This week’s exersize

  • Monday – 2 mile walk
  • Tuesday – yard work
  • Wednesday – 1 mile walk
  • Thursday – 2 mile walk
  • Friday – rest day
  • Saturday – yard work

Given my age and level of decrepitude, and given that it’s been so darned hot outside, (this is July in South Texas after all), I’d say this is plenty.

After several days of inactivity….

So last Thursday the doctor told me to rest my arms, shoulder and neck, but to start exercising regularly as soon as I could.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did little more than sit in the recliner or lie in bed. Boring! And while I was doing that the grass in my lawn, which really needed to be cut before the problem with my shoulder, etc., set in a week or so ago, kept growing. Yesterday I finally did something about it: walked down to the ice house (there and back is just about a mile) for a can of gas for the lawn mower, and I mowed the front yard.

Today the shoulder and arm aches, but that’s better than the sharp pain of the past week or so. So this afternoon I mowed the back yard. It is gratifying to be productive again!

What I mistakenly thought was arthritis pain.

The doctor I saw yesterday diagnosed my shoulder, arm, and neck problem as much more likely due to nerve damage than to arthritis. And we’re treating it accordingly. He called in some new medicines for my blood pressure (another area of concern) which I collected from the pharmacy before catching the bus home. And he now has me taking anti-inflammatory meds morning and night. I’m to rest my arms, shoulders, and neck for the next few weeks and “tough it out” (the doctor’s words. Heh.) regarding the pain. If the pain hasn’t cleared up in a few weeks, he’ll x-ray my neck. So… I’m taking it easy and taking my meds.

Good news from the doctor yesterday: He congratulated me on my recent weight loss. He said all the numbers from last week’s blood work, etc. were very good. The liver and kidneys are in fine shape and working as they should. And he encouraged me to join a gym and begin exercising regularly. (Actually, that’s something Sylvia suggested we do together just a few days ago.)

And the adventure continues. 🙂

Yardwork, exercise, baseball – Thursday.

The early part of this afternoon found me working out in the front yard: pulling weeds, picking up sticks, cutting grass, etc.

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Weather permitting, I’ll spend one day per week out in the front yard, and another day per week taking care of the back yard. Then I’ll bus into town another day or two per week. Since the bus stop I use is a mile from my house, walking there will give me another respectable little chunk of exercise.

With the day’s physical work mostly completed, it’s time to spend a few hours working on the Cathedral’s website with the radio broadcast of Rangers baseball playing in the background.

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And another Thursday moves right along.

light dumbbell workout – 31 May 2012

Well, now the pressure is on. It’s already Thursday and the first of this week’s scheduled light dumbbell workouts has just now been completed. If I allow for a rest day after a workout day, which I must, then Saturday will absolutely have to have a workout in order for this to be a two-workout week.

Today’s light workout:

Warmups:
stretching, bending, twisting

Calf raises:
2 sets of 10 reps
2 set of 15 reps

Half squats:
2 sets of 10 reps
2 set of 15 reps

Dumbbell bench press:
2 sets of 10 reps

Dumbbell concentration curls:
2 sets of 10 reps w. each arm

Bent over dumbbell raises:
2 sets of 10 reps with each arm

light dumbbell workout – 26 May 2012

The second of this week’s scheduled light dumbbell workouts is now in the books.

Today’s light workout:

Warmups:
stretching, bending, twisting

Calf raises:
2 sets of 10 reps
1 set of 15 reps

Half squats:
2 sets of 10 reps
1 set of 15 reps

Dumbbell bench press:
2 sets of 10 reps

Dumbbell concentration curls:
2 sets of 10 reps w. each arm

Bent over dumbbell raises:
2 sets of 10 reps with each arm

light dumbbell workout – 23 May 2012

The first of this week’s scheduled light dumbbell workouts is now in the books.

You know, on the one hand I’m still surprised that such a light exercise regimen should be challenging to me. But on the other hand, that simple fact convinces me of how important it is that I soldier on.

Today’s light workout:

Warmups:
stretching, bending, twisting

Calf raises:
2 sets of 10 reps
1 set of 15 reps

Half squats:
2 sets of 10 reps
1 set of 15 reps

Dumbbell bench press:
2 sets of 10 reps

Dumbbell concentration curls:
2 sets of 10 reps w. each arm

Bent over dumbbell raises:
2 sets of 10 reps with each arm