I have been working out at the gym. Slowly building up my stamina. I’ve gained 40 pounds and I’ve got a trip out to California in a few months. I want to hike there and enjoy myself. So gym life it is.

I stared off with 30 minutes on the treadmill. Everyday I have been pushing myself to work harder and longer. I’m up to one hour on the treadmill (briskly walking) and one hour on the bike. I know two hours at the gym sounds like a lot but I’m only doing it four days a week. I work three twelve hour shifts a week and working out on those days is impossible.

Today I decided I would take a hike to see how my stamina would hold up. Normally I hike easy trails. Today I would do a moderate one. Grey’s Arch is a 3.4 mile loop trail.

I completed it. I’m so proud of myself. Even a year ago I wouldn’t have been able to do this. Before sobriety my body would have been in a dehydrated state that hiking that much wouldn’t have been possible. I would have been tachycardia and short of breath. Today I not only completed it but I did so within 1 hour.

That is the joy of sobriety.