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Today's walk and a progress report

Saturday, May 29, 2010

My regular walking buddy was off hiking Mount Chauve with her son today, which is still way above my current abilities. (Notice the word "current" in that statement!) So I joined my niece as she walked her dogs this morning.

Progress report: I had a stress test for my heart last week. The results showed that my heart is better than the average woman my age. The cardiologists looked a bit surprised at this obese woman who'd had a mild heart attack just over three months ago and said, "Keep hiking Mount Bellevue!" emoticon

I started with short, slow walks after my heart attack. I kept in touch with my doctor and the cardiologist to make sure that what I was doing was OK as I increased the speed, length and intensity of my walks, and then started hiking again. Needless to say I was VERY encouraged by these test results! emoticon

I'm still on sick leave until August, and only work 1/2 time. The shock to my system of the heart attack, plus being taken off hormones "cold turkey" greatly diminished my ability to concentrate. (Ask Andi!) As an executive secretary, I can't work if I can't think straight. The doctors said it should get better, and that walking was one of the best things I could do to improve both my physical and mental abilities. I'm trying to follow the doctor's orders by getting out there every chance I have, and am enjoying every step toward better health!

This is my niece as we were entering the woods with her dogs.


This is a photo my sister took of me during last weekend's hike at Orford.


My sister snapped this picture of me enjoying a viewpoint.

  
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PENNYAN45 6/5/2010 3:22PM

    Don't you just LOVE it when you can surprise your doctor!
Congratulations on receiving such good medical results - in spite of your history.

I know what you mean about coming off of hormones - and losing the ability to concentrate. I did the same thing a few years back. To me, hormones were like a magic bullet; I LOVED how I felt when taking them! When I went off them, I noticed the difference right away. I felt as if my brain wasn't working properly. The good news is that it does feel better after a fairly short while.

I think that walking in the woods is almost like praying; I love the sense of beauty and peace that I experience. You are fortunate to live in such a beautiful area.

Thanks for sharing the photos. They are treasures.

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JUST_TRI_IT 5/31/2010 8:01AM

    What an uplifting report!! To be supported by your doctors for all the things YOU are doing to be kind to your heart, that is awesome. The surroundings for your walks look peaceful and encouraging.

Love that determination in your voice too!... You will conquer Mount Chauve whenever you are ready.

Inspiring to read this today!

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ANNASPARKY 5/30/2010 11:17PM

    That's a wonderful report! emoticon So glad you're making such fabulous progress with your recovery!

You are so right about the benefits of walking and walking buddies! emoticon

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APRILLSCOTT 5/30/2010 11:04PM

    I am so thankful, for your great report!! I can't believe the progress you have made in this short time! I know your doctors love it! I loved the pictures of the views! Makes me want to take off and walk with you! Thanks for being such an inspiration you are emoticon! emoticon emoticon for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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MARENAMOO 5/30/2010 10:30AM

    What fabulous medical news. I think that it is so inspiring to others that you can recover from a serious medical issue by taking small steps (literally in your case) on your own. Taking charge of your own health. So often we just rely on the doctor and pills - you are showing there is an alternative.

I have a much harder time focusing as I age - but that might be related to other issues like anxiety. I am hoping that using goals of persistence for paperwork and housework - (setting those goals up under other goals on spark) will help exercise my brain muscle.

So nice that you have extended family to hike with in such beautiful setting.

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LJCANNON 5/29/2010 11:00PM

    You really are an inspiration to others, whether we have had a heart attack or not. You are Living Proof that even a "Simple" thing like walking CAN heal our bodys.
I'm thankful for your good report, and that you have Walking Buddys to keep the walks Fun.
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ANDI571 5/29/2010 10:34PM

    I am so glad to hear you got a good report on your stress test. I can't tell you how hopeful that also makes me that I am improving my heart and hopefully can keep the ole ticker ticking. I have thought alot about going off the hormones and the shock my body went through, and that has had me worried. So at least I know what I am doing is more than likely helping.

The mental side affects of going off the hormones, does get better with time, (the hot flashes I don't think ever go away), but the other gets better. I used to read all of the time, and I basically just quit for I don't know how long. I am back to reading and enjoying it again. If it wasn't for the hot flashes and the body aches, I feel pretty normal again.

You hang in there, you are an inspiration.

I wanted to ask you, do you use a pedometer and if so what brand? I walked a mile and a half this evening and I was at the same amount of steps as when I left.

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PERSISTANT123 5/29/2010 10:24PM

    I loved your pictures. You are doing an AWESOME job. Keep on walking!

Hubby said the same thing about walking helping after his heart attack and by-pass surgery.
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Hike on my sister's mountain

Friday, May 28, 2010

When my sister lived in Fitch Bay, her house was at the foot of a mountain. For years, every morning (weather permitting), she would get up at 5 am in order to hike "her" mountain, (around 8 km), and get back in time to prepare breakfast and homeschool her 4 children.

So today, we were hiking on private land, where my sister has walked hundreds of times. She has since sold the house to her daughter and son-in-law. Today we stopped by to see them, and I got to see my new grand-nephew for the first time. (He's so cute and cuddly!) Of all the hiking I've done so far this year, I enjoyed today's hike the most. The weather was perfect, and it's such a beautiful place to hike! And my sister said it always brings back precious memories and is still one of her favorite places to hike.

I also got promoted today. My sister is a real hiker, but to be honest, I'm more of a wannabe. (You should hear her rendition of how I whine when we get lost in the woods! emoticon) Well, today she said I was no longer just a wannabe, I've been promoted to "hiker in training". emoticon

One of the viewpoints from today's hike. (Breathtakingly beautiful!)


The path we were hiking on




My sister enjoying "her" mountain

  
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JUST_TRI_IT 5/31/2010 8:06AM

    Breathtaking! I do love how your sister's has taken ownership of her mountain. I think that is the way it was intended!! LOL.. and you got a promotion and a hike out o f the day! PERFECT :)

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APRILLSCOTT 5/30/2010 11:17PM

    I can not tell you how beautiful that scenery is! There are just not any words to describe it! I love your new title emoticon! Can't wait for the next promotion to come in! emoticon emoticon

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NEXTYEAR 5/29/2010 1:41PM

    That is so lovely! Thanks for sharing.

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LJCANNON 5/29/2010 12:57AM

    Oh my goodness!! That is a SPECTACULAR Walk!! And the fact that you burned calories AND got to spend time with your Sister is just like icing on the cake!!
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ANDI571 5/28/2010 10:10PM

    Oh my gosh, that is so beautiful. That makes me feel good just seeing it. emoticon

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MARENAMOO 5/28/2010 8:53PM

    Beautiful view from "your" mountain and so nice to be somewhere that has memories associated with it - it makes it more intimate. And congratulations on your promotion - long overdue from my perspective. You should have been hiker-in-training long ago. A probational hiker is next.

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Today's walk at Mount Bellevue

Monday, May 24, 2010

My sister and I had an unusual experience today. A man joined us on our walk at Mount Bellevue. I say unusual, because the Quebec culture tends to be rather reserved and it is unusual to form casual friendships this way. This gentleman had just returned from a spiritual trip to India and since my sister and I are both committed Christians, all three of us started talking about spiritual things almost immediately. It was an extremely interesting walk!

J-D had a tremendous respect for nature. He showed us places off the beaten path we would not have seen otherwise. At one point, he stopped to hug a tree. I had never met a bona-fide tree-hugger before, but the love, respect and intensity with which he did it impressed me. I feel my life has been enriched by our meeting, and my love for nature has grown just a tiny bit because of him. I hope he was blessed too. I'm praying that someday, he will not only love creation, but that he will get to know the Creator!

An ancient quarry off the regular path


Scene looking down from the edge of the quarry


My sister and J-D enjoying their walk


So much natural beauty in such simplicity



  
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APRILLSCOTT 5/30/2010 11:11PM

    What a wonderful meeting of the minds! It is always so wonderful to meet someone else that has different views on things such as nature! I am sure his life has been enriched from meeting you guys also! keep us posted! emoticon emoticon

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JAVALOVERTOO 5/24/2010 10:43PM

    Very cool! You will remember this forever. I still remember the young man from Australia who was taking a year off from school. We met at the Wild Animal Park in California. He spent the day with me and my kids and then we gave him a ride back to his hostel in downtown San Diego after our family tradition of dinner at Sunset Cliffs. Wow that was probably 10-11 years ago...

Great photos!!! I love the green and the trees!!!!

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SUNNYARIZONA 5/24/2010 10:21PM

    WONDERFUL....looks cool! Interesting about that fellow you met. As committed Christians, I wonder if you know about the Video....GOD OF WONDERS..... This is one you need to share with that fellow!!! I realize you probably won't see him again....but hope and prayers SPRING ETERNAL!

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MARENAMOO 5/24/2010 7:35PM

    It is amazing that one chance meeting can open your perspective. I am sure that he was as enriched by his encounter as you were.

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ANDI571 5/24/2010 6:59PM

    I had to giggle when you talked about the tree hugger. My brother drives a truck hauling mail. Hours are being cut like crazy and he may get laid off, not good when you are almost 62. He was aggravated the other day and was talking about the tree huggers being some of the cause of it.

We always talk about tree huggers, but I don't think I have met one either. emoticon

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DEBRITA01 5/24/2010 6:01PM

    It's so interesting that a stranger can come into your life for a few brief hours and have such an impact. It's like you were meant to meet...must be divine intervention.

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Today's hike

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Thank you to those who leave a comment on my blogs. I cherish every one and they are a great source of encouragement to me. I look forward to posting photos from my hikes.

One comment I often get is how beautiful the scenery is. It sure is! The Eastern Townships of Southern Quebec are incredibly beautiful! A valley nestled at the foot of the Appalachian chain of mountains. From the top of Mount Orford, I think you can see about 26 lakes. It is absolutely stunning scenery!

BUT... and this is a big but! You don't see it unless you get out there and look! I used to be extremely sedentary. I'd work or play on my computer and eat. But you can't take the photos I'm taking now from a chair in the living room! That beauty was always out there but I never noticed it before I started hiking. I often sat and ate out of pure boredom. My life is so different now, and I'm so grateful that it is!

Here are some photos from today's walk. We had the joy of my nephew's company today. He's an expert hiker who's hiked several mountains of the world. Sometimes he joins his mom & I on a hike just to encourage her, which is always super fun! He often gives us very valuable advice.

Trail winding through the brilliant Spring foliage


My sister and nephew


My sister wanted to show her son the Fer-de-Lance viewpoint


Snacking while enjoying the view



  
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MARENAMOO 5/22/2010 11:11PM

    This is so true - and you stated it so simply. You don't see what is out there unless you go out and look. If you think about that it is a very deep introspective thought about so many aspects of life. I really love the family involvement in your hiking - it adds to the beauty knowing that you have that fellowship.

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ANDI571 5/22/2010 9:16PM

    So beautiful! emoticon

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SUNNYARIZONA 5/22/2010 8:04PM

    Wonderful!!!

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DEBRITA01 5/22/2010 7:35PM

    emoticon You are so right...beauty is all around us. All we have to do is take the effort to explore and appreciate it.

Looks like hiking is a family favorite. How nice you had your nephew's company for motivation and support. When our kids were younger, we used to take them hiking a lot on the weekends. It was always such good family fun...hiking, eating outdoors, and discoveries. I miss it...maybe your photos will motivate me to dust off my hiking shoes (if I can find them...lol)

Again, thanks for sharing those lovely photos with us!

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Hiking the Fer-de-Lance trail

Friday, May 21, 2010

Today, my sister and I walked along a pleasant trail called Fer-de-Lance (Spearhead) at the foot of Mount Orford. It was only 2,5 km, with a degree of difficulty "easy". The path led to a superb panoramic view. I loved it! But my sister (a.k.a. Jillian Michaels) said I'd better not get used to this easy stuff because today was our day off. emoticon

A bend in the Fer-the-Lance trail


A view from the trail


The trail is rated as "easy" because of conveniences like steps


I wish the camera could capture the beauty of this viewpoint!





  
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DAVEW175 5/22/2010 6:36PM

    What a beautiful spot. Keep the pictures coming.

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NEXTYEAR 5/22/2010 4:21PM

    Beautiful!!

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DEBRITA01 5/21/2010 10:52PM

    emoticon loved the blog and the photos...thanks for sharing them with us! It's great you have a sister to motivate you and as a walking buddy...what a nice way to bond and spend time together.

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LJCANNON 5/21/2010 10:21PM

    You are One Blessed Woman, my Friend. You have an absolutely Beautiful place to walk, AND a sister who is able and willing to walk with you.
AND you are sharing the Blessing with all of us.
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APRILLSCOTT 5/21/2010 10:00PM

    So beautiful! What a wonderful place to walk! Your camera took beautiful pictures! I can't ever imagine the difference, but I too know cameras don't do somethings justice! emoticon

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 5/21/2010 9:11PM

    Lovely pictures! And you are blessed to have a sister who loves you! Have a wonderful weekend!

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MARENAMOO 5/21/2010 8:42PM

    I like your sister - she is looking out for you. Again - beautiful.

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ANDI571 5/21/2010 7:44PM

    Oh my gosh, it is so pretty there. You are so lucky. emoticon

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MAMAFISH1 5/21/2010 6:40PM

    How lucky you are, thanks for sharing.

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