As we approach the completion of our first two months of this adventure/journey/odyssey I thought you might be interested in some of the physical changes that come about when one decides to walk 10-20 miles a day with a pack on one’s back.
To begin with the obvious, yes I have lost all the extra weight I put on in the last six months prior to arriving at Springer Mountain – and then some. My belt is no longer an accessory; it is a necessity! For those of you who remember them, my pants resemble parachute pants which I find quite comfortable (although Prairie Dog thinks I should get a smaller pair.) Don’t worry though; I still have “baby fat” and there’s no chance I will slip down the shower drain because we rarely get to use those anyway (I know “Eeeooh”, but the truth is the truth.)
I suspect my little black dress would fit now but I am not sure that my tree-like legs would suit it. My once delicate ankles now have a proper sturdiness that one might call “stout”.
I now have new muscles on my arms which I believe you call biceps and triceps? I haven’t challenged anyone to push ups yet but I think I could do some now – which is novel for me.
PD is currently writing a post on “hiker legs”. Whatever she says, know that she has them now and so do I. It basically means our legs are up to bigger challenges and longer miles without stopping.
Unfortunately, we thought when we “got them” that hiking would be easy. So much for that! But I will tell you this: I can now leap from rock to rock with a 35 pound pack on my back and – as I discovered only yesterday – while climbing a steep hill with said pack and encountering a snake on the trail – can actually jump straight up in the air like Wiley Coyote. (Note: neither the snake nor the Dragonfly were harmed in this incident.)
Despite the fact that the state of my feet would end any dreams of foot modeling I might have had, we are both physically healthy and probably both in the best shape of our lives.
If this post has inspired you to make any changes, may I recommend a modest walk in comfortable shoes and a balanced diet. What we are doing out here is a bit extreme.
Blessings on the journey, Dragonfly