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Blossom Walk Update

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As many of you who follow my blog know, I set some goals for myself this spring. Two of those goals were to walk around the Tidal Basin and to attend the Cherry Blossom Parade. I walked around the Tidal … Continue reading

Another NSV Victory – Spring Goals Accomplished!

I had a major non-scale victory today. I walked around the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC to see the cherry blossoms.

This is the route I took. I parked on Jefferson just before the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, DC. I marked my starting point as 1400 Independence Avenue, which is just a block away.

Along the way, I saw the Jefferson Memorial, The George Mason Memorial, The FDR Memorial and the MLK Memorial.

This morning was a gloriously beautiful morning. Chilly and windy, especially along the water, but beautiful. I am planning on going to the Cherry Blossom parade next week, so I will do this again. Hopefully by then, the Cherry Blossoms will be at the peak bloom. I cannot wait to see those pictures.

In the meantime, Enjoy these pictures! Some facts first though:

  • Before today, I had never walked around the Tidal Basin before.
  • I had never seen the MLK memorial or the Jefferson Memorial.
  • The walk from where I parked and back again was about 2.5 miles.
  • I am exhausted and need a nap.

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I Have Always Wanted To Do That

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I have had a rough winter, physically, emotionally, food-wise. I have just been making myself crazy. Like most people in the US, I will be so happy to put this winter behind me.

With spring making an appearance in the DC area today, I feel inspired. I got up early this am and went to a Women’s Day luncheon for Empowered Women International. My good friend Sush took part in their program and now has her own art studio.

When I woke up this am, I was not feeling well. I had a bit of constipation, which is quite painful. I had to pick up my friend at 10am, and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it. I forced myself to deal with it and just go.  I am so glad that I did. I had a great time. I also came away from the event inspired.

I also started thinking about all of the things that I never did because of my weight and all of the health problems that I had. I had trouble walking and breathing. I felt that I could not fully participate in events because of that. Or I was depressed because of my weight and health problems, so I did not even try.

One of my biggest fears, now that I have lost 127 pounds and can do so much more, is going backwards. I do not ever want to find myself in that place again. So, when I got up this am not feeling well, it was tempting to just say home under the covers and whine about not feeling well. I probably would have too if Sush had not called me.

I dragged myself off the couch, took a shower, put on a pretty dress, styled my hair, and left the house. As Sush would say, “The New Colleen goes out!” I did. And I’m glad for it.

So, I decided I would make some goals for myself this spring. There are all kinds of things that I never did that I really want to do. Here are 5 things I have never done that I am going to make myself do this spring.

So, we’ll see how much I get done. I have to do the Tidal Basin walk and Cherry Blossom parade at particular times, obviously, but the rest I will give myself until the first day of summer to complete.

I want to kick off the warm weather season right. I need to dust off the funk from this winter. I think getting out and doing stuff I have never done before I a great way to jump into spring!

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Cherry Blossoms At Last!

Every spring, the DC area has a Cherry Blossom Festival.  I have never gone.  In recent years, I did not go because I could not do the walking.  I did not really go to the festival this year, either, but I did make it down to  a small part of the Tidal Basin in an attempt to see some blossoms.  I will probably try to make my way down there later this week once they are in full bloom.  The blossoms are late this year as the we has been so cold this March.  Nonetheless, today the sun was shining and the temperature finally made it over 60 degrees.

Me and Blossoms

Today is my friend Andy’s birthday.  He wanted to celebrate by going down to see the Cherry Blossoms.  There were not many Cherry Blossoms out.  They were just beginning to bloom today.  We found one branch that was in full bloom.  We sat under the tree with some of his friends, drank some Japanese tea, ate some Japanese snacks, and read Cherry Blossom haiku.  Then we went to an Indian restaurant for lunch where we met my brother and his wife.

My brother and I went to high school with Andy.  In a previous post, I mentioned my brother’s best friend with whom I went to the homecoming dance my junior year.  Yeah, that’s him.

I had really great time.  It also felt great to not be restricted by my health.  I was able to walk all over the place with them.  My only restriction is that I have short legs and I walk a little more slowly than taller people.  Other than that, I had no problems. It was wonderful.

If we had not been meeting my brother for lunch, I would have loved to have walked around the Tidal Basin a little bit more.  The only problem with these darn Cherry Blossoms is that they will most likely be gone by next weekend.  They are very fragile.  They really do not last more than a week or so.  A strong windstorm or rainstorm can wash them away in a few minutes.  But, while they are here, they are a very beautiful herald of a much welcomed spring and rebirth.