Monday, September 29, 2014
We are less than two weeks away from leaving on our trip to Nepal and India!
The suitcases are out. Packing is a multi-day/multi-week project. We will be gone a month and my PLAN is to take one small roller suitcase that can go in the plane and one LARGER suitcase that we will check. The only reason we will check a bag at all is because of our hiking poles. (Darn you, TSA!) I also have a large bag that fits under my seat and TC may take a tote bag to fit under his.
We always try to travel light -- when we went to China we had two plane-sized roller bags and that was it! There was one couple who had SIX oversized suitcases! But I digress!
My to-do list is a mile long -- everything from get a haircut/color my hair to stop the mail to pay bills in advance to start feeding our cat in the (cat-accessible) basement. We need to eat down all the food in the fridge and TC (of course) will be working on yard work until the bitter end so our property will only be partially atrocious when we get back.
Today I went shopping for a super-comfy airplane outfit, and I think I found it! It is a swingy black knit skirt that ends just under my knees with a stretchy waist and NO zipper. I am claustrophobic and a terrible flyer -- I need to be able to tuck my feet under me and move all around in comfort without ANY restraint or I will go MAD! I added it up and we will be taking 4 flights for a total of 19.5 hours in the air and 12 hours of layover time. That's just to GET to Kathmandu!
On a happier note, my hip/back/leg issues seem to be resolving. I did NO exercise on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday we climbed up Mt. Nebo, 2.5 miles up and 2.5 miles DOWN. This was the second time in a week and it was MUCH easier the second time! Some pictures:
Now this is a switchback!
Two-thirds of the way up, overlooking the Arkansas River Valley. Can you see why I feel blessed to have moved to this area???
Terrence at Sunset Point
This is a panoramic view, using the new camera I bought TC because I love him! This is from a bench sitting at Sunset Point:
AND, using the incredible zoom of the new camera! This road runner was hoping we'd feed him. He was about 60 feet away, but bad news for him -- we NEVER feed wildlife because people food is unhealthyand they tend to get dependent on it, so perish in the winter when the tourists are gone).
And me, at the sign which says 1,800 feet. Hey, not much of a mountain by most standards, but pretty respectable for Arkansas!
Thank you for letting me share our favorite "high effort" hike with you.
We will make this week "The Week of the List" and "The Week of Hiking". We plan to do this hike on Mt. Nebo 3 days in a row: 2.5 miles up, then the 4-mile bench trail, then 2.5 miles down. If we can do this 9-mile circuit three days in a row, I know we'll be ready for hiking the Annapurna Circuit!
Onward and upward!!!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
At long last, I was approved for PT.
I went Monday and the PT thinks I've pulled and inflamed some of the small muscles that connect my lower vertebrae.
So the treatment is 15 minutes of heat, 15 minutes of ultrasound treatment, and 15 minutes of massage. Plus exercises to do at home.
And the advice about activity is to push as much as I can without "stabbing pain."
Yay! I'm back to classes at the fitness center (but modifying like crazy) and this morning TC and I did our first hike since we left Utah in July. We walked the bench trail on Mt. Nebo and walked up 450 stone steps and down about 200. Total: 4.5 miles. We both agreed it was a bit hard but a great start!
This Friday we'll try to walk 8-10 miles on our flat, paved city trail to work on endurance and on the weekend hit Mt. Nebo again for a longer hike doing more up-and-down that will train us for the mountain hikes in Nepal.
Progress! I'm really encouraged that I will be 100% by the time we leave! Yay!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
I read this on a "tips and tricks" page for my new BLC team.
Sometimes my cursor jumps up and selects a few lines (or my entire blog) and deletes it in one keystroke!! Has that ever happened to you?
Before you panic, do this:
Press and hold your CTRL key and then press Z. It's the equivalent of an "undo" button.
I tried it yesterday and it worked! I had to press the Z three times, but there it was: my paragraph that accidentally got deleted!
Give it a shot!
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Happy Saturday, Sparkfriends!!
After more than a week I finally, finally FINALLY have an appointment with a physical therapist scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Physically I am feeling much better. Yesterday I did 3.5 miles on the treadmill but only 15 minutes of a Pilates class -- too much strain on that hip. I also have to be very careful about "pivoting", twisting and heavy lifting. I am not 100% by any means.
This morning TC and I did 7 slow miles on our city trail. YES, I was feeling it by the end but YES, I could have done more if I had to! I am highly encouraged. I've slowly been increasing my activity so I don't overdo and set myself back.
I am happy to have a PT appt. on Monday to help me determine when I can move forward with more rigorous training. We SHOULD be walking up & down Mt. Nebo (1800 feet and 2.5 miles one way with all the switchbacks) on a regular basis to prepare for the 5-7 hours we'll be hiking daily in Nepal. I'm hoping the PT can help rehabilitate that area so I won't need to depend on Celebrex and muscle relaxers. But I'm hopeful! Four weeks to go.
IN OTHER NEWS, we have another work shift at the county fair tonight, and I will follow the same strategy as Thursday. I will take a boca burger and my homemade chicken and lentil soup.
I've joined the fall Biggest Loser Challenge, and it really WILL be a challenge since our trip is in the middle of it! My goal will be to maintain my weight, whatever it is when we leave, and what a concept, right? Usually vacations are a free-for-all in my mind, which is ridiculous considering how much we travel. I need to get a grip on that line of thinking or I'll NEVER hit my goal weight!
Nothing else new here, so I'll sign off. I'll let you know tomorrow whether I followed my Fair food plan.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Yummm.....FAIR FOOD....that siren song (and smell) of fat, sugar, and salt...
Yesterday I told you what my plan was, and I thought it was reasonable. But I know myself. Truthfully I knew that if I didn't get a dinner break until 8 pm I probably would NOT stop at a hamburger without the top bun when I could eat anything & everything I wanted FOR FREE!
But then I started Sparking and I saw this on INDYGIRL's Page:
I read some blogs.
I read my GOAL BOARD CHECK IN on my Start page that includes some questions from Linda Sprangle's "100 Days of Weight Loss":
1. Is this food special?
2. Is this food worthy of you?
3. Can you stop eating once you start?
Um....NO - NO - and NO!
1. Fair food is not special. It is not pecan pie made from pecans picked yesterday off your neighbor's tree. It is not your grandmother's homemade noodles that she makes once a year for Thanksgiving. It is not the fudge your sister makes at Christmas.
2. Fair food is not worthy of me. There is no redeeming value, no nutritional value.
3. No, I can't stop once I start. I would over-eat until I was over-full.
So what did I do?
I wore my size 8 jean shorts that USED to fit well but are now tight.
I took my dinner. I made a vegan boca burger with cheese, pickles, and lettuce. I made a salad with feta and my new favorite dressing, Olive Garden Light (only 30 calories for 2 tbls.) I took carrots and celery sticks.
And when TC ordered a grilled cheese, a cheeseburger, french fries and ice cream I ordered a diet Coke.
We ate very leisurely and companionably while listening to the country music band.
I did have some of his soft-serve ice cream. I did have a bite of his grilled cheese. But then I ate my own meal and I felt good.
I didn't miss a thing.
Today I feel good because my weight is down a bit, and I don't have any lost ground to make up. I feel good because I don't have shame, regret, or other negative feelings about myself or my choices.
Have a great day, Spark Peeps!
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