Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Nature Trail - Myakka River State Park
Sarasota, FL - December 27, 2010
Canopy Walkway - what's a Canopy Walkway and why is it so special? Looks like a normal Florida Nature Trail (translation: flat and snaky) to me! Well, o.k. - let's check it out! Famous last words......................
Oh, so that's a Canopy Walkway - Cool!
But hold it just a minute - what's that at the other end of the Canopy Walkway? You gotta be kidding! You're telling me I'm getting ready to climb a 74' wooden tower with a sign at the start that says it WILL shake and feel unsteady. And you expect me to believe that's NORMAL?? No way, but hold on just a minute. Is that my 80 year old mother-in-law already heading up those steps? Well, alrighty then - here I go!
Climbing, climbing, climbing
Looking back down towards the ground - OMG, I think I'm gonna die and YES, the platform is shaking!
Whew, I made it back down to terra firma! Thank Goodness!
I have no pictures taken from the top of the tower because it was very shaky and not one of us would let go of the side long enough to take a picture. Would I do it again? Maybe, maybe not. Heights do not normally bother me, but the small (and very crowded) shaking platform did and of course, there were a couple of hot shot kids there who thought jumping up and down was quite funny! We had a wonderful day at the beautiful Myakka River State Park.
While climbing the tower, I was reminded that I am facing quite the uphill climb in 2011 in order to reach the goals I have set for myself. To get me started, my word for January is JOYFUL. And that is exactly the way I am feeling. I have had four days of good, mostly clean eating and am working so hard to redirect my thought patterns away from food. This is extremely difficult and if this sounds as if I've conquered anything, rest assured that is NOT the case. The truth is, I can't really write much about a specific eating plan because right now, I don't have one. I just know that my two healthy eating goals for this year are to 1) reach my happy weight of 138 and 2) have a life that is not controlled by food. Your responses to my Help Me Explain were exactly what I needed. In addition to helping me communicate better with Mr. B., they also clarified some things in my own mind. And for now, I'm content with that!
Mr. B will return to school tomorrow and within a few days, our schedules will return to "normal." I am looking forward to that because there is so much I want to accomplish, but when he is out of school, I want to spend the time with him. We had a wonderful time in Florida, but having MIL with us added a whole new dimension and didn't allow us the reconnecting time that we so treasure during his breaks from school.
So here we are in Joyful January and if I can climb that shaky, wooden, 75 foot tower in Myakka River State Park, I am certain I can face any uphill battles this month with firm resolve on solid ground! I'm excited about 2011. I hope you are!
What uphill climbs are you facing this month? Can you approach them with joy?