Now that I have begun to put together my diet and fitness plan for life beyond Duke (look out for a new page in the black toolbar under the banner from next week) , I am getting lots of supportive suggestions from friends and family.
My nephew Joe recommends I follow his regime, which consists of jogging to pick up his takeaway. As previously discussed, I do not run.
Scottish Susan points out that she lost 7lbs after she was banned from driving. I have been booked twice for speeding while in North Carolina (well, they just shouldn’t make the roads so wide and so empty) so a ban is a very real possibility, but I do not think that giving up the car will work for me.
After an evening at the Sarah Duke Gardens I am seriously considering taking up the cello, which, in the right hands, can help to burn off a lot of calories.
There are recitals at the Gardens on summer evenings and tickets are only $10. Although the season is called Music in the Gardens, the recitals actually take place indoors, where the air-conditioning works beautifully. Miss Dallas and I were the only ones there who smelt of chlorine.
Bonnie Thron, lead cellist from the North Carolina symphony was the star of the show and demonstrated that playing the cello can be quite a work-out. Stop and think about it for a moment: Casals, Du Pre, Yo Yo Ma–you don’t see many chubby cellists.
One of the pieces Bonnie played was Britten’s Sonata in C and her triceps and biceps took a beating as her bow worked through 180 different angles. She also strummed the cello’s strings with both hands, something I have never seen before. It was fabulous, especially the Scherzo-Pizzicato.
My favorite piece was Mendelssohn’s Variations concertantes Op.17 which also seemed to take a fair bit of strength and stamina. It was good for the heartrate just to watch and listen. I don’t know who is playing in the version below–it’s not Bonnie–but listen and enjoy.