Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I joined the SP 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge. The reason is that my greatest challenge is doing some physical activity when I'm not hiking or walking with my sister. I can go from climbing Mount Orford one day to the activity level of a slug the next.
I realize that I must meet the challenge of getting regular physical activity, even when my sister is not available, or if the weather isn't right, or if... or if... I figured a 10-minute challenge would be easy. I mean, 10 MINUTES!
I failed last week. I did not do 10 minutes of physical activity every day. It really is a challenge for me. Ten lousy minutes!!!
This week, I'm really determined. I decided to go for a 10-minute walk in the early evening, since it's cooler. I also realized that I'd only walked a little over 2000 steps today. (I NEED my pedometer for feedback!)
As I was walking rapidly, I came to some streets I'd been avoiding because they have some steep hills. I realized how easily I could now climb those short but steep hills. They just gave me that little bit of aerobic activity I wanted. When I got home from my "10-minute" walk, I'd been walking for over an hour and logged in over 10,000 steps. I think I like this 10-minute challenge.
A photo from a walk taken in the Spring
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
I usually blog about my hikes, but I haven't been hiking lately because different circumstances have made it unfeasible. Sure am looking forward to getting back to it!
I really like the short, motivating (free) emails I receive from brightmoment.com. Today's email can so well apply to weight control that I want to share it with you.
"You need to develop bounce back ability. Winners lose more than losers lose, but winners get back up and keep trying till they get it. Losers lose and give up. If you are going to be a winner, you have to keep going, no matter how many time you lose, and sooner or later, you will be the winner. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team in the 10th grade, but he didn't give up. Michael Jordon bounced back and I don't have to tell you the rest of that story. So you need to focus on the "wins" that are ahead of you, and not on the losses that are behind you. Bounce back from defeat and be the winner you have inside yourself."
Photo taken on a walk, in June, at the Cherry River Bog
Odd piece of wood with plants growing out of it
Friday, June 25, 2010
I really needed encouragement, but I sure wasn't expecting anything as awesome as climbing up Mount Orford! I've gained 3 lbs this week, in spite of eating well and getting a lot of physical activity. I was so discouraged! When my sister suggested we go back to Mount Orford, I was hoping we could make it 1/4 of the way up.
After about 15 minutes of huffing and puffing, a slim, fit woman quickly passed us by and I thought, "Who am I kidding?" I felt ashamed of the fat, unfit body that I was trying to lug up this mountain. Then I remembered DIANEPBH's blog about how much of the battle has to be won in our own minds first. And with my sister's encouragement, I just kept putting one foot in front of the other up that hill. (For sure I would have turned back if I'd have felt any angina pain or thought I couldn't possibly go on, but it didn't happen.)
In fact, after about 20 or 30 minutes of difficult trudging, I started feeling better and more energized. I had passed the critical point. (I learned something today!) Not only did I make it 1/4 of the way up, but I climbed all the way to summit of Mount Orford (2,800 ft.). I say climbed rather than hiked, because we took the 4,1 km (2,5 miles) road up rather than hiking up the 1,2 km trail which is much steeper and more challenging. But still, I climbed Mount Orford today. I think my 59-year old body did an amazing thing!
We took the easy road up Mount Orford.
This is a rock cliff almost at the top.
From the summit we can see 33 lakes, that big one is Lake Memphremagog.
My wonderful sister enjoying the view from a walkway at the summit.
Mount Orford is part of the beautiful Appalachian chain.
Yes, that really is me on top of Mount Orford!
A beautiful viewpoint
Another amazing view from the summit
It was quite cool and windy up there and we hadn't prepared for it, so after a few precious minutes, we started back down.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Today was an incredibly beautiful day with ideal weather. My walking/hiking buddy (a.k.a. "Jillian Michaels") told me that I could now walk reasonably long distances, and that now I was being "promoted". Promoted? Walking reasonably long distances sounds pretty good to me!
After pointing out that I'm weak on the climbing part, my sister suggested we head for Mount Orford where she could evaluate my abilities. Not only that, it seems this will be a weekly evaluation so she can measure my progress!
After we'd hiked to the top of the "first hill" on Mount Orford (where we stopped for today), I asked her if we were 1/4 of the way up. She answered, "Not quite". It turns out we were 1/16th of the way up Mount Orford. Then she said I did better than she'd expected me to. That's quite encouraging, coming from Jillian!
After our hike, we went for a very pleasant walk on a lovely trail near a marsh we'd never been to before, but which is quite close by.
This is Mount Orford (a ski resort).
We saw many beautiful butterflies. These 2 were literally on the trail!
Photo taken from 1/16th of the way up Mount Orford. Still not too bad considering we were looking DOWN on the chairlifts at the bottom of the photo.
Photo from the trail on the Saint-Catherine Isle of marshes
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