I came upon this majestic oak tree today on my walk/run and called it "His Majesty". It has obviously stood the test of time and I know for a fact that this wonderful specimen has withstood some pretty ugly and torturous moments of weather in the years in it's life. What a testament to time.
Two years ago a tornado actually whipped within 100 feet of the oak destroying many other trees in it's path. This tree must have endured lots of nature's fury over the years. Obviously it has also known nature's bounty and has flourished in this spot in spite of what must have surely been some uncertain days.
Sometimes I really have to Self-Motivate and it can be a struggle. I have uncertain moments and days myself, more often then I would care to. Today I asked myself, will I stand the test of time? My weight loss journey has been a successful one, up to this point. But lately I feel like I am on very shaky ground. I have been expending less calories and consuming more and we all know what that means. (Where did I store those FAT CLOTHES?)
I have really got to get back into my tree. I have strong roots in solid ground and I know where to get my nourishment so that I may grow strong and flourish like "His Majesty". The Spark Community has the tools that I need to continue on my successful weight loss and fitness journey. Today I am making the choice to use them and together we will stand the test of time.
Oh and BTW, the tree was a case of mistaking identity. Excuse me, please.....it is "Her Majesty". I should've known the strength and beauty of a woman when I seen it.
Just putting this out to the Universe.....today my dad would have been 69. He passed away almost 4 years ago from cancer. I miss him a lot and think of him often.
Today though I will not be sad, I will be thinking about the wonderful memories and feelings that he left me with. I will think about his big BIG GRIN and I will smile at that thought. I will remember his love for me and feel the strong bear hugs that he gave. I will hear him say "Hey, I love ya kid." (and I will shed a tear anyway)
Back to the grin, it went from ear to ear. Happy Birthday Dad! I love you!
We are "White Blazing It" today.
Take a hike with me on this glorious day! Wear layers because although it is cold and very windy, we will work up a sweat and need to shed a layer or two. It's will be a bit tough but it will be worth the climb. Follow me....
It's a beautiful day to be out here taking in the fresh air and sunshine. What great exercise.
Watch your step this part is a little slippery and muddy. (Good balance practice)
The rocks can be ankle twisters and make the climb more challenging. (Better workout)
Sometimes the trail might be hard to follow. Keep an eye out for the blazes, keep looking up and keep making the climb.
Stop for some air and take a look behind you once in a while.
Almost there now...just over these boulders. Wait until you see this view.
We made it! What a beautiful view up here! Will you just look at that blue sky! I never get tired of this hike or this view.
Now we can take a well deserved rest for a snack and enjoy the view, the peace and the sunshine!
I am so excited! I have been having problems with my asthma all winter long and it really put a dent in my running. Some times I can hardly even walk or hike up a good hill without having an attack. But I am determined to keep going and doing the best that I can in hopes that it will get better again in the Spring.
This morning I was once again tapping into that hope and determination. I used my inhaler before starting out and told myself that I will go easy. Of course my favorite 3.1 mile course that I chose is not the easiest choice for running (with or without asthma). It is a little over a mile uphill very steeply and a rolling mile up top and then back down the steep again.
With some preventive measures and walking when I really felt my breathing was getting labored, I did it without having an attack! Not only did I do but I am very happy with my time of 35min.
Oh, I can't tell you all how much this made my day. I so desperately want to continue my running and get to point of doing a half. It is cloudy, windy and flurrying but right now I feel like the sun is shining!
I forced myself to go out for a walk today. I have a serious case of SAD. I grumbled, kicked and screamed literally all the way up the hill! I am absolutely sick of clouds, snow and wind!!!! It is only a 3 mile route but at least I can say I did something.
Funny thing happened once I got to the top, the sun came out for about 5 min. I actually stood in the middle of that sunny spot in the road until it went back behind the clouds. I put my face towards the sun and felt the warmth on my cheeks, oooooh.....I closed my eyes and listened to the birds chattering around me and I was in a happy place. At least for a little while. Then I felt something else on my cheeks....snow.
I had the sun for moment. Everything else stopped and I truely was in the moment. I believe the universe was giving me hope. I am closer to Spring and more sunshine everyday. We have changed into a new month and with it comes the promise of new beginnings and renewal. I am experiencing some personal new beginnings and as much as they may be welcomed, they are not easy to take. I have to believe that the sun will find me and the blossoms will begin.