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A hike on the Pacific Crest Trail

Sunday, August 25, 2013



Yesterday I went hiking with my very inspiring friend Leigh. After the death of her 21-year-old daughter, she gained about 40 pounds in her grief. Then she decided to survive the loss by getting strong. Three years later, she's dropped the weight and is an accomplished trail runner and obstacle course racer. At 50 years old, she's in incredible shape, with muscles, stamina and expertise I admire.

Leigh lives out in California's Antelope Valley. It's about an hour's drive with no traffic from my house. I headed out there yesterday and after asking her tons of questions about how to train for my upcoming race, I joined her in a hike.

Leigh took me to a segment of the Pacific Crest Trail near her home. The PCT runs all the way from Mexico to Canada. I'd love to hike the whole distance one day. But yesterday was about training for hills, so we tackled a 3.2 mile segment. The temperature was over 90 and there was minimal shade. We brought lots of water with us. I wish I'd had a visor. Otherwise, the hike was fantastic. The views were great. It was very challenging, especially the fifth mile on the return trip, which was mostly uphill and I was tired. I learned a lot about shoes for trail running, hydration packs, and the right clothing to train and do my Spartan obstacle course race in December.

Altogether, we hiked 6.3 miles round trip, with an ascent and descent of 933 ft, in 2.75 hours. I'm really proud of my effort. I was able to keep up with Leigh the whole way, and wasn't too winded to talk with her the whole time.

And this morning, my quads and hamstrings aren't even too sore! Woohoo!


(I didn't take this photo, but it's a good representation of the views we enjoyed yesterday)

  
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CASS6631 9/4/2013 11:53AM

  Congratulations on your hiking skills continue the good work

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AWESOMECHELZ 8/25/2013 1:11PM

    I didn't know that about the Pacific Crest Trail; very interesting. I admire your friend who turned a possible disaster around to be an inspiration to others AND I admire you for going for it!! That's a LONG hike especially when it is hills and so new to you. Good luck training! emoticon
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A quick thought for your Sunday morning

Sunday, August 18, 2013



It's not about getting to a certain number on the scale. It's not about "fixing" yourself after a setback. It's not about any of the self-critical messages.

It's about meeting yourself exactly where you are today with kindness and giving yourself the structure and guidance you need to thrive.

Love yourself.

  
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PRAYINGHANDS35 8/18/2013 4:52PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I needed this today.

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SILVER_WOLF1221 8/18/2013 11:09AM

    True story! Have to lover yourself before you can love someone else! emoticon

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K-GETTING-FIT 8/18/2013 9:53AM

    Awesome! I am "loving myself" today and it feels pretty darn great:) Need to remember it and keep it in the reserves for the tough days.

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In the end, these things matter most...

Thursday, August 15, 2013



I'm letting go of perfectionism. I'm tired of holding myself to higher standards than I'd ever enforce on anyone else. With compassion, I'm letting go of being afraid of my own humanity.

What about you? Is there something that you need to let go?

  
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K-GETTING-FIT 8/18/2013 10:05AM

    "Perfectionism" is the roadblock that comes up more often for me. What I am learning about it is it only holds me back from great experiences. No more!!!

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ANGELCITYGAL 8/16/2013 1:27AM

    Oh, yes, Letha, me too! So good to remember that. emoticon

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LETHA_ 8/15/2013 4:33PM

    I need to let go of "being right"
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Have a great day!

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Small Minds or Big Dreams?

Sunday, August 11, 2013



I choose my big dreams!

  
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K-GETTING-FIT 8/12/2013 12:33PM

    I'm back to dreamin' big! Lost my way for awhile and life stuff pushed them to the wayside. Not good for a born dreamer:)

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NYARAMULA 8/12/2013 12:39AM

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MANDYBROWN85 8/11/2013 9:23PM

    Love this :)

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Five Months on DASH -- Progress Report

Sunday, August 11, 2013



I started following the DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution five months ago, on 3/8/13. Today, I'm down 30.5 lbs on DASH and 33.5 altogether. I've lost 8.25 inches from my waist and 4.25 inches from my hips. I've gone from a size 16 to a size 6/8.

I started working out again in late March, and now am looking forward to new fitness challenges, including training for a 5K obstacle course race.

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This month, I will get to goal. Right now I have 1.5 lbs to lose until I'm at the middle of my goal range! And I'm registering for that obstacle course race.
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SILVER_WOLF1221 8/18/2013 12:40AM

    emoticon You go girl!

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LETHA_ 8/12/2013 1:35PM

    Very impressive. I'm so happy for you!
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