Lava Butte: Trail 200 … or as I gleefully said all weekend: Lava Butt Trail Zoo… it’s the little things that amuse me the most.
Right now I am a lot stressed out about this coming week, but I had a great weekend camping with my family. And by camping, I mean this:
We usually call it ‘glamping’ but we had no electricity, no cell service, no sewer (pit toilets!), no water hook up, and no tv. It was relaxing and glorious and I loved every minute of it!
Except for parts of this:
You can’t really tell from this picture, but this trail was practically straight up the side of the mountain.
We didn’t know what it was going to be like before we started, but we just kept going. My dad and sister (and three dogs) did it pretty effortlessly, but my mom and I had to do it in little pieces. There were multiple times where I wanted to stop and go back. It just kept going up and up and up and up and up… but we kept going. We’d go from flat spot to flat spot, stopping to catch our breath when necessary and enjoying the view. Slow, but moving forward. At one point I ran up the trail trying to make it to a flat spot faster. This just left me wheezing uncontrollably and wanting to turn back more than ever before.
This hike got me to thinking about my weight loss journey as a whole and how it feels like climbing straight up the side of a mountain. It’s slow, and slippery, and it feels like I’m never going to make it to the top. But I keep going. Slowly, but surely, I keep going.
So how do you climb a mountain?
- Make goals: look for the next flat spot and push until you get there.
- Stop when necessary to catch your breath.
- Look for things in your path that can help you get a good foot hold (rocks, tree roots: support)
- Don’t run just because you think it will get you there faster. You might do too much too fast and stop your progress.
- Don’t stare up at the top thinking about how far you have to go. Watch your feet, and a few feet in front of you. Enjoy your surroundings.
- Look back every once in a while to remember how far you’ve come.
- Keep going. One foot in front of the other. One step at a time.
In the end I’m glad I went on the hike, and I’m glad I proved to myself (yet again) that I am far more capable of reaching the top than I sometimes think I am.
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!
How are you ‘climbing mountains’ in your own life? Any steps you’d like to add, on how to get to the top? :)