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  • Judicious Compensation

    Recovering from the procedure, I've been advised to use restraint for the next couple of weeks while the repairs heal. This does not mean I will stop exercising. But it does mean I have to adjust what I do so the exercise doesn't undo the repair.

    I started today's aerobic session at about 11 am, partly because it is the first day since the operation I have done a complete aerobic session and partly because the house was soon to be filled up with daughters, grandchildren, and whoever else might be dropping by. It's like that here during the holidays. And that's not a complaint, just a statement of fact.

    Sometimes we see people we haven't seen in a couple of years, sometimes just a couple of weeks, but it's always nice to see a friend and catch up when you can. It's part of the reason I still stay in Peoria. Over the years, we've made quite a few friends. Since the girls attended the local high schools, sometimes it's their friends that drop by.

    Anyway, the workout was pretty standard, although I did pay extra attention to keep my head as level as possible and avoid any sudden movements. I started with the stretching exercises, proceeded to my oblique twists, then my 4 minute ab routine, then the V-Ups and finally 150 situps on the exercise ball. Still consistent with 250 total reps a day, six days a week.

    ACDC awaited me on the Gazelle, where I spent another 20 minute session getting my heart rate up and keeping pace with the music.

    By 11:40 I was done, and went upstairs to grab a quick shower and change into my jeans. I must have had an internal clock going off, since I no sooner went down the stairs than my daughter, Michelle, and her children, Natalie and Jayden, were pulling in the drive.

    Crystal and Brittni soon followed, and we all lunched on the leftovers in the fridge. Which is a good thing, since I needed to make room for the leftovers from dinner tonight. I made a double batch of Arroz Con Pollo, a favorite of my daughters and Skip, my son who came over with his fiance, Tara, and Brittni's friend, Ebony. With ten people for dinner, the leftovers will probably not be as much as I was expecting. But no matter, everyone was filled up, the children have had lots of attention by a rotating crew of adults, and Olivia is getting petted left and right.

    Oh, Jayden, age 3, is telling me the people on my trains are all heading home for Christmas to be with their families, just like he came by car to visit me. The people in the cars in the little village are going to the railroad station so they can pick up their families as they arrive. The people skating on the ice pond are just having fun. And Santa Claus is taking a break from the elves in his workshop because they get on his nerves. He said sometimes his mommy says he gets on her nerves. Somehow, I can believe that. Between Natalie and Jayden, and all their activities, I am surprised that Michelle hasn't lost the power of coherent speech at times. But she's hanging in there, and may I add I am so very proud of what a good mother she is. Her children are polite, respectful of others, and happy.

    My nickname for Michelle Angela? Mike the Angel, of course.

    Day off the workouts tomorrow, and back to the circuit training on Monday. Probably best to plan another early workout. December 23rd tends to be a little hectic around here. December 24th will be close to insane, we all go out to an early dinner and come back to the house to play board games and talk and enjoy each others company. December 25th? If I get a workout on the 25th, I'll be as surprised as you are. But who knows? After all, it's Christmas, and at Christmas, miracles do happen.

    I hope you had a wonderfully blessed day.

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