If I had to guess why I feel rotten, I would probably pin it on the late pollen season. Yes, the wet summer has indeed given way to a warm, wet fall. Still not a lot of pretty leaf-peeping, and it's almost impossible to find my favorite allergy pills. Soon I will be paying a premium for Chlor-Trimetron; one of the few relatively inexpensive remedies that doesn't raise my blood pressure. I also have to take a Zyrtec (its generic equivalent) every day. It's a very rare summer that requires the extra boost, and this summer has been a real b!+c#.
One very bright spot: I got my knees back!
Must have been about 45 years old when I noticed that I no longer had visible knees. Just a fatty pack of skin where they used to be. I was exercising and dieting and walking, and nothing worked.
I gave up, resigned to lack of knees as being part of the whole middle-age thing, along with lack of waist-line.
This summer filled the air with so much pollen, so much rain, and so much suffocating humid heat, that I spent extra time indoors, playing my beloved Final Fantasy video games. In order to not pile on the weight, I sit on a recumbent stationary bicycle, and pedal during gaming. The resistence is set very low, because I tend to get leg cramps at night, and overworking those muscles worsens them.
The bad pollen season actually started in the early spring, with "tree season." Most hay-fever sufferers know nothing about tree season, because most trees are non-allergenic. Supposedly. My older daughter also suffers from tree season, even though she doesn't get hay-fever. My younger daughter gets neither: lucky her. I am allergic to just about any pollen anyone can name, and I bet would even show allergies if I moved to Arizona, with my Blog Sister, Karen.
So I've been stuck indoors, pedalling away in front of my games. I started with Final Fantasy, the original and am all the way up to Final Fantasy 6, one of my favorites. When I tire of TV, I go to my games; when I tire of my games, I go to TV. I also walk five days a week with my younger daughter, right after she gets out of work at Barb's Soup's On.
And I also now must do yoga, since I sprained my back falling on ice last winter.
I found out about the knees when I sat down on a low seat and had to struggle to stand. I finally grabbed my knees and rocked my way up. In doing so, I felt...
Knee caps!!! I am so amped!
Maybe I will even get my waistline back.
Well, I still have to weather the eating season: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Maybe next year.