Another of my father’s favorite quotes…
It’s November; the weather was unusually mild and Thanksgiving is only 11 days away. What happened to August? It seems as though yesterday we were driving our daughter to college and now I’m scheduling her trip home for the winter holidays. Did the days always fly by this quickly or am I only beginning to notice it as I grow older?
The phrase “grow older” doesn’t agree with me. As far as I’m concerned, I’m still in my early thirties raring to go. Actually, when I was about 42, I was in the best shape of my life; lean and mean. I am trying to stay on the right path as far as nutrition and physical exercise are concerned but now it seems like such a chore. What happened to all the fun I used to have raking leaves, shoveling show, trimming shrubs and bushes, painting, decorating and cleaning? I suppose I’m in a new life cycle, or so I’ve heard.
Today was a busy one for me, which is always a good thing. While my husband was cleaning up debris from the yard and blowing leaves, I helped by clearing out our pond, trimming bushes and cleaning up the flower beds. When I paused to prepare lunch, I decided I’d bring all the Halloween storage bins that had yet to be put away, back up into the attic by myself. It wasn’t that I minded so much, lifting all the boxes up the narrow stairs to the attic, what concerned me was I felt I had no arm strength. This was the first time I ever felt weak and I didn’t like it.
I can still lift the 42 lb. package of cat litter fairly easily. I carried the heavy Halloween props in and out of the house and onto the lawn by myself. Yet I had trouble lifting the boxes up into the attic. It occurred to me that I need to incorporate a lot more strength training in my workout routine.
After the boxes were stacked in the attic, I figured, since I was already up there, I may as well bring down some Christmas lighting. The weather was calm and my Christmas decorating usually begins in a couple of weeks anyway, so what the heck. I managed to put up several strands of lights around our garage and a couple of trees as well as assemble our outdoor music light show. All the lights worked however I won’t be turning any of them on until the weekend after Thanksgiving. It felt good to get some of them up before the colder weather sets in.
Between doing yard work, decorating and cleaning, I feel I got a lot accomplished today. The first day of my Low Cholesterol meal plan is going well: ½ Grapefruit, ½ English muffin with lowfat spread and tea for breakfast, lowfat yogurt, banana and walnuts for lunch and a large salad with 2 hardboiled egg whites and lowfat dressing for dinner was pretty satisfying. My husband had somewhat more substantial meals today: Oatmeal w/skim milk, yogurt, melon, turkey sandwich, baked flounder with LF/LC dressing, brown rice and green beans were on his menu. Not too bad for the first day.
The box-lifting incident motivated me and I think I’ll change up my exercise routine tomorrow. I still can’t believe Thanksgiving is around the corner and Christmas right on its tail. There is still so much work I would like to finish before mid-December including the traditional decorating, baking, shopping, gift wrapping and writing cards. I’d really like to have the foyer painted before my daughter comes home to make it more welcoming. I just wish sometimes, there were more than 24 hours in a day.
I have to say that I am satisfied with what I accomplished today. It’s now time to relax for the remainder of the evening. Fuzzy slippers, green tea and two soft furballs on my lap sounds like a plan. I am surely blessed.
“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” ~ Ovid