Saturday, October 22, 2011
Living at 8000 feet as I do, it's difficult to gauge any improvement in fitness. I usually exercise indoors due to the condition of the dirt roads and my balance issues. However, now, on a return trip to Scotland, I've discovered I have improved greatly since my last trip in May. Walking around town is easy and so is taking a long walk on the beach.
Despite the chilly wind, or maybe because of it, I raced along the beach at a fast clip, thoroughly enjoying myself. I also got to stop and inspect tide pools, help rescue a stranded skate and collect shells, rocks and sea glass. I didn't get tired, no shortness of breath, no aching joints or muscles.
I still have 25 pounds to lose before reaching my current goal, but my recent dietary changes and weight loss, along with consistent gentle exercise have made a huge difference in my fitness and, I'm very happy to say in my balance. I didn't stumble at all on the beach, nor did I have trouble negotiating uneven ground. Giving up grains has been the best thing I've ever done for myself.