Working out pays off

October 18, 2013

It is about 2 months now that I have been exercising at the Wellness Centre and I am seeing real results. I still huff and puff and need my rest stops but I am feeling stronger. Slowly I am being introduced to some of the machines. My goal is to put in an hour. Yes, in that time I do include my huff and puff rest breaks. So actual exercise time is some what less but even that is improving.
I have come to realize there is something wrong with Vi’s eye sight. With all of this heavy training I am doing, I now look in the mirror and see the body of a Mr. Universe. She just doesn’t seem to see the same, what is up with that?
I have a challenge for any that may read this. An exercise that is very simple. Sit in a chair, stand up as you would normally do, then just sit down again. Straight forward and easy enough. Try doing 2 sets of 10 reps. Oh, one other thing as you are standing and then again sitting, do both in slow motion.
Just stand up and then sit down, remember the slow motion part.
I’d be interested in hearing how you make out

Princesses in the realm of my heart

October 17, 2013

Any that have followed the blog for any time may have noticed I spoken of the 3 little princesses that have such a big claim on my heart, my grand daughters. Several times in the past I got myself into “trouble” for writing about things that were not for the blog. Memory guy here apparently in spite of being superficially requested not to would 3 or 4 days later write about it, oops, sorry.

it seemed best all around or safest for grandpa to just not write about any specifics. Well I have that ban at least partially lifted. So here goes the proud grandpa. I do love each equally you will be hearing how wonderful each is in their own way.
Today I am high lighting little Miss Emery as yesterday was her birthday. Happy birthday Emery, I love you very much. Now 4 year old Miss Emery has been excitedly awaiting her birthday. I am sure much of the excitement was more about the birthday party. Now let’s jump back a month or so ago, to when they were thinking about and planning this up coming party. She wanted a bowling party. Apparently there is a bowling alley that can set up age appropriate settings. Great.
Now Billie, Rob and the kids have been very active in supporting charities in a part of Kenya. That is another amazing story I will get into another day. Anyway through that they learned of a program to give a kid a goat, how it helps the kid and entire family. That thought made a real impression on little Miss Emery.
Back to the party planning. At the time the invitations are being prepared. Emery approached her mom asking if there was a way she could ask for money instead of presents. Billie being a little surprised why money instead of presents. Little princess Emery stated, she wanted the money so SHE could buy a goat for a child in Africa. Billie was taken back, I am in awe. A 4 year old wanting to for go birthday presents for herself to instead buy a goat for a child in Africa. That just blows my mind, I am in awe and so very, very proud.
Billie put a little note to the parents explaining what Emery wanted to do.
Princess Emery was just beside herself with joy when it was over and she learned she had enough money to buy 5 goats. When she began to calm down a little a sobering thought hit her. She wanted to be sure the goats were shared with not all going to one child.
Emery I think it was such a wonderful thing you have done. Grandpa is so very, very proud of you. I love you more than you will ever know.
How often have I declared myself to be a proud grandpa but an example of why. All 3 princesses are equally wonderful in their own way.

Inspired by those around me

October 12, 2013

Every time I go to the Wellness Centre I come away awed and inspired. There is my ever increasing athletic progress, hmm, well maybe not so much there. Though I am seeing a noticeable difference.
But more by the other people I see there, every shape and size, ever level of fitness. I go in the morning when yes there are some with the hard well toned bodies but more are the more mature folk like me. Many are dealing with cardiac or some other medical issues. The determination I see from these folks seems to give me the lift I at times need to go that little bit further.
Example, today I was blasting around the track at my usual pace. Ahead of me I could see I was catching up with a very slight, white haired, more mature lady. She was walking on the inside track which has a hand rail for support. Her pace was slow as she sort of dragged one leg a little. Now the track is set up with marked lanes, just like in traffic you shoulder check before changing lanes to avoid possibly colliding with another walker or runner coming up behind you. As it happened as I came up behind the lady, there was a larger group of walkers in the other lane. I slowed to the ladies pace to allow the others past. She must have realized I was back there as she turned slightly and apologized for being so slow. I assured her that was no problem but didn’t think she had heard me. When the others had all passed, I moved up beside her adjusting my pace to her’s. Again I assured her pace was no problem and said I admired her for being out there. We chatted briefly, I learned she had suffered a stroke. Her doctor suggested walking so there she was giving it her all such as that was. I know of people much much younger that didn’t have that drive. She felt self conscious as she felt she was a hindrance in the way of others. I did my best to assure that was not the case.
One other example of the many I could give. I was galloping down the straight of way when suddenly I was passed by a gentleman in a motorized wheel chair. Now that was a surprise, left me temporarily wondering, now what in the world could be the point in this. That is until I got to the far end of the oval and saw him working on one of the machines for upper body strength. Wow, I am not even sure what to say. I am not sure I would have the inner strength to do that.
This just so re-enforces in my mind. We may not always like the hand we are dealt in life. How we deal with it that allows us to live life or just endure our time here

Up early

October 11, 2013

Up early this morning about 4:30am. Had a restless night couldn’t seem to get inti a good sleep. Off to the Wellness Centre this morning, determined to break my speed record of the 40 minute 1/2 mile.

I have to ask them a question. One of my medications to keep my heart rate down among other things. They keep track of my pulse but I have to wonder if that is some sort of artificial/distorted reading because of the medication. Does that even make a difference, I don’t know. 
I have had a number of comments and emails about the truly wonderful quote I posted yesterday:
“From what we get, we can make a living. What we give, however, makes a life.”
I think that is just a wonderful quote. I wish I could take credit for it. I came across it yesterday on a piece of paper beside the computer. Obviously, I copied it from somewhere, just have no idea where or due credit would be given.
Nap is going to feel good.

Cute story seen from the front step

October 10, 2013

Saw something so cute this morning I just have to share.

OK, I have written about my front step sitting. A quiet time when I can reflect, see nature in all it’s wonders before me. Those times are becoming shorter as the temperature drops. Now I have also mentioned also we live very close to an elementary school. Now depending on the time of day we often see the little kids walking to or from school. Most often the smaller ones are accompanied by a parent or older sibling. Now I am not always out there at the same time so I can’t say this is a daily happening, but as I saw it about a week ago and then again this morning, I am imaging it is.To set the scene the other side of our street is lined with huge Elm trees, the trunks of which are big enough for a person to hide behind. Now these beautiful trees are spaced about every 50 feet or so.
OK, now jump back to about a week ago. I happen to look down the street. At the end of the block it appears there is someone behind the tree. Wouldn’t likely have given it a thought but as I am watching a person does come out from behind that tree to dash forward to hide behind the next tree in line, coming in my direction, followed shortly by a dash to again the next tree in line and hide. OK, now this is suspicious.
It is then that I notice a young lad coming down my side of the street. Now based on size and appearance I would guess him to be in grade 1 and he is walking alone. Now I have noticed him before but always in the company of his mother. As they pass the mother and I usually exchange good mornings.
As the young lad get close he proudly proclaims: “I am a big boy and can walk to school by myself”. I congratulated him and wished him a good day in school.
If you haven’t guessed by now. The person coming down the other side of the street doing all the hiding was indeed the mother

Living – Having a life

October 10, 2013

Doing one of my favourite things. Sipping my morning coffee and have been reading the paper. Feeling pretty good today. Yesterday wasn’t as good, even skipped going to the gym. You never appreciate or even think about breathing until it becomes on issue. Only then to you realize the extent to which it affects your entire body.

Often when I read something that really hits me, I will write it down. There are just some things memory guy here wants to keep in mind. I realize now if I am going to share them here on the blog, I should also be writing down the source from which I obtained the little gem. Will try to remember that going forward. I apologize to the writer for not giving due credit. Please tell me what you think of this.
“From what we get, we can make a living. What we give, however, makes a life.”

I’m a lucky man

October 9, 2013

I am having a good day. I think mornings are my favorite time time of the day. My energy levels are at their highest. I enjoy my morning coffee while reading the newspaper, ah life is good. As I think about it, I realize it is enjoying the little things like this make life good and my morning coffee is good. I realize I am lucky as I have the time to be able to just sit, relax and enjoy it. No more rush, rush.
As I am just sitting here thinking I realize, I am lucky again. I really do need my afternoon naps and I have the luxury of being able to take those naps as I need as I please. How many people can do that?
Throw having Vi, the kids and grand kids. I am a lucky man.
Oh yeah, as for being lucky. I AM ALIVE, years past what any expected.
I am a lucky man, I have a blog through which I have met so many incredible people. I am a lucky man again with this blog in how it has carried on. Who ever though I would reach 1208 posts. Here we are post #1208