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A hiking we did go (yep, pics too)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Well, my spark tracker says I walked over six miles today. It was actually a lot of hiking. We did a lot of steep uphill and downhill! I KNOW I burned a lot more calories than the tracker is saying I did. I wish I'd used my hiking boots. I don't know where my brain was at. The sneakers worked, but hiking boots would have been so much better- even though they would have let some mud in (thanks to the dogs). I need a new pair of boots...heh.
I did use my new foot bath when I got home. :)
My husband and our daughter and her husband and I went hiking for over 2 hours. I did take some pictures with my phone.
Here is looking down a bluff over the lake.

Here I am with my backpack and jacket slung, having just taken my glasses off.
Here are a couple of pictures from the highest point we were at on bluffs.

As we were nearing the parking lot there was an Amish family heading to an area overlooking the lake.
Didn't see much in the way of animals on our trek. A few garter snakes, a couple chipmunks, some great blue herons on nests, and that was about it.
I was just a little surprised at how many people we saw there on Easter, other than us. :) Good for them though!
Oh yeah, we saw a bunch of wild turkeys crossing the road on our way home.
I hope each of you made some good memories too.

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CEPHALOPODLYNN 4/25/2014 12:48AM

    That's sounds like a pretty cool hike, and wild turkeys are always fun to see =)

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BIGPAWSUP 4/21/2014 9:18PM


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JACKIE542 4/20/2014 11:01PM

    Now that was a beautiful Easter hike, lots of miles and calories burned.
We went for an evening walk in the park today, after our Easter dinner, very nice and quiet day just the way I like it. Oh and I had dinner ready on time for a change.
Have a relaxing evening emoticon Jackie Love the pictures, thank you

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JUJUMILLER 4/20/2014 10:22PM


There's nothing like a great pamper after a great workout!
Gorgeous pics!
Thanks for sharing


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We celebrated Easter and 4 birthdays

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Saturday was a full day with family. We had one birthday at the end of March, one a week later and two (twins) in April, and to celebrate all at once was the idea- plus the best way the family could all get together for Easter was to do it the day before Easter. So it was a full house and a good day.
I am allowed to have 3 "cheat meals" a week, if I want to, on my eating plan, so I wasn't too worried about having a little bit of cake, so I tried all three kinds (yeah, can you believe it?!) I took a forkful of one, and a very small piece of the other two.
Looks like I stayed in my calorie range for the day, so that's good. :)
Oh yeah, one of the birthdays was mine, and I got a mini trampoline (I've liked the idea one of my spark friends has of running on hers, and I see there are lots of exercises on youtube and so on to follow too) for those, a burning bush (I've wanted one of those plants for some time), and a gift card to Amazon. Yay :) It's nice when people go in on something together to get what you want (they do ask for lists of ideas!). Oh yes, hubby and I got a joint gift of a foot bath that is supposed to massage your feet. I didn't want to tell her we already had one. But hey, now we could both soak our feet at the same time, right? hahaha
One family had a couple hours trip, but the other much longer. Sounds like they were planning to go part way home and then stop at a hotel so it wouldn't be such a long drive back in the morning.
It was nice to see and be with everyone. :)
I hope you each have/had a lovely celebration as well.
Happy Resurrection Sunday/Easter!

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JACKIE542 4/20/2014 12:38PM

    Sounds like a very fun day. I have always wanted a burning bush too, someday I will get one. Have fun on your trampoline and emoticon and Easter too emoticon Jackie

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BIGPAWSUP 4/20/2014 11:02AM

    Enjoy your mini-tramp! I love mine.

Happy Birthday

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THRIVE2DAY 4/20/2014 3:37AM

    Happy Birthday and Happy Resurrection Sunday! Praise God! Blessings and emoticon

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Five Pounds Down? Oh yeah!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Yay, I'm so happy to have gotten rid of five pounds this first week back on track with food and exercise! I can see and feel the difference.
Two inches off my waist. An inch off my hips. Half an inch off my thigh.
I've been sticking to my eating plan and doing a variety of exercises daily (trying to do a different dvd each day -been using some to try from Netflix too).
Above all that, I just love the way I FEEL. I have so much more energy and alertness that I didn't have before (though I notice that seems to be especially when I follow a certain little book for healthy smoothies).
I'm off to walk the dogs!
Have a great day!

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BIGPAWSUP 4/19/2014 5:48PM

    That is FANTASTIC. Congratulations.

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JACKIE542 4/19/2014 12:08PM

    It is emoticon emoticon emoticon Have fun walking your dogs and you have a great day too.

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THRIVE2DAY 4/19/2014 10:30AM

Have a blessed Saturday!

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Full day planned not as full as expected

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Well, my sister didn't get there 'til this evening, last I heard from her (that was when she was expected to arrive), and my friend, that was to come over this evening, never called so I hope she's okay. I did go out with a friend for a belated birthday meal today and enjoyed that. I had Chicken Fresco and a side of broccoli and a side of spaghetti squash, with lemon water to drink. I did well on my food choices. My friend and I had a really good visit.
I walked the dogs and also did Walk Away the Pounds (one of the stretch band interval dvds), and used some weights for my exercises today.
Some of the daffodils are standing tall again- the snow couldn't keep them down. The sun has melted most of the snow today.

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BIGPAWSUP 4/17/2014 11:24AM

    Sounds fun to me

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MJREIMERS 4/17/2014 10:57AM

    What a great day you had. You made good choices in all areas! Keep it up!

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THRIVE2DAY 4/17/2014 2:03AM

    Oh how nature takes care of itself by the working of the Creator!

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JACKIE542 4/17/2014 12:12AM

    Good job on exercise and food. I knew those daffodils would stand tall again, sure hope they can keep standing.

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SAMMI-SAM 4/16/2014 9:22PM

    great food day.... emoticon

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Daffodils to droopadils?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Yeah, that's a weird title...Anyway...Those beautiful daffodils that were first open yesterday? Here they are today:

Yeah, around 80 yesterday and snow sticking to the ground today.

Started with lots of rain and turned to snow. We were out for breakfast, a car inspection and getting some fruit and veggies when it was raining. I was out getting a haircut in the midst of it snowing.
Tonight I found out that my sister will be visiting for a few days (staying with our folks), from out of town. She and her daughter. I already have plans to get together with a friend for lunch (belated birthday dinner) and a friend in the evening (to visit and watch a movie), but I imagine I'll see her somewhere in there and then the other days as well.
It's a good thing I have the week off from work!
Hubby helped me clean the pantry/closet in the kitchen today. It is so much nicer in there now. Seems like it's been a super busy day. I haven't gotten to exercise, and it's strange to just before bed...but I think I'm going to do that while the clothes dry (had to wash some coats for my sister and her daughter since they don't have winter coats with them).

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WENDYSPARKS 4/16/2014 5:51PM

    Got snow here also yesterday...melted now....with some nice sunshine! emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 4/16/2014 9:34AM

    Best of luck getting out all done

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JACKIE542 4/16/2014 9:26AM

    Oh no!! emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 4/16/2014 1:36AM

    It just does not want to go away.

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THRIVE2DAY 4/16/2014 1:26AM

    Poor daffodils! Hoping Spring comes and sticks!

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KAYOTIC 4/15/2014 10:01PM

    Poor daffodils! I walked home from work today and was in awe at the daffodils they have planted at the arboretum in the park. I've been watching them bloom here and there, but now the mass plantings are all in bloom, and it's glorious!

Hope you get some more blooms once that snow melts away! emoticon

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