Hello, I’m back. It’s been awhile I know, but I am planning on making this blog a priority again. When I finished my Mt Hood trip last year, subconsciously I was done. My training was done, my dieting was done (I didn’t even know I was dieting), my goal was done. Unfortunately, I had (have) more trips planned. It didn’t affect me right away, but slowly I put on more weight and couldn’t walk as far. Then my trips I had planned for this year came along. I was so under prepared it was embarrassing. I should have improved over the course of the year, instead I back slid. My three day 30 mile hike with my daughter mercifully was changed to a two day twenty mile hike. It was tough. I struggled with so much of it. Then I was supposed to take a three week hike with my cousin and my granddaughter. Again mercifully it was reduced to a four day hike that we turned into a weekend hike. We were not ready and hurting on the first day. So with only three weekend backpacking trips under my belt for this summer, I know that there is no way I am going to take on the PCT next spring. Plans have been rearranged and put into place to hike the Tahoe Rim Trail next summer with my cousin coming to my house for elevation training two weeks before we tackle Tahoe again. We will hike daily. But to get there, we are also going to take on a shorter easier backpacking trip earlier in the summer.
Still there is much work to be done before we even get to that. I must go back into training (a training that has no end). I am going to take on a hundred day challenge to jump-start this training starting today. For the challenge, I am going to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes every day and write in this blog daily. I hope that the two combined brings some excitement back to the training. I will be looking for new things to write about and to learn. I will also be writing about previous trips. Taking on a personal trainer when I get a few things taken care of is also in the plan.
I chose a 100 day challenge for two reasons. When I am looking for a lifestyle change, I need to have something that has duration to it so that I get it into my mind that this change will be permanent. When taking on a short challenge, I often give up or make modifications, and they are for short term change. I want exercise and writing to be in my life long term. So a long challenge will help me see it in that manner. Also I want to be able to start the new year with a bang ending this year knowing that I completed something of consequence. Exercising and writing daily is no small feat. It is easy to get in a slump and also to get bored with things. But if I can finish it, the feeling of accomplishment will be so big, I will want to continue.
I had planned on starting the 100 day challenge yesterday so I would end on the last day of the year. However, as often happens, I was delayed and side tracked by many things yesterday, and before I knew it, it was midnight. Today, I had thought of doing double because I didn’t want to start putting things off. But, I realized that it was just making changes to the challenge instead of taking it on properly. I am not going to modify my challenge. I am starting today and ending on January 1, 2019. This has some significance in it as well as I will be finishing the year strong and getting a start on the new year at the same time.
This morning I got right out to my yard and did some fall clean up. It is not vigorous exercise, but it is more than I usually get. I worked out in the yard for more than three hours. I have the back cleaned up, the entry way weeded, and I cleared dead weeds and trash that have blown in. I feel good about how I started the first day. Tomorrow, I will be working, so between jobs, I’ll take a hike. I am looking forward to this. I want to be sure that I hike several times each week varying the difficulty and length.
So, I’ll be back with an update and some interesting discussion for you tomorrow.