Tuesday, September 04, 2012
I used to be very active until my wife got seriously ill and couldn't do any of our favorite activities any more. It finally "hit home" how out of shape I was when we visited some friends (a couple) in Virginia. The wife in Virginia was a former co-worker in Texas and we used to go jogging together. Since her husband couldn't hike because of a recent motorcycle accident, she and I went on a hike in the mountains to a waterfall while our spouses waited for us. It was a 6 mile hike, with a 2,000 foot change in elevation. Although I only stopped for a brief rest once, I was huffing and puffing and struggling on the uphill sections. My former coworker was constantly having to slow down and wait for me. I was so embarassed that I had let myself get so out of shape and overweight. From that moment on, I decided to get back in shape again - not only for myself, but also so I could better take care of my wife. I once did an extremely difficult 23 mile hike in the Grand Canyon. While I might not be able to do that specific hike again, I want to do the difficult 10-15 mile hikes again. So far, I've lost about 24 pounds of the 60 I want to lose using the SparkPeople program. Even though I'm not where I want to be yet, I feel so much better! Food that's good for you even tastes good - I haven't even crazed a chicken-fried steak in the last month or so! I guess that's progress!