Spring Has Sprung
As a Minnesotan for nearly 15 years now I can say with absolute certainty that this was the toughest winter season of my lifetime. While it didn't snow often, the few times it did snow it was heavy and in large quantities. In fact, not even two weeks ago in mid-April Mother Nature hit us hard with nearly 20" of snow.
Surprisingly (or maybe expected for a Minnesotan Spring), the weather suddenly reached the mid-60's and the snow melted within 10 days of the disastrous blizzard of April 2018. And in due time, nonetheless.
So it is with bright and good intentions I share that I am fully embracing Spring. I started running again, though my calf muscles aren't reacting well to the runs so I am doing my best to be patient with my body as it becomes accustomed to strenuous exercise. It is at times shaming to not be able to run 8 miles like I was doing not even three years ago. I must and will persist until my muscles relax and take on the challenge of at least a 4 mile run. For now, I am running only 2.25 miles three times a week (at a pace of 10:53 per mile today) which my friends say is excellent, but I want to wholeheartedly disagree. Its more about the guilt I feel for allowing my body to become as fragile as it is now. I weigh just over 200 lbs and three years ago around this time I weighed 160 pounds.
Spring is also bringing new life into my eating plan which permits a net -1000 calories per day with the goal of losing 2 lbs per week. I've been doing relatively well, except for on weekends when I tend to enjoy myself and my liberties a bit too much and end up eating more than I planned. Again, patience is key. Rome wasn't built in a day.
What is so spectacular about this season is the commonality all Minnesotans share. With bright days today and just over the golden horizon of the Spring sun we bike, run, kayak, fish and enjoy all the splendor Mother Nature has to offer us during this glorious time. I am proud to live here (well, except for during the monstrous winters) as I find the social outlets and amenities as cozy - like a warm hug on my body.
I invite you all who do not live in a temperate climate to embrace this season. Get outside, smell the air, go people watching, exercise, jump up and down randomly in the street. I know I will accomplish all of this during this amazing season.