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Stretch, Breathe and Start Climbing

What I’m Eating or Drinking – Apple
Mood – Anything is Possible

I’d like to start off the day by sharing a poem with you.  After reading it, I am pretty sure you will relate.  Maybe, you struggle with your own weight issues, maybe your mountain is your family, perhaps you have thought about a career change. We each have our own mountain to climb.

I Tried to Climb The Mountain Today…

I tried to climb the mountain today. As I inched my way up the path, I felt out of breath and had to turn back.

I tried to climb the mountain today. But, It was snowing and way too cold, I thought I had better stay in my nice warm house and rest up for tomorrow’s attempt.

I tried to climb the mountain today. On my journey, darkness started to fall and I was full of fear, so I had to return to a safe place.

I was ready to climb the mountain today. But I had so may other things to do, so instead of climbing the mountain I took care of the much more important tasks; I washed the laundry, did the dishes and watched a movie. Today the mountain will have to wait.

I was going to climb the mountain today. But as I stared at the mountain in all its majestic beauty, I knew I had no chance of making it to the top, so I figured why even begin trying.

I had forgotten about climbing the mountain today, until an old friend called and asked what I was up to lately. I told her about all my plans to climb that mountain someday. I went on and on about how I was going to accomplish the task.

She stopped me and said, “I just got back from climbing that mountain. for the longest time I told myself I was going to try to climb it but never made any progress.”

“I almost let the dream of making it to the top die. I came up with every excuse of why I could not make it up the mountain, but never once did I give myself a reason why I could. One day as I stared at the mountain and pondered, I realized that if I didn’t make an attempt at this dream all my dreams would eventually die.”

” The next morning, I started my climb. It was not easy, and at times I wanted to quit. But no matter what I faced, I placed one foot in front of the other, keeping a steady pace. When the wind tried to blow me over the edge, I kept walking. When the voices inside my head screamed, stop! I focused on my goal, never letting it out of sight. I kept moving forward. I could not quit because I knew I had come too far to stop now. Time and time again, I reassured myself that I was going to finish this journey. I struggled mightily to make it to the top, but I CLIMBED THE MOUNTAIN.”

“I have to be going,” my friend said. “Tomorrow is a new day to accomplish more dreams. By the way what are you going to do tomorrow?”


How many times have you tried to climb a mountain, only to state tomorrow is a better day? What excuses are you telling yourself to prevent you from starting your climb?

How long will it elude you?  Today is the day I have chosen to start my slow climb, no more excuses.


I downloaded some new, upbeat music to my iPod this morning and created a full hours worth of music to keep me motivated. For the first month I plan on walking and biking. I’ll start off with some stretching and then 30 minutes of light exercise after breakfast.

We are supposed to have 2-4 inches of snow on the way, not exactly the start to spring I had hoped for. So, I decided to get my butt moving early and get out and start that long climb.

I dressed up warm and looked like a brown abominable snowman, just one gust of wind and I would start rolling down a hill at an impressive clip.

My climb?  Heck, it was a crawl.  That darn thyroid, or should I say, lack of one; makes it so every joint in my body hurts in this cold weather.  I bitterly felt as though someone was rubbing my bones together. Instead of being 40 years old, I am ready to turn in my walking shoes for a walker and recliner.

Sure the doctor stated to start slow, I couldn’t have even fathomed that he meant that might mean walking a mile an hour just so the pain in my joints would ease up.

On top of the whole joint issue, I have extremely sensitive eyes.  Between the wind and the glare off the snow my eyes released slow tears that quickly turned into uncontrollable water works streaming down my cheeks. Upon arriving home and looking in the mirror, I wasn’t an abominable snowman.   I was a raccoon.

I am a wreak!  On a brighter note – the climb has started, welcome to-day 1 of 365;  body.  Suck it up – there is more to follow.

Todays 1700 Calorie Meal Plan
Breakfast – 405 Calories

1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese (115)
4 Slices of Turkey Bacon (120)
½ Cantaloupe (170)

Monday Lunch – 430 Calories
4 oz Ranch Chicken Breast (100)
14 Wheat Thin Crackers (110)
1 Cup Healthy Choice Chicken w/ Rice Soup (110)
Grapes (110)

Monday Dinner – 455 Calories
4 oz Beef Patty (270)
2 Cup Asparagus (60)
1 Cup Cauliflower (25)
1 Tb. Butter (100)

Monday Snack – 246 Calories
Fruit Bar (40)
1 Large Apple (101)
6 Almonds (105)

(Daily Calories for Day 1536)

Activity Level Today 30 Minutes of walking 165 calories.