Bonnie Crawford, along with 19 other women, recently went to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Now there are a number of things that make this group quite unusual – bold you might say.
First, the group size was 20. That’s a lot of people all attempting a summit. I know because I’ve managed a group of 10 up Kilimanjaro.
Second, this was an all-female group and that is really unusual and pretty cool.
Finally, what really makes this group of women so unusual and what, you might argue, is the most bold part about their goal, is that they are all plus-sized women. They are women who came together despite of – maybe because of – they are overweight. But they were all determined to not let that stop them and, together, they were motivated to work toward their summit.
Bonnie is no stranger to athletic activities and to dedicating herself to a goal. She’s an accomplished Ironman finisher – multiple times over – and she spent more than a year methodically preparing herself for this trip up Kilimanjaro.
As Bonnie points out in this conversation, a large percentage of our population is overweight. I don’t want to gloss over this fact nor do I want to pretend that it’s OK that we’ve gotten ourselves into this crisis.
But I do want to recognize and give huge props to Bonnie and the women who were part of her group because they are leading by example and advocating for people to hike and embrace other forms of exercise no matter their size.
The message here is that you need to start moving no matter where you are in your body size or shape. There may be more obstacles for you – and she addresses some of them – but she and others who are putting themselves out there, not only physically but also emotionally, are an excellent example of overcoming fears and doubts and physical issues to prove what’s possible.
With that, please enjoy this conversation with Bonnie Crawford.
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Links/books/people mentionedLatoya Snell (on She's Bold Podcast) Jenny Bruso Unlikely Hikers Sally Edwards (Wiki) Jeff Galloway Evolution Healthcare and Fitness Fat Girls Hiking WHOA Travel
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