Look at these pictures! Aren’t they amazing? Great Sand Dunes, a lovely peak with aspens in full color, another view of the aspens against a cobalt sky, and a church on the top of a big hill. You know what the problem is on vacations though…food. I ate food. I’m not supposed to eat food. New Mexican cuisine, burritos don’t taste like Taco Bell here. I even had duck for dinner once! What does that mean? It means that now I’m at 218 pounds. Holy Crap! Almost 4 years at the gym, averaging 1500 calories/day, and I’m 15 pounds heavier than I was when I started. That’s measurable. That’s progress–meaning I’m moving somewhere. Let’s face it. I’m NEVER going to be in beach body shape. But I needed that sound of the wind in the trees, the hawks soaring over, even the Ravens cry in the early morning. I needed that smell of pine and cedar. I needed that rain, sleet, snow, hail, 0 visibility, long hours in the car, purse full of postcards and memories of hikes, museums and galleries, and last but certainly not least, time with my best bud, my husband. We even lost power in the town where we were staying. 2 hours of darkness in the hotel. They weren’t worried, so I wasn’t worried. The power came on with little ado.
So yes that’s snow…and it got so thick when we left that we couldn’t see anything but the tail lights ahead of us until we were about 50 miles west of Ogallala, NE.
One week later, I was at a Girl Scout Camp Alumnae Event and we did low ropes activities and archery. Sore? Ok, the tops of my feet weren’t sore, but everything else was. I’m still toooooooo weak on my left leg. Dammit. Then of course I had gained all that vacation weight. I couldn’t transfer weight from good to recovering leg, and couldn’t balance on recovering leg and move good leg. Couldn’t get to 2nd of the bosun chairs. Hands hurt, legs and back and tummy hurt, arms hurt, eyebrows hurt? It was fun because my daughter was there. It was also a reminder that I am not, and have not made my fitness a priority. It always takes a back seat to whatever I’m doing at the time. Dang it. I don’t like having fitness a priority in my life. I want my LIFE to have priority–seeing things, doing things, experiencing things! But OOPS, I can’t see things, do things or experience things in my current condition.
I guess I have to make it a priority until I am in a condition that I can have a life…tomorrow.