Hike your heart out

The decision wasn’t IF I should go hiking this weekend…it was WHERE should I go hiking!

With the Ramapo Reservation, High Mountain Park Preserve and Harriman State Park all within a 20 minute drive of my apartment – I had some choosing to do.

On Saturday I reconnected with a friend from college to go to High Mountain Park – We set out on a trail and must have had a lot to talk about because we ended up coming out of the woods in another town and had to walk about 1.5 miles to my car on the roads.

The path wasn’t that challenging, but it was really rocky! There was a great view of New York City at one point, too.

On Sunday my plan was to take it a bit easier, because I was still sore from a session with my trainer on Saturday morning but once I got to the Ramapo Reservation it was clear I was going to be there for hours.

Usually I’m a bit hesitant to go hiking by myself because I don’t have the greatest sense of direction, but I’ve been going to the Reservation for years and feel pretty comfortable just getting lost. There are also always tons of friendly people around.

I choose a random path after getting to the upper lake and just explored for about 2 and a half hours!

I followed both hikes with froyo.

All the makings of a great weekend ­čÖé

Happy Monday!

Out the window

This weekend, the laundry didn’t get done.

Dirty dishes are sitting in the sink.

I didn’t prep all my meals for the week.

I never made it to the gym.

Lunches were thrown together quickly.

Blueberries were eaten straight from the container.

I stayed out way too late, but saw views like this:

This weekend I escaped from the usual stress and responsibilities of daily life.

Right into the clouds.

And up into the mountains of Harriman State Park.

I have the tendency to not want to diverge from my usual path.

Sticking firm to a routine has gotten to where I am now.

Healthier, lighter.

When you set out to lose weight, you have to say “no” to a lot of things.

“No thanks, I’ll just have water.”

“No, I don’t want a piece of cake.”

“No, I’m going to stay in and cook dinner.”

“No, I have to get up early to work out.”

But because of all those “no’s,” I felt confident saying “yes” to everything this weekend.

I don’t worry anymore that I won’t be able to keep up with a night of walking around the city.

I don’t worry anymore that I won’t have the endurance to make it through a long hike in the woods.

I’ve taken on a lot more responsibilities as a result of my desire to get healthy, but it also means that I get to take on life, and it’s given me the confidence that I can handle wherever it goes.

 

”┬áHealth is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.” ┬á– Lao Tzu