Nicole Brown, Founder of Women Who Hike
When I finished my 52 Hike Challenge I felt incredibly accomplished. I felt like for the first time in my life I started using my time to do something that was just for me. I must say that the biggest accomplishment comes after you finish. Since finishing my challenge I have done and decided to do so many things I would've said no to in the past. This challenge CAN do so many things for you besides getting 'fit'. It can heal you. It can empower you. It can make you push yourself and reach higher than you ever thought possible.
In 2013 I ended my 9 year relationship with my ex-fiancé. Soon after that I fell into depression... After a year of isolating myself from society for a year I knew I had to make a change for my own good. Not only that but I had reached my peak weight which was 308 lbs. I didn't know where to start, so that's when I began going on small local hikes. At first I did it to escape from reality & to get away from everyone. I was embarrassed of the individual that I was. I then started to lose weight and started having a passion & love for the outdoors. That is what triggered my weight loss. It then lead me to meeting a bunch of new friends that shared similar interests & stories as myself, the "Hiking Community." Once I started to see the weight come off I then found another interest that I love, which is running. Both are good for you in every way possible. You free the mind, relieves any stress you may have, you get the exercise you need and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Nathalie Gallon, Co-founder of Tough Women Only
What a journey this has been. 29 weeks... 29 weeks it took me to complete the #52HikeChallenge. 29 weeks in which I learned about nature, the environment, & survival in the wilderness, but most importantly, about myself, my happiness, and what drives me internally. 29 of the most peaceful, satisfying, and happiest weeks of my life. 29 weeks in which I rediscovered myself through every hike, every mountain, every view, and every challenge I overcame. I faced my biggest fears, I accomplished things that seemed impossible to the old me, and most of all, I learned to be me, and no one else… I wanted to build a life I didn't need a vacation from. And hiking has given me that and much more.
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