Tuesday, July 26, 2011
We headed up to Cheyenne, Wyoming on Saturday for some rest and rodeo. We have nothing to do with horses, livestock, cowboys, country music or rodeo. But it's so close (35 miles) and they make such a big deal of it we wanted to see for ourselves. They've got a HUGE area and we had to park out at the highway and ride school buses to the rodeo grounds. We sat in the backseat, of course!
There was a big midway with all the good rides and lots of food booths which we mostly ignored. The rodeo itself was amazing. There was always something going on, no lag time between events, so fast paced and entertaining. I was impressed with how organized and geared towards action it was. Never a dull moment, we saw bronc riding (two kinds?), calf roping, barrel racing, bull riding, some weird mommy/baby race where they separated new horsey babies from their moms and whichever stressed out pair reunited first won, and another great race where teams of three men had to saddle and ride a wild horse around the track. That one was hilarious and only three team actually had riders finish. We ended up having so much fun we might go back next weekend. Rode one ride. A hang glider like thing where you lay on your stomach and go up and around. It was fun. (Randy doesn't do scary rides so I didn't get to do the classic fair ride, The Zipper)
Ride 'em cowboy! Bronc riding was the best event.
The place is huge. They said 13,000 were there that day.
This is the start of that wild horse race. They've got to saddle it and then get around the track one time. These guys did it, came in second I think.
Gosh honey, you sure are cute when you're scared.
This is the Indian Village private teepee area.
This old steam engine pulls a train from Denver up to Cheyenne for the rodeo each year. Tickets are impossible to get. We just happened to be leaving Cheyenne when it was. Cool.
Monday, July 25, 2011
I still need to blog about my hike with Veronica (REYVE01) but my husband is in the process of updating my laptop to Lion and those pics are unavailable to me right now. And the rodeo pics too.
We had tried to hike to Blue Lake a couple weekends ago but I had forgotten an important piece of equipment (arch supports! ha ha) and so we tried again yesterday. It's about 10 miles round trip and an elevation gain of about 1600 feet. Not too strenuous but you do feel it, especially with the thin air. It was beautiful and it was quite an adventure. Lots of trees down over the path so we had to scramble over and under them. The scent of pine was really strong, which I love. The snow melt make everything soggy. The streams were full and raging. The path was really, really muddy in parts, in fact, for a lot of the upper part, the path was also a stream bed. So wet and muddy feet. Then we start seeing snow. Not much, not very deep and certainly not fresh. We crossed a lot of it which was funny because our hiking boots were pretty useless and we slid around a lot. No animal sightings but we did see a young male moose on the way home. Here's some pics!
This is the biggest stream on the hike, there's quite a substantial bridge across it.
Pretty, pretty, pretty
Made it up to the lake! First time I experienced snow and mosquitoes simultaneously.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
This not drinking alcohol thing coupled with eating about 200 calories less than I had been plus my renewed weight training vigor is really paying off. I lost weight last week like I never have before.
As of this morning, I am OUT of 140sville!!!!! Woohooo!
And I hit the 20 pounds lost mark, double WoooHooo!
Also, looking in the mirror or just down at my own legs, I can no longer deny that this IS WORKING. Thanks Spark buddies for helping me stay in the game. I acknowledge that I would not have gotten here if it were not for y'all. There's my fat, sitting in a cupboard somewhere.
And now a report from the alcohol-free zone:
My husband and I are drinkers. Not sloppy, loud, losing our teeth kind of drinkers but we do enjoy the cocktails and so enjoy them we did. I had been very proud to find a drink that was just 110 calories (dark rum, diet ginger beer and lime, it's called Dark & Stormy, and is super yummy at the end of a long summer day) and was really, really proud of myself that we seemed satisfied with just one such drink each day. But on the weekends, watch out because it was time to reward ourselves for something- maybe for the work week? Maybe it was just another bad habit?
We would go to dinner and have a bottle of wine. And then we'd go somewhere for desert and have more wine. Sometimes we'd start these evenings with happy hour. Not every weekend but often enough that it bothered me. So, drinking Dark & Stormies during the week, wine on the weekend. I had cut way back due to Sparking but still, too much alcohol! My husband is pretty wise and saw that unless we just quit cold turkey we'd always think of ways to justify so much drinking. (You should have heard some of the stuff we came up with.) So starting the Summer 5% Challenge turned out to be the perfect opportunity for this major shift in our lifestyle. This is our first alcohol-free weekend ever. Last night we went out for dinner. We put the alcohol menu on the extra chair and proceeded to order healthy food and no drinks. We enjoyed dinner thoroughly. The bill was about half what it usually is. Then, we walked around our town, listened to two different live bands outdoors and had a marvelous time. And rode our bikes back home. I have never enjoyed a bike ride so much! I was thinking about how good it felt to be feeling so good, if you know what I mean. We are getting healthier every single day. We aren't afraid of making big changes that we know will support our goals. The temperature was perfect. And I noticed.
I was leery about hopping on the scale this morning because of having eaten out last night but VIOLA! There it was- 20 pounds down. I am getting a new charm for my Spark bracelet. A pear if I can find one because I am pear shaped and I read yesterday that when you lose weight, you can't really change your basic shape, just your size. I am comically pear shaped and reading that kind of took the wind out my sails until hubby said, "That's the shape I like!" So, okay, I will be a small pear.
Friday, July 22, 2011
So you all might know my weight got kind of stuck and I whined a lot about it and poor me - the math just doesn't work. Well, me and hubby started the Summer 5% Challenge last Saturday and we were talking about how serious we both were about kicking it up a notch (me, really, not him) and how we'd be so glad to be rid of this excess weight we both have and how 56 days is really not that long to buckle down and stick with it when he, bless him, says, "We should give up alcohol."
Now, I am a good German girl who likes her beer and her wine and even her occasional cocktail and lately we'd been fascinated with a little cocktail made with rum and ginger beer and lime. So refreshing in the early summer evening. And we are also famous for our dinners out, exercises in glutteny and debauchery every time with alcohol playing a huge role. Heck, we even toured wine country in CA for our honeymoon. Get the picture? So for him to suggest that took guts. For me to agree also took guts.
So far (almost seven days) we've done just fine without the spirits. Attitudes are great, we've been laughing a lot and enjoying time together and I am not in a the foul mood I thought would descend.
I also did lower my calorie range after being convinced that 1500-1800 a day was just too high. I am now doing 1250-1400. Visiting the farmer's market and cutting out alcohol helped with this.
AND.....I've lost 5.8 pounds!!! Since last Friday! That's like being a really big person on a new diet. My legs look great again (always one of my best assets, lately looking like posts) and my tummy is not sticking out quite as far. This is good and I am glad for it.
The people in the 5% challenge will probably think I lied about my starting weight but no, I was at 145 for over a week. My goal is to lose 7 pounds and heck, I did most of that already. Will probably change that goal.
Am off to meet REYVE01 (think that's right) for a hike in Boulder. Woohoo!
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