Wednesday Diet Wisdom: Early Bird Exercise Experience

Brand new morning 🌄

This morning I was up at 5:15am.

I planned on going to a 5:45am strength-training class at the Recreation center I’d recently joined.

When I got there I was surprised to see how many overweight, obese and over-50 ladies there were there. Not all were fat, however. Some looked great, and a few were younger than the rest.

I was thrilled there was a good turn-out so early in the morning.

But, I was frustrated with the look of the space. It seemed crowded.

I was not wearing a mask, and neither was anyone else!

Instead of jumping into the strength class, I got on a parallel elliptical machine to tighten my thighs, and then I rode a stationary bike that had a video game on it.

That was pretty cool.

I have an online membership included in my gym package and I have free weights at home.

Back home I did some stretching with the video to loosen up my shoulders and back.

It’s important to warm up before you exercise too.

Before I left for the gym this morning I made a cold caffeinated beverage. Ice cubes, oatmilk and a shot of espresso from my Nespresso machine.

It didn’t burn my tongue like the usual hot coffee I make every morning, but I didn’t think it tasted all that great.

I will start weight-training at home today.

As for my weightloss journey, I an thrilled to say I am close to no longer being categorized as obese.

Since I started in May I have dropped 12 lbs. I hope to drop another 12 pounds by mid-August .

Then I will no longer be classified as obese!

I look forward to the time when I will not be in the overweight category either.

I want to be able to be in the normal weight range again and dress up in cute retro-outfits like this.

Slim and trim goals

But, it all takes patience and time to make it to your goals.

And I always track my calories on my Samsung Health app.

Tracking my calories on my cracked smartphone as usual

P.S. All diet advice by me is my opinion and does not reflect on any professional advice. Lose weight at your own risk.

Range of motion


There are too many people getting hurt. The fault is usually unintentional. That is why I am a holistic athlete!

What this means is, that in spite of all the hype about pushing your limits, I am injury-free because I know my limits.
This does not mean my flexibility should not be improved. This does not mean I do not need to strength-train.
However, my range of motion is something that needs to be tended, day in and day out, as long as I live.
Connective tissue does not replace itself as quickly as muscle.
Joints need ligaments that are supple, not stiff or tight.
Loosen up people!
A holistic athlete is first and foremost health-conscious.
You’re going to be a lot happier if you take your time, take it easy, take it slow,
if you plan on getting to the athletic goals that you are dreaming to go! 

Musically yours,

Amy Zents

Great Athleticism


Years ago I sat beside a fellow on an airplane who worked for the United States Olympics. I’ve always been impressed with Olympic athletes. I heard tell that in my family tree, we had two Olympic athletes! Being that half my family tree hails from Greece, it warms my heart to know that I have ties to the original Olympics in Athens.

Nevertheless, I was curious about the physical health of amateur and professional athletes. To my dismay, I discovered that many athletes have a laundry list of ailments, and injuries. Many are not very healthy. To stay healthy requires treating the body with great respect, and a profound honor.
One football player I knew was willing to go through a brick wall to win the game. Needless to say, a mortal going through a brick wall will cause bodily harm to himself!

I suppose that begs the question, do you really want the W, or do you prefer to have a long healthy life?

Granted, athletes do look like the picture of health. That is what surprised me the most. In my opinion, gymnasts and figure skaters look superfit. Whereas, runners may look a little too lanky, and swimmers may look a little too stout.

They say soccer players are in the best condition, but if they bounce too many balls off their head, they may be in for some long-term brain injuries.

So what can I say? Take care of your health, admire the athletes as they do their stuff, but don’t imagine they are pain-free! Unless they’re taking drugs, but doping is a whole ‘nother subject.
In the future, I believe athletes will be far more concerned about their physical long-term health, which may change the nature of the game!
Perhaps they can eliminate those players who do not care about their health.
Now that would be the barometer of great athleticism.
Funniest Soccor Video Ever!!!! 🙂

Musically yours, Amy Zents