One thing I've learned is that the best way to overcome all challenges, obstacles and tasks is by preparation in all aspects of life.
The only way I can endure the day is by fueling up. I get this 'fuel' many ways but in order to accomplish any goal or have the stamina to make it through, I have learned I have to eat a good breakfast. I won't last through two hours of occupation, decision making, list accomplishing, errand running, work outs, child raising, or any other duty or responsibility without fueling my body. I also know, through trial and error, the difference between a sustaining, good breakfast and not-so-good choices. This morning ritual of preparation for the day, can quite literally make-it-or-break-it in my ability to climb my mountains.
I participated in a challenge with Post Grape-nuts Fit cereal in climbing to the summit of a mountain using this cereal to demonstrate the point of the importance of having proper 'fuel' to make it through our daily climbs.
So yesterday, I along with my hiking pal, Melanie Kenney, tackled the red Navajo Sandstone cliffs of Zion National Park from Weeping Rock to Cable Mountain, a peak over 2,000 feet tall. This strenuous climb took place in toasty warm temps, up and back 15.25 miles. With the way the rim of this mountain is located, we would actually hike up almost 3,000 feet before making a slight decline to the edge.
I started out with my good fuel at 5:30 in the morning. I will admit, I ate two servings. What I've noticed right off about this cereal is how satisfying it is. One serving is plenty, and I was full. But I knew I'd be burning 3,000 calories soon and needed the extra fuel. I love my GNF with almond milk, it really brings out the cranberry and vanilla flavor of the cereal.
We arrived at the park shortly after 7:00 am where we road the shuttle in to the trailhead. As we began, we started off by giving some free samples of Grape-nuts Fit to fellow travelers. As you can tell, they were pretty excited. Actually, they were. They promised to use their cereal as fuel that day.
We headed out fast and furiously up the first 2 miles to the first junction, where the full sun hit us and the temps began to soar.
The trail is very steep and rugged in some spots.
I was feeling pretty grateful for the extra serving of cereal when I finally reached the summit over 7 1/2 miles later. But amazingly, it sustained me well.
I'm pleased, that when put to the test, Grape-nuts Fit is the fuel I need to help me climb my mountains. If I apply this good and healthy habit to my morning breakfast ritual, I know I'll have the strength and stamina to accomplish and tackle my day.
What's your mountain? Is it your job? Raising children? Crazy schedules and time restraints? Budgets, stress, illness? Whatever that might be for you, start your day right with good fuel and you will overcome! If I can do it, so can you.