Two years ago I brought a group of 20 clients to Kilimanjaro as a means of a new physical challenge. I always encourage clients to have a goal to keep them focused. In the weight loss industry too many people set the goal of 'maintaining' their weight loss once they've had an initial loss. I'd rather see people work toward a new challenge which lets them forget about the scales and really embrace a new lifestyle. Kilimanjaro was that challenge for some of my clients who'd at this point challenged themselves with 5km's, 10km's, half marathons, mud runs and triathlons!
Three of the clients had been a little slower than the rest of the group for much of the trip and so the guide decided it would be a good idea for them to leave for the summit 2-3 hours earlier than the rest of the group rather than get left behind. I left with a guide and the 3 clients for the summit around 11pm after some tea and snacks and almost immediately two of the clients were struggling with stomach pain having to stop every few metres.
Altitude was starting to effect everyone as well. Within a few hours, the group who'd left 3 hours after us had passed us. It was a particularly cold night and we were getting slapped harshly on the face by cold wind throughout the night. Despite the pain, the cold and the slow pace the clients persevered and eventually around 10 hours after setting off we all made it to the summit. There were tears of pride and happiness from the clients who'd had a hard time believing they'd made it. I was incredibly proud of them and inspired by their never quit attitude. That was a challenging night for everyone, but to fight through the pain and for them to spend so long pushing on in the cold was a credit to them.