It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I didn’t want you to think I’d kicked the bucket. I have not even been sick; I gave blood last week and learned that I have no COVID-19 antibodies.
I have been sitting in my house more or less since you last heard from me. I’ve moved since then, so I’m sitting in a different as at this point, but still. Classes started last week and, in ten days, there have been six clusters found on campus, so we’re back to remote instruction. This is pretty much what I was expecting but I didn’t think it would happen quite so fast.
I have not been on campus. Well, except for going to get my stuff out of my old office because I won’t have an office this year. I’m not teaching this fall because I’m going to be off doing fieldwork.
Yes, that’s right. Having more or less quarantined myself since March, I am now going to do some traveling.
We’re living in interesting times, wot?
I have actually been socially distancing for about three weeks now, largely because I almost never go anywhere anyway. Now that my county has officially gone into lockdown — or they will as of tomorrow at 6pm — I get permission to stay home and get things done!
At least, that’s the theory.
For posterity, I suppose I should just mention that I am writing from the first wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Last I checked, the U.S. was up to more than 78,000 cases and a bit over 1,100 deaths. Since I am over 60 years old and have a chronic illness, I am considered to be an individual at greater risk for not surviving if I contract the illness. That’s nerve wracking.
I don’t generally do New Year’s Resolutions. I pretty much agree with CGP Grey that resolutions are usually not good for anything except giving yourself a reason to beat up on yourself come March.
So, I have gone the theme route. My theme for 2020 is self-care.
The nice thing about that is that it is very broad and encompasses a lot of different kinds of activities. I have even already gotten started in a number of different ways.
So, I promised you a fitness update and then left you hanging, didn’t I?
Well, I have learned three important things:
First, Body Groove rocks. I love the workouts, I love the dancing and the music is terrific. The leader of the workouts, Misty Tripoli, is fun and funny and simply stellar. I recommend these workouts to anybody who is bored or looking for something a little easier or just looking to shake things up.
Second, and as much fun as Body Groove is, it’s not enough for me. It’s easy to do the workouts because they are a lot of fun to do — it seems to me that I said that before — but I miss the strength work I used to do. So, I am sticking with Body Groove but I will use it to mix up my exercise regimen.
Third, and probably most important, you can’t just exercise if you want to lose weight.
Hey, look! I’m posting again and it’s not even June yet!
When last we left our intrepid fitness fetish wanna-be, she had managed to undo the patient work of six months and regain 75% of the weight she had lost …
I lost track of how many times I came in here and talked about how I was going to pick myself up, dust myself off, and get back to it. And I would, too, for a few days. Then it was back to my permanent appearances on Sloth TV. I don’t really know what my problem was but it doesn’t matter. I’m not here to make excuses for myself.
I’m here to share with you the neato-nifty new workout program I’ve found that seems to be working for me, if “working for me” can be translated into “inspiring me to actually workout regularly and even enjoy it”.