I have 16 days of the 30 day fitness challenge under my belt!
And if I wore a belt, I am pretty sure I would have to bring it in a notch.
I haven’t missed a day yet.
Today is day 17, and I’ll be getting my fitness groove on after work, which is really a class because I have Quickbooks training today and tomorrow…another woo hoo in my world!
My current stats, because big numbers is what keeps you going and oh so impressed with yourself….
Jumping Jacks: 30 (I kinda forgot about these self added ditties until now)
Cardio: 6 hours
Yoga: 30 minutes (I still need to work on this self added category).
This week I did another Great Falls hike after work one day.
Such a brilliant and much enjoyed move….until I met up with him…
That is the first time I have seen a snake while out hiking.
Now I know they live out there, I just don’t want to see them.
My prayer whenever I go out hiking alone is: God, please keep me safe.
And by that I mean from both man and animal.
Being a female and going it alone, you have to be aware of your surroundings all the time for many reasons.
Well home boy was leisurely meandering right across the middle of my path on my way back.
Snakes wig me out, so I did what comes naturally and comically jogged in place knees lifting high as if I was trying to climb on top of something to get off the ground with arms wailing, while saying, OMG, OMG, what do I do, what do I do????
Well I didn’t wait around for an answer and took off running to the left of the path as he was on the right side.
As I ran pass he lifted his head to look back and watched me pass, all the while probably thinking….WTF lady? You are in my house.
And I watched him turn his head thinking, HOLY CRAP… he’s going to strike out at me.
He didn’t and I ran far and wide for a good piece, as well as had the willies for the rest of the day.
Luckily it happened on my way back in, or else I most likely would have cut my hike short.
Now I know snakes live out there, I am only a fake blonde after all, it is just that I have been fortunate enough to never have seen one thus far in all my hikes.
More unfortunate news for me, now I am also aware that these dudes live out there too….the copperhead snake….
They are the only poisonous snakes in residence, and they apparently like lounging in the grass which you sometimes have to walk by to get to where you are going.
This one kinda gives me nightmares. And if I see him, my hiking days might just be over.
So yesterday, I decided to switch gears and try out indoor rock climbing again.
Yes, perhaps I could fall and crack my head wide open.
But thank God I wouldn’t have to worry about snakes!!
It has been a couple of years since I last climbed so I was a little bit intimidated trying it out again, mostly because I showed up all by myself.
But once the harness was on, and I got the green light to go, my inner monkey came out and up three walls in a row I went.
First a 20 ft wall, then the instructor was like, dude that was way too easy for you, time to step it up.
Next, up a 40 ft wall that went from one wall, climb around a corner, and continuing to climb up another wall.
Instructor’s response, dude, we need to step it up again!
Up another, slightly more challenging 40 ft wall I climbed, and I did falter at the top a little this time, until he yelled KEEP GOING YOU ARE TOTALLY ROCKING THIS as he gave my rope a slight tug to give me the umpf I needed to complete the wall in style.
In my defense, it is kinda tiring not having someone else there with you to take a turn so you can recover before your next climb.
Note to self – get someone else jazzed about indoor rock climbing so they can go with you and give you a little down time in between climbs!!!
This is the second wall I climbed, and no, that’s not me. I just wanted a little motivation saved on my phone to go back!
All in all, it was the best way to end my weekend.
I faced a fear of showing up alone and trying something I hadn’t done in a couple of years, and rekindled my romance with indoor rock climbing.
It didn’t hurt that the young whipper snapper of an instructor only had two things to say to me after I was done…. (1) You are out of shape my ass and (2) You have absolutely no fear!!! You. Rock.
The training that I am going to today and tomorrow for Quickbooks, just happens to be on the same side of town as the indoor rock climbing gym.
We get to wear casual attire to the class too, so if all goes well, I am getting at least one more climb in this week after class!!!
Then I might try my hand at hiking again at the end of the week.
This time my prayer will be: Dear God, please keep me safe, and Dude, I don’t wanna see any more freaking snakes!!!!