Overweight. Sedentary. Depressed. Sick. Sad. Unhappy. Unfulfilled.
Those are the words that described me in March of 2015. And I was ashamed of it. Here I was a mother of three beautiful girls, married to my college sweetheart in suburban America. I should have been happy. I should have been fulfilled.
But I wasn’t.
This story really is “my journey” off my couch and up a freaking enormous mountain. It’s my story of reclaiming myself, my health and my sense of purpose. It’s my story of working hard towards one goal after another in an effort to “please not fail this time.” It’s not really that flashy or amazing. But maybe that’s what makes it more relatable for the next middle aged mom who thinks to herself,” Do I really think I can do this? REALLY?” As cliche as it sounds, if I can do it, anyone can. Truly.
First of all, I write to remember. Because this story, this journey has been one of the highlights of my life thus far. (And I haven’t even climbed the mountain yet!) The journey has changed me and I don’t want to forget anything, from the littlest of details to the biggest of milestones.
Secondly, I write to inspire. There are so many much-much-much-much more inspiring stories out there. Mine isn’t an anomaly. But it is mine. And I have my own network and audience. I hope this story encourages whoever reads it to “just do it,” as the great Nike slogan tells us. JUST DO IT. Take that first step. Grab on to that dream and just take the first step. It is so worth it.
Thirdly, I write to educate. I chronicle how I actually prepared and prepped for something like KILIMANJARO amidst school carpools, a chronically messy house, and “normal” everyday life. I perused so many blogs and websites of past Kili climbers and they were super helpful. Perhaps this blog will someday help another intrepid person preparing for the climb.
To read MY STORY from the beginning to the end, follow the tags or categories #myjourney and #couch2kilimanjaro.
To learn more about WHY I am climbing Kilimanjaro, follow the tag #1MThumbprints.
To read about WHAT has helped me both prepare for this journey and turn my life around (health wise), follow the tags #CrossFit, #MPC2016, and #C25K.
To follow the actual CLIMB, look for the tag #1MTclimb4peace.