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.
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.