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My walking adventures

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I walk for exercise on daily basis. It gives me reason to enjoy outside and the beautiful weather. This weekend, I was asked by one of my co-workers at my EMT job when I walked. So I told him, mostly in the mornings before work but sometimes in the evening. Which is true. It all depends on my work schedule at my full-time job.

He asked me if I would be his workout buddy. He had lost his and really prefers working out with someone. He stopped by last night before the end of my shift and we made plans to walk today at the state park.

We met at 7 pm at the park office and headed out to walk along the lake. We walked from entrance to entrance of the park. Almost 3 miles round trip. Along the way, we had great conversations and a beautiful view.

I rescued a baby red-bellied turtle from the road. Look how tiny it is!

Now to pray that a fish doesn't eat it.

Here is the view we had...(Kyle was playing with the settings on his camera)

I have share views of this lake from the lake itself when I kayak.

It was great to having someone to workout with. We are making plans on when we can walk again.

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EDLEAR 7/23/2014 7:35AM

    Oh yes, I too do better when I have a buddy to walk with.

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JANUT57 7/22/2014 10:03PM

  It is great to have a workout buddy. Very motivational! emoticon

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MCFITZ2 7/22/2014 10:02PM

    Great to have a workout buddy. Beautiful area. emoticon

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Hersheypark Adventures

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Yesterday, I took my nieces and nephews to Hersheypark. It was their first time there. So much excitement from the kids.

We arrived at the park at 10 am just as it opened. We headed to the back of the park to start our adventure. Our first ride was The Wildcat roller coaster. The boys loved it and the girls weren't sure of it. We did a some other rides in this area of the park including the Ferris Wheel.

Here is me on the Ferris Wheel:

We continued on to ride other rides. The boys were the adventurous ones and would have rode every roller coaster if I did. The girls weren't sure of them. The Kissing Tower was a fun ride.

Here is a picture from the top:

The Kissing Tower:

We packed our lunch and enjoyed sitting down for awhile at the picnic tables in the parking lot. Then back to riding rides.

We did lots of walking and enjoyed some tasty food. We visited Chocolate World and Zoo America also. We almost made it to closing. We left at 9 pm an hour shy of closing at 10 pm. We were tired and ready to go home.

Until next time...

Today I'm tired and sore from all the walking. I did 20,000+ steps yesterday. It was worth it.

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MADAMES 7/19/2014 7:53PM

    What fun! Hershey is on my bucket list! Love your photo and I am sure your nieces and nephews love you!


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2WHEELER 7/19/2014 1:43PM

    Great picture of you! I love Hershey Park, but I haven't been there in years. I love(d) roller coasters--the faster and the bigger the drop the better. But it's been so long since I last rode one that I think I'd have to work up my courage.

Glad you had a great time. I'll bet you're their favorite aunt.

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KATELJM 7/19/2014 12:29PM

    Sounds as if you all had a great time! That park is huge.

Over 20000 steps! That is a lot.

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Wildlife Park Adventures...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today, I took my 2 nieces and 2 nephews to Lake Tobias Wildlife Park. It is about 35 minutes from where we live. It is a summer tradition.

The tradition starts with packing the cooler with lunch, loading up the car and heading out. Normally my best friend goes also but today she had green beans to get picked.
So off the kids and I go...

We arrive at the park, pay our admission fee and safari tour fee. You can beat the price of $12 a person. Time to park and head for the safari tour. We always do the safari tour right away because the animals are more active in the morning.

Here are some pictures from the safari:

After the safari tour, we eat lunch. I love the fact that there are pavilions and picnic tables available for those who want to pack their lunches. During lunch, we plan our route for looking at the other animals.

Lunch is over and we head to look at the other animals.

Here are some pictures of the other animals:

We had a great time! Lots of walking so much that I'm not going for a walk today.

Tomorrow we are heading to Hersheypark. It will be the kids' first amusement park. They are so excited to go and I am so excited to take them. I'll be walking a lot tomorrow also. Saturday will probably be a rest day.

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STEPH-KNEE 7/17/2014 11:46PM

    Great pics, glad you guys had a great time! emoticon

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MADAMES 7/17/2014 10:37PM

    You are a terrific aunt!! So much fun to enjoy the outdoors, some great exercise and the joy of children!

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KATELJM 7/17/2014 9:54PM

    Sounds like fun!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

This picture is very true. I enjoy working out with a buddy but I also enjoy working out by myself.

Most mornings, I'm by myself out walking. If I walk in the evenings, my mom will occasionally walk with me.

Most people like having a workout buddy. It makes them accountable because it is not just them. They have someone depending on them to show up and encourage each other.

When I had decided that I was going to run a 5k, I asked my brother, Ben to help me. I had discovered a beginner's guide to a 5k here on sparkpeople. I knew that I would need a workout buddy to get started. Ben and I trained together for 2 weeks. Then I started going on my own. I can remember one Saturday morning when I was running. Ben happened to be coming into town and saw me. He slowed up, put his window down, got my attention and says to me..."Run Forrest, Run." I had a good laugh and continued on my run.

It is interesting how encouraging it is to have a workout buddy. You push each other to go the extra distance. Sometimes that is all someone needs to move in the right direction.

Do you workout with a buddy or alone?

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2WHEELER 7/17/2014 3:01PM

    Most often alone, but occasionally with a friend. Which reminds me, I need to email her right now and set up the walking schedule for next week. emoticon

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PENNYSAVER2 7/17/2014 10:01AM

    Both. My husband accompanies me on my walks when his schedule allows.

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SHINETIME36 7/17/2014 1:05AM

    I do both & totally enjoy both! Its fun to workout with a friend because you laugh, support each other, and enjoy their company! But there is something to b said for that solitude where u can focus your full attention on making your body perform! So I have to say a mixture of the two is great for me!!

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KATELJM 7/16/2014 11:41PM

    Alone. DH and I take turns on the treadmill. I take opportunities to walk the dog longer than necessary. The joys of being retired!

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Small changes

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This picture means so much to me.

I've had to learn this the hard way. When I decided I wanted to loose the weight and become healthy, I tried to overhaul my life overnight. I seriously tried to make big changes in all areas of my life.

I learned that you can't do that. You need to make small changes. I had to step back and focus on 1-2 things at a time. For me, it was tracking my food and exercise. I had stopped portion control at meals and snacks. I just ate what I wanted and how much I wanted. I didn't care if I sat down and ate an entire bag of potato chips in 1 sitting. I just did it. If I ate until I was miserable and still didn't stop.

I stopped exercising. There was a time were I did nothing but sit on my butt in front of the television. I became extremely lazy. I would use all sorts of excuses on why I didn't want to exercise.

Then the kick in the butt happened, I was told that I need to loose weight and exercise by my doctor or I will end up on cholesterol medicine. Ironically I had made up my mind that I was going to get healthy a month and half prior to that doctor's appointment.

I haven't stopped since. I have good days and bad days. I'm still making small changes to my diet and exercise. I still like to go out with my friends for dinner and drinks. I'm just more aware of how much I'm eating and drinking. I plan for lots of things throughout my day.

I'm still being transformed. It helps that I have a wonderful support system in my family and everyone here on sparkpeople.

I'm not giving up!

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PENNYSAVER2 7/16/2014 10:01AM

    emoticon for the progress you have made!!

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KATELJM 7/15/2014 7:56PM

    Yes, I got the same kick in the butt!


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