This post seems long overdue. I like to think that I am pretty punctual when it comes to posting content here on That One Birch. I fully intended on cranking this out a couple weeks ago but life has been busy. Nearly a month ago the husband, his 2 army friends, Arya the husky and myself all went hiking. So follow along and find out how our hike went along with how I found words of motivation!
Since we live in Colorado (currently) there are mountains everywhere with so many trails for us to choose from! This particular weekend we decided instead of finding a trail we would find a mountain. Choosing the mountain was easy. Cheyenne Canon has a lot of trails that intersect other trails and have amazing scenery. We were lucky to end up on the Seven Bridges hiking trail which so far is my favorite.
Seven Bridges was the most difficult trail that I have been on so far. We were at such a high elevation point (highest I’ve been so far on hikes) that I found it to be very difficult. Air is thinner up at higher elevation. The trail was mostly an uphill climb all the way to the top. Thin air + uphill climb = 1 struggling me.
This was Arya’s first time going on a hike with us and she loved it! Wetting her paws in the streams was probably her favorite part.
I am still new to hiking but the views are incredible which gives me the motivation to keep on going each weekend. The work out you get from hiking beats going to the gym and is much more fun!
However, because this was such a difficult hike for me I had to repeat motivational words to myself. Feeling exhausted I fell behind from the rest of the group halfway up the mountain. Out of breath and my leg muscles on fire I realized it was going to be a very rough hike. I told the others to keep going, that I would eventually make it to the top. My goal was to make it no matter how long it took. I was getting to the top!
This is a picture of the path that went to the seventh and final bridge. This was the most difficult part of the entire trail!
One of the girls in our group kept yelling encouragements from ahead, cheering me on whenever I would slow down. “It’s just breathing!” “You’ve got this!” and “One foot in front of the other, that’s all it takes!” Sometimes it’s something so simple as reminding yourself one foot in front of the other to give you the motivation you need to persevere. I kept repeating it in my head like some sort of mantra, and reminded myself it was okay to stop and catch my breath as long as I didn’t stop for good. This mindset is what slowly got me up the mountain, across all seven of the bridges, and to the end of that trail!
The moral of this story is that with the right motivation you can reach the goals you set for yourself. Although it may not be easy you can do it! Recently I gathered some quotes that I feel are great for helping to motivate. I’m thinking of writing something to motivate me on my water bottles to look at on the next hike.
Here are a few quotes to get you going!
Although this is a very short quote it’s very easy to remember. Powerful words can be as small as you want them to be as long as you remember them!
There is a very common theme to these quotes. Most of them are about starting your goals. Goals will not be met if you’re sitting on the couch thinking about them all day.
There are a lot of Mark Twain quotes out there that you can look at. This was a personal favorite for me. You’ll never go anywhere unless you actually start. I remind myself that even though I may not be great at hiking at least I’m trying. Everyone has to start somewhere!
The longer you wait the less likely you are to do it. Sometimes you just have to take that leap and hope for the best.
The only person stopping you from getting back up is yourself!
A quote about not giving up when you’re feeling like you can’t go on. Put on your big girl pants, take a deep breath and don’t give up!
Because I stayed motivated I reached the top and husband snapped this picture!
What helps keep you motivated? Do you have a phrase, quote or a song that you recite to keep you in the zone? How about a picture or an object that you use to drive you? Let’s help each other and share our motivating tools by commenting below, I love hearing what you have to say!
As a bonus here’s Arya napping after we got back.