A funny thing happened when I accepted an invite from SJ Consulting to experience Casino Rama Resort and try fun winter activities in the surrounding area of Ontario’s Lake Country. I panicked a little, well, maybe a lot.
The panic started when I read over the list of activities I had accepted to try…
skiing, snowshoeing, skating, dog sledding, tubing, fat biking…
I do not own snow pants and I am known to hide away from winter until the first signs of spring appear. I thought “What the HECK is fat biking!? What have I gotten myself into?!”. Almost 5 years ago I had a serious surgery, I will share more in a later post, that left some lasting side effects. One of the most annoying is I no longer feel my right leg from my hip to ankle making walking and balancing challenging. Also, the memories of my back pain from August was still fresh in my mind and the last thing I wanted to do was cause an injury and live through so much pain again.
I have made a few lifestyle changes since August… two months ago I joined a gym and it has made a huge difference. Not only has it helped with the back pain but the gym has boosted my confidence and changed my inner voice. I made the conscious decision to listen to my new confident voice and let it be loud!
I can run on this treadmill
Confession time! This is the first time I have been to a hotel gym! I snuck down before breakfast to get some treadmill time in before my day of winter fun started. It is a great way to get all the joints ready for exploring and adventure. Being alone in the gym at Casino Rama Resort gave me the opportunity to try RUNNING. A quick look over both shoulders to make sure the coast was clear… and I ran. Well at first I sped walked… then I jogged! With the numb leg… I can’t feel. I ran and did not fall. I am officially THAT runner with a silly grin on her face. A confident boosting start to my day.
I can ride this bike on snow
Last summer I started biking and I love the feeling! It reminds me of the thrill of being free as a kid. Riding the fat bike on snow was so exciting and not as hard as I thought it would be. Now, our introduction ride was tame compared to the Ride Guides regular tours but it left me wanting to try it again!
I can fly down this hill on a tube
I so went down this hill at Horseshoe Resort! Once. I am a chicken and in my defense, you go down this thing FAST! I appreciated the magic carpet that whisked me to the top before I was able to change my mind. Once at the top, the only way down is on a tube. I would love to come back with my family to spend a day skiing, biking, and tubing.
Touring Ontario’s Lake Country helped change my inner voice to a stronger, braver one. Listening to my new inner voice and allowing it to speak LOUDLY gave me a chance to try new things outside of my comfort zone. I
am hoping to will keep up the momentum. I do not have to go mach speed down a mountain, although a total rush, but saying “Yes!” and having fun and DOING new things is my goal. I plan to come back to Ontario’s Lake Country for some summer fun. Kayaking anyone?
Learn more about….
Casino Rama Resort
5899 Rama Rd, Orillia, ON L3V 6H6, Canada
1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West,
Canada L4M 4Y8
56 Silver Creek Drive,
I was invited on a media trip to experience Casino Rama and Ontario’s Lake Country. All opinions are my own.