We stayed at a lodge close to Heavenly, so close in fact, that in the morning we didn’t even need to drive to the ski resort, we just grabbed our gear and walked. One thing I noticed (and later pointed out to Alex) was that I didn’t get out of breath walking up the hill to the resort. The reason this stuck me is because Tahoe is at a high elevation (Olympians go there to train to be acclimated to high elevations) and when us normal sea level folk go there we tend to huff and puff due to our lack of acclimation.
Not being out of breath at the top of the hill was one of those small things that really cemented in my head how far we both have come. Back in the day I am sure that I would have been out of breath when I got to the top of the hill. And I am sure I wouldn’t have been able to go snowboarding all day (since it has been eight years since I went last time) without being extremely tired at the end.
What this whole experience taught me is that while we want to lose weight to look a certain way, or fit into a specific size of jeans, what being in shape allows us to do is—well anything we want. I was able to go sky diving last year because I wasn’t over the weight limit (which used to be a concern for me) or go snowboarding when I want to because I know I am fit to do so. Being healthy will not only help you live longer, but will make the time you have here as active as you want it to be.