Day 295 (09.01.14) Anniversary

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 1,547 calories.  I hiked 4 miles today.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,690 calories.  
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,070

Today was a great day, I woke up super early and wasn’t hungover at all, which is typical for me, I’ve never really been hungover.  Holly and I drove back to St. Cloud so she could get to work, I got off work at the last minute which was nice.  I met up with my sister-in-law, Holly’s Aunt and two cousins to take one of her cousin’s senior pictures.  My sister-in-law was the photographer.  I walked almost 3 miles through a park carrying a chair this morning, it was a good workout.  My sister-in-law also got the scarf and boot toppers she ordered from me so more money in the A.T. fund! I had to go into work for a couple of hours this afternoon to cover sometime in-between shifts and to turn in some last minute end of the month information.  While I work I went for a mile hike with someone, I love getting paid to exercise, and that I get to motivate people to exercise.  After work I went and picked up Holly from her work and we celebrated our anniversary.  8 years ago today in her parents living room she kissed me for the first time.  Today is kind of a big deal for us, we started dating, got engaged, and got married twice on September 1st.  The last two years on today’s date we got married, the first time was a wedding with the people we love and the second time it was much smaller with the people we love and with a LEGAL marriage license, having your state recognize your marriage feels amazing by the way.  In comparison this year was really low key! I made dinner for the two of us and afterward Holly and I went to get ice cream.  Its a thing for us, dates aren’t real until we’ve had ice cream.  While at the store picking out ice cream my wife got me my anniversary present, 4 skeins of yarn and a pack of cherry fruit snacks, both things I think are amazing.  Funny story though, Holly and I have known each other for basically as long as I can remember.  One of my biggest memories from our childhood was her mom baby sitting me and Holly and her brother convinced me to steal our cherry fruit snacks from by the toaster in the kitchen and eat them early.  I did it, what can I say I was young and impressionable, I got caught, and I didn’t get my fruit snacks but Holly and her brother did.  I always laugh to myself when I see cherry fruit snacks because if we knew then where we would be now we probably wouldn’t have believed it.  Today was a great day I got to spend most of it with my beautiful wife.  With my 4 new skeins of yarn I plan on making a few projects in my knitting queue!  If your at all interested in any hand knit projects let me know, I’m selling my work to get me to the Appalachian Trail! 

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Day 294 (08.31.14) Anniversary Celebration Zero

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 0000 calories.  I didn’t workout at all today.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,984 calores.  Most of which were Vanilla Vodka.  
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,040

Today I made Holly breakfast in bed blueberry pancakes and hot chocolate for our Anniversary Eve, tomorrow Holly and I both work so we decided to kind of celebrate today.  We watched the movie Saving Mr. Banks and then got a call from our AMAZING friends Heidi and Nicole.  Today is there actual anniversary so we headed to their house to hang out with them.  Heidi made us t-bone steak, spinach with cheese, and caramelized onions.  It was amazing! We also played cards, I LOVE cards! Also any opportunity to hang out with Heidi and Nicole is always great.  I feel like I might have had a little to much to drink I know I for sure cried a little to much.  Heidi is my hero, she was the director of the LGBT Resource Center when I was in college and without Heidi I wouldn’t have graduated.  Without Heidi I wouldn’t be where I am today, I wouldn’t be hiking the A.T.  Heidi has many concerns about my safety of the A.T. and I will be addressing them in a later blog post, right now I don’t have time. 


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Day 293 (08.30.14) Happy Birthday Ashley!

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 624 calories.  I hiked 2.15 miles today.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,668 calores.  
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,040

Today is my sister Ashley’s birthday.  Ashley has been one of my biggest supporters from day one, often when I write about one of my sisters I’m writing about Ashley, she’s the one who tells me how it is. When I’m having a bad day and want to quit Ashley’s the one to kick me in the ass to keep going.  Holly and I headed to our home town today to get away from our apartment and to see my family.  On our way home we got a call inviting us to go to dinner at my parents so we went and had a great time.  We grilled over the fire and hiked a little.  Since I’ve been sick for the last few days I tried not to over do it.  I feel like I’ve been slacking but at the same time I know I need to take care of my body.  


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Day 292 (08.29.14) Sick

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 2,101 calories.  I went 4.7 miles on the elliptical, walked 1 mile on the treadmill, and lifted weights 
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,708 calores.  
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,040

I feel like all to often my blog titles are “Sick” I’ve always been a pretty sick and accident prone person from a very young age.  I woke up this morning with a tickle in my throat and by the time work was done I had a full head cold.  I’ve been gargling Thieves all day (yes I use Young Living Oils, mostly just thieves but I swear by it) Thieves once cured me of strep throat so I keep going back to it.  I went to the gym this morning and used the elliptical, treadmill, and weight machines, then made it through work before coming home and just crashing, I’m glad I went to the gym this morning because I slept from 5 P.M. to about 9 P.M. and I’m still tired so I’m headed back to bed, between the tooth ache that won’t be fix until after Sept 8th and the head cold I could sleep for the next week. I have the best wife ever, I’ve been miserable all day and she has been nothing but supportive and kind, I would have told me to shut up a while ago. 

Oh yeah I finally realized what my hair looks like, Garth from Wayne’s World only not a dramatic and I always have my hair in a ponytail so you can’t really tell. 

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Day 291 (08.28.14) Listening to My Body

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 1,267 calories.  I walked 1.4 miles on the treadmill, biked 2.5 miles and walked 1.58 miles around the mall.  
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,698 calores.  
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,040

Today I woke up early with the intention of hitting the gym, going to the post office, and then going on a long hike with my wife.  Instead I woke up extra tired and with cramps, Katey once said to me that we should get double credit for exercise when we have our periods, while I don’t know if that is true I do feel like some days I deserve candy just for functioning.  Normally I don’t complain about cramps because there is not much I can do about them.  I have polycystic ovaries which causes me to get my period quite irregularly it also contributes to the difficulty in losing weight.  When I do get my period it often comes with really bad cramps today was one of those really bad days.  Instead of hitting the gym I laid in bed with my amazing wife until 9 A.M. then we both got up and she read for class and I knitted.  I took Holly into class and then went to the post office to ship my first batch of scarves, I was going to go to the gym but still was in pain so I sat at home for about an hour before going to campus to pick up my wife, we were suppose to hike together but my body was screaming NO.  We ended up back at the apartment just hanging out.  At 2:30 I was finally feeling better so I headed down to the gym before work.  I was able to burn a few calories so that my day wasn’t a complete wash.  At work I got to work with someone I’ve known for over 5 years and she purchased a scarf from me, adding to my total or money saved and donated! To quote my wife “your going on the A.T.” apparently she just like me didn’t think it would be a reality until recently.  I am so grateful for all the financial support from my friends and family and that I have a skill that can translate into a little extra cash flow in the winter.  


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Day 290 (08.27.14) Weigh in Wednesday

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 1,980 calories.  I went 6.80 miles on the elliptical, walked 0.50 miles on the treadmill, and ran 0.50 miles.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed well over 2,000 calories… 
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,025

Today was weigh in day… it didn’t go well, I weighed in at 300.6 pounds.  I’ve gained 6 pounds since last week, I expected to gain due to the drinking I did for the last 2 days, chocolate cake, and being a woman.  I’ve been super emotional today so I decided to only eat cookies and ice cream today, not a great plan but I felt better even just for a moment.  I rarely let go like I did today, I always track my intake even when I know I’m going to go over, today I stopped at 7:30 P.M. and then ate an Uncrustable and string cheese.  I’m not proud of it but it happened and I’ll do better tomorrow.  I’ve been a little up and down lately so I saw today coming.  I decided I needed a change so I went and got my hair cut, the woman who cut it told me that it was going to be drastic and I was a little scared when she started but apparently not because I told my wife I was going to cut it but I didn’t tell her I actually did it, she did notice, so it can’t be that drastic.  I would post a picture but I need to wash my hair first.  The upshot of today was that sometimes it’s ok to let go but eating your feelings is only a temporary fix sometimes it takes more than that (hair cutting almost always works)

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Day 289 (08.26.14) Inspiration Peak

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 1,605 calories.  I hiked Inspiration Peak and then hiked 2.5 miles with my pack. 
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,678 calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$970.00

Yesterday Trevor and I were up until after 4 AM playing cards and we agreed to get up at noon to go hike Inspiration Peak the highest peak in Minnesota.  We headed out around 1 P.M. and drove the 30 minutes to the parking lot and began our hike, this wasn’t what I was expecting, it was a high incline but it didn’t last very long.  After our hike we headed back to Trevor’s grandma’s house and ate lunch and packed to head home.  As much as I LOVE being at Grandma’s I love coming home to my things and my wife.  I went to campus and hiked 2.5 miles with my pack before picking Holly up from class and going grocery shopping.  I got the packing materials to send out the scarves I’ve made to people so far! I’m excited to be home and going back to work tomorrow and getting my routine in order.  

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