Summer is coming!

Sometimes I wake up and just lay in bed and think about hiking and walking for a living… Can you imagine doing that for a living? How amazing would it be to wake up in the woods every day without any obligations but to walk?

Today I decided it’s time to start planning my summer camping trips to get back in the woods.  I’m even thinking about taking an extended period of time (2-3 weeks) off to go camping.  I would like to go out of state but I don’t think I can afford to do that.  The last few days around here have been chilly, I am hoping that it was the last cold snap of the year and that camping is in the near future! I want to see everything there is to see.  Recently I had the pleasure of doing some traveling and seeing with one of my sisters.

A couple of weeks ago Holly, Nicole and I went and watched Prairie Chickens on their booming grounds.  It was really cool.  We observed 29 Prairie Chickens, 3 Sandhill Cranes, 5 Mallard ducks, 1 Plover, and 1 Woodcock.  We also heard a pheasant and a turkey.  We sat in a blind at the Hamden Slough and watched.  We did some driving around to see other things in the area as well.  I love riding in a car to see things just as much as hiking.

Next weekend all of my siblings and I are going to drive up the North Shore and see the waterfalls and do some sight seeing.  I am really excited about hanging out with my siblings and adventuring with them.  Hopefully I’ll have some pictures to post after that.

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Weight Loss

I’ve been losing weight again for the first time in a long time.  I have weighed in twice in as many weeks and both weeks I have lost weight which is an improvement since I have been trying for quite a while but not with much dedication.  In recent weeks I have been putting more effort into it and keeping track of things again and that seems to be paying off.  Both weigh-ins were in the evening after I had eaten (on the same scale at least) so I have probably lost more than what the scale even says.  I haven’t been doing anything other than walking again, nothing to crazy just trying to reach my step goals every day and exceed them (even double 2-3 days a week).  I am hoping that I can keep up with things.

Recently I saw a video from the Appalachian Trail (AT) and it made me cry.  I didn’t think when I came home I would miss it since I was only there for a month, but I do.  I find myself dreaming of going back to complete it.  I don’t know if I would be better off doing sections or making another attempt at a thru hike but it’s in the back of my mind.  I am trying to keep in mind how depressed I was on the trail and how much I just wanted to be home with my routine.  I have thought about finding different trails the I could do in a week and hike that way instead then I get the outdoors and the backpacking without the distance and depression.

This time I am focusing less on the goal of training to hike and more on getting healthier.  I’m not sure what the future holds for my in regard to the AT but I will figure that out as I go.  Until I do figure it out I will keep on working on me.

It Has Been Over a Year…

My last blog post was about getting a new job… I have now been in that job for 1 year and 4 days.  Every day of it has been an adventure.  I spend 60-100 hours a week at work but lately I have been trying to back off and work less so I can prioritize me and my family.  I’m back at trying to work out again so far so good but I don’t feel the results as fast as I did last time.  I’m not sure that I will blog about this journey or not but I thought I should check in and write something since it has been so long.  Other than my new job taking me away from home not much has changed for me personally.  Today Holly and I went to Lake Maria State Park to hike but only went .65 miles because the trails were really muddy and slick I almost fell a few times.  Since it was so muddy we went back home and hiked on the Beaver Island Trail which is a paved trail.  We went 2 miles on the Beaver Island Trail.  I am looking forward to this week and hoping that things will be less hectic then normal.

 

 

 

Wonderful Wednesday!!!!

Today began with weigh in, I have lost 2 pounds since my last weigh in! At first I thought I had gained because it’s been so long since I weighed in, but when I went to put it in my phone I saw that I had lost 2 pounds instead! After weigh in I started teaching a class for work that was interrupted by a whole call. No not a phone call, THE phone call! I got the job! I’m still working for the company that I love but now I’m in a higher position with new clients and a lot more responsibility! I’m so excited! I start next Tuesday, which is really fast but I’m ready. Holly and I went out to dinner to celebrate and I stayed within my calories! I didn’t walk as much as I wanted to but I still got in my steps for the day. I only walked 1.5 miles today. Today overall was a fantastic day with great news all around!

Pace

1. Get Moving: I burned 1,178 calories. I walked 3.44 miles and biked 3.90 miles today.

2. Cutting Calories (goal 1,700): I consumed 1,520 calories today

3. Increase Water intake: I drank 30 oz of water

I think I’m finally hitting my stride being on the treadmill today felt so good today.  I just wanted to keep going forever! Have to love endorphins.  It’s funny to me how often I say that the exercise helps with my anxiety (and other mental health stuff) and then quickly forget.  I don’t know if I need to give myself a daily reminder somehow or what.  Tomorrow I should find out about the job which will end a lot of my more recent anxiety is the waiting to find out.  Either way (while I really wan this job) the anxiety will end once I find out.  Tomorrow I am teaching a class for work but I’m hoping to get to the gym in the morning and evening.  I have been working on getting my pace up lately and today I did a mile in 14 minutes and 38 seconds which is about what I “ran” the mile in in middle school! I’m hoping to get under 13 minutes between a light jog and walking.  🙂

  

  

Monday Monday (sing this it sounds better when you sing it)

1. Get Moving: I burned 1,490 calories. I walked 5 miles today.

2. Cutting Calories (goal 1,700): I consumed 1,487 calories today

3. Increase Water intake: I drank 32 oz of water

Please excuse the long title it was the first thing that came to mind as I sat down to type.  This weekend I got really lucky and ended up not having to work on Sunday so I got to stay with my sister and her family which was really nice.  I’m happy that I got to spend the night instead of turning around right away to go home I got to spend time with the kids and enjoy the weather with a nice walk.  Today was a good day other than nearly being late for work.  At the end of last week I went to work at 7:30A instead of 7A so I could cut overtime so this morning I didn’t want to get out of bed so I sat and watched the clock until 6:50A telling myself that I would get up at 7A only to realize that I worked at 7A.  I jumped out of bed and ended up still making it to work on time, but I cut it really close.  Other than that it was a great day.  I got a lot done at work and tomorrow I’m going to be doing some training at another site and on Wednesday I’m teaching a class which is always a good time.  I should also find out this week about the job I interviewed for last week.  The longer it takes the more anxious I get, they said they had a couple of interviews this week so I don’t expect to hear any sooner than Wednesday. I feel confident in my ability to handle this job and I just hope that they see that too.  All the walking has really helped with keeping the anxiety at bay which only motivates me to keep walking.  🙂

Work, work, and more work

1. Get Moving: I burned 950 calories. I walked 3.66 miles today.

2. Cutting Calories (goal 1,700): I consumed 1,228 calories today 

3. Increase Water intake: I drank 67 oz of water
I didn’t get to the gym this morning because, sleep, I wanted it so I got it. Holly came home from her overnight to get ready for her field experience this morning so by sleeping in I also got to see her. I went into work today scheduled to work 8 hours and ended up working 12 because that’s what happens very time I try to cut overtime. I’m hoping tomorrow I can get out a little early because j work this weekend and I really need to cut time. I’m super excited for Saturday because I get to go hang out with my family for the afternoon!