Pre-Trail Training: The 2 Month Update

I’m two months into training and although I’m losing motivation, I’m still working at it! I’ll be on the Appalachian Trail in 27 days! Woo Hoo!


My diet continues to be as it was last month for the most part. I’ve cut out white potatoes and most grains, and I’ve increased the amount of leafy greens (like kale and spinach), legumes (lentils and beans), and have grown an obsession with tahini-based dressings!

The past week I’ve been more into noshing on healthy snacks throughout the day, rather than eating two meals daily. I’ll snack on veggies with garlic hummus, pick at a rotisserie chicken, and sometimes eat a few small slices of toast with tomato, basil, and cheese (generally for dinner). One of my new morning favorites is 2 hard-boiled eggs, 1 avocado, and Cholula hot sauce.

It doesn’t look like much, but it’s delish!

Last month I was solid on keeping the IPAs at bay, but I broke down 2 times this month when we had some old friends stop by. I’ll likely be drinking on occasion before the trail as we have plans to catch up with some other buddies before we roll out.

My workout routine has continued six mornings out of the week for 30-45 minutes, bright and early around 6-6:30 am. I’ve been finding it easier to get up in the morning than I did last month. Most of my exercises have been focused on strengthening my legs and core, but at least one day out the week I’ll work on my upper body. The one thing I haven’t been doing consistently is getting out and walking every evening, which I had been doing last month.

As I said before, I like to use Pinterest to find exercises that I can do at home. I live in a small apartment with my husband, so I tend to avoid high intensity routines that have me stomping around like a wildebeest. One I enjoy is through WorkoutLabs. I generally do 3 sets of 1-minute intervals (or 30-seconds per side) for each.



Date: 2/28/17     Height: 5’2”     Weight: 121.0 lbs. (3½ lb. lost total)

Measurements (*some needed strictly for body fat %):

  • *Neck: 13”
  • Bust: 35.5” – 1/2” lost total
  • Waist at narrowest point: 30.5” – 1 ½” lost total
  • Waist at naval: 35.25” – 1” lost total
  • Hips at widest point: 38” – 1” lost total
  • Biceps: 9.75” – 1/4″ lost total
  • Forearms: 8.75” – 1/4″ gained
  • *Wrists at narrowest point: 5.5”
  • Thighs at widest point: 20.25” – 1/4″ gained
  • Calves: 12.75” – ½” gained

Estimated Body Fat %: 31.01%

A 0% decrease since last month, but a 3.16% decrease overall. Still below the value that the average woman in my age range falls under (32%), but I was hoping for more improvement. The 19-26% range is preferred for women ages 20-40 (good to excellent condition), and is my pre-trail goal.

(The algorithm used to calculate estimated body fat was produced by Health Status LLC and is based off of a combination of algorithm from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corp, U.S. Army and the YMCA which estimate body fat percentages without calipers.)

Estimated Body Mass Index (BMI): 22.1

Still in the normal weight range (18.5-24.9) for my height, and my BMI has decreased by 0.7 values overall.

(BMI as calculated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.)


Well there doesn’t seem like much to show in the name of progress, but I certainly feel better! I feel stronger, I’m sleeping better, and I don’t feel the same struggle and resistance in getting my day started as I did in the beginning. My arms have tightened and toned, I’ve gained some muscle in my thighs, and although it hasn’t been as much as desired, my waist has tightened some. I was hoping to get my weight down more than just a half of a pound over this month, but I guess some of that I have to chalk up to muscle build. I also haven’t been getting in that extra evening exercise like I did in January.

Do I plan on continuing doing what I’m doing over the next 27 days until I leave? For the most part, I’m going to try, but I’m leaving room for some flexibility as I plan on spending more time with friends and family before I put on my hiking shoes for 5-6 months!

Some people gain weight, while others lose weight on the trail. The hiker diet generally consists of processed foods (stuff I don’t eat at home), but you generally hike 10-20 miles a day to burn the calories off. Last year I lost weight, but ate horribly! I hope to eat a little more healthy this time around, but it always comes down to what your body craves. I’m curious to see the total transformation after 2,190 miles! I hope you’ll follow me on this upcoming journey, and the many more to come! Thanks for reading!


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