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How do you climb a mountain?

When I wrote the title of this blog, I was reminded of the joke: 'how do you eat an elephant?......... One bit at a time!' And really, climbing a mountain is all about taking one step at a time. Same metaphor, different players.  This is a photo of me and my brother on the top of Caer Caradoc in Shropshire, taken in early July. 

If you look back through my blogs, you will find one called Sibling Rivalry, where I shared the impact of being able to participate in a long walk with my siblings, and that sense of belonging in a shared past-time. 

My sister lives in Shropshire, near Caer Caradoc, and when we get together at her house, I have become used to watching the rest of them go for a long walk, which usually includes scaling Caer Caradoc. I have never believed that I would be capable of doing it - how unhelpful is that??

Well, as you know I've been working on my weight and personal fitness. And I am also working equally hard to get rid of those unhelpful beliefs which are connected to issues of weight, self esteem and physical abilities. They are falling by the wayside, one by one. I am choosing to be brave and try things that I'm not sure if I can do, but having a go anyway.

So in early July, during a family reunion, an opportunity arose to go on a walk into Church Stretton, via Caer Caradoc. So I took it. I'm not sure if my siblings believed I could do it, and my attitude was 'if I don't try, how will I ever know'. As you can see, I made it. And it was good. I had a few stops to catch my breath. But making it to the top was a defining moment for me. Of choosing to believe in my own ability, being confident that I can achieve these heights whilst being supported by people who love me, and best of all, sharing the elationwith them on reaching the top. You just can't beat the feeling.

I wonder what mountains you will choose to climb and when you will ask for support to help you along the way?

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