If you have noticed, I am blogging later in the day, occasionally. Joe and I have been going to the Byron Fitness Center in the morning. In Byron, senior citizens are given a free lifetime pass that provides admission to the Byron PE Center and its track, courts, fitness areas, racquetball courts and the swimming pool. Since we both feel like our bodies are starting to fail us...we decided to start going over most every morning to do our thing. Joe heads for the room with the machines and I head for the indoor track. Some mornings I don't want to go. I just would like to sit here and write my post and then get my housework done. Cooking is a major thing with me. After all, I have to get dinner started. Those feelings have to be put behind me. I feel so good, when I am done at the gym. I was starting to find myself walking like an old woman. There's a spring in my step that hasn't been there for a long time. When I get there, I see other older folks walking around that track. I take off my coat and hang it up and find myself joining them. They spur me on. I pick someone to follow. Someone going at a somewhat fast pace. Pretty soon, I have made 6 laps and sometimes stop to sit on the bench and drink some water. After resting for a bit, I see that person, still going, and I am up and going too. I do another 6 laps and I am finished. I try to push myself until I am sweating. I see people doing all kinds of different things. The kids with their ears plugged in listening to their music, young women pushing strollers, people my age...running!!!, all kinds of exercise clothes, baggy shirts, sweat pants, shorts, stylish first timers. I'll tell you a funny story. The first day, I started walking in a clockwise fashion. I noticed that the few people there.. were going in the opposite direction. A gentleman stopped me and said, "You're going the wrong way...on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday..we go counter clockwise." He said that I could continue on that way, but when the gym was full of people running, I might have a problem. He smiled and said, "You won't get a ticket for this." I promptly turned around and followed him. Joe and I finish about the same time, so we cool down and head for the car. The first day, we passed the restaurant...we hadn't had anything to eat yet. I wondered if he would head for home or make a stop ...he looked the other way and we headed home for cold cereal ...haven't stopped yet. I'm glad that I decided to join Joe...It makes me feel good..this early morning walk. I've been worried about trudging up that incline in our yard all winter. Just walking back to the woods and then back up to the house, has made me winded. I guess there comes a time when our bodies say...enough.... Get out there and shake off this sluggishness and feel alive.