For starters I'm signing up for some specific volunteering activities, including working for the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley. I'm also goint to sign my Great Pyrenees dog Leo up to train to be a therapy dog with Human Animal Bond in Tennessee. I think he'd do a fantastic job in this role.
Here are J and Leo hamging out a week or two ago. Leo's just crazy about J and vice versa.
I am also considering starting to work as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels. I'm meeting with the orientation director either tomorrow or next week to discuss the program and find out whether it's a good match for me and that I have something to offer for their needs.
I also MUST get out and exercise more often. For a while I was riding my bike regularly and was attempting the Couch to 5K program. At another point, I joined a gym. In each case I gave up and became sedentary again. I am now the heaviest I've ever been (weight-wise) in my life, and I hate it. I also know that with the big 50 coming up next year I simply have to take better care of my body or end up with the consequences in the second part of my life. Leo also really needs exercise so the best and easiest way for me to meet his needs and mine is to walk him 5 miles every day or two and so that's my new resolution: starting today (unless it rains, which it very well may do, apparently) I will begin walking Leo for an hour daily. I'd love it if some of you want to hold me accountable in the comments below. Also, I'd love to hear how you went from a pretty sedentary life to one that incorporates exercise into it.