I’m an overweight 30 year old gal. No, I’m not lazy, nor a couch potato. This is me in the summer of 2017 at Glacier National Park.
My mother and I hiked the Avalanche Lake Trail this day and it was amazing! This glacial lake was an epic treat after a 4.5 mile hike with roughly a 700 feet elevation gain.
The whole hike was amazing. It started with a calm and enjoyable trek around the ancient Trail of the Cedars and then followed along the Avalanche Gorge that allowed us to take some beautiful photos of the formations that the cascading creek carved the stones into.
I was amazed at the color of the water and the color of the rocks!
The hike itself offered a great challenge but wasn’t too strenuous. It was the perfect combination of enjoyment and challenge. My own personal body weight and a daypack that weighed roughly 10-15 pounds was what made it a little hard.
It’s obvious by my appearance that I don’t look like the average hiking girl that you see on Instagram news feeds, but that’s what I am; an avid hiking girl with a love of the outdoors and numerous outdoor activities.
I suffer from a syndrome called, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome; PCOS for short. It’s a hellacious syndrome that affects the whole body of a woman and no two women always have the same symptoms or conditions.
My PCOS loves to keep my estrogen levels dominate, my thyroid not functioning properly, and my adrenals and cortisol to stay at a lovely level of keeping me exhausted . . . all. the. time. It also loves to help me pack around a belly that looks like I binge drink 30 packs of beers every night and consume large pizzas on the regular.
Thankfully however, due to growing up riding horses, snowboarding, hiking, playing volleyball and basketball, I’m equipped with an awesome set of muscular legs and a brain that gives me the willpower to seek and conquer what I desire.
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