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Hiking in the Snow!

Friday, November 27, 2009

So starting this journey in July was pretty easy for me. I had more time off this summer and it was gorgeous outside! Since I enjoy hiking and biking anyway, it was not that much harder to do it more often and add some other exercise as well. I started watching what I was eating and suddenly the pounds were falling away.

As fall approached I became more and more anxious. I grew up in Northern Wisconin and have always HATED the cold. Last winter I spent less than 5 minutes a day outside (usually running from the car into work or into the house). I looked longingly outside and hoped spring would come faster. So as the weather got cooler, I became anxious -what if I stopped all of my outside activities and lost my focus.

Then, it occurred to me - I choose who to I want to be. If I want to go outside I just need to get prepared. I bought a new parka, snowpants, snow snoes, winter hiking boots, long underwear, warm hats and mittens -everything I could think of that would make going outside in the cold more enticing. I told everyone how much I was looking forward to winter and the snow. And an odd thing happened - I actually started looking forward to winter. Today was the first day of snow so my husband and I bundled up and headed to a local state park to do some hiking. Yes, it was cold at first. But once I got accustomed to it, I realized how beautiful it was outside and just enjoyed the hike.

We CAN change ourselves - inside and out!

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HILARYMM 12/9/2009 2:20PM

    Awesome! And very inspirational! I walked 45 minutes to work today in knee-high snow drifts, and it was fun.

-- Hilary

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HARMONYBLUE 11/30/2009 10:50PM

    Soooo pretty! I can't wait for the snow this year emoticon

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DAPHNERUNNING 11/28/2009 10:18AM

    Yikes, it looks so cold! I'm a weakling from California. I remember going to the gym in New York (I went to college there) and having my sweaty hair freeze to my head. NO THANK YOU.

I went hiking yesterday, too--but it was 70 degrees!

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ROXIT22222 11/28/2009 9:47AM

    Great pictures. I passed on the ski trip yesterday to do shopping than just ended up doing it on line. I hate crowds. Tomorrow we are going up in the snow to do something either cross country ski or down hill ski. I cant wait.

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BENJIROX 11/27/2009 11:22PM

    Beautiful pictures! I now live in Northern California and completely miss the snow. The thought of putting on a parka and walking in the snow sounds so wonderful. I'm completely jealous.

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IRISHGIRL2005 11/27/2009 11:07PM

    You look genuinely happy here! I grew up in Michigan, and did a two year stint in Vermont. I now live in Texas. Imagine why? emoticon Like you, I have hated the winter, and the last two years there, barely endured the snow. People down south, hate the heat, but I LOVE how hot it gets. Like you said, it's all about perspective and attitude change. I'm really proud of you. And thank you for the gorgeous pictures!!!


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NYC - 29 miles and a canoli...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Since I have to work all Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I decided to have a little mini-holiday in NYC this week. We lived there for 7 years in our 20s, and I still miss it sometimes, although I would never give up living in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia now. Our main goals for the 3 days were to walk everywhere, see friends and enjoy the excitement of the city.

We lucked out on getting a "workout room" in the hotel that we staying at. Has anyone ever heard of that before? It was a regular hotel room at the Westin, but in addition to comfy beds it had a spin cycle, spinning DVDs, yoga mat, free weights, medicine ball, stability ball and health magazines...Isn't that great! Yes, I used them. It was my first time using a spin cycle but I managed to get quite a sweat up working out along with the video.

And then there was the walking! 29 miles of walking in 3 days. We walked everywhere! To heck with cabs and subways, we decided that there wasn't anywhere in Manhattan that we couldn't walk to. What a great way to see the city and see how different neighborhoods have changed since we lived there 12 years ago. Especially enjoyed walking through Central park on a crisp Autumn day.

The food was also fantastic. Went to a wonderful Ethiopian restaurant in midtown and had a perfect meal with spiced tea. When we were in the Village we stopped in a coffee bar that we used to go to and shared a canoli, something that we really enjoyed when we lived there.

The rest of the time we spent seeing friends, shopping and one night out at a off-Broadway musical (Avenue Q). All in all, a fantastic 3 day weekend!

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MYLUCKCHARM 11/26/2009 2:50AM

    Wow, 29 miles in 3 days an amazing workout in walking!

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HARMONYBLUE 11/24/2009 9:40PM

    So cool! Next time work takes me to NYC I will have to get some suggestions on where to stay, what to do:) Way to go on all the walking!

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Week 17: 4 lbs and 1.5 inches

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Jumping up and down excited!
I worked so hard the past two weeks to try to get to the 50 lb marker and today passed it! I think the combination of positive attitude, healthy food choices and daily exercise continues to help me stay on track. Would like to get another 10 lbs off before the end of the year which I think is an achievable goal. This week for Thanksgiving I am grateful to all of you who read my blog, give me goodies, and cheer me on. It makes all of the difference! Love you!

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LOTS2LOSE4EVER 11/25/2009 5:11PM

    Congratulations on hitting your 50 Pound Mark! emoticon

I'm very excited for you!!! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 11/24/2009 4:56PM

    Good for you walking everywhere you went! That's a lot of miles! You will have no trouble reaching your next goal! You are looking fantastic!

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Week 16: 2 lbs & 3.25 inches

Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy to say that the loss keeps coming! Very happy with 2lbs after the big loss last week. Another kind of interesting thing happened today. When I first started this journey at the end of July, I HOPED to get to 239 by Christmas...it was the farthest goal I could hope for. And if I am truthful I did not think I would make it that long or lose that much...yet here I am, 6 weeks early - 239 lbs today. Sometimes you get to win a few in life

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LOOZINITNOW 11/24/2009 4:59PM

    That is super awesome! Way to go! emoticon

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KIRSTY1306 11/17/2009 8:23PM

    Woohooo! Massive massive massive emoticon being sent your way. Just goes to show with a little hard work, effort and deication , followed by a touch of Spark madness, you can reach you rgoals and even surpass them!
Keep up the good work you are doing SO great !
Kirb xxx

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HILARYMM 11/17/2009 7:45PM

    Congratulations, Gorgeous!

Isn't it great when we exceed our goals?

-- Hilary

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LINDAGAGS 11/17/2009 6:23PM

    Congrats on arriving early, you're looking great! Keep up the good work.

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FITSPIRATION 11/17/2009 10:23AM

  That is incredible! 6 weeks early, wow, that means by Christmas you will be surprised again~

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HARMONYBLUE 11/17/2009 9:09AM

    A big congrats! Way to go arriving ahead of schedule. So what are you going to aim to hit before Christmas?

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DAPHNERUNNING 11/17/2009 12:21AM

    WOW!! You look FANTASTIC!!! Super early merry Christmas to you!

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BESTLIFE79 11/16/2009 8:58PM

    Wow!!! That is awesome!
And girl, you have some GREAT curves! (Can you JEALOUS!!) LOL

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/16/2009 8:47PM

    WOW... emoticon! That is so awesome and very motivating. That huge success comes from you being 100% dedicated to getting healthy. You're enthusiasm has inspired others towards the same success. emoticon

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FJCINZION 11/16/2009 8:42PM

    Congratulations!!! You look GREAT!!! Merry Christmas, early!!!
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2BTHINNERIN10 11/16/2009 8:29PM

  Yea, thanks for sharing. We all need to hear stories like yours to keep us motivated.


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Hiking on a perfect November day!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I am going to try to take advantage of every warm day I can to get outside and enjoy the sun! Today two of my friends and I had the perfect day.

We started the day with a ride into Pennsylvania to go hiking in one of the parks there. It is nice to see some new scenery for a chance. Beautiful day to scamper down to the waterfalls and take a few pics!

Cucumber Falls

Me, Lori & Lee Ann enjoying the day

The Yough River

Hiked a little more than 3 miles then headed out since we had 1pm massage appointments at a local spa. Love the relaxation of a deep tissue massage. I feel like a new person! Relaxed in the spa for several hours soaking up the ambience and drinking cucumber water. For dinner we head out to a historic home and ate (mostly) healthy things until we were perfectly content.

So happy for days like these!

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INKYWAG 11/16/2009 12:42PM

    It sounds like you had alot of fun!
You need to relax once in a while,I am jealous of the spa I wish I could go too.
The scenery looks awesome,Im kind of tired of it here too,but I have my route all planned out for the winter.Ill look at x-MAS LIGHTS for now.

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GOZEKIGRL 11/16/2009 10:21AM

    wow! looks like tons of fun!! i'm jealous!!

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LOOZINITNOW 11/16/2009 10:05AM

    What a wonderful way to spend the day! Beautiful scenery, hiking, and a massage afterwards. I'm totally jealous!

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CHANA-D 11/16/2009 6:10AM

    What a great day - lots of exercise, beautiful scenery, and a massage to top it all off. Plus time with friends - sounds like you had a great time. I loved the pictures as well. What a beautiful area to be hiking. Keep up the great work! And keep on smiling!

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FRENCHTOSD 11/16/2009 12:54AM

    Great photos, and it looks like a wonderful day for you. You remind me that I would love to have a massage. Maybe for Christmas...

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HARMONYBLUE 11/15/2009 11:28PM

    The hubby and I are planning on taking up hiking any day now. Looks like a lot of fun!

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/15/2009 11:17PM

    Wow, wonderful day! Friends, Exercise,Sunshine, Nature and a Massage!!!!

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PENGUITO 11/15/2009 11:03PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! Good for you! emoticon

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