Kicking Ass and Taking Names

Today I am a rock star.

I channeled my inner athlete today.  I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and in doing so achieved something great.  I made myself believe that I can do anything I set my mind to.

The day didn’t start out that way though, that’s for sure.

It started with my appointment at the weight loss clinic.  I go every four weeks for a quick check in with the doctor, they take my blood pressure, and I hop on the scale for a check on how I’m doing.  Not so well apparently because over the last four weeks I gained two pounds.

I wasn’t in the best mood to begin with this morning, and I was dreading this appointment because I was not expecting good news.  Short of my blood pressure being bang on, it was indeed not great, but as my friend Kevin said to me, “today is a fresh start”.

Shortly after this, as I made my way home wallowing in my own self-pity, my friend Annie texted me to see if I was interested in going for a hike that afternoon.  The weather in Southern Ontario has finally taken a turn for the better, and today was a sunny, clear day with +20°C temperatures.   Annie wanted to head up to Mt. Nemo Conservation Area in north Burlington to hike the trails for a while.

I stared at her text and re-read it a few times.  Hiking….sitting.   Trails….couch.  Sore muscles tomorrow…feet up watching television today.  Decisions, decisions…

Then I remembered my last blog post about pushing myself to be uncomfortable.  So at 3:00pm I found myself in Annie’s car, sun roof open, speeding along to Mt. Nemo.  What was expected to be a fairly easy trail hike turned into a two-hour athletic adventure full of rough terrain, steep inclines, and climbing over rocks.  It was tough, it was exhausting…and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.  I’ve include a few pictures from our hike…

We hiked the 2.3 km North Loop Trail (Orange)

We hiked the 2.3 km North Loop Trail (Orange)

Things start getting rough....

Things start getting rough….

Scaling rocks!!

Scaling rocks!!

The view from the top

The view from the top

When I finished the hike—despite a small injury at the 2 km mark (I twisted my ankle on a tree root hidden under some leaves)—I felt amazing, I felt invigorated!  I really did it!  And even in those moments during the hike when I as unsure of myself, I pushed though and did it.  I’ve never been prouder of myself and I can’t wait to do it again.  Once my ankle heals of course 😉

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