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Weigh in day 9/13/13 -.2 lbs, 58.8lbs down 31.2 lbs to go

14 Sep

I am once again thrilled with this weigh in….not because I lost a stellar amount of weight but because I got my monthly visitor on Thursday which means that despite the typical weight gain( usually 2+lbs) with my monthly visitor I still managed to drop a very little bit of weight.   A great accomplishment for me.

I was so torn this week, I mean seriously it was super tough.  Not only were we in one of the hard hit areas for flash flooding with biblical amounts of rain( weather persons assessment not mine), a lot of our favorite hikes and the routes to get to them were destroyed…..  not to mention all the people lucky enough to live in those areas struggling to make it out of them.

I am glad to say we are safe and have lost nothing but I am so sad for what everyone in Boulder, the Northwest Front range and all those beautiful mountain towns for what they lost.  Every time I saw a favorite spot destroyed I cried more.

I am lucky enough to live here in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, but it is also one of the most fragile parts and it is the front line of global warming.

I better get my butt in gear and start seeing as much as I can!




Weigh in Day 9/6/13 -1.2 lbs, 58.6 lbs down 31.4lbs to go

7 Sep

I am both surprised and thrilled with this loss… the week was surprisingly hard but I think that the extra hike on Monday really helped me balance all the weirdness that happened throughout the rest of the week.  Tuesday Morning I couldn’t get up early and work out, not for lack of desire but I slept through my alarm and then on Wednesday our power went out in the middle of the night lasting most of the day so no workout in the morning again then I ate something bad for lunch which landed me in bed the rest of the evening.  Finally Thursday, I had to get up super early for an appointment and so my elliptical waited until after work.  I stayed on track with calories in and getting in my other workouts but I know the hike on Monday made all the difference!  It makes me wish I lived just a little closer to some of my favorite hikes to do after work during the week.  Ahh well maybe one day!

I can tell my love of hiking is not lessening but in fact growing into a lifetime of activity, it will be part of my future planning for sure!  Plus look where I live, talk about inspiring!

Weigh in Day 8/30/13 – No Change

31 Aug

I guess after losing that weight I gained back, I can’t be too surprised by not losing anything this week.  I am also not all that concerned, it was a crazy week at work and I am just glad I didn’t eat my stress which I normally would do.  I kept to working out on my normal schedule and just dealt with it all.   That in itself is a huge win and so I continue on.

More importantly we had a great hike today and with the long weekend I am planning a second hike…likely a repeater but there is something about being able to get out twice in the course of a weekend that always makes me feel good.   We also met the nicest people at the summit, best part about starting early the huge hike lovers are always out and this couple had so many good suggestions!  I was a huge dork putting everything they suggested into my iPhone for our future.  Honestly, they have been doing what we are doing for almost 15 years and I completely decided I want to be where they are in 5 years.  It was just exciting talking to them and learning about all they have done and how they have done it!  Great people to meet as things start to cool off.

I am also starting to realize that I may not meet my goal of losing 90 lbs by my 40th birthday, at least not at the rate I am going.  I know I could do a more drastic approach but the more I think about it, the  more I realize I am ok with progress this far.  It took me 10 years to put this weight on and while I would love to be a size 12 tomorrow, I am actually fine with how I am losing the weight.  Right now the most important part is that this has really started feeling like a lifestyle and not a diet.  I feel like I could live this way…..

Can’t wait to get all the hike details together to share with you all…. it was such a great day!!!!

Happy Hiking!!!

Weigh in day 7/26/13 +.6, 56.8lbs down 33.2 left to go

26 Jul

This small gain is not a surprise to me and I am not overly concerned about it.  With my inability to exercise for almost two weeks and break from counting calories last week, I am surprised it wasn’t more.  I will take this little gift and turn it into a challenge for my weigh in next week.

I do have to say I am pretty excited about my hikes this weekend, neither is very long and there isn’t a ton of elevation gain but they are both brand new hikes with some of my favorite people in the world!  I get Aaron back tomorrow and on Sunday all my favorite Colorado girlfriends!  It will be a perfect weekend!

The other thing I am getting really excited about is I am just 13 lbs away from my wedding weight!!!  Below is one of my favorite pictures from that day….we eloped…in Vegas…no one knew until we got back….And yes I did get a full-fledged wedding dress and made Aaron wear a tux even though we eloped totally in secret.  I mean look how handsome he is in a tux I was not passing up that opportunity!

July 2004

July 2004



Healing Hike – Deer Creek Canyon, my home away from home 7/20/13

23 Jul
Best view of the day

Best view of the day

I have learned so many big lessons these past 2 weeks, most I don’t ever want to talk about.  The big word I want to focus on is I LEARNED a lot last week…. outside of those things I never want to talk about here, I did learn that while Aaron and I can sit through 3-5 hours of tattooing that doesn’t mean we should.  Healing has been difficult to say the least, and I think this is the first time we have experienced the challenge of healing for a type 1 diabetic.

I had hoped I could start exercising sooner, but so slowly my leg felt better and I could finally start doing walks again last Wednesday almost 2 full weeks after getting my tattoo.  It was strange feeling stuck and not liking it.  I couldn’t sleep well, I stopped tracking calories and then I had a lot of “OTHER” issues to contemplate.  It was a super tough-struggle-to-deal-with-it week….in the end I decided I needed a week break from my new lifestyle.  I get that I shouldn’t ever do this nor should I ever find reasons to make a break OK but last week I needed it and I am washing away my guilt right or wrong.

As I started walking and stretching for the first time in almost 2 weeks it felt sooooo GOOD.  Aaron was not at the same healing place I was but I needed to move forward to get out of my head and house.  We talked about what I could do and decided that Deer Creek Canyon(Hike Details Here) was my best option for a quick centering hike to get me back on track but not too tough for my almost healed tattoo.

I was resigned to hiking alone which is not ideal, but I needed centering so I was ready to find my purpose stick in my head phones and sweat it out.

Strangely  coincidental, I have a good solid group of people I walk with at work every week day and each week I talk about what our hiking plans are then how the hike went.  My walking buddy and friend Lisa asked about my plans and when I said what I was doing she asked if she could join me.  It was perfect!  There is nothing like converting someone  to love hiking to help me get back on track.

Lisa was a super trooper, she is incredibly active but not hiking a couple of mountains active.  Nothing like jumping in and taking on 6+miles with 1300 feet of elevation for her first hike with me.  I was so impressed, she kept a great attitude kept moving and celebrated a little when we started heading down.

The hike and Lisa were exactly what I needed to get me focused on where I want to go.  She loved the hike and helped me remember all that I had accomplished over the past 17 months.  It was great and motivating and lifted me back up to where I needed to be.

This Monday I was back on the plan, exercising counting calories and picking our next hikes. We will be doing an easier hike this weekend because of our unplanned break and Aaron’s still healing tattoo but  its a new one that I have wanted to do for a while.  I will also be doing my monthly girls hike, which is another new one and I got Lisa to sign up for another hike with me…pretty excited about that!


Weigh in Day 6/28/13 -1.8lbs, 57lbs down 33 to go.

30 Jun

I am THRILLED.  I was just hoping for a maintain but to get this type of loss, well I can say it was so much more than I could have imagined.

As it is probably obvious, I am late in posting my weigh in and that’s because we are on vacation.  This is our favorite week of every year, because it was this week 15 years ago Aaron and I met so we celebrate it in fun ways every year.  But as a junk food addict, I look forward to trips in general as a break from the healthy lifestyle I am trying to achieve, you know a VACATION from everything.  In the past this break has bled into the week before the vacation and the week after.  Which is why losing 1.8 pounds the week before our vacation is such a huge win for me!

Another big win, this is our first aggressively active vacation.  We started it out with a beautiful hike yesterday en route to our condo for the next week, have our 1st 14er ( mountain over 14,000 feet high) planned in the next few days as well as 3-4 other hikes planned.  Where we are staying has a beautiful gym overlooking the most inspiring set of mountains and we intend to use it.

Aaron has always been really healthy and fit, at every other vacation when he suggested healthy options I would fight it and typically win out.   Last week was no different while we were working out he said we should lift weights in addition to hiking to help stay on track.  My angry vacation monster was like WTF hiking is not enough???  But he is totally right and instead of snapping at him I bit my tongue and thought hard about what he was suggesting.  How difficult would it be to dedicate an hour each day to lifting weights?  It would allow me a certain freedom in terms of enjoying other aspects of vacation like eating and drinking, with out the typical weight gain.  But most importantly it would help cement my healthier life style transition.  Healthy people never take vacations from exercising, they work it into what ever they are doing on their vacation( at least that is what I have read).  I want to be a healthy person so that is what we are doing!

We got one new hike under our belts yesterday and it was another with intense mind-blowing views, man I so love Colorado.  I can’t wait to tell you about it and the other 3-4 we have planned, but it will take me a little bit so please bear with me.

Have a wonderful 4th of July week!

These perfect Columbines are part of the landscaping at where we are staying.

These perfect Columbines are part of the landscaping at where we are staying.

Weigh in Day 6/21/13 -1lb, 55.2 lbs down- 34.8 left to go

21 Jun

I was pretty thrilled with my loss this week especially since I was so sore from Saturday’s hike that I was essentially a slug on Sunday.

This has been a transformative week for me as our hike this past weekend really made me break through a wall I have let creep up over time.  The “I can’t do that” wall.   I can’t really pinpoint how the foundation started, but then again I never notice it until it is a couple of stories higher either,  suddenly anything that looks too hard is automatically an I can’t response.   This weekend we did a summit climb that was a million I cants the entire way up and down but I did it all, feeling a million times better for it!

It has changed my whole attitude this week and while I would love to lose this weight faster, I am perfectly content that I am in fact still losing weight.  It took me years to do this to myself, it’s going to take some time to fix it.

We have a good hike planned for tomorrow, part of it is a repeater while adding on additional peaks, mileage and altitude gain to our original attempt.   I am both nervous and crazy excited, as I often am on the eve of our hike!

I am leaving you with a cute picture of 2 of our cats I caught snuggling earlier this week.

There is nothing to see here, please move a long.

There is nothing to see here, please move a long.


Weigh in day 6/14/13 No Change….

15 Jun

I am OK with this no change.  It was a tough week in terms of staying on track so in and of itself, not gaining is a win.

Colorado has again been racked by wildfires and the devastation is staggering.  There is so much beauty here and seeing it lost in a matter of days is hard, it was hard for me to focus on our next hike or my diet thin king about all those who lost everything and all that was lost to us as a result.  I decided that my only goal this week was a no change.

Our hike today was AMAZING!!!!  It was also way harder than we thought it would be, well then I thought it would be since I do all the hike research and choosing.  I can’t wait to tell you all about it, but it was so taxing that we have decided that it will not be a 2 hike weekend after all.  Well the hike today and the fact that I barely slept all week due to the fall injuries from last weekend.

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.