Saturday, October 22, 2011
Several months ago I decided to schedule my vacation from work during the third week in October with tentative plans to visit my sons in Utah or Massachusetts. If a trip to either state didn’t materialize, I would still enjoy the week taking in the beauty of Nature on the homefront. The third week in October is generally known as “Peak Week” in New York.
A visit to either son did not materialize due to their work schedules, so I decided to take one day at a time waking up each morning without the sound of an alarm clock, hitching my bike to the back of my car and explore familiar as well as unfamiliar trails. My old time favorite, the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, was first on my list.
Parts of the trail is under construction. However two sections which total 15 paved miles are surrounded by farmland, mountains and streams.
I rode on one section of 8 miles (16 round trip) that ended in a quaint little town that possesses the warm feeling of “old time America” with a tree lined main street, coffee shops, general supply store and the old depot.
On another day, Lake Minnewaska and the Shawangunk Mountains (commonly known as “The Gunks”) was my destination. Instead of biking, I decided to hike. The beauty of this area of New York is simply breathtaking. This adventure began with a view of the 60 foot Awosting Falls. After 6 hours, my hiking adventure ended with a view of the ridge, a refreshed soul, and tired feet.
Even though I did not get to visit my sons this week, I made it a point to refresh my mind, body and soul in my immediate surroundings. Have you ever enjoyed a “stay-cation”? If so, what kind of activity did you play?
Friday, October 14, 2011
Autumn season in New York is so beautiful with the trees dancing and showing off their brilliant colors. The views of the local mountains, valleys and hillsides are breathtaking. I truly enjoy riding my bike with this scenery all around me. Year after year I look forward to taking in the views during the third week in October. And, year after year, it always feels like it's just for a brief moment. So, I try my best to get out on my bike or go for a long hike to absorb as much of the reds, yellows, oranges, and browns the trails have to offer because shortly after that third week, the trees become bare.
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
It was such a beautiful day here in New York today. The weather has such an effect on people. It was nice to see so many people at work wearing smiles and it wasn't even pay day! I couldn't wait to walk around campus during my lunch break. The afternoon hours flew by as I sat at my desk completing one task after another. Before I knew it, the clock read 4:30PM. I flew out of the office and headed home thinking how awesome it would be to run at the local park. Quickly I changed into my running gear, picked up a water bottle and headed out the door. My run takes me along local farms whose residents posed for pictures. It was such a great feeling to have the Spirit move me with inspiration and motivation to complete 3.1 miles.
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Today as I got on the scale, I was officially informed that I had lost 50 pounds since joining SparkPeople.com. Oh, happy day! What a great feeling! Thanks to God, my family, and all my SparkFriends for your continued encouragement. You are always there to cheer me on when I succeed or help me up when I fall.
Today I began the day by reviewing my goals and adding a new one: to gain more confidence. I look forward to each day having a positive attitude knowing I can be a success at anything I want to accomplish.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
My journey to better health has been rewarding as well as challenging. Letting go of unhealthy habits and learning new healthy ones has not been easy. But, like riding a bike, once you learn, the roads you travel can be so much more interesting and lots of fun. The rewards are great: less aches and pains, climbing a set of stairs without stopping to catch your breath, wearing blouses that look great tucked in at the waist, not having to wear a jacket just to “cover up”, becoming very creative in the kitchen, learning a new language, and so much more.
Today I met up with a professor I hadn’t seen since June, prior reaching my first goal weight. With exhilaration in his voice, he told me that I look like a model! I humbly replied, “I hope to be a model for everyone wanting to improve their health.”
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