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Amsterdam! My new favorite city.





Heading up to the top of the Great Wall of China outside Beijing, China. Yes we made it!





3 miles down from the top of Pikes Peak, and even worse, 3 miles back up!



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2013 was a great year:

I hit my goal weight (for a hot minute).
We hiked in Shenandoah National Park and on the Appalachian Trail.
We hiked in Colorado.
We hiked the Inca Trail in Peru to Macchu Picchu.
We took a river cruise down the Rhine River through The Netherlands, Germany, and France.

And that was great, but 2014 is going to be EPIC!!

I am going to set a goal of 124 pounds, for a total loss of 60 pounds.

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2013 was a great year:

I hit my goal weight (for a hot minute).
We hiked in Shenandoah National Park and on the Appalachian Trail.
We hiked in Colorado.
We hiked the Inca Trail in Peru to Macchu Picchu.
We took a river cruise down the Rhine River through The Netherlands, Germany, and France.

And that was great, but 2014 is going to be EPIC!!

I am going to set a goal of 124 pounds, for a total loss of 60 pounds.

I am going to stay active in team challenges.

I am going to set a goal of six fitness classes per week, and three half marathons in 2014.

We are going to travel west and do a lot more hiking in the Dakotas, Utah, and Colorado.

We are going to plan another Fall hiking trip -- perhaps Bhutan, or Nepal...?

Life is exciting! Every day is a gift!
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Member Since: 8/7/2009

SparkPoints: 74,135

Fitness Minutes: 115,417

My Goals:
My goal is to live my life joyfully while at a healthy weight.

My goal is to end the weight struggle once and for all.





My Program:
I count calories and use my Fitbit to help me stay active. I also try to log into Sparkpeople daily: I always find new information, inspiration, and ideas to keep me working toward my goals! I enjoyed SparkCoach.

Personal Information:
My husband and I have traveled to Asia twice and to Russia in 2011. In September 2012 it was China, and in 2013 it was Peru and Europe. WE LOVE TO TRAVEL and hope to live at least a year overseas, perhaps in 2015.

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BROOKLYN_BORN
8/19/2014 10:20:41 AM

What a coincidence about Eads!. We took several cross country road trips when the kids were young. I don't remember Eads, but we did travel along the Wind River and through the canyon. That's a few hundred miles ahead of me.
This challenge is fun and motivating. You really should join us. You already do the miles. See where it virtually takes you.



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RAYLINSTEPHENS
8/18/2014 9:09:13 AM

Ah! Then you already know what a "chicken house" looks like, lol.

Tyson is another brand we would trust - but I never heard the expression "factory raised." I'm surprised you believe Sanderson Farms is better? I do see their vehicles all the time, they check all the houses on a regular basis.

We actually did raise out own chickens once, but I gladly returned to the mainstream after trying them. They really weren't as good as commercially grown - too stringy. You do know what free-range birds eat? Pretty much everything that moves.

However, we do eat their eggs! I like the fresh eggs and even freeze them when we accumulate too many for the times of "famine" when the chickens quit laying for a spell.

Thanks for your comment today! Made my day!





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RAYLINSTEPHENS
8/18/2014 7:04:55 AM

I don't know what "factory farmed chicken" is but I can tell you that Sanderson Farms raises it's chickens in what us locals just call "Chicken Houses" - they contract out and people have the houses built to specs and they use the feed and peeps provided by Sanderson Farms - they get paid by the number of chickens raised to the finish.

www.unitedcountry.com/search06/office_Se
archViewProperty.asp?SID=190708624&Ite
m=870387&Lcnt=&Page=1&Office=23042&No=
23042-20191&AU=N&FT=P will give you an idea of what they look like. You can google "chicken houses for sale in ms" for more information and pictures.

You have to have a minimum of acres, usually 40, and most brands do the same thing - like Marshall Durbin too. I guess you can google "chicken brands raised locally" but I know of Sanderson Farms (big) and Marshall Durbin and would trust either brand. Up north we ate Purdue chickens.

I saw your comment on Brooklyn_Born's page, this is why I am telling you.

Have an awesome day!



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WATERMELLEN
8/17/2014 4:58:36 PM

Thanks for that reassuring info on the FitBit!



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ALIIDA
8/17/2014 5:03:47 AM

I really enjoyed your comment on my blog :-). Thank you. It was WATERMELLEN who suggested joining the Maintainers' team quite a while back. Until I started reading there, I thought weight loss was 1. Diet 2. Get to goal 3. Forget about it. Then I spent time puzzling about what goal weight is. I've found answers from just below BMI 30 down to 22!
emoticon Basically we just decide our own goal weight, I suppose.




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