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Back to reality + Burgess Falls Pics

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I have to say I definitely enjoyed my week off. I had planned to get back to routine yesterday, but good old TOM decided to give that idea a swift kick in the pants. I know that day in particular is a rough, painful day for me that leads to workout struggles, so I decided to give it one more day.

However, today, it is time to get back to it. I don't regret my "reset" week at all, but rather I want to embrace it as a challenge. I get caught up in routines and the idea that if life goes wackadoo, I can't follow routine and thus everything falls apart. That's happened before. Last fall I wound up getting injured and after a week off just ended up throwing in the towel and not starting back up. I wanted to challenge myself to get back up and do what I need to do after a break.

Life happens. Illness, exhaustion, injury, bad weather, chores, family...and most of the time, we can schedule exercise so that it is a priority in the midst of all of that. Other times, we may have to cut a workout, take a rest day, or in my case, a rest week. But what I have to focus on is staying with it after life shifts back to normal. Which is what I'm doing this week.

One thing last week I did do that was "healthy" was go on a hike at Burgess Falls here in Tennessee. They are an amazing set of falls. The hike to the outlook isn't bad, in my opinion, but it's pretty strenuous to hike to the bottom of the falls.

My last trip to these falls was about 4-5 years ago. I was at 253 and it was really difficult to get to the bottom of the falls. I even had a moment where I thought I wouldn't make it back up and I started to panic and cry. I just didn't have the strength to pull myself up. I had hoped to come back this time around and see how different it would be.

Unfortunately, we had a lot of rain last Thursday and not only was the water level up, but the spray from the falls had soaked all of the rocks and made them extremely treacherous. A few teenagers and college kids (who have no fear) had braved them, but you could tell they were soaked through from the spray and covered in mud.

We made it about two-thirds of the way down. I finally reached a point where I had to check my pride and say, "OK, this is too dangerous and we need to go back." I felt like a big weenie until B said he was glad I decided to turn around. He didn't want to try it either.

But that trip was definitely different than it was 4 years ago. It was tough, but nothing like it was 50-ish pounds ago. But no worries, I will be back one day. And I WILL make it to the base of the falls again.

Some pics for you:


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MERRY_XMAS 4/30/2013 5:56PM

    Amazing scenery! Looks like you had a great time!

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POMATOJUICE 4/17/2013 11:23AM

    Those pics are gorgeous! I'm glad you had a good time, even though it wasn't safe enough to get to the bottom. You two look so cute and happy together!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/16/2013 5:57PM

    Awesome! HUGS

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DUCKY2222 4/16/2013 4:42PM

  Burgess Falls is so pretty but you are right when it has rained etc it can be treacherous so you were smart not to go any farther than that. Kudos to you for doing what you did. My computer wallpaper happens to be one of the falls there.

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LAILATN 4/16/2013 2:55PM

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing. Also, kudos on your week off re-set. Definitely necessary from time to time.

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AUTUMNBRZ 4/16/2013 2:27PM

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CAGEDBIRDSONG 4/16/2013 2:25PM

    I love the new profile picture from your weekend. I'm impressed you made it 2/3 of the way down. I really don't like to have my feet unstable beneath me. Congratulations on braving those slippery slopes. Also, I'm glad you've made the transition back from your break!

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JORDANLHALL 4/16/2013 1:02PM

    You've got some really pretty scenery up there! When it's not dangerous it sounds like a beautiful hike!

Here's hoping you overcoming your reset challenges and coming out stronger than ever!

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JAYNINNE 4/16/2013 1:01PM

    That looks like a really nice hike!

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ADARKARA 4/16/2013 12:41PM

    Cute couple!!!

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LOLATURTLE 4/16/2013 12:10PM

    Are you me??

I took a break for my birthday weekend. I still tracked but I didn't worry about calories, just ate whatever. I'm working on getting back on track without falling into old all or nothing or regret/self blame patterns. It's going okay!

The falls are beautiful, and you and B are such cuties! :)

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ANASARI 4/16/2013 11:44AM

    That looks lovely, thank you for the photos!

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SCARLETCURLZ 4/16/2013 11:31AM

    I'm with you. I feel that it is important to take a short break from time to time. And as you said, you just have to remember that it is just a short break and get back to it. Thanks for sharing!

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LOSE4LIFE47 4/16/2013 11:13AM

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