Earlier this month, I did something I would never have done when heavier (see 1st photo). I took a trip with National Geographic Expeditions, to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. We biked in Hue Vietnam and Siem Reap Cambodia; kayaked in Halong Bay, Vietnam, and hiked in Luang Prabang in Laos. The 7 mile hike was a challenge over some hilly and sometimes wet terrain.
The trip organizers had recommended 30 min of exercise 3-4 a week to prepare; fortunately, this was already part of my routine. The weight training that I’ve done for my legs was particularly helpful when climbing the temples in Angkor Wat in Cambodia- what a sight!
The trip gave me a real feeling of accomplishment! Even if I get sick (GI) and came home a few pounds lighter. The near 100 degree heat may have contributed to the weight loss, as well. However, I’m no longer trying to lose weight – I’m 202 lbs, down from a high of 337 lbs about 5 years ago. And since I’ve been home, I’ve actually stepped up my cardio performance in doing intervals on the treadmill.
Oh, and I don’t think I’d have been riding an elephant before!