The Weight

Finally achieved my goal of losing a kg in a week. That makes a total of 9 kg in the last hundred days. The increase is clearly due to the swimming. I can’t walk far but I sure can swim. I am aiming at 4 days a week at least from now one. After all what better use of my time is there? Maybe I can get fit enough to start SCUBA diving again.

An hour of breaststroke burns a lot of energy. More than backstroke it turns out. Backstroke is more efficient and I swim faster, but I’m going for the energy burn for now.

After the swim I spend another 30 to 45 minutes in the warmer indoor physio pool where I do all the exercises my therapist prescribed that are too painful to do under the full weight of gravity. There I get to chat with other old folks with artificial knees and hips and mobility problems worse than mine. A glimpse into my future if I don’t keep this up.

I’m losing weight and still eating food I like. I wish I’d figured this out sooner.

I just have to get the load off, Fanny. There’s a long way to go yet.

I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling ’bout half past dead
I just need some place where I can lay my head
Hey, mister, can you tell me, where a man might find a bed?
He just grinned and shook my hand, “No” was all he said.

Take a load off Fanny, take a load for free
Take a load off Fanny, and …
Robbie Robertson
The Weight lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Audiam, Inc, Songtrust Ave

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

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