My Husband and I are just back from an amazing vacation that included Southern Utah, a little bit of Northern Arizona and Las Vegas (used as our start and finish point). We hiked, we ate, we tested our limits (Angels Landing in Zion was a challenge) – we thoroughly enjoyed the places we visited.
Now its back to what I call reality and I am struggling with trying to keep my focus on healthy eating. The looming Holidays are not helping either. Then I look back over the past year and I see some successes but I also see some failures. I put out goals – some I keep, others I seem to forget about. And I question why this has to be such a struggle.
I just looked back at my last post – about one step forward, two steps back – and feel as though the past 24 days (yes its been almost a month since my last post), have felt somewhat like a failure. Have I worked on any of the goals I set forth back then – not really. There were four goals I wanted to work on and they are not insurmountable.
I’m remembering the hike that I really thought I was not going to accomplish. Angels Landing. The picture above is some of that hike (the last portion of the hike to the summit). 2 1/2 miles to the “summit” with an elevation change of just over 1000′. Now I did not finish the entire hike – I ended my portion of the hike 2 miles at a place called Scouts Lookout. I know my limitations when it comes to rock climbing and scrambling, so my husband went up the last 1/2 mile to Angels Landing.
Accomplishing this hike up to the lookout was a major feat for me. It was difficult and I took breaks, but what I did notice was that my determination to prove to myself that I could make it those 2 miles up many, many switchbacks is what helped me along. So I can be determined and I can accomplish a goal that I set for myself…… so why the struggle.
As “they all say” a lifetime of bad habits is hard to break, but I just need to keep breaking those habits and developing new healthier habits going forward. As I struggled to reach Scouts Lookout, so I struggle each and every day with my eating and health habits. And I keep moving forward.