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Weigh in Day 6/7/13 -1.2lbs, 54.2lbs down 35.8 to go.

7 Jun

I am thrilled with the loss this week!  I have been working out extra hard, not because I was focused on weight loss( even though I was sort of) but because I wanted to get extra conditioning for our weekend.  We have decided that we are going to really push our hiking these next 4 weekends leading up to our first 14er, which we hope to do the first week of July.

Here is  a random moment of shock from this week.  I was looking at the pictures we took on our Gem lake hike and noticed what I thought was swelling just above my knee….. thinking great all I need right now is a knee injury.   I kinda stewed on it for a few days because I didn’t want to admit there may be a problem.  I finally had Aaron check it out and he is like,” um yeah you are developing that muscle it is not swollen, look it’s over your right knee too”.  I have had muscular legs before, in fact I had powerhouse legs in high school when I played sports, but I have never developed muscles like I have been getting with hiking.  It makes me want to wear short skirts!  I guess I kinda knew it would build me some strong legs, but it never really hit me until these past few weeks when I throw on shorts and am like, whoa whose legs are those!

It is finally getting good and warm here but the snow is still holding out at those higher elevations, so this weekend we are going to do 2 hikes.  One is a repeater but a little higher than we have been able to get so far, I saw it on my girlfriend hike and there was no snow at the summit.  The second one I have been changing my mind on every 5 minutes so it is still a mystery to even me!  I know that I am looking for  a shorter hike with high elevation.

Weigh in Day 5/24/13 -1.2 lbs, 53.4 lbs down 36.4 left to go

25 May

I am thrilled that this week was finally one with a loss!!!!

It was a weird week in that I had to take it easy on in terms of working out, I have been battling with an ingrown toenail(super yuck!) for quite a while and last week while on St. Vrain Mt. trail I really aggravated it.  It was getting so close to better too.  What I could do was really scaled down then my usual week of working out, I wanted it to heal as much as possible before our hike today.  Let’s be honest I will always do whatever I can to make sure I don’t miss a chance to hike!

The other thing I did was eat less processed food, so far I have been doing a lot of Lean cuisine for meals and other stuff to get by.  This week was a lot more stuff I made or picked up from somewhere I could get the calories on to help me stay within my daily calorie allowance.

It paid off nicely, although I will not be skipping workouts again because I felt the difference in how well I hiked today but I did stock up on a lot more things for me to make from scratch and freeze to try a couple more weeks of changing up my diet.  I am sure it will help but I am also sure I will miss the convenience  of those lean cuisines and Smart ones!

It was a beautiful and warm week in Denver which made me extra look forward to hiking this weekend, since it is a long weekend we are going to do 2 hikes today is already done and we have another one planned for tomorrow.  I love long weekends!

I will leave with a picture of Nugget, he isn’t much of a cuddlier and so I let him get away with a lot when I can get him to sit on my lap, in this case  sacrificing the ties on my hoodie sweatshirt….. I am such a sucker for him.



Weigh in Day 5/17/13 NO CHANGE

18 May

no change…  which I guess means I need to change, right!?!?!?

The one thing I do have to say is that I am definitely getting smaller even if I am not losing weight, maybe I need to finally do some measurements.  I hate measuring but I need to change-up something to stay motivated!  Stay tuned….

That said, todays hike was all over the place, I am trying to figure out how to get it all down but it was good, then bad then good….and finally good.

I will get the details out as soon as I can!

Weigh in day 5/10/13 -.6, 52.2 lbs down 37.8 lbs to go

10 May

It has been a weird 2 weeks here.  I didn’t post at all last weekend because we left work early on Friday and drove up to Breckenridge to enjoy a weekend away and man did we enjoy it.  We hit the hot tub like crazy and drank way too much, while making sure we moved our butts enough to make all the excess not so bad.  When I looked at my fitbit at the end of Saturday we had walked almost 14.5 miles with a crazy amount of stairs climbed since we kept walking to and from our condo which was quite a climb up each time.  I think I figured it out to be 16 flights of stairs straight up each time we went back, the last time we were laughing too hard (and were maybe a little too drunk) to go very fast but we still climbed up.

The other reason I didn’t post my weigh in last week was because of my monthly visitor, I got it on Thursday and as is par for the course I gained 3 LBS in just 12 hours.  All water of course but I just didn’t want to step on the scale again until it was done.  It is a chicken’s way out but I don’t care.  I struggle every day with what I put in my mouth and how much, just like a recovering alcoholic I have to take it one day at a time.  I knew if I weighed in on Friday it would knock me right off the wagon,  to be honest I was kinda hanging half way off anyway.  So even though I knew where the weight gain was coming from, I decided to take a break from it last Friday and not deal.

We had a great weekend, I just love Breckenridge so much!  I got right back on track Sunday and got in a ton of exercise this week.  I wish the weight loss was more but I am just thrilled that I lost at all, so yay me!

The hike we are doing tomorrow is one that has thwarted us in the past and may do so again tomorrow.  It is a high one at over 11,000 feet and really long and we have had weather all week with rain storms for us with snow/slush above 8000 feet so it doesn’t matter where we go as all of our options will be tricky.  It is likely we will not make it to the top but there is a small chance we might and so we are going to try it again.  Plus our past couple of hikes have been just below 10,000 and I think the altitude won’t be as much of problem as it was last time.

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 4/19/13 -.6, 51.6 lbs lost 38.4 lbs to go

19 Apr

I think so many people are just confused and a little lost this week after so much tragedy, I know I am.  I found myself tied to the tv awaiting the  details of the bombing and then details of the horrible explosion in Texas.  As I watched all the horror, I think like everyone else, I was so touched by those who stepped up and helped.

Needless to say my weight problem was not at the forefront of my thoughts every day.  I am of course really glad I lost this week and staying on track was as tough as always.

I am looking forward to our hike tomorrow if for nothing more than enjoying the sights and remembering that there are lots of good out there to counter the bad.

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….

Weigh in Day 4/5/13 -.6, 50.2 LBS down, 39.8 LBS to go

5 Apr

A .6lb loss is not monumental but it is just enough to get me over 50LBS lost!!!!!  It is a great milestone to hit and I have been bouncing around on my toes all day telling anyone who will listen, well maybe just those who know that I am working on it because it would be weird to tell strangers that.  I am sure that is considered over-sharing…..

I also had an intervention from my friends and coworkers this week.  The lovely ladies I walk with and work with everyday told me I couldn’t wear my pants any more, they are just too big.  I have to admit I have not bought all that many new clothes mostly because I don’t want to invest any money yet, knowing that I would still  lose more.  I guess I will have to drop a few dollars to get some things to hold me over to more weight loss.  What a wonderful problem to have.

I would like to say tomorrow we are doing a new hike, but we aren’t mostly because the time of year is awkward.  Melting snow, lots of wind and random rain/snow makes planning higher altitude hikes a little tough.  But we need to get higher now and so I am picking higher altitude hikes we have already done since the familiarity  will help us when the ice and/or snow comes into play. Tomorrow will be a repeater but I have found a way to make it over 12 miles with lots of altitude gain and loss. We should have picked up snow shoes before they were mostly gone but we didn’t so all we can rely on are our crampons.  We will not make the same mistake next winter/spring!

2001 me

2001 me

The above picture is just more motivation for me to stay on track and keep me honest.  This is me 12 years ago right around my goal weight, actually a little more.  I had just done the Avon 3 day walk for breast cancer the weekend before, which was a 60 mile walk in 3 days from Kenosha Wisconsin to Chicago.   As a resting weekend we went camping in Michigan and hiked all around and along Lake Michigan all day long, we are getting back to that place again where a resting weekend means a day of hiking it feels great!  Now if only I could exercise myself into better hair…..

I hope your weekend is great!

Weigh in Day 3/29/13 -1lb, 49.6 lbs down 40.4 lbs to go

29 Mar

FINALLY!!!!! I am covering new ground this week and seeing a new number for the first time in like 7-8-ish years.  I cannot tell you how happy I was when I looked at the scale this morning and saw this new number it made my hard work this week extra worth it.

It was also a relief as all week I had been kinda down on myself for not making any real progress for the past 3+  months.  Not hiking this weekend really threw off my whole psyche in that suddenly it seemed really easy to give up if I didn’t see some progress.  But instead of just laying down and giving up, I fought my habit of throwing in the towel by getting in lots of extra exercise.  I got in my Elliptical every morning, my walks at lunch and then in the evening Aaron and I stuck with weights and a walk before dinner 3 of the 4 nights.  There was one day where I actually ended up moving 14 miles in a single day according to my fitbit, I was pretty impressed with myself on that day.  My legs are thanking me for the rest I am giving them today.

This week’s real battle was in my head though, the feeling of loss of drive and determination was almost more than I could handle.  We have been so good about getting out every weekend and hiking, then suddenly I could see us skipping more and more weekends and then what is the reason for any of it?  Let’s just give into the frito-lay demon on my shoulder begging me to buy more cheetos…..

In the end I didn’t give up or give in, I pushed through it all, threw myself one pity party and then moved on.

We are hiking tomorrow no matter what even if I have to drive to a trail head tonight and sleep in the car to make sure it happens, I cannot afford another week of “Why?”.  We aren’t supposed to have bad weather tomorrow maybe just some rain, but I think it is looking less and less likely.  We are doing a repeater hike even though I have 3 new hikes I am anxious to get out on, with all the snow last weekend and the slow warm up this week I don’t want to risk injury right now because a trail in transition.

Hope you all get out on a trail near you soon, it really helps change your perspective!

Weigh in Day 3/22/13 No change 48.6lbs down, 41.4lbs left to go

22 Mar

I just realized that I have not posted a weigh in lately….  well maybe I didn’t just realize it but I didn’t feel like lamenting about my yo-yoing again before now.

With my nieces here, we ate like crazy and then we cooked and baked like crazy, which meant more eating and not enough exercising.  We had an insane amount of fun though so I don’t regret anything we did or how we did it.  The next time they come we will do more hikes like they suggested so that it balances out better.   Either way, it took me 2 weeks to get back to where I was before they arrived.

The next couple of months  have no trips or visits in them(yet) just lots of hiking and exercising.  I am really optimistic that I will be breaking through my plateau soon.

I think we will be able to get our first 14er( mountain over 14000ft above sea level) done in July unless of course this crazy weather continues.  Which I am absolutely not complaining about because we need the moisture so desperately but this weekend again (like the 4th weekend in a row) they are saying a huge snow storm starting tonight and rolling into tomorrow which is our hiking day.  Since we will never be able to predict the weather on high hikes as accurately as we would like, we have decided we are still going to hike tomorrow.  It will just be close to home and on a sure long trail that will hopefully be less impacted by the weather then if we tried the hike I had originally planned.