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Does anybody else have the winter doldrums? Around here, it was gray and rainy for days and days. Then it snowed—which was nice. Everything was all white and bright and beautiful. But now, while we still have snow covering the ground, the skies are once again gray and I can hear the drip, drip, drip of snow melting from the roof.

I could sleep forever.

But I’m not the only one. Earlier today, I was talking to a friend who does public relations for one of the hospitals here and she’s in the same mood. “Every time I go over to the hospital and pass an empty room, I just want to crawl into the bed and go to sleep,” she said.

My problem is that I work at home. Beds are readily available. Nice, soft beds with feather pillows to sink my head into and down duvets to snuggle under. I won’t even mention the comfy, oversized chair in this very room, complete with pillows to stuff around me, a pillow to rest my head on, and a fuzzy blankie close at hand.

Of course, there are those who’ll tell you that my wanting to sleep is nothing unusual. “Yeah, I remember that you have the ability to snooze,” one friend e-mailed me after I said I just wanted to sleep. “Like driving to the…airport last summer?” OK, so I was driving him to the airport and pulled over partway there and asked him to drive. I crawled over into the passenger seat and don’t even remember him driving out of the parking lot I’d stopped in. I was rudely awakened some time later by him asking which way to go on the beltway to get to the airport. (What nerve—didn’t he know that the beltway goes all around the city and that it didn’t matter which way he went?)

Furthermore, I don’t want to do anything. How bad is it? I’m on my last pair of contact lenses and have been putting off calling my ophthalmologist to order more. Since I don’t use what he keeps in stock, it takes a week or so for them to get my preferred type in. If this goes on much longer, I may have to go back to wearing my bifocals for a few days. That is, if I can even find my bifocals.

But my hospital friend has a solution that works for her: exercise. “I’ve been doing half an hour of exercise a day and it’s really helping!” she exclaimed.

I don’t like to exercise. I spend my life trying to think of ways to exercise that don’t feel like exercising. My favorite things to clean in the house are the dining room table and my desk. You can sit down while doing both. I also like to wash dishes, because you just stand there and look out the window. Vacuuming would probably be a good thing, except that you have to know where the on/off switch is. (Don’t laugh; it’s happened. Luckily, I have both a cleaning lady and a granddaughter who likes to vacuum.) Or putting books away in the shelves instead of letting them pile up on tables and the floor.

So I dusted off that hula DVD I got while in Hawaii a couple of years ago. I’ve decided to learn to hula dance. It’s fun. It’s exercise without feeling like exercise. It gives me something new to learn and, besides getting rid of some of the doldrums, it should help lower my blood glucose, which hasn’t been so great lately, either—another effect of too much sleep and not enough movement. (Although lack of sleep has been linked to high blood glucose levels as well.)

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go learn how to do the “waterfall.”

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  1. Will there be photos of you doing the hula….complete with grass skirt, etc.? ;-)

    And Jan, since I had never driven in Indianapolis, NO I didn’t know that the beltway made a loop around the city. On the particular road we were coming in on, there weren’t any airport signs or I would have let you sleep all the way to the airport parking lot. I did appreciate that your snoring kept me awake while driving through scenic Indiana. ;-)

    Posted by Redneck |
  2. I always avoided P.E. Hated it. I was always the last one picked (but then I’ve also had arthritis since I was a kid, and couldn’t do a lot of things)

    Last March, I discovered Curves. Wow. This isn’t like P.E. nor is it like any other gym I’ve ever seen. No little leotards or fancy gym clothes required. 30 minutes, plus stretching time (and socializing time, lol). And it really works.

    My biggest obstacle is in getting there. Once I make myself get up and in the car, I know I’ll enjoy myself. I feel much better afterwards, too. Got any hints about just getting there??? :-)

    Posted by Ephrenia |
  3. Ephrenia

    Curves is the BEST for those of us who really don’t like to exercise. I have had problems in the “make myself go” department. Sounds like your plan is to go early in the morning. The only thing I can suggest is that you have your Curves clothes (you’re right, doesn’t have to be fancy) and shoes already out, so you’ll first have the incentive to get dressed to go. Have a “standing up” snack (a hard boiled egg & 1/2 a banana maybe), drink your first glass of water and head out the door and notice the great day that’s getting started! I go in the afternoon, so I change into my Curves clothes before I allow myself to sit after I get home from work. I check my glucose to see if I need a snack and then I just go. Remember it’s fun. The music is great. The people are great and when you keep it up, you actually develop muscle! Biceps — who knew! Like most things that are worth achieving, you have to have a plan first!

    Posted by hcubed |
  4. I like the suggestion of going first thing in the morning. I, too, have trouble pushing myself out the door. When it’s bike-riding weather, my best chance of accomplishing that is to get up, put on my bike-riding clothes and just go do it. It’s nice in the early morning before the traffic starts. It’s a new day, the birds are singing, etc. When I get home, I hit the “brew” button on the coffee pot and head for the shower. By the time I’ve showered, the coffee is done and it’s time to take a cup out to the front porch and relax.

    Posted by Jan Chait |
  5. hcubed

    Muscles, yes! I’ve lost over 70 lbs and gone from 5x to 2x and a couple of things in XL. I’ve gone from pricing wheelchairs and facing a lifetime on disability (Besides diabetes I also have severe arthritis, tachycardia, asthma, and major depression) to working out 30 mins a day and looking forward to being able to return to working in about another year.

    This is due to a change from treatment by pain pills and muscle relaxers (for my back) to chiropractic treatment, a lower and balanced carb intake and CURVES.

    I do still use medication, including insulin, inhalers, antidepressants and even an occasional pain pill but all of my conditions have improved with the addition of exercise.

    Posted by ephrenia |

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