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Weigh in Day 4/26/13 No Change…. 51.6 LBS down 38.4 left to go

27 Apr

No loss this week so I am trying to focus on the fact that I didn’t gain anything either.

The weather this week started out very discouraging for a hiker, with more snow on Monday and Tuesday but it did warm up so nicely that by Friday I was practically bouncing on my toes waiting for this weeks hike.  I would like to say that I wasn’t focused on my weight or lack of progress only on our next hike but let’s face it, I am like junkie looking for my next fix…. I need a frito lay anonymous group most days to keep me away from snacky salty foods that constantly call out to me.  What I did do was try my best not to give in and think about the future hikes I want to do.

As the weather turned almost perfect, I was finally able to start really plotting out the next 2 months of hikes.  It has to be really aggressive if we are going to get our first fourteener done the first week of July.  I think we have been really good about challenging ourselves with distance when we can’t get altitude so I am hoping it pays off with our shortened window.  I know you are all probably wondering why the rush, well I booked a week in the mountains that week and while we are closer to other 14ers, the one I want to do first is right by where we are staying and I really want to do it then.  We won’t be stupid, just like in the past if we have to stop, turn around and try again another time, we will.

What this week also gave me was a sense of excitement for what we are going to see this summer.  With all this last-minute snow, our scary wild-fire problem has actually lessened somewhat and our water levels are almost normal but mostly the mountains just look gorgeous.  I know it means really amazing views when we reach different summits and the wild flowers are going to be insanely abundant.  Last summer was pretty spectacular and awakened in me something I didn’t really believe was there, that desire to get higher( altitude-wise), go further and see more of all that nature built in, awe struck wonder.  Now I get it, all of those extreme athletes and some of them my friends who do triathlons, run marathons, bike 100+ mile races.  Every time we hike, the spectacular beauty we see drives home that I will not be easily satisfied until I see all that these mountains have to offer.

Well that and my legs are looking pretty killer…..

Finally, we had a breakthrough this week with Aaron’s type 1 diabetes and the challenges we have been having on our hikes.  It relates to the time we spend hiking versus his insulin pump being shut off.  We hope to test it out in the next couple of weeks but the advice for high altitude hiking for type 1 diabetics is sorely lacking, until we have it confirmed time and again I am a little afraid to put it out there.  Needless to say, Aaron had a pretty big success today  in controlling his blood sugar on our hike  so as soon as we can duplicate today’s results I will tell you all about our findings.  I think this will help us get through our aggressive agenda for the next 2 months!

Here is Nugget begging us not to leave:


Weigh in Day 4/12/13 -.8, 51lbs down 39 lbs left to go

14 Apr

Another small loss, but a loss none the less!  It was a tough week for a weird reason, I wanted to celebrate reaching this milestone but my typical way of celebrating is to eat which isn’t the way to go this time.  So all I focused on was not going over my calories each day and getting in as much exercise as I could.  I actually just worked towards a maintain, the fact that I still lost something is great!  Plus I am now officially over the -50LB mark!  I feel really good today!

What I did end up doing was going to the Green Russell Friday night with some good friends, I was being good-ish trying to drink a lot of water in between all of my drinks.  We had so much fun and I got to wear clothes I haven’t fit into for years!  The only bad thing was drinking the night before a hike, I have to admit I was a little nervous about how I would perform….

My Break from EVERYTHING!!!!

1 Jan


Family picture

I am getting back from self imposed break from everything…. I am re-energized by my visit with my family (most of them pictures above) for Christmas but to be honest I didn’t care a lick about what I ate and the quantities in which I ate it.  I have not stepped on scale since Tuesday December 18th and I will not step on until this Friday which is my usual weigh in day.  I am sure I have gained weight back and I am ok with it.  I will lose it as I get into shape for my first 14er ( mountain that is over 14000Ft high).  Plus I am determined to get to healthy weight before I turn 40 which is just 11 months away.   I did get in some exercise over my break but not what I would have liked, mother nature and a nasty cold have been huge road blocks.  I got a solid 6 mile walk in the sunday before Christmas and was going to take pictures of all the beautiful lights we saw to share it, but it was insanely cold.  I had forgotten how cold 20 degrees was with humidity in the air, I felt like such a wimp and after all the hikes I have done in bad weather…. so no pictures after all.

Now when I go to sea level, coming home to 5600Ft takes me a couple of weeks to find my high altitude lungs.  This time was no different but I kept on walking at lunch time at work and had a hike planned for this past weekend.  It was a repeater because I needed something I knew I could do, we did Deer Creek Canyon close to home and it was 6.8 miles so I knew it would be a good challenge but hopefully not too hard after traveling earlier in the week.  What I hadn’t counted on was the head cold I ended up getting after the hike.  I kinda knew I had been working on something in the cold family and I think I naively thought some good hard exertion would get it out of my system before taking root.

Trail Conditions 1

There has been snow off and on the past week or so here, but it was pretty fresh Saturday morning so we didn’t need any additional assistance outside of our poles.  It was cold, like 12 degrees when we started but without humidity it was still warmer then my walk with my sister in Springfield…LOVE COLORADO!!!!  I was seriously huffing and puffing up the first mile, I didn’t want to stop because I had to get over that altitude  crush at the beginning of every hike even though this one was doubly bad after my return.  This was a great hike as it always is, and it was even more challenging than I expected because the fresh snow was like walking in sand….up hill, that is occasionally slick.

Al & KatTrail2

What I had not counted on was the bizarre amount of sweat I produced on that initial 2 mile incline, I don’t know if you can tell in the picture above but my hat was soaked from it.  Honestly I never thought I would need a backup hat and so didn’t have one on hand.  I had to keep it on because my hair was soaked through and it was still under 20 degrees out although sunny!  It was just before this picture that my husband commented that I didn’t look so good and he was worried about my wet hat….. I was still feeling pretty awesome at this point but could tell whatever I had been working on for the past 3 days was about to win.  We finished the hike in just 2 hours and 20 minutes, a record for us.  Then we hit REI and I picked up 2 new hiking books, one on 14ers and one on alpine lake hikes.  I can’t wait to plot out the next 11 months of hiking!

I love this hike for so many reasons, but mostly because it always reminds me of where I started 9 months ago and why I moved to Colorado.  It always helps to get me focused back on my goals to see how far I have come.

Sadly the cold I got as a result has completely kicked my butt and I have spent the past 3 days in bed trying to recover, which is pretty bad since I am usually a 24 hour and done kind of girl.   I am at least in a sitting position today and trying to stretch all my sick sore muscles.  I am hoping tomorrow I can get at least half of my usual workout(s) done and I am going to work hard to get better so that we can get a hike in this weekend.  It may be an easy one but a hike none the less.

Thank you so much for following me on this journey!  I cannot tell you how much all of your words of encouragement have helped me!

Here’s to a brand new year and the excitement of reaching my goals!  I hope your goals are met too!