Monday, July 07, 2008
I recently read a blog from another SP member who set a personal challenge for the month of June. It was interesting reading her entries and seeing how she was doing toward reaching her goal, which she did. Reading and keeping up with this really motivated me, so I decided that I would set a new goal for myself. My personal challenge is to hike a total of 40 miles during the month of July. This cannot include walking at any of our local parks, but rather has to be mountain hiking up and down hills, so most of this will probably be at Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock. I started hiking more over the last few months, but after breaking a rib I slacked off for a while. Now it's time to begin serious preparation for my backpacking trip planned for next June.
I will update this blog every time I complete miles with the date and location. I hope to do more than 40, but I have to get in at least that much. At the end of this month, I'll decide what my goal for August will be. So, here I go.
2.4 miles - 07/05/08 - Pilot Mountain
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Did you know that the hobby of photography can actually be a dangerous thing? Okay, maybe not for everyone, but when you are someone who is prone to accidents, you have to take extra precautions. And when you love to hike, with a digital SLR hanging around you neck, falling down can be a very bad thing.
Yep, that's what I learned this week. You see, there is something about my family. My DH (and my sisters' husbands) all joke about our family. They said there is something called the Elswick (my maiden name) clutz gene that everyone in my family has. I'm beginning to think it's true. I won't even go in to all of my past accidents, but it seems one of us 4 girls always have some type of injury of our own making.
Last Wednesday evening DH and I decided to do a short hike after work so we went on a trail we'd never been on before. Because it was getting late, I began to hurry (usually what leads to my injuries) down the trail. I was also carrying my Olympus digital SLR and had it hanging around my neck. I swear I never saw that little root growing all the way across the trail, but sticking about 4 inches up off the ground. It was just enough to catch my foot in and send me propelling into a forward dive toward the ground. Now, I probably would have escaped with my usual beat up knees and hands, but this time I landed right on my camera. The result? A huge, rectangular, colorful (purple, blue, yellow) imprint the size of my camera right in the center of my torso just below my sternum and a fractured rib. Nothing to do but just wait it out since there's really nothing they can do for a fractured rib.
Okay, so that's the bad news. The good news is that it should be healed by the time we leave for vacation on August 9th. Even better news is that my camera somehow managed to escape any injury (my body absorbed most of the shock). That was especially good since I have already destroyed one digital SLR (a former clutz gene accident). I had only had my first one for about 4 months when I again slipped on slickrock on Utah and smashed it on the rocks. The dirt path this time was a lot more forgiving than pure rock, so this time I don't have to worry about replacing another camera.
Okay, so that's my story this week. I did manage to get in a short 2 mile hike with my best friend this morning. Thank God for ibuprofen. Now if the heat wave here will just end.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
I went last Monday evening and bought a new digital scale. My old one was REALLY old and worn out. I was so excited when I brought my new scale home because it has settings for 4 different users so you can track your progress on it also. It also measures your body fat and BMI.
Now the bad part. When I weighed myself, it showed my weight between 4 and 5 pounds heavier than my old scale. I'm sure the new scale is much more accurate, so it didn't make me happy to know that my weight ticker was wrong. I didn't want to change my weight ticker because then it would look like I gained weight, so I've given myself 1 week (until next Monday) to get down to 160 on my new scale. I've been working extra hard this week and as of yesterday morning I was less than 1 pound away. Hopefully I'll make it by Monday so I don't have to see that ticker go up. Looks like it's gonna be a fruit and veggie holiday weekend!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
The last few weeks have been nothing short of frustrating! The scales hit 164 and seem to be stuck there. The positive side is that I'm not gaining back any weight, but the negative side is I'm not losing either. I'm sure this is partly because I've not exercised the way I had been. The weather here has been really cruddy (especially on the weekends) for the last few weeks, so I've done almost no hiking. I did manage to get in a short hike last Sunday afternoon, even though it was cool and kind of misty outside. Hopefully this weekend will be better.
I'm more motivated than ever to continue my weight loss and getting healthy because my best friend and I have now committed to taking a trip next June (2009) that we've been talking about for years. Alyce (my friend and hiking buddy) are going to fly into Salt Lake City, rent an SVU and head out to do some backpacking trips that we have both really wanted to do for a long time. We've talked about going to these places for about 10 years, and last Sunday when we were out hiking, the subject came up again. We decided that now is the time because we're certainly not getting any younger. So, we're going next June. No excuses, no delays. This trip will include an overnight hike to see the Native American ruins at Keet Seel in Arizona, Havasu Falls in Arizona, and Buckskin Gulch in Utah. We're also hoping to get in some hiking at Zion National Park in Utah and hopefully see Wupatki National Monument in Arizona, but the first 3 are our main goals. Keet Seel and Havasu are supposed to be strenuous hikes, so this will help me to get motivated and work harder at getting in shape.
It's sure gonna feel good to strap on my backpack again and really hike, but only if I'm in good shape.
With that in mind, I will turn off my computer now and go get on my Nordic Trac and burn some calories and fat!
Following up on this, I have finally started seeing the scale move again. As of today, 4/25/08, I've lost another 3 pounds. Yippee! Now I have to keep it up by getting out and hiking more now that the weather is improving.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
It is becoming a sad world when we can't go to work and feel safe in our office. I was finally feeling pretty good today after recovering from the flu, but what started out to be a good day took a serious turn for the worse.
I work in a law office during the day where there is only me and one attorney. This afternoon about 3:30, I had walked to the file room to put some files away. After being back there only a few minutes, I thought I heard the front door open. I walked back to my office in the front and saw the front door standing wide open. I stepped out on the porch and saw a woman getting in her car. I walked to her car and asked if I could help her. She appeared very nervous and was covering something in the seat. I immediately knew something wasn't right when she told me she just wanted to know what kind of law we practiced, but did not want to come in and speak with the attorney. As soon as I walked back into my office, I realized she had stolen my purse that had been up under my desk, but she drove off as I ran back out the door. I was able to get her license plate number, color and make of her car. The police officer that went and interviewed her said she denied ever being at our office and she said she was in classes all day. It appears nothing will be done to this thief.
I have spent the afternoon calling my bank and credit card companies to close all my accounts. In my purse was my cell phone, my palm pilot (that had all my massage appointments in it), my Canon elph digital camera, my checkbook and drivers license, bank cards, cash, flash drive and numerous other items.
And nothing will be done to this individual because she simply said she wasn't there!! I will, however, rest easy tonight, because I know that even though she may have gotten away with my belongings on this day, someday she will have to answer to a higher power for her crimes.
To follow up on this story, I have spent the last 2 1/2 days taking measures to protect myself and identity, opening new bank accounts and beginning the process of replacing my electronics. I have finally moved past the anger and will sleep much better tonight. I have decided that this individual stole property from me, but I will not allow her to make me lose any more sleep and I will not allow her to make me miserable by being angry and upset. I have done all that I can, and now I will move on. This is now in the hands of a higher power, and I truly believe that you reap what you sow.
Well, life is getting back to normal. After days of being angry, I'm putting this matter to rest. I have also been truly touched by how many wonderful people there are around me. There have been so many kind words of support during this time from friends, including many here on this wonderful site. I also had something happen that I never expected. One of my massage clients came to the spa where I work and brought me a Palm Pilot because she knew mine had been stolen. Then I refused to let her pay me for her massage because I felt she had already done so much to help me out, but she left a check anyway for much more than I normally charge for a massage. I was overwhelmed by her kindness and generosity. I admit that I was wrong at the beginning of this blog when I said this is a sad world. Yes, we have the few bad apples among us, but most people are honest and kind. This is a wonderful world with fantastic people. Thank you all for your kind words of support.
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