So, for those of you who read my post last week, you know I had a monster of a garage sale on Saturday. It could not have been a more perfect day for a sale…low 70’s and sunny. It was a lot of work Saturday morning getting it all set up in my driveway, and I am so fortunate I was able to use my driveway as there is no way all of my stuff would have fit in my garage. I had specifically said “no early birds” as I didn’t want a bunch of noise and commotion too early, out of respect for my neighbors. Of course, there were a few anyway. One was a cute little old man, who told me he would be very quiet (it wasn’t even 7 AM yet). He was so nice that I couldn’t be angry or send him away. He bought something, then came back 45 minutes later (still over an hour before “opening”) and bought something else. The biggest coup of the day was getting rid of my kids’ pool/ping pong table…it was big and heavy and I really just wanted someone to haul it away for me…and someone did, paying me $40 for the privilege! Yeah! I got rid of most of the big stuff and a LOT of small stuff. I was really pleased.
As part of preparing for the sale, I swept my driveway. There had been a piece of paper sitting at the bottom of the driveway for a few days, so when I was out there, I picked it up. It was just going to go into the recycle bin, until I started reading it and realized it was a first communion certificate, dated April 26, 1997, from a church in Monson, MA. Monson was the site of the recent, fairly devastating tornadoes, that we had in Massachusetts last week. Monson is 65 miles away from where I live…this piece of paper somehow traveled that distance and was finally deposited at the bottom of my driveway. Pretty amazing how powerful nature is.
It all made me think how fortunate I am. I spent weeks cleaning things out, chosing to sell or throw things away that I no longer wanted. But sentimental things, things reminding me of events in my life, those are all still tucked safely away in boxes and bins to look back at from time to time. But for many people this spring, everything they own has been blown away and destroyed through very powerful tornadoes that have ripped through many parts of this country. So I am very grateful for all that I have. In recognition of how fortunate I am, I have decided to donate the proceeds of my garage sale to relief efforts for the tornado victims in Massachusetts. Just seems like the right thing to do.
Okay, enough about garage sales and tornadoes…I am going to give you one article today that is on yahoo.com, titled “What You’re Doing Wrong at the Gym.” The article discusses four different strength training exercises that are commonly done incorrectly. For each of the four moves, the lunge, the squat, straight-leg deadlifts and rows, there is a “what you do wrong” section and a “fix your form” section. The corrections are spot on, and good, simple fixes to technique. One thing I would like to add…mobility plays a really big part in being able to do squats and lunges correctly. When you have lost the ability of the hip and ankle joints to move freely, it will impact your ability to squat and lunge. If you want some tips on how to improve your mobility, see my blog posts, Mobility Drills, Part 1 and “Magnificent Mobility, Part 2.”
That’s all for today. Have a great day, count your blessings and get to the gym (or outside)!