It is that time of year again……

Once again, I have succumbed to the allure of making myself over into a healthy, physically fit human being so I might look reasonably acceptable in warm weather clothing sometime in May. 

This year I am doing something I used to avoid. Swimming has always been my exercise of choice. Swimming in January has never been my choice. I know, I know, it is inside a building. Doesn’t  matter. When I swam laps regularly I would quit in November and start up again in March.

The young man who gave me the tour today at our local park district athletic center told me the water in the lap pool was a warm 80+ degrees. He cannot fool an old lap swimmer. When you leave the building and the 0 degree wind whips around your body, it does not matter what the temperature of the pool was…

So I have a pair of fleece sweats and a hooded sweatshirt to put on after my shower and soft faux furry boots to pull on my feet. I will bundle up and brave a northern Illinois January to help develop  the stamina, endurance and strength I need to keep up with my grandchildren on our trip this summer.

……….I want to hike to the glacier… I want to hike to the glacier…… I want to hike to the glacier…I want to hike to the glacier………

“Exercise is done against one’s wishes and maintained only because the alternative is worse.” George Sheehan

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About Lily

Born in Topeka, Kansas in the middle of the 20th Century, daughter, granddaughter, niece, sister, cousin, mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, reader, spiritual, writer, cook, crafter, junker...... twice-married, former non-profit executive in retread mode... currently living a bucket list life in a remodeled schoolhouse.....
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