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Your Body Is A Gift

It was like I had a major light bulb moment. I mean for the last 6 years, weight loss has always been a goal along with getting more physically fit and stronger. And I've heard people say that you only have one body, and you need to take care of it blah blah blah...

But it's like I felt this on a personal level - like WAKE UP GIRL! You have ONE BODY. It's YOUR responsibility to take care of the GIFT that you have been given. I experienced this while I was in bed with pain in both of my feet. My right foot was throbbing from the arthritis, and my left foot was in as much pain from my plantar fasciitis. In that moment it didn't take a genius to figure out that my body is really dealing with a lot of inflammation. And that I had been eating more for fun than for healing and nutrition.

It was definitely another nudge for me to really work on focusing to eat with a purpose. Oh, another highly processed cookie, another scoop of ice cream, another handful of marshmallows re…

Appalachian Trail Snowy Winter Run

As the sun warmed things up to the upper teens, I couldn't help myself but get out and check out the Appalachian Trail. I'd been there a couple of weeks ago and it was very runable (and the parking lot was clear of snow).

Well, duh, I forgot it snowed between then and now! I saw that no one was going up to the lot, and after I turned in, I realized why. It was ICY! I also forgot my microspikes or yaktraxs. After stepping out of the car, I realized I needed something more than my trail shoes.

So I decided to go back home and get something so that I could have a better footing. I started down the hill, with my foot on the brake, I never even touched the gas, I started sliding.
I held my breath as I stopped right before hitting a tree. I crept down the rest of the hill and prayed that no one was coming when I hit the ice at the bottom.

Thankfully I made it home safely. I had decided to just run at home because there was no way that I was attempting that parking lot again.

But instead, I asked Hubby and Lil Man to just drop me off on the road so that I could run the trail.

And that's what they did.

The plan was for me to call them when I was finished and they could come pick me up.

I choose my microspikes since the terrain was rocky, and I have to say, that I love them. I didn't slip once!

And trust me, it was slippery!

But about .6 of a mile into my run, my phone died form the cold. NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!  How was I supposed to call home now? I could be out there for hours before Hubby would come get me. Grrr.... at this point I realized that I didn't think this through. We should have specified a time instead.

So, I turned and headed back to the parking lot, because at this point I wasn't sure that I wasn't going to have to try to run home from the trail.

Thankfully, I ran into a couple (the only people I saw out there) who let me use their cell phone.

I called Hubby and they came to get me.

Today was absolutely beautiful. This is the first time that I've been on the trail with it totally snow covered.

I did learn some valuable lessons though. Next time if I'm dropped off somewhere, I'll have a backup plan if I'm unable to call. And, I will put my phone in a sock with a hand warmer to keep it operational!

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  1. Running with snow?It looks so refreshing!I wish I had the courage to run in the cold!But it seems that my body is not collaborating!Ha ha!


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