Back in the Land of the Long White Cloud
I walked my old favourite pathway beside the inner harbour again this morning – for the first time in two months. And it FELT like the first time in a while too. Sad to say, I’m still pretty stiff in the legs after all that sitting on the plane, and er, non-exercise in the States. However, after briefly touching down in Atlanta and then Houston. . .
. . . I arrived on Saturday morning at 5.30, missing Friday altogether, and spent much of the day up and about. Then out to a party for a friend that night.
I’m not sure how I did it, but I’m still feeling pretty perky. The thing I’m NOT feeling is pretty fit.
Which is why I am going to start My Peak Challenge in earnest from this moment on. Yes, you read it first here. I have actually put on a chunk of weight since my sturdy footprint landed on American soil. Having a propensity to enjoy life, and all the experiences it brings, food included, I did not expect to actually LOSE weight, but I was hoping to maintain. Huh!
My main reason for taking myself in hand is that I want to continue to travel. It becomes harder and harder to do so with an expanding waistband and the ensuing health issues that come from being overweight. So, I’m putting it out there now, and you can all watch and critique my attempts. (Please – I hope you will.)
HOW am I going to do it? It’s going to be mostly about the food habits and indulgences initially: NO sugar, lower carbs, and I’m taking various aids for the digestive system. My sis makes a great Kombucha. I’m making myself some sauerkraut (sp: pickled cabbage). I’ve got digestive enzymes, good bacteria, green tea extract, and make up a turmeric-rich almond milk shake every day. The more help I can give my digestive system and liver the better I think. I am also convinced that merely cutting sugar out will be the best thing.
Aside from that, I am picking up the pace again. I don’t know why it’s so hard to do when travelling. . . but I get out of routine and start taking short cuts or end up sitting around chatting to whoever I’m with, or watching movies, or eating out. I must have very powerful dorsal muscles by now. Have charged up my fitbit, and set up Map My Walk on my new iphone, and so it’s a happening thing. I know it will all make a difference when I set off for the UK again next year (May).
It HAS been a wonderful holiday, both catching up with cousins and rellies in PA and NY, and then friends in the far south. I’ve loved every single minute, and done all I wanted to do. NEXT time it will be about meeting up with more Outlander friends, promise.