Well, Iíve been away from SparkPeople for the past couple of weeks, only taking a minute or two to look quickly each day. Thereís been so much going on, and Iím really ready for some relaxation time. Iím so glad 2012 is over along with all the stress the end of the year brought.
First, my job as a magistrate is an appointed position that automatically expires at a certain time. The end of 2012 was when my term, along with the term of several other magistrates, was ending. Itís always a stressful time as they can choose to replace you or reappoint you. Thankfully, I have been reappointed for another term so I donít have to start stressing again until the end of 2016 (at least about my job). Being sworn back in on January 1st was a huge relief. We did, however, lose one magistrate, so we have been short and working an adjusted schedule to make up for his absence until a new magistrate is trained and on the schedule. Between the crazy schedule at work and the holidays, Iíve stayed tired. Even so, I managed to enjoy the holidays, at least the food, a little too much. While I only gained a little over a pound, it still bothers me and Iíve got to get back on track.
Today Iíd had enough. I was off work and feeling crummy, so I decided I really needed some outdoor activity and headed up to Pilot Mountain for a hike. It was the first time Iíd been up there since they had a fire up there last fall (a controlled burn that managed to get out of control). Tommy went with me and together we hiked the loop around the knob on Jomekee Trail. When we finished, I headed on to the Grindstone Trail while he drove to the park entrance to meet me at the other end.
I was so surprised and saddened to see how much of the area had been burned, but it will come back quickly when warm weather returns. It was in the 40's, which was perfect. I saw very few other people on the trail, which is the way it usually is on a weekday. All in all, it was a great day for hiking, and I feel so much better tonight. Now Iím ready to get back to my daily walking routine and hopefully do some biking sometime soon.
I don't make New Year's resolutions - I stopped doing that years ago. I have decided though that I WILL reach my goal weight by the end of 2013. Less than 1 pound a week will get me there, so no more excuses. I'm ready to do whatever it takes to be healthier by the end of the year.
Now for some hiking pictures:
Slightly charred area along the Jomeokee Trail.
These two trees looked like they fell burning, leaving holes in the shape of each tree.
A badly burned area along Grindstone Trail
Self-portrait! Note my Darth Vader hat - LOL. No, I'm not really a Star Wars fanatic; my son gave it to me, but it's warm.
The trail ahead with the Pilot Mountain knob in the background. That's the knob that Tommy and I had hiked around earlier.
Not sure what the rock cairn is about. I can understand these in the desert where trails are much harder to recognize, but with a large blue circle nailed to a tree every 40 - 50 feet, I hardly think this is necessary. Oh well, I guess somebody was bored.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!