My back has healed up. I’m back to essentially a more normal routine. Because of the colder weather and being housebound for two weeks, I got to do some thinking about changing things in my life. I have essentially been in a rut for the last couple years where it’s pretty much the same old every day, day in and day out. I haven’t done any real traveling for almost three years, spending much of my time self educating via youtube and Khan Academy and reading books. I gained back the weight I lost within two years of my car accident back in 2015. Now I’m getting more serious about my health again. I don’t eat fast food anymore. I’m starting to get out of my apartment more and walk a little every day. I do arm weights three times a week. And about the only things I drink anymore are water and coffee. I feel like I’m beginning to see some results. I started this new routine shortly after New Year’s. Because my back slowed me down for two weeks, I just cut back on what I ate. I’m to where I now eat meat only once a day, usually for breakfast. The rest of the meals I eat things like spinach leaf salads, soups, peanut butter, and meatless pasta. I think my routines are starting to work. I feel like I have more energy. I feel more mobile. I’m starting to have fewer aches and pains. And I am sleeping better too.
I’m also thinking that after I have lost some weight, I’m going to have to get out and about more. I am in desperate need of shaking up my routines and adding more spice to my life. A few years ago I said that I would like to do some traveling eventually. I still have my savings that I built up a few years ago. I’m thinking I’m going to have to see my old college friends again. I don’t have a definite time line set just yet as this is still in the dreaming before making plans phase. I have always wanted to get my passport and travel through Europe and see places like Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, London, etc. Part of me would, if I get back to the same weight I was in college, love to travel on some of the old Silk Road from eastern Europe to China or vice versa. When I was in high school I spent a couple weeks in Mexico with my Spanish class. It was the most enjoyable vacation I had in my entire life. Now that I am an adult, debt free, committed to getting back into good physical health, and have a little bit of a savings, I’m going to have to do this traveling before I get too old to enjoy it. Since I am single, have a safety net in my disability pension, and I can do my blog from anywhere that has WiFi internet, I’m starting to hear the faint beckoning call of the open road again.
When I was in my twenties and early thirties, I did a little traveling every year. My senior year of college, my parents and I went to San Antonio for Christmas. I got to see The Riverwalk lit up for Christmas, visited the Alamo, got to see one of the Air Force bases my dad was stationed at during the Vietnam War, and got to see my Nebraska Huskers play a post season bowl game. And an old college friend and I used to go to Denver to see Colorado Rockies baseball games, one of those games being a World Series game. Spent all winter paying off the cost of that quick weekend trip, and even though the Rockies lost the Series, it was worth the trip. I visited an old college friend in Minnesota for a week several summers ago. I was amazed at how beautiful Minnesota is (I wouldn’t care to fight their winters). My friends and I used to go to minor league baseball games every summer. We were able to get front row seats, a couple hot dogs, and a couple soda pops for less than $25 a person. Just thinking about these old times while I was house bound for the last two weeks got me to realize just how much I missed travel and seeing different places.
I know that before I can fulfill these dreams of traveling, I have to lose some weight. I have done it before. And by God I can do it again. I know it’s going to take at least a few years before I can get to doing the travel overseas like I dream of doing. But I have pretty much gotten to where I have played all the computer games and done most of the self study I care to do. I took a couple years doing that and I have gotten it out of my system. Now it is time for a different chapter in my life. It’s time to lose some weight and prepare to hit the road again.