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Recipe Challenge with Beyond the Scales Team

Monday, January 13, 2014

I made some cream of tomato soup as a new recipe to fulfill the requirements of one of the squares on our Beyond the Scales (BTS) Bingo challenge.

I had a ball making it. DH made grilled cheese sandwiches to go with the soup while I made the soup. We had fun working together and even more fun eating the meal for supper.
I couldn't believe the difference in ingredients when I compared the recipe with a can of cream of tomato soup I had in the house.

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DDOORN 5/9/2014 9:16PM

    Betting it was WAY better! :-)

Thx for the blog support!


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KOFFEENUT 1/13/2014 8:49PM

    How awesome that you and DH worked together in the kitchen to produce a masterpiece of a dinner! (Although now I'm afraid to look at the ingredient label on that tomato soup in my cupboard...!).
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JOYINKY 1/13/2014 8:37PM

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DEE1221 1/13/2014 7:34PM

    Sounds yummy! emoticon

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New Year New Goals Old Cabin

Monday, January 06, 2014

This weekend we were at our mountain cabin for 3 days. We had about 8 inches of snow and it hovered between 0 and 8 degrees F.

We stayed an extra day because the roads and weather were bad and I am glad we did. It was a great way to start the BTS (Beyond The Scale) challenge.

I have been thinking of goals for this challenge and have come up with
1) Follow the No S plan (no seconds, no snacks, no sweets)
2) Keep under 1600 calories a day
3) Track food and activity daily
4) Drink 8 glasses plain water a day
5) Meet FitBit Goals daily (10000 steps, 10 flights, 5 miles)
6) Complete the 21 day Fat Loser program - mental toughness
7) Participate in Beyond the Scale (BTS) challenges with Yellow Roses

I would like to lose a pound a week but as long as I lose or maintain, I will be satisfied because I know I can do that!


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RURAL3 1/6/2014 10:15PM

    You had a heat wave compared to what we are having. Aren't you supposed to be colder? And what only 8 inches? Gee that is too bad that you had to stay an extra day. I hate when that happens. LOL I need to get serious thinking about goals soon. I have slacked off far too long and gained. I hate having to redo what I have already done. I may check out that challenge. Get it back off before it gets out of hand. I can speak from experience.
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KOFFEENUT 1/6/2014 9:11PM

    How awesome that you were able to make it back to the cabin! It was surprising they were able to get a road back in there as quickly as they did - from your pictures, it didn't look like there was a lot to work with!

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JOYINKY 1/6/2014 6:32PM

    What a beautiful mountain "get away"!
SMART goals, not all would work for me; but they are not for me! They definitely will move you in a positive direction. Yes, emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 1/6/2014 5:56PM

    Sounds like a good plan. Glad the extra day was good for you. Sounds like a heat wave there LOL.

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JAMBABY0 1/6/2014 4:26PM

    good luck

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BEHAPPY24-7 1/6/2014 4:24PM

  They say that eating 3 balanced small meals a day and snacks in between is better then not snacking at all and eating 3 large meals. Just a little tid bid :-)

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Rocky Mountain Weekend

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Since we can't get to our mountain cabin in the Roosevelt Forest near Rocky Mountain National Park because of the road damage after the recent floods, we decided to take advantage of our governor's decision to pay for the opening of Rocky Mountain National Park.

We took the long roundabout route (2 hours) because our usual roads are still closed because of flood damage and drove to Rocky Mountain National Park.

We took our dog, Bucky, with us because he misses the mountains, too! He wasn't allowed to walk the trails with us so we just took him around some picnic areas.

On the way out we saw some elk.

We did take a 4 mile hike in Peaceful Valley before going into the park which didn't open until noon.

All in all...We had a great day!

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KOFFEENUT 10/16/2013 3:49PM

    Glad you were able to get out and enjoy this glorious autumn even though you weren't able to get to your cabin. Lucky for us we live in such a beautiful state with LOTS of alternatives!

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MARGARITTM 10/16/2013 2:51PM

    Thanks for the picture blog - brings out the John Denver in me ......... lovin me some Colorado. BEAUTIFUL

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LINDAKAY228 10/16/2013 2:13PM

    Ah so pretty it looks. Glad you had such a great day. Nothing like being out in the great outdoors in a scenic area!

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TXPATRIOT 10/15/2013 11:37PM

    When I saw your blog title, I was hoping there were pictures!!

Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

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JOYINKY 10/15/2013 10:11PM

    What a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing!

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RURAL3 10/15/2013 8:18PM

    I know it doesn't take the place of the cabin but it sure is beautiful. Glad you enjoyed it. Bucky too. emoticon

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KMVBBAM 10/15/2013 5:14PM

    Love the pictures...grew up in Montana and miss the scenery.

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CATLADY52 10/15/2013 5:01PM

    I'm glad your Governor opened up the park. emoticon Looks like you had fun.

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ALIHIKES 10/15/2013 3:34PM

    Wow very beautiful!

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SUZIPAM1 10/15/2013 2:48PM

    what a lovely place and what wonderful scenery

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Harder than I Thought

Monday, September 30, 2013

I've been back from my European trip for one week and am trying to get back to normal. It's been a lot harder than I thought. I planned exercise and nutrition for the cruise and that went well. I ate moderately and ran a mile and did ST 5 times during the 3 weeks I was gone. On the days we were touring I walked between 10 and 15 miles a day and felt great. I was very pleased with my fitness level. I didn't have any trouble at all on hills or long stretches of walking on cobblestones and/ or dirt. I was feeling pretty proud of myself.

What I didn't anticipate was jet lag. I didn't notice it at all on the trip to Europe. We hit the ground running and I felt fine. Coming back has been a different story. I have been sleepy all day, not able to sleep at night and unable to think clearly. I have been a wreck! My legs have been tired and I haven't had any stamina. I have been eating like a fiend and have actually gained 3 pounds this first week back. (I only gained 2 pounds during the 3 week trip). I just didn't expect how difficult it is to get back into my routine. I can only run a mile and only with a lot of effort. My muscles are extremely sore from my ST. I feel like a newbie. I forgot how hard it is to exercise when you are not in the habit. I don't enjoy this at all!

I haven't been logging my food or drinking my water. I have been wearing my fitbit but haven't met my goals. Today I made myself start back with small steps,

I am logging my food
I am drinking my water
I am going to eat 3 meals and 1 bedtime yogurt snack
I ran 1.25 miles and did 3 sets of 8 reps of my ST at a low weight setting

I will get back to where I was ...and start enjoying it again! lol!

Wish me luck!

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 10/11/2013 10:35AM

    I am in the immediate post-marathon recovery period and have been away from ST and logging food/water for months because of major life stresses. I anticipate some challenges ahead developing good routines again. I believe you will get your mojo back - and I will, too!


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DDOORN 10/4/2013 8:18AM

    Patience, persistence...it's not at all uncommon after a vacation when returning to "the real world" to have a lag that may be even more than "jet lag."


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RURAL3 10/2/2013 8:41PM

    Just give yourself small goals. Once met up them. You can do this again. You have in the past. Your FULL recovery is coming soon. Be patient. And congrats on a fabulous trip. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 10/1/2013 12:05PM

    Hope you recover from that jet lag soon. I believe soon you'll be back to your normal self!

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KOFFEENUT 9/30/2013 11:12PM

    That darn jet lag is KILLER. Give yourself some time to adjust - we just don't snap back like we used to!

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CATLADY52 9/30/2013 5:58PM

    Your three week jaunt to Europe was becoming a routine, your body just adjusted. It will probably take three weeks to get back it the routine you have set up for yourself. emoticon

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OOLALA53 9/30/2013 4:29PM

    Give yourself time but stick with the eating plan for sure. It doesn't take any more time to eat your good meals, as doing exercise does, and I believe it has the biggest payoff in good feelings, at least in my experience. You'll get there!

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JOYINKY 9/30/2013 2:12PM

    Give yourself a break! Three weeks off of your regular routine is a lot! Give yourself 3 weeks recovery time; you've got a good start. I suspect you had extra adrenalin giving you a boost on the trip and that's all catching up with you! Listen to your body and do what you can. Tracking your food and water and easing back into your other activity is a sound way to go. emoticon

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KANDOLAKER 9/30/2013 1:49PM

    Way to keep working on getting back on track. For most people, going one direction is worse with the jet lag. They say it takes one day to re-coup, for every hour time difference - so I bet you will be back in the groove very soon. Wishing you the best. Congrats for doing so well while you were on vacation, that is hard to do!! emoticon

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Colorado Flooding

Thursday, September 26, 2013

As most of you know, our cabin is in the middle of the Colorado flood area. We just found out that the 6 mile dirt road to the cabin is closed because of major flood damage. Parts of the road have now become the new creek. Our cabin is in the middle of such a section. You can see the road become the creek on the left just before it reaches our cabin which is in the lower right of the picture

The damage from the High Park fire last summer has definitely made the flood impact greater. We have been told that it will be at least a year before the road is repaired. We are going to try to hike in next week (if we don't have any more rain) and assess the cabin and winterize it for a long period of non use. We feel really badly for the people who live there year round.

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OWL_20 9/28/2013 8:37AM

    Sorry to hear about the cabin, and all of Colorado who have been affected by the rains and floods. I hope you can winterize the cabin okay!

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    Thoughts are with you. Good luck on getting in and getting it ready

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LOULOUBELLE2 9/26/2013 7:07PM

    OMG.I'm so very very sorry, and I know how you love it there...I was thinking about your place...........the picture looks as if you weren't flooded, but possibly the waters have receded by the time the picture was taken. I thought that our cabin was damaged with the squirrels, but I'll take that to these horrid floods. Several we knew lost homes around the Glade Road area. Devastating, and so many many lives turned upside down. Hope you get in there soon.
Hugs, my friend and if we can help in any way just let me know.

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MOMPUPPYPOWER 9/26/2013 5:25PM

    Good luck on reaching your cabin just be careful and do not get hurt.

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CATLADY52 9/26/2013 4:54PM

    Wishing you the best of luck in getting to your cabin. It doesn't seem to be in danger of flooding at this time. emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 9/26/2013 1:37PM

    Wow!! Colorado has had it so bad and here in New Mexico we've had a lot of flooding too, like nothing I've ever seen before. So many places in the state. Burn scars make it worse, and we have some near where I live and a lot of damage, rescues, etc from floods here. I remember you had a fire near your cabin and I'm sure burn scars are playing a roll in it there too. Hope you can get to the cabin soon. Hope all is okay with it.

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PMRUNNER 9/26/2013 12:37PM

    Glad you are safe, hope you get can get recovered soon!

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DDOORN 9/26/2013 11:55AM

    Ugh, will hope for the best...!


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KOFFEENUT 9/26/2013 11:19AM

    It's hard to even imagine how you begin to rebuild after something like this. When a road has been washed away like it never existed where do you even start? Know we're thinking of you.

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JOYINKY 9/26/2013 10:08AM

    The flooding has been on the news here daily; just unbelievable! I know it will take years of recovery. The cabin looks high and dry; I'll be glad for you when you are able to get to it and see. emoticon

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