“the first wealth is health.”
-ralph waldo emerson
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olive the cat, not the oil
almost works up a sweat
at her recent annual vet visit
after weighing her in at 9.6 pounds,
they determined that she was overweight
and assigned her a ‘goal weight’ of 8 pounds.
the first suggestion was to up her physical efforts
(which currently include an all-indoor circuit training routine
of slowly moving from couch to bed to rugs and back
with an occasional look out the window
a saunter up the 8 stairs
or taking a few steps into the kitchen to eat),
other suggestions were to
give her healthier food
take away her bowl
(I’m half Italian, I worry if her bowl gets low)
and put her new healthy food
in something she has to work to get to.
with her round figure
set atop lilliputian legs
that will never get any taller
she does resemble a bit of a child’s-hand-sized furry bowling ball
and luckily she has a year to lose her 1.6 pounds
but timing is everything
and as luck would have it
she recently received the gift of
her very own cat advent calendar
filled with little kitty treats ‘n things
set to kick off tomorrow
and this might be a long year
for the both of us.
“i do not oppose form, but only form as a goal.”
-ludwig mies van der rohe
morning yoga at the farmers’ market.
what I passed as I drove by
on my way to get bagels.
it’s all about balance.
some days it’s yoga and organic veggies
in the morning light.
other days it’s drinking a latte
and eating a chocolate chip bagel
with whipped cream cheese
while wearing the yoga pants you woke up in.
“extremes are easy. strive for balance.”