If you are reading this, you have most likely seen my journey. I discovered #52hikechallenge through My Peak Challenge, an online community that encourages challenging yourself to be the best version of yourself, through fitness, nutrition, or personal goals.
I first joined MPC in 2016 to reclaim myself. I felt I had lost sight of who I was in the active arena. Having been an athlete in high school and after, then keeping up with 3 young boys kept me moving for most of my life. But, before getting involved with MPC, I felt I had lost my “toughness”. I was spending too much time sitting out and watching, rather than getting in the mix.
I lost count of how many times I talked about “getting in shape”. In 2015 several things happened that put me in a new direction. First, I read the book Wild. It got me thinking about her own “toughness” and asking myself, why not me? Then my boys got me a Fitbit for Christmas. About that same time, we traveled to my brother-in-laws ranch in Texas. While there, we went out skeet shooting. I watched as everyone gave it a try. They were having so much fun. Then one of my boys looked at me. My first instinct was to decline. Then I thought of Wild. To say I loved it was an understatement. The fact I was with my boys, and actually hit some of the clay pigeons, was the icing on the cake.
In January 2016, by pure chance, I discovered My Peak Challenge because of my Outlander obsession. That is a story for another blog, actually a previous blog! I thought what the heck, I will give it a try. Nothing else has worked, so maybe some Sam Hueghen motivation will. To say it has changed my life does not do this statement justice. In a year of life not always going as planned, it became my distraction and so much more.
A healthier life, new friends from all over the United States and World, and of course hiking. I never, in my wildest dreams imagined, when I joined, that I would gain so much. I have hiked in over 8 States, 1 Country, and 17 different cities over the past year. I have Hiked with my husband, old and new friends, my boys, and some grand dogs. I hiked in as cold as 6 degrees and as hot as 100+ degrees.
I look up trails wherever I go now and often choose hiking over shopping! I have so many ideas for 2018 and know I will be hiking in new places and with new friends and family. I still have to get one in with Rizzo!
The 52 Hike Challenge site asked participants to fill out a form about their experience. I gave it some thought and came up with what hiking really has been for me. As I mentioned earlier, it has allowed me to reclaim myself. And in doing so, I have met incredible Peakers, seen so many amazing places that make my photographer heart happy and my soul sing!
See you on the trails…