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Mind Over Matter - Non Scale Victories

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hello everyone!
I have so far remained stagnate as far as weight loss, but I'm not as worried about it due to my clothes fitting better and all of the fitness I've been doing lately. I'm hoping that if I'm gaining muscle, I'll break through this plateau and start seeing the scale go down more, but alas, I am not a trainer or professional so I can only guess and keep on track. However, if you DO know something about this, feel free to add a comment below.

I have recently gotten into hiking as a hobby. I have done a few trails now over the past two weeks, one of which, I challenged myself to do again two days ago.

For my 25th birthday, I decided to do a difficult trail. It has a lot of switchbacks and is rather steep, and it's about a mile up. The whole mountain is over 5,000 ft, with a much steeper trail called the Hellgate Ridge which even some regular hikers very rarely try to hike. The trail I wanted to do is called the M Trail, due to the giant cement M that's on the mountain. That said, it was a beautiful morning and I wanted to set the tone for the next year.

I struggled with the M trail. I did pace myself, and with much effort I finally made it to the M. My lungs hurt, I felt tired, but I also felt invigorated and proud. I almost started sobbing because all I could think of was how proud my grandmother would be.

I then decided, I was already a mile into it, I might as well hike to the top. I'd never taken to trail past the M, so with much determination I started hiking the steep Hellgate Ridge to the top of the mountain.

I have NEVER been so physically challenged in my entire life. Not when I jogged a 5k, not when I've done other trails, and certainly not when I climbed a smaller mountain nearby (I'm in a small city surrounded by mountains). At one point, I had to climb through rocks. My legs were hurting, the sun was beating down on me, and I was going much slower than any of the other hikers. At the steepest points, I was stopping every 50 feet because I just couldn't bring myself to go farther. Out of breath, out of energy, but filled with undying determination, I climbed the 5,000 foot mountain and at the top, I threw my hands to the sky and smiled.

I have never been so proud of myself. I did this alone, but there was a feeling of being even prouder than ever before because I did something I honestly thought was impossible for me to do. I thought I was months away from climbing to the top of the mountain. Yet, I stood victorious at the top of Mt Sentinel. It took me 3.5 hrs to complete the entire trail, most of which was spent battling the steep climb to the top.

It's been two days and while I havent noticed a drop in weight, I have noticed my lung capacity has increased greatly as well as my cardiovascular stamina. I can jog a lot easier, as well as climb small hills easily without losing my breath. It feel on top of the world, and I am so happy that I've discovered hiking!

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