We're planning a weekend ski trip, so I had to delve into my storage closet to find my gear. As I was digging around for my cold-weather clothes, I remembered last winter's vacation. My snow pants were so tight, I couldn't get them all the way up over my hips. I wound up having to buy a bigger pair, which really depressed me. I was also so out of shape that I could barely do one run. In short, it wasn't a fun getaway for me. But this year is different. I was thrilled to discover that my original pants not only fit, they're a little loose! Plus, my legs feel so strong I know I'll be able to hit the slopes for hours without getting tired. All my cardio and strength training is starting to pay off—I can't wait to conquer the mountain!