When I was in my 20s, I never had to worry about my weight. However, it seemed like as soon as I hit 30, my weight started to gradually creep up. I could no longer enjoy those cookies or cakes without paying for it on the scale, and the cans of soda that I loved were also doing a lot of damage to my waistline. I never played sports in my youth, although I did enjoy riding my bike and swimming in the pool. Physical activity was not something that I really “thought” about however.
By the time I had gained nearly twenty pounds, I knew that a change was in order. I read a lot about losing weight and eating healthy, but I had trouble finding success. I even tried going to the gym, but I found that it was not really something I could keep up with; I just didn’t find it interesting.
Finally, I had a brilliant idea. Why not take the activities that I enjoy as a child and pick back up with them as an adult? The one activity that really stood out to me was swimming. So, I headed over to the local pool that was just a few minutes from my house. Immediately, I felt at home. I loved doing laps. I felt good when I finished. And, at first, it seemed to be the perfect exercise for me. However, after a while, all those laps started to wear me down and I was left wanting to try something a little different.
I met quite a few new people at the pool, and I began talking to them about how I wanted to lose weight through swimming. Some of them mentioned that there are a number of different ways to go about that. In fact, they pointed out that you really only need to be “part” of the water in order to slim down. It was an idea that really took hold in my mind.
I went home and started to do research on the Internet. It was through that avenue that I latched on to the idea of backpacking; it was a way that I could enjoy heading to the beach, going sailing, heading out on the kayak and more. I did not have to go to the pool but could instead be out and be one with nature.
Because I have a family, heading out for the day means making sure that I have a plan and that I can keep personal effects safe throughout my journey. For instance, if I head to the beach and I have my cell phone on me, I need to keep that item from getting wet. If my family is with me, I also have to worry about their personal effects as well. After struggling this for a while, I finally found something for sale on Amazon that really helped me. It is called KASP Professional sailing bags. After purchasing it, I had an incident where my canoe capsized. Everything that I had put into my dry bag made it through unharmed. I had my wife and my children with me, and they were impressed that nothing was ruined. Best of all, I was able to get one of these bags at a very fair price. Below I have posted a video, so that you can see what this great bag is all about.
Half a year later, I am well on my way to meeting my weight loss goals. Best of all, I am having fun doing it; these trips help me to experience new sights and meet new people. Swimming does not have to be just in a pool. Think outside the box and enjoy life!