I can’t believe this is my first blog post of 2018. I hope everyone is having a productive year so far.
Thoughts and ideas are going through my mind all the time … I plan to post here, but then something sidetracks me.
I had many goals for 2018, some happened, some didn’t. The most important was weight loss maintenance. I am proud to say that I have been able to maintain my 70 pound weight loss. This year I’ve been able to remain consistent with my daily workouts, meal planning and meal prepping. I’ll write more about how I’m able to stay motivated in a future post.
The goal that I haven’t achieved yet is to be more active on my blog and find topics that people what to hear about so that I can expand my following. I guess I better get focusing on that.
Not bad for someone who started 2017 over 60 pounds heavier and could hardly walk without getting winded. I’m not saying I ran all 12 of the 5Ks this year, not even close, it was only the last two that I did more running than walking.
My goal for 2018 is to run an entire 5K (with no walking), and then maybe just maybe, attempt a 10K. I doubt I’ll ever go for any longer distances, but it is a great workout and it’s nice to get out of the gym once in a while and get some fresh air.
I have quite a nice collection of T-shirts and medals from 2017, some are super cute 🙂
LOL, it’s me. Who would have thought I’d be running 5Ks for fun? Well, it’s more of a walk/run, but I do run a little more and walk a little less each time. My finish time is still not great, but it is improving each time, and most importantly, I am never last place!
I continue to amaze myself with how much I enjoy getting my workouts in. I’m still going to the gym daily, except for the days that I’m able to do some other fun workout, like a 5K or local hike.
Who knew there was an inner hiker in me that wanted to get out? Definitely not me. I’ve never been the “outdoorsy” type, I’m more of the indoor, air-conditioning type and even for a work out I prefer the controlled temp and conditions of a commercial gym.
After my husband and I completed a few 5Ks this year, we both realized we needed to take our weekend workouts up a notch, nothing too crazy but we wanted to challenge ourselves a little more. Someone suggested a local hike. I’ve heard about this hike before, everyone has done it so it’s probably not that bad, so we decided to give it a try.
Arriving at the base of the hike a 5:30am we were quite surprised to see the amount of people there. There are 2 different paths to take, go to the left and around the mountain is supposed to be a little easier and the suggested path for beginners. Most people were going to the left. But we’ve been working about for 5 months and lost 70+ pounds between us, surely we could take the more difficult path and go to the right. Having never been on a hike before, I did not know what to expect on this 5 mile trek, I figured it would be like a walk only in the wilderness instead of the street or treadmill.
Mile 1 was pretty steep, I was surprised how steep in fact. It was dirt and loose gravel which was a challenge in a couple of places, you have to watch where you step to avoid tripping. I was breathing pretty hard during this first mile, by Mile 2 I could not catch my breath or breathe normally. This second mile seemed like it went on forever, it was so steep with very little leveling out. There were plenty of places to stop along the way, even some benches, or you can just stop to take in the view (which was beautiful), but I couldn’t stop. I did not want to lose my momentum. I just kept going. The summit is around two and half miles up, there’s a gazebo to rest or take scenic photos. One quick selfie for us and we were back our way. The remainder of the way was more level and down-hill, I even ran in some spots.
It took me about an hour and half to complete. I was exhausted, my legs were dead, I was drenched in sweat, and starving. But all I could think about was next weekend and doing it again!