Days 314 and 315 (09.20.14-09.21.14) Pride Double Zero

Day 314: Today was a great day!! On Thursday Katey’s butch texted me to get my assistance withe proposing to Katey!!!  I’m so fricken excited! So this morning at 10:30A Katey was presented with a bouquet of flowers from Holly and I with a card saying “turn around” on it, behind her (butch name) got down on one knee and proposed! Of course Katey said YES!! I’m so happy for both of them! After the amazing proposal we went to Pride in the Park, we walked around the park once and it was ok then we watched the St. Cloud State University Drag Troupe, amazing as usual, Holly is an amazing performer and super hot if I do say so myself!  I delivered a few items and was able to sell an extra scarf today for a total of $60 sold today! After the park we went home had a few drinks and took a cab downtown for the drag show.  That show was good the best part being one Trixie Del Mar, I love her! After that we went out to a few bars with some great friends it was a blast!

 

Day 315: Woke up this morning to Trevor and Allie leaving (I was sad but Allie had a paper to write so they had to get home :() After that Holly, (butch name), Katey, and I watched Blind Side and then went to Olive Garden and Target together to eat and pick up a few things.  I spent all evening rolling up yarn balls, Kira’s mom gave me a giant bag of yarn that needed to be balled (do this by hand I really don’t like the machine ballers) I still haven’t finished it the goal is to finish it tomorrow after work and then organize my yarn collection by color (I’m a geek like that) I love getting people’s yarn it’s always interesting to see what you will get!

In the last two days I have counted about half of the calories that I have consumed so I didn’t bother to put them on here for the weekend!

 

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Day 313 (09.19.14) Hanging with my Brother

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 2,592 calories.  I walked 0.75 miles, went 1.4 miles on the elliptical, walked 2.5 miles on the treadmill, and bowled for 2 hours.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,810 calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,110

I got up early this morning and walked 0.75 miles to the gym, went 1.40 miles on the elliptical, and walked 2.5 miles on the treadmill.  I also spent some time lifting weights.  I worked and then right after work I my brother and his girlfriend picked me up and we went to the movies and then to campus for some free pool, ping pong, and bowling.  It was a great night! I did over eat my calories a little today but tried to work it off in advance.

 

As always to donate to my hike and get your own hand knitted goods go to:

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Day 312 (09.18.14) Shoes for the Win

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 1,106 calories.  I walked 1.70 miles on the treadmill, biked 2.50 miles, and walked 0.81 miles outside.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 2,000 calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,110

I spent most of the day knitting today then my wife and I went to the gym for a bit before work.  I think that I’ve found the perfect no more toe shoes solution, Holly suggested it so she gets full credit, toe socks!! Not the thick super bright kind but instead the ones I use as liners in my hiking boots, freaking genius! They are higher up so no more blisters on the back of my heal and my toes are happy and separate!  Also I’m really enjoying the extra speed for so long I’ve been saying that I don’t care that I’m slow and its fine but really it kind of sucked, I had no idea that having shoes with padding would make me fast!! I have been so slow for so long that I didn’t even think that my shoes would make a difference!  Toe shoes saved me after breaking my ankle and I will forever be thankful but I’m glad I have rediscovered regular shoes.  I am thinking about upping my calorie in take from 1,500 to 2,000 calories, I find myself feeling truly hungry more often these days, but then again I think maybe eating better foods would help.  So maybe the better option is more veggies and fruit and less crap, I know that my sister has been telling me this for a while now but I think it might have finally sunk in.  More food same calorie goal is the plan.  It’s something I have been very hesitant to do because I fear that if I try to eliminate bad foods I will find myself slipping more, we will see how it goes.

As always to donate to my hike and get your own hand knitted goods go to:

http://www.gofundme.com/hikingtohealthyontheAT

You can always contact me to discuss a project and talk about pricing for something specific.

Day 311 (09.17.14) Weigh in Day

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 1,468 calories.  I walked 2.5 miles on the treadmill, biked 2.5 miles, and went 1 mile on the elliptical.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,900calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,110

I got up early this morning worked out for a bit and then went to weigh in, after I worked out a little more.  I worked 11 hours today and managed to knit two beards and a scarf.  Over all a pretty productive day if I do say so myself! I have lost 1.2 pounds since my last weigh in which is good still not quite past this up and down plateau I’ve been hanging out on since June but I’m getting there.  I’m super excited for everything to come in the next few months, Pride in the Park is this weekend, I’m going camping with my three best friends the weekend after that, and the first two weeks of October promise to be great! Then fast forward a few weeks to Mary Lambert, Thanksgiving, and my birthday!!!  Looking at that time scale I feel like we will be on the A.T. in no time flat, I’m excited and super nervous about the money aspect of things.  I have 2 knitting projects that I’m working on and few done that I haven’t been paid for/haven’t delivered yet.  I’ve been trying to figure out if there is anything I own that I could sell to help with the money but I don’t have anything that’s worth anything to anyone but me.  If your interested in contributing to my dream please click the link below and donate or share it!!

I wasn’t feeling blogging today so I let my wife write part of my blog, Holly: “I came home to make my wife supper cause she is amazing and I love her. I made her fried rice and pot stickers and saved some for lunch tomorrow. she is currently writing my blog for me and I have no idea what i am doing :) I can say that i am proud of my wife for doing this I will miss her terrible when she goes to hike but i am willing to help her achieve her dream any way I can.”

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As always to donate to my hike and get your own hand knitted goods go to:

http://www.gofundme.com/hikingtohealthyontheAT

You can always contact me to discuss a project and talk about pricing for something specific.

Day 310 (09.16.14) Feeling Speedy

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 1,132 calories.  I hiked 3.25 miles, and walked 2.15 miles today.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,502 calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,110

This morning I went for my usual hike without my pack, it was amazing how fast I hike with my new shoes.  This is the first time that I have worn them on a familiar trail and let me tell you I flew! When I first looked at Runtastic I was sure that it was wrong but no I was at my usual 1 mile make but have shaved 4 minutes off of a mile! Later I walked with someone I walk with on a regular basis and they usually push me to keep up with them this time we kept about the same pace.  Turns out that my toe shoes caused me to step more gingerly there for more slowly.  It’s weird not having to look at every single foot placement even on flat smooth surfaces.  I’m not going to lie I still do this a lot but now I don’t have to watch out for every single rock that might cause pain to shoot up my whole leg.  I still miss my toe shoes but I am finding new joy in my new shoes.  I wanted to run today but couldn’t for very long before my knee would hurt to much, Holly thinks she has a brace that I can try in order to try to trouble shoot it before I go to the doctor in November.  Tomorrow is weigh in day and I don’t expect great results I didn’t eat great over the weekend and I know that I usually pay for that on weigh in day.  I ate really well today, started my day with a cup of coffee and pumpkin pecan oatmeal, I have a slice of lasagna for lunch and salad for supper. I wish I could tell you it was a perfect day but who am I kidding my weak when it comes to food so most of my snacking was salt water taffy, I really need to use more self control when shopping then I wouldn’t be tempted so much! Plus I can’t even pawn the taffy off on my wife because she hates the stuff!  I’m working on a few new knitting projects right now that I’m excited about and today I complete a project for a friend (pictured below) it’s a crochet aviator hat for her son! I’m excited to get it to her.

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As always to donate to my hike and get your own hand knitted goods go to:

http://www.gofundme.com/hikingtohealthyontheAT

You can always contact me to discuss a project and talk about pricing for something specific.

Day 309 (09.15.14)

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 1,802 calories.  I walked 1 mile on the treadmill and 2 miles at the mall.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,555 calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,100

I got up early this morning but it took me a while to get my butt into gear so I didn’t get to work out as much as I wanted to I only walked one mile on the treadmill and then went to work.  Last night Holly and I made crockpot lasagna to cook for today and so after work we ate some amazing lasagna and didn’t have to do any of the work today!  Before eating dinner Holly gave me my birthday present, Mary Lambert tickets!! Yea that’s right I’m going to see Mary Lambert at First Ave on November 1st with some great friends.  I am so excited to go, my wife is AMAZING!!!  After dinner with Holly and Kira we went to the mall, my wife has lost a lot of weight too and needed some new pants.  We found new pants and Holly despite my protests got me a leather jacket for the winter, I would rather have gear but she was so sad when I said no and I like to make my wife happy, you probably think that I’m just telling you this but its true she put on her super sad face.

As always to donate to my hike and get your own hand knitted goods go to:

http://www.gofundme.com/hikingtohealthyontheAT

You can always contact me to discuss a project and talk about pricing for something specific.

Day 308 (09.14.14) The Camping Continues

  1. Get moving: Today I burned 1,682 calories.  We hiked 2 miles and walked 2 miles today.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 2,545 calories.  The ice cream was so worth it.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,095

I slept like crap last night,  I was up tossing and turning most of the night, I finally figured out how to sleep in a mummy bag comfortably at around 3:30A, I haven’t had to use my bag in the cold before last night.  Over all I was impressed with its ability to keep me warm, it was in the 40’s last night and I was pretty toasty with the exception of my feet which are usually pretty cold.  I think that I’m going to knit myself a pair of wool slippers/socks to wear in my bag in the colder places on the A.T. After getting up early we made pancakes and sausage for breakfast and then tore down camp.  We went back to Interstate Park to hike the bluffs, it was beautiful and a hard hike, mostly up and down stairs, I would take hills over stairs any day of the week.  My knees hurt pretty bad afterwards, I’m going to talk to my doctor about that in November and see if she has any recommendation for what can help with it.  After our hike we headed back to Trevor’s stopping along the way to see different things and to go to Nelson’s Ice Cream in Stillwater, it was AMAZING!!

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As always to donate to my hike and get your own hand knitted goods go to:

http://www.gofundme.com/hikingtohealthyontheAT

You can always contact me to discuss a project and talk about pricing for something specific.

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