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Last Night's Hike and Combat Today!

Friday, June 21, 2013

I'm so glad my knee is letting me tolerate exercise again - especially today.I have REALLY missed doing an intense workout and working up a great sweat. :)

Last night my youngest son had a Cub Scout "hike" which consisted of going to a local nature center and walking around their little 0.15 mile trail to talk about the stations and things in nature. We got there early so we could walk a little before the scout event since it didn't start until 7 and I didn't want to be out too late. I needed to walk 4 miles. Ken, Paul and I walked out on one of the trails about a half mile and then walked back so we could have at least one mile in. When we figured out the "hike" wasn't going to be very long or much of a workout I told my husband I was going off on my own. (with an evil grin, I might add).

So off I went. The majority of the trails are in a concentrated area and aren't too long so I started off on the red trail. It went through the woods a bit and then started to loop back to the beginning so I took off on the green trail where we were before the scouts got there. The green trail went up a hill into a meadow with beautiful views. Photos:

Then the trail came upon a sign to the Nature Trail that was WAYYYYYYYYYYYY down at the bottom of the hill (huge hill I might add!). With a little grin to myself, I hesitated and then turned to go down the hill. I was only at 2.5 miles so it couldn't hurt to go farther, could it? Naaahhh! LOL! I was having a blast! The cool thing about this place is that each trail has something different on it. There is a meadow, a pine forest, a regular tree forest, a boardwalk over wetlands - it has it all and there are tons of different views. Here are photos of the nature trail and observation deck:

I didn't get to do the whole trail because Ken and Paul were done and wanted me to come back but the coolest thing I saw was the bridge - it looked COMPLETELY different going over it one way than the other. Here are the pics:

It was beautiful and I keep realizing with every hike that Wisconsin is definitely a beautiful state that we take for granted. The nature center is about 5-6 miles from my house. It's amazing and it was an awesome walk.

4 miles DONE!

Today I broke out the Les Mills Combat DVD's and did the Combat 30 workout to see what it was all about. I watched the basics DVD on my computer to see if I thought my knee could handle it. I decided to try it. It ROCKED! It totally got bonus points from me because there was one person who did the workout modified for low impact so I was excited that I could follow her.

It was hard and my knee got tired, but it held up pretty well. I didn't do any of the jumping so that helped a lot. But since I haven't been to Tae Kwon Do since the night before my surgery it was really nice to do a martial arts type workout.

Anyone who is interested in Beachbody workouts, let me know because I'm now a coach and can hook you up! AND they just announced last night that they came out with a VANILLA flavor! I'm so excited and can't wait to try it! Love it!

Have a great weekend everyone!
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  • KNH771
    Looks like a beautiful walk!
    1732 days ago
    I started the Combat workouts. That's about it. I started it and then decided I wasn't ready for it. I should have started with Insanity. Vanilla? Nice! I still have half a bag of the vegan fruit one. I started a 20 day detox over the weekend. I should dig out my Shakeology for breakfast! Love the pics! You're an awesome blogger!!! emoticon
    1732 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    What a beautiful place to hike, I love the pictures, thank you so much for sharing with us. Glad the knee is doing well.
    1733 days ago
    Love the pics and the knee update. You do motivate me with your commitment to health and just everyday ordinary life! Thanks for Sparking! emoticon
    1733 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    1733 days ago
    1734 days ago
    Some of my favorite runs & rides are when I take off & don't know exactly where I'm going. Like today, though my 13.5 mile bike ride was through neighborhoods. Still, it was fun to not knowing exactly where I was and having to use my mind to find the next major street, etc.

    It sounds like you had a great day with two workouts! I've been struggling to get my workouts done because it's summer & my daughter is home & I also have an injury (my foot). But, thanks for the reminder that I can get it done. For one thing, I have plenty of DVD's & there are more on the internet!

    Have a great weekend!
    1734 days ago
    Awesome photos! Congrats on a great hike and your knee feeling better.
    1734 days ago
    What an awesome walk & great pics Chris! I agree, Wisconsin is a beautiful state that we take for granted. Just love walking and taking in nature. Woo Hoo on doing the Les mills combat - glad your knee is doing well. Keep up the great work. emoticon
    1735 days ago
    Great pics - glad your knee is feeling better :)
    1735 days ago
    Very cool pix! Looks like a great place to go fro long walks!

    What's with the Beachbody Vanilla stuff? Are they protein shakes?
    1735 days ago
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