September 5, 2014
I have a confession: I have not been exercising.
I have another confession: yesterday, I made chocolate chip cookies. Not just regular chocolate-chip
cookies but Millie’s, secret-recipe, chocolate-chip cookies.
Best described as:
make you feel happy;
contain oatmeal, so must be healthy; chocolate-chip cookies!!
Although I had purchased the chocolate-chips to make a care package for my college son, it is too hot
to mail cookies; they would melt. Not wanting my purchased chocolate-chips to get old,
I decided to bake for…….me!
…….No, I did not check the expiration date.
Then last night, while eating healthy snacks with a group of girlfriends, the topic of exercise arose.
I sat quietly, listening, until directly challenged with the question “Do you exercise?”
“No,” I said, wanting to give a different answer. But I am a really good baker, I thought.
It was then, I faced the nagging facts. I am over the hill. I have not been exercising. I am beginning to
notice a few aches and pains.
We have two types of doors here on peacock prairie: new springy ones and old creaky ones.
I have definitely been feeling like the latter.
Tomorrow will be different, I thought, I will oil that old creaky door- meaning, I will ride my bike.
This morning, before my feet even left the bed, my list of reasons
not to exercise was long. And then I stepped outside.
It was HOT.
It was HUMID. Ugh, I despise humid. I looked at the old creaky
door fondly. It has so much character…………..
but I really want to be springy, so………
I DID IT!!!
I huffed and puffed, in low gear, around our country block- switching to high gear
and pulling in my panting tongue when passing pedestrians. I waited for the
‘runner’s high’ feeling, that I read about, but it never came.
I was just hot.
Returning to the house, it felt as if my legs had been replaced with heavy wooden prostheses.
Upon entering the kitchen, I saw the heaping plate of cookies and smiled, for I knew this was
going to be…………….. a really GREAT day! I’m calling this a delayed ‘runner’s high’.
Whatever it is that is making your door creaky- could even be a lack of cookies- get out your oil,
and be good to yourself.