To the gym, I go

P1000597by cheri

Today I am beginning a weight-training regimen down at a small gym at the bottom of my road. This first-time experience will go undocumented by pictures.

I’m in my sixties and although I look somewhat fit, I’m not. I have no strength other than that of spirit.

Sometimes, I hate to admit, I fail to twist the lids from capers and sweet pickle bottles. Other times, when my husband closes off the hose nozzle, I cannot budge it from its recalcitrant grip, so  the begonias droop until he comes home to rescue their sweet souls and stems from water deprivation.

I walk briskly up a mountain road about 4 times a week and chase a yellow dog around the property, along with shooting shooing turkeys off the grass (now dead…the grass, that is), but these activities are not enough to improve my bone density, muscle tone, and strength.

So, wish me luck. Think good thoughts.


About Cheri

Writer, photograph, artist, mother, grandmother and wife.
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16 Responses to To the gym, I go

  1. Cheri, one you look fit and two I understand. Two years ago my legs just gave out from under me. I’m like, what-the-you-know-what.

    I keep up with my walks, yoga, biking, and weights. Does it help? A little if I ponder what might happen if I didn’t do anything.

    It’s shocking this denial! All my friends, who are also in their 60’s, are experiencing the same ‘where has my strength gone?’ Forget comparing myself to my husband who is preparing to ride 100 miles for the annual MS bike to the Jersey shore. Me? I can do 15-20. “I’m a girl!” I tell him.

    “You’re a wussie!” he tells me.

    For once, he is correct.

    • Cheri says:

      Well, from one wussie to another, cheers MJ!

      Seeing your name and face in my comments box just made my day…so much so that I tried my best to complete 2 push-ups. That is all I could do. Squats? OMG. It’s going to be a long several months.

      Traveling to Atlantic Canada next month: no chowder for me!

  2. I seemed to lose all ,y strength four years ago. It’s still a shock to find myself asking “How do I get up off the floor?”

  3. shoreacres says:

    I’m good with strength and flexibility, but I need to get serious about losing some weight and doing more aerobic exercise. Even ten pounds off would be great. There’s no great mystery to what I need to do. Eating less are the magic words. (Especially less ice cream, etc.)

    And, I need to baby my back and my knees. Giving them a lessened burden to carry would be a good thing, especially since I haven’t had any problems with them. Prevention, pound of cure, and all that.

    Good for you, and good luck. I’ll see what I can do on my end, and we can compare notes in a month.

  4. This is going to be a wonderful journey. Good luck.

    • Cheri says:

      Thank you for the encouragement and your visit to my blog, eplm.

      • You’re welcome. I just started my weight training journey a month ago. I’m in my thirties, but my youngest son took all my muscle during pregnancy and breast feeding so I began with no muscle as well. It’s a fun process and I love actually stung physical results.

  5. Cheri says:

    Good for you. Let me know how you progress. I’ll check your blog.

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