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 I'm on vacation with my wonderful wife Laura and daughter Lois  in a beautiful condo right on the beach, over looking the Gulf. Every day has been gorgeous and there's so much interesting stuff to do. Aside from the beach itself there are a multitude of amazing seafood restaurants, some great shopping plazas, family to visit and my wife's friend Kim has even come from out of town for a few hours today, just to see Laura and enjoy the beach on her way home from her own vacation.

I wish I were having a good time.

When the trip was booked we assumed I'd be healed by now, half a year after the surgery. Instead, we had to debate the merits of me going versus me staying home. I'm here, and I'm glad I get to share this time with my family but the most exciting thing I can say about this trip is that the bed I spend most of my time in is super comfortable and if we had the extra money I'd say we need this at our house. That and I've read two books in two days. In bed. Alone.

I love that Lois, who is four, gets to spend time on the beach and play in the ocean. She gets to spend way more time with mommy than normal and see family she only sees once a year or so. I sincerely hope that some of this trip stays with her forever. I'm so very happy she's here.

I love that Laura, who has held this family together while I've recovered and who has gone through so much in such a little time, has this chance to unwind. She clearly loves the ocean and loves the time she's getting with our adorable daughter. It's awesome that once Lois goes to bed, Laura can sit back and play Skyrim, let the stress roll off her, and worry less about the world around her. And by happenstance she gets to see a friend she hasn't seen in a couple of years! This is so fantastic and needed for her.

Im excited and happy for them both. I look forward to tomorrow when I might be healthy enough to go out to lunch or maybe even dinner. I look forward to watching the two of them have the time of their lives.

I just wish I could join in on it.

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So, tonight I started doing sit-ups. Well, crunches I suppose, but in my mind I still call them sit-ups, so that's what I'm going to call them here.

I can't do a lot of sit-ups, on account of two things:

1) I have a large gut that gets in the way.

2) I have a large gut with few muscles underneath it.

The best way to get rid of these two things, of course, is to do sit-ups. Well, that's just the way it is, so I'll have to deal with it.

Tonight I did 10 sit-ups. No, that's not very many, and to be truthful it's not the most I can do. My plan is to add one every night. 11 tomorrow, 12 the next day, etc, constantly pushing myself to do "one more."

Eventually, obviously, I'm going to hit a wall that I can't pass right away. It might be at 15, it might be at 50, but it will be there. All I have to do when that happens is keep pushing myself until such a time as I can do one more. Then push myself past that, and on, and on, and on.

Why sit-ups? Well, it's something I can do without any equipment, in the privacy of my own home, and it uses muscles I want to strengthen. For that same reason, I'm working on push-ups in the same manner, only even slower.

My upper arms are very weak; I can barely do wussy push-ups with my knees touching the ground. This will obviously require a lot of work. Still, the best time to start is now. I'm not even letting this horrible sore throat and chest-wracking cough get in the way.

Okay, maybe I should let that get in the way, but I'm not. If I come up with one excuse, I'll come up with 100.

Time for no excuses.

I hope.

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