In today's February 1, 2010 newsletter . . .

  • Getting Back to Normal

  • Exercise of the Month

Getting Back to Normal

I wish I could thank each of you personally for the many get-well messages that I received during January. They were uplifting and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your kindness.

To recap, I took ill on Christmas Day and a few days later I was in the hospital emergency room, diagnosed with pneumonia, and admitted into the hospital. I cannot praise the doctors, nurses and staff enough. They were wonderful, every one of them. When released, I was reminded that I had been very sick and should figure it would take at least a month before I would feel normal again. At home, I cannot imagine how I would have gotten along without the help and support of my wife and family.

For a time, my body was bloated and when I looked at my feet my toes looked like mini-sausages. Sick as I was, I actually gained weight. Then as the fluid left, my weight dropped back to normal. But from sleeping most of the time and lack of movement my muscles atrophied. I was miserable enough not to care. For me, that is really saying something.

Gradually, my energy started to return and my thoughts turned to getting myself back in shape. I was warned, however, not to push things. And I don’t plan to.

So my game plan is to take a similar approach that I give to beginners in Gray Iron: A Fitness Guide for Senior Men and Women. I will start with short, slow walks, gradually adding to their length and intensity. Fortunately, I live next to trails that pass through wonderful open space preserves. Hiking here is one of the great pleasures in my life.

To rebuild muscle, I will begin with single sets of dumbbell and resistance band exercises. I’m in no hurry. But once I’ve established a decent fitness base, I’ll return to the gym where Patty and I have worked out for years.


For quite a while I had no appetite to speak of. But when I started enjoying food again, I was pretty good about continuing a normally healthful diet — but with the addition of an ice cream habit. I probably ate more ice cream in two weeks than I would normally eat in two years! Of course that had to stop.


When I was feeling really awful and, frankly, at times wondering if I was going to recover, I began to think about some of the unfinished business in life that we all experience. My thoughts also turned something I had written recently under the banner of “Financial Fitness.” It is titled, simply, “Wills and Trusts.” When you are very sick, you think about those things. I hope everyone will read it. I promise it is worthwhile.

Again, thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers. They meant a lot.

Let’s press on.

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Exercise of the Month:
Dive Bomber Push-Ups

Dive Bombers are a great all around upper-body strength and muscle builders. They are not for beginners though. But if you are in shape and have mastered standard push-ups, you may want to add Dive Bombers to some of your workouts.

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Gray Iron: A Fitness Guide for Senior Men and Women

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Logan Franklin
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