Hiking…A Healthy Goal I Can Keep

We scored a great guest blog post from one of our employees, Kathy. Like most of us, Kathy has gone down the “new year’s resolution = frustration” route. But after taking a new approach, it looks like she found a winner. Here’s her story:

Hiking Boots

The boots that started it all

For Christmas, I got a new pair of hiking boots. I eagerly put them on—a great match with my red and white penguin Christmas pajamas. I tromped around the house, looking forward to the summer months when I could put them to good use.

When Christmas was over, I placed the boots back in their box and shoved them under the bed. And there they sat. And there I sat, until, while watching one of those crazy infomercials for the latest and greatest exercise program, a thought came to me—I didn’t need to wait until good weather to go hiking! I immediately got up, pulled my boots out from under the bed, and slipped them on. I tromped back into the living room and declared to Brian (the love of my life), that next weekend, on our first planned getaway of the year, we were going to stop at Silver Falls to go hiking. Stunned, he reached out and put his hand to my forehead, to see if I was feeling okay.

Silver FallsThe following Saturday morning, we arrived at Silver Falls (if you haven’t been to Oregon, Silver Falls is a state park in riddled with trails and waterfalls). It was a frosty thirty two degrees, but with new boots, a warm wool hat and mittens, my resolve remained unshaken. And my reward was worth it! Six miles and 8 waterfalls later, I felt invigorated—and well yes, a little sore for being woefully out of shape—but great nonetheless. As we were driving away, still high from the endorphins pumping through my system, I said to Brian, “Let’s make it a goal to do one hike a month—it’s a no brainer! it’s something we enjoy, we get to explore new places, and it’s healthy!”

And that’s how my 2014 healthy goal was born—doing something I love, with people I love. How hard is that? Hike one—check!

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    This is great! On a similar note, I’ve been waiting for good weather to bike to work. You’ve inspired me to bundle up and go for it! Thanks!

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