From the couch to the trails

The ups and downs of weight loss-Girl Talk

For anyone who has struggled with losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight I know you will relate to this.

In the last week (that time of the month) I have gained 4lbs.  Yes some of that is water weight but some of that is

shovel as much food in as possible-itis.  chipmunk_stuffing_his_face_sticker-rb0450d92cbaa4fdbae2f5f1e4c9c8c7c_v9wf3_8byvr_324


I find myself using “that time of the month” as an excuse to eat whatever I want.  I have read that you do burn more calories and therefore are hungrier during this time and then of course we all know that those darling hormones are no help in making healthier choices.  The trick that I know but did put in place for this week is PLANNING AHEAD!  I always try to make sure that my pantry and refrigerator are stocked with healthy food and snacks.  Due to a crazy busy schedule lately and my love of fall comfort foods this did not happen this month.  I am using this as a lesson to push myself to be better prepared and to make the time to take care of me.  It is important to maintain a regular healthy intake of food.  For me it seems that once I am off the track it is no holds barred.  One splurge on cupcakes will result in 4-5 days of not eating well.  I don’t know if this is a psychological thing or if it a physical thing.  Does the once cupcake lead to a “well I am off the wagon may as well splurge” attitude or once you put that sugar in your body does your body just crave more?  The little tiny bit of research I have done shows that it is probably just a mix of the two.

What I do know is that I AM MORE POWERFUL than both of these.  I need to tell myself, “Self, you got this and yes you did have that cupcake but that does not mean you are a bad person.  You are just as smart and gorgeous as you were pre-cupcake.   You are in this for the long haul and you need to keep this body of yours healthy so it will last a long long time.”  Because really that is what its all about.

Is it nice to be able to sport a super spiffy cute outfit? Of course.

Does it feel good to see a low number on the scale?…. Well yeah duh!!

Is it great to slip on a size smaller jeans?  OH YEAH IT IS!!

However really this whole eating thing is about getting as many years out of this body you were given and spending those years healthy.  But what good is a long healthy life if you spend the whole time giving yourself negative self talk and deprivation.  The real key is finding balance between all of these factors.

Eat right

Now, off I go to the grocery store to arm myself for a healthy week full of good choices!




I feel like this video is a quote of the things that we said while going through the haunted house last night. Although, I do distinctly remember saying to one of the ghouls “pardon me” and there were a lot of “that’s not nice”‘s being thrown around….. but Stop it and Is this over where the top of the list.

Spooky Times In The Woods

Last night was the shortest hike yet but my heart was beating the fastest it ever did 🙂

My family and I enjoyed the Haunted Trail at Creepy Woods in Baltimore County.

Over the years we have explored many Haunted Trails in Baltimore and Pennsylvania.  This one was my favorite.

It was great because it was a short drive, the cost was minimal and it was quite ooky and spooky!

Apparently others have figured out the greatness of this trail because there was a 3+ hour wait to get into the forest.

The extra $10 on the speed pass was money well spent!

I love a good haunted trail but there were a couple of times during this one that I wished it was just over.  🙂

I was tired of screaming and I was pretty sure a heart attack was on the horizon.

While we were in line waiting for our turn, there was an adult escorted out of the trail because she was just to scared to continue.

I have NEVER seen that before at a haunted trail.  The organizer said that that lady was the 8th person that night to come back out of the trail and the night before they had 34 people do the same thing.  It was scary but I don’t know if it was quite that scary.


Nothing To It BUT To Do It!

Got out on the trail today (details to follow)

All those fears were erased and I am so glad that we were able to get out there.

It just goes to show….


Pink October

With Breast Cancer awareness month upon us and just passing the 1 year mark of losing my mother to this awful disease October has been a super emotional month for me.  I have been told that I am one of those people who suppresses feelings and just goes on.  So maybe it is all just catching up to me?  Maybe reality is just starting to hit me?  Maybe all this talk about Breast Cancer is just too much?  Maybe it was sick dementia’d patient I had the other day who spent her whole hour with me asking for her daughter?  Or maybe it is the combination of all of these things… No matter the cause I miss my mom.  Not only do I miss all of the great things that we all love about our moms but I also miss arguing with her, I miss being annoyed with her, I miss taking her to the doctors, I miss her inappropriate table manners, I miss all of the things that I thought were so awful when she was here.  I spend a lot of time yelling at myself telling me that I should have appreciated those things when I had her here.

What does this have to do with hiking?  Well, as it turns out…  My momma was quite the fighter.  She fought Breast Cancer until the last minute of her life.  She taught me many lessons in the last few years of her life.  Many of them come out in little nuggets when I least expect them.  On those days were I feel like I just want to give up.  On those days when we venture off on a hike that is a lot tougher or longer than expected my momma some times shows up in my mind.  Not the cheerleader like you would expect but as the sickly lady who looked much older than she was, in her hospital bed, barely conscious but still fighting.  There were several times in the last few years of her life that the odds were stacked against her.  Times when the Drs. thought we might never get to take her home.  Times when I had given up and started to mentally prepare myself for the loss.  But all of those times (except for the last) she made it home.  She fought the cancer in her body, she fought her extremely low immune system and she fought the odds that the Drs. gave her.  She made it through time and time again.  And if she could fight those odds why can’t I fight a little hike in the woods?

One of the things that I have not been able to do is walk or run the Breast Cancer walk. Emotionally it is just too soon and too hard for me to do at this time.  However, my brother will be walking with his family.  While Breast Cancer Research did not advance far enough to save my mother, my brother is hoping that by walking he can help save someone else’s mother/daughter/wife/sister/friend.  Susan J Komen foundation is currently excepting donations to help this happen.

If you would like to make a small donation to my brothers team please follow the link below:

or better yet…………

If you would like to start your own team and raise money for a Susan J Komen follow this link:

The statistics show that you have or know someone who has been effected by Breast Cancer:

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2013 are:

  • About 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer

After increasing for more than 2 decades, female breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in 2000, then dropped by about 7% from 2002 to 2003. This large decrease was thought to be due to the decline in use of hormone therapy after menopause that occurred after the results of the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. This study linked the use of hormone therapy to an increased risk of breast cancer and heart diseases. Incidence rates have been stable in recent years.

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment.

At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

We all have heard that early detection is key but did you know that in addition to mammograms there are other things that we can do to avoid being part of the statistics listed above?

Breast Cancer

Back on the trail….

I am so looking forward to getting back on the trail this weekend.  We have not done any Autumn walks.  I really want to see all of the beautiful leaves.  BUT….  yes there is always a but in life right 🙂

My but is my fears.  If you are interested in my list of fears read on….

-I fear that I will not be able to hike as far as I had in the past due to the hiatus

-I fear that I am going to get out on the trail and my foot is going to start hurting and I will not want to walk back —this is the big one—

-I fear that hiking is not as much fun as I remember

-I fear that it wont be as much fun hiking when its too chilly to stop off at a swimming hole

I don’t know about you but when I go into something with no expectations…or do something for the first time it is a lot less scary that getting BACK into something.

So what is the solution to all of these fears?

The prescription I gave myself is from now until Sunday it will be nothing but positive self talk.  And a little extra at the gym to make sure my legs are nice and strong and ready for a walk in the woods this Sunday.



Progress Shot 8 months