Friday, November 27, 2009
So starting this journey in July was pretty easy for me. I had more time off this summer and it was gorgeous outside! Since I enjoy hiking and biking anyway, it was not that much harder to do it more often and add some other exercise as well. I started watching what I was eating and suddenly the pounds were falling away.
As fall approached I became more and more anxious. I grew up in Northern Wisconin and have always HATED the cold. Last winter I spent less than 5 minutes a day outside (usually running from the car into work or into the house). I looked longingly outside and hoped spring would come faster. So as the weather got cooler, I became anxious -what if I stopped all of my outside activities and lost my focus.
Then, it occurred to me - I choose who to I want to be. If I want to go outside I just need to get prepared. I bought a new parka, snowpants, snow snoes, winter hiking boots, long underwear, warm hats and mittens -everything I could think of that would make going outside in the cold more enticing. I told everyone how much I was looking forward to winter and the snow. And an odd thing happened - I actually started looking forward to winter. Today was the first day of snow so my husband and I bundled up and headed to a local state park to do some hiking. Yes, it was cold at first. But once I got accustomed to it, I realized how beautiful it was outside and just enjoyed the hike.
We CAN change ourselves - inside and out!