So, here’s the thing… I live in Illinois. We don’t have mountains. We barely have hills. The only incline you are going to find is on a treadmill or the steps to the 94th floor of the John Hancock building.
I first visited Green Mountain at Fox Run the summer of 2011. I was out of shape, true, but had a regular practice of yoga & walking outside. While I arrived with flexibility, balance, and some light cardio experience, I rarely got my heart rate up.
My first week at Green Mountain, hiking Plymouth Vista was on the schedule. I went on the Vermonting, but honestly, I didn’t make it all the way up. I was thrilled to feel my muscles work and my breath become more shallow. It felt so good to work hard, but I was disappointed to not get to the vista.
I went on the Vermonting, but honestly, I didn’t make it all the way up.
I knew in order to be able to be able complete the moderate hike, I’d have to sustain the changes I’d made at Green Mountain & continue them at home. So, what were those changes? I expanded the intensity of my movement choices to increase my heart rate.
I went home that summer with a renewed interest in movement that could make my body feel so alive. I fell in love with step class and even tried a Couch-to-5k-program.
But, I kept on thinking about that Vermonting to Plymouth Vista.
I returned again to that vista the next summer. I was determined to make it up that hill. All of my hard work throughout the year would pay off and help me reach my goal.
And do you know what? I had no problem reaching the top of the vista!
It was a glorious moment! I kept shouting, “I did it! I did it!”
The people around me looked at me as if I was a bit off, but I eagerly explained about the changes I had made in my life that enabled me to make it to the top.
So what is the lesson here? For me, it was about finding movement I loved, setting a goal and then completing it. It was such an amazing moment in my life. I was really able to be in the moment and feel how good it was to take care of my body. And it didn’t take torturous Biggest Loser last-chance workouts to get me there. It was simply through moving my body in a way that was playful and joyful.
I’m back working as a Green Mountain ambassador this summer, and hiking Plymouth Vista is as ordinary for me as walking the track. It’s so much fun to think about where I was then and where I am now.
Do you have any fitness accomplishments that tell you how far you’ve come?