The Count Down is On
Wow! Only 58 days before I leave on my hike. Just think, this dream started over 40 years ago but became a reality only about a year ago. I have been planning, training, testing, and thinking about this hike for so long it feels like I have hiked the trail already. It started out as something I wanted to do when I saw my brother and some friends hike sections of the trail back in the 70s. It is a hike for myself, but it has now grown into a mission for me. Something that I can do to make a difference in the world.
So what is Hiking for Kids? It is my way of making a contribution to the world.
To empower children, parents and teachers to enjoy healthy eating and living. To teach children where healthy food comes from and to respect their bodies. We want kids to explore health and wellness in a fun way and to carry this throughout the rest of their lives. What better way than hiking.
I have struggled with my weight and body image for 53 years. About 5 years ago I started living a healthy life by listening to my body and what it was telling me about the food I was eating. With the help of my doctor, I have lost 70 pounds and I am off of all medications for cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
What I learned through this process was that I had been living my entire life without listening to what my body was telling me. I was lethargic, numb and had no energy. Until I started listening to my body I thought “this” was normal. I want to bring my experiences to children and to make a difference in their lives in regards to health and wellness.
My mission is to raise funds for a charity that will promote health and wellness for children in their community. My goal is to make this an annual event that would include a hike each year such as, the Pacific Crest Trail, The Continental Divide Trail, The Florida Trail and the Camino de Santiago. I will hike as long as my knees hold out :).
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