Monday, September 20, 2010

"I CAN Do Hard Things"

We had an amazing weekend. We went to Zions National Park and hiked Orderville Canyon. It was an 11 mile hike through slot canyons, obstacles, and water. The pictures below don't even do it justice.

I will admit, I was nervous for this hike. I haven't been great about exercising, and didn't know how my body would hold up. Before we left, I tried to think of excuses as to why I shouldn't go. And then, something dawned on me... for so long I have been holding back. For so long, my weight has been an excuse. I don't allow myself to do the things I love because I let my weight stop me. And before I left, I said to myself, "I will no longer let my weight get in the way. I can do hard things." As we were hiking through this amazing canyon, my husband mentioned how there were so many other places we needed to go see. That's when I came to the realization...I want to have these experiences. I want to grow old with my husband, being able to enjoy these things. I need to exercise and keep my body healthy, so I can enjoy these things.
6 AM came rather early this morning!


  1. The pictures are so beautiful. It's so great when nature's magnificent views are there to inspire you along the way. I like your realization that, hey, this is supposed to be what life's all about and that you want to live life!

  2. What a fun weekend! Just think of all the fun and exciting things you are ALLOWING yourself to do... I am SO happy and proud of you. Way to go!! CONGRATS!

  3. Yes, Yes, Yes Alicia, LIVE LIFE. Don't wait, don't miss out and don't worry about your weight. You are beautiful, fit (remember I've seen you) and an amazing women so enjoy and live life.

    What glorious spectacular pictures.

    P.S. glad your back, I've missed you very much!

  4. Alicia I just don't have words to express what joy reading your realization gives me.

    Don't look back!

  5. Alicia,

    I was thinking about you this weekend. So glad this was such an positive, enlightening experience for you. Queen Vee is right, you are beautiful, fit and amazing and you can do hard things. Thank you for always having such positive inspiration to share. I love reading your posts.

    P.S. Are you going to do Thanksgiving Point Women's run?

  6. Enjoying the beauty of nature is just one of the blessings of having a healthy body, and it can be a great motivator. I know I would like to do some backpacking through Yellowstone or something similar some day. Thank you for the inspiring thoughts!!

  7. I just love you Alicia. I am so glad that we are privileged enough to hear your thoughts. It is so easy to miss out on things because we are holding back. I think that should be out motto..."Don't hold back!" The pictures are amazing by the way...made me a bit teary missing Utah.

  8. Alicia, I loved this post. So glad to have you back on the blog!