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Liberty Cap Trail

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Yesterday we hiked part way up Liberty Cap Trail with DS, DIL, and 5 GC. The first part wasn't too bad with a little elevation increase. The second part was almost straight up. DS said we gained 100 feet in a short way. I forgot my camera but the views were wonderful. DH, DIL, GS and me turned around and went back down. We had hiked about 1 1/4 miles before turning back. DS and the 4 older GC went on up to the top. The youngest that went was only 5.

Our 2 1/2 yo walked or ran most of the way up. DS carried him in his backpack about 1/3rd of the way up the steep part. He walked all the way down. When we got back home, DIL and I did Just Dance on the WII for about 25 minutes. Had a wonderful day.

My calves are really tight today. Going to have to do some time on the treadmill with the inclination raised to get into shape for our next hike. Glad the weather is getting nicer so we can do more of them. It is much more fun than walking the treadmill.

  
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CARANN56 3/13/2011 7:11PM

    Sounds like a fun hike with the family. When we go to GJ to see our son and daughter in law, we are going to have to check out these hikes that you and JR talk about. I LOVE that it's getting nice again. Our snow is melting like crazy these last couple of weeks but now we have Mud Season big time.

Have a good week -

Carol



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SMILESRME 3/7/2011 1:51PM

    What a grand day for grand parents!!! Love seeing how active you are Yvonne! Colorado outdoors is the best!

Love,
Julia : )

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JOYINKY 3/6/2011 12:46PM

    What a wonderful, active, family day!

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JRIMM4 3/6/2011 11:15AM

    Wow Yvonne! I know what you mean about the trail and the views! Too bad you forgot the camera! I'm impresses that the 5 year old went on up - with the drop offs towards the top I was worried about my daughter and she is 15 lol! I'm glad you got out and had a great day!! My weekend has not been active yet but I still have a whole day ahead of me!


JR

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MONTY68 3/6/2011 10:55AM

    Hi Yvonne
It must be a great feeling to be able to take a hike with the family. It sounds like you all had a good time. I think that you are doing a wonderful job with your walking. Keep up your great work on you. Thank you for sharing.

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ACCEPTINGMEASIS 3/6/2011 10:40AM

    It is so nice to be able to get outside again. Sounds like fun!

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5k Walking Program

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I just finished week one of the SparkPeople's Official 5k Your Way Walking Program. It is a five-week program. It is going to push me to pick up my speed. My goal is to do it in less than 50 minutes. My best time so far is 51 minutes. There is a local 5k on April 23rd that I would like to do.

The first weeks goals are:
Day 1 walk 15 continuous minutes. Did that.
Day 2 walk 1 mile. I walked 1 1/4 miles in 22 minutes.
Day 3 walk 1 1/2 miles, which I walked in 28 minutes. That would equal a 58 minute 5k.

It is a good thing that I have a couple months to bring my speed up.

Next week we have to walk for 30 continuous minutes, walk 1.75 miles and 2.0 miles.

  
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HIKESHAPPY 3/2/2011 8:14PM

    Yvonne, you are AMAZING! WOW - that's all I can say!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/1/2011 9:16PM

    Hooray for when you get to walk outside!! You're doing so well -- keep it up!!

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JRIMM4 3/1/2011 3:33PM

    Great Yvonne!!! I've been thinking about checking out those 5K your way programs Sparks has set up. Glad to hear of someone else utilizing and enjoying it!

JR

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JOYINKY 2/27/2011 9:52AM

    You are doing great!! You may have to change your SP name! Walking is my answer to so many things! WTG! Joy

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SMILESRME 2/27/2011 9:28AM

    Yvonne! You are my hero! So glad you have that goal to shoot for on April 23! You WILL get your PR set...I know it!

Blessings!
Julia : )
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CARANN56 2/27/2011 8:54AM

    GREAT plan!!! emoticon

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NOTSPEEDY 2/27/2011 12:05AM

   
I walked some with the GC outside two mornings this week but have been using the treadmill to track my time and mileage. This next week I'm hoping to get one of the walks outside.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/26/2011 11:46PM

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GRAMMAP1 2/26/2011 11:41PM

    Are you able to walk outside? I may consider trying this once our weather clears up. But I admire you for this undertaking. It sounds like a good plan and you do well to push yourself out of your comfort zone. emoticon emoticon You go Girl!!!

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LINDENK 2/26/2011 11:31PM

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ACCEPTINGMEASIS 2/26/2011 11:10PM

    Sounds like a plan! Nice that the weather is cooperating.

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Baby Sitting

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Our DS and DIL had to go out of town and we have the pleasure of having 5 GC ages 2 1/2 to almost 9. They left Sunday and will be back somtime this afternoon. The GC were out of school yesterday, so we took a walk up to the playground. The park is about 2 blocks long and 1/2 block wide. I walked around it twice while they played. DH kept the youngest at home. They had a good time and I got my exercise in.

Today I walked four of them to school. We left a couple minutes late and they were afraid they were going to get a tardy slip. We got to the school crossing before the school guard came out. It only took 15 minutes to walk down there and back. When I got back the youngest wanted to go for a walk - read run. He never walks anywhere. I put his coat on him and out we went. Told DH to give us a couple of minutes and he could pick us up on the way home to our place. We did walk/run a couple of blocks.

I'll pick the kindergartner up and take her out to lunch today. What fun!!!

  
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BESTSUSIEYET 2/25/2011 8:46PM

    Are you rested up again? My GKs can wear me out ... But what fun to be able to spend those extended times with them! And what a blessing for the parents to be able to get away for a little while and know the kids are in such good hands!

And Congratulations on your 1 yr Spark-versary!

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SMILESRME 2/23/2011 5:04PM

    Dear Yvonne...what a great grandma you are. You are making precious memories with those blessings, and they will always think of their grandparents as the ones who move, shake, walk, run and spend time with them! Thanks for being a wonderful example for them.

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GRAMMAP1 2/23/2011 12:54AM

    Now how fun is that! You have your cake and eat it too...no calories. To be with the Grandkids is such a blessing and to get your exercise in, in a fun way. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLYNVIL 2/22/2011 9:34PM

    sounds like you had a great time.

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CARANN56 2/22/2011 7:07PM

    Sounds like you're having a great time!! Our daughter and granddaughters came up today to stay for a few days while her husband is out of town for work. I'm very excited - even got tomorrow off so we can play!!

Enjoy -

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MONTY68 2/22/2011 4:01PM

    Hi Yvonne
You certainly seemed to have a great time watching your grandchildren. It is nice when they live close by. Thank you for sharing this.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/22/2011 1:53PM

    Isn't it fun being a grandma!

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JOYATLAST 2/22/2011 1:51PM

    What a Blessing that you can move and shake it with the grandkids. They will always remember walking to school and park.

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JOYINKY 2/22/2011 1:36PM

    I love being a grandma! So glad you are enjoying it too! Great reason to stay healthy and active! WTG!

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Responsibility for Choices

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I subscribe to Spark People Healthy Reflections and read the following today:

The reality is that your actions are a choice, and you must claim those feelings and choices. We can be our best cheerleader or worst enemy when it comes to determining the health of our emotions. Do some pep talks with yourself each morning. This will help you develop positive, self-affirming thoughts that will enhance your personal development and growth.

It is so easy to not take responsibility for our feelings and choices. It is easy to blame others for the way we feel. We blame others for our bad feelings and also credit others for making us happy. Or we give ourselves negative self-talk. Im too tired to exercise today. It is too cold. I just cant make good choices for what I eat. That cookie looked so good I just had to eat it. Does this sound familiar?

Unfortunately that is what I have been doing with what I eat. I have been telling myself that I dont care if my food choices are poor. The consequences have been a gain of two pounds.

Fortunately I had joined SP team The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge last year. It is a walk across America (not a part of SP) My brother and his wife and my son also joined the walk with me. It has kept me going to the gym and working out on the bike and treadmill. I also really enjoy the gyms bikes. They have like a TV screen with different routes you can ride. There are other riders to keep me pushing.

For right now I am going to stop the negative talk and start the positive, self-affirming thoughts. I do need to have that pep talk every morning.

I also read an article on Effective Goal Setting. I will sit down with that this weekend and set some goals that will change my eating habits back to where they were when I first joined SP.

  
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BESTSUSIEYET 2/25/2011 8:43PM

    Replace those negative messages with God's truth ... I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me ... God is faithful to provide a way of escape from each temptation ... The battle belongs to the Lord ... Jesus leads us in triumphal victory ...
He does care about the way we treat this Temple of His ... And He wants us Not to be mastered by anything. Go back to Truth, my friend
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TUTUNAN 2/19/2011 12:54PM

    You're so right, Yvonne. We alone are responsible for our choices. Thanks for pointing it out.

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SMILESRME 2/18/2011 4:19PM

    Dearest Yvonne! You always have positive things to say about others....I am so thankful that you will encourage yourself in the same way!! You are a beautiful and special woman of God, and it's great to give yourself permission to be your own cheerleader too. The Lord has made you special in His image and when you choose to glorify Him in your choices (your words too!), you are honoring Him. Thanks for your great blog; it's a great reminder for me to remember who I belong to!

Hugs,
Julia : )
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2BEATIT1 2/18/2011 3:46PM

    Great blog and a reminder to all of us that only Me is responsible for ME!
Thanks for sharing
Jean

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SANDHILL5 2/18/2011 4:50AM

    I REALLY ENJOYED YOUR BLOG POST !! I NEEDED TO HEAR THAT !! HAVE A GREAT DAY !! emoticon SAND

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MONTY68 2/17/2011 1:59PM

   
Hi Yvonne
This is a wonderful blog, I feel it is a great reminder about choices. Everything we do in life came from the decision ( choice) to do what ever it was. Every choice I made in my life has brought me to this point in my life. It is the same for all of us. I love how you have taken responsibility for your choices. I also feel you have come so far, since you joined SparkPeople and there is no doubt in my mind that you will succeed on your journey. I love when you post your miles on our Virtual walk and look forward to the day when you reach Florence, Oregon.
Thank you for sharing this.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 2/17/2011 1:32PM

    Praying that the Lord will give you strength to make the right food choices!

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GREENSCRAPCAT 2/17/2011 12:20PM

    I agree, positive thoughts your way, thanks for sharing with fellow Sparkers!

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JRIMM4 2/17/2011 11:58AM

    I'm hitting a difficult spot this week myself Yvonne, mainly due to a crazy busy schedule - more so than normal lol. A great reminder to stay conscious of my choices and thoughts. Thanks!

JR

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MERRYMARY42 2/17/2011 11:31AM

    Thanks, I have noticed that lots of us are kind of in the winter doldrums this month, and we have been having beautiful weather, and I have been outside everyday, but I too, am losing sight of my goals and my motivation. I do the walk across America too, as you know, and it seems that is about the main thing that keeps me pushing forward. I really enjoy checking to see where I am everyday, and I day dream about perhaps, really doing this route one day, who knows? It would be fun. I have put on 1 or 2 pounds since the first of December and it just seems to hang on no matter what I do, pretty darn depressing sometimes.
I really enjoyed your blog, have a great walk.

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JOYINKY 2/17/2011 9:51AM

    Positive self talk works! Some of mine:
I'm tired-----I'm energized, I'm energized, I'm energized!
I'm hungry---I'm thirsty, I'm thirsty, I'm thirsty!

The first one is just a bad habit; repeating the second 3x is ridiculous to the point that it keeps you aware that the first one is just a bad habit!

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ACCEPTINGMEASIS 2/17/2011 8:05AM

    Thank you for the reminder. I think we can all get off course from time to time.

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CARANN56 2/17/2011 7:18AM

    Positive thoughts definitely produce better outcomes than the negative ones. Those nasty little negatives just have to slip in there once in awhile to get us off track - for a little bit. Good thing we have spark buddies to help keep us on track. Thank you for all you've given me.

Set some awesome goals this weekend.

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WHITEANGEL4 2/16/2011 11:45PM

    Just keep the positive attitude and you will move forward

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Dance in the Rain

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It was a busy morning, about 8:30, when an elderly gentleman in his 80s arrived at the hospital to have stitches removed from his thumb. He said he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him.
I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound. On exam, it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

While taking care of his wound, I asked him if he had another doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health.

He told me she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer's Disease.
As we talked, I asked if she would be upset if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him, 'And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?'
He smiled as he patted my hand and said,

'She doesn't know me,
but I still know who she is..'

I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, 'That is the kind of love I want in my life.'

True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have..

Life isn't about how to survive the storm, but knowing how to dance in the rain.

I hope you share this with someone you care about. I just did.

Edited to add I got this from another Sparker.

  
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SMILESRME 1/27/2011 4:21PM

    Thanks Yvonne. That is a beautiful story of unconditional love between a husband and wife. God knows us intimately, even when we choose to not always want to know Him!

I love dancing in the rain" mentality. You are a treasure to share such a positive and uplifting message.

Let's make the best of what we have!
Julia : )

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/26/2011 7:27PM

    Thank you for sharing!

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HIKESHAPPY 1/26/2011 7:22PM

    Yvonne, thanks for sharing. This is the kind of love my husband and I share - not very romantical, but true and lasting. He doesn't bring me flowers, but he makes sure I have gas in my car. I can see him doing this if I were the one in the nursing home. And vice versa. When God is the center of your love, it is strong and true. And such a blessing:-)

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MONTY68 1/25/2011 3:16PM

    Hi Yvonne
Thank you for sharing this. There are so many situations and stories around them. We are so busy in life that we sometimes forget others in our lives that need attention or love. A beautiful blog that you wrote will serve as a great reminder. In the last month , I received a email promoting a book called dance in the rain. Same idea .

Thank you for sharing

Monty

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RIFLEFIREGIRL 1/25/2011 1:45PM

    Kleenex please!

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2BEATIT1 1/25/2011 12:45PM

    This is one amazing story. I sent it on to my FB friends.

I have a similar story of a friend who went every day to minister to his Alzheimer wife.
He ministered faithfully twice a day for 10 years to her needs after she went into the nursing home.

My story ended more sadly. About a year after his wife was take HOME to heaven, he and his grandaughter and granddaughter's friend were found murdered in his home.

This man was like a 2nd dad to me and I was absolutely stunned. He was always doing for others and you could always count on him.

Thank you for sharing your story.

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MERRYMARY42 1/25/2011 11:36AM

    Thank You, It did me good to read this, The circle of Love is unending, just like our wedding ring.

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ALIKATZ1963 1/25/2011 11:33AM

    Thanks! I love this story, and It is so very true :) emoticon

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