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Yesterday's Positives and Watson Lake

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

So, yesterday, June 7th, my positives were-
-I did my strength training routine, am doing a Coach Nicole video and then adding some abs to it. It felt good and was challenging.

-Burned over 500 calories on the Elliptical. Watched Scrubs, am starting with season 1 as I've never seen that show before. Funny.

-Participated on Spark. Was thinking this was our 6 month anniversary but per THETURTLEBEAR I reminded that it's only 5 months. Happy Anniversary to all who joined that first week in January!

I am leaving again for Maine today, just can't stay away from that man. Since the last time I was there (11 days ago! ha) he's gotten himself in gear about exercising and eating better so hopefully this time we'll do better at not pigging out. Am going to track it all, even the ugly, as I did find that helps.

Here's some pics of a bike ride I took last week to Watson Lake. I think it's an 18 mile ride from my house and back. All on the bike path so a really nice ride.

This is a farm on the way, I sooo want to buy this place! And those horses.

Here's the lake. There's picnic tables under ramadas lining one side. Nice place to eat an apple and soak up the beauty.

My trusty stead, Trixie. She and I are unstoppable.

The river the bike path follows. Cache La Poudre is it's name. It's pretty high right now due to snow melt in the Rockies.

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ANNESNEWLIFE 6/14/2011 12:13AM

    spectacular! I always love stopping by your blog. You are inspiring and I love that you share your spark with me...THANK YOU!!!

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JERZRN 6/9/2011 7:18AM

    Beautiful! Have a good trip to Maine!

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TALLGUY42 6/8/2011 8:07PM

    Gorgeous place to ride! Very scenic.

Enjoy your trip and time with DH.

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    Beautiful! I covet Trixie!!

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MCLAFLIN 6/8/2011 12:43PM

    If I lived in Ft. Collins, we would SO be riding together! It looks beautiful!

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NEWMAC2011 6/8/2011 11:54AM

    It's so beautiful where you are! I'm jealous as I'd really love to live out West. Maybe one day!

Good for you for tracking everything. We really do this for ourselves. I don't show my food tracker but I want to be accountable to myself. I'm sure it'll be a little easier now that DH is more conscious of food & exercise. Have a great time!

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NWILKER 6/8/2011 10:28AM

    Bike ride Looks gorgeous - maybe i'll throw my bike on my car and head up your way! Totally would be a great pic nic stop - maybe if i ever stop working such long days i can sneak up for an after work ride!

Good job on the positive and enjoy the time with the man! Smoochie smoochie!

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Yesterday's Positives and a Columbine

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Yesterday I-
Ate within my calorie range
Ate healthy foods
Ran an entire 5K, no walking! Been trying to do this since I did a 5K event in early May and ran the whole thing. Now I know I can do it! I am a runner now.
Biked out to Spring Creek park after dinner.
Burned over 1000 cardio calories
Blogged and participated on SparkPeople

Every blog should have a pic! This is in my front garden.

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MCLAFLIN 6/8/2011 8:50AM

    You are awesome! Keep it up!

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CHAR1970 6/7/2011 11:51PM

    Wow, you're rocking the fitness minutes! Beautiful flower!

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TALLGUY42 6/7/2011 11:21PM

    Fabulous way to spend your day and beautiful columbine.

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NEWMAC2011 6/7/2011 10:59PM

    What a phenomenal day! How terrific than you ran the whole 5K! I've been thinking about starting with the walk/jog 5K in 5 weeks but I have that boob thing going on still (although they're smaller than they were LOL!)

Your activity level is always so inspiring to me! You're doing so great.

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NWILKER 6/7/2011 5:37PM

    Sounds like an awesome day!!!

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    Rock star. Pure and simple. And to think I knew you when you were just T...

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ASL191 6/7/2011 3:18PM

    Well done you fitting all that in!

I dare not do running -not sure my knees would take it - cycling for me!

Keep up the good work!

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SPANKIPIE 6/7/2011 1:44PM

    It's got to be amazing to call yourself a 'runner'. I know I used to laugh at the people out there running, saying to myself "They look like they are going to drop at any minute. Glad I'm not out there running!"

But since using the treadmill, I am finding that I understand what it is they are doing.

I am no runner yet, not by a long shot, but for about 30-45 seconds during each treadmill workout, I am a sprinter. And that's something! :)

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JULIE2719 6/7/2011 10:19AM

    Beautiful Columbine! Mine are going nuts this year - they are huge! And they keep spreading - it is very fun.

Great job running so much - I still do intervals rather than continuous. I do not think I will ever be much of a continuous runner. I never have been, never will be, but it is ok. I can go long distances with my Galloway system so that is fine by me.

Have a great day!

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Yesterday's Positives and meeting a fellow Sparker in person!

Monday, June 06, 2011

So, taking a que from fellow Sparker NOWFORME2011, I will start each morning by blogging a short entry listing the healthy/positive things I did the prior day. This is meant to give me the needed motivation to keep doing things that will move my health in a positive direction. I will not be posting any negative things or setbacks or making any snarky comments about the positive things. I'll always title the blog "Yesterday's Positives" so you guys will know not to come and read it every day. Dull.

Sunday June 5th I-
Met fellow Sparker NWILKER! She's the first Sparker I've met in person and it was very exciting to talk shop and hang out.
Split a dinner entree with NWILKER.
Did my strength training routine.

NWILKER and I went to the chalk art festival in downtown Denver. Here's some pics! They were amazing. Thanks for inviting me down, N! Next time, we'll burn some cals. LOL

Here we are!

This one had glitter lips and accents, very cute.

This one's stunning, even if it is still being worked on.

Pandora's box. Another favorite.

Nice tiger sponsored by the zoo.

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WILDFLOWERS15 6/8/2011 3:51PM

    What a great idea! It's fun to meet fellow Sparkers. Glad you too had a fun day together. You both look great. And the artwork isn't bad either. I think it's amazing they can do that with chalk.
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NEWMAC2011 6/8/2011 11:50AM

    How exciting to meet a fellow sparker in person! You both look so happy. Love the photos! These chalk drawings are nothing like what my DD used to draw outside our house LOL!

Love the idea of blogging positives. Positives beget positives!

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JULIE2719 6/7/2011 10:22AM

    What a great day - the artwork is amazing!

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    You two look hawt! The artwork is awesome too. Glad you Coloradoans were able to get together. If you need a snarkiness outlet feel free to post on my page lol!

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MCLAFLIN 6/6/2011 7:54PM

    Amazing! And you? No snarky comments? (Ok, was that snarky?)

I'm jealous! The art was beautiful!

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LUCYLU22 6/6/2011 7:12PM

    Sounds like a whole lot of fun!! So cool that you got to meet a fellow sparker!! The pictures are amazing!!

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CHAR1970 6/6/2011 6:20PM

    That would be amazing to see! I've only ever seen pics of chalk art. I'm glad you got to meet a fellow Sparker, that's cool.

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TALLGUY42 6/6/2011 5:58PM

    Cool way to spend the day and awesome art!

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CHALLENGER15 6/6/2011 5:29PM

    Sounds like an awesome day!

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ASL191 6/6/2011 3:44PM

    Loving the pictures, sounds like you had a great day!

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REYVE01 6/6/2011 3:31PM

    WOW.... sounds like a fun day and great to meet friends that share your goals for a healthy lifestyle.

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NWILKER 6/6/2011 3:08PM

    Yeah to meet you too!!
More calories next time for sure!
Love the positives - you go!!

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KESHIAG 6/6/2011 2:59PM

    Awesome pictures. And that is great you met up with a sparker!

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Hike up Round Mountain, Loveland Colorado

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I had a whole day to kill, well, after the house was clean anyway. And wanted to burn a ton of calories as penance for all I ate and drank Friday night in Old Town. Got a bit carried away with the live music and good people. Anyway, so a hike was in order. I needed somewhere where there'd be other people (since I'd be by myself, safety first!) but so many people that it wouldn't be enjoyable. (To me hiking should be about communing with nature not listening to other people talking.) Got out my handy hiking guide and found Round Mountain which I must have passed by a hundred times and never noticed. It's on the road that goes up to Rocky Mountain National Park but is only 40 minutes from my house.

The trail started out as an old road, gentle, nice. The weather was perfect.

Like all good trails, you start to climb. The trail is just short of 5 miles one way.

Must have seen a dozen types of wildflowers but look what this is. Strawberries!


The view from about the 3 mile mark, which is as far as I got. This girl was bit tired. That's looking north east in the direction of Fort Collins. That rocky peak in the far distance is Horsetooth Rock, Fort Collins's landmark.

Weirdest thing on the trail, and you hikers know what I mean, was this hollowed out rock.

Happy Trails!

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THISISFORME924 6/6/2011 9:39AM

    I should have gone with you to burn off all that I ate and drank!

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JERZRN 6/6/2011 8:32AM

    Great pictures! Looks like a beautiful day and a nice hike!

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REYVE01 6/5/2011 11:03PM

    Great pictures..... we are so lucky to live in Colorado.

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CHAR1970 6/5/2011 10:22PM

    Did Winston the Adventure Dog go with you?

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SKYSEARCHER 6/5/2011 5:23PM

    Looks like a beautiful hike!

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SIMPLY-MJ 6/5/2011 4:50PM

    Round Mountain??? Wow, i am sure i have driven past it several times too and just hadn't noticed. i will definitely be checking it out next time I go hiking without the kiddos. You and I should definitely get together sometime and go for a walk, or something!!!
Have a great day!

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TALLGUY42 6/5/2011 3:18PM

    Very scenic and a great way to atone. Beautiful location!

I wish we had such trails closer to where I live.

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    Makes me all happy seeing your pics! Glad you found a great place!!

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KOFFEENUT 6/5/2011 2:02PM

    The unexpected things we bump across - from strawberries to hollowed-out rocks - are half the fun of hiking! Good for you on looking for a new adventure close to home. Thanks for sharing - now I'M ready to get out there!

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NWILKER 6/5/2011 11:15AM

    Looks gorgeous!
Glad you found something close to home and worked your butt off! Yeah!
We walked and biked all over down town - first the chalk art, then home for a nap, then city park for the people's fair, then all the way over to the food truck festival - each truck had an hour wait, so then we biked to the store front of one of our favorite food tucks, at there and then home! Not sure total mileage, but it felt good! See you in a couple hours!

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How SPARK got me home from Maine!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Darnest thing, trying to get back home from Maine. You'd think it was some remote outpost like Siberia or something for all the trouble I had to go through to get from Portland, ME back to Denver. I had tickets for Thurs thru Atlanta. Get to airport, print out boarding pass, says I have to get a seat assignment at the gate! Go through security, line of 10 people at gate, stand in line, they start boarding the flight before I even have a seat. But that's okay because that flight got delayed, due to weather, would have missed my connecting to Denver. Spend over an hour getting rebooked for same flights next day. Go back to hubby's hotel. Friday, pack up again, got to airport, flight to ATL is delayed again! This time some air traffic control drama of some sort. Rebook for today but this time earlier in the day and through Detroit instead. Hubby and I make most of situation. ;-)
Today, get to airport early, relax and enjoy some peace until I notice it's time to board and no plane at the gate. Starting to notice a trend. Am told 'no worries', it's coming and they'll make up the time in flight. Flight leaves about 10 minutes late but they instead LOOSE time during flight and we arrive in Detriot late and by the time I can get off the plane, I have less than 15 minutes to make it from literally one end of their airport to the furthest other end! Pedestrianally impossible! I haven't been to this airport either, have no idea if I need to get on a train or what. I chuckle and try not to panic and putting my trust in the signage, I just start RUNNING. And I run and run and run, sometimes on those moving walkways, sometimes not and I think I went through a strange psychedelic tunnel. On the escalator I am forced to take a much needed break next to a guy who was also running. We compare notes. People are looking at me, I realize I am huffing and puffing. I get to terminal A and much to my horror, gate A6 is NOT the sixth gate, the gates are backwards! I keep running. I am at the gate, no passengers left, just the gate lady and the door is shut. She says, "Boarding pass please!" and opens the terminal door, scans my pass, I run down the gangway and triumphantly hop on board. It takes me a good ten minutes to be calm again....
Yay Spark! If I had not started running due to Spark, I would probably have had to spend the night in Detroit. An unexpected but welcome by-product of Sparking is you can make your connecting flight.

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LOTUSBURGER 6/2/2011 4:22PM

That is awesome you RAN!!

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COLUMBINE2 6/2/2011 12:01AM

    Wow...I just envision your hair blowing back and your legs extending into these long strides........ that running at higher altitude in Ft. Collins paid off!

Glad you made it! I'm eager to hear about your new career and how it's shaping up...if you have a minute between strength training and running in airports! Maybe you'll drop the website development and just become a professional jock! LOL

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ANNESNEWLIFE 6/1/2011 9:14AM

    Who knew that running could come in handy in an airport? Good for you, I hope you logged your exercise for that!!! LOL

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GPSSET 6/1/2011 7:49AM

    Wow - you are my hero! Running does pay off. I ran yesterday at 7:00am, and I normally can run 35-40 min - yesterday was 25, walk 3, run 5 walk 2, I think it was the humidity. When I run tomorrow, I think it will be earlier, cause it's still hot and sticky here.

Have a great day.

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MCLAFLIN 5/31/2011 11:08PM

    Run, T, Run!

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NWILKER 5/31/2011 10:55AM

    Oy - heck of a trip!
Yeah for the extra exercise - wink wink, nod nod!

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THETURTLEBEAR 5/30/2011 2:45AM

    I'm mostly not Sparking on my Friend Feed until I'm back but had to let you know I saw this. I'm smiling to myself at the visual but totally high-fiving you! Run Forrest Run!!

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KOFFEENUT 5/29/2011 7:30PM

    When I was traveling all the time for work about the only exercise I got WAS running through airports (although I did get some strength training while hefting bags over my head into bins...). Glad you made it back!

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FEISTY1949 5/29/2011 11:44AM

    Oyyyyy.... I hate flying for soooo many reasons not the least of which is your story. I used to love flying. My late husband and I got stuck in Chicago in June 3 years ago for 30 hours because of typical summer storms and the resulting canceled flights. It was a nightmare. (As much as I tried not to book us through Chicago on the way home from Dallas, we had free tickets and there was no choice.)

Glad you were up to the running. Did ya take anybody out? LOL

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TERESA159 5/29/2011 7:40AM

    No, my husband didn't travel back with me. He's got a job in Maine for now and that's why I keep going there.

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PURPLE_ROSE_3 5/29/2011 5:04AM

    How what a nightmare! So great that you actually made that flight from running. I've ran, okay maybe jogged through airports before so I know how crazy it feels! lol

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REYVE01 5/29/2011 12:47AM

    Geeeez. It's funny...you said you ran and ran and ran.... mentioned some strang guy, made it to the gate, got on the plane... but you never mentioned your husband...lol Did he make it???? or were just so tired of it all that you felt it was worth it to sacrifice him just to get home? emoticon

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