So no work out today but I managed to only eat 1,500 calories today! I was a very busy day at work with a staff meeting and then reorganizing my site! I love to reorganize and my site is tiny so its important to be organized and clutter free. Every time I organize things I think why didn’t I do that before? I wish I could say the same for my house. I got lights and a lock for my bike yesterday and I’m hoping to take it to work tomorrow. :) I need to readjust the handle bars so that is on my to do list but otherwise it’s working out great! :)
- Get moving: Today I burned 963 calories. I walked 2.40 miles working out, and made sure that I parked far away from all stores and such.
- Cutting Calories: I consumed 1,737 calories. I’m working my way back down to 1,500
- Increase Water intake: 32 ounces. Better than yesterday but still not great
Holly and I went for a walk this morning, we wanted to go further but my back hurts so much from walking more than a mile or two I can’t stand it. I really need to get into the doctor but I hate doctors and well I can’t afford it until I pay off my previous medical debt, from the biopsy and getting sick on the A.T. I don’t want to make excuses os my plan is to do a mile every morning and night at a minimum and try to do more throughout the day but not in big chunks.
- Get moving: Today I burned 541 calories. I walked 0.5 miles on the treadmill and walked about 2 more miles.
- Cutting Calories: I consumed 2,051. This number is not nearly as impressive as my past but it’s a start.
- Increase Water intake: None, I usually drink so much more than this I need to get back on track!
Lets cut to the chase, I got on the scale for the first time today since I’ve been back, I weighed in at 347 pounds, so since my lowest weight I have gained over 50 pounds. To quote my wife “losing weight is easy, its keeping it off that’s hard.” I knew this put in practice it has been much harder. I have let my self go because I have been prioritizing other things again. For the past two weeks I have been waking up, going to work at 7:30AM, working all day, going home at 10PM, going to bed. With that schedule who has time for anything else! That ends today, I need time for me, working out is what I NEED, not what I want. I need to start being better to my body. So I will be going back to blogging daily about my life, to keep myself accountable, no more coming home and going straight to bed!
When I decided to take on the A.T. many people asked me what I would do after and I have to tell you I didn’t expect to get home and not want to do anything but go to work and be with my family. I’ve gained weight because I stopped caring and I’m back to smoking at least ½ a pack a day. Last night I was talking to Holly about this and how I can’t seem to find the motivation she said that I’m goal driven so I needed a new goal, she will probably regret saying that to me. When people asked me I would say “oh maybe my triple crown or biking somewhere.” Well the triple crown of hiking is out, I have no desire to backpack at this point. Maybe one day the backpacking bug will bite again someday, I haven’t ruled it out forever just for now. The biking does peak my interest, I recently was given a bike by my dad that he purchased at my late aunts estate sale, it is a well taken care of cruising bike. I finally worked up the courage today to ride it on the streets near my home and I’m in love! I joked around about biking the Mississippi River Trail and now I think I want to! I don’t want to do it in one shot but in sections starting this summer, it’s a great way to keep in shape and it will give me a goal to complete. My goal this summer is to bike from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to St. Cloud. This will be the first section, I don’t intend on doing it in one shot either but I do want to do it from north to south. I don’t expect that people will jump on board with this adventure as quickly as they did my last but I am hopeful that I can continue to use my blog to keep myself accountable. The goal is much smaller but the work will be much greater, I have never biked a long distance. The max is probably 10 miles in one ride. I also don’t know that it is wise to use cruising bike but I’m going to try. My goal is to do this with minimal new gear. I think most of my back packing stuff can be adapted and I would only need a few other things. Maybe I’m being naive about what I will need but I haven’t done a ton of research yet. There will people who will say that this is just another things for me to give up and maybe it is but the goal is to be healthy through a bigger goal!
We’re bad at the AT…
So it’s rained almost everyday since we got here but during both thunderstorms we both go running. Example at the Cheese Factory we knew it was coming so we shared a tent. Tonight my tent is set up outside but because of my ankle I haven’t been sleeping so I’m sitting in the car avoiding the rain outside I see lightening and grab my stuff and resolve to sleep in the car. At the second lightning flash Fargo comes out of her tent and joins me in the car… Hike to Maine they said, no pain, no rain, no Maine they said… They never said thunder and lightening! :) I’m only kidding here! It’s been great with the car!
Fargo went back to her tent until 6:20am then we packed up camp and headed out. We drove up to Robinsville and Fargo made an appointment to get what appears to be poison ivy on her mouth looked at. We are currently drying out our stuff at the top of the dam. Then we will go back to Robinsville for Fargos appointment and hopefully her box will come and we will head to Gainesville to drop off the car. Then tomorrow it’s off to Damascus to hike out.
I have officially decided that backpacking over mountains isn’t for me, I make no apologizes for this what so ever. I came, I saw, I backpacked, I hiked (which I really enjoy) I did some trail magic, I drove The Dragon 3 times (mostly on accident) I hiked in the rain, I hike in the sun shine, I hiked with Fargo, I hiked with others, and I hiked alone. I have no regrets! Hiking has been a blast, I plan to continue to hike but no more long distance backpacking. I’m coming home, my bus ticket is purchased and I’m comfortable with my decision. I have applied for my job back and should get my exact job back once my background check clears. I wouldn’t change anything about my hike, I met some kick ass people and hiked over mountains carrying 35-42 pounds on my back. I’ve lost two toenails (1 more probably soon) my feet have swelled 2 whole sizes. I made the decision to go home when I felt incredibly mentally clear, it wasn’t a bad day, we hiked in sunshine and had an amazing view. I found a saying that I hear a lot it’s not about the destination it’s about the journey. My journey began on November 12th 2013, and will continue for a life time. I plan to continue to blog about hiking to healthy but without the AT. My next adventure to the AT will be to section or day hike further north a little bit, but not for a while, because after deciding to go home I carelessly picked up my back and messed up my back, everything below my knee is tingly so that needs to be taken care of as soon as I have insurance again. I have met the kindest people on the trail and I’ve also encountered my fair share of A-holes. I have been an emotional wreck at times, for those on the receiving end of that emotion thank you for listening and helping me process everything, I don’t think I could have done this much without your constant support. Even being here for a month has changed me, I realize how important the people in my life are and that work can no longer be my number one priority. I love my job but I need to be less involved when I’m not at work. Like I said earlier I have no regrets, when I went home in the beginning I wouldn’t have felt like that had I not come back, I’m not conventional in the way I did this and that’s ok with me! :)
I’m excited about my future and all that it will bring. I’m excited about being healthy with my wife and getting outside this summer with her!
Roan Mountain State Park
We set up our tents in the rain moments after we had finished drying them out in a bathroom. It was frustrating but seems to be what always happens to us. The rain persisted most of the day but we met some great section hikers the roundabouts! It didn’t rain overnight which is like a Christmas Miracle these days! We got up made breakfast had some coffee, two of my toenails finally fell off which is a relief and I hope with the new shoes the blisters don’t come back. After we broke camp and hiked out of Carver gap to just over Jane Bald. It was nothing but a cloud walk, windy and wet. Overall it was a great hike but no views to report! After hiking the balds we made our way to Fontana to stay for a couple of days. Fargo is waiting on a box from home and we plan to do some hiking in the Smokies tomorrow. We are looking to try to find a place to park the car for a couple of days so we can camp for free on the AT more.
Last night the Fast and the Furious took over Fontana, people racing on the opposite side of the river and filling parking lots with there cars with hoods open checking out what everyone had. This was annoying because we were trying to sleep while they were racing, and it was really loud. This mornings agenda is to make our final arrangements to get onto the AT on Tuesday and figure out where we are going to camp, tonight. I had a really weird and vivid dream last night that makes me thankful for all I have and want to go home. I won’t be going home! So we decided to stay at Fontana again tonight after checking out other places in the area, we will be moving campsites tomorrow. We went into Robinsville today to use an ATM and round out my food for getting back on trail. While there I picked up some cheap snickers bunnies, root beer, ice cream, and spoons, we had cups and we would be crossing the AT so we decided to do a little trail magic. We met several hikers and gave them root beer floats (who wouldn’t want that?) and the bunnies. It was good to talk to other hikers and give something back. Trail magic has been wonderful to me, I have been pulled out of two tight spots by people passing by and even gotten some much needed help from my fellow hikers. I will be forever thankful for all of them.
Today I drove the dragons tail, it is a crazy road that is 11 miles long and has 318 curves in it… Back story, Fargo and I are at the general store in Fontana using the wifi when a hiker asks for a ride to the trail, about 2 miles away, we said of course. On the way we were talking about all the cars in the area and how they are loud and they clean there cars all the time. The hiker informs us that there is a road called the dragons tail and that we should go drive it. The way he explains it it sounds like a short climb up a mountain, 11 miles and 318 scary and really cool curves later I do some research and find out people come from all over the world to drive this beast because it doesn’t have any cross traffic the whole way because it runs along the Smoky Mountain National Park. Once down it with Fargo throughly scared we find out that the only way back is to either drive around the Smokies or back the way we came. We opted to go back the way we came this time knowing how far it was and how fun. Fargo took the second time much better, she was worried about gas the first time I guess. We’re driving a Ford Focus going through these curves with cars that have foreign license plates and little Mini Coopers and such! It was a blast, though I don’t know that I would do it again.
No pictures today they will come when I have better service