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Day 10 of 30 days of gratitude in pics

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Day 10: Nature

I love nature. Animals, mountains, flowers, lakes, oceans...you know, pretty much anything. Today's picture(s) are from a cross country road trip I took 3 summers ago with the bf. It was truly a once in lifetime experience and I am SO grateful to have had the opportunity to do that. It was during summer break in graduate school, and we took 3 weeks to drive to basically as many national parks as possible, camping along the way. I mean, when else in life would you have the time to do that? Yes, we were poor graduate students but it wasn't that bad since we camped the whole way. It was the bf's idea, he tried to keep it a secret for a long time, just sending me pics of where we were going and I was getting so confused because Glacier national park looks a little different than say, Shenandoah. I'm thinking where in the world does all this different nature exist?! Anyways, it was amazing, we went to Cuyahoga Valley NP, Badlands NP, Glacier NP, Tetons, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain NP, Mammoth Cave, Smoky Mountains, Shenandoah/Luray Caverns and back up to NY where we were living at the time.

the Badlands

Glacier national park, we have this picture on canvas over our bed


And Yellowstone, both pics are in our living room.

*sigh* Just makes me want to go on more trips. For me, traveling is more about seeing and experiencing different places and nature. A lot of people want to go to Paris and Europe, and while I certainly wouldn't say no to a trip like that, I'm less interested in architecture and more interested in "natural" architecture, lol aka mountains and nature.

As far as how my week is going...not the greatest. I'm embarrassed my #backontrack record is so bad, like only 50% of the time on track? Not good enough. But, its a good wakeup call how bad I'm really doing and how much better I could be doing. Today is weigh day and I guess my loss last week was a fluke because I gained those 2lbs right back. It's TOM, and I think I was a little high on salt yesterday, but its still frustrating. 1 step forward, 2 steps back. On the other hand, my bf is telling me I need more calories and that I look "so skinny!" Umm no actually not. Its flattering and annoying at the same time.

Anyways, gotta just keep on keeping on.
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SQUIRRELLYONE 8/27/2013 8:08AM

    Gorgeous photos!

My "back on track" is about as bad. Upside: I made soup out of leftover CSA veggies. Downside? I've only eaten one bowl of it, and yesterday 1/2 of my calories (still on? How!?) came from candy. I think it's a good thing I'm moving soon: I won't have such easy access to Sour Snowboards.

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MERRY_XMAS 8/23/2013 3:34AM

    Amazing pics!
50% success is better than nothing, right? Try to make a streak of successful days, it may help!

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ELISELOVE1 8/22/2013 9:21PM

    emoticon this pic's are amazing

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STFRENCH 8/22/2013 6:26PM

    Those pictures are absolutely stunning!! Thanks for sharing them emoticon

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KABMPH 8/22/2013 3:19PM

    What great photographs! Who did the picture-taking?

The best we can do from our actions is to learn from them and make changes from there. Consider this #backontrack to be baseline, perhaps?

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SUN_N_SEA 8/22/2013 2:53PM

    Wow, what a beautiful experience! And with pictures to match. I would love to do something like this! I feel the same way about "natural architecture," definitely more inspiring for me than any man-made feats of engineering!

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BONOLICIOUS2 8/22/2013 10:54AM

    Oh WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

I am SO JEALOUS first of all, because that trip sounds freaking amazing. And second, these pictures are breathtaking! I can't imagine what it would have been like to actually STAND there, let alone capture these sights. Just amazing, I can't get over it! WOW.

50% is better than NO percent, but at least you're being honest with yourself and keeping track. THAT is an accomplishment too!

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HFAYE81 8/22/2013 10:37AM

    This is an amazing idea!!! I just read an article about gratitude, tried it, and I am feeling much better although I've been having the month from hell. What a great blog! emoticon

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CLRWILLIAMS25 8/22/2013 10:27AM

    Oh my gosh, what an awesome trip! And so cool that your bf kept it as a surprise for you :) I am the same way with vacations. I wouldn't turn down a trip to Paris, but if I'm the one choosing, I'd pick somewhere I could be outside the whole time and really experience a new natural area.

It's hard to stay on track during the summer when there are all sorts of fun things to do. I think 50% is actually really good, considering your sister was in town for a long weekend and you've been making time to go out and have fun with others. And 50% is better than 10% or 0% :)

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