Health/Fitness, Travel

Merry Christmas and New Year’s Preparation

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays with family and friends — and the extended amount of football. Bring on the playoffs!

Now that the holidays are coming to an abrupt end, and the remorse of overindulgence begins — you know what comes next, don’t you? Resolutions….

In line with resolutions, or good intentions as they may be, whenever we’re packing to go on one of our adventures, we always plan to do active things while traveling — like biking, hiking, walking around whatever city or town we find ourselves. This trip was a short holiday two week-er, and true to form, I packed the bikes (bought folding bikes specifically for RV travel and added a wine holder), hiking boots, workout wear, etc. To date, we’ve done a lot of holiday parties, happy hours and folding bikemore dining out. Seriously – we’ve dined out more in a week than we usually do in a month. The bikes? They haven’t made it out of the back of the Jeep yet. When we’re home, we have routines that includes multiple daily walks and home cooking (did I mention the Instapot?). There’s something about being on the road that makes us want to explore and experience, which typically includes good food and drink.

This brings us to the impending New Year’s Resolutions that we all make, but rarely follow through on. Most resolutions have to do with weight loss (that’s #1), with getting organized and saving more coming in at #2 and #3 on the list. Was reading where 8% of people actually follow through on their resolutions – that means a whopping 92% fail. Resolutions 1 – 3 sound like my usual ones each year, and I end up in the 92% category by February (I also resolve to have a bottle of chilled champagne in the fridge at all time – and succeed at that one, by the way).

So, how can we beat the odds in 2017?

hikers grand canyonFirst, am putting it out there — I need something to work towards. Hiking the Grand Canyon from the North Rim to the South Rim has been on the radar since last year. My friend from high school also wants to give it a whirl and would be good for both of us to test out the true capacities of our Apple Watches.

In Donald Miller’s book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, the author tells the story of how he planned a trip (with a girl, of course) to hike Machu Picchu – which led him to join a gym and get into shape, but really not to look like a doofus in front of said girl. That, my friends, is motivation to succeed. He also says when it comes to doing the work, you’re not going to want to do it. This is where most of us fall into line, yours truly included.

We did do a little R&D last year, however. When we were in the Grand Canyon in May, hubs and I hiked down to the tunnel on the North Kaibab trail (the one we’d take to hike across the canyon). It was actually brutally hot when we reached the tunnel (which is not even close to the bottom) and, due to the water system being “out of order” we found ourselves having a rather difficult time hiking back up.  It was tough. Very tough. But not impossible – and with that, and 30 less pounds, it’s something that would be rather enjoyable and rewarding to accomplish. At our age – think I’d want to stay at the Phantom Ranch overnight to break up the hike a bit (plus, steak dinner, bonus — I’ll pack the wine).

Which brings me to resolution #2 — the love affair with wine. Keats wrote “Ode to a Grecian Urn” — and I’d bet that urn was more than likely filled with wine. Because, Greeks rock (RIP George Michael). These days I can relate more to Pablo Neruda’s “Ode to Wine.” Here’s an excerpt:

Drink it,
and remember in every
drop of gold,
in every topaz glass,
in every purple ladle,
that autumn labored
to fill the vessel with wine;

Romantic, no? And on that note – we’re breaking up (me and wine, that is). There’s no way to get into shape while sucking down the copious amounts of the nectar of the Gods that we do, so something has to go (don’t worry, it’s temporary until goals are met) and it’s the vino.

So, training program for the rim-to-rim hike, dissolving my love affair with wine — and staying healthy while traveling more in the RV — are the resolutions that are on the top of the list. The first two have been on the past ten year’s resolution lists, so finding a way to actually follow through is actually #1. See, the list is growing and will surely continue to grow until the final countdown on NYE. And when researching on how to follow through on resolutions, one of the tips time and again was to make it public. So boom, there it is. Whatever your resolutions are, let’s make it a successful 2017. Here’s to hitting the road and getting healthy. Onward.

PS – any suggestions on how to lose weight without giving up pasta – let me know. Life is too short, etc.

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