Monday, July 26, 2010
Today, my sister and I hiked up Mount Pinacle, in Barnston. What a great way to spend the first day of my vacation! This is the type of hiking I’ve been longing to get back to. The weather was ideal, with low humidity and windy enough to keep the bugs away. The 8 km trail to the 2,182 foot summit of Mount Pinacle starts off with a pleasant hike through the woods, and then you start climbing up some pretty rugged terrain. It was challenging (at least for me)! I admit that I sometimes wondered how smart it was for two women our age to be attempting this hike. I sure did appreciate my hiking poles!
I was pleased to see that I wasn’t that tired when we reached the summit. In fact, I was surprised we’d already arrived. I’m getting fitter. I had climbed Mount Pinacle a couple years ago (photo on my Sparkpage), but I was completely exhausted by the time we got to the top.
My goal is to climb Mount Chauve this Fall, a mountain I've never succeeded in climbing all the way to the summit. Today was another step toward that goal.
The sheer rock face is well-suited to Peregrine Falcons & rock climbers.
(we did NOT climb up the rock face!) )
It was very, very windy at the summit!
We sure did appreciate our poles and trees to grab on to.
View from about 1/4 of the way back down.
Back down to the "easy hike" in the woods at the foot of the mount.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
In 2004, I reached an all-time high weight of 243 lbs. I felt awful and not surprisingly developped diabetes and high-blood pressure. I decided to make a priority of my health and went on a diet. I lost 64 pounds during the following year. I felt so much better at 179 lbs! But then the scale stopped moving and I got discouraged. Over the next two years, I put a lot of the weight back on. I weighed 216,5 lbs. when I had a heart attack on January 30th 2010.
When I had started regaining the weight, and after a severe scolding from my doctor, I sat down to analyze what was happening. I'd like to share my reflection with you. Unfortunately, I did not get my act together again at that time. Knowing is not enough, we have to ACT on what we know!
Notes from August 11th, 2006:
"Since I’ve started gaining weight again, I found that I needed to step back and reflect on what I've been doing wrong.
1- I've stopped planning and stocking my frig with cut-up veggies and fruits. When I come home from work tired, stressed and hungry, I tend to reach for what's readily available. If there are salad greens and prepared veggies in the frig, I'll reach for those, otherwise I'll reach for whatever is there.
2- I spent 2 weeks away from home during my vacation, so I bought lots of prepared foods. I also bought desserts I normally would not buy. Since sugar is addictive, I've begun to crave sweets and eating more and more of them. When I don't eat any, I hardly miss them, but when I do, I tend to eat too much.
3- Self deception: Sometimes I don't buy prepared salad greens because they cost too much. Then I'll buy a dessert that costs even more than the greens.
4- I've stopped wearing my pedometer. I know it's all in my head, but when I don't wear my pedometer, I walk a lot less. I know it's stupid, but it's almost as if the steps don't 'count'.
5-Careless choices, like buying the regular, hi-cal, hi-fat version of a product rather than the lo-cal, lo-fat option.
Sometimes I feel like a juggler trying to keep a dozen plates spinning on the end of sticks, running from one to the other to keep the plates spinning so they won't fall off. I feel that my weight-control issue is like one of those plates. Sometimes it's hard to give it the attention it needs. That's why adequate preparation and having the right foods readily available is VITAL to achieving success. Now, where have I heard THAT before?"
Photo taken on vacation with my son in 2007. I weighed 179 lbs.
Today, I weigh 180,5 lbs. I am determined that this time, I'm going to maintain the loss.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Some wonderful SparkFriends have been leaving encouraging messages on my page, congratulating me on a 60 or 70 lb. weight loss. I wish! I've lost 33,5 lbs. since I started SparkPeople at the beginning of March 2010. When my SparkPage was in "set-up" mode, I could clearly see 33,5 lbs. lost. But when my SparkPage was in "normal" mode, where everyone can see it, it was written 33,5 kilos. I asked how to fix it on the technical message board. I've now corrected the information, but by doing so, I "gained" over 30 lbs.
I'm very pleased with the 33,5 lb. loss. Of course, I'd like it to be more, but what's most important to me is keeping it off. I'm trying to develop habits that I hope will enable me to do just that.
I miss hiking! But the deerfly are so bad right now. They don't just sting, they bite. We don't usually have them until August, but because of the extra hot Summer, they're already out and biting. We've chosen to stay out of the woods for now. But I did go for a walk after supper, and got in a total of over 12,500 steps today.
At the Saint-Catherine bog in late June
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