|Top of Grandeur Peak in Millcreek Canyon|
Every new year, I make the ridiculous resolution that I’m going to lose weight. Some years I do. However, most of my failures boil down to one thing, chocolate. I have a hard time giving up my last food weakness. I’ve always said if I would stop eating chocolate, I would be skinny.
This year, I gave up on the usual resolution. Sure I can lose weight if I really wanted to. Big deal. What I learned over the last year and a half of watching my daughter battle cancer is that life is meant to be lived. Counting calories is not fun. Instead, I decided that I needed to stop fretting about my weight, get outside more and start living. I live a few short miles away from a wonderland of mountain trails and ski resorts. This winter I made a resolution I would get out and enjoy them at least twice a week. My loftiest New Year’s Resolution is to hike the Great Western Trail from Brighton, Utah to the Idaho border. Hopefully I won’t have to go solo, but I will if I can’t find a hiking partner. This means I must hike a little over a hundred miles in a week to ten days. Not bad if I were in my twenties, but pretty tough at middle age. So though June seems far away, if I want to be in shape for my backpacking trip, I have to start now.
Luckily, I have run enough marathons to know you don’t just show up and run. Lofty goals must be backed up with sound training techniques. Thus, I have packed a bag and taken up winter hiking. Of course, mountain trails in winter take more than a good pair of hiking boots. I have a pair of snowshoes that are quickly becoming my friend. For the woman who hates cold, snowshoeing and hiking in the cold keeps me quite warm and feels amazingly invigorating. For once, I am loving my New Year’s resolution. It’s not hard to keep doing something I love.
The ironic thing about my new resolution is that it may help me achieve my weight loss goals in a round about way. While I am huffing and puffing up the mountain in my endeavor to reach the top, I am burning extra calories. I’m also making a conscious effort to pack healthy trail snacks and stay away from junk food. It’s amazing how my body craves my protein recovery drink and recoils at the thought of french fries.
I’m getting used to the view from the top of the mountains. It makes me feel like I’m on top of the world and can conquer anything. I’ll be chronicling my training and hike on this blog so stay tuned. I’ve already started my list of gear I will need for my backpacking trip.