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September Walk Challenge and Deer Trails

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Hey there, Sports Fans! As some of you know, I joined a challenge within sp for walking one mile a day for the month of September. My pedometer now is reading a total of 8 miles.

I can already feel the difference in mind, body and spirit. I am happier, body is getting firmer (especially the booty and calves!) and my spirit is soaring.

today I did 2 .25 miles. I began with my usual track within my neighborhood with DH and Winsten, then DH spotted a deer trail. He encouraged us to veer off the path and follow the trail.

Off the beaten path, we head up the hill. And I mean UP THE HILL!! We are following the path, so a lot of the briars were already tred upon by the deer, so I didn't get too many scratches on my bare legs. Enough, but not too many.

We keep climbing, and come to a huge open meadow. Winsten is having a ball, sniffing all those deer prints, and I walk the circumference of the meadow. DH stays with Winsten.

DH is not into walking like I am, but he at least goes with us. He has been having some problems with his ticker, so the walking, even at a slower pace than mine, can only do him good.

While I am walking the meadow, I look off to my right, and here is what I see :

The deer are not afraid of us one little bit. They study us for a few minutes, then calmly go back to grazing. Winsten doesn't spy them, so he does not go dashing on over to meet them and make friends.

Winsten makes friends with everybody and every thing. He is a Golden Retriever, after all. When we first moved up here, he would chase the deer. They would all go bounding away for the first year, then they got wise to him when the Elk herd tromped through the property.

Winsten went charging off toward the elk, most of which trotted at a quick pace to get away from him. But one of them had other ideas. That elk wanted to eat those apples from the trees, andwasn't about to let a mere DOG chase it away.

It turned around, faced Winsten, lowered its head and charged! At first, Winsten thought the elk was playing. But then the charge began to become more aggressive. The elk was not playing, and Winsten found out after being head butted and rolled across the yard.

Winsten no longer really chases deer, and certainly not elk! He makes a little show of going to charge them, but then just comes back home, staying away from them all.

Back to the trail. As we are hiking around, we hear this loud "scree!!!!!". It is an American Eagle flying overhead, probably hunting that meadow.

As we turn our faces toward home, we admire the beginning of the changing colors, the seed pockets, and the incredible beauty.

Once I reach the road again, I pick up my pace and continue on to complete 2.25 miles for today, bringing my Sept. challenge miles up to 8.

In just five days, I can already see and feel the difference. My calves are firmer and even are beginning to show dileniation. My butt doesn't jiggle quite as much, and my abs are feeling firmer.

I have lost inches in the hips, thighs and chest. My weight, however, went up one pound.

Perhaps those cookies at the quilt class have something to do with that?? Or maybe it was that piece of chocolate Bundt cake last night? Nah! It's gotta be that intentionally harmful scale, right?!

I need a shower, and am taking Winsten in with me. We both are in need of one, since I did all that walking and hiking, and Winsten found horse poop along the way today. Enough said.

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  • TWINKS55
    I enjoyed reading your adventure very much. You certainly are blessed with a beautiful area to live in.That walk sounds so good.
    Congrats on keeping to your walking challenge!! emoticon

    That body of yours is responding so well!! emoticon

    emoticon Dianne
    3154 days ago
    I keep telling everyone that walking is the best thing to do and I see you are now convinced. Keep it up.
    3154 days ago
    We are truly blessed with having so much beauty in this area to go out and see. That's part of why I love my walks. There are some beautiful flowers blooming and with some of the leaves turning, it's just amazing. Congrats on doing so great on your walks.
    3154 days ago
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