Words That Strengthen Me... Reaction to my REI Blog
If you didn't happen to spot this on Facebook, I'm now officially a blogger for REI (Hooray!) Here is my first post about "How I Got Started As a Plus-Size Adventurer"
Since the blog was posted on Friday, I have been overwhelmed with amazing notes and comments from people. Each one strengthens my resolve to tell my story with Big Fat Mountain.
This is one of my favorites:
"I've gone from wanting to thru hike the AT to just plain being "Thankful" to hike at all. Big time Outdoorsman, 10 year Marine Corps Veteran, 10 year Football Standout player, to a very unfortunate series of health issues in which I've gained about 60 lbs in short amount of time. The overweight issue has had a huge negative impact on my life...basically leaving me with no confidence, limited abilities... I was really thinking of giving/selling all my stuff and giving into this weight problem....until I came across your story. Someday, Kara, we WILL share a coffee, tea, bag of GORP, something.... Just so I can look you in the eye and say "Thank You" for sharing and getting your story out there where people who Need to hear will hear it."
And thank you all for standing with me on Big Fat Mountain. I have two weeks to go, and quite a steep path ahead to make my goal, so please help me rally the world around this project!
Much love and appreciation!
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