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Hiking in a snow storm

Monday, April 04, 2011

Sunday afternoon the weather turned from stormy to sunny, hooray! emoticon emoticon So, we decided to take a little hike up a nearby paved trail. We read many of the dedications in Memory Grove, but then we started in earnest up the trail beside a little river. It was beautiful with the snow covered trees bordering our path. The sunshine disappeared early on and soon we found ourselves in a snowstorm. emoticon Wind caused the snow to really blast our faces and clothing. Though we turned around a bit sooner than we'd planned, my pedometer assured me I had more than 12,000 steps emoticon and my watch reminded me we had been out for more than two hours emoticon (thanks in part to our exploring the various war memorials). We were cold and tired when we got back to our little condo, emoticon emoticonbut we were elated to have spent the time outdoors and getting a bit of fresh air and exercise. It was a glorious beginning to what I pray will be a very active week. We'll see. Hope your week has gotten off to a great beginning, too. Blessings. emoticon emoticon


Lacing up and heading out

Saturday, April 02, 2011

The sun will be shining in just a few hours here. Though I really should try to get a little more shut eye before starting my day in earnest, I feel a certain enthusiasm that is making me especially eager for the day. The sun has been shining for a few days now which means the trails should be far less muddy than last weekend. So, we'll be off on another fun adventure sometime today. I can't wait to lace up those boots and breathe in that fresh air as we wind our way up and out of the city. Have a great weekend everyone!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 4/2/2011 6:18PM

    Enjoy yours, too!

Nancy...WOW Your Husband team

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I feel sick...I must remember this

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

So, I was cruising along following a healthy meal plan when a disgusting little marshmallowy treat called my name. I bought the box for the grandkids, oops. What makes me think that if something is bad for me it will be any better for those little ones? Anyway, I ate one. It wasn't very big and it wasn't all that many calories in the great scheme of things. But, I realized it did put me slightly above my day's allotment...ouch! Not only that, but I feel so sick at the moment. I'm heading down to my gym to see if I can work a little of this sickness through my body. Did I learn anything? Not really too much new, actually. But, every so often I seem to need to veer off track to remind me of how much better I function and feel when I stay on course. But, the bigger wake up call today was the realization that just cuz I'm Grandma, that doesn't mean I should be feeding those precious little ones things that are so bad for them! Maybe I'll do better next time. Hope so.

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KAZINMICH 3/31/2011 9:53PM

    When it comes to food, I am a horrible mom. I always make sure to have fresh fruit of my daughters choice on hand, and some frozen and canned too. I always encourage the healthy stuff. But I still bought and allowed the bad stuff too. Now my daughter is a teen and I"m eating healthier than I have in my life, and my husband is too, and my daughter, well, she's not too happy about it. I told her I will start little, but eventually all the bad choices will be gone. The horrible ones are completely gone already...

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SUCCESSIN2011 3/31/2011 11:03AM

    This is a really good reminder with Easter just around the corner. Instead of buying the "chocolate" eggs, I am focusing on non sweet treats - I found Play Doh (for the little one) that comes in Easter containers (bunny, chicken) and bubbles in a spill proof Easter container. The older ones are harder - and they do love their chocolate !

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TELLITFORWARD 3/31/2011 1:41AM

  I have three grands. Sure, we go for ice cream once in a blue moon, but we don't have much junk around. Not good for them. They all appreciate things like really good dark chocolate, veggies raw from the garden, brown rice, no high fructose corn syrup, and of course, really good ice cream! There are good alternatives to the total junk, and treats are good for us all sometimes. It's that sometimes I'm working on. :)

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MEADSBAY 3/30/2011 6:24PM

    Why, thank you for the wise words-
I needed that reminder.
We want healthy grandchildren, don't we?

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/30/2011 4:44PM

    emoticon getting to the gym. Way to change those habits!

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RETURNOFSARAH 3/30/2011 4:42PM

    Sounds like a great realisation. I never thought of it like that either. I'm not a Grandma... or even a mum (I'm only 21 hehe).. but what you said makes sense! xx

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I'd be happy with one a day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Work out, that is. Every time I think I will do more, I end up doing less or none at all. So, my goal of two a day work outs is on hold for now. Instead, I will get in some exercise at least one time a day and if I can do more, hooray! I think I've been bribing/rewarding myself with extra calories lately. They may be healthy calories, but extra never-the-less. So, time to get real again, toe the line, start the clock and rev my engine. Hmmm..... Let's see how far this plan with get me???

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GRAMMAP1 3/30/2011 10:48PM

    Grandma, we can do this. We had snow today, so I will have to put extra time in tomorrow. Maybe I will walk the halls while DH sees his Cardiologist. Grandmas can do it; just with less intensity! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 3/29/2011 8:41PM

    Consistency is crucial.
As much as you can manage, anyway.

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HONEYMOON25 3/29/2011 6:17PM

    Good luck!
I go through crazy cycles - work out like a mad for a week and then work out just a little for a week. I feel your pain. :)

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Slogging Through the Mud

Monday, March 28, 2011

Well, my dh and I shopped for some hiking boots for me after I read a great recent blog about the 10 things to take on a spring hike. We found a great pair on sail at R.E.I. on Saturday and thought we'd try them out later that day. But, as often happens, we got distracted and never found our way to a trailhead. However, along came more snow that night so of course we sought out a new-to-us trail near our home on Sunday afternoon. However, instead of looking just a bit beyond where we hopped on the trail, we immediately headed up the hill in the mud. The higher we got the deeper the mud - sticky, suction making every step harder even as the huge buildup of mud made my one day old very light weight Patagonias feel like I was slogging through cement. Soon a couple with their dog met us coming down the trail. The woman called out to be careful because the dog might try to jump on me. emoticonWell, that's exactly what happened. I was covered with his mud from chest to shins...yuck. I laughed it off when I caught my balance, so glad not to have ended up down the mountain or on my butt on the trail in that mess. Next we caught up to where the snow had not yet melted from the trail. My dh ventured a bit ahead because a fit downward trekker had recently assured us that we would soon come to a clearing and we could cut back to the neighborhoods above. He found no such clearing and I was becoming fearful of sliding off the mountain if I went much higher. So, I caught my breath, emoticon turned around and caught a surprise sight. Way below was a paved trail! It was flatter and going in a similar direction, but that will be an adventure for another day. Too bad we didn't know about that before we started up the mud path. As we started down the steep trail I learned, or maybe it was relearning, I don't remember, a few hiking basics. I was coached to dig in my heels when my feet were pointed down the slopes and be more fully on my edge when I side stepped. Still there were many places where I shudder to think what would have happened if my dh hadn't taken my hand. I slid much too much for my taste and yet, it was somehow an amazingly fun adventure. I can't remember when last I worked so hard or laughed so much. My pedometer was a bit disappointing. It felt like we had done a marathon, but it looks like it was more like two miles...LOL! emoticon When we made it back to the trailhead we did wander over to the paved trail to see what was beyond the gate and look at the trail map. We also found some good puddles and snowbanks to work off some of the snow. A wayward stick helped the cause so we didn't track all that mud back home. Wow, my beautiful new boots look like they've been around more than two days and one outing! Still, it was a great start to the week. Today, I satisfied myself with some elliptical time. My comfy new footwear are stowed for another adventure. I know it won't be long. Spring is here and the trails and trekking poles are calling our names! emoticon


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