This past weekend hubby Tom and I decided to hike a new trail up in the foothills of the Sierra mountains. The weather forecast looked favorable with a slight chance of a drizzle so we packed our gear and headed out. On our way we stopped and purchased sandwiches to put in our backpacks. As we pulled into the parking lot for the trail we saw a young man starting out on the trail with his son on his back in one of those child carriers. It reminded us of the days when our kids were young and we did the same thing.
When we arrived at the trail head we realized that we had left our map at home. No problem we just took a photo of the posted map with our cell phone. Technology is amazing! We studied the posted map and chose a 6 mile hike.
Here is a close up of the moss – it was amazing.
The light drizzle soon turned into a downpour and we were faced with hiking through running water and mud. Our hiking poles were put to the test! To make matters worse the trails were not well marked. We couldn’t find our location on the map we had taken a photo of. We thought we should have arrived back at the trail head by this time and yet it was no where in sight. Clearly we had taken a wrong turn. Bummer! We also wondered about the young guy we saw with his son on his back and we hoped he had turned back before the heavy rain came.
Off course, cold and wet. Thank goodness for active cell phone service and Google Earth on the iPhone – it found our location and using the iPhone compass app (no sun to help us determine direction) we figured out which way to go. As luck would have it we found an old paved road to walk on which was such a relief after hiking through mud and water.
It was as if we were walking in slow motion. Our legs were moving but we couldn’t feel them, I told hubby Tom I felt short, small and slow. Ha ha-that must be what a turtle feels like. I don’t know if it was because our clothes were wet, or because we were tired and hungry or if it was the frustration that comes with being lost, but the last thirty minutes of walking felt like an eternity. Two hours after setting out for a simple 6 mile hike and completely soaking wet we found our car! Talk about a welcome sight. Ours was the only car left in the parking lot so that meant the man and the little boy had made it back – it was good to know.
We shed the outer layers of wet clothing and got the car heater going. Oh how I wished I had packed extra jeans! We feasted on our sandwiches wishing we had a hot beverage instead of just water. Where was Starbucks when we needed one? After a little food and the warmth of the car heater we were feeling better and ready for the drive home. As soon as we got home we shed the rest of the wet clothes and put our muddy pants in the washing machine. The afternoon was spent comfortably snuggled under down blankets on the sofa, watching TV while sipping on mugs of hot tea. Finally we were warm again!
Lessons learned; Don’t set out on an unfamiliar trail with out a proper map. Don’t hike in the rain unless you have waterproof clothing from top to bottom as well as water proof backpacks! Pack rain ponchos as an emergency back up and don’t trust the weather forecast when it calls for a slight drizzle!
This hiking experience also got me to thinking about how losing weight, eating healthy and exercising is so much easier when you have a plan. You know the old saying, “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail.” With out the structure of a healthy food plan, a weekly menu or an exercise schedule it’s easy to get off track. Sometimes we take a wrong turn which makes it more difficult to arrive at our destination.
The timing of this ah-ha moment is perfect for me as I am still sporting some extra weight. Perhaps the last thirty minutes of that hike would not have been as difficult if I hadn’t been carrying an extra 12 pounds! Back in October I posted about being 10 pounds over my happy weight. Before the holidays I had lost a few pounds but with the extra holiday food choices I made and the lack of exercise they came right back and brought a couple friends with them! The extra exercise and all of our hiking has resulted in my clothes fitting so much better but the scale does not care to budge. I have not been as diligent about my lifestyle choices as I know I need to be.
Yesterday I read Dr J’s post about Psychological Defense Mechanisms that really spoke to me. It gave me a lot to think about regarding my choices and behaviors where weight loss is concerned.
I am also going back and reading some of my old posts where I shared the things that help motivate me to make good choices. I don’t know why I sometimes get off track and lose my motivation. I guess that is the million dollar question and if we had the answer to that there wouldn’t be so many of us blogging about the subject or so many who are interested in reading about it.
Motivational posts that you might also enjoy reading.
Making a plan!
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The whole weight issue, what to eat, what not to eat, how much to exercise and so forth is a mental game. I sometimes tell myself that I have to be in the right frame of mind in order to make the right choices. But perhaps that is what I tell myself to justify not doing the right thing. The better approach might be to make the right choices in order to be in the right frame of mind.
What do you think?