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Birthday week (pics)

Friday, February 08, 2013

Well, it's official, I'm 33 and I feel great!! I took my birthday off, it was my first time taking that day off in my whole life. I think it will be a new tradition, it was wonderful. Mom took the day off and my sister was already off, so my Mom suggested that we go to Point Reyes for a hike. When we got there, it was gorgeous and I felt great instantly. There were many hikes available some about the 3 mile range and a few over 10 miles, we settled on the 8.2 hike. It was a challenge for me. I've never walked 8 miles in one day, especially not with hills included! I was up to 6 miles last year, but that was usally broken up into two sessions, and all on flat land. I must admit, by the last 2 miles I was whining a little, not too bad, but I was quite beat. But it was so worth it.

About 3.5 miles in, my sister is in the lead!!

End of Arch Rock hike, ocean galore!



Wild thing tree we saw on the walk back

We really had a great day together, I feel so lucky to have such wonderful family members that know just what to do to make my birthday special.

I am still doing my FFL eating experiment, and I must admit, I love it. I lost another pound, so that is a 7 pound loss for this week. My energy level is really high, and I am loving my meals. My Mom got me a blender/food processor for my birthday, so I have been making fruit smoothies, which makes my fruity breakfasts even better, and portable! I went through the recipes in the back of the FFL book and have so many great options to choose from that my head is swimming with what next weeks meals will look like. This week so far my lunches have been pretty simple, but so delicious. I am finally eating fruit/veg at every meal, and not just one item, but multiple things. I feel like something has really clicked for me, finally, with my never ending eating dilema. After all the years eating fast food, because I was too starved/lazy to plan a decent meal....... I really hope those days are over. What feels really great on the FFL plan is that if I want meat, I eat it, just not with anything but veggies, if I want carbs, I do the same thing. It seems so great, because I feel like I can eat what I want, with a few tweaks to the ingredients here and there. Also, I've been finding tons of recipes on Pinterest that follow my new dietary needs, which is inspiring because I feel if I get tired of veggie sandwiches and salads, I can branch out. I found a cauliflower crackers recipe the other day that sounds fun. I'm going to make a lentil or split pea soup this week, looking forward to that.

So, for now, all is well. Can't think of anything to complain about........that's rare!! Hope my little "experiment" continues to go well, I have a feeling it will, but you never know what tomorrow holds?!! Hugs, and luvies!!

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    the hike looks amazingly gorgeous! how fun and something totally different to celebrate your birthday! yay! i hope it's a great year with lots of learning and laughter and love! congrats on finding an eating style that works for you, keep it up! i'm proud of you!
    1890 days ago
    What beautiful pictures! Thank you!

    Sounds like you've found a plan that works for you - that's great!

    Cheers and have a wonderful week!

    1893 days ago
    Happy Birthday! You are indeed artistic and I want to take that walk myself. Is it Oregon?
    1893 days ago
    First of all
    Your photos are AMAZING!!! The colours are gorgeous. You caught the right light in every shot. You are an artist!
    I'm glad you were able to get something out of the book. I haven't been able to stick with the fruity breakfasts until lunch. My candida came back. It was just too much sugar for me, albeit natural.
    But I *am* eating way more veg that before so that is a huge PLUS!! And I need those veggies right now. I'm craving them!
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    1894 days ago
    Wow! Great pictures.... keep on walking.
    1894 days ago
    Vibrant photos!! Wonderland like hike! I am stoked for you! emoticon
    1894 days ago
    Your trip looks WONDERFUL!!! What an awesome trail. How awesome.

    Great eating plan and congrats on sticking with it. I love when you find the food that amps your energy.
    1895 days ago
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