The Rains, They are a Coming!

columbia-river-gorge-national-scenic-area-3Here in the Pacific Northwest the skies are slowly turning a little grayer each day and soon the rain will start to fall. Although I will miss the sunshine greatly I know that the rain is a vital element of this region and without it the great show of nature will change.

The mighty mountains, flowing rivers and deep green forest depend on this rain along with all of the wildlife they support. In most regions of the world people are not too happy with rainy days but the attitude here of most is that of security as the rain falls.

I too will have to learn to embrace this rainfall and too make it a part of my life as I am a part of this environment. I will adjust to the lack of sunshine in two ways. I will start taking vitamin D once again and this year I have decided to utilize tanning technologies. I know, I know. There is so much controversy about tanning through artificial light, but this technology has come a long way and I will make sure that I do my research before doing it. If I am to remain here in the region of the world I certainly do not want to do it in a state of depression. In the summer it is easy to just get out in the sun for 30 minutes or so, but when the winter rains can last up to 8 months out of the year a plan has to be in place to find enough vitamin D to last until the spring returns and we get a few sunny days.

Lifting heavy weights and weight loss never go hand in hand and I certainly notice this as my body weight continues to rise. As my pants continue to fit well I am not too concerned about increased body weight and know that between muscle growth and the retention of water my body is doing exactly what it should be doing.

Today is shoulders day and I know that as much as I want to go total beast mode I simply can’t. Blowing out a shoulder would be both devastating to my work out plan and also on the job. I am still taking the set to the very last rep but being so careful not to push that last rep too hard.

Blood Sugar- 117, Weight- 182.8

Shoulder Press- 280- 12, 15, 13
Front Raises- 80- 10, 12, 12
Side Raises- 80- 11, 10, 13
Shrugs- 260- 12, 12, 12

5:45 AM- Protein Shake (42g)
6:30 AM- Oatmeal
9:30 AM- Protein Bar (30g)
12:30 PM- Pork Tacos, Beef Buritto
6:30 PM- Hot Dogs, Beans

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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9 Responses to The Rains, They are a Coming!

  1. James says:

    It’s raining here in River City. Loving it, especially after enduring all the smoke in the air last week from a nearby forest fire.

  2. New Journey says:

    We even had cloudy skies on Saturday…a little mist but no real rain…sad the weather men are counting Trace rain in the weather reports…I love the cloudy raining days and I miss them…and I have already gotten my vit D ready, even though we are still having sun, the UV rays are different…I am not sure exactly what that’s called less….you guys should try to get a road trip in to the southwest of fly down for a long weekend…that’s were we head in the winter, but as my husband mentioned last year…we had better weather than some of the souithwest…sad we could stay home and have the warm weather….kat

  3. Jade Olive Sage says:

    I’ve read about the Pacific Northwest and the rain but I have never visited or experienced it. I would definitely have to have a plan to combat what I imagine would be considered dreariness.

    For the first time in my life I was Vitamin D deficient last winter. It was a long cold winter in the Northeast. I hibernated. I will stock up on the Vitamin D soon as a precaution.
    Though, I am hoping for a mild winter.

  4. hsampson says:

    Thanks for sharing this Billy and please do read a lot about those technologies before going too deep into them. Some bad experiences with close friends here. I hope you share your findings as usual! TIA.

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