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A Thanksgiving Hike – Roxborough State Park, hiked 11/28/13

16 Dec
View from Carpenters peak facing north

View from Carpenters peak facing north

Work has been so crazy and with such craziness means not going home to Chicago for Thanksgiving.  I also don’t get the Friday after Thanksgiving off so no crazy Thanksgiving party or over indulging for us!  I decided that a morning hike would make the day perfect with a nice dinner to follow.   I also thought something easier would allow us to hike twice over the fast approaching weekend.

View from Carpenters Peak facing West.

View from Carpenters Peak facing West.

With just one day off, I wanted to stay close to home so that I could relax and cook the rest of the day.  We also bought an annual state park pass a few days before and so wanted to start getting our moneys worth.  We went to Roxborough state Park and hit 2 trails, Caprenters peak ( Hike details here) and the South rim hike ( Hike Details here) to get a nice quick 8.7 mile hike.  We finished in just under 3 hours and were surprised at how many people had the same idea as us.  Leave it to Coloradans to make sure they keep Thanksgiving healthy!

The day was completely perfect with a little snow on the trail and the sun shining bright.  We were lucky enough to see these 3 beauties right on the side of the trail, it was pretty special!

3 deer just on the side of the trail.

3 deer just on the side of the trail.

I will never tire of this park, every time we are there regardless of the weather it is stunning!  This particular day was no different… if you haven’t found your way out there yet, check it out, totally worth the $7 day fee!

View from the South Rim Hike

View from the South Rim Hike

View From Carpenters Peak East.

View From Carpenters Peak East.

 

 

Weigh in day 11/30/12 +.8 = 46 LBS down 44LBS to go……

1 Dec

I was way too thankful last weekend, I mean WAY TOO!  I think the hardest reality was that I did so well until Thursday and then it was a nonstop eating marathon, like the flood gates had opened on all crappy for me food in ridiculous amounts.  All week I stressed about weighing in knowing it would be bad, and all week I fought with giving up.

I have spent 28 of my 38 years fighting with my weight and I think what I have learned is that yummy food happens and drinking a little too much ( or a lot too much) is fun.  The trick is not letting it get me off course and I almost let it happen again this week for like millionth time in the past 28 years.  I just have to focus on balance.

In an effort to remind myself that doing what I love takes a healthier, stronger me I picked a really hard hike for our weekly hike that I shouldn’t be able to do this time of year.  I had thought it would be a super physical challenge with really awesome views as a reward, plus if we failed it would remind me of what started me on this journey in the first place.  The other reason I picked it was our fall/winter has been insanely mild so far and I knew there was little or no snow yet on this particular trail, the lure of a super high goal and some great continental divide views was too much to pass up.

I am looking for more motivation…here is a picture from a hike I did when still in Illinois in 2000 at Starved Rock and close to my goal weight.

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