Friday, September 14, 2012
After returning from a vacation to Maui and checking out the photos -- oof is the best word I can come up with to describe my reaction. While not shocking that I've been carrying around some extra poundage that I wasn't happy about -- nothing like seeing it on digital camera to fully confirm your suspicions.
I had signed up at Healthy-Spark a few months ago, and was doing reasonably-well, although never fully committed if I'm honest with myself and you. Then some life changes occurred which I've hemmed and yawned about and used as an excuse to basically put everything else on hold -- including getting back to a healthy lifestyle. When you live alone (or with two cats in my case), the only one who will reliably hold yourself accountable to yourself -- is you.
The good thing here, is that not only did I get to sun, surf and snorkel in Maui, but I came back with a much renewed interest in making some life changes -- things that I can control. And for the things that I don't have control over (e.g. the universe, crazy relatives, politics, the economy and its trickle-down-effect).. I am working on letting those things go and not getting hung up on something I can't change anyways.
So to get off on the right foot today, I did an hour long hike on a trail on my favorite mountain preserve in Phoenix. It's nearly 100 degrees, and I was tanked up with water, sunhat, sunscreen, coolie neck chief and music. It was me, a lizard and three other people throughout my hike. I have always been an avid hiker, but having not hiked in several months and not exercised even, today was a kick in the pants. Even the lizard on the rock was watching me intently as I rested in the shade. So while I didn't make great time like I once did, and even did a shortened version of my typical hike -- it was good. I know in time and with continued exercise, I will continue to improve and get back to where I was. It was a good start today, and one that I plan to maintain.
So here's to putting one foot in front of the other... there is no "right" way, just be sure to keep your eye on the prize along the way.