outdoors again. I take long walks, I garden, I swim. I'm thinking of getting a bicycle when I have a little extra money.

Losing weight, getting fit, and changing my lifestyle and attitude has been a blessing. I am 53, but I feel younger than I have for years.
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CM_GARDNER78 7/25/2013 12:54PM

    AWESOME!!!!! That is great!!! You are doing a great job - no excuses, just doing what you can with what you have!!! :-) Excellent!! :-)

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CEILMARY 7/19/2013 10:42AM

    Yep...Upstate, Rochester area. Still hot today. Leaving work early to go swimming. Took dogs out early (5 am) but not for too long...it was almost 80 and that is hard on the pug. He goes inside and lays in front of the air conditioner.

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MCFITZ2 7/18/2013 11:36PM

    Sounds like upstate NY. We had relief this afternoon with an intense summer storm.Temp. dropped 20 degrees in about 5 minutes.
Glad you are able to take the heat and keep going. emoticon

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