<div class="paragraph">The picture below, on the right, is of the final descent from the four, 14,000 foot mountains I climbed with some friends this past weekend.<br><br>Long before I took this picture, our legs were tired, knees were shot, and we had endured hours of freezing cold 60-mph winds at 13k feet. Sliding down the side of this mountain was the last thing we really wanted to do at this point--but alas, there's only one way down. </div> <div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> <div id="248113510402728661-gallery" class="imageGallery" style="line-height: 0px; padding: 0; margin: 0"> <div id="248113510402728661-imageContainer0" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="248113510402728661-insideImageContainer0" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/mt-dem_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery248113510402728661]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/mt-dem.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="401" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:100%;top:-16.83%;left:0%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="248113510402728661-imageContainer1" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="248113510402728661-insideImageContainer1" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/bross1_1_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery248113510402728661]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/bross1_1.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="300" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:100%;top:0%;left:0%"></a></div></div></div></div> <span style="display: block; clear: both; height: 0px; overflow: hidden;"></span> </div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> </div> <div class="paragraph"> <span>Some of you may look at that picture and think, why in the world would anyone do that for fun? Although I can't say the torturous winds were fun, by the time we finished we all felt very accomplished--and I'm confident all four of us will climb many more "14ers" in the future. </span><br><br>Mountains are my happy place. Intense exercise is where I thrive. Outdoor adventure is my zen. Those statements might ring true for some of you reading, but others may be repulsed by the thought of mountains and intense exercise. <br><br>Just so you know, if you hate mountains and crazy weather, we can <em>totally </em>still be friends. <br><br>The point I am making with this story is that health has nothing to do with exercising like your next-door neighbor with a 6-pack. It has nothing to do with eating more kale or doing headstands on your paddle board (which, by the way, I think is totally rad). <br><br><u>Let me tell you more about what health does <em>not</em> mean:</u><br><br><strong>1. It does not mean you have to run 4 miles per day or do CrossFit. </strong><br><br>If running makes you want to crawl in a hole and not come out, then for. the. love don't start your health journey by running--running doesn't equal health if you hate it the whole time. Does the idea of gentle yoga, a long walk with your dog, or 15-minutes of strength training excite you? Go for something that sounds enjoyable and you'll be surprised at how adventurous you become with exercise as the years go on!<br><br><strong>2. It does not mean you need to weigh a certain number on a scale or even have the slightest desire for a six-pack. </strong><br><br>Reaching a certain number on a scale also does not equal health. There are many methods of weight loss than can destroy your health. As you change your habits and become more in tune with what your body needs to be healthy, weight loss, among many other positive changes will occur. <br><br>Set the scale aside and focus on eating more whole foods, getting 30 minutes of movement in per day, and implementing new habits that will change your overall health for the better. <br><br><strong>3. It does not mean you have to give up the foods you love and eat the foods you hate. </strong><br><br>Eating more kale is not a requirement to be healthy. If the food at the health food store intimidates you, you are not alone, sister. <br><br>What if I told you you could keep eating your favorite comfort foods with just a few tweaks in the ingredient list and portion sizes? I help my clients do things like that all of the time, and they are always pleasantly surprised at what they <em>can</em> eat on their journey to better health. <br><br><strong>Does any of the above information spark your curiousity? I'd love for you to post any questions you might have below!</strong><br><br> </div>