One of the goals during my sabbatical is to get back into decent shape for the next half of my life. I am re-reading a great book to help me get started with that called Younger Next Year for Women. I’ve read it before but it has taken on new meaning this time because I would love to be younger next year, even if it is just physically. I started going to the gym, as the book recommends, and doing 1 hour of long and slow cardio. I’ll continue to do that until I am in better shape and then add some strength training into the mix. I’d like to be at that point when, on August 13th, I am no longer employed and can attend some of the classes the gym offers during the day. That will add some variety and a skilled trainer to make sure I am doing this or that properly. Yoga, Pilates, some classes in the pool, and when I get really brave, perhaps a spinning class. All of these things I have wanted to try but haven’t. Now I will have the chance. But before I do, I wanted to at least get my base cardio back into shape and strengthen my legs so I can make it through the other classes. 1 hour a day until I stop working. After I stop working, I am going to work up to 2 hours a day. 1 hour in class and 1 hour doing something else. It may take me a few months to work up to that but that is my goal and it is attainable. 2 hours a day is what I spend now commuting to/from work. Instead of commuting, I will be working out. I believe that will allow me to get back into great shape before I return to work and the necessity to bring my workout back to 1 hour. My first goal is to be able to hike with my husband and son when we visit Hawaii in October. Last year I was so out of shape that I could barely make it halfway up one of the easier mountain hikes. When we went ziplining, I could barely make it along the paths to get to the next zip. This year, I want to be better than that. I’d like to be able to do beginner to moderate hikes without feeling like I was going to pass out and needing to stop along the way. I have until October 7th to get into moderate shape so I am gearing up for taking off…1 hour at a time!