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My Hiking Challenge for July

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

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CJROMB 7/7/2008 11:42PM

    Hey there, thank you sooo much for the goodie. Soon as I can breathe IN all the way, I'm gonna inhale their sweet scent! :)

So you're gonna hike 40 miles up and down hills? I will be truly impressed. Imma watch, cuz you're gonna do it.

Don't wipe out, though, okay? Cuz it doesn't feel very good.

YOU GO GIRL!!! You've already got 5% done!

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GRALLEN 7/7/2008 1:36PM

    I think this is a great challenge. Lucky you living near mountians where you can actually take a proper hike. I live in the city with no mountains nearby to hike so it will be neat to see your progress.

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CALGALFOX 7/7/2008 11:19AM

    I think this is a great personal challenge! Good for you. I'm excited to follow this! If you have a little digital camera, you should take pictures for me : )

I don't know your area and would love to live vicariously through you!

We did an 18 miler in our chaparral area this past weekend that was beautiful. One area you wind through this manzanita grove that is so incredible. I took pictures, I'll try to post them this week, if you're interested.

Take care,


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RAVON27 7/7/2008 9:42AM

    emoticon on setting monthly goals for yourself. I would rather compete against myself than others sometimes. I always try to be better than I was before. Good Luck on reaching your goals. I know you will do it and have fun at the same time. emoticon

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The Dangers of Photography

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.

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CJROMB 6/29/2008 6:09PM

    Uh-oh. I was adopted. I bet you're my real family, aren't you! Are you by chance ADD? I am, and hear that's a common trait of ADD people. My dad used to call me a Bull In A China Shop. I'm ALWAYS moving far too fast for my eyes to watch out for me. I broke my toe about 2 weeks ago, and after all the other accidents I've had to report here on SparkPeople? Well, I just didn't say a word about it! (see, you're the ONLY person that knows. :)

What kind of digital SLR camera do you have? I LOVE taking pictures. I took over 4000 pics since last August when my exchange student got here. I love sunrises and sunsets, and all kinds of interesting things. But I just have a regular digital camera, not an SLR. I'd love to take a class and get one, so I'm curious what you're using. I'm a diver, so I'll probably be looking to get something I could eventually take in the water...although so far, it's the only place I haven't really wanted to take pictures. I don't want any responsibilities when I'm down there.

What do you like to take pictures of?

I'm sorry you got hurt wiping out. I'm glad your camera's okay, and I'm happy you'll be okay for vacation.


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AMAZINGDADNC 6/11/2008 9:09AM

    WOW Cindy, you must be my long lost sister! my friends tell me that i am the most likely to have an embarrassing emergency room visit for an accident.

glad your camera is ok!


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RAVON27 6/8/2008 4:43PM

    So glad you are are alright, except for the bruise and rib. I'm sure it could have been much worse! Glad your camera made it through! I think I would put my camera in a cushioned case and watch everything on the ground if I had a clutz gene. I think my sister was the only one that got it in our family LOL! Hope you have a great week and a fantastic vacation!

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New Digital Scale

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!

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AMAZINGDADNC 6/11/2008 9:06AM

    Hi Cindy,

thats why i am not getting a scale for the homefront,, that and that i would be reweighing myself every hour lol. I use the one at the Y, hopefully they are not messing with it lol.

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THERESAZ28 5/24/2008 6:23PM

    Congrats that you are determined to lose 4 to 5 pounds in such a short time but I've always been told its not good to lose weight so fast.
I was contemplating getting a new set of scales---now I'm wondering if I should---sometimes I eat when I get depressed!

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KAYOTIC 5/24/2008 12:17PM

    Scales can be that way! Don't worry so much about the munber though, as long as it's heading in the right direction over time, that's what matters. I have 2 scales, since I keep one at my house, and one at my boyfriends in Reno, and they are off by a couple of pounds from each other. I just make a mental note of that and try not to stress about it.

It sounds like a good scale though, can you calibrate it at all? Maybe you could adjust it a bit so it's more in line w/ your previous scale so the difference isn't so much.

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RAVON27 5/24/2008 10:18AM

    So sorry it was more. But I know you can get down to the right weight. Fruits and veggies are awesome for memorial day! Meat is over rated LOL! emoticon emoticon

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Stuck at 164!

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.

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BRIGHTPATH 4/29/2008 7:17AM

    Great job on breaking through that nasty plateau! That can be so discouraging but you sure did the right thing and didn't let it beat you. :)

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DDMANN 4/19/2008 11:54AM

    Wow, Cindy! You get a big WHATTAWOMAN from me on that trip and your plans to be ready for it!! As much as I've been all over the "golden circle" I've never even heard of Keet Seel or Havasu Falls. But you know I love Zion. We can do this, and lift both our butts off of these "sticking points" (mine is 168, so you've got me beat!!!).

I'll help you stay motivated about your trip. I may (emphasis on "may") be going to Indian Market this August. I need to get the last 18 #s off by then. -donna

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RAVON27 4/10/2008 8:56PM

    I think you'll lose all the weight by the time you go on your hiking trip. It sounds fantastic. Maybe you could hang pictures around your Nordic Trac of the places you want to visit to motivate you even more. I hope all else is going well with you! Have a great weekend : )

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Watch your valuables!

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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RED_ALWAYZ 3/28/2008 11:15AM

    That's awful that the authorities won't do anything about that woman, but good for you, taking the high road!

That's so nice that one of your clients went out of her way to make your day special! There are some good apples left in this world...

Hope that today is going really well, and that your weekend will be great!

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FOREVERNEO 3/24/2008 12:54PM

    That completely sucks! I can't believe they are doing nothing about it? You had a description of her, her vehicle etc. How can they just leave it alone. Doesn't she need to prove that she was in these so called classes? If she was in these classes it would be pretty amazing that you had the descriptions you had. Unless of course your psychic? Hmmmmm? Are ya? :)
What comes around goes around kiddo! She will have to answer for this in one way or another. At least there is that consolation! Me personally, I would use all my resources at hand and make her very aware I knew it was her and be EVERYWHERE she is. But then, that's just me! ;)

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MOMOKEV 3/23/2008 4:32PM

    OMG!! Honey that's so awful!! I just can't believe something like that could happen. We are all just so vulnerable, aren't we?

Thanks so sharing your experience. It certainly made me think to be more careful!

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BRIGHTPATH 3/21/2008 7:57AM

    It's shocking that they "can't" do anything even when you had her car & license plate info and I'm sure you could identify her.

What a huge pain to have to cancel all your cards, and the loss of your electronics with all your data stored on them. Sometimes I wish that if people were going to steal they'd at least be considerate and return the stuff they don't want/need. LOL, I know - dream on...

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RAVON27 3/19/2008 8:50PM

    I am so sorry for what happened to you today! I wish there was something I could do for you. People are so mean sometimes. I can't believe that they couldn't do anything about it!

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