the Heat Wave of 2010”
I continued my workout in the cool atmosphere of my unfinished basement. I brought two 20-pound dumbbells and one 40-pound barbell to begin lifting weights again on a regular basis. Normally, I'd put in one full hour of weight training in my sunroom or at the local gym. My sunroom does not get the central air conditioning of my house, so right now, it isn't feasible to work out there. Therefore, I brought the essentials downstairs with me to a place where I could do some basic lifting moves.
My weight training program is back to square one. After rupturing my right rotator cuff in a basketball game about eight months ago, I stopped lifting. In order to jump start the process, I decided to start with 20-pount dumbbells and work on basic bicep and triceps moves. I am keeping the number of repetitions (reps) per set to ten so I don't stress out the damaged muscles. I know at this point I can't expect increases in muscle size since I am keeping the weight light. My primary goal right now is to improve my metabolism by building a base muscle tone. Once that's in place, I am hoping the rotator cuff can handle slightly heavier weights and increased reps. So I will take it slowly, expecting modest improvements over time.
I also know how important emotional and spiritual factors are in this recovery. I am continuing my journaling as I complete notebook number 30 of the "Journal of Spiritual Renewal." While I continue my personal and inner journey as a single guy, having just turned fifty on June 16 of this year, I sense a renewed feeling a self-confidence, even though I lack a partner or even prospects in the area of relationships. I can't let that deficit define my sense of self. Instead, I take increased confidence in my own ability to meet the personal challenges head on, with the help of God and support of my friends and family as well.
Until next time, stay healthy!