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coppercliff trail

Friday, August 26, 2011

well the other day we walked another trail so its another one off the list. This one wasnt all that exciting trail it ran along side the highway for parts of it but its done none the less. Aparently pictures speak a thousand words and upon reviewing the photos there were a pair of clowns in the back ground making faces at me. Hahaha i wasnt in the best of moods that day , good ole hormones so they thought it would be fun to be goofy didnt know till like i said looked at the pictures. Alot of the pictures were also take either too far or really up close and i had a sour face on lol. Hey guess not everyday will be a godo day lol. Anyways here's the photos. We saw three beavers and a muskrat but the beavers were too quick . it was neat to see them smack thier tails against the water then swim down .

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BARBARAROSE54 8/27/2011 8:43PM

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keep on walking Lesley !

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RAINBOWMF 8/26/2011 7:26PM

    hahaah I loved the pictures
I am so happy to see you all get out on these trails, you are all so inspiring.

You got up and went and that is something you might not have done a month ago--- you walk the walk-- purse and all. LOL!

Hugs Mary

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LOLAJO54 8/26/2011 3:44PM

    you know something you are right some days are going to be not that great but you still got up and got out and walked..proud of you Lesley..

I loved that picture of you with them making faces in the background are a hotty..even with a pout on..

hugs Jo

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THREADS3 8/26/2011 1:26PM

    Keep walking!!

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NWLIFESRC 8/26/2011 1:21PM

    Cool walk I'll bet

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What an accomplishment (Onaping Falls take 2)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Most of you who read my blogs are aware that back in July my family and I went for a hike at Onaping Falls. This was not your basic hike it involved alot of hills and climbing both up and down alot of rocky ridged terrain and for me at my size this was not an easy task. Well not long after that i got the idea in my head that i wanted to walk all of the rainbow routes and so i set this as my goal to walk them all by summers end . Then i went to the mall and obtained a map to find out where all the trails we re located and that way as we completed the trails we could also mark them off on the map. well it turns out that Onaping Falls or AY Jackson as its also referred to was one of the trails but upon looking at the map closer we realized we couldnt cross it off the map as we had missed a small part of the trail so we decided at some point we would return to complete the whole trail. Now there's a couple things i want to point out, the first being that all the trails are listed as easy, moderate or challenging and there is only one trail listed as challenging and in case you havent guessed by now it was Onaping Falls. The next thing i wanted to mention was if you read or should i say watched my video blog of the hike i was so beat. When i was climbing i got so tired i was gagging and at some points stumbling over my feet from being so tired. I had tears in my eyes and at times thought my family should go on without me. I often found myself wondering if i would ever get out of the bush alive. I'm not joking here it was tough , REAL TOUGH. Anyways today is the day we returned to conquer the trail. I remember how i felt so i had mentally prepared myself and with all the others trails we had done i knew i could do it. I knew it would be Tough but i knew i would do it. Well here's the thing, today when we climbed i did it and not only did i do it , I DID IT WELL. i couldnt believe what a month of climbing other trails and taking care of myself would make when i went back. I was barley out of breath, i didnt gag not even once i didnt feel weak and it took us less time and we even took the rock climb back up and did the rest of the trail too. I remember i was almost crawling to the bridge last time but this time i stood on the bridge with barley a bead of sweat on my brow and i felt AMAZING like i could DO ANYTHING. it was such a liberating feeling and i could feel the smile that was a mile long on my face. I DID IT. I really did it. All 300 + pounds of me how incredible is that . Everyday i exercise and eat well and every week the scale goes down a little more i feel so awesome and i feel a little stronger. Words will never express just how proud i am of my accomplishment what a way to celebrate my 3 year SparkVersary.

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LOLAJO54 8/21/2011 10:29PM

    aww I have tears in my eyes - happiness for your are a winner!

loved the pictures wow beautiful scenery..

just got to say I am proud of you and you have done something I am not sure I could do.

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SWEETPEA1949 8/21/2011 6:03PM

    would love to have done that hike with you it looks so beautiful but ight ahve needed some help

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SWEETPEA1949 8/21/2011 6:02PM

    That is awesome Lesley Wtg i am so proud of you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 8/21/2011 6:01PM

    what an accomplishment is right ! You go girl ! I'm so proud of you !

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RAINBOWMF 8/21/2011 6:00PM

    I love that mother daughter shot with you both having your hands in the air.

You made us all proud Lesley, I must say 20 pounds makes a big difference.

Your family is doing such a good thing for their bodies.

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3 year sparkVersary

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Three years ago today i was merely surfing the web looking for a website to give me tips or ideas on different strength exercises to help guide me on my weight lose journey . Who would have known that what i would find would not only offer me tips and ideas but would provide me with the very foundation to build a new me and a new healthier way of life. That day 3 years ago it was like someone threw me a life raft that would help keep me to float on those days that were difficult ,it was a site that would truly be my lifesaver in every sense of the word. I have to start by Thanking Chris Downie for all of his hard work, dedication and wiliness to want to help someone like me and all the thousands of other people that would venture onto his website. You truly are an amazing man and i thank you for teaching me and so many others that WE CAN DO ThIS and for providing us with the tools and support we need to be successful. Next i want to thank all of my spark buddies, my friends here at home and my family for the continued love and support i wouldnt be were i am today without you. Each one of you enriches my life in many ways. The past 3 years have not always been perfect. It has had many difficult moments for me. Over the past 3 years i saw many changes i went from fat girl weighing in at 310 pounds right down to 186 lbs in less then a year. It was quite and accomplishment for me. However then our family went through some very stressful events and food became my friend. I lost my momentum and more weight piled back on. Before i knew it i was back to where i was and then some. Was it because sparkspeople wasn't successful for me? Absolutely not what it meant to me was although i had everything else i needed to be successful there was one thing missing. I hadn't gotten to the route of my weight lose issues. I needed to really figure out why i was overweight and once i was able to do that it opened up a new door. Sure before i exercised everyday, ate on track and drank my water, but one thing i didnt change was my way of thinking. I didnt Believe i was worthy of this journey and i had a hard time letting things go. Food was my best friend and was always there when i was down and needed someone or something to make me feel better. Two months ago today i started again. I was ready, i knew what needed to be done. I had to realize i am human and sometimes i wont be perfect. I learned not to beat myself up for one moment of weakness but to learn from it and move forward and not let it WEIGH me down. I learned to open up and reach out instead of running and hiding or turning to food when times got tough. I learned that to be successful it meant changing my attitude to a more positive one, knowing that i was worth the effort and that i was capable of doing anything if i set my mind to it . I simply started BELIEVING IN MYSELF and made myself a priority because I AM WORTH IT. I feel good about my journey this time like some sort of serene inner peace has come over me. I have a NEW attitude and its one that says I CAN WIN, I CAN DO IT. I have told myself each day is unique and brings different challenges but if i take one step at a time, one day at a time i will be successful. Losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle isnt just about calories in versus calories burned its about the right mental thinking too. Over the past 2 months i feel i have grown alot and learned that i can do alot more then i ever thought i could. It feels good to go out of my comfort zone, and anything is possible if you want it bad enough. Since getting back on track i have lost 22.8 pounds which is great but what i have gained is most important. I have gained the strength and courage to do anything. I know at this time next year i will be fitter, healthier, and stronger and in a place I'm happy to be in.

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KICKINGIT@56 8/26/2011 7:00PM

    Very eloquent and articulate blog. Very courageous to start back on the journey after such a disappointing crash back to "square one". Keep smashing those A.N.T.S. (automatic negative thoughts). They are pesky little critters but they can be defeated.

With prayers, support from family and friends, hard work and "CAN DO' attitude, you can have your victory back. You have already made an impressive start!

God bless

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DAWNO64 8/24/2011 1:26PM

    Congrats on your SparkVersary!!!! For some of us the journey has been full of hills and valleys; we just keep plugging along. Never give up!!

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JENNYBAKER247 8/22/2011 8:09AM

    emoticon Grandma Jo sent me here to read your blog, and I'm so pleased I did. WHAT an inspiration you are to us all. Well done!!! The 2nd time around is just unbelievable!!! Woo Hoo. Before you know it, we'll all have to send you New Jeans and a Bikini!!!
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SAFETYSUE 8/22/2011 7:00AM

    Awesome blog!! GrandmaJo suggested your blog and I now see why. You are an inspiration and deserves attention. God be with you on your journey and that we will all get there together. See you in the year ahead when we can become success stories!!!
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LOLAJO54 8/21/2011 10:35PM

    okay the last blog I was crying now I am bawling..oh Lesley you have to thank yourself too...
you are right you are so worth it..
You are beautiful you are strong!

I believe

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SWEETPEA1949 8/21/2011 6:06PM

    Wow 3 yrs that is awesome.. You are doing so good now...I beleive in you so much emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 8/21/2011 6:03PM

    emoticon on sparking for 3 years emoticon and also for letting me get to know you. Of course the support you have given me over the years is invaluable. Love ya emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 8/21/2011 5:42PM

    Oh Lesley that is a beautiful blog and to think I was with you the whole 3 years.

emoticon my friend, we are going to do it and do it right.
Goodbye Miss Fat jeans hello new US

Hugs emoticon emoticon on the 22.8 lbs too!

Love Mary

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Robinson Lake trail

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Did this trail last night. Its wasnt a long trail i think 1k each way and it only took about 20 mins but its another one off the list. I found the view along the trails to be pretty and we did it in the evening and the colours in the horizon were so beautiful.

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BARBARAROSE54 8/18/2011 8:27PM


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LOLAJO54 8/18/2011 7:46PM

    oh I loved this one the picture with the family arm in arm walking away ...
too funny

excellant little walk what a view

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RAINBOWMF 8/18/2011 6:20PM

    Lovely pictures Lesley
I love your walks.
When I come to see you , we will be doing more then one
but not that scary looking one-the mountain climbing one.

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SWEETPEA1949 8/18/2011 6:04PM

    that looked like a nice trail to hike on..Wish i had been hiking with you. You are doing good at getting these trails hiked emoticon emoticon

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

I have to say this trail was one of my least favourite. its wasnt a long trail or one that was suppose to be any great challenge, however the challenge was that it wasnt marked well. It started out being easy to follow but turned into a very long trail because we simply didnt know which way to go . Needless to say after doing the trail twice and with alot of headaches we finally completed it. Our first attempt was when my mom was visiting and somehow we ended up off the trail part and ended up walking for much longer then needing to and ended up into a residential area far from home ugggggg. Then on Tuesday we attempted it again with sore knee and all and ended up climbing up some bigs rocks again not on the correct part of the trail. At one point i saw something i thought was the correct part of the trail which hubby insisted wasnt so we went rock climbing again lol. In the end the way he chose wasnt the right way and guess what I WAS RIGHT and once we got on the correct part of the trail again we were able to complete the trail. It makes it difficult when trails arent marked well i mean i dont want to end up lost in the bush or something lol. So for this trail i will post a few pictures from both attempts . GOOD RIDDENS selkirk trail im done with you.

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BARBARAROSE54 8/18/2011 8:29PM

    emoticon now it's done !

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LOLAJO54 8/18/2011 7:50PM

    omw!!! like getting lost in the woods..
woohoo for being right -- I'm like a guy get lost take the wrong turns and won't ask for directions

no thank you on climbing those rocks they look treacherous

but you did it!! twice

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RAINBOWMF 8/18/2011 6:54PM

    hhahahaha turned out to be an adventure!.
Lots of straining on the calves!

Go Lesley and her great supportive family

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SWEETPEA1949 8/18/2011 6:11PM

    were did we go wrong didnt see that part at all

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