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.
Happy New Year.
I spent New Year’s Eve at home with the boys, as usual. The end of the decade and the start of a new decade provoked a reflective mood.
It’s been a hell of a decade.
It started with me going back to school and getting divorced.
So, I gave you a fitness update on the Adventures of Dawn but there’s the school update, too.
The news here is all good. Which means this is going to be a very short post.
I don’t actually know how many of you glorious people out there know anything about the process of getting a Ph.D. but basically the story is that I have now been admitted to Candidacy.
My status is ABD, which stands for All But Dissertation.
What all this means in plain English is that I have completed my coursework, I have completed all other requirements, and I have taken and passed my written and oral comprehensive exams.
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.