When health is absent
Wisdom cannot reveal itself,
Art cannot become manifest,
Strength cannot be exerted,
Wealth is useless, and
Reason is powerless.
– Herophilies, 300 BC
For many years I was able to keep a calendar in my head. If Rick and I were discussing an upcoming event I’d say – “Oh, that’s a Thursday.” Rick was impressed and I never thought twice about my “good memory.” Names, places, dates – I just tended to remember them.
Somewhere along the way (I noticed it when I began remembering things for two children in addition to for myself) the mental calendar wasn’t as accurate as it once was. Before long, I began to forget names. Not just the names of my co-workers children (I’m still pretty good at that) but names of new people I’m introduced to, sometimes within a few minutes after being introduced. (How embarrassing!) And as I mentioned in yesterday’s post – I occasionally schedule two things for the same day. Not encouraging signs but part of the aging process I suppose.
“So what’s this got to do with the introductory quote on health.” you might be wondering.
I’ve always enjoyed “starting” something at the beginning of a week – usually a new and short-lived diet or exercise routine. About a year ago I started starting things on other significant dates. If January 1st was a Tuesday, I’d start new things on Tuesdays that year and I’d mentally note what week of the year I was starting on. It didn’t make the new program any more successful than starting on a Monday but it was a mental exercise I enjoyed.
So what better day than Day 1 of the eighth week before the new year begins (which probably makes this the 44th week of 2015) to start a new exercise routine?!? Inspired by seeing a friend “RUNNING” early in the morning yesterday when I was on my way home from – let’s just say the donut shop – I realized it might be time for me to try Couch to 5K again.
Who knows maybe blogging about it will make me more accountable. By January 1st I should be able to run a 5K (not that I will, but theoretically I could). I started this morning with 25 minutes of walking interspersed with three 60 second jogs. Then I came home and did some exercises from Jorge Cruise’s Book – 8 minutes in the Morning – A simple way to shed up to 2 pounds a week – GUARANTEED (which of course guarantees nothing since the weight loss promise is qualified by “up to” even though the 2 POUNDS is cleverly written in bold and all caps.) It’s a sensible approach to eating and getting some all over body exercises done on a regular basis without a huge time commitment.
So there you have it – I’ve gone public with my goal – who knows – I might even blog about how its going. But for today I’ll just be happy that I’ve exercised and created my NaBloPoMo and Writing 101 posts before 9:00 a.m.