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  • Staying flexible

    Yesterday was a busy day for me. My first stop was my first follow up with Dr. Von Hake on the Nasal Septum Reconstruction, and I am pleased to report that all is well, the healing process is coming along as expected, and I have been cleared to continue the workout schedule I planned. Full healing time on this is actually between three and six months, so I'll be doing a lot of saline nasal rinses as part of my morning ritual. A small price to pay for being able to breath properly.

    Next came some shopping for a few sundry grocery items to make a couple of requests for Michelle and the family. We had Biscuits and Gravy for breakfast today, something we've been avoiding due to the high fat and carbohydrate content, but Michelle and her children enjoy it, and what the heck, it's the holidays, right? To tell you the truth, it's one of my favorite breakfasts as well.

    Tomorrow I'll be going all out with my cabbage rolls. By all out, I mean at least two 9”x12” pans full, since I am sure all of the family will be by. I usually don't have leftovers.

    Then came my last traction session with the therapist at my chiropractor's office, followed by a consultation and planning session with Dr. Kramer. We're going to start my adjustments next Monday, and I also ran my workout schedule by him. Since his specialty is sports medicine, I wanted to see if he agreed with the plan I've put down. I'm happy to say he does, but he did recommend I up my intended calories for Rip week to no fewer than 1500 a day, and to closely monitor my blood pressure. Sounded like good advice to me.

    I came home from that to put the groceries away, then set up my crock pot for a 4 bean chili with smoked ham, chopped my onion and garlic and the left over smoked ham from Christmas dinner, poured in the black beans, kidney beans, butter beans, and chili beans, added the chili powder and a touch of salt and pepper. Lid on, temperature to high. Let it go.

    The Workout

    I decided to go with the weights, and actually that was a good thing, as you will see in a moment. I began as I always do, with the stretches the therapist has me doing. Actually, I think I will continue with them even after the therapy and adjustments are over. They seem to be helping my flexibility in my back and my hips.

    Ab work came next; 40 floor crunches with reciprocal knee ups, 30 V-ups, and 150 situps on the exercise ball. I was planning on doing the obliques on the Total Gym.

    Started the routine from the top down, 3 sets of 15 reps of Bicep curls, shoulder presses, tricep extensions, leg extensions, calf raises, seated rows, and bench presses. With the bench press, I added 5 pounds each time I completed a set.

    Now I mentioned a few entries ago the Total Gym has been lying around collecting dust for a few years, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised that one of the rollers decided to crack when I started to use it. I put the replacement rollers on order yesterday, hoping they get here next week so I can resume using this piece of equipment. Especially for Rip week.

    Finished off the session with 20 minutes on the Gazelle. Heart rate was well up there, about 185, and the towel I was using to wipe down was appropriately soaked.

    This afternoon I will continue to keep the aerobic schedule, abs and the Gazelle.

    This evening we are headed out to Michelle's in-laws house for an hour or two, and then back home before the streets start getting weird. Even when I was a cab driver in San Diego, I didn't like driving on New Year's Eve. Don't get me wrong, I did it. The money was too good to pass up. And that is the one night of the year the police pay no attention to cabs. Cabs mean the drunks are riding, not driving. When I was driving cab on New Year's Eve, the police would wave me through the checkpoints. By 9 pm, I turned off the radio. Everywhere I stopped, someone was hailing a cab.

    Well, I have a few other things to do today before the exercise, so I'd better leave off with my wishes to all for a very Happy, Blessed, Prosperous, and Safe New Year.

    I pray you are having a blessed day.

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