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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

So this weekend was pretty nice here on the island. I had planned to do a workout while Korina had to go to work on Saturday morning. Initially I was going to just go to the gym but it was way too gorgeous outside to work out indoors. So I changed gears and I was gonna go hike diamond head which Korina and I had done before. Well I get to the entrance and the parking lot is full. I had always wanted to do Koko Head but it is very intimidating. I remember when I first got here I was thinking the people you see hiking this thing must be nuts lol! But after some time I wanted to try it so what better time than the present right. Here is a picture of koko head from the highway we took back in November. So something I want to add is I have a fear of heights. But the best way to battle fears I have learned is to face them head on so this was a great opportunity to do just that!



That little line you see is the trail to the top. The trail is a very old railroad track. So it is like climbing an uneven stair case all the way up. When I got to the base of the mountain I admit I was very nervous. it is a very intimidating sight standing there and looking up. Here is the view at the start of the trail.



So up I went I started the hike up at 10:01 am. I have to say it is every bit as tough as it looks. But as I hiked it, it was an excellent time to reflect on my journey. Having to lose 100+ pounds was very similar to staring at that path from the bottom. I am sure just like in weight loss a lot of people have come to base of koko head and thought it was just too daunting a task. Just like losing 100+ pounds seems insurmountable. But as intimidating as it was I didn't ask myself if I could climb the whole thing. I just focused on each step. It was such a huge reminder how much you can accomplish one small step at a time. So with that I started up. The first quarter of the trip up was not bad at all. I didn't have to stop and was going at a good pace. about 40% of the way up there is a bridge. Here is a picture of it (not my pic)



It is a chasm of about 60-80 feet. the drop from the tracks to the ground is about 9 feet. So from what I have read this is a point where a lot of people give up. They turn around and head back. you are little less than halfway. It seems like a daunting thing to cross. My knee was giving me a little trouble by this time so I was worried about crossing it. However there is a path around the bridge that you can take. It is still challenging as you are actually climbing up rocks and such to make your way back to the trail. This again remind me of my weight loss journey. Where you have all the motivation in the world then you hit a road block. you have a choice to make. Do you keep moving forward... Or do you revert back to old ways. I chose to keep moving. I took the path around. Given my fear of heights and my knee I thought it was the prudent choice. Also this shows that there are multiple ways around any obstacle.

After the bridge it starts getting really tough the grade changes significantly. you start going almost straight up. The last 25% of the trail is rough. I had to stop multiple times catch my breath. Shake out my legs and take it a step at a time. It really reminded me of where I am now. Close to my goal. only 25 pounds to go. yet each step it didn't seem I was getting closer to the top. Just like with each week it doesn't seem like I have been getting closer to my goal. It was frustrating. I was hot, my legs were aching, my knee was sore. Doubt started creeping in. Could I make it to the top? I had to stop looking at the finish line. as it didn't seem like it was getting closer. I started looking at the steps. counting each one. asking myself not if you can reach the top but if I could take the next step. I did. one at a time. it was painful at times but I was proud of each and every step. Proud that I knew I was not giving up. I was not going to let this beat me. I rested when I needed to. I drank water but I kept moving forward. then I looked back as I was only a few steps from the top. I sat down and looked at how far I had come.



I couldn't believe it. I was proud of it. I enjoyed the view while I caught my breath. Then I finished off the hike. I reached the summit at 11:02 61 minutes to make it up. The view was spectacular!!! The feeling was indescribable. Words just doesn't do it justice when you accomplish something you never even would have thought to attempt just two short years ago. All i have to say is just like with taking control of my life back I am so glad I did it. when it got tough I focused on the next step in front of me. I just kept moving forward knowing in the end it would be worth it. Know you can do anything you set your mind to on step at a time. It can get you further than you even dreamed!






I was pretty proud of the accomplishment even though two years ago I could barely make it up a few flights of stairs.




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LCERVERA 9/19/2013 8:02PM

    Very cool blog! Awesome pictures and amazing story! Congrats to you! I was especially interested because I hiked Diamond Head in July=but Koko Head looks more intimidating for sure! I wrote a bit about it on my blog after my vacation. It was the tunnel that freaked me out! But I did it. How awesome that you get to go to that gorgeous slice of creation called Hawaii regularly!!
What an inspiring story! Have a great weekend.

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SCHOOLCOOK2 5/4/2013 8:50AM

    What another awesome blog. The pictures are beautiful. What an great place to live. It is a good way to look at your journey of weight loss with one step at a time. When I did my 2 mile walk the other day before all our snow, I too thought of how far I have come. Life is too short to regret what we have done wrong and to keep moving in the right direction. emoticon The finish line is ahead and many goals to reach in the future. emoticon

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JUDYAMK 4/30/2013 1:14AM

    WOW what an awe inspiring blog!! I love it ,when you have an obstacle do not turn back find a way to make it work & keep going,what a great feeling you must have had.
Judy

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WALKINGCHICK 4/28/2013 7:17AM

    Great blog post - really interesting to read about Honolulu (I live in Scotland) and again really inspirational! emoticon emoticon

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-DAVE- 4/21/2013 12:36PM

    Great story Chris. I truly loved it and felt your excitement as well.

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VIBRANTSTAR 4/18/2013 9:31PM

    Wow that is totally amazing. That view is spectacular!! I can only hope to make it there one day and walk in your shoes! :)

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TEACHFIRST268 4/18/2013 8:25PM

    SO INSPIRING! Just what I needed today! Congratulations conquering this climb! I WANT TO TRY!
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SIMONEKP 4/8/2013 9:51PM

    awesome

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ROSIESHAVERS1 4/5/2013 6:43PM

    Wow, beautiful all the way up and the view when you get their makes it so worth it. I hope one day I could make it to Hawaii and make that climb! It sort of reminded me of when I went to China this past October and climbed the Great Wall! I am sad to say, I didn't make it to the top. I wasn't climbing it alone and my partner was not able to continue. Since we were in a foreign country I was not comfortable separating from my partner but in hindsight we both would have been OK. We were part of a tour group. So, this may have been just an excuse on my part as it was getting really steep and a little intimidating. Great job on your weight loss and your hike!!

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PRIZM96 4/5/2013 12:49PM

    WOW. What an awesome journey both the hike and your weight loss! You truly are inspiring! And now..... I suddenly want to go to Hawaii and hike Koko Head! :-) Great job! You are amazing.

Now, does Korina wanna do it too? ;-)

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WHOVIANGIRL23 4/5/2013 12:19PM

    Awesome blog. I suddenly want to hike.

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AHTRAP 4/5/2013 12:01PM

    Sweet analogy for the journey...except in life, we get to just keep on climbin', eh?

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HEALTHYSLIM2 4/4/2013 9:36PM

    very inspiring. although i live very close to koko head i've never done the hike - mostly due to the DOWN part... and my knees. how was your knee on the way down?? i wonder if i got a brace if i could do it. hmmmm.....

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MSROZZIE 4/4/2013 4:58PM

    emoticon what an excellent blog. You are an inspiration, I enjoyed your blog and the pictures are fantastic. What a feat! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COFFEEQUEEEN 4/3/2013 10:47PM

    Congrats and thanks for sharing! Love, love, love hiking with my hubby--something I never dreamed possible! Awesome, isn't it!? emoticon

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AMBERDAWN64 4/3/2013 9:16PM

    Great views, wonderful story, fantastic achievement!
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KING_SLAYER 4/3/2013 5:02PM

    Awesome brother! That is one heck of a hike! Proud of you for pushing yourself, small steps and consistency got you to the top. It's so beautiful there, the views are amazing. There's one thing they need there though, a big long slide back to the bottom!

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TEDYBEAR2838 4/3/2013 4:53PM

    YOU ARE emoticon !!

Such an inspiration to us all!!

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LIVINGFREE19 4/3/2013 4:19PM

    Very beautiful pictures!
Great job taking on such a feat, with hiking so far and such terrain!

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FRIDA11 4/3/2013 2:53PM

    Impressing - I better get to the training place to day
You inspire!!!

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NDKARIKARI 4/3/2013 1:56PM

    great blog! what a beautiful view and such an insightful take on your awesome hike!

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KALEWINE 4/3/2013 12:19PM

    emoticon I love hiking! It's such a great workout and the feeling of accomplishment is incredible!

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FYRAM45 4/3/2013 11:49AM

    emoticon You truly are inspiring! Thank you for sharing your steps, have a wonderful week! emoticon

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123ELAINE456 4/3/2013 11:32AM

  Awesome!!! I Love the Parallels Between Climbing to the Summit and the 100 Pound Weight Loss Journey You Went On. Those are Beautiful Views of the Mountain and the Area. You Have Two Wonderful Children too. This is very Inspiring to Everyone. It Shows What Someone Can Do and Accomplish by Taking One Step At A Time. You Should be Extremely Proud of Yourself. I am Very Proud of You. You Are Amazing. Keep It Up. You Can Do It. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care.


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NINAB4REAL 4/3/2013 11:23AM

    So cool! Way to go! And the enviornment you are living in has to be an inspiration in itself! I experience it as I read about it! Thank you!

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ATTACKFATCAT 4/3/2013 10:28AM

    What a perfect metaphor for your weight loss journey! You should be extremely proud of how far you have come and what you've been able to accomplish! That view would totally be worth the effort. You are amazing and definitely an inspiration!

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AUSFAM 4/3/2013 9:47AM

    What beautiful pictures! The pics of yourself are amazing--keep up the fantastic work! :)

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-STARRYEYED- 4/3/2013 9:10AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I LOVE all the parallels you found between climbing the summit and shedding 100+ pounds. I've been at the bridge for quite a while and I'm proud to say I'm not giving up either!

Thanks for the great blog & inspiration!

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CIROHIO 4/3/2013 9:05AM

    Man I am so proud of you!!! You never gave in, you beat the battle of your fears. I can only imagination how your heart was filled with joy that you made it to the top. WOW what a view when you got there. Thanks for sharing the awesome picture of this challenge,also the youngsters are beautiful. You have given me energy and hope today, I have had a few bad days. Thanks for sharing your inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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EFFIEANNIE 4/3/2013 9:04AM

    What a great blog Chris. and what a great job! You should be very proud of yourself for sure. I love the photos and the comparisons you made. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JULIA_211 4/3/2013 8:22AM

    emoticon emoticon Great pictures, and beautiful kids!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 4/3/2013 7:40AM

    Congratulations! What a beautiful view you got to enjoy from the top! emoticon emoticon

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BIZZ27 4/3/2013 7:22AM

    Wow!!! Absolutely stunning!!! And I'm so proud of you for not giving up when the going got tough! Now I know how you lost so much weight!!!

Now you'll have to go again with Korina and show her how you can rock that train track!!!

What an accomplishment, really!! You're an inspiration!

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DEEDEE1102 4/3/2013 7:18AM

    Another great blog! And just what I needed today! Thanks! emoticon

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CVRONEK 4/3/2013 7:06AM

    Absolutely fantastic! Loved everything about it.
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Thanks for the inspiration.


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INAFFIT319 4/3/2013 6:56AM

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Your blog really moved me. Thank you for the awesome pictures and inspiring words. You are amazing. Keep pushing!
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TDEMAIO2 4/3/2013 6:44AM

    OMG your amazing : ) Thank you for your VERY positive trip and taking us with you! emoticon emoticon

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COOKIE_AT_51 4/3/2013 6:41AM

    emoticon Not only a great feat but also a wonderful analogy of your journey! Very inspiring ... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANDEFILLE 4/3/2013 5:57AM

    You rock bro! You are great! and very inspiring!

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MICKEYH 4/3/2013 12:32AM

    Thanks for this blog it did bring me some great memory when I lived in Hawaii. I enjoyed live there, miss them so much now. Enjoy when you can. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/3/2013 12:20AM

    Wow, I've seen it many times when visiting, but never like this! Thanks for sharing these cool pics and mega-congrats!

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JILL313 4/3/2013 12:09AM

    I really admire your conquering your fears and making it to a level you only dreamed of before. I'm also afraid of heights and quite a bit older than you so have no fear we won't cross paths there--LOL! You sure have come a long way on your Journey to Health. I am so happy and Proud of You.

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DOVESEYES 4/2/2013 11:56PM

    It's all about the journey how cool that you could see yourself and your journey in the climb. The same obstacles presented themselves and you figured out each one.

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DEBBIE_C 4/2/2013 11:45PM

    emoticon That is so cool!

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MINEA999 4/2/2013 11:34PM

    You are amazing and inspiring!!

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CHRISTYBUG 4/2/2013 11:03PM

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WOWEETOO 4/2/2013 11:01PM

    wowee congrats on keeping the focus and for solving the problems one at a time
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LUVTOBOWL 4/2/2013 10:57PM

    emoticon that is awesome what a difference a few lost pounds make.

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BGGODDESS 4/2/2013 10:49PM

  emoticon That is an impressive climb.

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