How Fast We Get Out Of Shape!

It has been awhile since I popped in. I have been working hard. I am so strong now and I can accomplish so much. I am taking advantage of my desire to work this hard. My yard looks awesome. My house is coming along.

Now for the good stuff. Those of you who have followed me know I lost my hiking friend and have not walked on my road since last year. Well, I found a potential new walking friend. We started out at the park and hit the road with intentions of just going up a tiny bit. OMG, it killed me. I had to stop. My lungs were going to burst and my knees said…STOP.

Two weeks later, we walked again. I felt like I gave up on the first walk and did not push myself hard enough so this time I said I have to drop dead before I stop. I did really well. We went up about 1/2 mile up the road. I tell you on the way back I was cursing the girl I am walking with. I did not think I would make it. However, we did. Two miles and my legs were jelly.

This girl is amazing. She is the pusher and she really pushes me beyond my limits. This is so much different from my last partner. This is a good thing. I aught to get back in shape quickly.

The problem I have is I was wiped out and could not function the rest of the day. On coming home my face was beat read. I really think I overdid it and was a tad or more dehydrated.

I am going to walk one more time and let her push me beyond my limits and see if I have the same results. I feel like I wasted the weekend just doing nothing of significance.

However, I am sure, if we continue to walk, I will beat this mountain one more time. My ultimate goal is to walk to the top without stopping.

My new walking partner and I got together again. This time I asked her to park by the road. I was afraid of what happened last week. This week was much better. I was strong and pushed myself. I made it to the county line WITHOUT stopping once. I was so proud of myself. It is amazing how well one can do with the right person motivating you. This girl is a lot lighter and a lot stronger than I am and she pushes me to the max. This is amazing. After we came down off the mountain, I felt tired but great so we walked around the complex for another 1/2 mile or so. I was able to rule some errands and I felt amazing all day.

Next week, my goal is to continue working on getting to the top without stopping. I only have three more weeks to do this as my walking partner has her work hours changing.

I have a tad bit of vacation time and hope to get my office finalized. I am going to take advantage, get out every day for a walk around the lake, and work on a hill I found to prepare me for my next walk/hike with my new friend.

My garden is amazing… Does anyone need zucchini? Bell peppers? Lettuce? I have an abundance. NO tomatoes yet. Not sure why. The grasshoppers ate my mint. You now mint that is aggressive and takes over everything. Yep, unless a grasshopper hops in for a meal.

I just baked some zucchini cookies without the chocolate chips. They were as good as I remember. I need to tweak the recipe a bit more before posting. These cookies flattened out and are not a strong cookie but taste great. They still have too much sugar in them. Next time I will cut the sugar even more and maybe put in some raisins or cranberries. Maybe some blueberries.

That is it for now. I have been keeping up with everyone and I love how hard you are all working.

Happy Fourth of July!

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