Power Through It (One foot in front of the other)
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
This last Sunday I climbed a mountain. For the very first time, I hiked to the summit of a 14,000 foot mountain. I'm usually pretty good at down playing accomplishments, but this was hard and I'm pretty damn proud of myself (and my buddy Emily! She's the reason I went at all). We actually started hiking Grays Peak, took a break at the top and then went down the saddle (a ridge that links two peaks) 500 feet then climbed a very steep 500 feet back up and hit the summit of another "14er", Torreys Peak. I wasn't sure that we were going to make it up both, but we did. What got me through it? My new mantra! As we were hiking, it was hard to breathe and my legs were literally shaking and all I could think was "This is just putting one foot in front of the other."
And really, friends, that's the only way anything is ever done. My journey to being fit is just putting one foot in front of the other. It doesn't matter if the progress is slow, or if I stumble (I did, on the hike, but I got right back up because there weren't any other options), it's better than giving up. On the mountain, there was no giving up. You couldn't stay there, you had to go somewhere, might as well go in the direction you wanted.
Today, I decided to ride my bike to pick up my race bib and shirt for tomorrow's 5K. It ended up being a 13 mile ride with the entire first half being uphill. I haven't ridden my bike more than 4 miles total this year, but I was committed and I did it! I stopped a lot and thought about how dumb of an idea it was, but I kept on. And tomorrow's 5K doesn't feel like a challenge to me at all now. The biggest thing is that I want to beat my time for my April race.
I had a really great June. I hit my first big goal of losing 10lbs (hello new shoes!!), I worked out 21 times, I started really focusing on my eating habits and I actually got involved in the Spark People community. I'm excited to see what July holds for me (it started with climbing a mountain and a 5K, what's next?) My focus will be on staying involved in the community, looking for more ways to fit fitness into my everyday, and more work on my eating habits. I want everything I accomplished in June to become a lifelong habit!
Power through it!! One foot in front of the other....