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6 Years with SparkPeople

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Today is my 6-year SparkAnniversary.
Made some wonderful friends, learned a lot, reached goal!!
I'm living life on my terms.
Best feeling in the world!!

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02SERENE 3/9/2013 11:00PM

    I love the snowy tree pix you have up as background.

And Yay for your achievement of perseverance and sticking with sparks people --- Congratulations on your success and including me as part of your journey. emoticon



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RUNNER12COM 3/7/2013 9:45AM

    Amazing. Happy Anniversary!

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FRAN0426 3/6/2013 8:28PM

    Hope you sparkaversity day was pleasant. You have been an inspiration to me and love all the pictures you share with us from you hiking Kricket.

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MEXGAL1 3/6/2013 10:22AM

    Woo hoo! Congrats to you!
Have a terrific day.

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PMRUNNER 3/6/2013 5:36AM

    Congratulations!

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TINAJANE76 3/6/2013 5:15AM

    Many congratulations on everything you've achieved!

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JACKIE542 3/5/2013 10:34PM

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MARLINDA5 3/5/2013 10:28PM

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IUHRYTR 3/5/2013 10:07PM

    emoticon! -- Lou

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NORWOODGIRL 3/5/2013 9:17PM

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I'm glad you are here. You were my second spark friend. Your welcome meant the world to me. You are still one of my inspirations - and I always look forward to your photos!

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TANYA602 3/5/2013 7:57PM

    Gotta love the way you've stuck around to not only keep us all motivated, but inspired!

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HOLLYM48 3/5/2013 5:54PM

    That is awesome! Happy 6 years to you! emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 3/5/2013 5:15PM

    emoticon Lady you and I have been here so long and yet you have grown and i've just kinda stopped. I can't begin to tell you how proud I am that you gave it all you have and then some. I've hiked with you through your pics, cried with you over your son, and laughed with you. Today you are a new you and and even better friend. Congrats.

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/5/2013 4:01PM

    Woohoo, Happy Sparkversary!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/5/2013 3:19PM

    Wow! Congratulations!!! You are awesome!!! emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 3/5/2013 1:23PM

    Happy anniversary and congratulations! Awesome!

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CARTOONB 3/5/2013 1:04PM

    Happy Sparkiversary!!!

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MS_ZENZI 3/5/2013 12:32PM

    Congrats on your SparkAnniversary!! You're truly inspiring!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/5/2013 11:40AM

    Congratulations!
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Keep up the great work for many more years of healthy habits!

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RX_2_RV 3/5/2013 11:31AM

    Congratulations for every healthy choice that brought you to this day! Awesome!

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KNITTABLES 3/5/2013 10:59AM

    Wow 6 years, congrats! emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 3/5/2013 10:54AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary and maintenance!

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BAMAJAM 3/5/2013 10:48AM

  Wow--- Congratulations on your great achievement!! SUPER!!!!

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Chocolate

Monday, February 11, 2013

For 2 days now I've been craving chocolate. What's up with that? There is no chocolate in this house, so I've been eating around it: Nutella, hot chocolate, more Nutella, more hot chocolate.

Let me tell you, it doesn't work!

Next time I'll just go and get me some good chocolate, and no, I'm not going to count out 2 Hershey's kisses, I'll eat the whole darn bag, get it out of my system and move on.

Much less damage than what I've been doing this weekend.

You won't find me anywhere near the scale tomorrow though, that's for sure.
Luckily I got two good hikes in, so the damage won't be that great.

On Saturday it was really cold, even the mountains were cold...


We found some snow on the trail below the 2000 feet level.
This, too, is SoCal :)


It had rained the night before, and as the morning progressed and the temps warmed up a bit all the ice on the trees started to melt and chunks of ice rained down on us. It was awesome!

Alright, definitely have to work on improving on my nutrition this coming week.

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GOSPELCLOWN 3/5/2013 10:41PM

    I know where I would find chocolate in my house... the Chips for my cookies. I love the real, dark semi-sweet, so I'm not tempted by the milk chocolate stuff. (Lucky me.)

I would try the two Hershey kisses because I would be disappointed and move on.

Now, those baby carrots in the grocery store are one of my weaknesses.....

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IUHRYTR 3/5/2013 10:10PM

    Chocolate sure has many people in its clutches, doesn't it? I may have to try the 100 calories chocolate covered almonds snack. Maybe that will keep me away from candy bars or a tub of ice cream. emoticon for the beautiful pictures. -- Lou

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CMRAND54 2/23/2013 7:15PM

    Chocolate is definitely one of my weaknesses, and it has to be the real thing. I've tried substitutions, too, but ended up eating too much of the wrong thing.

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BOOKAPHILE 2/22/2013 11:38AM

    I have found that if I try to eat something other than what I'm wanting, I end up eating more (PLUS the thing I want) than if I just go for a modest portion of my craving. Good insight. Plan what you will do when the craving strikes and you won't feel so helpless, uncontolled, frustrated or angry.
Good luck.

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KANOE10 2/22/2013 8:42AM

    Lovely pictures. Great job of staying healthy and exercising.despite your chocolate cravings. I get the 100 calorie packs of chocolate covered almonds. Not too bad.

Spark is my favorite online site also. Have a great day.

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MSCARCHICK 2/21/2013 9:19AM

    I do the same thing when I have a sugar craving.

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LARRI2010 2/21/2013 8:49AM

    I heard somewhere that if you crave chocolate to drink a cup of hot chocolate. I agree with you, it DOESN'T work. Eating chocolate chip by the handful? THAT works! At least for me. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 2/21/2013 7:08AM

    Cravings can really be a PAIN!

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 2/15/2013 2:58AM

    Classmate, TOM is here.. and I have the same desire only not for chocolate, but CAROB. I usually crave before TOM arrives... during TOM not as bad. So, I can relate. I hope you survived today... this is when this nation buys the most chocolate!!!! emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 2/12/2013 5:21PM

    I was going to say, get the good stuff and go to town. But you already thought of that :) Enjoy!

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KNITTABLES 2/11/2013 9:01PM

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/11/2013 4:06PM

    You are doing a body good with the hiking
it can take the hersheys

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NORWOODGIRL 2/11/2013 2:28PM

    I love your blog! It gives me an insight into how "the other half" lives. Last night we had over 6 inches of snow at our normal elevations. That's normal, too. emoticon

I get my exercise shoveling snow and slogging through drifts up to my hips. I'd rather be hiking! (But when the weather is nice enough to walk, the mosquitoes suck you dry or the black flies chew chunks out of you!)

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TERRIPAL1 2/11/2013 1:36PM

    I keep some dark chocolate around just in case, the darker the better, and I can only have one piece, mmmm,love chocolate as well!

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BOVEY63 2/11/2013 1:34PM

    I have those "craving chocolate" days too; and am so glad there isn't any in the house or it would be gone.

Hope it has warmed up for you.

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JASI27 2/11/2013 8:03AM

    The pics are gorgeous! So jealous : ) I am the same way with chocolate. When the craving hits, I know to go get some or I will do the same thing, eat around it and consume 10 times the calories than I would have eating the dang candy. lol I used to get a king size reeses and now opt for the regular and eat it slowly and that helps me a bunch.

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MALEXANDER4 2/11/2013 6:45AM

    Girl you shoulda ate the chocolate. lol. Love your pics, looks chilly out there though. I'm a wimp I hate the cold.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/11/2013 6:34AM

    Love walking in the woods! Your blogs always make me ITCH to get out there!

I've done that eating thing too, where you eat EVERYTHING but the thing you're really craving. It never seems to work, does it!?!

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BUTEAFULL 2/11/2013 1:14AM

    you had me at chocolate emoticon

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MARLINDA5 2/11/2013 12:40AM

    Great photos - emoticon

I agree with you - if you crave it - eat what you want - and as you said "get it out of your system"



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STEPHLOKI 2/11/2013 12:26AM

    Your pictures remind me of the Smokey Mountains and the Hiles i used to do there.

I have similar experience with chocolate as you do.

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LATTELEE 2/11/2013 12:24AM

  Nice photos

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Maintenance... Really!?

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I was thinking tonight, about maintenance.
What does it mean?

Clearly it means not gaining back the weight that you have so painstakingly lost.

How do you do that?
You continue your healthy living habits you have acquired.

End of the road? Is that all?
Do you really just want to stay stagnant, maintain the status quo?
Continue to measure, weigh, log?

In life nothing ever stands still.

Even in maintenance there is room for improvement. Lots of room.
For me, exercise plays a huge role. Now more than ever.
Replacing some of my fat with muscle is an ongoing project.

Okay, I admit it, I'm addicted to hiking. It has really gotten under my skin.

Tonight I discovered some really mean thigh muscles.
I managed to lose 1 inch off my thighs and I'm rocking those skinny jeans. It took 10 months to lose this 1 inch, so persistence definitely pays.

And if you're hugely active the topic "food" becomes a really small part of your life. It is now what I've always wanted it to be - fuel.

In the last 2 months I dropped 6 lbs. Don't really know how that happened. Well, had a bit of turmoil going on and can definitely say that I'm not a stress eater.

Can't really afford to lose much more weight but will attempt to maintain at this new lower weight. To tell you a secret, it's my dream weight which I was never able to reach when I was actively trying. Go figure.

Keeping on topic with the SparkPeople theme: Life is good on the maintenance front.

Outside of that, I'd have some crazy stories to tell... I finally figured it out - you've got to live a little. And promptly I got myself into trouble. Isn't life delicious?
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AURORAMILLET 2/27/2013 6:08PM

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MZIMIGA 2/27/2013 3:30PM

    Maintenance is going to be hard for me someday...but I'm trying to learn that this is a healthy lifestyle adjustment and not just a phase I'm going thru. Hopefully when I get to the end of my journey I'll realize it wasn't the end of my journey afterall, it was just the dancing in the rain part!

It looks like you've got it all figured out. Good job! That's really awesome to hear!! :)

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FLDEEZ 2/23/2013 11:32AM

    I loved this blog. Maintenance scares me and I'm not even anywhere close now (i've gained it all back + some in the past). Your words help!! :)

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-SHOREIDO- 2/23/2013 9:42AM

    emoticon Live life to its fullest and laugh in trouble's face!! Yes that a great weight loss formula!! Love it!!

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TANYA602 2/23/2013 9:39AM

    I'm just catching up with your blogs and loving them. Congratulations on your maintenance, and those mean thighs!! I also live in So Cal and have finally succumbed to hiking and turns out I am loving it, as well, now that I'm 40 lbs lighter. Also found some snow last week and had a blast!
Keep the blogs and inspiration coming! We have so much we can learn from your journey!

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CLAIREINPARIS 2/23/2013 4:03AM

    This is such an encouraging blog! Showing that it is possible not to be obsessed with food anymore... To be honest, I rarely read blogs about maintenance here on SP where I can say the person who wrote it is 'free'. You are free from the food addiction and that is wonderful!

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CMRAND54 2/22/2013 2:26PM

    I have trouble with maintenance, but I hope my exercise is paying off and exchanging fat for muscles.

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SUSIEMT 2/22/2013 10:42AM

    Kricket! I loved this blog! Thank you! You are an inspiration. Keep up the good job of maintaining!

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WATERMELLEN 2/22/2013 8:08AM

    Great blog with a key idea: that maintenance isn't stagnation, and that there's always room for continuous improvement that doesn't have to focus just on weight! Love the cheeky attitude!

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NELLJONES 2/22/2013 8:08AM

    I'm not an exercise junkie, but there are other goals that can come front and center once the weight obsession lifts and maintenance becomes comfortable.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 2/21/2013 10:15PM

    Awesome blog. I'm learning the truths of your blog, but have only been in maintenance for about 2 mos. Congrats on your success with maintenance and further weight loss. That's fabulous. I'm addicted to hiking too - love it. All the best to you friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/21/2013 9:18PM

    Great blog and what a beautiful picture on your page!

Love this! "In life nothing ever stands still. "

I'm not at maintenance yet (about 10 lbs to go I think) but I'm learning from maintainers like you. So thank yoiu for sharing!

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MARTHAWILL 2/21/2013 6:55PM

    Good job!

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WALKINGMAMMA 2/21/2013 5:01PM

    emoticon emoticon Great blog!!! Isn't it fun when our weight goes to that before dreamed of weight all by itself?

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_LINDA 2/21/2013 12:49PM

    I am an exercise junkie and food is my fuel and it won't run properly without the best nutrition. I love to hike too, but there are few opportunities here in the prairies. I also love Zumba and Boxercise. Its my love of exercise that has seen me through two years of maintenance. I still track everything I eat and do though, just for fun and reality checks. But also because I have met some terrific people here on Sparks and I am sharing their journeys. Nothing like the support of a few friends through good times and bad.
Happy maintaining at the new weight!!

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HANSBRINK 2/21/2013 12:08PM

  maintenance is fun, though! sure, there's still tracking the food and working out. but the other activities, like your hiking or my outrigger canoeing, are a lot more enjoyable.

I like your comment about rocking the skinny jeans. I feel the same way when I put on my underarmour shirt prior to my paddling.

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LOGOULD 2/21/2013 11:58AM

    Wish I could learn to appreciate the cold weather more, but you are right, maintenance is a learning process and as I continue on, I will continue to learn and this maintenance thing will get easier and I will become more consistent.

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SHAREBEAR1963 2/21/2013 11:29AM

    Thanks for sharing!! Very nice.

I need to remember food is fuel. My diet is the hardest part for me, but I am doing ok. Especially, if I keep reading blogs like this one.

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MKELLY72 2/21/2013 10:38AM

    Nice straight forward, simple approach--and so true! It's emotionally hard--even though we (as maintainers) have all the tools and know how to use them.
Thanks for posting!
Michelle

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MEXGAL1 2/21/2013 9:30AM

    Food to me is medicine and what I eat now makes all the difference in how I feel.
Here's to continued good health!

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MANDELOVICH 2/21/2013 8:50AM

    I love that you say that food is now just fuel, that you don't stress eat, and that you can't afford to lose any more weight (what a great problem to have).
Tina said you were able to overcome binge eating. I'd love know your strategies. I got to goal and then binged my way right back to where I started. Please share any tips!!

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MARTY728 2/21/2013 8:10AM

    emoticon I really am looking forward to being where you are maintenance-wise.

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CELIAMINER 2/21/2013 7:59AM

    Inspiring! Back when I was a maintenance wannabe (close but no cigar), I read a blog about continuing to improve once the hoopla surrounding the weight loss died down. I adopted "maintaining but not done improving" as a sort of mantra, and I have to admit there has been a lot of personal growth in other areas of my life in the last couple of years.

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KANOE10 2/21/2013 7:54AM

    Great blog and great attitude. Enjoy your hiking. Congrats on maintaining your loss and losing 6 more pounds.

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MOMMY445 2/21/2013 7:48AM

    congraulations! that is awesome! have an amazing day!

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KELLIEBEAN 2/21/2013 7:01AM

    Congrats on those numbers! I'm very happy for you! You are doing great!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/21/2013 6:37AM

    I agree! There's always room for improvement!! Congrats on the thighs and the scale number. Hiking seems like a great hobby. Good for you!! Take care and keep Sparking'! Love to see maintainers doing it!! Very inspiring!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/21/2013 6:29AM

    Great blog. I'm especially impressed with that thigh reduction. Slow and steady is just fine with me.


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TORTISE110 2/21/2013 6:10AM

    I am in awe of all you have done. Congratultions

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BLOOMINGLENA 2/21/2013 4:27AM

    I have way to go till I reach maintenance! Maintenance is hard but it is inspiring to see that there is room for improvement and that now you see food as a fuel. That's what it is actually and since I am an emotional eater I do whatever I can to control cravings and consider food as fuel.
I hope one day I will reach maintenance level and celebrate my success!

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NUOVAELLE 2/21/2013 1:43AM

    What a great blog to start my day with! You seem to have it all figured out. Food as fuel, addicted to hiking and seeking room for improvement in exercise. That's just great.
I'd really like to be where you are one day. I feel exercise is my second nature now, too, but when it comes to food I still have issues to solve.
But as you said, persistence always pays!
Thank you for the motivational start to my day and have an awesome Thursday!
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MJREIMERS 2/20/2013 11:24PM

    "Looks like you made it...." Oh, I'm showing my age! It sounds like you have truly learned how to live this new lifestyle change. Food as fuel, an exercise you love and rock'n those skinny jeans. It sounds like you are loving "your new skin" and that's what it's all about.

I love hiking, too! We don't live in the best area for hiking, but we definitely can explore some terrain once the snow melts.

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SCHNOOTIE 2/9/2013 9:02AM

    Although I am about 26 pounds away from maintenance, I find your blog extremely inspiring!!!! Thanks for the motivation. I just had two days of not doing too well, and got back into healthier habits this morning and feel great. Happy hiking!

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BOVEY63 2/8/2013 12:37PM

    I can see how you would become addicted to hiking with all the amazing places you can go!

Congrats on all your success - you will rock maintenance!
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CARTOONB 2/7/2013 11:38PM

    It sounds like you are in a good place. I'm happy for you.

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KNITTABLES 2/7/2013 10:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I agree you have to live a little.

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GREENGENES 2/7/2013 8:30PM

    Way to go. You are absolutely correct. Maintenance involves improvement. There is always an opportunity for upgrades.

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NORWOODGIRL 2/7/2013 3:41PM

    Awesome! You are one strong cookie ---- er, steel cut oat! emoticon

I'm glad that you have found your way and are living the life you deserve!

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IGSBETH 2/7/2013 11:23AM

    Congrats on your progress!

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LIVELAUFLUV 2/7/2013 11:11AM

    Woo Hoo!!!! Maintenance is tough sometimes, but it's a continuous journey in life! We learn new things every day, and those new things help tweak our healthy lifestyle!



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TEDYBEAR2838 2/7/2013 8:08AM

    So glad you define your new ground. Thinking about
things in a good way keeps you focused and on track.

Thanks for sharing so much of you, with us!

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MALEXANDER4 2/7/2013 7:48AM

    You mean it can really happen? Reaching your goal and maintaining? I'm still working out the kinks in myself but i'm moving. Whether slow or steady i'm not sure yet but i'm liking the new me that is coming out. Less critical of this me.

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CHERYL_ANNE 2/7/2013 7:44AM

    Eat to live, as opposed to live to eat!

Thank you for the positive and thought provoking post.

I am within 20 pounds of maintenance and am already thinking about what that entails. I've bookmarked a couple of SP groups to look into when I'm closer.

It's so helpful to me to see what other people are positively thinking about this subject and to realize that I am not far off base.

Just continue to do what I'm doing and keep on my journey.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/7/2013 6:12AM

    One day I hope to be where you are! "Food as fuel" is still an elusive concept for me. But you are wicked awesome!!

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Off the Beaten Path: An Off-Trail and Rock-Scrambling Weekend

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Oops, already Wednesday - it's been a busy week.

Last weekend I did two rather unconventional hikes. We hiked off trail both days.

Saturday's hike was on an old trail, abandoned in the 50s, which we discovered a couple of weeks ago.
Quite rugged...


... and a little bit overgrown :)


Sunday's hike took us to a beautiful waterfall - no trail. We just followed the stream.


Mini waterfalls all along the way.


Lots of rock scrambling.



We all came away a little bit battered looking :) My many bruises have started to heal... It was worth every step, every slip, and every scary moment.

This coming weekend we'll stay on the trails...
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IUHRYTR 3/5/2013 10:14PM

    The pictures make me wish I could have been there with you. Such glorious sights. -- Lou

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BOVEY63 2/8/2013 12:35PM

    Love the pics - another awesome place to hike!

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MALEXANDER4 2/7/2013 7:45AM

    It may have been off the beaten path but it sure was beautiful.

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CARTOONB 2/6/2013 11:19PM

    I want to join you on your hikes!!!

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KNITTABLES 2/6/2013 9:35PM

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/6/2013 9:05PM

    OH, emoticon Glad everyone was OK.
Please be careful out there...

But I can just imagine how beautiful it was!
thanks for sharing your walks with us

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RORYLYONS 2/6/2013 8:19PM

    Love the photos of your hike.....waterfall especially.

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NORWOODGIRL 2/6/2013 7:01PM

    Well done! How far were the hikes?

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DESERTJULZ 2/6/2013 6:37PM

    Oh my! Beautiful photos!

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MARLINDA5 2/6/2013 5:04PM

    Love your pictures and it seems your foot is feeling better to do these hikes.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/6/2013 3:49PM

    And OH! The rocks!! That looks like it was slow going and hard work!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/6/2013 3:48PM

    I am SOOOO missing my hiking! We should be back home about Feb 15 and then we'll jump back in with a vengeance.

On the plus side of being in Massachusetts, we were able to go to an REI store today and bought top of the line trekking poles! Mine are only 5 ounces EACH! This is a super bonus because the nearest REI to our home is 450 miles away.

Your hikes look FABULOUS. Glad your bruises are healing! I'm not a big fan of "bushwacking", but you certainly saw some beautiful country.


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Itchy Feet

Saturday, January 26, 2013

After an emotionally draining and overall stressful week I was very much looking forward to my Saturday hike - my entire being was itching to get out there and hike.

Well, it's been raining here off and on since Thursday, and I saw hikes being cancelled left and right. Had to wait until Friday night to finally receive confirmation that my hike would be on. I'm happy that there are still people out there who are not afraid of a little bit of rain.

Showers were in the forecast for today, but only up until 9:00 am.

Well, haha! We hiked in the fog and rain pretty much all the way until noon. Dirt road turning into mud. Us getting wetter and dirtier by the minute. Lunch was at the top of our mountain peak, standing in the rain, inhaling our sandwiches.

And guess what? I enjoyed every minute of my hike. It was awesome! Definitely one of those hikes you'll never forget.



Surprised a herd of cattle.


Little twig in the rain (I love this picture).


An entire hill full of prickly pear.


The muddy boots picture.


This is what it's all about.


Well, still got itchy feet... My boots are clean and almost dry... I'll be hiking again tomorrow.
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BOVEY63 2/1/2013 4:14PM

    Beautiful pics again!!! You have the most awesome places to hike.

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CARTOONB 1/29/2013 11:23PM

    Love it!

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KELSPRETTYGIRL 1/29/2013 2:06PM

    Awesome, classmate! I'm hoping to get in a couple more good hikes here on Kauai just for you!!!!

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NORWOODGIRL 1/28/2013 6:02PM

    For some reason when I read "Itchy Feet" I thought about an itchy palm meaning money is coming. Guess itchy feet mean health and happiness is coming!

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SCHNOOTIE 1/27/2013 8:24PM

    Happy you got to clear your mind and enjoy nature :)

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/27/2013 9:49AM

    Awe, I love the little twig also.

Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

I can't climb steep grades anymore because
of my feet.

KEEP GOING GIRL!

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JACKIE542 1/27/2013 9:29AM

    Sometimes you just need to get out. Glad you did. Love your pictures, I will be out again soon! emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/27/2013 9:17AM

    Glad you got out - all of my hikes were cancelled too - I personally don't mind hiking or walking in the rain but I don't like the damage it does to the trails and areas around the trails if/when people try to go around puddles or slippery areas - that's why so many trails are closed during muddy conditions. As long as the hikers understand they can be damaging the trail and make sure they step carefully to avoid that, also make sure they stay ON the trail and don't try to 'walk around' the puddles or muddy sections, it's fine with me but I usually try to stick with paved, rocky, sandy or decomposed granite trails until things dry out.

Hope you have another good one!!
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TRAVELGRRL 1/27/2013 9:05AM

    I love your pictures! We've had a lot of family business to take care of out of state so haven't been able to hike. I've got itchy feet too!!!!! Love your pics, and glad your hiking buddies don't mind the rain.

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MALEXANDER4 1/27/2013 7:40AM

    That view and the success of reaching the peak is what it is all about. You go girl. I know you have missed your weekend hikes and I for one am glad you got to head out and a little rain never hurt anyone. lol.

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CLAIREINPARIS 1/27/2013 3:14AM

    It does look like a fantastic hike! I loved the fog too. But I am guilty of not enjoying hiking in the rain!!! I don't see the countryside well when it rains, and I don't want to damage my camera. I realize I don't hike mainly because I enjoy walking, but because I enjoy discovering new countrysides!!!

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MARLINDA5 1/27/2013 2:52AM

    Love your pictures - especially pictures of the rain on the twig

emoticon - great job on your hike



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MJ7DM33 1/27/2013 1:04AM

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ANDYLIN90 1/27/2013 12:50AM

    Hey, good for you. And I totally agree, a little rain or even a lot of rain if you're prepared shouldn't stop us from getting out there. Loved the pictures.
Linda


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KNITTABLES 1/27/2013 12:49AM

    Great Job on the hike. emoticon

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