I completed a 13 km hike on the weekend. Thirteen kilometers. Eight miles. Fourteen thousand yards. Five hundred thousand….you get the picture. I must admit I teared up a little when I came around that last corner and feasted my eyes upon Lake Annette in Banff National Park. Almost exactly six months ago, I took my first few steps out my front door into my new life. Plagued by back pain and a good dose of shame, taking those few first steps were almost more challenging than climbing that mountain was. Almost.
When I look back over the last six months, I’m taken aback at how different my life looks here: 75 lbs lighter, much fitter, a far better cook and way happier. And I’m not even half way up this mountain yet. I can only dream what the future might bring. Well, dream and plan – because it’s up to me.
In my last post, I confessed a “blip” in my progress and set my intention to create a “next leg” of the journey. My hike to Lake Annette was not a random choice. It was the first hike of many that will ultimately lead to me backpacking the 47 km Juan de Fuca Marine Trail next summer. There it is. My goal, my aim, my intention. I have engaged a personal trainer to get me going building strength and endurance. I have joined a local hikers group that goes all winter to keep me climbing mountains, training, persevering and triumphing. I’ll have to climb metaphorical mountains too. Keeping my spirits up during my first winter without antidepressants in nearly 20 years. Resisting the call of the couch on a cold winter night. Staying engaged with friends, family and co-conspirators in my nourishing life.
Today, I feel hopeful, energized, renewed. I have a spirit that can set a course for anywhere and a body that can take me there. Much like Lake Annette, it’s a pretty beautiful place to be.
Love and light ❤
Weight: 255 (down 29 lbs)
Total Weight loss: 75 lbs
Bust: 50 (down 2.25, 6″ total)
Waist: 44″ (down 3, down 9″ total)
Hips: 52″ (down 2, 8″ total)
Neck: 16.75 (down 0.75, down 2.5″ total)
Total inches lost (25.5″)