Why I hike regularly
What my hiking is for me:
It's a chance to LIVE my life now and experience things rather than waiting until I am in x shape or weigh x pounds. It's a reminder of how moving and eating well feels good to my body and soul, because I am committed to proper nourishment on the trail, if nothing more than for safety's sake. It is being still. It is being okay with just being with my self. It is seeing if I can do it and then feeling good about myself when I do. It is feeling and listening to my body. It is loving my self and feeling gratitude and humility, because nature does that to you. It is the meditative state of being in your environment. It is the forced unplugging from the world. It is feeling okay with less, probably because the soul is so fed. It is checking off a list and feeling accomplished (almost done with those Zion and Red Rock visitor center maps). It is telling my body thank you for taking me to see wonderful and marvelous things that inspire me. It is hoping that one day if one of my kids grows up to struggle with their weight they will remember 'hey, mom looked like me and she did lots of stuff'. It is a chance to listen to my self and rebuild my trust in myself- sometimes it's a bad week for my knee or lungs and I need to adjust my plans, sometimes I need to rest, sometimes I need to acknowledge and push through fear or difficulty. It is reconnecting with loved ones. It is inspiring others to get outside and find what there is to explore and love not far from where they are. It is inexpensive experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime.
I wore purple when hiking on Saturday because I knew I wanted to get a picture to document doing a hike that was scary or hard for someone who has a history of a knee problem, vertigo due to a brain injury, and asthma. I wanted a photo in purple because I knew this week was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (purple is the representative color) and I wanted to show that I am loving my way out of this ED mess by doing something that I love. It's easier to care less about the scale when I am able to DO and BE. Fixating less on that scale and more on what I can do and experience each week transforms you.