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Keeping a Secret

There is a little something I’ve been hiding from my blog…

I am finally on track with losing some weight.

Back in January, I set some goals for this year. For the record, I bombed on every one of them  🙁  The one that I had the highest hopes for was losing 20 pounds by June. I basically didn’t lose anything between January and June. I was very disappointed in myself.

The disappointment hit its peak during our summer vacation. Jason and I were trudging up the most challenging stretch on our Lembert Dome hike. I was getting very frustrated with the effort it was taking me to hike that first mile. Even though a lot of it had to do with the altitude, I couldn’t help but feel that my weight and mediocre physical fitness played a role.

Lembert Dome

I did not feel good about myself.

Now when I say my weight was a problem, it was just that my weight was out of the ideal zone based on my height. My healthy range is between 116 and 157 pounds. Of course, 116 is totally absurd. But when I was feeling my very best, I was around 135 pounds. Since 2010, I had been tipping the scale at around 165 pounds. Not completely horrible, but definitely overweight.

That hike did not escape my memory when we returned home. I set out to get with it and lose that weight. And I did just that. Since August, I am down 7 pounds.

The last couple of months have been difficult. I’ve gone down a couple more pounds, back up a pound, then up another pound, and back down again. I’ve been skipping workouts, and stress has led to some not so good dinner choices…and maybe a little popcorn at work (we’re talking movie-style popcorn 😐 ).

I had been feeling so incredible, and I am sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. Ultimately, my goal is to get down to 140 pounds. I am going to make it happen for my health and for my happiness. Of course, it’s more than just hitting a certain number. I want to be conditioned to do all the things I want to do these days – hiking, snowshoeing, running, etc.

When you stop to think about it, physical fitness and overall health play a big part in outdoor activities. Most of the blogs I read are healthy living blogs, and I’ve often seen their focus and purpose as very different from mine. The truth is that there shouldn’t be a big difference. To do the things we want to do outdoors, we need to be conditioned for it. And taking care of ourselves in a way that is also good for the earth connects with many healthy living principles.

I feel like I’m getting to a good place with how I’m treating my body, from working out to eating right. Getting there is half the battle.

Let the High Sierra Training Begin!

Now that the Nicolet Bay 5K is over, my sights are set on our High Sierra Loop Trip in July. As I’ve said many times before, I want to be in as good a condition as possible for the trip so that I can enjoy it to the fullest.

I’m breaking my training into two segments: a six-week plan starting now and a four-week shift just before the trip. Here is my current six-week training plan:

David Kirsch’s Sound Mind Sound Body plan got me into the best shape of my life about 5 years ago. You follow a workout schedule tailored to your body type, so for me, I work a lot of upper body and obliques. The focus is on keeping the mind-body connection throughout the workout. You don’t complete a set amount of reps – You follow what your body is telling you to do that day. I get my music going and have a great time with each workout  🙂

Jason and I are hoping to be up to a 5-mile run by the time we head west. Since all of our training will be at a low altitude, I’m hoping that the running (as opposed to walking) will help us build up our lung capacity and prepare us for the higher altitudes.

To help fit in my workouts and to not feel completely exhausted, I’m using up a bunch of my vacation time (and furlough days – Yay  😡 ) over the course of the six weeks.

So far, this week has been great. I’m excited to continue training and hopefully reach my goals!


Brutally Honest

I don’t know how we did it, but Jason and I managed to go out for our 2-mile run in the rain and cold. We are about one week out from our first 5K of the season, and the conditioning is also important for our trip in July.

Rain, wind, and run-whiped Laura.

One helpful tool in getting me out the door was my new toy: a Garmin Forerunner 305! I feel like such an athlete  🙂 . The Garmin will give me great feedback on my workouts and I hope it will push me to challenge myself.

Despite the weather, I needed this run. I had a bit of a down day realizing that I’m not making progress towards my weight-loss goal. More specifically, I’ve made no progress   😳

I’m contemplating some new reward-based strategies to help. And I need to start holding myself more accountable, so I’ll likely be turning to you all for help. I hope you won’t mind more posts about my food choices and workouts.

I want to have the absolute best time hiking through the Yosemite High Sierra Camps. I need to keep that sentiment in the forefront of my mind everyday…

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