Thriving, Struggling, Conquering - The Climb (w/ pics)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Yesterday was a day that I will definitely remember for the rest of my life. It was a day of pushing boundaries and limits, testing myself and working through my struggles, and proving to myself that I could do it by conquering a major feat.

On Saturday, after an amazing walk through the forest, my husband and I decided to go hiking in the mountains the next day. We agreed to climb a peak that even my extremely fit friends claimed to be challenging.

We left home at the crack of dawn and arrived at the trail entrance early Sunday morning. The mountain weather was cool even though the sun was shining. My friends warned me that the trail consisted of steep inclines and steps and more steep inclines followed by even more steps. I kind of thought that they may have been exaggerating a little, but boy, was I in for a surprise!!

The trail started out with several huge inclines followed by slightly level ground. Then steps and more inclines, more steps, more steep inclines, you get the picture. I found the trail relatively easy at the beginning. I found that I wasn't out of breath and I kept at a steady pace without stopping for over 1.5 hours. That to me, was a major feat and a major testament of how much my overall fitness level has improved.

Then we can to an open area with benches and an awesome mountain view. We decided to stop for a break and enjoy the surrounding. It was so pretty. Picture perfect. All was going well!

We continued on and I was still finding it smooth sailing even though it was challenging. I was thriving about how well I was coping!! I was feeling like a new woman!! My mind and body were finally in-sync with the person I wanted to become! I was feeling like I had conquered the world.

Then we came to the last stop before the climb to the top. I could see the top. Only one more incline and set of steps and I would be at the peak. Nearly to the top (or what I thought was the top), my joy turned to frustration. Hidden behind what I thought was the peak were more steps and inclines. I struggled at this point. My legs were burning and my mind turned to thoughts like 'I can't go on,' 'I'm too tired,' and 'My heart is pounding too hard.'

But I got it together and turned the negatives into a positive by powering on up those final inclines without stopping until I reached the submit. I am not proud of the negative feelings but I am proud of the fact that I did make it to the top.

The view at the top was the most spectacular thing I had ever seen. We were blessed with a 360 degree mountain view. And coming down, we witness the most amazing sunset ever!

Life at that moment felt surreal!!
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  • SYNERGY2011
    I hope you realize just how amazing your journey is.You are conquering everything. I am so happy for you. You are unique and your journey is as well.Keep reaching for the stars.
    2807 days ago
    Congratulations for reaching a new high.
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  • _JODI404

    I don't know how I missed this blog!

    Now this is just pure awesomeness!!!!!!!!!!! W O W!!!!!!!!!!!

    1) The pictures are breathtaking!! Absolutely gorgeous. I can only imagine how incredible it looked and felt at the top!

    2) What an awesome challenge you accomplished -- this REALLY shows your level of fitness and how far you have come in such a short time!! You should totally be so proud of this!! LOOK at what you did! And with your hubby by your side -- I love that so much!

    3) You persevered when the going got tough. I think it's normal to have moments of self doubt... especially when you thought you were done... and you were not, it was a let down until you turned it around and pushed (and climbed) right on through.

    I love, love, love this from your Sparkpage:

    ".....I will eat, breathe, and live empowerment & accomplishment."

    "According to wiki.com, the word TENACITY means to stick with something even when the going gets tough. Never give up. Never surrender! This word sums up the journey...."

    You totally displayed your Tenacity by completing that climb!

    You are LIVING, doing, accomplishing, loving!!! I am SO happy for you & proud of all your success! You know I will be here cheering for you all the way to goal!!!

    Way to go girlfriend!!! I can't wait to hear about your next adventure!

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    2810 days ago
    emoticon Constance. I am so proud of you! The pictures are spectacular! emoticon
    2811 days ago
    Constance, congratulations! emoticon The views were definitely a wonderful reward for your amazing fitness accomplishment. Life is good! I'm so happy you're able to enjoy it in new ways! emoticon
    2811 days ago
    So, so, so pretty!!! And SO proud of you! emoticon
    2812 days ago
    Congratulations!! You should be so proud of yourself!! The pictures are beautiful. emoticon
    2813 days ago
    Wow! So awesome! Great job!!!
    2813 days ago
    WooHoo! You did it!
    There is nothing wrong with negative thoughts unless you let them take over....and you didn't.
    You rock Constance!!!!
    2813 days ago
    So awesome! I wish I could go too! Congratulations on finishing! I sort of felt that way when we went to the Black Hills and visited Deadwood. We decided to climb to the top where Wild Bill (or someone - can't remember who) was buried and it kept going up, up, up and when we thought it was the top, it wasn't! Good for you!
    2813 days ago
    WOW! What a wonderful healthy Sunday you had! Way to go!
    2813 days ago
    Lovely! So happy to hear of how fit and strong you feel!!
    2813 days ago
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