Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Though I can't quite understand why, a crazy@ss 20-mile hike is not for everyone.
Many of my weekends now center around shorter hikes (under 10 miles), bike rides, and active outings. This change is jeopardizing my maintenance a bit and I'm again rearranging and fine-tuning.
Life is a balancing act and I understand that if I want to continue trekking and climbing peaks all weekend, every weekend, I probably won't be able to maintain my current relationship with my awesome guy. So I chose to compromise.
Luckily we both agree as far as nutrition goes, and we're both eating mostly clean and healthy. (Dark chocolate included.)
We also agree that exercise needs to be part of our lives, but we have different approaches.
This concludes the SparkPart of my blog.
What I wanted to share today is last weekend's amazing outing. We visited two rather curious places, each one different, and each one unique.
Our morning/lunch outing brought us to the high desert to a place called the Cal-Earth Institute.
There they build adobe houses and shelters from sustainable materials, say "dirt" :), through a very unique process.
It's definitely an unconventional and back to basics kind of place. This has always resonated with me. Going off the grid has always fascinated and intrigued me.
We went for a tour and a lecture and ended with a very yummy potluck lunch. Google them if you're interested to learn more.
The afternoon was spent visiting and touring Rubel Castle, the brain child of Michael Rubel, a quite eccentric individual.
In a nutshell, over decades he built a castle out of stone and junk. It comes complete with drawbridge and tower.
It cannot be described but must be seen to believe. (I have never seen so much junk in one place, but at Rubel Castle it's all part of the overall design.)
We had a marvelous time on our mini road trip/sightseeing tour.
Next weekend will need to be a bit more active though. Planned are a Saturday morning hike, and a Sunday afternoon bike ride.
Keep moving SparkFriends.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Today is my 7th SparkVersary.
I came to Spark 7 years ago in search of yet another easy secret weight loss cure. I was in yo-yo mode, overweight, fed up and disgusted.
While I did not find an easy weight loss cure, I did find the secret to weight loss! (And also the secret to maintaining that loss.) Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what this journey would bring.
Spark and my SparkFriends helped me get the diet mentality out of my head. I discovered that losing weight and keeping it off can never work if food is your sole focus.
What I've learned is that if you take care of yourself, physically, mentally, spiritually, if you find your happy, if you eat right and exercise, weight loss happens. It seems to be a byproduct of self care.
I am at goal. Maintaining, much like losing, takes daily work and fine-tuning. I don't expect that to go away. But I'm okay with that.
A daily dose of SP is just the right medicine to keep me on track. Love my SparkFriends (have seen many come and go). SP is first up in my toolbox.
I am here every day, though I've made myself a bit sparse over the last several months.
I have good reason :) - This is happiness times two.
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