ALIHIKES's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ALIHIKES ALIHIKES's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Funeral, Memorial and Odd Comments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739005 Mom’s funeral this weekend was a beautiful ceremony, family only, and her ashes were buried in the little memorial rose garden next to dad’s ashes. We had a big memorial for her in the main lounge at her retirement center. About 150 people attended. The flowers were beautiful, in her favorite colors. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l887957562.jpg"> <BR> Memorial flowers, poems, and appetizers <BR> <BR> My younger sister did two large collage boards of pictures of mom.... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 23:43:36 EST June Results, Great Wildflower Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735442 Overall June was challenging due to mom’s final decline and death. I traveled out of state to stay with mom; staying in hotels led to eating and exercise challenges. Financially the travel was expensive and required me to dip into savings. Although I am luckier than many people because my employer gave me extended paid leave to spend time with mom in her final days, the 3 separate trips to an expensive area cost me over $6,000. Ouch. But I am glad that I spent time with her, and that I was wi... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 15:17:20 EST Hiking Paulina Creek, Missing Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724487 I led a hike on Paulina Creek on Saturday with 8 other hikers, I really enjoyed the group. The trail was dusty, and followed the creek. We hiked about 6.5 miles. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1810295183.jpg"> <BR> Paulina Creek is named after Chief Paulina, who was a warrior who attacked many Oregon settlers. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l563224906.jpg"> <BR> Our hiking group crossing the bridge <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 22:34:11 EST Rest in Peace, Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719516 Just back from 9 days very tough days in California. My beloved mother died early yesterday morning. She had a couple of days where she was semiconscious and knew I was there. My younger sister and older brother were there with me sharing the vigil for days at mom’s bedside. The other two were missing, and I am struggling not to resent them for not being there. I need to instead focus on the good things – a loving and kind mother, the caring caregivers, and that we were able to ease her suffe... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:56:52 EST May Results, Worried about Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708997 May was a pretty good month for me. I lost 4 pounds. I mostly met my goals: I exercised daily, increased hiking mileage, ate fairly well, stretched at least 4 times a week, controlled snacking (with the exception of the past 5 days when I was visiting mom). I limited sugar-free energy sodas (I drank 3 last month, which is down from 30-50 per month in March). I feel good that I didn’t relapse on the soda, and I met my goals for most of the month. It’s not great that I relapsed into emotional ... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 14:05:58 EST Hiking Rogue River Trail (end) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702426 After leaving Marial Lodge, we were ready for an easier hiking day. The hike to Paradise bar was only about 3.5-4 miles. This stretch of the trail was delightful. You climb up a rock ridge that is named Devil’s Backbone. The river has cut a very narrow channel through the serpentinite rock. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1284999720.jpg"> <BR> Rogue River <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l897968570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We saw more lovel... Sat, 24 May 2014 22:33:19 EST Hiking the Rogue River Trail (pt. 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701642 I went on a lodge to lodge hiking trip in Oregon along the Rogue River with 3 friends. The 40 mile trail was extremely beautiful, but very challenging. We each carried about 20 pounds in our packs. <BR> <BR> We drove to Grants Pass on Saturday, and we stopped at the Rogue Gorge and Natural Bridge areas along the route for short walks to break up the drive. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l8593764.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1... Fri, 23 May 2014 18:16:30 EST Bittersweet Mothers Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695349 I had a nice mother’s day with mom at her nursing home in California, she was awake and perky for most of the visit. <BR> <BR> My younger brother came down on Saturday, and visited with her. We called my sister via FaceTime and asked for a tour of her new home in Pittsburgh. My younger sister is still having trouble with her Coumadin dose regulating blood clotting, and she cannot fly, so the phone FaceTime is probably the only way she will see mom. Mom is so frail and weak I don’t think she... Thu, 15 May 2014 00:50:38 EST April Results, May Goals, Facetime with Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684202 Overall I did pretty well with my April goals. I met my goal of increasing exercise, increasing strength training, and stretching. I did not reach the mileage goals that I wanted due to my leg injury in March (I had hoped to be hiking 10-12 miles on my long hikes by now; instead 7-8). The mileage goal is to ensure I am successful on the May Rogue River hike. I’ll try for 10 miles this weekend; and at least two 12 mile hikes before we leave on May 17. <BR> <em>295</em> <em>256</em> <BR... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:05:12 EST Hiking Tam-A-Lau trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681802 I hiked Tam-a-Lau trial with a group of 10 hikers; I was co-leader on the hike which is my FAVORITE role on steeper hikes. In our group, the co-leader is in the rear making sure that no one has any trouble (called the “sweep), and it is a perfect role for me. I DON’T like going fast when it’s steep! And this was a faster group of hikers. <BR> <BR> Tam-A-Lau trail was named by local Native American tribal elders, it means “place of big rocks on the ground”, and you do go through a huge bould... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:26:32 EST Two Great Hikes, Credit Hacked, Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676709 I enjoyed two great hikes this weekend. I was assistant leader for the Summit loop hike at Smith Rock State Park on Saturday. It was a beautiful hike, about 8 miles and some good elevation gain (yes we climbed up and over the ridge, but on a nice trail instead of rock climbing). The river canyon and rock wall reminds me of the Southwest. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1419244193.jpg"> <BR> View from the starting overlook <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:57:04 EST Successful Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671267 This week was pretty successful. I worked LONG hours but successfully completed a huge project at work. I had a couple of nice events with friends and had people over to dinner for the first time in months (my kitchen was out of commission for over 3 months due to the remodel). I have continued to unpack and organize the kitchen, and to ENJOY having modern conveniences again. <BR> <BR> <BR> And I hiked Steelhead Falls again, this time leading a group of 12 hikers. It was lots of fun! H... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:49:38 EST Kitchen Remodel: Finished! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668511 My kitchen remodel is finally complete! I am so relieved to be able to cook again, and to wash dishes in the dishwasher or kitchen sink (instead of in rubber tubs in the bathroom). I am very pleased with the final results, here are a few photos: <BR> <BR> Overall view of the kitchen. New cabinets, new floor, new appliances. The ceiling was raised 8 inches and recessed lighting installed. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1482453662.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Close up of the ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 20:29:58 EST Active Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666587 On Saturday I participated in the Springlebell walk/run fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. This was originally the Jinglebell walk/run scheduled for December; it was rescheduled to Spring due to weather at the request of the City (temperature was -20 Fahrenheit with 20 inches of snow on the scheduled date). I am NOT at all competitive but it was fun to participate in the walk with my friends. Many participants dressed in Christmas holiday outfits; there were awards for the best costu... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:11:49 EST End of March - Overcoming Obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660967 I tried increasing my hiking mileage this weekend, I led a shorter 3 mile hike with significant elevation gain on Saturday (good pace, good group), and on Sunday Hanne & I hiked approx 8 miles. The 8 mile hike was hard on my legs. By the last mile I was limping and feeling the strained muscles. But today the leg feels better, and perhaps the sandy/rocky terrain added to my leg fatigue. Today will be an easier rest day! And I am adding a bit of yoga stretches back into my routine. I thin... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:09:22 EST Birthday, Sister Sick, Hikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654996 Birthday, hikes, sister sick <BR> Yesterday was my 63rd birthday, and my friends gave a lovely dinner party. It was a lot of fun! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291346262.jpg"> <BR> And for my big birthday gift (from my mom) I have skunk-proofed the back patio, and am purchasing a new front door. <BR> <BR> My mom called on my birthday, my sister Pam helped her dial the call. Mom was very distraught because she had forgotten Pam’s birthday two days before. I t... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:28:12 EST Stinky night = disrupted sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651059 Last night I was awakened in the middle of the night by a horrible odor. Skunk. Unfortunately one or more of these stinky creatures seems to have made a home under the porch outside my bedroom. It was impossible to sleep with the odor permeating through the closed windows and walls. AND it was still renewing the odor in the morning. I hired a pest control expert; he set a trap and put in strobe lights to dislodge my unwanted houseguest. After the skunk is trapped and relocated to wilder... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:34:37 EST River hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644049 My friend and I went on a lovely river walk today. My knee held up pretty well, but it was sore by the end of the day. SpunkyLB is recovering from an injury also so we hiked at a very mellow pace. <BR> <BR> I was pleasantly surprised to run into a co-worker from a former job on the trail (she lives 150 miles away). She and DH were on vacation visiting friends. It’s always interesting to find out how former places of employment have changed! There is a lot of turnover in the modern workp... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 23:37:39 EST Vacation -- The Best Laid Plans Go Awry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640811 Just back from a great vacation, skiing in Montana on the border Glacier National Park. I enjoyed time with my friends and the beautiful scenery. TONS of fluffy powder snow! However my carefully laid plans for fitness were curtailed. And our travel back home got TOTALLY disrupted. <BR> <BR> Our group of 6 took Amtrak’s Empire Builder from Portland, Oregon to Essex, Montana (I carpooled with Pat to Portland in her car). Pat and I shared a tiny roomette, and we really enjoyed the Amtrak r... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 21:19:31 EST Saying No to Excess http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634764 I have worked really hard to overcome excess in bad eating habits. I am not perfect, but I have improved greatly in not binging on sweet treats when I am tired/upset; not overeating at family and friend celebrations or when stressed; and not drinking high calorie alcoholic beverages in social situations. It takes a lot of work and strategies such as planning ahead and dealing with stress in more helpful ways. But I CAN see progress. <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> I also am trying to be moderat... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:57:41 EST Update on 2014 Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631160 In January I made a resolution to try a new activity every month. My sister told me that she was learning Spanish and learning to play bridge; my brother asked her “Why?” Pam and I both feel learning new things/trying new activities keep you active and interested in life. Plus Pam is going to Oaxaca with a friend she met through her Spanish language immersion class. <BR> <BR> My goals are different than my sister of course. Here is what I have planned so far: <BR> <BR> January: tot... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:14:54 EST Visit to Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627842 I flew to California and had a really nice visit with my family. Mom (94) is losing more of her ability to think clearly; she forgets common words, loses the phone, she forgets who is visiting, and falls asleep in the middle of conversations. But she remembers each of us, her children. I was in the room when they were changing the bandages on her leg; several new open sores have broken out. She was quite nauseated one day, probably related to the infection in her bone. She has no appetit... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 23:36:04 EST Craving Carbs; Kitchen Cavern http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621711 Yesterday and today I was craving carbs. I’m trying to figure out why. I think I just plain burned a LOT of calories shoveling snow; and I didn’t increase my calorie intake on those heavy snow days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Monday and Tuesday (today) I have been inhaling carbs. I can and WILL stop this. I’m not going to beat myself up; I’ll look on this as a learning opportunity. I don’t usually snack, but when I am engaged in heavier exercise, I will eat more (including snacks). ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:12:15 EST Digging Out from Snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619520 Today I am slowly digging out from the snow. Our street is still unplowed; my neighbor’s high clearance truck got high-centered as soon as he got out of his driveway. Since my car is lower clearance I will wait until our side road is cleared. I spent about 4 hours shoveling snow, and then my friend Tony called. He is coming over with a snow blower and I am gratefully hiring his services to finish the job. <BR> <BR> Here are a few photos: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 14:39:53 EST Kitchen Remodel -- Before Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603947 It is another miserably cold day here with freezing fog. We are officially having severe drought here in Central Oregon due to lack of snow. Despite no snow, my car slid on the black ice from the freezing fog this morning; luckily I was going VERY slowly and bounced off the curb instead of sliding all the way into the intersection. The weatherman is predicting a big wind storm coming this weekend that will end the air inversion – I can’t wait for a big wind to blow away the freezing fog a... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:49:38 EST Foggy day, packing, worried about mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600235 It is a cold day with freezing fog here. This is my LEAST favorite weather. Freezing rain is more hazardous, but freezing fog tends to hang around for LONG periods of time, and it is bone chilling cold. Last week was unseasonably warm, and our mountains need snow – not freezing fog. Snow pack is about 35% of normal and I hope we get enough snow to avoid a drought. <BR> <BR> I am sorry I have not been blogging or hiking. My big project has been packing up EVERYTHING in the kitchen and... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:31:39 EST Hiked New Trail at Smith Rock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584922 After just one week of eating healthy (after the holiday indulgences), I can already see an improvement in my skin (I tend to get eczema or psoriasis when I eat too much sugar). I am enjoying eating right and exercising. <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I hiked a new trail with friends, the hike included a hard new uphill trail in Smith Rock State Park. It was a lovely cold clear day. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1298628263.jpg"> <BR> View from the top <BR> <img s... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 21:23:09 EST First Hike of 2014, and New Years Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581018 I don’t usually make New Year Resolutions. But this year I am! I was inspired by hearing a radio interview with Laurie Cahn, author of “I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day.” MY resolution is to try at least one new activity related to health and fitness at least monthly, but preferably every week. I’ll blog about it periodically! (Here’s a link to another interview with Cahn <BR> <link>www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/<BR>2013/11/13/i-d... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:51:35 EST Christmas Holiday in California http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577819 Christmas with family is always a joy, but this year was mixed with some sadness. My mom is much more frail and forgetful, she has lost interest in eating, she is noticeably deteriorated from 2 weeks ago when I last visited. In addition she was unhappy and feeling neglected by certain family members. I LOVED seeing her and loved seeing my other family members. But my goodness they could have spent more time with mom. <BR> <BR> I arrived in California on 12/23; I drove from Oregon. My y... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 12:14:14 EST Skiing with Pat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565322 I went Nordic (classic) skiing with my friend Pat last week, and we went again today. For our first ski last Sunday, we did an intermediate (blue diamond) trail, which means it has lots of up and down. The trail provided many chances to use different techniques (herringbone uphill, snowplow and wedge turns downhill, step turns, and kick glide). The snow was delightful last week – this week, not so much. Today Pat aptly pointed out it was like skiing on a snow cone. It was very hard icy c... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:32:18 EST Three Years Sparking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565111 Last week was my 3 year SparkiVersary. I have never kept up a healthy lifestyle change for such an extended period! My achievements include: <BR> <BR> I have been drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day for 3 years. <BR> <em>274</em> <BR> I have had 5 fruits and vegetables every day for 3 years. <BR> <em>551</em> <em>368</em> <em>277</em> <em>488</em> <BR> I have exercised at least 10 minutes a day for almost every day for three years. And I have exercised for at... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:05:13 EST Guilty Pleasures, and Coping with Temptation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559338 I am baking cookies today for my friend’s cookie exchange party tomorrow (I’m making pumpkin hazelnut bars). I am also planning my strategy for coping with temptation. At the party, everyone tastes all the cookies, then votes for each person’s favorite. I will bring a small knife and eat ¼ of each cookie (up to 12 different kinds, which would be 3 cookies total). I’ll cut my own cookies into SMALL portions. And I will eat a healthy meal with protein before going to the party (party is fr... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 20:40:55 EST Thanksgiving Trip & Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556911 I had a very nice Thanksgiving visit with my family. Mom is very frail and doesn’t have much appetite; it doesn’t help that her nursing home now refuses to reheat coffee or soup in the microwave (it’s brought from a central kitchen and it is room temperature by the time it reaches mom). The nursing aides say is a new safety regulation. They won’t allow us to reheat the food either! <BR> <BR> <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> My sister (currently living in Pittsburgh PA) and I met at mom for h... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 15:27:57 EST Nice Dinner, difficult guest, sore muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549360 Last night I hosted a birthday dinner for my friend Pat. I had 13 guests, which is a LOT in my dining room. I added a small table to form an L shape dinner table (my dining room table seats 10 maximum), it had to go sideways or the table wouldn’t fit in my room. <BR> <BR> For the main course I was inspired by my recent trip to Barcelona to serve paella, the Spanish dish with rice, veggies, and a mix of seafood, chicken and spicy sausage. I made two separate large paellas, one with chicken... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 20:21:13 EST Badlands hike; dessert disaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546129 Three of us hiked Dry River Canyon in the Badlands east of Bend on Sunday. It was a lovely clear day, crisp and cold. This trail is only open during late fall and winter; it is closed for wildlife habitat during the spring and summer. The canyon is deep and dramatic. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1167785645.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2104360577.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1096705584.jpg"> <BR>... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:39:51 EST Christmas shopping and Zumba mold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542927 I usually go to Zumba Gold on Saturday a.m. at the Senior Center, it is a very lively and fun class. The instructor (Dick) will put on a belly dance coin scarf and shimmy along with everyone. It is the most successful class in our city, with over 60 participants each week including a few brave men who are inspired by Dick. <em>354</em> <em>354</em> <BR> <BR> Today we (Spunky LB, Hanne & I) arrived only to find that the senior center (including the gym) had been totally turned over ... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 19:54:37 EST Ravenna and Dubrovnik http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540683 This is the final blog about my cruise! It has been a lot of fun to blog, and it reminds me of the warm sunny days on the Mediterranean and Adriatic coastline. It’s hard to believe it is only a little over a week since I returned – today we had freezing fog here in Central Oregon, and it is expected to snow by Friday. <BR> <BR> Ravenna Italy is famous for its Byzantine era mosaics. It is a charming city with brick palaces and cobblestone streets. We visited the Basilica which was cove... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 01:29:50 EST Pompeii and Venice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539711 Here is a bit more from our Mediterranean cruise. From the Amalfi coast, our tour took us to Pompeii. I was surprised at how quickly we arrived at Pompeii by not going over the windy scenic coast road! Scenic coast road – approx. 4 ½ hours; return – 30 minutes! The ruins were HUGE; Pompeii was a large city when it was damaged by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. We arrived in mid afternoon; there were some big crowds in some areas, but other side streets were almost deserted. <BR... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:43:04 EST Cruise Part 3: Rome and Amalfi Coast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536773 (I forgot to mention in my fitness recap – I did not gain weight on the cruise! I actually lost almost a pound.) <BR> <BR> The next port was Civitavecchia, which is an old port for Rome. We traveled to Rome, and began our tour at Trevi Fountain. It was beautiful but very crowded; our guide gave us suggestions for avoiding pickpockets. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1087984433.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> We then toured the forum (Roman ruins). Our guide explained t... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 19:11:12 EST Cruise Part 2: Florence and Pisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534412 Ouch! Tomorrow vacation ends and I return to work. Today was spent doing errands and getting caught up with chores. I had one pleasant surprise: while in the chair at the dentist, the dental hygienist pointed out the window -- a little otter was playing in the river. How cute! The otter was fishing in and around the rocks throughout my checkup. <BR> <BR> Well, to continue my cruise blog: Our second port, La Spezia, began the Italian portion of our cruise. We joined a tour group to Flo... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 23:38:12 EST Goals; Cruise Part 1 (Barcelona & Cannes) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533475 I returned yesterday from my Mediterranean cruise vacation, I had a blast. I went with SF and hiking buddy SpunkyLB; she loves cruising and her DH can’t travel. The weather was lovely and warm, with a few rain showers. I feel rested and relaxed, and I enjoyed the focus on art, archeology and history. We traveled to Barcelona (Spain), Cannes (France), Florence and Pisa, Rome, the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii, Ravenna (also in Italy), and Dubrovnik (Croatia). I had never been on a cruise befor... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 00:57:32 EST Mid October Update (Good news!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513833 Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> I’m leaving on my Mediterranean cruise in less than a week. I’ll be traveling with a friend who loves cruising (her DH can no longer go); this is my first cruise. We’ll spend a couple of days in Barcelona, then get on the boat to Nice, Venice, Amalfi Coast, Rome, Pompeii, Vienna, Ravenna, and Dubrovnik. I’m very excited! I have never visited any of those locations; and it’s been 40 years since I visited Europe as a coll... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 01:40:57 EST Deschutes River hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505618 The weather was delightful today, and I led a very nice hike along with river for a group of 12 hikers. We hiked about 7.5 miles. None of the other hikers knew the trail existed, so it was a fun hike. <BR> <BR> I had a moment of panic when I got dressed to go hiking – my hiking pants were TOO TIGHT! I had been hoping to buy a smaller pair; instead I wore an old larger pair. Then I told myself – don’t panic, the smaller pair fit you perfectly last week, it is a momentary blip in the gra... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 23:44:39 EST September Results, October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504635 The short summary: I did not lose any weight this month. I did really well for the first half of the month, and then I let stress sidetrack me into overeating -- more than once. <BR> <BR> Looking at September and how I did, results were: <BR> 1. Lose 6 pounds. NOT ACHIEVED. Weekly weigh-ins -- I weighed in 3 out of 4 weeks. <em>193</em> <BR> 2. Work to reduce caffeine intake. NOT ACHIEVED too many energy beverages <em>262</em> <BR> 3. Continue GERD related diet changes. No wi... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 18:09:34 EST Hiking Matthieu Lakes & new trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486807 I led a hike to Matthieu Lakes on Saturday. Eight hikers joined me on this beautiful 6 mile loop trail in the Three Sisters Wilderness. I didn’t realized I was still a little weak from being sick last week until I was hiking uphill. <em>24</em> But I did okay, and everyone had a good time. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l759275840.jpg"> <BR> Hikers at the trailhead. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1226178218.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 01:59:14 EST Mom's health rollercoaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482247 I am glad I traveled to California and visited my mom and family this past weekend. Her health is a rollercoaster. She was upset on Friday and Saturday, because a new open oozing sore had broken out on her leg. This is an obvious sign of the infection in her bone spreading. That night she was very ill – shaking and nauseated (also related to the infection). Her doctor visited the next day, and mom agreed to go on IV antibiotics. She had previously refused treatment other than palliative... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 01:53:05 EST Two great hikes over the long weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476173 I had a GREAT hike to Sisters Mirror Lake on Saturday. I led a group of 8 hikers; most had been to the lake but no one had done the long loop trail. The hike was about 9.5 miles, and some good elevation gain (but not TOO steep!). It was a great group, and I think the new hikers really enjoyed it! Here are a few photos. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l165799516.jpg"> <BR> Small lake along the trail -- loved the reflection! <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 22:09:21 EST Mom, August results and September goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472620 Mom had a very rough week. She has developed bed sores. Her temporarily repaired bridge fell out again, and getting to the dentist is very difficult for her. The staff who tried to transfer her from bed to the wheelchair had difficulty with the Hoyer lift; she said it hurt. She cried during the entire transfer. She had the bridge temporarily repaired again; I am worried that she is delaying necessary dental care because travel is so difficult for her, and she will have to see a periodon... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 13:17:11 EST Weekend Campout, Hike, Mom Improved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466321 I had a very nice weekend campout at Waldo Lake with the Sierra Club. It was a large group – about 65 total. I packed in a rush after work, arrived late on Friday, and had to set up my tent in the dark. I was originally surprised to realize in my haste I packed TWO sleeping bags; but my mistake came in handy when another camper realized he forgot his and borrowed my extra one. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, we split into separate hiking groups; I led a group of 11 hikers on an easier hike, to Bo... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:41:54 EST Minor Frustrations, Staying on Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461105 Well this has been a week of minor frustrations. My main goal this week is to not let the frustrations derail me from my overall fitness and wellness activities. <BR> <BR> 1. My septic drain field is failing. The problem was discovered last week when I had the tank drained; system is backed up. I had the drain field repaired about 5 years ago. I don’t know yet whether I need a more extensive repair or to replace the whole system. I would prefer to repair the system, because at some poi... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:19:58 EST