I have been working out ever since I retired from teaching.
After 30 years I was way over weight. My back hurt. I had to grab the cuff of my pants to pull my foot up to tie my shoe laces.
It was my fault.
Sure. Teaching is hard work. By my final year I would fall asleep by 8:30.
You laugh? Spend a day on your feet with five classes of kids from five to 12 years old.
It didn’t help that I had too many meetings after work. Dinner meetings, where pizza was the only thing on the menu.
So, that first summer I started walking.
When winter rolled around, I joined a gym. I got a trainer.
I dropped a couple dozen pounds. My trainer had me working on weights. I got stronger. I’m more flexible.
We worked on balance. That is really important for somebody my age. Falling can be fatal.
These days I can lift my foot to tie my shoe lace without grabbing the cuff of my pants.
I have no trouble bending down to pick up Ulysses’ dog poop with a bag.
These are important measures of success for me.
I’m hoping this helps to extend my stay on this planet. But the immediate benefits are palpable and gratifying. It is four years and I now look forward to going to the gym.
About four months ago we started incorporating some boxing training into my routine.I bought a pair of boxing gloves. I’m punching a bag.
I kick it too.
And I visualize. I put faces on the bag. One day it might be Rahm. Another day it is Trump.
This week it was Rauner.
The Governor just vetoed a bill that would have allowed seniors to stay in their homes longer instead of being in an institution.
I know. The Governor also signed a bill that essentially decriminalized marijuana. That’s good. Sending anyone to jail for possession of marijuana is insane.
And it is not as if marijuana is not a senior issue. I know plenty of folks my age who smoke a joint or two. Or three. But the truth is that old white people don’t go to jail for smoking dope. That punishment is reserved for young folks of color. That is one of the reasons decriminalizing possession of ten grams or less is good. Full legalization would be better.
Rauner vetoed House Bill 4351, which prevented the state from raising the score used to determine when someone qualified to receive services to remain in their homes. The bill was passed after the administration tried to significantly increase the score — from 29 to 37 — used to determine when someone qualified for state services. Some organizations said the increase would have ended services for 34,000 people.
“You’ve got some extra pop in your punches today,” my trainer Doug said to me.
It’s all about visualizing.