I had been retired for about 4 years and my sister had just died from cancer. I started to think about my own mortality.
I felt my life wasn’t going anywhere, I had no purpose or goals. Our children had left the nest long ago and even our grandchildren who we love dearly were not part of our life because of the distance.
My life was really nothing extraordinary – I walked with my husband and dog most days but nothing too strenuous not out of my comfort zone anyway. Housework, few crosswords, few holidays here and there
My niece Robyn told me about the wonderful walking/hiking group she had just joined and how they have walks in the City. I have always loved our city, but I do not drive there so I never got to go there much.
I decided that a city walk was a good starting point.
So with Robyn holding my hand and a push and shove I joined and I have never looked back and I am so proud of telling people that I walk and hike.
I feel so good about it.
My biggest achievement has been hiking to the summit of Mt Sonder in the Northern Territory. It is the third highest peak in the West McDonnell Ranges at 1380 metres and forms part of the Larapinta Trail.
Even though I found it hard and complained most of the way, the significance of my achievement hit home when the vast 360 degree panorama of Central Australia surrounded me, rugged and yet so peaceful.
Over the past 12 months I have had a couple of MAJOR health scares.
I feel the reason that I coped and handled the sometimes not so good news was my attitude, my fight back and looking at life from another perspective.
I decided to stay happy no matter what.
I knew it wasn’t going to change the outcome but at least by being happy my life would be much calmer and enjoyable.
I owe all of this to getting out there with people, sharing experiences and forcing myself out of my comfort zone and staying fit.
If I had not joined Women’s Fitness Adventures three years ago I know this story would have a different ending. So this is why I make time for fitness, not always for the love of it. (lol)
I would suggest to any woman that you join.
Besides it being lots of fun it can also be life saving.
Don’t ever think you are not good enough, that is why they have training sessions with support and encouragement.
I knew absolutely nothing and in nine months I had climbed Mt Sonder!
I often thought, what have I let myself into, but you have to take risks, believe in yourself and have a go. The experience you will treasure forever. Once you are trained all you have to do is follow.
Where else can you get friendship, comradeship, confidence, purpose and challenges?
Nanette has been an active member since 2016 and has completed many adventures in that time.
Women’s Fitness Adventures helps women become fitter and stronger for life through an adventure that combines fitness, travel and a social connection to a like minded community.
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Since 2014 Yvonne Shepherd, Founder & CEO has shared her passion for helping women 45 plus get fitter and stronger through outdoor adventures and in turn lead fitter and stronger lives.