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Upside Down = Downside Up & September Goals

Monday, September 03, 2012

The best part about hiking days, well, maybe not the best part, as that would be the part about being out on the trail, but the 2nd best part is that my calorie requirement increases drastically, which means... FOOD! And on hiking days it's all good quality food to ensure that I don't wimp out halfway through.

Today's hike was an upside down hike. We started on top of Mt. Wilson (5,712 ft), hiked down ca. 3000 ft. over 5 miles, jumped the stream a couple of times, and then hiked back up to the top over 5-1/2 miles. This was a loop, not an in and out hike. Had to dodge quite a bit of poison oak and poodle brush on the way, too.

Quite a challenge. Especially since I was not at 100% today.
I'll be doing this again at the end of October as part of a longer hike, and hope to be able to do it on a full charge at that time.

Been feeling slightly burned out for the past couple of days, but had committed to this hike, so I went. Still glad that I did.

As I was huffing and puffing up the mountain I did have a chance to reflect on my September goals a bit more and here is what I came up with:

1. Salad a day
September is a rather hot month around here, and thinking back and forth this will be the easiest way to get my veggies in.

2. Let no produce go to waste
I'm terrible at that and often end up tossing spoiled fruits and veggies, not because I buy too many at a time, but because I'm too lazy to fix them! This month's focus will be on not letting that happen.

3. BLC20
I joined BLC20 as a maintainer. I've never done a BLC challenge and since everybody seems to be talking about it, I just had to find out what the fuss is all about. Believe it starts next week. The entire thing seems really complex, so I'll have to muddle my way through.

4. Minimum 1000 fitness minutes
This is a long-standing goal, which I've been able to meet rather effortlessly the past few months.

I'll be blogging daily updates during September.

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    Great goals for September & great job on your hike.
    1997 days ago
    Wow! I've never heard of an upside-down hike, but I bet it is hard since the 'up' happens when you've already been hiking for a while. I'm going to have to google poodlebrush because we don't have that here! So fun to read about hikes in a different part of the country that I've yet to visit.

    Great goals for September!
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    1999 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    You are doing awesome!
    Hike on!
    1999 days ago
    I know that hike and wow, my hat is off to you! I couldn't do it right now and the upside-down hikes are the hardest anyway - I love your goals for the month, too!

    I also tend to buy too many f&v, then toss them when they start to spoil. But I just heard a tip that I'm going to try to follow - it was that when the veggies start to get a little too wilted to eat fresh, make a soup broth out of them - and the fruits can be pureed and frozen, then used as a spread in place of jam or used as a glaze to cook other items. I'm not so sure about the fruit option but the veggies turned into broth is a great idea! I know that frozen broth or soup lasts a long time in the freezer so I'm going to follow up with that idea for sure!

    Good luck with BLC and the other goals!!
    1999 days ago
    awesome, I think we are all guilty of tossing produce everyonce in a while. I like to throw it in a smoothie or compost when I don't get to it.
    1999 days ago
    Great goals! I hope that September is a good month that allows you to achieve them all.

    I'm still guilty of #2 more often than I would like to admit. Just threw out half of a green bell pepper yesterday and was not happy that I had let it go to waste. Need to work on that one...
    1999 days ago
    A great set of goal so the month. I like your salad a day one...maybe I need to try that. I seem to not get all my veggies in. Also I waste myself on the veggies and i've begun buying a couple of bananas, small bag of grapes, and slices of watermelon. that way I won't waste like I used to.
    1999 days ago
  • JULAA68
    You always seem to have a good plan! Love it all. And, I am jealous of the hiking. Such a beautiful area that you live in, and hiking is so much fun. Keep it up!
    1999 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Great goals for the month of Sept. I too will need to work on fruits and veggies as have been somewhat lax on them the last half of Aug. That was some hike you did. Since you did so not feeling the best today, I know you will do very well on the longer hike. Kricket feel 100% real soon.
    2000 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/3/2012 1:29:58 AM
    Hiking sounds wonderful, thank you for the awesome pictures and motivation! Keep on keeping on. :)
    2000 days ago
    Good luck on your goals. They all sound like good ones. Your hike sounds great! Don't know if I would be able to do that, lol.
    2000 days ago
    You sound pretty fit to be doing that hiking. Have a good time in the great outdoors!

    2000 days ago
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