Many of my friends were amazed that I did an overnight backpacking trip last weekend. Even more so, they were amazed that I hiked a total of 12.6 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

I have been training a bit, doing day hikes. I was not planning necessarily for a backpack trip, but when my group scheduled it, I decided to give it a try. (If you would like to find a local group to hike with, search on Traildames. You can also search on Meetup)

Hiking is a lot like running, or cycling. It is not fun when it is hard, but the reward of sticking with it and pushing on to the end, that feels amazing. It is something that most would not understand unless they had also pushed through something extremely physically and mentally challenging.

The thing about this hike was, it didn’t necessarily take self-discipline to complete it, that was sheer determination and endurance (not to mention the will to get back to civilization!) But completing this hike helped me to build my self-discipline muscle, if you will. It helped me to see that:

I AM strong and capable.

I CAN do what I set my mind to.

I do NOT have to be at the whim of my “lazy”self who lives inside of me and tries to rise up.

I have some friends who are participating in a fitness bootcamp. They say it has been one of the hardest things they have ever done, yet they have grown so much by doing so, and not just in their physical ability. Check them out at The Bizy Mommy and I Heart 7.

Want to build YOUR self-discipline muscle? Give it a good workout. Choose something REALLY hard and give it all you’ve got. You’ll be surprised at what you gain.

PS. I am going to give their bootcamp a try tonight!