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Sunday, March 03, 2013

Last week I took a beautiful hike with my husband & son at Catalina State Park. Hiking has been something I've done from time to time with my family, but it hasn't been part of our lives recently.

As we were making our way up hills, hopping our way from rock to rock to cross streams, and soaking in some sunshine and fresh air, I made an amazing discovery. I have changed! My body is different!

Yes, I've seen the numbers change a bit on the scale, (although those losses have slowed dramatically as I am trying to get my mojo back when it comes to eating within range), but the real Woo-hoo moment came as I realized these things:

*I am moving faster. My husband even commented that he was having to push a bit to keep up with me ... and THAT is new!

*I have more energy. I did not get tired. Period. Yes, I was out of breath a time or two as we finished a rigorous part of the trail, but I recovered quickly and was ready for more.

*My balance is better. Instead of crossing waterways with trepidation, and even the thought that I'd probably have soggy shoes soon, I bounced across the rocks with confidence and lightness. My fear of falling has diminished greatly, since I feel lighter on my feet, more flexible, stronger.

*I was able to really enjoy the journey! It was such a beautiful day. We had just had a snow earlier in the week (in the desert!) Everything had melted, the sun was shining, temps were in the high 60s-low 70s, lots of water in the washes adding a sparkling and musical element to our day. Ahhhh. It did my soul and spirit good.

This victory, to me, is much more important that any number on the scale. This is why I want to lose weight. This is why I want to exercise. This is why I want to make wise food choices. I WANT TO ENJOY MY LIFE! I want to be physically able to get out there and do these things that are fun and soul-restoring.

Every healthy choice I make opens up doors of opportunity for me.

THAT is motivation to continue when I think I'd rather skip a workout or eat whatever comes my way in quantities much larger than "moderate." THAT is what I can keep in mind when the scale doesn't move as fast as I'd like it to. THAT is why I do what I do. And THAT is what I will remember as I reach for my goals.
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