You can probably even see from my pictures I’m feeling happier.
But I digress. Not, I don’t mean moving from Vermont, though I want to do that. I mean I need to move my body. We need Barb Samuel here again to give us some inspiration. There have been enough reputable studies that have shown exercises is as effective, and sometimes more effective, than anti-depressants. I have lots of friends who can’t take the meds (including my husband and son) and exercise really helps. One reason Richie got so down this winter was because he didn’t have a treadmill (I found a used one for his birthday in March – he got me a used but fabulous dishwasher for mine. So romantic!) And Tim’s working on David’s organic vegetable farm, hauling ass and veggies and even getting to drive the tractor. He’s just realized that he used anger to control his anxiety, which makes a lot of sense. He’s got massive social anxiety, and when he gets pissed it makes the anxiety disappear. So he spends his life getting pissed. He’s gotta find a therapist.
But I digress. I love going swimming, but for July I’m going to be too damned busy to go. I have my own pool but it’s too shallow, I’ve got yoga tapes that I’ve been determined to do for … maybe six weeks.
So here’s my plan. I need to do what I can to up my stamina for the play.
1. Look up exercises I can do in a shallow pool (too shallow for water walking)
2. Look up exercises I can do with the 2 lb. weights I bought (Richie said reps).
3. Go to the pool when I have a free day, even though I’ll have a thousand other things to catch up on.
4. Run the dvd
a. find the remote control or program a replacement one (which I have on hand)
b. clear a space on the bedroom floor and put the yoga mat down.
c. Watch the dvd
d. Move to the dvd.
Maybe I should watch before I clear the space and put the mat down. I also have a Richard Simmons sitting to the oldies that I’ve never done, and that would be fun. I need to do this. I need more energy. And it’ll help keep depression away.
I wish to god I could go for walks. Maybe I can do short ones to begin with. After all, I’m not bone on bone yet and they say exercise improves pain with arthritis.
So that’s my exercise plan. Sounds like surfing on the computer and watching DVDs — about my style. But I’m determined to do more, move it up a notch. I’ll report back.
The weight is being stubborn but then I get tired and stuff. I need to make sure there are only good things in the house.
Hmmm .. I think I’ll go make a smoothie.