In short, as I learned in my most inspiring first round of aqua-and-gym PT with Michele way back in 2004, I need to work out regularly, watch what I eat, and shed excess pounds. As I found back then, losing even five pounds starts to relieve pressure on the lower spine. Imagine what a loss of 20 or 30 pounds would do for my ability to walk miles without pain.
It is easier said than done, especially in our current circumstances. In a household that has been preparing home-cooked meals for nearly a half-century, laboring in the kitchen has lost its luster. And we live in the land of milk, honey, and hush puppies. There are more than 300 fine restaurants in the area, many of them featuring fried seafood and buffets that are just about endless.
In face of the challenge to do better, I today rejoined Weight Watchers (online version for men). I was making good progress with WW back during the past winter, but with Spring I fell off the celery wagon and regained all I had lost. Disgusted with myself, I dropped out; however, I find now I miss the daily discipline of tracking what I consume and seeing how it fits (hopefully) within WW's points system. The system also yields a lot of good information about food choices, even when you eat out. So I have re-upped.
So today a plan started coming together. Of course, daily walks with Superdawg will continue to be a must. She will see to that. But I need to do more. With the advance of years, exercise becomes more important, not less.
© Robert G. Holland 2014