Friends, I have a confession to make. I overeat when three things occur in my life: 1. When I am tired, 2. When I am emotional, 3. When I am releasing stress. Let's discuss the emotional factor for a minute, shall we? I was raised in a "glass half empty" family. We were a super-cautious bunch, always waiting for the other shoe to drop. Because I see the "dark side" so readily, emotions can come into play at any time. Comfort can be found in all things delicious.
It takes effort for me to be a "glass half full" kind of gal. Yet, I feel that this is a key to being successful in making lasting lifestyle changes for me. Therefore; in addition to making healthier food and exercise choices, I am imposing an Attitude of Gratitude on myself. I intend to hold myself accountable here in blog format. My intention is that if I am having a day where I'm feeling lonely, rejected, or simply blue; by reporting on something for which I am grateful will cause me to focus on the positives, and perhaps make better choices.
So welcome, TAH-DAH, to my very first Attitude of Gratitude blog post.
In the September issue of Outside magazine, the city which was voted the very best for outdoor activities will be announced. Here is the cover of that issue:
Look closely, friends and neighbors... It is Duluth, Minnesota! My hometown! I now live in a small town 20 minutes west of Duluth, but my parents still reside there for 6 months of the year. I'm in Duluth about 3-4 times per week for various things. For my exercise yesterday, I decided to bring you along with me on a hike through one of Duluth's many gorgeous parks and walkways! Come on! Put on your walking shoes! Here we go!
Welcome to Duluth's Rose Garden! It is located along the shore of Lake Superior. It is 2:00 in the afternoon, and the temperature is a gorgeous 72 degrees. The Rose Garden has an entry point to the Lakewalk which follows the shore of the lake. That's where we are headed for our hike today.
Here's the gazebo. Lots of weddings take place here. Since it is a Wednesday afternoon, not much happening today. Some tourists are stopping to take photos, and you can hear lots of different languages being spoken.
Let's swing past the fountain. The roses come in all colors here, and the scent is heavenly!
The fountain isn't running right now, there are gardeners here keeping the roses tidy. If you zoom in, I hope you can see the roses past the fountain. Also, look in the distance. That is the Aerial Lift Bridge. It is a major landmark here in Duluth, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the gateway into the Port of Duluth and the endpoint of Lake Superior. That entire lower center section of the bridge lifts straight up to let the big 1000 foot laker ships pass underneath. When the bridge is down, as it is here, cars pass over it heading to and from one of the longest sandbars in the world.
We're pounding the bricks, heading past the fountain!
Down the ramps and onto the Lakewalk! The Lakewalk stretches for a couple miles along the shore. It is 1 1/4 mile from the Rose Garden to the Lift Bridge. It is paved and has many gardens and benches for relaxing along the way. You can also rent cool 4 person bikes for the whole family to ride the Lakewalk!
On this beautiful day, families and older couples are sitting on benches enjoying a picnic lunch or just taking in the flowers and the lake!
Even when there are no planned gardens, the wildflowers are growing along the side of the path!
You can be sure that just over the next hill, or around the next corner; a lovely vignette is waiting for you. Zoom in to see the angel sculpture. Somebody has placed flowers in her hands.
We have made the turn and we are returning to the Rose Garden after a sweat-producing hike! My gratitude for today is that I am so lucky to live in such a beautiful location. If you could drive 20 minutes to enjoy a hike here, wouldn't you? Thanks for walking with me today!