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Busy week! Plus Hike with SparkFriend [pictures]

Friday, February 10, 2012

This week has been so busy, I can't believe it's Friday already - wow! On Sunday, I walked around the neighborhood with Princess and logged about 3 miles in the morning and another mile or two in the evening - on Monday, DH, the dogs and I walked for about 3 miles in the morning, then I went on a hike with a SparkFriend TREEBW [pictures and more info below] for about 3 more miles. On Tuesday, DH and I have a now-regular hike of 6 miles with 1200' gain - a nice workout! Of course, Princess still wanted to walk so I got several miles with her before bedtime between our morning and evening walks! On Wednesday, I walked in the morning with a friend, about 2 miles, then walked Princess twice before I went on our regular night-hike for another 3 miles with 800'gain - another brisk workout!

I did get a little annoyed with one of the hike volunteers Wednesday night who I think meant to be encouraging but it didn't have that effect! He mentioned that if I keep hiking, I'll get into better shape - to be fair to his assessment, I am overweight and because of allergies and exercise-induced asthma, I breath heavily. I'm slower than others on this hike but did 3.4 miles with 800' gain [like 80 flights of stairs!] in 59 minutes, which is not exactly SLOW - however, he seemed to act as if I was strolling along. I replied that I do hike and walk a lot and I'm not in as bad shape as my breathing makes it sound - his reply was that well, most of the volunteers walk or hike 20 miles a week or more, leading me to believe he thinks I really don't do 'that much.' I told him I had already walked or hiked at least 26 miles this week starting on Sunday and would get another 10-12 miles or more before the end of the week - I enjoyed watching his jaw drop!

It's true, too, although for some reason in spite of tons of exercise and decent eating, I've only lost 8/10ths of a pound in the past month! Talk about annoying!

Yesterday, I was scheduled to be a volunteer escort at the Fullerton Arboretum but Princess got sick so I ended up taking her to the vet instead. This time I went to a new vet and I'm very happy with their office! They couldn't really figure out a cause for her symptoms, which are basically just that she seemed lethargic and didn't want to do anything. But no fever, diarrhea, vomiting, swelling or other obvious problems. She thought possibly an upset tummy or bruising that might be painful - she told me to give Princess some Pepcid antiacid and today she seems to be much better, although not quite 100% - but that took up quite a bit of time yesterday!

This morning, I went to the gym, walked Princess for about 40 minutes and have been trying to get caught up with backed-up work - it never seems to end but at least I've gotten current with grading and some other tasks. Tomorrow afternoon, DH and I are going to get re-certified in CPR and First Aid. Our certification isn't expired yet but we do keep it current and it's required for some of my volunteer stuff. We also hope to squeeze in a short hike in the morning so - as I said, busy week!!

Speaking of hikes, Princess and I met with TREEBW on Monday and went for a really nice hike with her and Sammy, her dog in the Back Bay area of Newport Beach. Here's a picture of them at the start of our hike!

Sammy is a very nice boy and seemed to get along with Princess very well, even though both of them wanted to 'lead' the hike, haha! We hiked just before sunset so the weather was nice and cool but it was still light and very nice. I just love the environment there and it's somewhat amazing to have this little piece of 'wilderness' that's surrounded by city!

There's a really nice bike path that goes around the bay - I'm not sure how long it is in total but quite a few miles. People use it not only for biking but also for roller skating, running, skateboarding, dog-walking, baby strollers and all sorts of modes of travel.

Of course, we preferred to walk on the dirt trails, which are well-kept but still include some hilly areas to workout the legs. Here you can see one part of where we hiked, again with the city housing 'right across the street.'

It's still possible, even in such proximity to 'town,' to get the feeling of being away from it all - here's one of the trails we hiked for awhile, until it got into mud and sharp plants.

It's amazing to find something like this only a few hundred yards from a major street!

So one minute, you can be stepping over some driftwood

And in the next minute, be reminded of 'society' when an airplane flies directly overhead on the flight path from John Wayne Orange County airport!

But even in the middle of all the traffic and housing, it's very peaceful to enjoy the serenity of the lagoon, wetlands and enjoy a view of Saddleback Mountain in the distance. By the way, there's a continuous trail called Mountains to the Sea that goes from the top of those mountains to the seashore right by us! I've hiked parts of it but would love to hike all parts - it's too long to do as a 'day hike' so I'll have to settle for doing it in sections.

Although I enjoyed our hike very much and especially enjoyed getting to know Teresa [TREEBW] a little better, it was late in the day so we both needed to get home to dinner and the evening's tasks. I hope we'll be able to get together again before too long for a 'rerun' and explore other sections of Back Bay and Southern California on her days off!

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    Great walks! That is my favorite exercise!

    2171 days ago
    I hope you can get to the bottom of the issues regarding your health. Anyway you are doing all you can, in my book that is all there is to be expected. I have struggled a lot just as many of us on Spark have/do. Many people ( like that man ) assume anyone who has extra weight is simply not trying. It just is not the case & how did he ever get to be his age and not know that?
    2172 days ago
    You surely have been busy!!! I hate it when people judge us not knowing the story. I would have liked to have seen his jaw drop too. Love the pics and love those kind of areas that are close to town but feel like they are far away. Glad you've been able to get in so much hiking. Glad Princess is doing okay. Have a great day today!
    2173 days ago
    whew you wore me out retracing all the hiking you have been doing
    2174 days ago
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    So glad you could tune up that volunteer! When you don't know what a person's circumstances might be, you shouldn't be commenting on it.
    You do an awful lot of hiking and walking.. Do you carefully track all your fitness and calories you consume? It really does make the difference. I was only able to be successful when I accurately weighed and measured and tracked everything. For example, your fitness, do you have a set plan of how many hours each day you will do of cardio, or an approximate? Because making sure your fitness is accounted for is an absolute must, because setting the fitness tracker for how much cardio you will do in a week is necessary to see what calorie range you must stay in. For all you know, you could be eating too low to fuel your body properly. Or if you are not able to hike or walk as fast because of the asthma, do you know if your heart rate gets into the calorie burning zone of 65-80% of your maximum heart rate? All these could be factors why you aren't losing like should be..I was a very slow loser too, but I attribute it to my complete inability to get any sleep -that is really damaging to a healthy lifestyle..
    Loved the photos -reminds me of where I hike, except no mountains :( Look forward to seeing more of your trails!!
    Hope you can have a relaxing and fun weekend!
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    2174 days ago
    A great resource to have trails like that so close to home!
    2174 days ago
    You are doing a lot of hiking! It must have been great to tell that volunteer how much and watch his jaw drop. What's the hurry anyway? Take time to enjoy the beauty.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    2174 days ago
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