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Baby Steps

Friday, July 27, 2012

I've lost the first seven pounds of my hospital weight!

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 7/27/2012 10:15PM

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BJPENNY70 7/27/2012 6:53PM

    Excellent!

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A Step Backwards

Friday, March 02, 2012

I've gained all my weight back. I got sick and ended up in the hospital. I don't have a sense of failure though. I have lost the weight before. And it was fun doing it. So instead of being discouraged I am confident I can do it again. It can only get better from here.

  
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TALAMAR 3/6/2012 5:35PM

    Thanks. I've been cleaning up my excercise studio to get back into the swing of things. I find that I am proud of all the equipment and DVDs I have. There was a time when I wouldn't have invested so much in myself. I find that because I have I can take much better care of my family.

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/2/2012 1:17PM

    Sorry to hear that you were sick, but glad that you are on the mend. Good luck! You can do it!

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ENIGMA13 3/2/2012 12:33PM

    I'm glad you have a positive attitude. With that attitude I know you will successful!

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GETTING THERE

Saturday, January 23, 2010

GETTING THERE

One step at a time
Small steps
Allows you to
Deliberate steps
grasp opportunities
Decisive steps
Bend them to your purpose
Well-planned steps
Paint your vision
Practiced steps
Plant it in the world
Slow, graceful steps
Pick up a new vision
Find new steps
Plant new dreams
It is the steps
That bring Fulfillment

--Talamar
copyright 2010 Talamar Gerriets

  
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LENIASTY 10/9/2011 2:01AM

    Very Insightful...good way to follow your dreams and create new ones! Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon

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SEASHELL71 1/25/2010 7:41PM

    WITHOUT STEPS WE DO NOT MOVE FORWARD!!
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MUSICMOMOF2 1/24/2010 1:31PM

    Love it!!

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SIRIRADHA 1/24/2010 10:46AM

    You don't mind if I print this out and stick it up on the mirror, do you? I need more deliberation in my life. My style is more jete, jete, hit wall, slide down, bounce up and sprint.

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SILVERWITCH59 1/24/2010 8:49AM

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MTNHIKER1971 1/24/2010 3:38AM

    very good, hang in there buddy

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BLUE97HARBOR 1/24/2010 12:03AM

    Sending Warm Thoughts Your Way.....

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ENSIGN PEAK TRAIL, SALT LAKE CITY, UT: DEC. 12, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009


GUIDEBOOK USED: Best Easy Day Hikes Salt Lake City by Brian Brinkerhoff and Greg Witt; Falcon Guides, falcon.com; ISBN: 978-0-7627-5112-9.

BACKGROUND INFO: Ensign Peak is a historical landmark. At the summit of the trail is a stone obelisk in the middle of a flagstone plaza. It commemorates the day Wilford Woodruff and Brigham Young climbed up to the peak to survey the Salt Lake Valley. Two days earlier they had arrived with the first Mormon pioneers. They erected an American flag there which is why it is called Ensign Peak.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Moderate.

MANAGED BY: Salt Lake City Parks Division.

COMPANION: DH

FEES AND PERMITS: none.

FACILITIES: No restrooms. A trail head plaza. A plaza on the summit. A trash can at the trail head. Interpretive signage. Trail markers.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT FOR WINTER: Binoculars; shoes with good ankle support that are water-proof, hiking boots, snow boots; walking staff, warm layered clothing, hat, scarf.

CONDITIONS: Cold and clear; had snowed the night before; packed snow on a dirt trail; well-maintained; steep climb to the summit; slippery and icy in spots; rocky in several spots; great vistas of the Salt Lake Valley; because the footing was a little treacherous in spots, I didn't spend much time looking at the scenery until I got to the summit. I'll try to do better next spring.

ASCENT TIME: 45 mins.
DESCENT TIME: 30 mins.
TOTAL HIKING TIME: 75 mins.
DISTANCE: 0.9 miles.

MISHAP #1: Sudden gust of wind blew off my hat. I had to go off-trail a short distance to retrieve it. Next time, I will make sure I use a neck cord.

MISHAP #2: I slipped and fell during the descent. I landed on a rock and hurt my back. I was able to continue the descent after taking a breather and gently stretching the injured muscles. I got a severe contusion on my lower back that has temporarily limited my physical activity, but not my love of hiking.

LESSONS LEARNED:

1. You will stay warmer if you roll up a bandanna and tie it loosely around you neck.

2. If you wear glasses, use an eyeglass leash so you don't drop your glasses when using your binoculars.

3. Tie a sweater or sweat shirt around your waist to prevent your pants from getting wet when you sit down during rest breaks. It also provides a layer of warmth when sitting on a cold surface.

4. Make sure you are in fairly good shape before trying this trail. The less fit you are the more difficult this trail will be. Pace yourself carefully when climbing to the summit. Don't forget to take breaks to enjoy the many vistas along the trail and at the summit.

DH's COMMENTS: My husband didn't like this hike at all. He is obese and out of shape. It was a very difficult climb for him. But, he did it!

  
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SUZIE_Q3 12/20/2009 12:20PM

  Way to go. I love to hike too, but am dealing with a bad knee now. May next year after surgery and therapy.

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DAWNWS1 12/14/2009 4:04PM

    Sounds like a good hike (other than the mishap-- ouch!) Hope you're starting to feel better. I'm really impressed, I try not to do ANYTHING outside in the winter!

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SEASHELL71 12/14/2009 9:27AM

    HAVE A RESTFUL DAY!
I HURT MY BACK AS WELL, BUT
ALL I DID WAS SLIP IT THE BATHTUB! LOL
DON'T THINK I COULD DO A HIKE!!
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MADE IT SAFE!! emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/14/2009 7:27AM

    Congratulations on making the hike! Rest your back today!

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MY SPARK JOURNEY CONTINUES

Saturday, December 05, 2009

(This was originally a letter to a friend.)

When I started this journey I weighed 198 lbs. I gained a lot of weight after being sick and underweight for most of the 90's.

Because I had been a dancer and an athelete, my goal had always been to dance and run again. I still can't run because of knee problems, so I am now an enthusiastic day hiker.

I started my get back-into-shape project with my physical therapist. Then I was on my own once I was able to walk again. I simply tried to go back to the way I use to live. It was more difficult than I expected. On my own I was able to get down to 165 lbs.

Then I started collecting dance and dance aerobic DVDs. I found stores where I could get them for $5.00 or less. So, I have quite a collection. That got me down to 155.

Around this time, I found SparkPeople. I was looking for a flexible meal planner/tracker and an exercise log. I needed something simple and easy to customize because cookie-cutter meal plans didn't work for me. I found that and more here. I found things that I didn't know I needed.

I didn't know I needed friends like all of you. I didn't know I needed the ideas and suggestions that are always popping up here. I didn't know I needed all the feedback and encouragement that I have found here. I didn't know I had a need to share all the knowledge I have acquired from my experiences as a dancer, a runner, and simple being an optimistic survivor.

These last 10 lbs. have been the hardest. I can dance again. I still can't run. I use to do cross country and half-marathons. But, it doesn't look like I'll ever be able to do that again. So, I am trying to find some activity to replace that. I am sure I will find it.

Right now, I am going back and forth between 150 and 145. I must be on the right track. I just have to figure out what it is that I am doing right and turn it into a fun hobby.

When I read everyone else's blogs, I sometimes wonder if maybe my journey was made easier because I am so fidgety. I have always gotten bored just sitting around. I have been like that since I was 7. That was another period in my life when I had an extended hospital stay.

It's been a long hard journey. But, my journey has been to a place that I use to call home, a familiar place, a place I want to return to.

At this moment I have a hiking trail guidebook next to me. I bought it yesterday. I discovered some trails that are open year round. Next Saturday, I am going on an adventure!

  
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MEADSBAY 12/18/2009 10:28PM

    What am amazing life story!
Congratulations on your remarkable achievements, Sparky!
xoxo
elizabeth
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DAWNWS1 12/6/2009 11:09PM

    Thank you for sharing this with us! I look forward to hearing about your hiking adventures!!!!

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CHOUBROU 12/6/2009 12:09PM

    Aww! I am very happy to give support, and I am inspired by reading your page.

You're on the right track with finding different types of exercises to love.

You're so close to goal!

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IUHRYTR 12/5/2009 9:59PM

    Love your attitude and your dedication. Keep up the good effort. -- Lou

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SEASHELL71 12/5/2009 7:39PM

    MAY YOUR ADVENTURE BE A SAFE
AND ADVENTUROUS ONE!! KEEP
ACCOMPLISHING AND SUCCEEDING IN
ALL YOU SET OUT TO DO!! emoticon

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MUSICMOMOF2 12/5/2009 7:06PM

    Thanks for this post! Spark People has been a wonderful resource for me too. It's great to know that there are others going through the same things. Keep up the great work!

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TRIGFROST 12/5/2009 7:00PM

    WOW..a Dancer...I always wanted to be one..Never happen...I am so Happy for you emoticon Thank for having us as a Fried... emoticon

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