Day 347 (10.23.14) 11 mile day!

  1. Get moving: I burned 2,985 calories.  I walked 3.30 miles outdie
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 2,122 calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,368

I slept in really late today, I was up at 8AM but stayed in bed until 11AM, then I began knitting panda bear finger puppets.  I completed all the bodies and tomorrow plan on tackling the heads, I seem to have lost a lion in my recent travels home so I’ll probably have to make another one but then I will be finished and all 18 will be ready to ship! After knitting I hit walked to the gym to workout, I walked 2.20 miles on the treadmill and 5.50 miles on the elliptical.  Total with the gym and walking outside I went a total of 11 miles! I walked home from work tonight and used my headlamp for the first time, I’m in love with it, it is a very close second to my love for my tent! I can’t believe that I will be leaving to hike A.T. in 138 days.  I have decided not to let myself start an official count down until I’m under 100 days, I feel like I will have a massive panic attack if I start to soon. I’ve been trying to keep it cool as much as possible because if I think about it to hard I’ll probably freak out!

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Day 346 (10.21.14) Weigh in Wednesday

  1. Get moving: I burned 965 calories. I walked 2.20 miles on the treadmill
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 2,122 calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,368

I slept in this morning, the alarm went off at 4:30A and the bed just begged me to stay, I got up at 6:00AM and headed to weigh in, it wasn’t good (again), I gained 0.8 pounds since last week, I know what I need to do it’s just a matter of recommitting to doing it! I need to be better about what I am eating along with the calories, and I need to change up my workouts.  I’ve been looking into different workout options but I can’t find anything that I think I would really enjoy.  Holly recently joined the gym on campus and it offers classes with the membership but at this point in the year it would be kind of a waste of money because you pay semester to semester.  I just have to remember that weight loss has never been the goal, thru-hiking the A.T. is the goal and weight loss is a side effect of it! I got to a non-scale milestone today, for the first time ever my wife can wrap her arms around me AND lace her fingers together, her hands have always been able to touch! I’m a little embarrassed that this is a big deal for me but I’m excited about it, it means that while the pounds aren’t going something is changing.  After work I went the gym and walked on the treadmill for about an hour before a woman and her two young children came in and the kids just became to much for me so I had to leave.  I’ve been knitting so much lately, I have several projects in the cue that I need to finish up this week, I’m hoping that I can have an empty cue by this time next week so it your looking for anything let me know.

My knitting projects from the last few days!

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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 345 (10.21.14) Fall Colors

  1. Get moving: I burned 888 calories, I hiked 4 miles and walked 1 mile.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,876 calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,368

Today was a great day spent mostly with my wife, I love her like crazy! While Holly was in class I hiked 4 miles on one of my favorite trails, took a slightly different trail and it was fun to see the same river but from a different perspective.  The fall colors are almost over here but I got a few pictures, I think my sunglasses made them look way better than the pictures do.  Holly and I had a lunch date at home before I had to go to work today, I knitted a few more headbands and we watched T.V. together.  At work today I got a chance to check out the Healthy Living Trail in Waite Park, I’ve been wanting to check it out for a long time so it was a good to finally try it out.  They have different equipment every fifty yards or so that uses your body weight to workout.  It was actually kind of fun, the trail itself is only about 0.50 miles long but down and back its a mile and with the equipment its a good workout!

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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 344 (10.20.14) Like A Boss

  1. Get moving: I burned 3,243 calories.  I went 6.60 miles on the elliptical, walked 3 miles on the treadmill, and walked another mile outside. (Just over 10 miles TOTOAL!)
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,858 calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,345

I got up super early and it the gym hard today!! I went 9.6 miles before 8:00AM, it felt great to get out and get moving.  Today was a long day at work, things have been pretty chaotic lately.  After work Holly and I went to the store to pick up crackers to go with the soup I made last week, we go through a lot of crackers in the winter because I have a soup addiction! I spent the afternoon watch T.V. and knitting! I’m excited about the things that I’ve been making lately the goal for tomorrow is to finish up my finger puppet project! I got another order today for some really cute hats today that I’m excited to make but I won’t allow myself to work on them until I get the finger puppets done! All in all today was a great day spent with my amazing wife!

My Latest Creations

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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 343 (10.19.14) Knitting

  1. Get moving: I burned 1,353 calories.  I walked 2 miles on the treadmill and biked 6.10 miles today.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,901 calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,340

It was nice to wake up in my own bed this morning as much as I would have loved to see the Packers game today with Trevor in the cities it was nice to be able wake up late and just talk to Holly.  Holly and I hit the gym this morning, I wasn’t really feeling it but I put in 1 mile on the treadmill and 6.10 miles on the bike in strength mode.  After Holly went to work I went to a few yarn stores to buy yarn for a christmas project, the yarn was on sale all over town so I scooped up what I could for a decent price and then headed home to knit.  I went to the gym for a bit later in the day and walked another mile on the treadmill, it felt good the second time! I left the gym earlier than I wanted to because someone else came in and was giving me the creeps so I went back upstairs and continued to knit, I made some really cute headbands! I can’t believe that in under 5 months I will be leaving for the A.T. I really need to get more knitting done to save money to go!!

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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 342 (10.18.14) Camp Snoopy

  1. Get moving: I burned 1,929 calories.  I walked 5 miles today at the mall.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 2,491 calories, I ate way to much ice cream!
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,340

We woke up early with the intention of going for a walk but we got really hungry instead so we went out to lunch. After lunch we headed to Midwest Mountaineering, I purchased a shirt for the trail for only $5.00, it was a great find by Kira!! I also picked up the head lamp I’ve been looking at for a while, I’m excited about it! I plan on putting the rest of my gear on Christmas and birthday lists!  After Midwest Mountaineering we sat outside under some trees by Trevor’s Apartment then we hit the Mall of America we walked around for a bit and then began to ride the rides, I’m not going to lie before going I was nervous and didn’t expect much from the experience, turns out it was awesome!! There wasn’t a single ride that I tried to ride that I couldn’t and all of them were really fun!   It was like being a kid again at one point one of the rides didn’t have a line so we would just get off and run around to get back on, so much fun!! At the end of the night we had Cold Stone ice cream and headed back to Trevor’s we talked so more while my phone charged and then Kira and I headed home.  My ankle has been hurting since we left the park, I don’t know if I walked on it funny or hit it on something while on a ride, I’m hoping it gets better with time.

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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 341 (10.17.14) Up Early and Working out!

  1. Get moving: I burned 2,484 calories.  I walked 2 miles on the treadmill, went 4.80 miles on the elliptical, and ran 0.50 miles.
  2. Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,364 calories.
  3. Saving money/Donations ($5,000)$1,340

I got up at 4:30 this morning and headed to the gym, I put 2 miles on the treadmill, 4.80 miles on the elliptical, and ran 0.50 miles.  Work was good, I ended up leaving late because I had to run around town for a bit.  After work Kira and I headed to Trevor and Allie’s to hang out.  We talked and played Bananagrams, I thought I would hate it because I’m not very good at spelling but it was actually really fun! We stayed up late talking and making plans for Saturday.  Overall a pretty great way to end my day!

 

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