Day 7-8 1/2:
Time did fly, but unfortunately our pain didn't. After now 7 days on the track our body's started to respond to the weight we were carrying. And we were starting to get jealous of all the people who booked a porter for their Annapurna circle hike. With something between 13-16 kg on our backs the decision to do everything alone and not with a porter, which would resolve in a 6kg day pack to carry, was questioned with every further step we were taking.
But with this in mind, it was always a sweet topic to talk about with the other hikers, who also didn't have the comfort of porter. And to be honest, we are complaining about roughly 15kg on our backs, while the Nepali porters are carrying up to 40kg on theirs - without trekking boots, sticks or any further comfort we invest so much money in beforehand.
Our path let us to Manang, the last "big" village before our hike would bring us over the pass within the next three days.
Manang has gained some special trading rights century's ago and offers slightly more comfort then many other of the previous villages. It is the place to refill the energy, restock on blister packages, nuts and sunscreen.
Most travelers stay for two days to rest their aching body's, before the altitude quickly hits the 4000m - and shortly after the 5000m.
After cutting the previous days a bit shorter, and due to the missing charme of Manang, we decide to stay only one night.
We do our laundry, eat a yak steak, pack our bags with nuts, Snickers and further supplies and move on from Manang.
Due to slowly drying laundry, we decide to start our next day a bit later at about 10:00 am (our normals starting time is between 6:30 and 7:00 am). We do that with the confidence, that we will reach our next goal - Yak Kharka at 4000m - before the sun sets any way.
225- 185 lbs...... Never stop working... you're going to fall off , you're going to have moments where you feel like you're not making progress but one thing I can tell you is just keep picking yourself up and trying ! You will get there. You will never reach your goal over night.
YOU DIDN'T GAIN THE WEIGHT IN A WEEK OR A MONTH SO DON'T EXPECT TO LOSE THE WEIGHT IN A WEEK OR A MONTH!
It took me a while to gain that weight and it took me years to get from the first picture to the second and I still fluctuate with my weight but I now know what I have to do to make progress... life happens and there's always things that get in the way but you can always work towards your goal. Whether it's slow or quicker.
It takes consistency, lifestyle changes, learning to say no to going to the bar with your friends, or to dinner where you know you won't make good decisions, staying up later to get a workout in, implementing lifestyle changes to better YOU.
Being confident in your own skin is something you cannot buy. You have to work for it ! And let me tell you there's nothing better than it.