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Struggling to get back on track!

Friday, October 03, 2008


Okay, so I went on my awesome vacation in August and had a wonderful time. Got to see the Rocky Mountains, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Mesa Verde, Canyons of the Ancients, spent 3 days in Moab (one of my favorite towns) and lots more. I also really, really enjoyed some great restaurants. Probably too many! I came back a few pounds heavier even though we did a lot of hiking. I've struggled to get back to where I was before I left and now I've just been stuck for the last couple weeks. I'm going to try to change up some of my workout schedules and increase my hiking distances on weekends because I HAVE to be in good shape by June. My best friend and I are finalizing plans for our backpacking trips in Arizona and Utah. We've decided to drive and will be leaving on June 12th and coming back on the 21st. That means I have about 8 months to finish getting into the shape that I want to be in to be able to enjoy our hikes. I know I can do this, so now it's time to increase my activities and get back on track.

Hope everyone else is doing well!

  
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CJROMB 10/10/2008 4:30PM

    Is there anything I can do to help you?

And THANX for stopping by my blog, and always having such great pictures on your website!

No beach until tomorrow. And then, maybe not even. We'll see...plans may be changing.

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YOGATICHA 10/9/2008 5:55PM

    Nice picture. Great hobby!! (both of them) You can do this. Just take one day at a time and work your workouts in. It's tough, but I know that you are tougher!!

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SLIMMER150 10/3/2008 6:04PM

    Hi, I wondered where you were. You were one of the first people to write to me. I just thought you were on a LONG vacation. I hope you find your way to get where you were and then taking off New weight! I am cheering for you!

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RAVON27 10/3/2008 3:35PM

    Beautiful picture. Isn't traveling fun? I'm sure you will get to where you want to be in time. Have a great weekend.

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FINISHED!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Woo Hoo! I finally finished my 40 miles this evening. My friend Alyce joined me after work and we did a 3 mile hike at Pilot Mountain to complete my 40 miles for the month of July. It felt good just to know that I had set a goal and completed it. The best part is, that the last 10 miles I've hiked over the last few days were much easier than they were at the beginning of the month. I can actually feel how much stronger my legs (and my lungs) are and it feels good. Not sure how many miles I'll get in August, but I know it will be more since we'll be on vacation hiking for two weeks. Wow, hiking in Utah wll be a lot easier this year than it was last year.

Thanks to those of you who've read my blog and encouraged me. It makes it a lot easier to push yourself when you know others are watching. Also, CJ if you read this, thanks for all your great blogs because that's what motivated me to get off my behind and set my own goal.

That was fun. Now, what's next?

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LYNDASPIX 8/1/2008 3:06PM

    Congratulations on achieving your goal! emoticon

I'm a Soutwest Desert lover, too. I live in Phoenix and am just beginning to see what all the desert has to offer. It was hard at first as I'm a Wyoming Mountain Girl!

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CJROMB 7/31/2008 8:51PM

    You are a total rock star! You were done with your 40 miles before the end of the MONTH! So??? What's next?

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MADDIEMCWA 7/29/2008 8:55PM

    Congratulations! I wish I could say that!

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RAVON27 7/29/2008 8:34AM

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One More Day!

Monday, July 28, 2008


DH and I went to Pilot Mountain yesterday. Because it was getting late in the evening, we didn't have a lot of time to hike before dark, so he dropped me off at the Grindstone Trail to let me hike to the other end where he would pick me up. It was extremely humid (of course, this is July in North Carolina), but not quite as hot as it has been. About halfway through the trail, I scared 2 deers who ran accross the trail in front of me. One immediately ran uphill and hid, but the other stopped a short way off the trail and turned her head back to watch me pass. I was really surprised because they usually bolt away so that I just get a quick glance, but this one seemed a little more curious. I stopped and started talking to her while I took my camera off my pack belt. I took the above picture of her looking back at me. Okay, it's not a great picture, but I tried to use the zoom on my small point and shoot without my glasses on, so I was happy to even get this. Anyway, the one way trip on the Grindstone added another 2.1 miles to go total. I'm hoping to get back up there after work this evening and finish the last 3 miles!

Total miles for July - 37 (3 miles to go)

  
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4ME1981 7/28/2008 3:54PM

  Awesome! It looks like you are able to hike some beautiful trails. I am moving to Colorado in a couple weeks so I look foward to increasing my hiking. I love that you have goals for the miles you hike per month. Maybe once I get in shape I will try to have a hiking competition with you. emoticon

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CJROMB 7/28/2008 10:01AM

    You are SERIOUSLY getting after the miles. I would love to take a walk in the woods with ya. It looks mentally refreshing. :)

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RAVON27 7/28/2008 8:29AM

    Very nice picture. She felt you were there all the time so you must belong like she does LOL!

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Hiking and REI in One Day - WOO HOO

Saturday, July 26, 2008


What a day this has been! Up at 5:00 this morning. I actually intended to get up at 6:30 but Thor (my done) had other plans and decided I'd slept long enough at 5:00. So, I got up and started getting my stuff together to hike the Corridor Trail. It was raining when I first go up, but thankfully it cleared off by the time we headed out. Tommy decided he was hiking the Corridor Trail with me today. I believe I mentioned before that he usually refuses to do hikes over a couple of miles, so I was surprised that he decided to go, but I was happy to have him along. We didn't get started as early as we wanted, but were on the trail at 8:40 Am. He did pretty well until the last 2 miles and then he began to complain that his feet was hurting and he was tired (the picture is him taking a break and drinking some Gatorade toward the end of the hike). Even so, he didn't complain too much and we finished the 6.6 miles in just under 3 hours. I probably hurried him a little more than I should have, but my best friend was returning from her vacation today and I promised to pick her up at the airport.

After hiking I went home and showered and went and picked up Alice. Since we were already in Greensboro, we drove on over to REI and did a little shopping. I was in desperate need of a new hydration bladder for my daypack since my other one is old and about worn out. I bought a 3 liter Camelbak bladder and 2 new hiking shirts. What fun! Finally got back home about 7:00 p.m. tonight. I'm tired, but I feel good. I'm hoping to get a short hike in tomorrow. I think I just might make those 40 miles this month.

Total miles for July is 34.9 (5.1 miles to go)

  
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KAYOTIC 7/29/2008 10:53PM

    I must be REI's best customer! Glad you joined the club, and had such a nice hike, and what a goal, 40 hiking miles in a month! Great job!

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CJROMB 7/28/2008 12:00AM

    OMG! You're going to make it! Way to go getting all those miles in. That's truly amazing. I love coming to your page and seeing all the beautiful colors and hearing how you're doing, too.

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DHARMA1961 7/27/2008 2:43PM

    I love when we can get excited about a new bladder!!!LOL. emoticon

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RAVON27 7/26/2008 9:28PM

    emoticonThat's really funny, I hadn't heard about REI until the other day when I was looking for a "KleanKanteen". I went to REI and ended up buying my bike there. I really liked the store. Great job on the hiking and getting Tommy to finish with you. emoticon

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11.7 Miles to Go

Friday, July 25, 2008


What a week this has been! I had to work at the spa Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night after getting off work from my main job. It didn't leave much time for hiking, but I did get in a quick hike Monday evening and Tommy and I went and hiked a little this evening. If it wasn't for Pilot Mountain, I'd never get my miles in. Anyway, Monday evening I went up and hiked Grassy Ridge Trail adding 3 miles for the month. The heat and humidity was the worst I've hiked in this month, but at least it was mostly shady. The picture is from an old tobacco barn (or at least I think that's what it is) that's along the trail. This evening Tommy went with me and we hiked the Jomeokee Trail loop (twice) and then when we finished that he headed back to car and I headed down the short but steep Sassafras Trail to add another 1/2 mile bringing my total for today to 2.1 miles. Tomorrow morning we're getting up early and Tommy says he's going to hike the Corridor Trail with me (the 6.6 mile trail I did last weekend). I also plan to hike Sunday and Monday. Time's running out, but I'm determined to get those 40 miles in!

Monday - 3 miles; Today - 2.1 miles = 5.1 additional miles
Total miles for July 28.3 miles (11.7 miles to go)

  
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RAVON27 7/25/2008 8:03PM

    WOW you're a hiking machine. You can do it! emoticon

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