Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Break

A twelve day break from tracking habits, blogging, doing anything but counting calories and babying the right leg. Thankful to be retired and able to 'play turtle' once in awhile.

Cookies still the best tool for weight loss ever. "Shopping" in my own closet for what I enjoy wearing, now that it fits again, is fun, fun, fun.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Bad Hair Day

After a decade of grey and salt/pepper hair color, I followed an impulse to 'go blonde'. It is always a happy coincidence when one of my impulses works out well, but this was not the case on Friday.

The package said 'medium blonde'. It looks more like faded brown.The best that can be said for it is that it matches my age spots.  Ah well, it will grow out in a few months.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

John Muir - Father of our National Parks

John Muir Quotes and vistas

Our family toured many of the great National Parks when I was a child:
Mt Hood, Carlsbad Caverns, Yellowstone and Old Faithful, the Painted Desert, Mt Rushmore, the Ozarks, many other works of nature. I didn't know then what an unusual chance it was for me to see, up close and personal, a living buffalo, a brown bear, deer, elk, eagles, prairie dogs, sea lions, the variety of wildlife.

To read of politicians seriously urging the selling of our national lands, the destruction of public lands in exchange for coal, tar oil, and mines,. is to find a gap of understanding too vast for me to bridge. What poverty of spirit will trade untrammeled nature for dollars?

Monday, April 11, 2016

I removed 120 pounds of Stress on my KNEES

Did you know that weight on the body is not a one-to-one ratio of stress on the knees?  According to WEBMD, each pound of weight lost equals FOUR pounds of stress taken off the knees. No wonder my knees creek, crack and groan less often - since last September they enjoy 120 pounds less stress when I walk.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

What is a right hip flexor strain?

A right hip flexor strain is what has been waking me up in pain, it's what has made me limp and what has interfered in my routine at the gym. It is what I thought was a Baker's cyst - (diagnosing from Internet sites is unsafe). So the Physical Therapist showed me an exercise that helps the hip flexor, which I'm supposed to do ten times a day.

Getting fit can be complicated. It is simple if you are young and healthy - just eat right, move more, get enough sleep. Geriatric fitness is a different animal. My yoga teacher thought I should take "chair yoga". Thanks but no thanks. I'll get the hip flexor fixed and come back later.

It might take more effort to get to a reasonably stable routine, but hope gleams brightly, fueled by success at weight loss and at weight exercises. Small improvements add up. Just keep going.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sunshine

Sunshine two days in a row! Daffodils blooming in the front yard, gladiolas sprouting in the back. Oh joy, spring is here.