The great outdoors- progress and fresh air

Oh what a weekend! Trying to make the most out of my free time. Saturday I went on a new hike called the Homestad ‘The Cross’ hike, took my buddy Hunter with me, he’s a real trooper. He walked it up with me and jogged it back down without any problem. I’ve decided I’m going to make him a more integral part of my workouts. Saturday afternoon- that’s when the fun really started. Me and my siblings went out to the desert for the Tierra del Sol Desert Safari Jeep Run. Oh brother was that fun! Night time off roading with hundreds of other people doing crazy things with cars that I didn’t even know were possible. It was so much fun but when you don’t plan ahead there are so many chances to falter so I ate lots of stuff I shouldn’t have. Sunday I was so ready to go hiking up those off road trails and ravines but it didn’t happen. Instead we made it back home and I went on a nice 3 mile run. I haven’t done that in about a week so my mile average crept up just shy of 15 minutes. A 45 minute run isn’t going to make up for all the junk I’ve put in my body but it’s important for me to know I’ve done something. 

This whole weight loss project has no hours of operation, it’s a round-the-clock effort and it can be overwhelming when you think about how much work is involved. When you falter in some way it can be so easy to be discouraged that all your efforts can go to waste with those chips or soda, or skipped workout, anything. At that time its so important to rally all the strength that you’ve got left to get you back on that seemingly long road. That’s why I really cling to the motto “Strive for progress, not perfection.” At the end of the day there is a comfort in knowing you might have stumbled, but at least you moved forward.

On a different note: In finding an online community of fellow fitness newbies and people on a weight loss mission I came across a blog I really enjoyed. It’s called Running My Ass Off by this man named Andy. He’s in the 100+ club I’m aiming to be a part of. I like his style of writing and he also contributes some articles to thePatch website and he’s got one that I found helpful and informative. I want to keep it on here for future reference: Andy’s Top 12 Weight Loss Tips

Today also reassures me how quickly I’m falling love with the outdoors. I truly enjoy being outside, the sky above me and a horizon to move towards. Sleeping outside and getting dirty? Yes please, thank you.

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”

— Edward Abbey

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