As I've mentioned before, I'm a traveller.
I was shown from a very young age the love of traveling and experiencing the diverse cultures of the world.
Now as an adult, vacations are why I pinch my pennies for most of the year.
But do you know what? I didn't realize it at the time, but I missed out on some pretty fun stuff while traveling when I was a fatty.
I remember having to take afternoon naps in Athens, Greece. While everyone else went out to experience the ancient Greek Gods and magnificent ruins, I stayed back at the hotel because I was tired.
I remember not climbing as far as the rest of them inside a pyramid in Egypt because I was just too hot and out of breath to continue the rest of the way up the cramped tunnel. I didn't get to see the tomb that was waiting for me at the end of the tunnel. I still wonder to this day what it must have looked like in that tomb.
I remember a few months before I decided to have lap band surgery, I sat down in an airplane seat and realized that the seat belt was so tight that I would soon need a seat belt extender. I knew in that instant that my fat would soon be even more of a barrier to what I could see and do in my life.
Fast forward to today, I am currently planning an upcoming trip in the new year to Southeast Asia.
I know how hot and humid it can be in that part of the world. And guess what? I know that the heat will not bother me as much now that I am much healthier. I know that I will be able to explore ancient Indonesian temples with ease and not have to wonder where the closest place to sit down is. Lastly, I know that I will be comfortable and fit easily in the airplane seat for that 14 hour flight.
This is just one of the reasons why I choose to fight the good fight each and every day for improved health...why I choose to exercise....why I choose to make good food choices.
Lastly, I'll leave you with some old travel photos...enjoy!
Spanish Wells, Eleuthera Bahamas (2006):
South Africa (2007):
Hong Kong (2007):