This hike was scheduled to start at 1:00 so my first thought was, do I go to the gym or not. I decided to skip it and sleep in a bit. I didn't want to over do it. I'm actually proud that I did that because the old me would have felt that "Steps" are extra and I still needed the work-out. Normally this is true. We've all been walking since about the age of 1. Our bodies are really efficient at this, so walking really does not burn as many calories as one would think. Hiking is a bit different. First you have a backpack, and second the trail isn't exactly paved. Even though this wasn't exactly a mountain, It required use of muscles not used in "around the block" walking and so was definitely more of a workout than my usual steps.
What to eat?
The second oops was when I checked my messages at the parking lot, and realized there was a reunion that night with a bunch of friends I really wanted to see. The reunion was just about an hour away, so as soon as we got back I showered fast and jumped in the car to go, essentially hoping there would be healthy food choices there, and of course there were not. That and the fact that I didn't take the time to actually Log INTO myfitnesspal via computer in between. It can take a bit for the steps in fitbit to move to calories in myfitnesspal and on a 2-3G connection only (no wifi) on a phone it takes a lot longer. I had to "wing it" since according to my phone I had used up all my calories for the day. I knew I hadn't, and had I gone home and synced there, I would have had about 600 calories from exercise to eat dinner. I had to do the "listen to your body and eat slowly and mindfully" trick while catching up with friends and watching slide shows. In the end I didn't have healthy choices available, but high fat foods are more filling and so I did actually stay within my calories for weight loss goal for the day.
What's the lesson today
- Hiking is a lot harder than walking and I deserve to check off "workout" on my habits tracker. Loving ourselves and being kind helps willpower and weight loss, beating myself up for not going to the gym wasn't going to help.
- Planning ahead is great, but when you don't plan so well you just need to forgive yourself, have fun, and make the best of it. It was great to make new friends that day hiking and reconnect with old ones later, my life need not revolve around food and exercise. I am not being punished for past bad food habits.
- If healthy snacks keep well in my backpack, I bet they would also keep well in my purse for those times I should have planned but did not.
- Weight loss is a journey meant to be enjoyed, it is not punishment. The waterfall was beautiful and I can't wait to hike it again with fall foliage and again in the spring when the falls are rushing with more water.
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