Spring will officially begin in a few days. In my part of the USA, we’ve had unbelievably nice weather for the last week. Got to do some outdoor activities like watching the migrating cranes and geese a few miles from my hometown. My part of the country has literally thousands of birds like Sandhills Cranes and Canadian Geese flying through this time of year. The lakes, rivers, and fields will be covered with them. It’s a sight to see for anyone remotely interested in bird watching.
I’m now exercising more outside as I’ve already done two walks in the park already. I managed to lose 12 pounds in the winter months, even with less activity. I was concerned how well I would do health wise with the forced inactivity. Looks like I survived the first winter of this lifestyle overhaul quite well. I’m down 70 pounds overall in the last year.
Been to a couple cookouts already. Since I live in a complex with sixty other people, it’s pretty easy to get those organized with almost no advanced planning. There were ten of us at the one tonight. All you had to do was bring something to share with everyone else. And it wasn’t one of those things organized by the manager of the complex. The tenants did this entirely on our own. We’re pretty good about organizing get togethers with no notice. It’s almost like my freshman dorm over fifteen years ago, minus the loud music at 2 am.
One thing I have neglected during the winter months was my social life. I didn’t go out much nor did I chat with friends as much this winter. While we didn’t get hammered with as much snow as our East Coast friends, we still had a pretty cold winter. Yet using the cold as a reason not to socialize was a poor excuse. It is easy to socialize in spring and summer. But when it’s cold, not much is going on, the nights are long, and some people are more depressed in the darker days, that when socializing with living and breathing people is needed. There are only so many computer games and podcasts I can do before I just have to get out of the apartment. Anyone with a job and a family knows there is more to life than just going to work everyday, spending a paycheck before it’s collected, and counting off the days and years until retirement. I often get so rapped up in the day to day living that I forget to have a life. Or even worse, get so wrapped up in day to day struggles that I forget how much we’ve accomplished or how much fun we’ve had with friends already.
In line with being lost in the day to day struggles, I have to keep reminding myself how far I’ve come just in the last twelve months. Losing 70 pounds, writing a few dozen blog entries, getting outdoors some everyday, staying in contact with old friends while making a few new ones in the process, simplifying my life and decluttering my apartment, etc. are not small accomplishments. This was all in the last 365 days. I can only imagine what the rebirth of spring and the next twelve months will bring.