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I've got the last of my kayaking certifications!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

One of the things the UW outing club provides - and rightly insists upon - is that everyone who is out on the water, hiking, climbing, etc. should know what they are doing and be safe doing it! So to be able to climb, you need a basic belaying certification...to go canoeing, you need a canoeing certification...and so on.

Today, I got my last BASIC kayaking rating- so while I need many more to do the toughest courses, I am certified to do lake, river, and sea kayaking on my own. I also passed my swim test...and last weekend, at Devil's Lake, I earned my belaying certification! So after Wednesday's canoe lesson, I'll have a full set!

Which is exciting, because next weekend is the Whitewater Fall Colors trip, then the Canoe Fall Colors, then a weekend of hiking, climbing, camping, and kayaking at Devil's Lake in mid-October...and I'm now rated to join them all!!

  
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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/30/2014 1:54PM

    Awesome!! Congrats :)

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MLH148 9/29/2014 7:00AM

    Wonderful!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/28/2014 10:33PM

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MSHEL7 9/28/2014 10:32PM

    Sounds wonderful. You're life is getting more exciting all the time. Great!!

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AUNTRENEE 9/28/2014 9:32PM

    Enjoy your trips.

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CATTUTT 9/28/2014 8:50PM

    I am SO uber jealous of you right now. All that {well, except the rock climbing} sounds like so much fun. Especially all the parts that involve water! Enjoy the trip next weekend!

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ROCKYCPA 9/28/2014 6:00PM

    Congratulations! Enjoy all your kayaking trips!

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Climbing at Devil's Lake

Sunday, September 21, 2014

One of the first things I did when I moved to Madison was join the Hoofer's Outdoor Club - which was a GREAT move! This weekend, there was a HUGE event at Devil's Lake, about an hour north. I got to do some pretty intense hiking...and learned to rock climb!

Check out the scenery!








Here I am climbing!








It was an incredible workout (that I'm really feeling today!) - and a great way to kick of the Fall 5% challenge!!

  
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STODD251 9/22/2014 9:47PM

    That looks like so much fun!!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/22/2014 1:33PM

    Awesome!!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/21/2014 10:23PM

    WAY TO GO!!!!!!!!! Beautiful scenery!!!

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CINDHOLM 9/21/2014 9:55PM

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ALIHIKES 9/21/2014 2:55PM

    How exciting! The area looks beautiful. I have never tried rock climbing but what an adventure! emoticon

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CATTUTT 9/21/2014 1:19PM

    Wow, great job on the hiking and rock climbing. I'm WAY too chicken to rock climb! The photos are beautiful too. Looks like you had a great day!

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NHES220 9/21/2014 12:51PM

    Wow, way to go! Beautiful scenery!

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MSHEL7 9/21/2014 12:43PM

    Wow, awesome scenery. Congrats on your 1st climb, that is so cool. Woo Hoo!

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Welcome to the Jungle!

Friday, September 12, 2014

There is always a downside and an upside of unpredictable weather!

It's been COLD in Madison the last couple of days! As in, down to the 40s at night. Which has made running and biking a lot easier...I don't overheat, and so I can move faster and make it farther.

The downside? I had to bring my plants in tonight. I guess it's a good thing I didn't get a community garden plot here, everything I had would probably die when it got down to freezing last night!

Welcome to the Jungle!








  
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SHARJOPAUL 9/14/2014 11:49AM

    And a wonderful jungle it is!!!!!!

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ALIHIKES 9/14/2014 1:29AM

    We're getting cold nights too! So far I have been able to cover the plants on the porch at night, but soon the tomatoes and basil will not survive. You found a good solution!

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CINDHOLM 9/13/2014 3:06PM

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APPLESBANANAS 9/13/2014 1:46PM

    I'm loving the weather, love your plants and how vibrant they make your place look!

Just potted some mums 2 weeks ago for my patio, so far they're not dead, which is a lot to say for my non-green thumb. My tomato plants are still producing but I'm not sure how much longer. This was my first summer really getting into plants and I hope to plant more green ones like yours next year!

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CATTUTT 9/13/2014 12:12PM

    I love all those plants! I so wish I could have plants like that. I"m jealous.

I'm loving the fall weather we're getting here in Columbus. It isn't quite as cold as it is there in Madison, but still chilly, and I love it!

Hope you're having a great Saturday!

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DR1939 9/13/2014 12:18AM

    Love the plants. Sad that the cold is moving in so early.

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MSHEL7 9/12/2014 11:57PM

    Nice plants. I used to have a lot then I had my boy and was at the hospital for 3 months when he was a baby and they went by the wayside. Most of them died right away, it was a drought summer so the air was even dry. It was pretty sad when I realized what had happened.

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ROCKYCPA 9/12/2014 11:21PM

    Fall weather is so nice - enjoy!

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KIPSTER52 9/12/2014 10:59PM

    I love fall weather especially the cooler days emoticon

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Important Anniversary!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Today is my one year anniversary...of quitting smoking!

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Quitting sucked. It was THE hardest thing I've had to do in my life. And I regained about 20 pounds from September to December....but then, I got going on my quit project: running.

In May I ran a half marathon - my first!! My goal was 2.5 hours, and I finished in 2:33:40, so I did really well! And I've already registered for my second half marathon...coming this November!

In that vein, I wanted to celebrate today by reaffirming my healthy living and weight loss goals. So I went to the campus outdoor club, paid my membership, and signed up for kayaking lesson/certification classes this Sunday. Then I went for a run!

If there is one thing I learned through this entire process, it's that you can find a way to do anything. I went from smoking regularly to running a half marathon in 9 months. And after going through that entire long, horrible process, including the weight gain and loss of self-confidence, that finisher medal meant A LOT to me! It makes me even more excited to imagine how much further I'll be on my second anniversary!!

Cheers, Sparkfriends!

  
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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/16/2014 3:28PM

    emoticon emoticon Happy 1 year Anniversary!!

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ALIHIKES 9/14/2014 1:30AM

    Congratulations! You made the most important change for your health. emoticon

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MRSYATES84 9/12/2014 11:32AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!! emoticon emoticon emoticon That is a cause for a big celebration and a treat of some sort. Quitting smoking is no joke, it is hard and challenging and it means breaking an addiction that has a strong hold on you.

I am a month away from my one year quit anniversary which happens to be on my 30th birthday! So I understand completely how hard it is to quit. Good for you for turning it into something really positive!!

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SHARJOPAUL 9/11/2014 6:55PM

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CATTUTT 9/11/2014 2:12PM

    Congratulations! I quit 2 1/2 years ago and it was so hard. Miserable, even. And you've turned smoking into running 2 1/2 marathons, that's awesome! Go you!

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MISSG180 9/11/2014 11:51AM

    I commend you. I watched a lot of relatives go through this process, and it's no fun.

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AUNTRENEE 9/11/2014 10:42AM

    Congrads on being smoke free. As of this month, my dad has been smoke free for 39 years. So if he can do it, so can you.

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NHES220 9/11/2014 10:38AM

    Congrats on your one year anniversary! That is the best gift you could have given yourself. Way to go on your first half marathon! I have one in November too! I see you are running in Madison. I am running the Naperville Half Marathon on 11/9/14 and working on my training so I'll be ready! Good luck on yours!

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BONOLICIOUS2 9/11/2014 8:44AM

    YESSSSSSSSSSS This is awesome! I bet you have saved a TON of money and your body is incredibly thankful too!!!!! This deserves a GIGANTIC WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!! yayyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!

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STODD251 9/11/2014 7:51AM

    Awesome! Congratulations on two very big accomplishments!

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MLH148 9/11/2014 6:33AM

    Congrats! It's one of the hardest things you can do.
And fantastic 13.1 time!
Savor your victory

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BABYBARNEY 9/11/2014 6:19AM

    What a fantastic anniversary...your BODY will THANK YOU for YEARS to come!!!

What a great way to face the challenge of a weight gain!

Good Job!

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ADARKARA 9/11/2014 6:18AM

    emoticon Finishing a half marathon is a fantastic reward for quitting smoking! emoticon

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MSHEL7 9/11/2014 12:17AM

    Well, that certainly does call for a celebration!! Look at you girl, conquering the world. I'm proud of you, I know you had a hard hard feat and you did it, congrats!! Way to go on the running too, that is a real feet too!! LOL Keep it up!

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If traditional motivational techniques aren't working...

Sunday, September 07, 2014

  
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EASTENDCLAM 9/9/2014 6:35PM

    Cool! I'm thinking 12 gauge with slugs in her hands though...

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MISSG180 9/8/2014 3:43PM

    HA!!!!

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MAGGIEVAN 9/7/2014 5:02PM

    Very funny. Thanks for sharing.

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