52 Hike Challenge

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Hello friends!!!

New Year, New Goals right?

Since quitting my job, moving to Colorado, and discovering I had a condition known as pre-diabetes; one of my goals in 2015 was to get healthy- not loose weight, but get healthy- eating right for my body (not vegan, vegetarian, paleo, etc), exercising, building muscles and taking care of myself in a spiritual and mental level: prioritizing me, finding bliss in ordinary moments and managing my anxiety without medication.

2015 was probably the best year of my life so far and I am so happy I chose to take a more hands-on approach to my health and fitness. People say that healthy people are happy, but for me, it was just the opposite. I needed to be happy first to get to a healthy place, because when I am happy, I want to be better, do better. I can also be quite unhappy and still be “physically” healthy.

So last year was about overall health- body and mind- and I am proud to report I have managed to achieve most of those goals. I was the happiest I have ever been, my anxiety only flared up a couple times during the year even when I put myself in stressful situations like traveling solo through Asia, and I was able to, for the first time in my life, be content in the now.

On the body front, I lost over 25lbs and droped 4 sizes, increased my fitness level and even managed to run a 5k, bag my first fourtneener (Mt. Bierstadt), climb Mt. Fuji and hike the Great Wall of China.

All in all, it was a GREAT year, except, I still have pre-diabetes…Well, we can’t have it all, can we?

Although I have not beaten the disease and may never beat it (the doctors tell me- but what do they know?), I am not giving up! Instead, I am embarking on a new challenge – a hike a week!

52 Hike Challenge

You may or may not have heard about this challenge if you follow some outdoorsy people online, but basically it’s pretty self-explanatory. You hike, record it, and send it in to the website when done. Since I have grown accustomed to dragging the hubby out on hikes often anyway, I thought “why not?”. It will be another way to explore my beautiful state, have some fun and keep myself accountable to my health this year.

And true to fashion to all New Year’s resolutions we had to start at Day 1, 2016 with a guided hike at Castlewood Canyon State Park. It was an off-trail hike, with 30 strangers, members of the “I am too old or two young for New Year’s Eve shenanigans” club. It was 16F- cold doens’t even begin to cover it- but it was fun nonetheless. Anyway, that was the start, so expect to see pictures of the weekly hikes posted here.

Have you taken on this challenge before? Are you doing it in 2016? What other resolutions have you made?

 

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3 Comments

  1. Ro
    January 6, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    I am so proud of you !!! You are doing the right things for your health and for your soul ! Don’t worry about the pre-diabetes too much…Just keeping your goals in and being happy ever!

  2. January 13, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Good Jani that you are taking care of health! Sharing some more information like the challenge would have been great. Anyway snaps are good 🙂

    • January 16, 2016 / 2:37 am

      Hi Alex! Thanks for the feedback. The challenge is really a personal one. No competition, no structure to the hikes. The main goal is to empower and get people to enjoy the outdoors. You choose why you are doing, you pledge your goal on the challenge website (link on blog post) and you log your progress. Once you are done you can send it in for a feature. They are writing a book as well. The challenge website is a great source of information if you are thinking about it.

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