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My plans for an Active Summer!

Friday, May 25, 2012

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):

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! •4½ 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.

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    You have a wonderfully active summer planned. Great job Jamie, I wish you the best and I hope you have an awesome time.
    2190 days ago
    Sounds like a great summer!
    2191 days ago
  • SWALL84
    I really enjoyed the ending of this blog; very inspiring! And it sounds like you have a super fun summer planned. :)
    2191 days ago
    that is great love.sorry i have not been around alot lately are doing great.keep up the good work.sounds like you have alot of fun ahead of you and i think it is doubly great that your boyfriend is going along with you and be so supportive.wish my husband was as supportive,lol. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2191 days ago
    Sounds like a very healthy and active summer. ENJOY!
    2191 days ago
    OH my gosh: "...not allowing myself to be limited by my weight or my anxiety anymore." This is so motivational to me, actually the whole blog was, but especially that line. Seeing how far you've come and seeing someone with the same issues as mine !!!!overcoming them!!!!-- well that is truly inspiring.
    2191 days ago
    GReat summer plans! glad you are listening to your body not everyone can do the running thing or not at least as gung ho as we would like!

    Have a great weekend!
    2191 days ago
    Sounds like a great summer! I LOVE Jungle Jims! We went there one time and didn't allow ourselves near enough time to fully appreciate everything there.
    2191 days ago
    I remember touring the Mammoth Caves in Kentucky when I was 10 yrs old. Somehow my Dad did make it, despite not being in very good health. He was overweight and unfit and a heavy smoker in his upper 50s, but he did it! I think we lagged behind some, but it was OK. We had a good time and I remember it.
    2192 days ago
    Sounds like some awesome plans! And you are so right- it is all very mental! Don't ever give up! (that's the key)
    2192 days ago
    I loved your last paragraph. You're so amazing on what you have accomplished and where you are going. Some people don't get where you are mentally till chronologically much later in their life. You are there now and have an entire long life left to feel awesome and live your life as the person you want to be. I really liked that a lot in your blog when you said, becoming the person you want to be.

    Have a great trip, that place sounds fascinating. I could spend days in there (especially if they let you sample, LOL.)
    2192 days ago
    Whoa! That is one crazy summer. You are such an inspiration!
    2192 days ago
    You rock!! You have so many wonderful things planned. Take lots of pictures for those of us that stay inside with our air conditioning. emoticon
    2192 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing FANTASTICALLY!

    Way to GO!
    2192 days ago
    It sounds like you are going to have an amazing summer!! It is so fabulous on that changes you have made and you are going to reap the benefits! That cave sounds completely amazing! You are going to totally dominate those stairs!
    2192 days ago
  • PUNKY100
    Oh man...just the thought of those stairs makes me want to cry like a little girl. No matte how in or out of shape I am, I still HATE stairs...I hope you can make the training fun somehow! :-P

    Sounds like you are on track to have a great summer, I hope we all do!! :-)
    2192 days ago
    You go girl!
    2192 days ago
  • EUEK098
    Amazing summer plans, and yes the journey is tough but one day, we'll all look back and be amazed at how strong we were. Keep going and you'll be at your goal soon enough.
    2192 days ago
  • BECKYB73
    I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOUR SUMMER!!! You are so amazing and I LOVE your optimism and plans for the next 3 months!
    2192 days ago
  • CONDA86
    Your plans sound awesome Jamie! I'm hoping that's what my fall looks like since I'll be able to leave the second job at the end of the summer! And I am so jealous you are going to Jungle Jim's! I may just have to make that part of my trip back to Ohio this fall :-)
    2192 days ago
    Wow! Look at you go! Keep this up and you'll be rock climbing in no time!

    What a great blog to end the week! Have fun on your trip!
    2192 days ago
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