Sunday, February 24, 2013
I still haven't bought all of the equipment I'll need for my walk. I need tarps, a water filter and small portable propane stove. I have a large backpack, sleeping bag and other equipment. I even bought shoes for my hike. It's like I know I need other stuff, but I don't want to spend the time and money getting them. I tell myself that I have plenty of time which I do.
I like to go to the donation center at Savers and give them the clothes that are way to big for me. I would like the buy nice exercise shorts to use during my walk. Expensive shorts aren't necessary. My ugly ones will work. Besides, new ones will look shabby before I'm done anyway.
I fear that I'll continue to lose weight during my walk. To gain weight while doing exercise requires me to eat nearly constantly. I won't be able to do that during the walk since I have to carry enough food for several days on my back on top of my equipment. Two quarts of water alone weighs more than four pounds. I don't know how much weight I can comfortably carry. I suppose that will change as I get more fit during my walk. I fear if I lose too much weight during the walk, I could get weaker which would be bad.
While doing kickboxing class at the Y yesterday, I saw my thick arm and leg muscles while doing squats and other exercises. I want to keep my muscles. I'm rather small so I know that I can't lose much more weight without risking lose of muscle, bone, etc. The average weight lose for women on the AP trail is ten pounds. A number of the thinner women even manage to gain weight while hiking the trail.
I can see 'excess' fat on my body that I could potentially lose. I have a small bulge on my belly. I have padding on my thighs. I have huge breasts: breasts are mostly fat. I don't know if my body under stress would lose more fat or if it would preserve the fat and sacrifice other tissues to give me energy if I don't get enough calories during the walk.
I hope my appetite is good during the walk. I hope that I can carry enough food with me. I know that I get sick easily from eating a lot at one time. I can't pig out at restaurants when I get to towns to stock up since eating too much at one time makes me ill, often ill for many days. I can't risk that far from home. I also will get several months worth of anti-depressant before leaving from the pharmacist. Then, the medication I'm on kills my appetite. I have so much to do and think about.
By the way, I don't plan to keep up with SP during my walk. You'll have to hear about it after my return. I hope I get a good camera so I can get pictures.