Thursday, January 15, 2009
Iíve always loved the holiday season, from Thanksgiving all the way through the New Year. This year was no different. Unfortunately, the way I ate wasnít any different either. Okay, maybe a little bit, but not much. It seemed like every time I turned around someone was delivering some wonderful Christmas cookies, candy or nut bread to our office, and far be it from me to hurt anyoneís feelings by not eating their carefully prepared gifts! And, of course, I had to prepare some of these treats at home for my family. If only my family would have eaten them all. But no, they ate a reasonable amount and left the remainder for me to consume, which I did.
So, whoís to blame for the few pounds I GAINED over those five weeks? I only have myself to blame.
I spent the first week after the New Year beating myself up for being weak and not eating sensibly, so thatís enough of that. Once again, I will now call this a lesson learned and remember it next year when the holidays roll around again. Iíll be prepared ahead of time with some wonderful, healthy treats to replace the ones Iíve become accustomed to.
For now, I have to get back on track so I can shed the pounds I gained and the move forward to lose more before my backpacking trip in June. Iíve adjusted my goals that I want to meet by the end of each month, trying to give myself plenty of time to get back on track and still be where I want to be in June. Iíve moved my treadmill from my basement to my bedroom as a reminder every morning to get on there and burn a few calories.
Most importantly, I have to remind myself whatís at stake. Itís either lose the weight or forget the backpacking trip. I intend to take that trip because I want it a lot more than I want sweet and fatty foods.
Not to sound like the Grinch, we did have fun over the holidays. DH and I spent Christmas in Florida with my sister and we went canoeing for the first time ever. Wow, that was a lot of fun. The picture is one I took of my sister and her husband while we were canoeing on the Loxahatchee River. They were in front of us in their kayak.
Hope everyone is having a great New Year! Keep positive thoughts and keep pushing toward your goals!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
We will all sit down at a table somewhere today with family or friends and enjoy a feast of wonderful food and, hopefully, remember that this is a day to give Thanks for our Blessings. With the many challenges our country faces, it's often easy to focus on the negative, but there is still much to be thankful for.
After reading a message from a fellow SP'er, I thought about this and realized how truly blessed I am. Yes, with the economy like it is, it's very easy to worry about jobs and finances, but there are so many wonderful things to focus on. I am thankful that I have a wonderful family and friends that I love being around. Although many of us live far apart, I look forward to the times that we're together to reminisce over old times, and to make new memories. I am thankful for our dog Thor that has brought so much joy into our home. I am thankful for all my friends here on SparkPeople who provide so much support and encouragement. I am thankful to have both of my jobs right now to help provide the necessities of life. I am thankful that we have a home and plenty to eat. I am thankful for the health of my loved ones and that I'm healthy enough to get outdoors and enjoy hiking and bike riding. I am thankful for our military troops that are fighting to protect our freedom and our country and my prayers are with them and their families. I am thankful for the precious memories I have of all my loved ones that have passed.
I am Thankful for all God has provided for me and my loved ones.
I hope everyone will take a few minutes today to give thanks for all your Blessings and to pray for our troops and those less fortunate than ourselves.
I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
In one of my first posts, I wrote about our dog, Thor, that my son brought home after finding him in a bad situation and very sick. It will be 2 years next February since he came to live with us. So, what's changed?
First of all, he is now MY dog. Jeremy (my son) has now accepted the fact that when he finishes college and moves away, Thor is staying with me. He's turned into a big "Momma's Boy" as Jeremy says, and follows me around the house when I'm there. He's now so spoiled that he cries when he doesn't get his way. He is set in his routine that includes a morning walk (no matter what the weather) and a mini massage every morning. Even my husband, who was always adamant that he would never live in a house with a dog, is now catering to Thor's every whim and even takes him to the park occasionally to see the ducks. I would have never believed that would happen.
Thor went to the vet today for his check-up where he spent the entire day while I was at work. His doctor said he's doing very well. He received some vaccine boosters that were due and had his nails trimmed. I understand that he found a girlfriend while he was there (a German Shepherd), so I'm sure that made his stay a little more enjoyable for him. In any event, he was still ready to go home when I got there.
We love having Thor as part of our family and hope he's with us for many, many years to come.
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.
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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