Isn't it truly amazing at how the weather keeps changing daily? It's great though because the weather is training our bodies for different things. Today was high heat and dry air. It was great training for breathing and keeping a nice, moderate pace. It's all a challenge but at least it's fun! Plus, when you get back you get to eat delicious homemade falafel wraps! Yum!!!
Yesterday was a much better day for exercise and keeping within my calorie count. I think I have been eating around 1500 cals so I had to reduce back down to 1300. 1300 cals a day seems to work better with my body and for exercise. I can feel bloated and groggy when I eat more than 1300 for some reason. I'm taking it just as my body is asking for less. Plus, the healthy food is always a plus!
Breakfast: Raw vegan Oatmeal
Lunch: Chopped Baked Tofu Salad
Snack: Fruit Smoothie - homemade
Dinner: BBQ bean burgers, rutabaga "chips", sweet potato "chips", cucumber and etc. Yum!
Things are always busy - but is that an excuse of mine? I'm not sure. Anyways, I have found that I have gained about 3-4 pounds in the last few weeks. Actually, I saw the increase after we went hiking. Boo! I hiked and ate reasonable but I guess the fat content was too much or something and there was a gain. So, I have been trying to work hard at watching my food and working out but unfortunately it hasn't been going well. So, I'm back on here to assure myself that I am doing everything possible to get healthy and bring that weight down. Those last ten pounds or so are extremely hard to get off! Grr Pounds!
We found and ate our first home grown cherry tomato of the year! Yum!
So I have falling in love with Geocaching. I took, oh, one cache to be addicted. Have you tried it yet?
Last week I one-day shipped my husband a Garmin Oregon 450t Hiking GPS handheld to go on our weekend hiking/camping trip. It goes along with the website geocaching.com and helps you find geocaches. It is great fun! Basically it is like a adult treasure hunt with fancy technology.
Admittedly it took two days to get to our first cache site but we hiked the entire two days to get to it. I'm finding out that hiking is great fun and it is a great workout. Somehow I gained four pounds over the three-day weekend of hiking/camping but it was still much more fun than just sitting in the gym the entire day. We managed to hike a lot and find one cache which was a difficult one.
Then, last night even though we were tired we wanted to get out on the trails again near our house and look for some more geocaches. We looked for two of them but one found one that was stuck in the cliff side near our house. Even though we were tired, we managed to get out there and actually walk/hike to get to these caches.
Geocaching is so much fun! You can get a GPS system from three different companies, print out the cache information from your printer or use your iphone (if you have one). It is a great way to get a workout in but not have to go to the gym. I'm thinking kids would love it too!
My husband and I are finally back from our short 6th Anniversary trip to the Allegheny National Forest to do some hiking/camping. It is amazing to think that I went hiking, when a few years ago before finding a new lifestyle I would never had adventured out to go hiking. I have found a new love for adventure and also geocaching! My first geocache was this weekend with my husband's Garmin Oregon 450t which I had overnighted the day before we left - oops! Thankful we had it though - hooray for Garmin! I can't wait to share everything with you all. I posted a few photos already on my website for everyone to see and am in the process of getting everything organized and in order to start writing about the entire experience.
BTW, we ate 100% vegan food and actually got the DH brother to eat healthy vegan food the entire time too! He said that he loved everything and he seemed to have a good amount more energy when we left than when he got there. Hooray for health food and exercise!!!
I hope to have more information up on my site soon: http://genkikitty.wordpress.com/2011/06/27 /allegheny-national-forest-hiking/