One step at a time

Tulips from two years ago

Tulips from two years ago

Another pound lost this week, and a step closer to my first goal of losing 40 pounds. And before you think it is a negative … this is intentional weight loss for my health’s sake. I’ve been trying to lose weight for 3 years. And, my primary physician and gastroenterologist both are monitoring me.

To encourage me, the computer at WW writes, “Good work, think about taking up another activity this week. Have you considered the trampoline?” Right! Like I’m going to drag my 72-year old body onto a trampoline…again…been there done that when I was younger. something tells me the programmer forgot to enter age as variable in his ‘what-to-do-next’ algorithm. Hey Dude, not everyone trying to lose weight looks like Jennifer whats-r-name.

Grandson Sean prepares for the Cinco de Mayo run in San Diego.

Grandson Sean prepares for the Cinco de Mayo run in San Diego.

In fact, I’ve tried most things exercise-wise. The pool works the best, not for the calories it burns, but for the movement of my arthritic body in the water aerobics class. I get almost as much exercise from housework and more from gardening. But of course gardening is not aerobic and you can’t do it in winter.

There will be more gardening for me and David. My occasional gardener, Young John, has married and is moving to NY with his new lawyer wife. So sad, but he finished some major projects that needed doing. John and his wife have landed ‘real’ jobs, and she is from Rochester, and they want to buy house and start a family. He says he’s been looking for a replacement but most guys want $40 per hour (I paid John $30) … I don’t think so. Housework I will pay someone to do, dog grooming, I will pay someone to do, but gardening? I will hire a landscape firm I used in the past to remove tree branches and prune shrubs.

I don’t need a regular gardener, she said boldly. David and I did all the work in the past. The perennial beds are established and most of the work involves weeding, which John did poorly. Just this morning, David and I potted more of the plants, and he mowed our very tiny lawn while I fixed lunch. Nosireebob, we are not ready for the retirement home yet.

21 thoughts on “One step at a time

  1. A pretty photo of your tulips. My neighbors have a very large trampoline in their garden. Their children have long since outgrown it as I haven’t seen anyone on it for years. The thought of me sneaking over there and using it makes me laugh. And I would probably do more damage than good. I have a hard time walking on my own two feet at times, let alone bouncing up and down on a trampoline. Congratulations on the weight loss. It is harder losing weight than some people realize.

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  2. Attagirl!
    If you can do it between you, so much the better. it is definitely good exercise.

    I am trying to do a bit every day when the weather allows, although the really hard work is now beyond me.

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    • John did most of the harder work: repairing timbers in the raised beds, tree and shrub pruning, emptying and moving the larger garden tubs, spreading compost, and bringing in bags of gravel and additional mulch. Next fall, I will hire a tree professional to remove dead limbs and the landscaping company I used in the past to clear up the piles of leaves and brush the neighbor’s trees drop in our yard. Meanwhile I’m giving other people the larger garden tubs and not refilling them with dirt this spring. David and I can do the rest for awhile. When he can’t,then we will have to move.

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  3. Well of course you are not ready for that retirement home. Neither are we, but we did give up gardening some time ago. Substituting other activities (it says here in fine print). You’ll miss Young John, but it is nice to see young couples succeeding.

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  4. I agree with you about the water activities; you can move more easily in the water and your body thinks it’s much younger there. That, riding the exercise bike when it’s too nasty to walk outside, and walking when I can are the exercises that keep me honest.

    Good luck to you; and remember; this effort is for YOU; not for anyone else.

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  5. Good luck! Power to you! I had to laugh about the trampoline. I love the trampoline. But I won’t touch it at my age with a ten foot pole! When I was 66, I sat on it crosslegged to read to my grandson ….no jumping…but just the sway of it popped a ligament in my knee!
    I won’t even SIT on it at age 70 for fear my neck may snap!
    “Gracefully surrendering the things of youth” is hard.

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  6. Will you resort use one of those long handled thingies to take the weeds out? I find getting down is easy but it’s the getting up lol
    I have 5 kilos/11lbs left of unwanted weight/fat/ that have defied all my efforts to make them leave home – defiant little buggers refuse all the hints and goading I put their way and will not move on lol
    Take care
    Cathy

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  7. You’re doing great. I lost 20 pounds last spring/summer, put 10 back on over the winter and now have taken 6 of those off again. This time I vow to keep it off!

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  8. Good luck with the weight loss, it is one problem I never had to worry about. In fact I have always been under weight which makes me look older and feel the cold for lack of insulation.

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    • It might surprise you to know fat people feel the cold more than thin people. Fat people have more skin, and skin is what feels the cold. As for age,you might look older, but you will probably last longer.

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  9. YAE, Dianne! Good for you. I do know how hard it is to lose weight. It has to be a combination of food and exercise for me. I’m jealous that with Art, he has to worry about keeping the weight on.

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