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Weigh in and hike pics

Monday, October 10, 2011

So I'm going to start with the bad and move on to the good so I can end on a positive note. The weigh in:

Start: 280.4
week 1: 278.4
week 2: 278.6
week 3: 279.8

Yep, unfortunately the weigh in is the bad part. Brought on by not eating the right things and then eating too much. Once I pass a 0 (300, 290, 280) I never want to see them again. So I really need to get myself back on track. Luckily, not everything has gone to pot. The good news is the exercising is going really well! I went on the same hike I did two weeks ago (the one that totally kicked my butt). I had left my favorite flexi-leash up there, so my hiking partner and I, and the puppies of course, hiked back up to the cache we did. I could really feel that I was stronger! I didn't have to rest as much climbing the steep hill and I didn't feel like I had to sit and rest once I got to the top! Progress! Here are some pics from our hike. It was perfect weather for a hike (I still made sure to bring plenty of water this time), plus we found another cache!

We started off with the dogs having a little swim.


My two tearing up and down the path and Celeste's two off to the side.


Swimming in another spot...is that a beaver in the background?....No, just a swimming Corgi!


Eliot at his hiking speed - which is normally a full speed run.


Here you can kind of tell the size of the hill we were climbing. That's Lacey Jane, Celeste's big black dog, at the top waiting for us.


My boys Luke & Eliot


Group photo! We waited til the end of the hike when everyone was tired to try and take this one! We have Eliot, Luke, Lacey Jane and Shortie.


And last but not least - me and the boys


The End!


  
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CHERIRIDDELL 11/11/2011 1:19AM

    I used to have a corgi I love them!

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TJBLEEKER 10/11/2011 10:30AM

    Great post - love the pictures! Looked like a gorgeous, healthy day.

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SARAHARTIST 10/10/2011 6:42PM

    Looks like you (and the dog children) had a great time and the weather cooperated!

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MELIVA 10/10/2011 6:33PM

    Wow! What a cool place to hike...and the fact that you can take your dogs (off leash). All of our really good hiking spots are no dogs or if they are allowed, they have to be on a leash. Looks like it was quite a hike (my butt hurts just looking at that hill).
Great pics, too!!

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PINKBEANBOO 10/10/2011 4:15PM

    Wow, now that is a hill! I'm sure just one of many. Good greif, what a calorie burn : )

Your boys are sooo cute! How do you get them to sit next to each other, let alone all 4 of them to sit in a line?

Looks like a fun day!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/10/2011 4:14PM

    I love all the photo's, but my favorite is of Eliot and Luke tearing up and down the path, love Eliot's face in that one emoticon

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MOMFAN 10/10/2011 2:06PM

    We need to go for a hike!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/10/2011 2:03PM

    These pictuers are awesome! We are used to seeing Elliot perfectly groomed, he looks like he has been having alot of fun in these photos.

I love that you guys go in a group, dogs need that and it makes your exercise way more fun. Great for getting out and showin the dogs a good time simultaneously!!!



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KATRENIAH 10/10/2011 1:18PM

    I love the group shots - especially with all the dogs posing! They're adorable! I bet they loved this whole day; it looks like the weather was fabulous.

I"m sorry that you had the weight gain, but at least you didn't get right back up to where you started, and you know what you did to make that happen. I'm sure that hike was totally on the right track!

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Week 2 Weigh In

Monday, October 03, 2011

Well, it's week 2 of my end of year push for 20 lbs....and ya know how in Biggest loser sometimes they have a rough 2nd week?.....boy did I had a rough second week. Of course, this one was all my doing. I ate like I had a hollow leg! I couldn't stop! I was like a cat on the prowl, looking in cupboards, staring in the fridge. It was kinda pathetic. The only thing that I can say in my defense is that TOM is visiting....stupid TOM.....but no excuses. I still have a few more years of his visits, I have to control him!
I did have a great weekend excercise-wise. Saturday I went for a lovely long hike/geocache that was very hilly and got my heart pumping - and I found the cache! So that was fun AND I burned 1600 calories! Woohoo to that! Sunday I went to a different area to do the same thing and although I didn't work as hard or find the cache, I still burned some good calories and got in a good walk with Eliot. Plus, I mowed the lawn at a speed-walk because I was almost out of gas! lol! So even though I gained a bit, considering my gluttony during the week, I'm not too upset and I vow to do better this week!

Start: 280.4
week 1: 278.4
week 2: 278.6 (booooooo!)

  
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MOMFAN 10/5/2011 1:22AM

    Good focus!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/4/2011 1:01PM

    Still laughing at the speed mowing! I would call week two more of staying the same instead of a gain!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/3/2011 11:35PM

    Great burning 1600 calories, wow. Most Excellent way to drop pounds is pumping up the workout.

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MELIVA 10/3/2011 6:43PM

    It's OK...like you said, it's only week two. Keep pushing and you are likely to see some pretty awesome results. Way to go on the two pounds though...use that as motivation!
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PINKBEANBOO 10/3/2011 5:01PM

    For having a hollow leg last week, you sure held your ground. Shoot, being up .2 lbs can mean you just needed to go potty.

My weekend was pretty good. I did make cookies for my van kids & I've had a few of those. Nothing that is too big of a deal, but I'm making a promise not to eat anymore of those. I'm done with them.

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KURTBAMF 10/3/2011 12:23PM

    Awesome work burning 1600 calories! That's incredible! TOM is a pain in the butt, that's for sure. I wouldn't scrutinize those numbers too carefully with him in town. Wait til he's gone and I bet the scale is going to be much kinder. Glad you had a nice weekend!

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KATRENIAH 10/3/2011 12:04PM

    Sometimes the toughest battle we fight is against ourselves. We know what we're supposed to do, yet we hamper ourselves. it's probably my biggest challenge in weight loss, and I find that I have to take it one day at a time, one instance at a time, one battle at a time. Remind yourself of your goals when you want to eat something. Down a full glass of water and then ask yourself if you really need that food. Go do 50 jumping jacks before making a meal decision. Tell yourself that you're going to wait 30 minutes before eating that snack. If you're like me, you'll probably be able to say no thanks after that time.

These are all things that have worked (sometimes!) for me. Hopefully something in there will work for you as well.

All that exercising is AWESOME! Keep it up!

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BANDMOM2012 10/3/2011 11:42AM

    Ah, the beginning, it is a lovely time emoticon Hang in there you will soon see that constant success!

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A Successful start!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Okay technically I've been at this for a while....but last week I set some new goals for the end of the year and had a good first week! I did have a couple of slipups in the paleo department but then, I'm not expecting perfection. It would sure leave me disappointed if I did!
I had a nice long hike on Saturday. A friend and I took our dogs up to Bear Lake for probably their last swim of the year and then we decided to go find a nearby geocache. I thought it would be a modest .5 - .75 mile hike.....HA! It was about that far to get there and the last .25 mile all up hill - very - up hill. The thing about up hills is, they are hard going up, but to those of us whose balance is not so great, they are a little scary going down. So I thought let's go a different way down. Not my most brilliant moment. It took us so far out of the way that we were out for almost 2 1/2 hours. And I only brought one little bottle of water for both Eliot and I. Needless to say, by the time I got back to the car I was spent. Not to mention waaaay overheated. In fact, a little nauseous for the rest of the day! And in my mind - through my blinding headache - all I could think was "Gee, I bet I burned alot of calories!" Oh well, next time I will be better prepared for sure. So on to my weigh in:

Start: 280.4
week 1: 278.4

Exactly 2 pounds! Yay! (I know my last blog I said I weighed in at 280.2 but it was a little typo!)

  
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/28/2011 4:16PM

    Great job!!

By the way, I feel the same way about walking down hills.

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CCHELLEZ 9/28/2011 3:12AM

  Good job!

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TPELL21 9/27/2011 10:19AM

    Good job. I think perfection with any 'diet' is pretty tough. Just remember to get right back at it if and when you do slip up. Consistency is what it is all about.


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MELIVA 9/27/2011 12:03AM

    Wow...sounds like a nice day. I love those accidental exercises...they suck when they are happening, but are soooo awesome in hindsite! Nice start!
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REMARAHAB 9/26/2011 11:33PM

    Way to go on the weight loss.

I always pack several bottles as I've misjudged distances sometimes, too!

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MOMFAN 9/26/2011 5:32PM

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PINKBEANBOO 9/26/2011 11:36AM

    Haha! Way to go with the fitness minutes. I'd do the same thing...trying not to throw up while being happy about the calorie burn. Haha!!
This is for sure a Successful Start!
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DEBZDOGZ 9/26/2011 11:06AM

    emoticonWay to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3 goals - Here I come!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Iíve taken my cue from Pinkbeanboo and decided to challenge myself to hit some goals by the end of the year. Thank you PBB for being my motivator!
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So the first goal is to lose 20lbs by Dec 31st. I will do a weekly weigh in and hope that having to report to you all will help motivate me. Because after losing 30, Iíve been kind of stuck for quite a while. Itís hard for me to be motivated with just a vague date as a goal, usually I like to have something to shoot for like an eventÖso if I can come up with one of those I will do that too.
My second goal is to do more exercise this winter than I did last winterÖ.which should be easy since last year I pretty much did none! More hiking this fall, and snowshoeing this winter. A friend and I have already been discussing where to go snowshoeing once we have enough snow. Plus I will try and hit the indoor exercise machines & ST during the week.
And last but certainly not least is to do better on my paleo. I have gone from eating 80/20 to probably 20/80. Yes, I have been a bad bad girl lately, which Iím sure is the reason for my current stalemate. So here we go Ė my first weigh in was this morning:

09/19/11 Ė 280.2

260 here I come!!!!!!

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/22/2011 2:57AM

    You are inspiring me !

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MOMFAN 9/20/2011 10:38PM

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GROKGRANNY 9/20/2011 8:30PM

    Pulling for you, my friend. I KNOW you can do it!! And YOU are now motivating ME!! lol

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MELIVA 9/19/2011 7:32PM

    emoticon That's the spirit...K some A!

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PINKBEANBOO 9/19/2011 5:55PM

    We can do this. We CAN.
The hardest part for me will be Thanksgiving/Christmas time. Last year I thought I could maintain. I thought wrong! I'll need to keep myself in weight loss mode, otherwise I'll start eating cookies, candy, pie, mashed potates & rolls like a crazy person.
Help me stay on track & I'll help you, too. I'll be checking on your weigh in next Monday.
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/19/2011 5:44PM

    Good idea! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/19/2011 5:35PM

    That is one thing we have all learned on this site, setting the goal is the first & necessary step. Success can only follow after you set your goal. Congratulations on taking this step!

Thanks for the inspiration!

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VVKIMBO07 9/19/2011 5:31PM

    Good luck! emoticon

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Take a walk with me in pictures

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I've decided to take you with me on my afternoon walk....I work in downtown Spokane in a building that is right next to Riverfront park. So on some days I take a walk through the park for my half hour lunch break. So today come with me!
Out the front door and we see the Bloomsday runners. Bloomsday is one of the biggest roadraces in the country. It's 7.5 miles and used to end right here where the statues are.

This is our fairly new water fountain. In the summer it becomes a splashpad for the kiddies.

Next we come to the carousel. In the summer time you can hear the music it plays all over the park. I haven't ridden it in a few years but it always makes you feel like a kid again when you do.

Next we have one of my favorite things in the park...the garbage eating goat!! If you have - or find - a smallish piece of garbage you go up to him press a button and he sucks up the garbage! He's awesome! I think he's left over from Expo 74 because I have fond memories of him from long ago!

Around the corner from my buddy the goat, we come to the big red wagon. In the summer time you will find scores of munchkins climbing up and sliding down the wagon. It's also a tourist magnet for pictures there and on the big ABC blocks nearby. (not to mention townies like me who like doggie photo ops there!)

This is an old pic of my now deceased dog Gus on the blocks right by the wagon.

Lot's of geese hang out there too.

Now we cross the bridge...

And come to the Pavillion. The pavillion is another famous thing in spokane. During expo 74 it was cover in white canvas so it looked like a ginormous Teepee. In the winter time there is a skating rink underneath, and in the summer kiddie rides and sometimes miniature golf.

This is the lovely Spokane River that runs through the park. You can crisscross it several times over bridges throughout the park. Some, like the ones in this photo, are creepy small ones that are barely 2 person wide and sway in the wind! I avoid them whenever possible!

And lastly, just before I get back to my building we have the gondolas. Also a remnant from expo 74 and also with a high creep factor, these gondolas go out over the falls and then turn around and come back to the park. You can just see them against the green background.

And there you have it! Thank you for joining me on my walk through the park!

  
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 9/19/2011 3:43PM

    What a beautiful place to walk in. Nice fountain too! Sorry about your dog, it is nice to share their pictures even after they have left us, nice memories too.

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KLAD_COCKERS 9/16/2011 2:17PM

    What a beautiful area to enjoy on your lunch break! That garbage eating goat looks and sounds cool! I've driven through Spokane, but that's it. It sounds like a cool place to visit.

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ANNALISSAS 9/16/2011 10:56AM

    Awesome! How lucky to have that out your front door, it would certainly inspire me to walk. So many cool different things to see. I really like the Spokane River pics!

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TXGRANDMOM 9/15/2011 11:07PM

    Thanks for the walking tour. You have lovely scenery for your lunch time hike. Bet, you hate going back to WORK! emoticon

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TXGRANDMOM 9/15/2011 11:07PM

    Thanks for the walking tour. You have lovely scenery for your lunch time hike. Bet, you hate going back to WORK! emoticon

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TXGRANDMOM 9/15/2011 11:06PM

    Thanks for the walking tour. You have lovely scenery for your lunch time hike. Bet, you hate going back to WORK! emoticon

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MOMFAN 9/15/2011 8:30PM

    I love walking on my breaks and lunch. I see many of the same sites as you. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/15/2011 7:54PM

    What a brilliant walk I have never been to Spokane but I can see it is beautiful and you certainly have shown us a beautiful walk!

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MELIVA 9/15/2011 7:07PM

    Wow! I am waaaay jealous! What a beautiful place to walk on your lunch. I work in a scary neighborhood. Thanks for taking me on a pleasant walk today!

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BECKY_LYNN84 9/15/2011 5:44PM

    Awesome! Those bridges scare me...

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MYLADY4 9/15/2011 5:04PM

    Nice.

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PINKBEANBOO 9/15/2011 4:54PM

    That goat is cool!

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AMYLOVESTZU 9/15/2011 2:39PM

    Great loved it i love your pictures it was like being there

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KURTBAMF 9/15/2011 1:15PM

    How gorgeous! What a beautiful walk you get to take every afternoon! Thank you so much for sharing!

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JEEZLA 9/15/2011 12:49PM

    i grew up in spokane. i love riverfront park! thanks for posting some lovely pictures.

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