I'm not leaving for my USA/Canada holiday until 19th March, so I have quite a bit of time up my sleeve to get organised and guess what's first on the list? You guessed it, weight loss! Well, not so much weight loss, as getting fitter but I hope weight loss will be a happy consequence on this.
Some of my most cringe worthy memories involve travelling while being overweight. There is so much you want to do and see, but your body won't participate because it just can't carry all that extra weight around all day. I remember arriving at the Imperial Palace in Japan a few years ago and seeing how far I would have to walk to even get close and wondering if I could just wait on the tour bus because I couldn't be bothered. I really don't want to feel like that ever again.
I want to be able to walk all day, spend hours in museums, trek to see natural beauties, learn to ski, swim at the beach and just feel energised about everything I am doing and seeing. So I am increasing my exercise and really pushing myself at the gym to get myself feeling fitter. I also want to do some long walks, but so far the heat of summer has made that difficult and I have been restricted to the air conditioned comfort of the gym.
I really want to have an active holiday because I don't want to come back with an extra 15 kilos 'excess baggage' on my hips. Maybe I could even come back slightly lighter, OK, now I might be kidding myself!
P.S. If you know a town, shop, cafe, museum or sight that I just have to see in the US or Canada please leave me a comment or drop me an email, I would to hear your travel tips.