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Life has no purpose ...

Friday, May 03, 2013

... you have a purpose and you bring it to life.

Intrigued? Check out Marc and Angel's blog, it's always a good read.

www.marcandangel.com/2013/05/02/5-co
re-skills-your-life-depends-on/


Find your happy today - weekend's almost here.
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IGSBETH 5/4/2013 3:59PM

    Intriguing blog title indeed!

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NORWOODGIRL 5/3/2013 8:20PM

    I really enjoyed that blog! Thanks.

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GRAMMY_22 5/3/2013 5:42PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CMRAND54 5/3/2013 5:32PM

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BOVEY63 5/3/2013 3:10PM

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MKELLY72 5/3/2013 3:02PM

    Intriguing title for your blog :) I like it! Gonna check the link
Michelle

Love it! So simple and so true--trouble is we have to keep reading this perspective (or writing about it) to stay actively on that path. Thanks for sharing the link!

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Happiness In The Moment

Friday, April 26, 2013

A friend titled this picture of me and my puppy
"Happiness in the moment".
I love this caption, and thought I'd share.




  
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BOVEY63 4/29/2013 4:43PM

    Awesome pic!!

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CARTOONB 4/28/2013 11:46PM

    Excellent caption!

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TANYA602 4/28/2013 8:21PM

    Beautiful!

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/28/2013 1:57PM

    I love the picture and I love the caption! Thank you for sharing!

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CMRAND54 4/27/2013 7:13PM

    Great picture!

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MARLINDA5 4/27/2013 2:44PM

    Love the picture - emoticon

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MEXGAL1 4/27/2013 2:20PM

    Love it!
Enjoy your week end.

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JULABELLE 4/27/2013 9:29AM

    Animals are the best! So very glad your "puppy" brings you happiness. Ours needs social skills. emoticon

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KANOE10 4/27/2013 9:24AM

    You both look so happy. I love the picture.



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PIXIE-LICIOUS 4/27/2013 8:21AM

    What a great picture, I felt happier just looking at the two of you! emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 4/27/2013 12:35AM

    That's the best kind of happiness!

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NORWOODGIRL 4/26/2013 11:11PM

    Your dog has a lovely face. Oh, so do you, too, of course! emoticon
The caption has captured the moment.

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MALEXANDER4 4/26/2013 9:52PM

    Puppy? Girl if he is going to get much bigger you may need a bigger home. lol. Love the pic.

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IUHRYTR 4/26/2013 9:16PM

    I emoticon my doggies, too! emoticon -- Lou

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BOOKAPHILE 4/26/2013 9:14PM

    That's a great caption. What's your puppy's name?

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JAMBABY0 4/26/2013 8:56PM

    So cute

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10,000'+ I CAN do it!!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hiked my first 10,000+ peak this past weekend.

I'm living at sea level, and having experienced altitude sickness on a previous hike, I was a bit worried going into this one. I did go in much better prepared though, which made all the difference.

At an elevation gain of about 900' per mile, this one was moderately steep. It surprised me to find out that my heart rate does come down a lot slower at higher elevations. This, of course, makes sense.

I'm proud of my first 10,000+ adventure. It was exhilarating. I'll be playing above 8,000' a lot this spring and summer.

Here is my summit picture.


The views were magnificent.


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GETTINGFIT4HIM 4/26/2013 4:30AM

  Great pics and emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 4/24/2013 2:07PM

    You can did it.

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MALEXANDER4 4/24/2013 7:51AM

    In a word AWESOME.

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CARTOONB 4/23/2013 11:15PM

    Gorgeous!! I want to go hiking with you!

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MARLINDA5 4/23/2013 10:48PM

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great pictures

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NORWOODGIRL 4/23/2013 9:10PM

    Wow! Just wow!

I can admire your accomplishment, but you'd have difficulty getting me much above sea level!

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CMRAND54 4/23/2013 8:37PM

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IUHRYTR 4/23/2013 8:30PM

    Beautiful pictures. emoticon on an emoticon achievement. -- Lou

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BOOKAPHILE 4/23/2013 7:24PM

    Congratulations on your high accomplishment! Well done.

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HEALTHY-SPARK 4/23/2013 4:28PM

    Fantastic! I love to hike too -- especially those hikes that have a real accomplishment factor associated with them like Mt Baldy. Congrats!

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KIMBERLY_Y 4/23/2013 4:21PM

    What a great challenge to accomplish! emoticon

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TANYA602 4/23/2013 3:17PM

    When we were in Peru we began drinking coca tea de mate and we still order it regularly from Amazon.com (in addition to helping with altitude sickness, it helps with bruising and a number of things).
What an amazing view! And an amazing accomplishment!

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MKELLY72 4/23/2013 1:33PM

    What an awesome accomplishment! I would love to have that kind of opportunity--if I ever get close enough to a mountain--I will be excited!
Michelle

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TRAVELGRRL 4/23/2013 1:14PM

    Wow, congratulations! We will be hiking the Inca Trail in Peru in September and I am scared to death of altitude sickness. The highest peak in Arkansas is about 2700 feet! emoticon If things go well this summer we'll hike in Colorado for a couple of weeks to try to acclimate. Any suggestions about hiking at high altitudes?

Oh! And CONGRATS on the hike!! AWESOME pictures and accomplishment!!

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JULABELLE 4/23/2013 1:02PM

    beautiful! Sounds like you enjoyed it tremendously.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 4/23/2013 11:09AM

    CONGRATS! Your preparations paid off! Thanks for sharing the hike!

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MJ7DM33 4/23/2013 11:05AM

  emoticon Great pics!

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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.)
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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...!!
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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.
Cheers.
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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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CLAIREINPARIS 4/7/2013 3:47PM

    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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SUMTHINGSPECIAL 4/7/2013 3:17PM

    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!

Sumay

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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

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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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CHRISGETTINGFIT 3/31/2013 7:07PM

    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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