Exercise for me started very slowly. Just like with losing weight, I took it one day at a time.
The beautiful view of nature as far as the eye could see brought me to tears the first time I hiked up Round Valley. It was late March and the hills were completely green, wildflowers were blooming, the sky was perfect, and the trees looked like a painting. I cried for the beauty all around me, but also because of so much more. I cried because life had just thrown many difficult hurdles at me, the biggest one being that I lost my job the day before. I cried because I was exhausted. I was 250 pounds the first time I did that hike. It was so strenuous for me. However, above all, I cried because I was proud of myself.