That hiking trip certainly kick-started her metabolism. But all the activity since Mary's trip, like painting the house, is what I call stealth exercise. Mary may be burning over 400 calories/hour painting. (Multiply that by 6 hours on a Saturday and that's well over 2,000!) Even living upstairs. She's up and down them constantly now, unlike before when she may go up them once a week.
Morale of the story? To lose weight you gotta move, a lot, everyday! Just going to the gym probably ain't gonna cut it. ...Mary says she wasn't thinking about all the added activity in her weekly routine as what triggered the jump start of her metabolism, but now she gets it. Here's to her keeping up the pace!