Plus-size outdoor adventures…

Exhilarating and empowering – those two words best describe my experience at the 1st plus-size women’s hike held by Escaping Your Comfort Zone.

The morning was overcast and drizzly, yet mild. I packed my small back-pack with some water, my phone and a rain coat. I tied my shoe-laces and was met at the door by my hubby Pete¬†who had made me a coffee “for the road” – now that’s a man that understands me and my relationship with coffee ūüôā

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I pulled into the car park at Lysterfield Park and immediately saw a group of women chatting to Richelle, founder and leader of Escaping your comfort Zone.¬† Richelle had her favourite Pink hat on –¬† as promised, so she was easy to identify ūüôā

IMG_2282The mood was excited and calm all at once, it was just so comfortable to arrive to some familiar, and some new faces.  I was thrilled to see Kate, who also attends yoga with me of a Wednesday, she always has the most amazing smile and hug ready every time I see her.

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I LOVE how this hike was planned, not only were we with like-bodied and like-minded women, but we ranged in experience and ability.  Richelle, with years of her own outdoor experience under her belt, had cleverly planned the trail the week before, and had a team of 4, including herself, who were tasked with being spread throughout the pack to ensure no one was struggling and we were all supported.  This worked so well because all 4 of the team were super friendly and engaging women who ensured you felt at ease immediately. Perfect.

With a group of 12 curvy women¬†including the¬†team, we set out at 9am on the pre-determined trail.¬† One gorgeous lady bought her son in the pram – he was such a cutie, and he enjoyed the ride too.¬† Richelle had planned alternate routes for the pram in two areas where the track changed into single track and wasn’t accessible with the pram.

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We headed around the lake, across the “beach”, up the small set of stairs onto the bridge, across the bridge and around a corner – then we headed UP a hill – by the time I got to the top I was feeling puffed and my legs were telling me that was a long hill. At the top we stopped for 5 mins to enjoy the scenery and catch our breath. From that moment on I got the most amazing burst of energy and adrenaline and I felt like I could walk for ever. We continued along a wide path, then split off down to the lakes edge to stand on the jetty… the views were spectacular.12924525_992708964153323_1530378829849557446_n

From there we enjoyed a trail that was single file with the added excitement of lots of fallen large tree branches which just added to the fun. There were kangaroos everywhere and we had a lot of fun taking “kangaroo selfies” along the way.

Richelle put together this video that shows our adventure – I just love it!

The two hours went by so fast. As we rounded the corner to the car park I was disappointed. I didn’t want this time to end.

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors. I want to be active. I don’t like exercising on my own. I don’t like walking alone to exercise.¬† I know, I know – it’s “me time” etc. and that’s true, but it’s just something I’ve never enjoyed. When I walk with someone, or a group, I feel like I can walk forever.¬† I feel motivated and happy. When I walk alone, I feel like it’s a chore. Does that make sense?

We walked just over 5 1/2kms in 2 hours, the pace was comfortable, the scenery was beautiful and the company was friendly, fun and supportive.

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Escaping Your Comfort Zone is a brilliant idea, I’m so excited to be part of this exciting group.¬† I’m really looking forward to regular outings and exploring our countryside.

I’m thrilled to be¬†presenting at the¬†upcoming Escaping Your Comfort Zone – Plus-size Adventure Retreat where I’ll be finally able to try stand-up paddle-boarding! Click here for more information and to book, there’s only a couple of places left.

Richelle has planned more exciting hikes and adventures, make sure you sign-up to the website here and follow the Facebook page.

If you’re reading this and wondering if it’s for you – feel free to give me a call or drop me a line, I’d be happy to encourage you and chat to you about it.

If you’re not in Melbourne, Victoria and you’re interested in events in your area, please contact Richelle as she’s looking to expand this across the country and beyond.

Join me on the trails?

Love your shape!

Janine x

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