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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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KNH771 6/24/2013 2:10PM

    Looks like a beautiful walk!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/24/2013 9:13AM

    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

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MSHEL7 6/23/2013 10:51PM

    What a beautiful place to hike, I love the pictures, thank you so much for sharing with us. Glad the knee is doing well.

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OHMEMEME 6/23/2013 6:27PM

    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

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IMSMILEY88 6/22/2013 12:29PM

    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!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 6/22/2013 8:15AM

    Awesome photos! Congrats on a great hike and your knee feeling better.

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SCOUTMOM715 6/22/2013 1:23AM

    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

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STARPESCADO 6/21/2013 11:31PM

    Great pics - glad your knee is feeling better :)

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GETSTRONGRRR 6/21/2013 9:35PM

    Very cool pix! Looks like a great place to go fro long walks!

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

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