"While losing weight was my initial motivation, I soon realized how much life I had been missing. During the summer of 2012, my youngest son took me out for a simple hike. I was winded and tired after only half a mile. In August, 2013, he and I hiked the Twin Sisters in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a strenuous, 7 mile (roundtrip) hike, gaining nearly 2,500 ft in elevation. Since then I've hiked high peaks and the Manitou Incline in Colorado; Alamere Falls, Muir Woods, and the Mist Trail at Yosemite; and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. I've taken up paddle boarding and I've been rock climbing using ropes and pitons. I'm loving living at age 52.
I've lost weight but have gained so much more. Friendships, fitness, and a deep appreciation of life.
Oh, and those clothes I gave away...today I would still be doing the same because they would be too big! No excuses, no regrets!"