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I DID IT!!! My FIRST 5.5 mile Mountain Hike!!!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


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I signed up with a group of 16 women to hike Mt. LeConte in Gatlinburg, TN -- the second tallest peak East of the Mississippi.

One of my goals before I went was to lose 50 lbs. I met my -50 lb goal on Tuesday's weigh-in just 2 days before we left on Thursday.

NOW... I'M BAAAACK!!! I DID IT!!! My FIRST-ever hike!

It was a challenging 5.5 mile Mountain Hike Incline and took me 7.5 hours to get to the top (including lunch stop.) And 6 hours down. I could have made it faster but I wanted to take photos for future paintings. I did pace myself. Others made it up in 5 & 6 hours.

Yes, it was very challenging and very cardio but I will DO IT AGAIN!!! I trained hard for it and my training paid off. I was the most overweight hiker. Many of the women were saying how they did not realize how difficult this would be... but I was prepared for the difficulty.

My muscles feel great, my calves are probably the sorest, but honestly, my trainer worked me much harder my first 30 minutes with him. My track shoes fit perfectly and I did not have one blister!!!

My only problem was that for lunch on the way down I sat on a tree root for quite a while and the sap soaked through my hiking pants, through my panties and onto my back-side. I was quite sticky! When we got down, I put toilet paper on the toilet seat of the restaurant and the sap even bled through onto the toilet seat... and the toilet paper stuck to my behind!!! LOL!!! I had a papier mache back-side!!! I had to go the the store to get some special remover to clean it off.

(Okay, that was over-sharing, wasn't it?)

The accomplishment feels GREAT!!! And now I'm hooked... I want to do more!!!

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  • HUGS2015
    Fifty pounds gone for ever and a 5.5. mountain hike all in the same week! Girl, look at you go! You must be on cloud #9! I admire you for training for your hike. Your training paid off because you were prepared and knew what to expect and there weren't many surprises along the way except for the beautiful views along the way that you got to enjoy because you weren't over loaded with fatigue. I loved the sap part of the story. That sounds like something that could happen to me. You were a good sport about it all. Some of those funny stories are what makes our lives more interesting.
    I can't wait to see your pictures! Thanks for sharing your trip with us! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4709 days ago
  • BLUE-EYED-MAMA
    What a wonderful accomplishment! Congratulations!
    4710 days ago
  • MIZZKALLIE
    Way to go Camille!!! I miss you as a member of the Gold team, but I am glad that you are still kicking butt no matter what! Congrats on losing 50lbs and for kicking this hike's butt. They are both amazing accomplishments and I am super proud of you!
    4711 days ago
  • KYLIEMC8
    PINK SISTA...I'M PROUD OF YOU!! emoticon
    4711 days ago
  • MRSHONEYC
    What a GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT! Too bad about the sap, but small price for your achievement!
    CONGRATS!!!!
    4711 days ago
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