Exercise and healthy eating has always been a struggle for me. To help with motivation to get healthy, this past spring I decided to plan a “bucket list” elk hunting trip to CO for mid-October. I knew that I’d need to lose weight, gain strength, and dramatically improve my cardio if I was going to be able to handle day long hikes up mountains which are at 10,000’ of elevation.
In August, I started my own fitness and diet regimen, which was focused exclusively on cardio and calorie counting. At that point I weighed 245 lbs and could not run more than a ¼ mile without a break. I lost significant weight and dramatically improved my cardio, but I was struggling to maintain my diet regimen – which had me eating less than 1,000 calories a day – and I knew I needed to do something different to improve my health to prepare for the hunt.
I joined the Fuse fall 6-week fitness challenge, and through their coaching, changed my exercise and diet habits (eat a lot of the RIGHT foods!), and immediately saw results. In mid-October, I went on the hunt, and was easily able to hike more than 50 miles at elevation, climbing at least 2,000 feet each day over rough terrain, while carrying a 50 lb pack, typically hunting 12-14 hours a day.
Though I was not successful bringing elk meat back from the hunt, I felt that the hunt was a success because I was able to conquer an extremely physical activity over 7 days – something I could not have accomplished without dramatically improving my health. Since August, I’ve lost 35 lbs, significantly increased my strength and cardio, and can easily run 3+ miles (on the days I’m not working out at Fuse). It’s been a great journey so far, and I look forward to continuing to improve my health.