Today, I did push myself to go snow shoeing. With the sun shining and it being such a beautiful day out, I had to at lest go for a short adventure. Plus, I thought it would also give my dogs some well needed exercise. I was sure they would burn some of that energy they had wading in the snow. I was right. They are all now sleeping curled up by the wood stove!
The beauty of the sun shining through the fresh fallen snow on the trees, I couldn't help myself but to take pictures! The beauty of nature. The sound of the dried leaves on the trees blowing in the wind was music to my ears. Isn't it funny how once we get sick and so much has been taken from us, that we some how enjoy the little things in life that we use to take for granted. I am feeling blessed that I am able to still do the outdoor activities that I enjoyed so much as a young teen.
Even though I do find it difficult and take many breaks, I know I will physically benefit from pushing my limits, when the warmer months come. Experiencing from winters in the past, not only will I loose some weight but my flexibility, balance and endurance will be improved by then. I am feeling how difficult it has become from over doing it last winter and fulling short on my plan to build myself up. I am determined that this year will not be a repeat of that.
Once I feel a little more confidant that I can invite some others to join me. My daughter Sharmaine was my snow shoe buddy a few years back while she lived at home. Last winter I did manage to get out with my nabour who loves snow shoeing as well. For the time being pacing myself and getting through the struggles of a new activity always makes me feel I must do in private. Maybe its the venerability of allowing others to actually see my struggles is uncomfortable for me. As a woman who started working in the construction field when woman where not excepted in a male dominated work profession. Now it is no big deal seeing woman excelling in this area. Maybe it's a little of my pride/ego too.