Life + Faith

How to Climb a Mountain

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? :)




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  • Reply Sara @ Running in Pink September 17, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Love this post, I sometimes have to break into this train of thought when I go for a long run. Instead of thinking of the whole distance and being totally overwhelmed I break it up into smaller chunks and it’s easier to get through!

  • Reply Patty September 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

    AMAZING post!

    Amazing you! So glad you kept going and not only did you reach the top you pointed out some excellent tips for this weight loss journey we are all on. Thank you so much for the reminders. I really needed that today.

    See ya in a few days!!!! :) YAY!

  • Reply Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene) September 17, 2012 at 10:21 am

    What a beautiful place to hike! Where is this?

    • Reply Tiffany September 17, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Paradise Creek, up in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest – a few miles outside Carver, WA in the Gorge!

    • Reply Tiffany September 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

      I meant Carson, WA! I did that on the drive up there too… it’s a good thing my sister was navigating. :)

  • Reply Yum Yucky September 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Lave Booty Trail looks like my kinda place. (I’m a new-ish hiker.) What a beautiful place!

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