Welcome to my blog. I document my hiking adventures, product reviews, and my beautiful life in the Black Hills!

My Story

My Story

I wanted to share a little about me and why I created this page.  

I'm a full-time Speech Therapist living in South Dakota.  I have an awesome husband who supports me in all of my crazy ideas (like becoming a professional DIYer..bad idea),  I am a mama to two of the most beautiful and wacky kiddos this earth has ever seen, and I love to explore the amazing outdoors that I'm surrounded by here in the Black Hills!  

The term "more to love" has a few different meanings for me.  Honestly, the first thing I think of when I hear that phrase is someone who has a few extra pounds, which fits me perfectly (I have more than a few)!  The second thing I think of is that, there is an endless supply of things/people/places for us to love.  There is always "more to love".    When I had my son, my first born, I didn't think I could ever love anything or anyone as much as I love him.  Then 2 years later came my sweet baby girl and I realized I will always be able to love more, and more, and more!

I know I will always have "more to love" when it comes to the great outdoors!  I will always keep searching for my new favorite place, or new favorite hike, or new favorite view.  I'll NEVER summit a mountain and think, "yeah, I don't have enough love for this view".  I'll keep striving everyday to find "more to love" in my everyday life, they may be small things like "I love that I got to be outside today", or big things like "I love that I made it to the top of this mountain in one piece".  I'll be posting mostly about finding "more to love" in nature, gear that I love, etc.  

The other "more to love" meaning I'll be posting about is not a new concept in my life.  I've always been a girl with a few (too many) extra pounds.  I made a goal on my birthday last year to lose 30 lbs before I turned 30.  Well, I am down 21 lbs with 43 days until I turn 30 years old.  I am determined to rid myself of those 9 lbs within 43 days and I am not stopping there.  I want to make it to a point where I feel I'm at my healthiest size and am able to keep up with my wild childs (I know "childs" isn't correct grammar but it rhymes).  I have always been overweight but I have also always continued to have an active lifestyle.  I love to hike, hunt, fish, camp, pretty much anything outdoors and my weight hasn't really stopped me...there's just this one thing that REALLY bothers me....

I can't fit in any of the cute outdoorsy clothes that I see all the inspiring hiker girls on instagram wearing.  I bought a shirt from an awesome company that I love for their business platform and their super cute packs, it was an XL and when I tried it on it looked like just an extra layer of skin...it was so stinkin' tight!   I even tried my classic "stretch my shirt out over my exercise ball, because i'm not using that thing for anything else" move and it worked initially but then shrunk right back to second-layer-of-skin size.  

Needless to say, I was pretty bummed out.  All I could think was, "man, I have lost 21 lbs and I STILL can't fit in this XL shirt...what the heck!"  It was so discouraging.  Then I started wondering what other girls like me do so, I started searching instagram for "big girls who hike", let me tell you, some interesting things came up with that search...I was not expecting that!  Then I did a google search for "plus size outdoor gear", I was not impressed with my search results to say the least.  

This got me really thinking, I mean, I would love to already be at a size where I can wear those cute workout clothes and outdoor gear, but I've got some work to do before then...and what am I going to wear?  

I thought creating my own clothing line would be the answer...because that is WAY easier than actually losing the weight right?  WRONG!  Yeah, I definitely didn't get very far on that one, with 2 kids and working a full time job I just did not have the time to research and create an outdoor clothing company.  Who saw that coming?  What I did find was an excellent weight loss system that actually works!

Stay tuned for the before and after pictures! 

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May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
— Edward Abbey

Road Blocks

Road Blocks