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Monday is still Monday

Monday, September 28, 2020

I've written for years that Monday is my favorite day of the week: the freshness of the new work week, back before I retired was a highlight. Restored by a weekend, we headed back, recharged, right? Or at least it was supposed to work that way.

After I retired, I learned that my weeks still revolved the same way, not because *I* had to go to work, but because my son and siblings who still worked still had that schedule. Because church was still on Sunday. Because other people still had "weekends". So... Monday continues to be my "fresh new week" marker.

Anyway, with that in mind, I was anticipating today for my visit to the drive-thru flu shot clinic at my pharmacy. It's about the time frame I wanted: end of September, beginning of October, to get maximum coverage of the flu season. They had been offering this since about mid-August, so by now, they have the drill "down". I went during "senior hour", when it's not terribly busy.

Send my paperwork through the pneumatic tube. Answer the questions they re-asked (Feeling well today? Any of this list of symptoms in the last 14 days? Been exposed to anyone suspected or tested positive for Covid 19?) Cleared to get the shot, here are your papers back, drive around, we'll send the guy out with your shot. I had my mask on, so did he, and he just had me open the door and relax my arm, then sit in the parking lot for ten minutes or so, just to make sure no really bad reaction.

Then it was home for breakfast, and out to walk. It's in the low 50's (F) today, but the sun was out and shining brightly. There's something about sunshine that boosts the mood! And toward the end of my walk... for the first time in nearly a year... I jogged an interval. Only 100 steps, mind you, and slow as a turtle running through peanut butter, as one of my fellow senior "runners" says. But it was a jog.

Building toward a goal? End of the 5% challenge, a 5K interval jog? Toe in water.

And then, home again, as I was sparking around the 5% challenge "Planning" tasks, I came across number 12 - Know Your Numbers. This spurred me to do another BMI check, and I chose to use the Smart BMI calculator. www.smartbmicalc

Putting in my numbers from today (height, weight, age, and sex) and let it do its magic. What it told me is that I'm in a fairly good spot, from a health perspective. The smart BMI calculator takes age into account, and allows for the impact on health. Of course there are caveats around their allowing for a few extra pounds "at my age" and those are that one stays FIT, with a good amount of lean muscle mass.

Onward, friends, into a season of good health. May we all make the best choices we can, this one and only Monday, September 28, 2020 we'll ever get.

* Eat to support your immune system. emoticon
* Be active to help both physical and mental health. emoticon emoticon
* Hydrate! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

* Keep connected, even if we're staying physically apart! emoticon

* Follow your 3 W's (here in the states, maybe even around the world): Wash your hands, frequently and thoroughly. Wear your mask if you can't keep a good physical distance from others. And *Watch your Distance*!

At the end of the day, let all your concerns go... and allow yourself the restorative sleep you deserve... and we all do! emoticon

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