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Twin Sisters Hike

Monday, July 23, 2012

I did it! I hiked Twin Sisters in Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest with my friend who is training to hike Longs Peak which is a 14,000 foot mountain in 3 weeks. I had a wonderful day and am really proud of myself!

Distance: 3.7 miles one-way
Summit elevation: 11,428 feet
Trailhead elevation: 9,000 feet
Net elevation gain: 2,428 feet

This is the mountain from the parking lot:

A view of Long's Peak from the Twin Sisters trail:


The rocky area just before the summit:

I was so excited that I didn't take a picture at the actual summit, but it was a 360 degree Panoramic view that my phone camera couldn't have done justice to. (Which goes to show its the journey not the destination!)

I didn't fully believe I could make the hike, but I just kept putting one foot in front of the other and I DID IT!

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 8/5/2012 11:54PM

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KOFFEENUT 7/27/2012 11:18PM

    Way to go!!!

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CATLADY52 7/23/2012 5:23PM

    That's super great! emoticon

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THINTWIN2 7/23/2012 1:48PM

    Wow, what an accomplishment! Wish I could have been there. I love it above treeline, it's so close to Heaven.

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LINDAKAY228 7/23/2012 12:51PM

    COngratulations!! That is such an awesome accomplishment! WooHoo!
What ever happened with your cabin? Did it survive the fire?

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AELARLEE1 7/23/2012 11:55AM

    Oh, how absolutely wonderful! After such a traumatic beginning to your summer, I am so glad you are having a chance to enjoy the outdoors and accomplish something at the same time. You look great!

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RURAL3 7/23/2012 11:17AM

    Wow! I am impressed. I guess you are feeling better. LOL Now you can cross that off your bucket list. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 7/23/2012 10:44AM

    emoticonI'm proud of you too! Love the pictures; thanks for sharing. WTG!

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THERESA916 7/23/2012 7:34AM

    that is GREAT. i'm proud of you

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COCK-ROBIN 7/23/2012 7:16AM

    Wonderful! I'm proud of you. I want to climb one of those mountains, like the Flattop-Hallett Peak climb. I've never climbed a mountain in my life, and I want to do something like it. So you're doing great! Keep it up!

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What am I Doing?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Its actually pretty good

My day starts with Spark mail and updating my "Other Goals" from the day before
I do weigh every day because I have learned that if I don't weigh I lose control quickly
I plan my meals for the day - I am making one or two new healthy recipes a week
I go to the gym for aerobic and strength workouts on Mon Wed and Friday
I walk with a different friend every Tue and Th
I have been resting from exercise on the weekend since we can't go to the cabin
I might take a walk or a bike ride but it isn't hard exercise
I use a pedometer and walk 10,000 steps most days
I keep my calories between 1500 and 1700 most days ( I should probably keep it closer to 1500)
I drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water a day
I check the nutrition pie chart to make sure I am eating a balanced diet
I keep my weight within a 5 pound range (today I am smack dab in the middle of the range)

This has kept me at a 90 pound loss for over a year despite slips, stresses and fears.

I am proud of myself and need to have more confidence in my ability to live this healthy lifestyle. I have done it and am doing it.

I have been with Spark for 3 years as of June 17th and need to celebrate my healthy lifestyle.

No chafed legs
No "belly rash" (Very little belly overhang! lol)
Able to climb stairs w/o stopping
Can run short distances when needed
No depression or depression meds for 2 years
No high blood pressure or antihypertensive meds for 2 years
Bike, swim, walk, hike every week because I love it
Learning to cook while I learn healthy eating
Have spread the Spark to several friends

I am a success and I am proud!

Thank you, Spark friends, who have reminded me of what is important as I go thru a stressful period in my life.


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COURTNEYO5 7/4/2012 3:03AM

    Congratulations on your hard work and all your successes! You should be so proud!! Keep up your awesome work! U can do it!! Actually, you ARE doing it! emoticon

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 6/27/2012 12:17AM

    emoticon emoticonRejoicing with you for all that you have accomplished !
You are doing really great and you should be please with your success .... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/26/2012 6:47PM

    emoticon You are doing quite well. emoticon

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GRANDMABABA 6/26/2012 6:17PM

    emoticonThanks for sharing your inspirational routine.

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LINDAKAY228 6/26/2012 2:28PM

    Wow you have done so amazing over the past 3 years! Happy late Sparkversary! You have so much to be proud of. LIke you, I know how important my support here is!

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AELARLEE1 6/26/2012 12:50PM

    I had no idea what significant health gains you have made beside the loss of lbs!! Truly wonderful and amazing. I also really appreciate how much you are looking at progress in an area of life that no fire can touch! HUGE congratulations and yes, you are doing so very, very well.

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CARLANNIE 6/26/2012 10:25AM

    Look at you! I love that you are turning your thinking back to constructive praise - all your hard work that you have done is not worth the stress eating that has plagued you recently - it is tremendously WONDERFUL that your health issues have dissipated because of treating yourself well! Just amazing. Big smiles for you!

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MJREIMERS 6/26/2012 10:18AM

    emoticon you should be so proud! Keep up the great work and enjoy the new improved healthier you!

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SWTHNY- 6/26/2012 10:01AM

    Your doing it right!!!

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FELINA 6/26/2012 9:53AM

You are doing fantastic and should be very proud !
Keep up the great work !

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SMILEYBEE 6/26/2012 8:55AM

    Congratulations! You are doing great!

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JOYINKY 6/26/2012 8:45AM

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You should be proud! WTG!

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Whine and Dine

Monday, June 25, 2012

I don't usually whine, but today is the day. I am having a hard time dealing with the stress of not knowing about our cabin in the fire. I am in a state of free floating anxiety and have continued to make emotional eating decisions. I am at the top of my 5 pound "weight zone" and not happy about how I am handling this.

We don't have any news about when we might get back in to see the cabin. In fact the south west part of the fire where we are located is in danger again. We are right up against forest land where there iare a lot of beetle kill trees which catch fire easily and the fire is making a "run" down the mountain toward our part of the fire area again.

It is just watch and wait and I don't do that very well. I feel restless and anxious. I'm not exercising outside because it's been over 100 degrees for 3 or 4 days straight. I didn't go to the gym over the weekend out of lethargy. I did bike outside early this morning and did my gym strength training today.

What I have been doing is eating large portions of food and snacking between meals. I have had a few poor food choices but I haven't binged. However, as you would expect I am hovering at the top of my allowed weight fluctuation and am fearful of going up the scale.

I will stay within my calorie range today and call someone to talk with when I get stressed. I will try to get out of the house and stop listening for news on TV and the computer. I need to break my cycle of anxiety and try to find some things to do to get my mind of the cabin.

I will stop whining and dining! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 6/25/2012 10:43PM

    I know it is stressful, waiting and not knowing. In situations like this sometimes I'm able to get a better perspective by asking myself two things: "What is the worst that could happen?", and "Do I have any control over it?". If I'm prepared for the worst and there's nothing I can do to change it, I'm better able to let go of worrying over something I can't control.

Hang in there!

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JOYINKY 6/25/2012 9:11PM

    You can do this! Stay busy!

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AELARLEE1 6/25/2012 3:28PM

    Well you certainly are on the roller-coaster, and to have anxiety is okay, just how you respond to it. Sounds like you are identifying the problem and trying to address it. I will sure pray that your cabin is saved, and that you will not succomb to temptation!


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MNNICE 6/25/2012 2:37PM

    I can so relate to your situation, as I'm a born worrier, too!! I have been working hard on learning to give up trying to control things I HAVE no control over. It's not easy but sometimes I can do it.

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LINDAKAY228 6/25/2012 2:32PM

    emoticon I don't deal well with waiting either. I know this is such a stressful time for you and it would be for me too. Like you, I tend to eat too much when under the stress like that. A sudden stressful event that is short term doesn't affect me as much but the ongoing day to day stress over a period of time is so much harder to deal with. I don't know what else to say except that my thoughts and prayers remain with all of you affected by the fires that are causing so much loss in several states. Hang in there and stick to your plan for the day.

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News about our Cabin

Thursday, June 21, 2012

We got a call last night saying that they were finally able to make an assessment of the fire damage in our neighborhood and there were NO DAMAGED OR DESTROYED HOMES.

Woo Hoo!

I have been stressed waiting for news and am glad to finally hear something. We still don't know when we can get back in, but at least the cabin is standing. The fire has moved to the north west and is not threatening us now. They are working on extending the fire line up north and west of our cabin and we are very optimistic.

Eating emotionally but that is stopping today! I'm still exercising but haven't been able to give it my usual intensity. Hopefully that will improve too.

I am doing the best I can and feel good about my efforts.

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LINDAKAY228 6/24/2012 5:36PM

    emoticon I am jumping up and down in excitement for you!!!

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JRSWHIMSY 6/22/2012 9:42PM

    I am SOOOOOOO happy for you!!!!

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JOANNS4 6/22/2012 8:01AM

    That is good news. I know it's a relief for you.

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CARLANNIE 6/21/2012 8:26PM

    Oh, what good news! You don't know how much I have been thinking about you. WTG to get back on track with your eating, but perfectly understandable under the circumstances. emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/21/2012 6:56PM

    That is a relief! Now it's back normal for eating and exercise, right?

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LKWQUILTER 6/21/2012 6:11PM

    What a blessing. Praying that the fires stay away from your cabin.

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AELARLEE1 6/21/2012 5:25PM

    Rejoicing with you!!


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JOYINKY 6/21/2012 4:02PM

    Wonderful! Now, put on some jumpy music and start doing a HAPPY DANCE! Yes, you will get back on track. Stress takes a toll in many ways. Thank you for the update. Now, go dance!

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MTNGRL 6/21/2012 3:14PM

    Thank you for letting us know. I've been wondering how things were going. This is the kind of news you want to hear.

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OURELEE1 6/21/2012 2:55PM

  So glad for all of you. Being thinking of you. Thanks for keeping us updated.

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LVMAMAW 6/21/2012 2:43PM

    What great news! I have been thinking of you when I see the stories on the news!!
So happy for you, thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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ALIHIKES 6/21/2012 2:29PM

    So glad to hear your cabin is safe! I hope the devastating fire will be contained and controlled

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 6/21/2012 2:25PM

    emoticon so glad to hear the good news ! I know it's been very stressful for you and your DH. Sure would be nice if this fire could be contained and put out. I know it's not an easy job. Hope the days ahead will be better for you and for all involved. My heart goes out to those that did lose their homes or cabins in this fire. Thanks for the update !! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOVEIT2LOSEIT42 6/21/2012 2:06PM

    That is great news!

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LASHERRMA 6/21/2012 1:47PM

  Very happy for you and your family.

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Fire Closer (if that's possible)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

We just received this notice from Larimer Sheriff's Dept.

"There are 1,631 personnel, 103 engines, 17 helicopters working the fire today. This includes 3 Blackhawk helicopters from the Army National Guard.

Twelve Type 1 crews have constructed fire line from Buckhorn Road up to White Pine Mountain. Crews plan to continue this fire break to Old Flowers Forest Road 152. "

which means the firemen are at the foot of our property! I guess that's good.......

I am eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep but stress is high....


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THINTWIN2 6/18/2012 4:18PM

    We're watching this fire and praying for you. I live in Scottsbluff, Ne

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LINDAKAY228 6/18/2012 1:32PM

    I think about you a lot. emoticon

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 6/17/2012 8:50PM

    This situation is stressful indeed ! Thank you for the update...continuing to keep you,DH and your property in prayer. emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/17/2012 6:39PM

    Those situations where we have not control, suffer the consequences and our only choice is to wait, ARE the most stressful! Just hang in there, stay busy and continue making healthy choices. Prayers for the safety of those fighting the fire and for the protection of property in the fire's path.

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OURELEE1 6/17/2012 6:12PM

  Been thinking of you-thanks for keeping us informed.

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KOFFEENUT 6/17/2012 4:13PM

    Still praying - for the safety of your cabin and the safety of the firefighters!

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CATLADY52 6/17/2012 4:00PM

    My thoughts are with you and your DH. emoticon

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AJB121299 6/17/2012 3:33PM

    hope all goes well and all are safe

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