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A New (Winter) Routine

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

First, an update from my last blog regarding the person who had fallen at Pilot Mountain on Sunday. I saw on our local news that it was a 25 year old man who was free climbing and slipped and fell over a ledge. Fortunately, they said he is in stable condition at the hospital and is expected to fully recover. I was so glad to hear that he should be okay.

Well, the days are getting shorter and the time has rolled back. That means that darkness will prevent me from getting to Pilot Mountain or Hanging Rock after work in the evening to do a hike. So, what to do? My instinct is to do what the bears do; curl up in the evenings, sleep and live off my fat! Only problem is I won't make any progress doing that and would more than likely gain even more weight. So, I can hike on the weekends, but through the week I have to fit in some other form of exercise. I decided that I would force myself out of bed early in the morning and head to my basement to take a walk to nowhere on my treadmill, and I WILL LEARN TO LOVE IT. Okay, that may be a stretch to say I'll love it, but in time I will learn to accept that this is the way it will have to be through the winter months. With this in mind, I jumped out of my warm bed this morning at 5:30, put on my sweats and eagerly ran downstairs to my basement. Actually, it was more like I slowly pushed myself out from under the warm covers, grudgingly put on my sweats and meandered slowly to the basement where I walked on my treadmill and rode the exercise bike for 30 minutes while watching the news. Nothing too strenuous, but a start. Amazingly, it really wasn't that bad and I felt good afterward. I may learn to like this yet.

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CJROMB 11/5/2008 2:57AM

    Do you like Teri Gross's show Fresh Air on NPR? Or what about Audible books? Maybe you can get something on an MP3 player that you really like, and use that to pass the time? That's what I was doing for awhile when I needed to occupy my mind so it didn't think about being a rat on an exercise wheel. :)

Congrats on getting up this morning and working out! That's awesome! We can keep this going, we can, oh wait. It's "Yes, We Can", isn't it. Heehee.


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CNTRYGRIL24 11/4/2008 4:10PM

    I wish I HAD a treadmill. Now that the time has changed and that dark comes early, I feel like I have NO time to work out.

I was walking, jogging, and rollerblading after work but that has come to a screeching halt! HMMM.

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RAVON27 11/4/2008 2:57PM

    Thanks for the update on the climber. So glad he's in stable condition. Great job on getting downstairs to exercise. I like to look out the window when I ride my exercise bike or read a book. Good Luck on your winter routine. I'm sure you'll do just fine.

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    Wow, that poor guy! That's very scary! I hate this time change!!!!! You have the most beautiful pictures!

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An Awesome Day of Hiking

Sunday, November 02, 2008

If I thought the leaves along the Grassy Ridge Trail at Pilot Mountain were pretty yesterday, then the leaves on the Mountain Trail today were nothing short of awesome. My husband and I decided to do a circuit hike this morning of between 6 and 7 miles. The first section was on the Mountain Trail that climbs up Pilot Mountain almost to the top for an elevation gain of 800 feet. The higher we got, the more spectacular the colors were. I thought it was so exciting. Tommy (my husband) was less than thrilled with all the uphill, but I assured him that after 2.5 miles we would run into the Ledge Spring Trail and it would be smooth sailing the rest of the way. By the time we reached Ledge Spring he was looking, well, less than fresh :) He enjoyed the short and relatively flat walk along a section of Ledge Spring Trail, but then we arrived at the Grindstone Trail. At first he was excited because I told him it was mostly downhill, of course I forgot to mention that it is incredibly rocky (Pennsylvania has nothing on this section of Pilot Mountain when it comes to rocks). He soon decided that this was almost worse than climbing up Mountain Trail because, as he put it, I'm having to put on my breaks the whole way down. So, approximately 2 miles later, we arrived at the campground where we took a quick break and then walked along the road for about 30 minutes to where we were able to jump on the Grassy Ridge Trail that would eventually lead us back to our car.

The only downside to the day was that during our hike down Grindstone Trail we heard several ambulances or emergency vehicles going up the mountain. When we got to the main road in the park at the ranger station, we saw that they were stopping traffic from driving to the top. We were told that someone had fallen, possibly one of the rock climbers. Unfortunately, it seems that every couple years someone either gets seriously hurt up there or killed. We're just hoping that this time it turns out okay.

Otherwise, it was a beautiful day for hiking.

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SLIMMER150 11/2/2008 6:05PM

    Hi, Hmmmm does your husband usually walk with you or hike? Sounds like I would have to walk with him. It sounds also like a work out to me. Plus, I am always afraid not to get lost. You really sound like you know what you are doing. The picture is something else! How beautiful!

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RAVON27 11/2/2008 5:27PM

    The picture is more beautiful. Glad you had a great day!

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The Colors of Fall

Saturday, November 01, 2008

My husband and I did a short hike this evening after I got off work at the spa. The leaves at Pilot Mountain are at peak color and I wasn't making good time because I kept stopping to take pictures. It was so nice that we've decided to go back tomorrow morning and do a 7 mile loop combining 3 different trails. I hope everyone is able to get out and enjoy some outdoor activities this time of year.

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    I have a picture similar to this as my background on my laptop:) I'm glad youg uys had a good time!

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RAVON27 11/1/2008 10:09PM

    Beautiful picture. I've taken a few walks around here, but nothing as beautiful as where you are. It's actually been in the low 70's for a few days! Thanks for sharing your picture.

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Cold Weather Hiking

Friday, October 31, 2008

Yippee!! I LOVE this time of year! It's the best for hiking IMO (unless I'm in the southwest where they have that awesome low humidity). Okay, it's pretty in the summer, but it's a little hard for me to remember that I'm having the time of my life when I'm at war with the mosquitos and other flying bugs that seem intent on making a beeline for my eyes, nose, ears or mouth. What's that all about anyway? Then of course there's the poison ivy lurking around each bend just waiting to reach out and brush my legs as I pass by. When you're as allergic to this demonic little vine as I am, the mere thought of it can almost bring on a panic attack. Oh, and did I fail to mention the awesome humidity we have here in the southeast during those hot summer months. Nothing like peeling your pack off of your sweat soaked (and I do mean SOAKED) back at the end of your hike. So, it probably sounds like I hate hiking. Nope, just the opposite. I love it. It's my favorite outdoor activity. I love finding a trail where I can find quiet and solitude and get away from the stresses of the city. I just enjoy hiking in the fall and winter so much more because I don't have to deal with all those little annoyances (and they are really just annoyances). Another plus is that so few people hike around here in the winter that I often have the more heavily used trails to myself and don't have to go to the more remote areas to find some peace and quiet. Last Sunday DH and I headed to the Mountain Trail at Pilot Mountain, my first time on it since last spring. The poison ivy was dying away and we saw one other hiker. It was a great day. Then I went to hike the Grassy Ridge Trail at Pilot Mountain on Tuesday after I got off work. I never saw another person and the woods were beautiful with the leaves changing color. I can't hardly wait to get out and do some more hiking tomorrow!

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RAVON27 10/31/2008 3:55PM

    It does sound like fun except for the poison ivy. I use to get it all the time as a kid. I once had it in my mouth, eyes & nose, Yikes! Have a great weekend!

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GOLDENPEARLE 10/31/2008 2:43PM

    I agree hiking when the humidity is high and bugs are lunching on you is not much fun. I myself find cooler weather much appealing to hike. Especially if you are hiking a long distance.

Keep up the good work...and thanks for sharing your blog with us...Wendy -Goldenpearle emoticon

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    That sounds like so much fun!!!! I'm not a fan of humidity though. I plan on taking my daughter up to the mountain on Sunday for a easy hike...assuming it's not raining!!!

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CJROMB 10/31/2008 12:17PM

    I'm jealous. Hiking sounds incredible. I'm just about healed to the point where I can consider doing something like that. Maybe over Thanxgiving or Christmas, eh? Sounds delightful.

Yes, you definitely need to get a heartrate monitor! That fitness tracker is nowhere near accurate. Thing is, though, even without it, if you know what you've lost this year, and you know what you've burned, all you have to do is divide what you've burned by what you've lost, and you'll see how many calories you need to burn to get rid of a pound. If the calories have all been tracked with the Fitness Tracker, that's okay, cuz then it will just be consistently high. You can still figure it out.

The heartrate monitor I have (Polar F11) has a little trophy on it. If I make my goals for the week on the watch, I get a little trophy. If I don't, it gives me what I call a "Turlet Swirlee". This big swirlee people can see from long distances and JUDGE me if it's there. I'm back on track after the surgery, so I won't be getting a Turlet Swirlee again.

Lemme know what your goals end up being if you want to, and thanx for commenting on my blogs!

Happy Halloweenie.

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, October 10, 2008

As many of you may already know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Having had several friends who have suffered from breast cancer, and a family member who died from a cancerous tumor in his brain, I was very frustrated with a feeling of helplessness to do anything for others suffering from this devastating disease. Then I was asked if I would be willing to volunteer some of my time as a massage therapist to provide free massages for cancer patients. Iíve now been volunteering my time for about a year. While I love working with all of my massage clients, the cancer patients I work on every month have provided me with as much as Iíve provided to them. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to provide these patients with a little bit of relief and escape from their daily stress, even if just for an hour. This has also put things into perspective for me. Sometimes when I start whining about something in my life thatís not going exactly as I had planned, I try to stop and remember what these individuals are going through and I realize how fortunate I am. Each of these patients are in a fight for their life and they are often on an emotional roller coaster. Their emotions include fear, anger, despair, and loneliness. Some want to lay down on my table and just relax and go to sleep. Others want to talk throughout their massage to release some of those buried emotions. Not only are they fighting for their lives, they are often stressing about finances because even with insurance, often their medical bills are incredibly expensive and many are unable to work regularly during their treatments.

The organization where I volunteer is a national organization that is free to cancer patients and relies on funding from private donations along with some funds from United Way. They also depend on volunteers to provide a wide variety of services to the patients.

I would encourage anyone who can spare even one or two days or evenings a month to check and see if you have a local organization that provides free services to cancer patients and see if they are in need of volunteers. Without volunteers, these services would not be possible, and they mean so much to these individuals.

Thanks for reading this and I hope youíll give it some thought. This is such a devastating disease and any help you can provide means so much to so many.

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SPINNINGAL 10/11/2008 10:54AM

    Good for you! Thank you for providing this service to folks who are battling cancer.


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RAVON27 10/11/2008 8:55AM

    I'm so sorry that you have lost people to this terrible disease. This is such a wonderful thing you do. I was still in massage school when my SIL was diagnosed with cancer and she didn't want me to massage her. Some patients just need to be touched because so many people are afraid they will hurt them or catch their disease. Keep up the great work!

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