I am going to be honest, I am suspicious of this loss. Not because we over indulged on vacation last week, we absolutely did, but I kept true to our aggressively active vacation attitude so I wasn’t too worried about a huge gain and I would have been happy with a maintain.
We did 3 of the 5 hikes I wanted to get done mostly because we over celebrated our 14er accomplishment (got good and drunk). We worked out on days we didn’t hike and we always walked the 2.5 miles to town from our hotel and then back up the mountain at least once. I am so proud of myself for sticking with it.
After completing our first 14er and celebrating 15 years together, we decided the best way to commemorate the 2 events was new tattoos on our legs. The we both got complicated ones that took a long time to complete, mine 4.5 hrs and Aaron’s 3.5 hrs. I was ok with the 48-72 hours they suggest you just sit around to help it heal well, but as it turned out with bigger more complicated tattoos you need to give them more time. When I got on the elliptical Monday morning before work, I did just 30 minutes when the throbbing tattoo won out, then watched as it got worse and worse in its appearance, barely being able to walk because my right leg was swollen and sore. After 8 hours of over moisturizing it I finally got a chance to do some research and learned you aren’t supposed to work out for like a week or two after really big and/or intense pieces of work(and I over moisturized). Honestly I couldn’t have even taken a nice walk if I wanted too, all week just getting around for the basics has been challenging so this is why I am suspicious of any loss.
But I will take it for sure! I am feeling so much better today and if I didn’t have to travel this weekend, I would likely have started working out again tomorrow even though a hike is out of the question. Since I am traveling to sea level for a few days our hike next weekend will be an easier one, then I think a 13er the next week and the week after I would like to try another 14er! I am completely addicted to summits now!
I do owe one more write-up on our third hike and I should get that out next week when I get back into town.
Below is my new tattoo right after it was done, the best it has looked all week, I can’t wait until it is done healing. It is a Hamsa, supposed to keep the evil eye or evil off of you, in case you were wondering.