Wednesday, September 18, 2013
One Day At A Time!
Forney Ridge Trail - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
September 7, 2013
Someone asked a few weeks ago, if I had stopped hiking. The answer to that is no and yes! I have never been much of a summer hiker. Between the heat, overgrown trails and abundant wildlife (the kind I DONT wish to see), it's just somethng I've mostly enjoyed in the fall, winter and spring. Last summer was somewhat of an exception as I found myself with a myriad of hiking partners who were available thanks to unforeseen circumstances. But the fact still remained that I was happy when fall rolled around and I had to drag out long sleeves for early morning hikes.
I have also learned over this summer with no hiking that my body was tired. My joints were screaming for relief and once I stopped hiking 1-3 times a week, my whole physical being began to feel better. I'm not quite sure what to do with that information just yet, but I was able to put it to the test a couple of Saturdays ago when one of my favorite hiking buds asked if I was available for a "short" hike. We chose a hike in the upper elevations that was less than four miles total distance, but included a steep descent along a very rocky trail. It was a great day and so good for my soul to be back out in the woods, but yes, I was sore the next day particularly my wrists. I had suspected that the pounding of the poles was causing my rheumatoid arthritis to flare in my wrists and this hike pretty much confirmed that. Yet the poles are an almost necessity to minimize stress on a hiker's knees. So I'm anxious for fall to arrive and do some more testing to find the balance between hiking these trails I love so much, yet not overdoing. At the very least, I think my hiking range is shrinking and that's o.k. These mountains offer hiking opportunities for EVERY range and most of my favorites are mileages that will be comfortable.
Love those long sleeves!!
September 7, 2013
Our lives continues to be stress-filled. Please continue to remember Bill in your thoughts and prayers. He is not bouncing back from his illness like we hoped. The stress of trying to do the work he so loves with laryngitis and a hacking cough has affected him mentally and physically. Technically, it has only been 2 1/2 weeks, but it feels like an eternity.
We thought our house was sold, but the deal fell through. This all happened over a short period of time, so here was a few days of total excitement followed by a let-down of monumental proportions. To say we are struggling is putting it mildly. Yet I've always promised honesty on the blog so there you have it.
We know these struggles will pass, but when in the midst of them, sometimes it's almost too difficult to even try determining what the NEXT best step should be. We simply keep reminding ourselves how much we love our condo and how certain we are that we made the right decision.
It has been awhile since I mentioned anything about my weight loss journey and since that's the subject on which this blog was founded, it's time for an update. In many ways, it's the kind of update I love to give because there's not much to say. No, I am not at goal and yes, I have gained a few pounds. It began somewhere around the time we returned from our Summer Trip to New York. For now, I am o.k. with this because although I hover 8-10 pounds above goal, I have actually maintained that weight easily for almost four months now. That includes the time leading up to and through our move to the condo when many days, meals were either brought to us, grabbed from somewhere convenient or thrown together with whatever could be found in the pantry, fridge or freezer. And through all of that, I maintained. Fall is the time I've done my best work in losing weight and I suspect this year will be no different. For now, all is well. I'm relaxed with my weight, I can wear all my clothes and I am eating a healthy balanced diet.
What's happening in your world?