It has been both an enlightening and tough 2 months at the end of 2013, the one constant that got me through it all… hiking! Well that and some amazing friends who totally gave me a that flash of clarity with how wonderful my life is!
I have spent the past 2 months off track and falling into my old habits of dealing with stress, which meant eating more than my daily calories and strangely, drinking a lot more than I have in years…. the only thing I kept on doing was working out(sporadically) and hiking. Well until I got my tattoo and then it was a week off working out, 2 weeks off hiking.
I also stopped weighing myself… not just not posting on it, I didn’t want to know how far I was falling off the path. But then I noticed the physical change in how clothes are fitting, how I am looking in the mirror and it sucked after doing so well for so long. I don’t want fall back into old habits.
I was hiking, thinking about what is next on my hiking journey and sad that it is winter with higher hikes out of reach for me. That is when it hit me hard right in stress-equates-to-giving-into-cravings stronghold, I need to get over myself! Stress happens, there will be times when I win and times when I lose but if I let the losing times take over well then how sucky is that? In the 18+ times that I did weight watchers over the course of my life, there was my one favorite and really good counselor that said it the best…. sometimes you spill the milk , but the goal is to not pour out the whole gallon as a result…. so this is me not pouring out the whole gallon.
So where was I, oh yeah the next journey(s)! I have to say I don’t want to work my way up high again when I can with a short window to get in as many summit hikes as I can over the shortish summer, that means snow shoeing is next! I have already booked a day long guided snow shoe in Rocky Mountain National Park in February. I hope to get one in before then, but for sure lots after and snow shoeing means being up higher than we are right now. I am so excited to try it!
Another new goal… backpacking. I want to be at the perfect spot at sunrise AND sunset, a lot of great places here require a journey that is more than a day hike. I want to be able to look at a possible hike and not care that it is 20+ miles to figure out how I can make it happen, all the while wondering what amazing things I will see. I am completely terrified about what it all means in terms of learning how far I can push myself oh and the whole I prefer a hotel to a sleeping bag thing, but I am also super excited… I mean what if I love it!?!?!?! That means another whole huge world of possibilities. I am willing to explore that for the end rewards.
Well, that is where I am at right now. We did do a new hike this morning… but after a series of bad decisions.
Here’s to an amazing 2014!!!!