Thursday, July 14, 2011
Before I forget, the above is a link to my friend Brian's online gallery page. He is the one who painted the background picture I use and several of you asked about his work. Let me know if the link works!
Also, several of you have expressed confusion over the Newfoundland T'Railway walk I am doing. YES, it is a virtual walk as I'm in no shape, yet, to tackle the almost 900 km the route involves! Ha!
Speaking of which, I was contacted by a reporter with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to do a phone interview about this adventure. I'm thinking she actually thinks I walking the trail itself so I have to contact her to clear that up.
I've been absent a bit due to continued computer problems. I didn't walk at all yesteday but I did do several hours of housework so I feel good about that. John's brother and family arrived home from New Brunswick last night so it is also a time to catch up with them. We haven't seen them in over 13 years, nor had we ever met their children. Busy, busy, busy!
I'm still eating better than usual and getting my water in each day which is a good place to start. I'm also getting the minimum of 10 minutes of exercise in a day and am sleeping good. Have to try harder at tracking the food though all the same!
Thanks to all who take the time to read this! I hope all is going well with everybody!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Well, I did it! My Gros Morne Challenge is almost over as I have all the km done and am now working on the elevation bit. I'm doing this part by walking up steps so it is going to take a few more weeks. I think I have over 1000 uphill steps done now so I'm pleased.
But now I've moved on to another challenge.....a few of us on the Newfoundland team have decided to tackle the Newfoundland Trailway. Here is a little about it from the actual association.
Newfoundland T'Railway Council
"The Newfoundland T'Railway Council is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the development of a recreational trail from St. Johnâ's to Port aux Basques using the former Canadian National railway line. Its mandate is to promote multi-use trail development and to preserve abandoned railway lines for future use such as hiking, biking, equestrian, snowmobile, ATV and cross-country ski trails. Other uses like dog sledding and snowshoeing may be appropriate in certain regions.
Known as the Newfoundland T'Railway Provincial Park, the rail bed route extends for 883 km (548 miles) linking urban, rural and wilderness areas. The park forms the Newfoundland section of the Trans Canada Trail stretching from St. John's to Victoria, BC and to Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. When complete the Trans Canada Trail will extend for more than 22,000 km, making it the longest continuous trail in the world."
I am doing this along with the 60 Day summer challenge so it gives me something to work towards. I'm one week into the the 60 Day summer challenge and it is working for me! I lost about 2.4 pounds in a week but more importantly I've gained the sense that I can do this! All I have to do is keep it simple as that is what I need. Eat, track, walk, and drink my water! Yeah!!!!
Must go and get in that pool that we've been allowed to use! I am going to start the T'Railway today too........
Note added several hours later: Spent 60 minutes exercising in neighbour's pool. Water temperature was 65 degrees F while it was 26 degrees C air temperature. I'm a bit cool now!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Feels like I've been away from Spark forever but in reality it was only for yesterday due to most of the town's cable, internet, etc being down. However, you talk about dedication....remember the house we are "sitting" well, after midnight yesterday I managed to get on their computer system for about five minutes....just long enough to log in!
Oh, and you are probably wondering why I had such an unforgettable night. Turns out this year is truly my year of firsts! I managed to get a ticket to our local concert yesterday for $50 and went for the first time in its 26 year history. KISS was the headline act and while I'm not a fan I went for the experience....and what an experience it was.
Dear god, the people and the outfits made it quite entertaining...and I'm not talking about the band! I'm saying right here that while, yes, I'm a plus-sized woman (for now) if you are such a size you really shouldn't be wearing skimpy clothes! Its not the best look for any size but when the string of your bikini top gets lost in your back.....well, it might be time to change swimsuit styles! Then there were the middle age set (of which I'm one at 45) dressing like their 16 year old daughters. "What Not to Wear" or "People of Walmart" should have been there!
Yep, the concert was great and the band put on a fabulous show. I didn't think I knew any of their music but it turns out I did. We stood up for 6 hours and the band played for 2+ hours.......in the pouring rain! Actually, it was a beautiful day right up until KISS went on stage and then the heavens opened up and the wind whipped around. I had a windbreaker but because my friend didn't, I wouldn't wear mine either! I'm either a sucker or a good friend. We only had to walk about 20 minutes to get back to her house and this is when it got funny.....we were so wet that you could wring out everything we were wearing including our underwear and bras! I called John to pick me up and asked him to bring my big fleecy housecoat, dressing gown, robe, whatever you call them and dry underwear and that is how I went home! Oh, and I had a huge white towel wrapped around my head and shoulders! The RCMP sure had a laugh at the roadblock! I wasn't drunk either....actually had two vodka coolers earlier which is really more than I ever drink but I decided there were so many freaks out there that one in her housecoat wasn't going to stand out!
Just a note but the soft drinks (including the 500ml water) were $4.00 each and you weren't allowed to bring anything in with you! I had a blast, danced until we couldn't move anymore and laughed until my jaws ached. I think that counted as some good exercise, don't you!
Cell phone was down too so no pictures to show! Have a great day.
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