I haven’t done anything hugely impressive today in terms of Kilimanjaro preparation, but I’ve been reflecting a lot on my experience so far. I thought I might share some of what I’ve learnt!
1. Whatever the question, exercise is the answer.
Look, I’m no expert but I know that when I exercise I can eat what I like, I have a glow about me and my skin is clear, my weight is kept in check effortlessly, I am in a permanent good mood and can pretty much deal with whatever life throws at me. When I don’t exercise I feel -and look! – exactly the opposite. Aside from actually having to get up and do it (at times!) there is no negative to exercising..
2. Your body always has the final word.
If you don’t respect your body it will come back and bite you – your body is the only home you have…so take care of it! Eat well, sleep well, drink lots of water and moderate your alcohol intake. You’re an idiot if you think you can abuse yourself and there will be no consequences. I have had 2 periods of illness in the last 6 months that knocked me off my feet and affected my training because I didn’t take care of myself and didn’t listen to my body. That won’t be happening again….!
3. You get what you pay for.
When it comes to the important things in life like chocolate, walking boots/mountain climbing kit, cars, houses or the recruitment of staff (sorry, couldn’t resist putting that last comment in) you really do get what you pay for. Understand what you need and spend whatever you have to in order to be ‘fit for purpose’. No-one wants to be up a mountain in temperatures as low as -30 wishing they were more comfortable.
4. You can’t go wrong with eyelash extensions.
Especially if someone will be taking pictures, I’m being serious…..!
5. Sometimes you just have to shut up and get on with it.
I have lost track of the amount of times that my personal trainer has set me a goal that I believe is impossible. I’ve sulked, cried and sworn at times in order to avoid something I don’t want to do……nothing works on Pete, I’ve tried everything!!! He’s made me work out my comfort zone, it hurts, but it feels amazing afterwards. My experience is that you can always do more than you think, your mind gives in before your body. Sometimes you just have to shut up and get on with it.
6. People are amazing
I have received so much help, love, kindness and support from both old and new friends…it’s blown me away. I’m not sure how I didn’t realise, or fully appreciate, the online and offline community around until now.
7. Don’t always be guided by other people.
Everyone has an opinion on everything, sometimes you just have to go with your own gut instinct. Your fear, and other people’s, can hold you back.
8. Out of a breakdown comes a break through
It’s hard to embrace the bad times but they are very often the platform for the next big thing in your life. Get through the rough patches believing that there are greater powers at work and you are heading in the direction of something amazing. Easy to say I appreciate, but in my experience it’s true.
9. Standing on top of a mountain is a great place to be
I don’t actually know this just yet, but I’m pretty sure it will be the most incredible (and cold) place in the world. Standing on top of Kilimanjaro as the sun comes up I think might just take some beating……I shall report back on that…!