Why I exercise / Por qué hago ejercicio

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As part of my fitness report, I no longer share what I eat. Instead, I just tell you about my little pleasures with no guilt attached. I never get carried away (well, almost never) and I exercise and have a usually healthy and well-balanced diet (with kudos to San Geraldo). But the true reason I exercise is because I enjoy it.

That being said, I was in “a mood” Tuesday and never left the house. I did at least do laundry, change linens, start a bunch of blog posts, lounge with cats, enjoy a pulled pork lunch with San Geraldo, watch the world from our terrace, and edit several dozen photos. Here is some June joy before I head to the gym.

Nutrition and Fitness Report
Stretching: Once a day.
Walking: I plan to get in some good walking today.
Gym: On my way for arms, shoulders, and legs.

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Como parte de mi informe de estado físico, ya no comparto lo que como. En cambio, solo te cuento mis pequeños placeres sin culpa. Nunca me dejo llevar (bueno, casi nunca) y hago ejercicio y tengo una dieta generalmente saludable y bien balanceada (con felicitaciones a San Geraldo). Pero la verdadera razón por la que hago ejercicio es porque lo disfruto.

Dicho esto, el martes estaba de “mal humor” y nunca salí de casa. Al menos lavé la ropa, cambié la ropa de cama, comencé un montón de posts en el blog, me relajé con los gatos, disfruté de un almuerzo de puerco desmenuzado con San Geraldo, observé el mundo desde nuestra terraza, y edité varias docenas de fotos. Aquí hay algo de alegría de junio antes de ir al gimnasio.

Informe de Nutrición y Estado Físico
Estiramiento: Una vez al día.
Caminar: planeo caminar bien hoy.
Gimnasio: En camino para brazos, hombros y piernas.

• Three-chocolate–dipped sunflower seeds from Málaga.
• Pipas de girasol en tres chocolates de Málaga.
• Sugar-free tourrón from Málaga. San Geraldo is not a fan of turrón (nougat). Mine all mine. I ate one before the photo was taken. And now there are three.
• Tourrón sin azúcar de Málaga. San Geraldo no es fanático del turrón. Mío todo mío. Me comí uno antes de que se tomara la foto. Y ahora son tres.
• A birthday gift box from my sister-friend, Susan in Oregon. Six bars, six varieties. San Geraldo and I are both in heaven — and savoring slowly (one of us more slowly than the other — I’m the true saint).
• Una caja de regalo de cumpleaños de mi hermana-amiga, Susan en Oregon. Seis barras, seis variedades. San Geraldo y yo estamos en el cielo, y saboreando lentamente (uno de nosotros más lentamente que el otro, yo soy el verdadero santo).
• Birthday flowers from Susan. Dudo gave them the sniff test, and approved. I haven’t found any bite marks in the leaves — although I had just caught him mid-attempt.
• Flores de cumpleaños de Susan. Dudo les hizo la prueba del olfato y lo aprobó. No he encontrado marcas de mordeduras en las hojas, aunque acababa de atraparlo en medio del intento.
• A chiringuito (beach bar). Used olive oil awaiting pick-up and recycling. I’ve included it because I’ve mostly shared food, and it was at one time edible.
• Un chiringuito (chiringuito de playa). Aceite de oliva usado en espera de ser recogido y reciclado. Lo he incluido porque en su mayoría he compartido comida, y en algún momento fue comestible.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

26 thoughts on “Why I exercise / Por qué hago ejercicio”

    1. Wilma:
      And SG will be so pleased to know you used his name in the same sentence as “balanced.”

  1. Had a gym membership years ago when hubs had a business and joined a barter plan…anyhow we would go 4-5 days a week and NOTHING. No weight loss, no muscles, definitely no abs, definitely no definition, no “feeling” of health or energy. How I hate the gym. Happy for you that you like the torture.

    1. Frank:
      San Geraldo hates it, too. But he does admit he feels better when he goes regularly. You need a good trainer if you’re not feeling the benefits.

  2. I like Lindt Excellence bars too! I just bought a couple of 70% Cacao Dark — they’re a good source of iron and I’m trying to increase my iron right now because I’m anemic. Screw liver and spinach, LOL!

    1. Debra:
      I tend to not like the fruity chocolate bars (except orange). But, if it’s Lindt I’m in heaven. One of those in the box is 70% Cacao Dark. It hasn’t been opened yet. Spinach and chocolate!

  3. Used olive oil? Do they fry in it? That’s surprising because olive oil has such a low smoke point. (I learned this from my chef husband!)

    1. I know Deedles….Mitchell makes us look bad. I was thinking I should really get up and out of this chair. And fix myself another gin and tonic.

      1. Mistress Borghese:
        Nothing could make YOU look bad, Maddie. Fix me one while you’re at it.

  4. Well I am following my eating sensibly diet with control portions and am losing the weight. I do walk and I enjoy it because I can see changes in the neigborhood and improvements. No I don’t do the gym, I hate the smell of it and imagine microbes everywhere.

    1. larrymuffin:
      My current gym doesn’t at all smell like a gym. But I wear gloves and wash my hands when I’m done.

  5. Used olive oil? What was it used for? I suspect deep frying, but I’ve not heard of using precious olive oil for that.

  6. I count my housecleaning and yard work as exercise (but do walk and use the treadmill in our basement as well). Since I can’t do either right now, I am sticking to slow walks on the treadmill. Boring but efficient. I once went to the gym daily many years ago for about 3 years and used to miss it but not any more. I actually enjoyed the weights, lifts, and presses more than the cardio. (I was never muscly or thin, but it did keep me from getting heavier and flabbier.) Unfortunately, my doughy abdomen is barely stronger than tissue paper these days after all the surgery and repairs (3 hernias and 2 intestinal) so I can’t lift anything over 5 pounds without great risk. I am doing research for safe exercises to help me do what I can. It’s a process.

    1. Sassybear:
      Housecleaning and yard work can be excellent exercise. I get bored on the treadmill, which is why I’m grateful to have so many beautiful options for walking (and the weather for it about 320 days a year). I really need the weight training and can‘t do without it. It’s even made a huge difference with my sciatica. Stretching of course helps, too, but I could barely do the stretching until I started strength training again. I had a brief career as a certified personal trainer. You seem to be doing great — and doing everything you can. Finding safe options is an excellent idea. When I DID do housecleaning, I would do squats and balance exercises while I worked.

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