This summer will be my chance to really invest in my well-being: I am a full-time university student who has not had a break in a LONG time, but this summer I will only be taking 3 credit hours, so I can focus on weight-loss and so I can "recharge" for the fall semester.
I plan to rise with the sun each morning, starting my day with yoga, and to get to bed by 10 pm... to stick to a semi-rigid-but-flexible workout schedule, to visit farmer's markets every week, and to cook amazing summer meals with local produce at least 5x per week. And, of course, to chillax next to my water garden outside and tend to my plants and herbs.
I also have some exciting activities planned....
1. In June (right after finals), the bf and I are going down to Cincinnati, to spend a night at a nice hotel and to visit the Cincinnati Zoo and Jungle Jim's (an insanely huge international market): www.junglejims.co
Wooo! This will be a lot of fun AND a lot of walking. Also, our hotel has a gym and a pool, and intend to use both.
2. In July, I have my 5k (Color Run). This will be awesome.
3. THEN, after summer quarter ends in August, we are planning to drive down to Louisville, KY for 2 nights to see the city and also to visit Mammoth Cave KY. I am SO looking forward to this, but I do think I will need to prepare for the step-climbing involved...
Here is a description of the tour we signed up for:
"This physically demanding trip unveils the size and complexity of the Mammoth Cave system. Learn the interwoven natural and cultural history of the cave as you journey through some of the cave’s most dramatic passages. Discover gypsum-encrusted halls, twisting canyons, underground hills, vast chambers, and tapestries of dripstone. Enter through Carmichael Entrance to visit Cleaveland Avenue, the Snowball Room, Boone Avenue, Thorpe’s Pit, Mt. McKinley, Grand Canyon, Aerobridge Canyon, the Hippodrome, Grand Central Station, and exit through the beautiful Frozen Niagara section. This tour has no shortage of hills and stairs! •4˝ hours, 4 miles. Tour limit: 78. Age limit: 6 and older. Total stairs: 670. Elevation change: 280’. This tour is not recommended for visitors who have heart or respiratory illnesses, diabetes or walking difficulties. Hills may rise more than 60’ in places.•Meets at the Visitor Center. Difficulty: Strenuous."
ALLLRIGHT, 670 steps, here I come! To train for this, I intend to start using the stair-climber machine at the gym and the stairs near the park next to my apartment.
4. In addition to all of these festivities, I am intending to do a lot more hiking in the national parks around Columbus. I find that doing too much running tends to really stress my body out, so I am cutting back the running training to 2x per week, and adding a long hike 1x per week--walking is great for the mind and the soul... and the change of scenery will be a fun thing.
Reflections and Projections:
Last summer I was a 405-lb anxious mess, relying on my bf for grocery shopping and laundry, struggling just to leave my apartment and to be OK with people looking at me in public.
This summer, I am a 355-ish-lb positive sparker who is hiking, exploring caves, and run/walking a 5k. I wonder what I will be able to do by summer 2013... :) Will I be below 300 lbs, truly spelunking or climbing rock walls? running 10ks or half marathons? Who knows... but I can't wait to find out.
My progress on the scale may not have gone as quickly as I would have liked, but it IS going... AND I am making incredible mental progress and truly changing my life--becoming the person I want to be, doing the things I want to do, and not allowing myself to be limited by my weight or my anxiety anymore. The journey is rough, but it is worth it, and the results are too wonderful and addicting to want to stop. Ever.