Saturday, July 20, 2013
One summer about 8 years back, I was doing some work on the outside of my house that required me climbing 20+ feet of scaffolding. I would get to the top and I would have to sit and catch my breath before I could do any work. I was concerned.
"Is it because of the bad air? Or the summer temperatures? Or my age? Or my excessive weight?" Just asking that last question should have tipped me that I needed to get serious about getting into shape. But ...
My doctor at the time, one who looked liked death warmed over and smelled of a pack a day smoking habit, told me it could be a combination of all of the above. What he did not say was "Lose about 20 pounds, Tim." Besides, why would I have listened to Pack-a-day Mel?
In the last 5 years, I have taken off just shy of 100 pounds and managed to keep the lion's share of that weight off in the last three. I am in pretty good shape. I am also now considered a senior (over 60) but I run and lift and don't have any health problems.
But this heat wave over the last 10 days or so has been brutal. I looked at the weather forecast for this week back on Sunday and decided to take a week off of running. Well, like any addict I was unable to kick the habit totally. In the evening, just around sunset, I would run the 1.5 miles down (hill) to the Y, workout, then run home.
Thursday was an exception. I set out from my driveway and I got barely 1/4 mile before I was so totally winded. It reminded me of climbing the scaffold. Then Friday, I was trying out work on cleaning out my cellar. Just carrying the boxes, tubs, and yard sale candidates to a staging area for storage in the garage had me exhausted in 90 minute. I cover it with a tarp and gave up. Today, I started early putting that stuff away. Wow. I was huffing and puffing after about an hour.
This time I am pretty sure it's the weather's fault. Because I am in excellent shape now.
A brief thunderstorm just passed through. They say that the front that brought it is going to make things "cooler" tomorrow. HIghs of "only" 88ºF (31ºC).
Hot dog. Break out the sweaters!