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I’m leaving for a cruise (my first) in the Gulf of Mexico in the morning. I leave you with a post I composed a while ago (below), but didn’t know when I’d feel like publishing it. I suppose now is good, because part of the message relates to my next week. I am horrible at fitting running in when I am traveling. This week I took my cats over to my parents house, and they don’t live that far! But taking two days out of the week to go to their house instead of my house to be sure the cats were OK before I abandoned them for a week was a major deterrent to running (the snow didn’t help…). I made it to the gym on Wednesday, worked out with a trainer, but no running. We will see how this cruise treats me.

I went to a conference today which reaffirmed my desire to be active and outside for a good portion of the day. It was a conference on Ecological Restoration, which basically left me feeling super depressed and yet motivated to try and change the world because the world is potentially going to hell in a handbasket. What today reminded me is that most people don’t go outside anymore. People can spend all day sitting and shuttling around in various bubbles, separated from the outside. If you never see the world, you won’t see the changes that are occurring, so no one can be blamed for not having ecological restoration at the top of their to-do lists. So, reaffirmed: Must spend time outside, must pay attention to surroundings to note cool things. Should also run.

I have a whole rant in my head about environmental stuff, but I will hold off. I don’t have time to compose my thoughts, and I don’t want to go completely off the workout topic. But there is a strong connection between my environmental morals and my desire to be fit.

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