Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

When I turned 29 on the 29th (in fall 2011, yes I’m still playing blog catch-up), to me, it was an achievement. Finally, I’m in a job I love, well actually I’ve been in the job for 2 1/2 years and still love what I do – how lucky I feel. I have a relationship that makes me incredibly happy, challenges me to be the best me I can be, and most of all, someone that is my best friend.

Yeah I’ve been doing some soul-searching, if you can’t tell, and I’m so grateful for the blessings I’ve been able to experience.

For my special birthday, I was surprised with a hike on Mt. Bierstadt, one of 54 fourteeners in Colorado, actually reaching 14,065 feet in elevation.

The beginning of the journey…

The view on the climb up

Mountain lake seen from the top

Only a view you could have from more than 14,000 feet

On top of the world with perspective and appreciation

Oh and did I mention, the month of my birthday is when the glorious Aspen trees change colors for fall – thank you Universe!

I’m pretty excited for the day!

Mother Nature in all her glory!


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There are 53 14er mountains in Colorado, that’s mountains reaching more than 14,000 feet in elevation. And us crazy Coloradans, and visitors alike, enjoy climbing to the peaks of these 14ers and experiencing the world from a new and different perspective.

For the last three years, I’ve wanted to climb a 14er and this last summer, I achieved that goal… twice!

But this is about my first 14er, Mt. Quandary soaring at 14,271 feet.

I went with my friend, who’s already climbed many 14ers, and it was quite the experience. See for yourself…

Started our climb before the sun even came up

Making our way

Mountain lake with the sun rising

Hikers beware – there are two fake summits, you think you make it but it keeps going

Yes, it was very steep!

We made it… the summit marker 🙂

On top of the world or mountain, so amazing

On the way down, we saw beautiful wildflowers like the Indian Paintbrush

(on the way up everything was dark)

The finish line

Have you climbed a 14er? Do you have a favorite? Any that you recommend because I want to hike a few more this summer.

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Hiking rocks. What do you think? Are you a fan of hiking?

In Colorado, there are hundreds of trails and being outside, exploring nature, is one of the best parts of living here.

Summer or winter.

Hiking with a friend one day in the summer reminded me of this joy, especially when we both got to experience it through the eyes of her 1 1/2 year old daughter. Precious.

And she wanted to hike the entire time!

Starting our adventure…

Our little hiker

The outdoors in all its glory

Heading home… happy trails to you!

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You’ve seen them. On volleyball players. Maybe on cyclists. I think they’re making a little bit of a comeback in the fitness world. The elusive black Spandex shorts.

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When you workout at the gym or outdoors, do you ever see what someone else is wearing and think, “they look really good and are in great shape.” Not in a “checking them out” sort of way, but a “as someone who also works out, I know how hard they must work to have/maintain their figure.” (I’m going out on a limb here to share this, so hopefully I find that I’m not the only person that thinks this way.)

As I’ve started to workout more consistently, (since the end of April), I’ve realized several things…

  1. Working out makes me feel good – about myself, my health, my lifestyle, everything.
  2. Consistent workouts help me deal with work stress. Before a workout, I have lots of work on the brain, afterward, my mind is clear, open and relaxed. It’s awesome.
  3. Working out consistently opened my eyes to the fact that I can find time to do things for myself. It’s important to do something for me everyday. And a bonus, realizing how much time is in the day, nah, how much I can fit into my day if I really want to, gives me the momentum to find time to do other things I love. Blogging and reading others’ blogs, reading books for pleasure, whatever it is, working out keeps my desire high for doing more with the time I have between waking up and going to bed.
  4. Plus, seeing my body take a new form, well a form it hasn’t been in for many years is inspiring, exhilarating and a huge confidence boost.

The point of all this is to set the seen for a new goal I have. Earlier this week, I was running in a park and noticed another girl running in the opposite direction. And at that moment, thought “Wow, she’s in great shape, looks to be active, way to go her!” She was wearing her hair in a ponytail (not uncommon), a t-shirt (again, nothing unusual), and black Spandex shorts (ding, ding).

And I realized something… it takes confidence to wear Spandex shorts. It takes knowing your hard work paid off. To have the guts to show off a lot of leg and form-fitting all over your bottom half. I found myself wanting to experience a rockin’ bottom half. Wanting to have the feeling that my hard work, my dedication to my health through an active fitness regime, brought me to a place where I could put on black Spandex shorts, and be confident!

That girl rocked them, so now I’m going to work toward achieving that. Is it silly? Maybe. Is it ridiculous that a piece of clothing could draw such a strong reaction from me? Sure. But I don’t care. I want a new goal. I don’t want to just see women rocking the Spandex and think “good for them,” nope. I want the elusive black Spandex shorts to be something I own too.

So there it is. My motivation continues. To keep working out hard because I love it and it’s positive juju for my health. Plus, it’s a goal and I think a realistic one that can be achieved. So before the summer is over (end of September), I want to rock the black Spandex. And hopefully by that point, my trouble zone won’t be so troubled.

What’s one goal you’ve set for your health this year? You know they say if you tell someone else your goal, you’re more likely to achieve it.

Let’s make it happen.

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