Hiking and a New Routine

September 1, 2010

I am behind on blogging.  I will try to catch up.

Last Saturday I went hiking at a local college.  They have a cross-country trail.  It was amazing.  So many options, so many hills.  Crazy but I was told this was harder than “my road.”  I think it was a challenge but not as hard as my road.  I am going back this Saturday and I will re-evaluate.  It has been years since I have been on the Braille trail and would like to incorporate that into our hike.  A slight detour would be great.  I have to take my tiny camera and try to get a few shots.  We ended up hiking/walking about two miles.  Not much.  I still had some energy but my partner was ready to stop.  I have discovered the key to hills.  If you take them slow, you can make it WITHOUT stopping which is a better option. Stopping makes the legs cry.  My heart rate never got high on this high.  I struggled a bit, but not really.  I never felt like I could not breathe and was going to die like my road.  HA.  Let us see what happens this Saturday.

My garden is winding down and I think I am almost ready to dump the whole thing and add more soil and nutrients and start fresh with winter crops.  I have pumpkin planted on the netting but the first fruit is green and almost looks like a melon.  Maybe the plant was mistaken marked wrong.  Time will tell. Right now, it is only about five inches around.

This weekend I have to re-evaluate my workout program.  I want to incorporate my step.  I need to keep my Bowflex for my upper extremity injuries and to keep my strength up.  I want to delve in the Big Book of Exercises and change it up a bit.  I am ready for a change of routine.  Any fun things to do?

I added a few new pictures of Brooklyn’s friends and the new hiking trail I am experimenting with. Be sure to check it out.


July 24, 2010

I went hiking today. I made it past the County line. My upper stomach was bloated and hard. My fingertips got blue. I felt like crap. I could not force myself to go to the top. Mad at myself.

I did some research and my blood sugar was low. It has been a long time since I had a reaction and first time like this. I know I had a week with my mom eating crap and a week of not hungry and not eating well at all. I think this all added up to a too strenuous hike. I was not fueling my body properly, especially for this grueling climb in the heat. Lesson learned.

I know better, I know better!

This once again proves you have to eat clean!!!! To live a good live you have to eat clean and take care of your body. I wasted a whole day. I did not even feel well enough to work. I ate all day long trying to get my body bad to feeling good. Finally at about 10 p.m. I had energy, felt hydrated and was raring to go. I headed to bed. Thankfully, my job allows me to work the weekends.

This morning I feel great. I made my normal breakfast and plan on conquering this week with gusto. I will fuel properly and conquer the mountain on Friday. I cannot believe how stupid I was to back slide and ruin all the work I have done. I am hoping this well will shape me up and get me back on track.

After researching, here is what I learned…

I am supposed to eat breakfast 2-3 hours before a hike. (Hiking at 8:00 requires a normal last minute wake up call of 6:30. If I plan to eat 2-3 hours before a wake up call would be 4:30-5:30. Yikes! Not gonna happen.) Okay, I will just eat a great breakfast as early as I can. The Meal Replacement Protein Product is not an option before hiking.

For dinner the night before, they recommended spaghetti with a sauce with mushrooms and a sprinkling of cheese. Add a few pieces of bread and Bingo; you should be ready for a hike the next day.

Of course, another option for dinner is a great steak, potatoes and a side of vegetables.

Either one is doable.

Funny, I found a forum and they recommended going to McDonald’s for breakfast…Yikes. Are they kidding me?

I am struggling with dehydration and drink and drink. Once again, this I am sure is from my lack of clean eating. In addition, I am starving and never full. Again, a sign of crappy eating and not eating at all.

Life is one big learning event.

All not eating does is make you fat!!! All not eating does is make you weak. All not eating does is give you lack of energy. All not eating does is give you a big ole pimple on your chin… Well, I cannot blame that one on not eating.

Suggestions? Recommendations? How do you fuel yourself for a grueling uphill hike?

Off to work I go. 

Blogging, Canning and Stuff

July 22, 2010

I watched the news and saw a segment on Food Bloggers/Dieters.  They show how to take pictures and make the food look great.  This rolls over to Dieters.  The better your food looks the more enjoyment you get.  One hint they used was to use your best china.  Why wait.  Make your eating enjoyment memorable.  The best hint was to use cloth napkins.  Makes your meal feel more elegant.  These are such simple things you can do.

I know I have many smaller plates I use for my meals.  I can fill the plates up but keep the portions down low.  I buy beautiful plates one at a time.

I know I am supposed to just sit and eat but I always have the TV on or I am reading a book.  Multitasking.  They say this is bad. You need to sit and enjoy the foot one bite at a time and let your stomach come up to your brain.  I feel like it wastes time.  How about you?  Do you multitask while eating?

I am delving into canning and reading up on it.  I need a pressure canner.  Well, not in the budget.  I do have a pressure cooker.  I found the instruction book and was so excited to see I have a pressure cooker/canner.  Yahoo.  It is small and will only do four pint or half pint jars at a time, but that works for me.

I see all the jams use so much sugar.  I need to find a recipe with less sugar without compromising the taste and texture.  Does anyone out there do any canning?

In two days, I will be hitting my road again with my new friend. She has not been very successful, nor have I.  We have agreed to get to the top, or the very least to the bottom of the last really tough hill.  If we have to take a rest to get there, we will.  I have done it before and I am so much stronger now.  I can walk half way up the hill without stopping and my breathing is not horrible.  It is my noodle legs that stop me.

It is time to get back on the Bowflex, which I have stopped using.  I am seriously paying for it now.  The 52DC keeps me on track and I have gotten lazy and not working out very hard.  I bought a step and have not even used it once.  I was so gung ho and just have shoved everything off.  I am struggling getting out of bed.  I need BBM to give me a strong lecture or even Lazydays to boom at me.  LOL

Okay, I must get to work.  I think putting this in words for all to see will help motivate me to get out of bed and get moving.

Hiking Bomb

July 16, 2010

I went hiking again today.  The woman I hike with could not make it up more than 1/3 of the way not even to the top of the first tough hill.  We had to turn around and go back down.  He walked to the closed park so I could show her and she was done.  We only walked 35 minutes and just a mere mile. Yikes. Not good, not good at all.  It was so humid and hot.  My pants were sticking to me.  Next week I asked her if she would rather walk around the lake.  It is flat but I hope we can get in 2-3 miles.  This girl was so strong.  I felt bad the first two times just trying to keep up with her.  Strange, very strange.  Even more strange, our hands turned blotchy red/purple and swelled up like there was no tomorrow.

Next week will be our last Friday walk.  She said her old friend wants to walk again and they walk at the college.  She said the hills at the college were harder than my road.  Strange, she can do that but not my road.  They walk on Saturday and Sunday.  I will have to see if I can fit it into my schedule.

My garden is growing like crazy.  I will try to take some pictures of my huge, huge produce.

For now, it has been a long tiring day and I am tired so that is it for now.

My Road and Stuff

July 11, 2010

Another interesting hike up the mountain.  The woman I walk with hurt her knee so we did not make it to high up.  I will say I am NOT stopping and my breathing is so much better. My heart rate is down significantly.  The only problem I have is my knees/legs feel like jelly and I feel like I cannot go up one more foot.  Nevertheless, I do…I push myself to not stop.

I hope that she will be better next week and we can make it to the top.  We only have three more Friday’s and I wanted to make it to the top at least twice.

Eating had been bad, very bad.  I had a week’s vacation and my mom found out so she has been spending a lot of time here and you all know she is a fast food junkie.  I know, I know, I should say no.   Tomorrow I am back on my clean eating.  I will be having a long talk with my mom tonight and explaining why she cannot bring me junk food and why she cannot expect me to compromise my values by taking her to get junk food.  Seems fair.

My garden is thriving.  Lots of zucchini and not my cucumbers are coming in strong.  The lettuce failed.  I think it is just too hot.  I keep planting seed and do not see any growth.  I finally figured it out…birds…. They are EATING my seeds.  Off to find a screen to come the garden until the seeds burst up with greenery.

This week I will have Brooklyn and plan to take advantage.  I think a neighborhood walk daily, a walk around the lake and a walk on the outside of the road is in order.  I think that aught to get me back in shape fast.  It will also help me with my endurance up the road also.

I did purchase the step but the DVD is for intermediate and I just cannot follow or keep up.  I am requesting suggestions for a beginner DVD or some written choreography.  Any body?

That is it for now.  Today is just a plain out lazy day.  I am in the mood to just blow the day away.

The 52DC is winding down. It was nice to see how well everyone did again.  I did not miss the daily posting.  I think I was a little burnt out on that.  I miss the accountability and the encouragement though.  I am not ready to do the next one either.  I need to concentrate on things around her for a bit before making a commitment.

Have a great week everyone.

How Fast We Get Out Of Shape!

July 3, 2010

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!


May 14, 2010

Hi everyone. Just wanted to pop in and update on how things are going. I am excited. This workout I am doing if fantastic. I have so much energy. I think now I want to work on my cardio. How long and how fast do you think one should walk to build it up? I need to get on my mountain. Anyone want to walk with me. It is a mile of up and down to the top and a mile of up and down back down. It sure can get your heart rate up. I was doing quite well until my cousin bailed on me. I was able to make it three quarters of the way up without resting. I think my mind made me stop. I knew the last hill was a killer and I had better rest (on my favorite rock) while I could. There are not many places to sit and rest. On the way down, none stop. If it was not for the secluded location and the wild animals (I have never see one, just evidence that they had been there during the night.) I would walk alone.

This weekend I am freeeeee. I think I will install some new software, get my Neat Receipts upgrade in, and bring my files up-to-date.

How about you? What are your plans?

Have a great weekend everyone.