Saturday, February 04, 2012
Pico do Papagaio, 1,260 meters above sea level (4,134 ft), near the small town, Triunfo, Pernambuco, Brazil. Took us 3 hrs and 10 min. It was amazing! My Mon. walk on more or less level ground took 3 hrs and I did 15.94k/9.91 mi. This 8.6k/5.34 mi walk took about the same time - but the terrain was rough and a lot of ups and downs, some steep.
This is a goal reached! 6 years ago, I dared not dream. In fact, I had pretty much packed away most of my dreams! Last year, I could not find anyone to accompany me on this trek, so I did not do it. This year, knowing we were returning to this same location, I decided I would do it! Alone or accompanied, it did not matter, I would go for it!
I started preparing by walking long distance once again. It had been over a year since I had done any long-distance walking. Each time I walked, I added 20 min. until I had built up to the 3 hrs that I figured it would take. Not many hills around home but I did find a few AND, to cool down, I climbed two flights of stairs in our house several times to build up my thigh muscles hoping to relieve the knee pain that I was experiencing. I also varied my shoes.
After I had begun the long-distance again, Carol, not knowing my plan, reminded me of last year's desire and said she wanted to go with me this year. She would be ready! I told Michele (AM.GIRLINBRAZIL check out her blog about the hike with photos www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4726906 ) our plan and she decided to join us! Then, Kathi (BRZLLASS www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BR
ZLLASS ) noticed our online chatter and asked me, "Do you think I can do it?" I said, "I am SURE you can!" Wow!!! Look how we sparked each other!!!
Amazing to me, after the Triunfo Hike, I had no pain in feet or knees! Victory!!!
I told hubby on the way to our destination, that the next day I would search out a reward. This has become a good reinforcing habit after I accomplish (OR am consistently pursuing) my healthy-living goals. I purchased two books about the nationally known caçangeiro (bandit) from the early 1900s, Lampião, who is from this area of Brazil.
If you can, go by and congratulate these SparkBuds, for a job well done!
So, you see, one of the BIG "secrets" to successfully reach your goals is to not give up, ever! That is what it took for me to see this particular goal (dream) come true -
After all, This IS My Life!
Monday, January 30, 2012
I will be offline for most of this week and just wanted to get in a blog today. I have trained and prepared for a challenging 3 hour walk with several good friends - will post photos on the weekend. The walk will be either Wed. or Thurs. While out walking today (9.91 mi/15.94km), I reminded myself that this is a BIG deal and I need to be sure I reward myself. I think a book about our area in Brazil is a good choice so am looking into that today.
I revisited the homeopath for a re-evaluation and things are going fine. I now have 6 little bottles of homeopathic remedies which makes it a bit complicated. They must be taken half hour to an hour apart from each other and apart from food twice a day. Because of this, I am no longer eating 6 small meals a day. I am eating 3 large meals of mostly fruits and vegies no animal products except for occasional honey and tiny amounts of royal jelly. I looked into the royal jelly and found that it contains B12 so I am no longer searching for a B12 supplement.
I have begun to feel a bit more energetic, that is, I have been doing more in a day than previously. So I am feeling positive about this treatment for the extreme fatigue. I clued hubby in on all of it this morning (had put it off) and, although there was considerable discussion, he was more receptive than in past conversations and we came to terms on this issue. At least, I think we did; time will tell. He has been walking the first 78 minutes with me each time.
I am taking it easy today - do not have a lot to do, but will spend a couple of hours this evening preparing for the rest of the week. Need to sort through clothes. Already have eating planned out and everything is ready for the long-distance walk with my girlfriends. I can hardly wait till we cross the finish line! This is exciting!
After all, This is MY Life!
Monday, January 23, 2012
My new venture into vegetarian eating is going just fine. Have not lost any weight (which I had hoped) but I have no doubt that I will. I have increased the exercises and am being cautious to avoid injury. My knees are not happy about the last long walk so I did some knee and thigh strengthening exercises and wore my band for a few days. They have been gradually improving and I will be ready for the next longer walk in a couple of days. Trying to build up to 3 hours which will culminate next week. Then we will back off a bit. I’m thinking about walking 3 days a week after that cutting back to a somewhat shorter time.
I have been scanning and organizing photos in prep for making a presentation of our work. It involves a lot of time and I am trying to spread it out so I don’t spend the whole day at the computer. Today, I did strength exercises but saved a couple to do later in the day when I need to get up and move a bit. Will also do some stretching after that.
Our sweet dog was ill over the weekend and I feared the worst. Thankfully, she seems to be herself this morning. We think it was either the poison hubby put on her collar to deter ticks (I wasn’t happy about that when he told me what he’d done though I said nothing), the two birds she ingested on Thursday and Friday, or a combination of both. I had removed her collar on Saturday and when I thought about the poison, I washed it well giving it a vinegar rinse to hopefully remove that poison. We (hubby and I) agreed that, from now on, when she hunts and catches birds, we would take them away. After burying three of our pets in the past several years, you can guess that I was kind of upset about all this.
Some of my meals have included brown rice, soaked cracked wheat, corn meal (which I will not eat after this pkg because it is probably Genetically Modified), oatmeal, sunflower seeds, ground flaxseed, tahine, olive oil, Brazil nuts, molasses, and lots of fruits and vegies. Prep is easy, relatively quick, and costing less.
Last night, I realized that I am no longer thinking about food except when I feel hunger. Occasionally, in the evening, I still find that I am hungry. I think it is that emotional hunger that I have been fighting all of my adult life. This time, unlike other times, I easily recognized that it was not physical hunger. I did eat something and the desire subsided, but I think that if I keep up this way of eating, I just might come to terms about it, then the emotion will also subside. Anyway, that would be a wonderful benefit.
After all, This is MY Life.
Monday, January 09, 2012
Exercise is Non-Negotiable!
Going to keep it in mind throughout the year. Feel free to use it as your own.
This is My Life, after all!
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