You might remember that I advocated finding a healthy hobby that will give you some physical activity and then using this hobby as a form of exercise. At the time I thought it was a good idea, now I am convinced that it isn't just good, it's great.
A couple of days ago I went with my partner on a photo shoot to an out of the way area not far from our town. It is called Cape Hillsborough and there is a dustry, bumpy track leading into an area they call Hidden Valley. Without the weight loss that I have done so far I would have missed some magnificent nature photos.
Just because I feel so good and alive losing almost 10 kilos already, I felt I could tackle a walk among the mangroves and see what I may find. I had to walk down a fairly steep slope to get to the foreshore and then clamber over rocks, through some muddy patches and then finally onto some sand bars exposed by the low tide. Honestly, just 8 weeks ago I may have attempted such a physical walk but the next decision I made I certainly would not have tried.
Through the mangrove canopy some 50 meters from the open area was a craggy outcrop that really took my eye. I thought it may make a good photo point overlooking the ocean so I set out to climb over the mangroves, rocks and other obstacles between myself and this vantage point. Low and behold, in amongst the canopy of mangroves was a juvenile green sea turtle, lying in the shade waiting for the tide to return. You can imagine my excitement as this is one of the most beautiful sights to me, nature at it's finest.
Well of course I took some photos, not great lighting but hey you can't complain. I went back through the mangroves and called my partner to show her and went back again for more shots. I did finally reach that rocky outcrop I was heading for originally and the views were a grand reward for the effort involved.
And to think I would have missed all of it if I had not decided to lose weight and to turn a hobby into exercise. We kept taking photos throughout the day in other locations and probably walked at least 10 kilometers for the day. We were not a bit tired, we were exhilarated at the fantastic shots we got in one of the countries most beautiful areas.
Remember the weight loss formula? Less Food + more exercise = weight loss. Try it with a healthy hobby and you will be amazed how good it is.