Goals and making the most of the journey
Thursday, July 30, 2009
First of all I need to apologize that I have been absent and not logging my activity nor my food intake. I have been on the WW website because it has given me more flexibility. Earlier this year I found I had gained 10 lbs...only to lose them again and life is good. In being active I have worked myself into a size 14 and celebrated the anniversary of starting this journey with friends by hiking. A year ago I never dreamed that I could hike a 12-13,000 ft mountain. I did it...even being out of breath I looked back on this past year and realized I had been missing out on life. I was afraid of failing so my motto was why try.....well I did and thru sweat and pure stubbornness I am doing what I always wanted to.
I must share a story though. I had a friend from Texas come to visit and go hiking outside of Breckenridge Colorado. We planned the hike. I let her take over since she clearly assured me she was the expert. She and her spouse have hiked in Sedonna and Big Bend National Park many times....but what I realized during this hike is that getting to the top and then getting down was their goal. I on the other hand prefer to savor the hike...stop to catch my breath as well as look at the vegetation and rocks. I enjoy nature and all it has to offer. My friend was going to get up that hike and down because the forecast that she got was that it was going to rain by noon....so up the mountain, down the mountain and it started to rain at 3pm....I could have hiked for an additional 3 hours!!! My friend called me once she got home and laughed..."You probably think we hike like tourists because we get the hike done and are goal oriented." "Yes," I said, " I think you missed the beauty of this hike due to your goal setting."
Having a goal is good but I was so goal oriented to wear that size 10 again that I didn't pay too much attention to the journey to get there...I think that is why I slipped and gained 10 lbs....I forgot to look at the beauty around and appreciate myself no matter my size. Part of this journey is loving the person inside while transforming the outside.