Great Hike Yesterday and Boy Do I Need It!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lately we've been eating out like it's going out of style and you all know what that means. Well, not all of you. I realize that some of you actually have the ability to walk into a restaurant, identify something on the menu that has very few calories, order it and consume it and enjoy that. Not me. I've tried, I have. I just can never FIND the low cal item and if I do it really sounds more like punishment than dinner. So for me eating out = weight gain. I know that and that's why I usually avoid eating out. Randy and I went out for dinner once recently and it just snowballed as we took a trip to Minn. Well, starting today, this feeding frenzy has come to an end and none too soon. Scale's up, jeans are tight and I'm not feeling the love anymore from my body.

I had a great time in Minneapolis. Randy's doing some work with Best Buy, improving the web site, blah blah blah, anyway, he goes there every couple of weeks. Which sucks so I went along this time. I got in some good workouts, mostly in the fitness center at the hotel, but still, it counts. The coolest thing I did was go see The Princess DI Collection at the Mall of America. It's something her family put together to share with her adoring fans the world over and it's basically a traveling tribute to her and her life. I'm not the biggest Di fan but yes, I watched her wedding and yes, I wish she was still alive so I'd have hair ideas and she had style you don't see very often. It was really amazing! They had her wedding dress! In a huge glass display case, with the 25 foot train and veil and everything. Her shoes (girlfriend had big feet!), her earrings, etc. Took up a whole room and of course they had footage of her arriving and the flower girls struggling to set the whole train thing right. And then they had stuff from her life like photos and her typewriter, stuffed animals, etc. But the best part was the room with the clothes. They had 20-25 of her dresses and outfits on display. Things we remember her wearing. They even had that hot little blue beaded cocktail dress. Pictures were not allowed but who am I to follow rules.

Yesterday Randy and I did penance and went on a long and difficult hike. Round Mountain outside of Loveland. Same place me and Veronica went together but she and I didn't get to the top. Randy and I did. It was 4.75 miles one way and up hill most of that. The sign said 2750 elevation gain and good thing we didn't read that going in. It took us 5.5 hours. I am soo sore today! Walking like an old lady. The temp was in the upper 50s but the path was alternately dirt, snow, mud, ice, slush, muddy slush, slushy ice, snowy dirt, dirty snow, etc.

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    Wow! I would love to see that exhibit! It sounds really cool!!! I totally understand how you feel about eating out. I'm not one of those people that can chose the healthy option either, so I choose not to eat out for that reason among others (having to take all 3 kids :-)). Looks like a fun hike! I wish I could do more of it. It doesn't work out so well with the kids though. Turns into a huge fiasco and very little exercise! You look fantastic though!
    3071 days ago
    Great hike - but, what's that white stuff on the ground??!!!
    3071 days ago
    That's cool that you and Randy have the ability to hike places like that - sounds like fun! I have to totally agree with you when it comes to eating out. Most of the time I can make a healthy choice and somewhat enjoy the meal. Sometimes I make a healthy choice and sit there wishing I had something different to eat! And, if that's the case then why didn't I just eat at home, right? LOL

    Glad you're back at it - you still look fabulous, btw!
    3072 days ago
    Wow...that's one tough hike in not-so-fun trail conditions. You deserve a BIG red star!!! You're still lookin' good even if not up to YOUR standards!

    I wonder how many calories you burned on that hike? A bunch, I bet!!!

    I'd love to see the Di collection. Like you, I'm not gaga over her, but I do like a pretty dress...and shiny diamonds. (Sadly, my "mountain mama" lifestyle comprises neither of these. lol)

    Great to read a new blog from you....I'm Teresa-deprived! emoticon
    3073 days ago
  • BECCAJ98
    Sounds like an awesome hike!
    3073 days ago
    Woot! Looks like a great hike! Color me jealous!!
    3073 days ago
    Way to go! I am sore just thinking about it!
    3073 days ago
    Once again I drool over your exercise opportunities. And I think you have the perfect setup because the hard part it going up! I would hate to hike DOWN somewhere and then have to turn around and go UP. I can totally see oldest DD and myself doing the kind of hikes you and Randy do.

    Anyway, I had the same revelation: tight jeans, not loving my body. And I can never eat out, either. It just doesn't work for me unless we go to a specific place with a specific meal in mind. Chains basically. Local restauants just do not cater to healthy eating at all. But even then I am not ordering what I REALLY want.

    Envy over the Princess Di exhibit, too. I thought she was a lovely woman, and was so sad when she died.

    Now, get your rear in gear and let's get this extra weight off!
    3073 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    You look great :-)
    Well done on tackling that tough hike emoticon
    3073 days ago
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    Thanks for the lovely newsy blog !!
    I loved Diana I alway thought she was just a pawn and the royals really abused her ..
    Love your photos and just loved your lonely long hike up the moutain !! .

    Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3073 days ago
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