02 December 2011

Normal Exercise Again

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2 December: I started lifting (light) dumbbells again after a long, long lapse. I don’t even know how long ago I last lifted weights in a fitness routine because my old lifting log sheets are still lost amongst the chaotic piles of stuff we hurriedly brought upstairs when we were flooded. But I started lifting again this week, and I’m taking it slow and easy at the start-up, so the muscle pains are not too bad – and not nearly as bad as the aches and pains from moving heavy sandbags and appliances during the flood. Our all-too-brief winter here is the best time to exercise because the humidity is not at its brutal normal.
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I took a taxi to a shopping mall today, needing a haircut, some electrical cords, and any books worth getting. It is the first time I’ve been down that way since the flooding, and this area south of us was hit very hard. I saw the high-water marks on buildings and walls, looking like a dirty bathtub ring but at chest level or sometimes higher. Many shorter shrubs and bushes were killed by being under water for too long, making our normal green streets less colorful. People are still shoveling out their homes and drying stuff in the sun.
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On the way home I had a taxi driver let me off way short of home so that I could have a good long walk the rest of the way. With all the exercise I’ve been getting lately, I’m hitting the sack early tonight. Our cats agree that this sounds like an excellent idea.
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-Zenwind.
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