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Good safety reminder

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The news last night reported a woman that was missing in our area. She had gone out for a walk in the afternoon and never came back. Scary stuff! All night long I couldn't help but wonder what had happened to her and if she was ok. This morning I saw on the news that she was found safe and sound...but they aren't giving any more details. It bothered me enough that I used the dreadmill this morning instead of running outside. Arg! Not an enjoyable time!

This time of the year it is still dark outside when I go out for my morning run. I adjust my routes during this season, so I'm always on major roads and in well lit & populated areas. When the news came out about this "missing" woman, it really made me think. It's easy to slip into a nonchalant and oblivious mode when I'm running. I think I'm going to start carrying pepper spray and a light of some sort. I'm relieved that this woman was found ok, but I'm using it as a reminder that we can't be too careful out there!

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BESTSUSIEYET 10/2/2013 8:04PM

    Good reminder. I also got Road IDs to wear; they have my name and hubby & son's phone numbers in case of an accident. (put Road ID in on your search engine to find the site) I have one at home and one in the car, so if I go from work, I have one. If I leave from work, I put my purse in the trunk before leaving work, so no one would see me at a trailhead or park parking lot put it in there. If I have a pocket, I'll take cell phone, but I often don't. Good reminder about earphones, too! I've read that we shouldn't have them on more than 60 min, and never more than 60% volume. (I don't know if that is low enough to hear outside noises.) A friend wears just one so that she can still hear what is going on around her.

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PICKIE98 10/2/2013 1:51PM

    Scary thing!! We always go together, I would not DREAM of going alone.. treadmill or outdoors in pairs..

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KAPELAKIN 10/2/2013 1:49PM

    Good reminder! And I would like to add: PLEASE don't run with headphones on! A few months ago I ran up behind a woman who had headphones on, I loudly said "passing on the left" and she didn't hear me from like 5 feet away, so she was startled when I passed her. I could have been anyone creeping up behind her! Stay safe out there. emoticon

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HAPPYMENOW58 10/2/2013 1:46PM

    Thanks! I know what you mean....I sometimes go out early, too.....Always take my phone...but never super comfortable!

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Color tour 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Every fall my hubby & I take a long weekend and see the changing colors in the mountains. This years trip proved to be a challenge!

If you've been watching the news, then you know that Colorado has seen its share of rain and flooding. Although we didn't travel into any of the flooded areas, we did see evidence of all the rains and the effects it was having. Every river was running so high and muddy! There were areas of standing water and signs of where water had covered the roads.

On one leg of our trip we drove around the corner and there were 3 car size boulders that had fallen onto the road making it impassable! Scary stuff! We had to backtrack and head out a different direction adding hours to our drive!

Another one of our days was totally overcast and rainy...but the next day we woke up to beautiful snow on the mountain peaks!

We did enjoy the colors this year, but it was good to get home safe and sound! That's one of the challenges of traveling through the mountains...weather can be unpredictable and you have to be ready for plan B.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 9/26/2013 3:25PM

    Beautiful pictures! Don't you just love the fall weather. We tried hiking up near Red Feather last weekend and wasn't able to follow the trail because it went through a meadow that had turned into a wet bog.

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/25/2013 1:07PM

    Love the pics, Lois! We are heading out Sat. for a hike out near Guanella Pass, and hope it's not too cool or too wet. The area should be pretty judging from reviews of this hike I found online (at least, last year at the time, colors were great).
God bless you as you move into this next season -- may it be a time when your awareness of His goodness abounds!

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KATRINAKRAUT 9/25/2013 12:41PM

    Gorgeous.And the elk are bugling. Snowfall dusting the peaks. Awesome time of year in the Rockies.

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CAROL494 9/25/2013 12:03PM

  Thanks for the beautiful photos!

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Eating My Emotions

Friday, August 16, 2013

What a beautiful sunrise this morning! My run this morning was refreshing! I've been so discouraged lately with my running and my over eating, so this morning's run was encouraging! I wish I could figure out what makes some runs easier and what makes the others tough.

My eating has been crazy for the last couple weeks. I am not staying in my calorie range. I make myself log everything, even though it's not a pretty picture. I have to get it under control again or the weight will slide right back on and I DO NOT want to see that! I've worked too hard to get it off! I know I am eating/snacking for the wrong reasons. I saw a saying that another SP'er said that is so basic, but really said it all!

"If hunger isn't the problem, food is not the answer!"

That sugary doughnut, little candy bar, salty chips, homemade treats from a co-worker, cheesy casserole - none of those things will make me feel more satisfied, content, happy or loved. They won't ease my sadness, feel more rested, help my boredom or fill the emptiness. I'll feel just as empty, bored, sad and tired after eating them, except then I'll have the guilt, too.

It's all so logical when I spell it out on paper! The day starts out with lots of determination! Yet when the battle time comes later in the day, I let my guard down and excuses start worming their way in.

I LOVE food and I LOVE to eat, so for me this will be a constant battle. I need to discover some strategies that really work for me. I know there are things like taking a walk when you feel the urge to snack. Or drink some water...but I need more than that. Maybe I need some strict rules for myself, like I can't eat anything at work that I didn't bring from home. I don't know...I'm open to suggestions. I'm so close to what I think is my goal weight, but my eating is still not in control.

I love my fellow Sparkers and the encouragement they bring! The support here is so helpful! Thank you all for your friendship on this journey.

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TRACEY5280 8/18/2013 8:21PM

    Reading the other responses it looks like you have good company. It is such a constant struggle. Good week, bad week. I think if someone ever comes up with the easy answer they will be rich! In the meantime, keep fighting the good fight. You're aware and that is key. Come here and we'll keep cheering you on. You've done it. You can do it again. I'll push you if you push me!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 8/18/2013 5:53PM

    I could have written this blog. I totally get it. Some days/weeks are great while others I really struggle. One thing I have learned though - don't quit, just keeping getting back up and going for it. Life full of roses involves thorns and problems to work out. I am cheering for you my friend. Let's keep going forward!

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KAPELAKIN 8/17/2013 11:03AM

    I'm still struggling with this too. Staying busy helps, even though it seems like we're all so busy already. Sometimes I just go out and pull weeds or pick a room to clean or something else that isn't compatible with eating if I want to snack after dinner. What about a crafty project like knitting or bead work that would keep your hands busy? I think seeing something being created can give the brain some of the satisfaction it might be looking for from pushing us to snack.

I am still stumped on why some runs are so much harder than others, so I can't help you there! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/16/2013 5:31PM

    Very true words, my friend! I'm bummed that I've gained, but haven't been bummed enough to STOP! I'm needing to go back to PLANNING snacks ... not just eating what is handy when I feel like it! God Bless You, Lois -- sending HUGS your way!

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DCC_85 8/16/2013 12:38PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself. Give yourself a treat now and then-not necessarily food all the time. I have had the same problem too. I started eating part of a protein bar after my workouts. (I can stretch one for abut 3 days-lol). Of course it has chocolate in it, so I get my little sweet and protein at the same time. When I get home I don't feel like snacking. Try eating something with protein in it after your exercise. It usually will fill you up more. emoticon

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Storms & Horses

Monday, June 24, 2013

Had a fun day storm chasing in NE Colorado today! Didn't catch any tornados, but saw some beautiful cloud formations lots of lightning!

I was glad to see our state get some much needed rain, too!

Plus I had the added benefit of making a new friend on one of our stops. We had pulled over to watch one of the storms and just so happened to be next to a couple horses, so of course I had to get get some kisses! :) One of the horses was very friendly, came right over and soaked up all the attention I could give him.

He was beautiful and I enjoyed every minute of our short visit! Anytime I can get a horse fix, I'll take it!

It made for a perfect day!

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/25/2013 10:04AM

    Storm chasing?? The pictures were beautiful. I, too, am glad we got some rain. But it needs to cover the whole state.

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/24/2013 10:10AM

    Storm chasing?? Didn't know you were into that! Your pis are gorgeous! Be safe, and enjoy those horse encounters whenever you get them!!

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TRACEY5280 6/24/2013 9:17AM

    Yes, it was wonderful to see some storms. If only they'd cover the whole state! Love the cloud pics.

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LUNABYRD 6/24/2013 6:20AM

    Beautiful storm pics! Love the horse too. They are such beautiful and powerful creatures.

Thanks for sharing!

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Taking it for granted

Saturday, June 01, 2013

We had an opportunity to stay with some friends from Joplin, MO at their time share in Breckenridge last week. It was a great time of getting to know each other better, seeing the beautiful sights, fishing, shopping and playing games. We really packed a lot into our week! They were so in awe of the mountains and all the beauty that our "backyard" has, it made me appreciate it all over again!

Living on the front range and seeing the mountains everyday, it's so easy to take the beauty for granted! Being around "flat-landers" who are seeing the mountain peaks for the first time in a long time opened my eyes to the beauty that I'm over looking on a regular basis.

It was a good reminder to slow down and be thankful for this creation!

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COMPUCATHY 6/2/2013 8:55PM

    You do live in a really pretty area of the country! I enjoy visiting my kids in that area...it's gorgeous! The Fitbit inspiration is working! This evening, my butt and legs are sore from all the walking and movement! Yay! I've been doing a lot of stepping with my Wii board and I think that is making a difference, too. Thanks for being my SP friend and an inspiration! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 6/1/2013 11:42PM

    I live over in Steamboat and you're right - it's so easy to "take it for granted", forgetting that not everyone has all this beauty right out their front door. Thanks for the reminder to appreciate it!

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/1/2013 8:08PM

    Yes, we live in an AWESOME part of the world!! and we can choose to take it for granted or to stop and say, "WOW!" Hubby & I were in Evergreen today and commented how strange that we've both lived in Denver most of our lives, and spent almost NO time in Evergreen!! I'm wanting to choose WOW moments -- sounds like you are, too! We need to go hiking together this summer!!

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AUTUMNHOPE 6/1/2013 7:30PM

    I LOVE your blog. I also love the mountains, forests & streams. You're right. It's majestic & we do take it for granted.
I live in the Adirondack mountains of NYS. I think of people who grew up in NYC & never saw these beautiful wonders only a couple hundred miles from them.
Thanks for sharing your pictures & reminding me to be thankful

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