The heat has arrived in Riyadh.
Last week it was 111-F one day, well over 100-F everyday. This week has been slightly less hot, but still over 100-F. So far, this year it is not bothering me too much.
Maybe it’s because I am exercising out in it this year. After I talk to Cristina on the phone in the evenings, I take of and walk briskly through the compound grounds. They actually have a nice asphalt walking path in among the trees, which I use. Until tonight, I’ve been walking about 40 minutes a night. Tonight, I upped the ante and did 60 minutes. When I got done, I was sweating pretty good, and it actually was kind of cool.
I used to be an athlete – used to run 3 1/2 miles a day, used to swim 1/4-mile a day, used to weigh 185 pounds. As I said a couple of entries ago, I was not a very good one; but, I was in good shape. So, I have to admit a bit of disgust when I realize just how far I let myself get to before I woke up and realized how much I needed to get back to where I was.
Back in Australia, I used to run in the heat. Often, it was above 100F. I ran in the cool of the evening; but, it was still in the 80s. Here, it’s still in the 90s when I go out walking. In another month, it will still be in the 100s in the evening, and I will have to make a choice. Go out and walk in that heat or walk in my living room to one of the walking/exercise DVDs I own. I may end up being acclimated enough for it not to matter. We’ll see. Mostly, I just have to keep moving.
Weighed in at 222 this past Saturday. That’s 50 pounds down. 23 pounds to reach my goal of being below 200 by the time I turn 50 in October. Truthfully, unless something major changes, I should hit that milestone in July. I may be at 180 by my birthday. Wouldn’t that be a great 50th birthday present?!