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Catching up – 2 posts in 1. Weigh in and my 8/17/13 hike

25 Aug


It has been a weird and crazy couple of weeks, as a result I have been very neglectful to my blog so I am going to catch it up with this combined post.

I have been fighting really hard to not give in to my bad eating habits and it paid off….I managed to take off the weight I gained back and so I am at 57.4 Lbs lost, 32.6 left to go. Yay! I just focused on working out and staying within my daily calorie allotment.

My hike last weekend ended up being a repeater. I woke up at 4AM with every intention of doing a new hike but just felt really off , like I am pretty sure I cannot do a 5-7 hour hike off, adding in 3 hours of travel time ( round trip) seemed near impossible. After my weight gain I didn’t want to not do anything either and since I was already up, I headed off to Deer Creek Canyon.  It is close to home and I knew that I could get a quick 8.6 miles in with a decent leg workout.

I will admit that I felt funky at the beginning of the hike but soon found my legs and really started moving. There is something about knowing your hike so intimately that makes it fly by and seem much easier than it used to feel.  Before I knew it I was on the final mile, which is completely downhill, and so I decided to jog it. I have started noticing that smaller steps feel much better on my tired feet when the end of a hike is near and  I am struggling with the downhill return, the only way to take smaller steps comfortably is to jog a little. Since I was feeling so good I thought I would test out how it would feel to jog for an extended period of time. It felt good and I was surprised at how far I made it. It kinda made me sit back and think hmmmm, I wonder what else I can do now that I could never even consider before.  I ended up finishing the hike in under 3 hours, a personal best for me.  Unfortunately the rest of the weekend was spent in bed feeling terrible.  I am so glad I got out when I could and I think it actually helped me get back to working out faster.  Monday morning’s workout was surprisingly good.

I did do a new hike this weekend and did some jogging again at the end, it felt great….I see a new me coming around the corner, one that might actually jog occasionally.  Who knew someone who hates jogging with a passion could find a way to like it through hiking?

Weight in day 2/1/13 +1.8LBs 43.6lbs lost 46.4LBs to go……

2 Feb

Yes its a weight gain and not all that great of a feeling but if I really thought it through, I am sure I lost around 5 lbs from my trip.  Which means I ate enough in a little over a week to put on almost 7 lbs…….. WOW!  Ok a good thing to know about my  vacation brain and eating habits.

I did it, its done and I am moving on.  Life is going to continue to happen and I need learn from my overindulgence  if this change is going to stick.

The past 7 days I have been working out like crazy, we are actually  close to our summer level of activity but no where the intensity.  Last Sunday we did 7 miles on the path behind our house.  I hit the Elliptical every morning before work for 50 minutes.  I took an almost 3 miles walk near work 4 times.  We got in 2 long walks in outside at night.   It feels so good to be moving at that rate I didn’t even realize I missed that tired muscle feeling for the past 5-6 weeks.  I think I like to work out which I kinda knew but if only I liked to eat crap less, I am working on it.

I have 5 weeks to bury my head and focus on exercise while tracking my calorie versus activity ratio, then my nieces are coming to visit me for their spring break.  I have a lot of activities planed, including 2-4 hikes for while they are here.  Aaron and I are like kids waiting for a Disney vacation counting down the days until they are here.  It is so much fun to have them here and to show them why I love it here so much ( and maybe trick them into moving here) instead of Chicago.

Now is a clean slate with everything to look forward to this summer.


Annual Girls trip January 2013

24 Jan

It feels like a long time since my last post and so soon after the holidays and my weight gain from that!  Every year I am lucky enough to have 4 wonderful friends I meet up with to celebrate our friendships and love for one another.  It is usually 4 days of laughing, drinking, shopping and eating with a little crying here and there, all in that order. This year because my friends from Chicago could get a better rate by leaving on Thursday, we made it an extra day long.

We were so excited about our planned trip with a hike on Saturday in the agenda, I figured I would have something to share with you all in the way of hiking.  Then we had reservations at a great restaurant in LA, again a great opportunity to share, but it was not in the cards.  Friday our hostess came down with the nasty flu that has been going around, we drugged her up and put her to bed hoping she would wake up feeling better.  However, since most of us had some form of the current funk going around, we all knew it was wishful thinking that she could do any of the stuff we had planned….sure enough she woke up feeling worse.  So we canceled our hike and our reservations because it wouldn’t be the same without her.

We winged our trip, which unfortunately involved more drinking and eating then normal with less  movement because we wanted to be home with our girlfriend.  She really rallied on Sunday but by then another girlfriend was starting to get to sick, I think you can see where this is going.  Again more eating and drinking with no movement.  It was a great trip as always, but man did I eat sooooooo painfully much!

Add onto the unplanned inactivity and overall consumption of bad food, the fact that I struggle for about a week when I come back to high altitude and well I am not weighing in this week.  I know I have gained weight so I am giving myself this next week to get back on track and I will be honest with you all next week when I do get back on the scale.  I should be able to get back to my old workout schedule by Saturday which I know will help me feel a ton better.

I have a low altitude but decent hike planned for this weekend, but I may hit an old standby since I was at sea level for almost a week.  I can’t wait to get back into everything at full speed I am not sick and I have no more trips planned for a long time!!!!

The reality of the scale +4.4LBs ….44LBS down 46 LBS to go…….

5 Jan

Sweet feast

Well now I know,  it takes just 19 days to gain back what it took a month to lose.   I will admit I ate more than I ever thought I would, the above picture is evidence of the sweet feast I created with my family on Christmas eve and mostly at my urging….. Man do I love to bake.  I just don’t do it very much because I love to eat what I bake too much, well that and anything Frito Lay.   After this feast of fresh-baked cookie awesomeness, I hopped a plane and headed back home but not to get back on the bandwagon.  In fact I knew that I just wanted to be on break until 1/1/13 but I wanted to keep active.  Unfortunately I wasn’t planning on getting so stinkin sick and so all my good “be active” plans went out the window, as the only time I have been out bed in the past week is to go to work.  When I stood on the scale this past Friday I was not shocked just surprisingly disappointed, but I did feel better in general noting I didn’t need any medicine just to get into the shower.

I had such high expectations that I would bound out of bed this morning, miraculously better after 6 solid days of head cold hell.   I am sure no one is surprised that I more crawled out and stared at my hiking outfit like,” please don’t judge me”.  The good thing is Aaron had no false illusions about what I could tackle today so when I charmingly said yeah I think I got 4-6 solid miles in me let’s hit Waterton Canyon, he coyly responded how about Cherry Creek State Park and let’s take it easy today.  This way we are close to home just in case and there are lots of easy paths to get your lungs back.   I was so not into this idea as it isn’t hiking to me, but he is too smart for his own good!  The first tiny,itsy bitsy incline just a 100 feet away from the car kicked my butt and I was coughing nonstop.  I don’t even want to talk about how slow I was walking and how I kept thinking it seemed like he was running….. less than 3 miles later I was climbing back into the car wondering how long I had to wait to get back into bed.

I know everyone and everything has been talking about how bad the cold and flu season is this year, but I seriously didn’t think it was as bad as what I have been living through for the past week.  And I am still not better!  For the next 6 days I am focusing on eating healthy and getting in as much exercise as this recovery will let me.   I am going to tentatively plan an easy hike for next weekend in hopes that I have finally stopped coughing by then.  I hope none of you are so unlucky as to get afflicted with this nastiness, suck down that vitamin C and wash those hands excessively!