Daily Bread #65 (On the Road)
Last week on vacation. Damn, it has been fun. After Canada, we visited friends in Portland and then headed down the Oregon Coast. One more night on the road and then we are home. I am thrilled at how active I have been able to be. Long walks along the coast and when we walk a mile to and from dinner, a shared desert is just great and well earned. Maybe TMI, but I have also had fun tossing my old baggy underwear into the trash each morning. It is so much better than hauling it home to wash. Getting new underwear now is much more fun than it was when I got it under the tree as a child.
Now that I know what I can do, I am looking forward to some long walks closer to home. That is one of the lessons I have learned during this time “on the road.” Sometimes, just sometimes, we can do a LOT more than we think we can. Like the old children’s story about the little engine that could, motivation matters. At the beginning of my weight loss journey I was motivated by my declining health. These last few weeks, I have been motivated by the beauty of the natural world and my desire to be out in it.
There is more to be learned from this time away. Every minute of my life now feels abundant with meaning if only I can keep my attention focused – or if I can let the focus go and just be in the moment. I have walked in beauty. I have been blessed.
L’Chaim! Vacation stats: I am definitely NOT been getting my gallon of water in most days, it is just too hard when bathrooms aren’t just down the hall. My Fitbit report shows 98,741 steps last week for over 41 miles – less than last week but still way more than I did at home. I ate approximately 10,150 calories and burned 18280. I am down another .8 pounds for a total loss of 128.2.