First of all, I'm not a hiker. Correction, I never hiked before my week at the BLR at Fitness Ridge, Malibu, California.
I have been frustrated the last few years, having had my thyroid removed due to thyroid cancer. Finding myself slowly gaining weight and losing control of my life.
I was never a couch potato...always pretty active. I play tennis almost every day, singles and doubles...competitively. I also work out with a trainer...and ballroom dance in my spare time! Still I found myself in a trap of emotional eating.
On a whim, I booked a trip to the resort. They were very helpful with my booking, even with two days notice. I was lucky there was a spot for me.
The one week, changed my life.
First day, we hiked. It was pretty easy...so I had a lot of energy for the afternoon workout...that was tough -- my body was definitely tired. I was lucky to be able to fit a massage in the evening - because someone cancelled last minute....thank you Jonathon.
Second day, intermediate hiking group - 2nd hike ever. It was very tough. I'm not going to lie.
Third day, I did not want to go hiking - but the hiking guide said you are going to like the beach hike. She was right. I loved it. Mimi led the beach cardio after our hike. This is when I started to find myself. I realized I can do this. I can overcome anything and not let anything get in my way.
Fourth day, great hike - I had tears in my eyes when the ocean came into view from the cliff we were hiking on. My late husband, who passed away six years prior, would have loved to have been there with me ... I had such a peaceful resolve to meet my goals.
Fifth day, another wonderful hike. I motored through my hike. It could have been harder, but I had such a great cardio workout - each hike was five miles. I loved it....Each drop of sweat made me feel lighter with less emotional baggage.
I did not want to go home......
I booked another week in July....because I am work in progress. BLR Fitness Ridge trainers and staff helped me find my way! I can't wait to hike again!
Advice: good hiking shoes, good hiking socks, camel back water bag (a must).