Pick a pretty spot for lunch and your soul will be fed along with your stomach. Today, this was my lunchtime view as I rested and enjoyed a fresh pasta salad. More than just calories to keep me going, this lunch was a delight to be savored.
My lunch yesterday, on the other hand, was cheese whiz on tortillas eaten hurriedly on a random trailside log. I hadn't planned a lunch stop, just figuring I'd "eat when I'm hungry." But never getting the signal for hunger, I had pushed myself too long when I realized I was running on empty and needed to eat. Rather than refreshment, lunch became just another task, and it was all I could do to eat it.
And so I learned a valuable lesson about stopping for lunch. Don't treat it like it's a racetrack pit-stop. Make lunch an occasion to be anticipated and enjoyed, and it will pay you back in ways that cannot be counted in calories and carbohydrates.
|Lunch stop on the trail at Montgomery Bell State Park.|
This photo was taken with my iPhone. My camera battery had died and I didn't bring a spare.