NSV – Climbing to the top!


Hiking Stone Mountain, GA.  Left is Friday 4/14/2017 and right is Saturday 4/15/2017

It’s been at least five years since I climbed Stone Mountain.  This was HUGE for me, because 80 lbs ago, this would not have been possible.

This Easter weekend, I took Friday off from work, just for some “me” time, and I was inspired by my best friend to try climbing Stone Mountain based on a dream she had, where I was mountain climbing.  Going to Stone Mountain is something I really used to enjoy, albeit difficult at times because of severe pain in my knees.  But it was such a beautiful day I decided to give the one mile hiking trail another try.  And I surprised myself in how I was able to manage such a task.  It was difficult, and I had to stop several times to catch my breath, but I made it!

And it felt so good, that I decided to do it again the next day.  That’s a first for me, because the pain I would typically experience in my feet, knees, ankles, and back would have me laid out for at least a few days.  But I actually woke up the next morning feeling great!  I did take some Tylenol, but that was it.  That same Friday night I was out on the town wearing heels, and then Saturday morning got up and hiked again. On Sunday I wore stilettos with a nice dress to church with NO issues.  I’m still shocked!

Getting to the top of the mountain felt amazing.  Not just because of the beautiful sweeping views towards Buckhead, Midtown, and Downtown, but because getting up there felt like a major accomplishment.  I did this, and even though it took me a while, I was determined to reach my goal.  It felt like I was making a promise to myself to never go backwards.

– Liz



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