Awesome job!!! I have a small mountain by my house that I do sometimes but there is a steep road that goes up it so it really doesn't take long to get to top. I'm talking 20 minutes maybe so 2 hours uphill makes my legs burn.
Congratulations on exceeding your own expectations! Keep that positive attitude and you'll be climbing bigger and bigger hills before you know it!
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1,664 5/29/13 7:36 P
You get a very great Two hours uphill is way more than some folks will ever do in their lifetime!! And, as you said, the more you do it, the more it grows on you! I've spent many hours following the creed "Not all those who wander are lost"....
I hope the up/downhill doesn't come back today or tomorrow to haunt you with some Delayed Muscle Soreness... if it does, just be patient while your body heals those little muscle tears and know you are stronger for it. As to the chaffing skin...look around at a Sports store (Running or Bike Shop too...) for a product called Body Glide; another is Chamois Butter. Put on before your hike it prevents the rubbing.
Wishing you many more hills to climb, and places to explore!! Way To Go!! patti
PS...I don't think it will take you six months to summit that larger hill.. (unless it truly is a Mountain!). If its close enough, perhaps you can use it as a training place...1/2 mile further at a time!! Just take it slow, and plan a lovely all day hike....
Edited by: LADYSTARWIND at: 5/29/2013 (19:40)
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269 5/29/13 6:24 P
You have a great attitude, and it's awesome to hear how much improvement you've seen! I hope all the appreciation you feel at this moment carries you through your journey, the good times and hard times. Good on you for getting husband involved too!
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63 5/29/13 3:54 P
I feel like I'm posting here a lot lately, but these last 2 weeks have been a HUGE amount of progress for me. My pride point - I hiked a small mountain. Granted, it was a small mountain. But it was a mountain nonetheless. And at 282 lbs that's a big thing, considering I weighed as much literally as my two hiking partners (my inlaws) combined and was less tired at the end than either of them. I actually had enough energy at the end of the day to cook a healthy dinner for everyone! It's a big thing for me though. Hiking uphill constantly for about 2 hours straight and an hour back down is a huge thing for me. I've been walking every day and each week I walk up the huge hill I live on home from the job I volunteer at (I basically am apprenticing at a local bookstore because I'm thinking of opening one), so I think that's what prepared me for it. It's a huge thrill now, and my husband is incredibly proud. We're thinking of making it a goal to tackle a larger one nearby in about 6 months. It isn't a heck of a lot bigger but the climb is a little harsher. That said, it's a BIG woohoo for me because exercise has never been my thing but I've found that gardening (like tilling out weeds hardcore gardening) and trailwalking/hiking have really made me love exercise. I guess the whole being outdoors thing really distracts me! But I'm finding myself hauling my husband outside to go walk with me or go to the zoo or to the trails rather than gaming with him all day, and that is a MAJOR milestone for me. I'm hoping to keep doing this all through summer and perhaps part of winter, considering how mild our winters are. I know it's the start, but doing something like that really made me see results that had nothing to do with my weight, and those results are worth working for even if I don't shed a single pound.
That said, I have a bigger motivation to lose weight now as well...the only real lingering pain I have today after doing that yesterday other than soft sorenetss is the chafing on my inner thighs. I can do this!
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