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Mount Baldy Hike Fun

Monday, February 13, 2012

Mount Baldy is actually called the San Antonio Peak, nicknamed Baldy because it is bare without trees.

Suneel and I started in Baldy Village then continued onto Bear Canyon Road.

After about a mile and a half, we reached Bear Flats.

We continued northeast toward the Baldy Summit. We shared the trail with a large group of very kind hikers carrying roses in their backpacks for Valentine's Day. Lucky for us the petals trickled along the trail, just in case!

California is famous for dangerous fires and Mount Baldy is no exception. The Mount Baldy Fire Department has some very cool photos on their site, here is the link:

I am not only grateful to Suneel and the hike organizer Mark, I am very grateful to the Mount Baldy Fire department for risking their lives to save this forest.

I am going to have to do a whole blog on how I love hiking with Suneel. I love his 100% positivity & his hiking style. I must give full disclosure here, he keeps me on the trail. Here I am deviating while he waits for me to get back on track.

He never complains he just waits patiently and says "What did you learn?"

He is going to be a good family man and a patient father one day.

The famous Mount Baldy Sign.

I have one thing on my mind, I want to visit the dogs at the top. See my frozen hair?

These cute little guys helped me eat my lunch

Baxter was gentle, sweet and I wanted to bring him home to play with Baily. He was so gentle he ate right out of my hand without snapping.

If I had brought Baily she could have learned some manners from Baxter. I would have had to carry her at least 3/4 of the entire hike. Did I mention how much fun I had? We laughed, talked and had a bit of adventure too.

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GRACEISENUF 2/22/2012 11:03AM


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TIME4COFFEE 2/20/2012 12:39AM

    It looks like it was a great hike and great day. Sorry I'm so late in reading and posting, I got unsubscribed somehow!

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 2/19/2012 11:06PM

    I am so glad that you has a lot of fun.

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DTSOBEL 2/17/2012 1:23PM

    Lydia mentioned Harwood. I was going to mention it too. I started going to Harwood when I was 2 weeks old. It was like a second home to me. I love Mt Baldy. But truth be told, I never hiked to the peak. My dad and sis and bro used to do it but my other bro and I just hiked to the falls the back way to see the man with the giant model train set and tracks.

Thanks for sharing those pictures with us and bring back such fond childhood memories for me.

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1BEACHWALKER 2/14/2012 1:57AM

    emoticonBlog! Suneel is kind of cute too! emoticon
That is something how you had frost on your hair! Yikes! You are a brave lady!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
So nice of you to share your lunch with those dogs! emoticon

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IUHRYTR 2/13/2012 10:39PM

    Such terrific views. -- Lou

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LESSOFMOORE 2/13/2012 8:46PM

    Victoria, what great photos!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/13/2012 8:30PM

    Wow, that's quite a hike to go from the village to the peak - about 12 miles and about 6,000' elevation gain as I recall - impressive!! I've done it from the notch [plus Harwood on the same hike] and I've also done it from Manker Flats which is about 4000' gain and 8-10 miles - still pretty strenuous but nothing like going from the village up - good for you!!!

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_LINDA 2/13/2012 5:34PM

    Wow! What a striking place! So glad you are hiking with such a wonderful guy!!! What a neat idea the other group had with the roses!
The elevation was that marked you go from not wearing a jacket to having frost on your hair, pretty impressive!!
Enjoyed your hike, looking forward to more!
Thanks for the link!

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    Those are some fantastic pictures! LOVE THEM! emoticon

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SPLASHDOG1 2/13/2012 3:49PM

    Suneel sounds like a perfect hiking partner! What a great guy! I would also like to send out hugs to all our firefighter pals for being the wonderful life - and forest - savers they are!

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Mount Baldy, California

Sunday, February 12, 2012


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WINE4GIRL 1/22/2013 7:19PM

    Beautiful, but scary. You have to respect the mountain!

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MJ7DM33 1/22/2013 5:50PM

  Great pics! Thx for sharing

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FRANCESCANAZ 2/17/2012 12:28PM

    Beautiful. Just beautiful!

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IUHRYTR 2/13/2012 10:36PM

    Fantastic pictures. Thank you. -- Lou

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SPLASHDOG1 2/13/2012 12:29PM

    So pretty! Maybe a little spooky too! Of course, I know you don't hike alone so probably not for you. Wonderful pictures as always!

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    Wow! Sometimes, I'm just jealous! I'm so glad you get to enjoy such beauty! emoticon

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LAURELSPARK 2/13/2012 9:52AM

    Looks like a great place to hike. Did a fire go through the area?

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ONESPOTLEFT 2/13/2012 6:29AM

    great photos

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1BEACHWALKER 2/13/2012 2:32AM

    Kind of spooky looking! Yeah, like Wendy said-doesn't look like a typical CA day! Where's Boo?

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_LINDA 2/12/2012 11:24PM

    Wow! Fabulous photos! Striking area and that fog makes it look rather spooky! Thanks for taking us along!! Doubt I will ever get to see these places!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/12/2012 11:02PM

    What breathtaking Photos Victoria,though I don't see Baily is she less adventurous than her Mom?

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LESSOFMOORE 2/12/2012 7:53PM

    Victoria, great photos!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/12/2012 7:27PM

    Nice hike - I have loads of happy memories of that area. It's where Tom and I went right after he proposed and we've been there many times since - thanks for sharing the pix!

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CIVIAV 2/12/2012 6:26PM

    You truly live in a beautiful place and walk to other beautiful places!

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TIME4COFFEE 2/12/2012 4:59PM

    It looks like you have fun no matter the weather. The pictures are beautiful.

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WENDYWITKOSKI 2/12/2012 4:13PM

    Well that doesn't look like California! You are supposed to have blue skies and sunshine all the time.
It looks like a great hike!

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for Us!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I had an awesome day hiking so we rewarded ourselves (Suneel and Murphy HIker) with chocolate dipped strawberries. I saved mine for after my shower. They were sitting on the coffee table while I showered in a sealed container.

I have always known I am lucky to have such an adorably sweet dog, my Baily.

She knows how hard I work out and watch what I eat. While I was showering she licked all of the chocolate off of the strawberries making them healthier for me to eat. That was so thoughtful of her. Now I feel bad for scolding her, afterall chocolate is toxic for dogs.

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GRACEISENUF 2/22/2012 11:05AM

    Glad she's okay!

She does have good taste though :)

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 2/18/2012 10:16PM

    Very sweet dog. I hope it is doing ok.

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/12/2012 11:04PM

    Baily I forgot to tell you not to emulate everything the older True did.

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PHEBESS 2/12/2012 5:36PM

    Funny story! (I hope the doggie was okay!)

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MELLY3183 2/12/2012 12:50PM

    hopefully Baily is alright. Animals are quite funny like that huh?

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CIVIAV 2/12/2012 9:46AM

    LOL, that Baily! Hope she's a ok!

Yesterday I found strawberry shells on sale for $1.97 each. Bought three! They are delicious give how far they needed to come. I never thought about coating them in chocolate but am making an angel food cake. Perhaps I shall make it in honor of Baily and Mac - our wonder dogs who protect us from all evil. No evil in an angel food cake with strawerries - only the whipped cream.

YUM and now to my workouts to take care of that whipped cream!

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    Well, hopefully it wasn't enough to harm poor little Bailey! I hope she's ok now! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/12/2012 12:57AM

    Oh dear, I hope she's OK after the chocolate!

But glad you had such a great time hiking!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/12/2012 12:50AM

    Hope she doesn't get sick from it! Bad Boo! Glad you got another hike in! Good for you!!! Enjoy the strawberries-make sure to rinse the dog spit off of them! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 2/12/2012 12:30AM

    Oh my. Hope she is okay! I am a huge strawberry and chocolate fan, there would be nothing left if I had it, not even the wrappers LOL.

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TIME4COFFEE 2/12/2012 12:18AM

    I'm with Baily though, I would lick the chocolate off and leave the strawberries too!
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WENDYWITKOSKI 2/11/2012 11:54PM

    LOL! Chocolate is just too hard to resist=}

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PUDLECRAZY 2/11/2012 11:48PM

    Oh, Baily! You absolutely must get together with Stella. She knows I shouldn't eat that pumpkin pie that was on the counter, or that bread, or that steak... so she makes certain she gets them first. Dogs - our bestest friends.

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The Hello Hike!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

You might be wondering why this is called the "Hello Hike". I could have named it the "San Jacinto Peak Hike" afterall San Jacinto Peak at 10,834 feet (3,302 m) is the highest peak of the San Jacinto Mountains, and of Riverside County, California. This is a peak to put on your list as you climb a steep escarpment over 10,000 feet (3,000 m) in 7 miles one of the steepest in the United States.

I could have named it the Palm Springs Aerial Tram Hike since taking this Tram was way awesome! If you are ever in Southern California taking this tram is a must, try to take your ride down at night. Check out this link because the tram ride alone was well worth your time. http://www.pstramway.com/. They have a restaurant and a lounge with a nice atmosphere. This is Valentine's Day Perfect or for any reason, you cannot go wrong taking this tram ride.

Make sure you know what time the last tram leaves.

I had the best time, an honest to goodness adventure! I am always saying that but truly guys, I had so much fun. Who knew an old lady like me could have so much fun. I almost called this blog "best ever hike" or 'The big adventure Hike". But truly , "The hello hike" is the only name for this blog.

Before I tell you why it is called the hello hike I need to give you some background information. I love to hike, but because you are not suppose to hike alone I go with hiking groups. I love L.A.T.H., they are kind, organized, qualified and prepared. They definitely will not leave you to fend for yourself in the wilderness, no way and never. If you want to hike with a group, I would start with L.A.T.H.

That said, I love "Meet Up" for so many wonderful reasons. You can do almost anything you want to and meet fun people to do it with. This hike was a "Best Hikes of So Cal" meet up hike. We were 10 minutes late so the organizer went on the hike without us.

We went to the Ranger, got a map, some advice and made our own way. It was myself, Sangeetha

Sangeetha is a good photographer, smart and sweet. She is not only likable, she is fun to be with.

Suneel is an awesome, friendly yet fun, gifted hiker. We do more than our fare share of laughing and teasing. He could tease me a great deal more than he does, but he would rather be polite. I have gone an many hikes with him and he takes good care of me so I am grateful to him. He is the guy everyone likes and wants on their hikes.

We got to the peak and that was awesome. Hello San Jacinto Peak!

We played around, took some photos and just chilled enjoying the view.

Now this is why this blog is called "The Hello Hike!" I thought I heard the tram guide say the last tram leaves at 5:30. While at the peak I checked the time, it was 3:20 pm, oops emoticon

We rushed down so quickly, we did not make it on to the right trail. It was not long before we realized we were quite lost. We looked at the map alot. Eventually we did find the trail and realized we were more lost than we imagined emoticon

Suneel was not scared he tried to reassure us. He thought we had everything we needed, food, a flashlight and we would be fine. What we had was two snack packages of seaweed and a little trail mix, not exactly dinner if you get my drift. I focused on all of the calories I was burning instead of the hot meal I was not eating.

My thoughts kept going back to food. I was not sure whether the last tram was leaving at 5:30, but I was worried emoticon

Onward we went, lost. I decided we should all start shouting "Hello", perhaps find someone to hike with who knew what way to go emoticon

Before long "Hello" became "HELLO!!!" emoticon

As it grew dark, our hello became a bit more desperate emoticon

Eventually, I saw a light in the far distance, It was the tram tower. The song "There's a Light, Over at the Frankenstein Place" (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) popped in my head. I grew more grateful by the minute and followed it with a happy dance! Good thing the last tram was not leaving until 9:00 pm. The ride down at night was amazing and well worth our time. If you decide to take the tram and hike, be sure to give yourself enough time to get back plus a little extra.

All said and done, I had the time of my life and I am grateful to the hike lead who ditched us!

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IUHRYTR 2/13/2012 11:00PM

    Wow, what an adventure. Glad you got back safely. I'd love to see the view from the top. It must be unbelievable. -- Lou

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/10/2012 7:25PM

    I am so glad you made it back!! Yikes - I knew you had been ditched by a leader but didn't realize it was there. More than one person has been lost and died up there - it's really easy to get disoriented, esp once it gets dark, and even though it's a very popular area, there's a lot fewer people in the winter. OMG!!

But it truly is a gorgeous area - I've done all the peaks around there except Folly, most of them multiple times. It's a great place to backpack, too - you'll love it in the summer when it's nice and cool up there even though it's 100+ everywhere else!

So glad you got out OK!! I'm going to have to get you into one of the Navigation classes this year!

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RUNNER12COM 2/10/2012 5:37PM

    Note to SDJ: Pay attention to the last tram out!


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1BEACHWALKER 2/10/2012 4:03PM

    Sounds like you had fun-even when you got lost-you got to take the night tram back! Cool! Glad you don't hike alone!!! So glad you are still having those fun hikes! Keeps your mind of other things and makes you happy!!! Love the photos!!! Thanks for always sharing your adventures with us! Makes me want to move to CA!!! Never seen the Pacific before! Any hikes over there you can share with us later!? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WENDYWITKOSKI 2/10/2012 11:08AM

    What a great summit! I love the pics from the top. You have me wanting to do that one if we get to go to CA/NV this year. I off to find more info about it now.
I love your hike blogs!

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LIVINGFREE19 2/10/2012 10:48AM

    Very nice pictures!
You are so lucky to be able to hike in the cold and not have problems with your MS. I go out in the cold and my bones ache terribly.

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MELLY3183 2/10/2012 9:16AM

    Great Blog!! Love reading about your hikes.

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LIBBYFITZ 2/10/2012 5:25AM

    I love how you told that story. A great read! So glad you all ended up safe!

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TIME4COFFEE 2/10/2012 1:18AM

    What an amazing adventure and so artfully told. I almost felt like I was there!

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EGRAMMY 2/9/2012 8:36PM

    I was feeling bad over a stupid thing i did, but your blog lifted my spirits. Thank you so much. Bless you for meeting up with us here.

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LESSOFMOORE 2/9/2012 8:26PM

    As always, beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

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CIVIAV 2/9/2012 4:52PM

    Your blogs give me my nature fixes. Please keep posting!

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LAURELSPARK 2/9/2012 3:02PM

    Great pictures.....keep em coming.

One of them reminds me of a trip I took to CA over 30 years ago. BJ and I drove up to Palm Springs and took the tram to the top. It was so cool, no I mean really cool. We took winter coats and mittens and played in the snow. I couln't believe it.....80 degrees on the bottom and snow on the top. We had a blast!

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_LINDA 2/9/2012 1:20PM

    Fabulous adventure and photos! So glad you had a hiker with you that stayed calm and level headed! That is some leader just leaving like that -unreal!! But what a neat off trail adventure!! Kind of gets the blood pumping, I bet ;)
Enjoyed the trip!! Thanks for sharing your adventures!!

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SPLASHDOG1 2/9/2012 12:55PM

    What a beautiful hike! Other than a totally irresponsible leader and getting lost that is! lol! At least you had wonderful hiking partners to enjoy getting lost with!! That will be a good story to tell for years to come!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/9/2012 12:53PM

    Great pics and story! I hiked San Jacinto over the summer and had a lot of fun, too! It was my first time hiking through snow in SoCal!

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BUTEAFULL 2/9/2012 12:48PM

    that is scary, the other day they stopped the tram because of the weather and a bunch of people were stranded up there with the facilities all locked up and them outside, angry people

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JRIMM4 2/9/2012 12:37PM

    What an awesome adventure! Thanks for sharing it and the picutures!


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Moving is BLOOMING!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Getting any movement in your day is becoming the norm. Most everyone is making it a point to go for a walk, dance or anything that will promote health. I am a well known exercise pusher and I encourage others to pay it forward. I was pretty excited to hear what Michelle Obama had to say yesterday.

Apparently she and the President love to exercise. I would totally workout with Michelle Obama, right? She would kick our butts! She did something so cool yesterday in one of Los Angeles more populated cities, Inglewood. She promoted the erection of a grocery store that focuses on affordable fresh produce. This is beyond great because some areas just don't offer affordable fresh produce so where does that leave the residents? Eating starchy affordable food and fast food.

This is not politics, my point is plain and straight forwardly simple, I love her focus on health and wellness. I especially like the way she is giving to the community. Feel free to make postive comments about her.

The future is here and it is now. Time to eat right and move your groove. We need to send a message to the folks that shape our community. We are shaping up and you had better shape up your shop to meet our new lifestyle because

And we are not going to eat your junk!

This is a photo from my Fish Canyon Falls hike it is a Matilija poppies (Romneya) sometimes called the "fried egg poppy".

Make your weekend a Moving one! Remember

"A Reminder to Walk Comes From One Heart To Help Another!" So Grab a hand and Move!

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SUGARBABY60 2/9/2012 1:18AM

    Healthy anything is good in my books and healthy AND AFFORDABLE is a bonus! well written Victoria!

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SPLASHDOG1 2/6/2012 1:00PM

    I agree - She's really stepping up and getting out and involved. I don't think I've seen a first lady lately that has really been out there like that. I saw the push-up contest she had with Ellen D. It was cute! I also love that she looks strong and healthy and not just skinny! Way to go Mrs. O!!

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    I so agree that Mrs Obama is great for your country. I love her and know of many other Canadians that do as well!

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LESLIES537 2/5/2012 2:37AM

    AMEN! I couldn't agree more! Love our first lady! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/5/2012 1:48AM

    Fresh produce is so important .I love to move as much as I can.In the summer I move growing things LOL my garden takes effort!I always take time to read what you have to say Victoria because I like your positive attitude and while I don't know too much about California I applaud Michelle Obama advocating affordable produce in any neighbourhood ,heck it should be affordable in every neighbourhood !

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_LINDA 2/4/2012 1:00AM

    Yes, your president's wife is a real winner!! Hope her ideas catch on and spread like wildfire!!
I never feel better than when I am moving. I get stiff and sore if I sit too long..
Have a fabulous hiking good weekend!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/4/2012 12:30AM

    I am with Momma-Little- I like her more than the Pres....I wish more would be done about the produce issue. Affordable and more available! I am working more and more toward eating healthier...talked to my Chiropractor who is a big advocate of it now...losing weight too. And I am loving the moving more and more! I am with you! emoticon emoticon

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    I actually like her more than I like the president! She is a good example of living healthy! And just think (and this is NOT negative), if President Obama were to make a big deal about quitting smoking, what a huge example that would be! People in public office really do impact millions, and I'd love to hear that he'd done such a thing! Maybe I should write him a letter with a "Sparked Challenge"?

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    I also love the message Michele Obama delivers about health and think the president is a fantastic role model as well - he's involved with his kids and family, encourages and supports their efforts to eat healthy and exercise, he plays basketball and is seen doing other exercise. True, it's not unique as other recent presidents have also been known to be family-oriented and physically active, but that's beside the point - I just think it's wonderful to have high-profile people outside the sports field who are an icon of fitness regardless of their position!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/3/2012 12:15PM

    I love what Michelle is doing for our country!

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KLAD_COCKERS 2/3/2012 11:28AM

    Amen Victoria - our bodies are BUILT to MOVE!

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TIME4COFFEE 2/3/2012 10:57AM

    I love-love-love all your 'positivity'. I love how you said "Feel free to make positive comments about her" (Michelle Obama). You're a sweetheart through and through.

And what a perfectly descriptive name of "fried egg poppy"!

Thanks for the reminder to add movement to my day, I need that!

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EGRAMMY 2/3/2012 10:37AM

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