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10 lbs in a Month...

Sunday, April 07, 2013

... if I can do it, so can you...!!!
(But you might not want to.)

I've been on the chocolate and cookie diet for about a month now.
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And this morning the scale was UP exactly 10 lbs from a month ago.

A month ago I saw the lowest weight EVER since my teens - 119.8 lbs. (My dream goal is 120, so I was right there!)
Then I suffered a huge disappointment and things started spiraling out of control. I've been eating chocolate and cookies by the pound ever since. Me, an emotional eater? Never...!!

This morning at 129.8 I'm still within my range but barely and definitely too close for comfort. Determined to never see the 130s again, I have (FINALLY) started to take corrective action. My head is in a good place today; I'm feeling a bit sarcastic...

Goal is to be back down to 125 (my official goal weight) by the end of this month, which, sans chocolate and cookies, should be quite easy to achieve.

Please don't send any "you can do its" - I'm actually in a fairly happy place today.

Did an amazing hike yesterday & going on a little 8-mile hike this afternoon.
Will post a proper hiking blog later.

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STEPHLOKI 4/9/2013 12:48PM

    A "little" 8mile hike. Well good for you.

Yep, I know without cookies, gummibears, soda and such you can loose weight. So let's try this together. Need to get focussed again as well.

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MARLINDA5 4/9/2013 1:36AM

    looking forward to seeing your hiking pictures

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KANOE10 4/8/2013 8:11AM

    I am glad you are happy. I enjoyed your post.

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DEBRA0818 4/8/2013 6:31AM

    I tried that diet last month and did a lot better than you -- I gained the 10 pounds in just 2 weeks. Now I'm on a new plan because I've given up on chocolate and cookies as a means of health and well being. They're not going quietly, but they are going!


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CARTOONB 4/7/2013 11:43PM

    I like sarcastic. It makes me happy. Hope it makes you happy too!

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FRAN0426 4/7/2013 9:50PM

    Great your in a good place once again.

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FLORNH 4/7/2013 7:35PM

    You can do it!!

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NORWOODGIRL 4/7/2013 7:22PM

    Yea! Welcome back to your sharp, sarcastic self. She is my hero. It sounds like you ate that #*$(* right out of your life and you are moving full speed ahead! emoticon

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BOVEY63 4/7/2013 7:03PM

    So happy that you are in a good place!
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BOOKAPHILE 4/7/2013 6:19PM

    Glad to hear you are back in control with your mind engaged!

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EFFECT25 4/7/2013 5:38PM

    I had the same experience as you even write 3 weeks 8pounds ana nonstop eating. Corrective action started today and I already feel much better mentally and physically :).

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MALEXANDER4 4/7/2013 4:53PM

    I will follow you and do what you do. Ok maybe not the eight miles but i'm good with three...which I did yesterday. So lets get this candy party over and the veggie party started.

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TRAVELGRRL 4/7/2013 4:46PM

    So cute to hear you are going on a "little" hike of 8 miles! Funny how things change, isn't it?

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MANDELOVICH 4/7/2013 4:17PM

    Well, I did the same thing. Got to goal, and the next day started eating and eating and got back to almost 130, where I'm hovering! My goal is to get right back down to 117-120. I'm on the path with you!

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    emoticon Good to read you are in a happy place today!

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MEXGAL1 4/7/2013 3:29PM

    I thought you were going to tell me you lost 10 pounds eating cookies....I would go for that!

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    Sometimes the best thing to get me motivated to succeed is to hear someone tell me I can't do it. I'm not going to say anything - sometimes it's better to stay quiet!


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LINWASH23 4/7/2013 3:10PM

    Ok, no you can do it; but emoticon

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Above the Fog, Leaving the World Below

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Out on the trail the world makes sense.
Above the fog, leaving the world below:

I've done some spectacular hikes throughout March.
Here are some pics of the ones that bring back happy memories...

The most challenging was my 21-mile hike 3 weeks ago.
Stats for that: 5500 vertical feet
Fitbit stats for the day: 47263 steps / 615 floors
14 miles in at the summit looking down:

Then there was a snow hike:

Then, of course, the hike with my kids:

And yesterday an upside down hike, where we started on top of the mountain, did the downhill first, did some creek hopping, looped around and finished by doing a quite steep uphill.
They call this portion of the uphill the Rim Trail, and it gets a bit tricky at times.
What trail?

Another Rim Trail shot:

Overall March was a tough sad month and I have to say that hiking played a big part of getting me through.

April is my birthday month and I'm determined to make it a good one!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/7/2013 11:52AM

    emoticon i have a march birthday too. my husband and i used to hike all teh time loved it. now he has hip problems and lost the desire i may need to find a new buddy . as soon as i find out teh status of my pacemaker time for a new one soon i will get back to walking more hugs

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TERRIPAL1 4/7/2013 10:32AM

    Your pictures are amazing, so are your hikes, I don't see any trails at all, good for you, keep it up and I hope April is as beautiful as your hikes!

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MEXGAL1 4/1/2013 4:27PM

    beautiful photos...thanks for sharing. and my goodness Happy Birthday month!
Make it a great one.

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MARLINDA5 4/1/2013 10:44AM

    Great pictures - they are emoticon

Wishing you the best in April especially for your birthday emoticon

When is your birthday :)

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CARTOONB 3/31/2013 10:57PM

    Gorgeous hikes! Thank you for sharing.

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BOVEY63 3/31/2013 10:03PM

    Beautiful pictures! Sure happy to hear the hiking is helping you through this tough time.
When is your birthday? I turn the big 50 on the 16th.

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MANDELOVICH 3/31/2013 8:46PM

    Looks so lovely. I'm sorry March has been sad and I hope that you have a lovely April.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/31/2013 8:18PM

    Yikes-where is that trail?

Thanks for sharing your hikes with us. I especially like it while I'm stuck healing my foot from surgery and dreaming of hiking. LOL!

Wishing you a much more peaceful April!

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BOOKAPHILE 3/31/2013 7:49PM

    Great photos! I'm in awe of your 21 mile hike in 1 day. My fitbit still has to learn to get me to take that many steps in a day... emoticon

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    Great hiking photos! Have fun in April!

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NORWOODGIRL 3/31/2013 5:35PM

    Beautiful photos - as usual! I'd love the hiking - but not on those slopes that look like a death march instead.

There is something about nature that does take you both into yourself and out above yourself. It can give you a better perspective on life - or just wear you out into acceptance.

Happy Easter! Keep those blogs and hikes happening. Hmmm. I'm feeling a bit like a voyeur.... emoticon

April is a great month for birthdays in my family. We celebrate on the 4th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 17th, 18th, and 24th. There is also a due date on the 20 or 21st this year, so we'll add another one to the list. Hope yours is a great one!

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CLAIREINPARIS 3/31/2013 4:56PM

    Such beautiful hikes! The first one, with the fog, is incredible!
I am very glad your hikes helped you through this rough time.

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MALEXANDER4 3/31/2013 4:34PM

    Thank you for always taking the time to share your hikes with us. I love the views and since I live in the greater Alabama area where a hill is more like a mountain your sharing yours is so awesome. April is a month of rebirth. So lets do it. You pick yourself back up and keep moving forward and i'll just pick myself up and get moving forward. Happy Easter.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/31/2013 4:15PM

    What a beautiful blog! Hiking is really a metaphor for life, isn't it? Ups, downs, beauty, hard places, scary places, beautiful places.

I'm so glad you had hiking to help you get over a tough spot. I am just in AWE of the beautiful places you hike. If we ever plan a trip to CA I'm going to be in contact with you to get a list of your favorite hikes.

Hope next month is one of happiness, healing, and (of course!) hiking!

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Have to edit because I forgot to say how GORGEOUS your pictures are. Mine never seem to capture the beauty of the places we hike. I think it could be because I have to reduce the size of the pictures. (Or maybe it's just your hikes have more beautiful scenery!) Do you have any secrets to share?

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The World is Still Turning... and Hiking with My Kids

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Thank you, SparkFriends, everybody who commented, sent goodies, and e-mails. Your support means the world to me.

It's been a tough week. On Monday morning I actually received an e-mail with some hiking photos. Seriously, dude?!?

Little by little I seem to be regaining some of my rational thinking, and I'm currently on my way from sad to mad. That's a good shift. Today I'm contemplating whether I should throw darts at his picture ,,|,,

The below quote speaks to me quite strongly.

You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It won't happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, I dont care how hard this is, I dont care how disappointed I am, Im not going to let this get the best of me. Im moving on with my life.
― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

It is, indeed, up to me. I can hang on or I can let go, but unless I let go I won't be able to move on. And move on I will.

Alright - end of chapter.

This morning I hiked with my kids and my dog. I had invited both of them and surprisingly they both came. I chose a small hike, just 3 miles, didn't want to scare them off :) The hike ended at a pretty little stream. What a marvelous time we had! It's moments like that, that feed my soul.

Here's a photo of my guys.

Tomorrow's hike will be a monster of 21 miles. I'll be able to work out a bit more of my anger on that one. :)

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IUHRYTR 3/20/2013 9:30PM

    A good message. The site of your picture seems peaceful and relaxing. -- Lou

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/20/2013 3:42PM

    Going forward on the road is a life course : ) I am enjoying the journey with you, Victoria

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BOVEY63 3/18/2013 5:25PM

    You will go through several emotions which is completely normal.
Great picture!
Hope the 21-miler went well for you!

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MZIMIGA 3/17/2013 6:51PM

    I love that your kids went with you...I bet they just wanted to be there for their momma...even if it isn't quite their "thing". Glad you're still hanging in there!!

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KANOE10 3/17/2013 11:48AM

    Lovely photos of your family. How nice to share with them and go hiking.
You sound stronger and being angry is good. You are ready to move on and find happiness.

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    Beautiful children!!!!!!!!!!!

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TANYA602 3/17/2013 12:30AM

    21 miles?!?! Holy cannoli! You are a truly my inspiration for getting up and moving more!
I'm glad both kids showed and you had a great time together!

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MARLINDA5 3/16/2013 10:40PM

    Thank you for the quote - I am going to write that down.

I love the picture of your kids and your doggie - they look happy - it seemed they enjoyed the hike.

What a nice day to spend with family. emoticon

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CARTOONB 3/16/2013 9:54PM

    Kick boxing is my favorite form of getting out stress and anger. Hope the hike works for you. Good for you for making the decision to move on. You deserve to be happy.

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NORWOODGIRL 3/16/2013 8:16PM

    Amazing family! They look healthy, happy, and optimistic. Hmmm. Wonder who they got that from??? Glad you had a great hike. Have a good one tomorrow, too!

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MANDELOVICH 3/16/2013 7:36PM

    How great that you are getting out, in nature, with your kids. What a healthy, therapeutic way to deal with all the anger. Good for you!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/16/2013 7:04PM

    Kids remind us of what's really important, don't they? I'm glad you got out with them.

Love the quote. So true. Regret is such a wasted emotion -- I think it blinds us to what we HAVE.

AND, 21 miles!!! That is craziness!!!! You are my hero, girl!!!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/16/2013 6:01PM

    It's wonderful to hear that you are doing as well as possible. Your hike with your kids sounds like perfect medicine for your soul! Take care.

Good luck with your 21 mile hike!


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MALEXANDER4 3/16/2013 5:57PM

    Anger means your healing. When your mad you work through a lot of things. I know from experience myself. Now the hike with the kids...awesome. I'm so glad they came and you all had a great time. Now rest this afternoon for tomorrows hike sounds a bit tough.

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MEXGAL1 3/16/2013 5:50PM

    Hope you can move on and find true happiness...just remember that begins with you!
So glad your children joined you to hike. They look happy!
Have a great rest of the week end.

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LESLIE2561 3/16/2013 5:44PM

    Good for you for deciding to take charge and move forward! Best of Luck!

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Still Living in my Hiking Boots

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Just noticed that I haven't posted a hiking blog in quite some time.
Life's just been crazy lately, both good crazy and bad crazy. You'd think they'd balance each other out...

My past few hikes have been training hikes, meaning fast, long, considerable elevation gains, and while the scenery is beautiful, there often is not enough time to take pictures.

I shot this one on the go last Sunday in the San Gabriel Mountains.

I did have time to play this past Saturday, hiking the Rattlesnake Trail just above Santa Barbara. Santa Cruz Island is in the distance.

And the beginning of last week I spent a couple of days in San Francisco.
Got to walk the Golden Gate Bridge. Just because - something I've always wanted to do.


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/13/2013 3:11PM

    Nice pictures!

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BOVEY63 3/7/2013 12:24PM

    More awesome scenery. Walking the Golden Gate Bridge does sound like a great experience!
Keep on hikin'

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MEXGAL1 3/7/2013 10:28AM

    Very nice, thanks for sharing.

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NORWOODGIRL 3/7/2013 9:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Love it!

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KANOE10 3/7/2013 9:11AM

    I love your pictures. I lived in Sf and loved to walk that city. Good for you exercising and hiking!

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MARLINDA5 3/7/2013 1:24AM

    Thanks for sharing your pictures - nice -

Love San Francisco and also liked walking the Golden Gate Bridge.


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TRAVELGRRL 3/6/2013 10:08PM

    Wow! Beautiful pictures. I was wondering if you were hiking...what are the training hikes for? Do you have a trip planned?

How long are your training hikes??

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CARTOONB 3/6/2013 9:50PM

    Fun! Maybe I'll find more places to hike around here when the weather gets warmer.

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MALEXANDER4 3/6/2013 9:23PM

    I so love the pics. thanks for sharing.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 3/6/2013 9:14PM

    Hiking! I never thought of that. That may be something new I do this year. THANKS!

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