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Look what I found outside this morning! SPRING!! Oh happy happy joy joy, clap hands with glee!And this would be why I wash my floor every nightGuess who got out for a trail run!It's foggy and wet out. Thought I'd spend the day with my two cuddle bugs but then got a call to come out for a 10K trail run. To the trails we go!so many stairs, so much mud....sooooooo tiredOh good, now I know I'm not the only one that does thisHow take a happy happy Tami....sunshine and trail run!How take a happy happy Tami....sunshine and trail run!is in her happy placeOMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. Ya, it was awesome. Worth the effortMy new trail runners can't wait to try them out!Had an amazing adventure on the weekend!Sept 2016 208 poundsGreat day for a canoe/hiking tripRace day! Back to the trails!day 365 of my streak for "Log in and spin the SparkPoints wheel" earned 12/4/2016is wishing you all a wonderful ChristmasWhat a great walk today!Out exploringHope you are having a great day!Personal record on a 10K today? Ya, I did that.How I felt this morning runningGetting ready for date night with my husband. beautiful afternoon for a 6K walk along the lakeBeautiful afternoon for a 5K run around the lake. Starting the week off right. Just a bit of an improvement over the last 4 months. 4 months, I'm happy with this!Cause sometimes you need to sit on a rock bluff high above the inlet.Who climbed this? ME!!! Who's hanging around the house today whimpering? ME!! Worth it, totally worth it. Curried fried rice made from cauliflower. With fresh peas, fresh green onion and organic local chicken. Love farmers markets!Posted a photoI may not go to the best restaurants these days but I definitely go to the best places for dinner. Nice 7k dinner hike tonightLove when you can open your fridge and throw something like this together on the spur of the moment. Fresh tomatoes, peaches green onions and chicken tossed in a Thai Chili lime sauce and grilled oh and the best local corn ever! Kinda wish I had written this one down so I can make it again.Somewhere behind that smoke is a beautiful mountain. Maybe tomorrow this will lift.The smoke has cleared so it's back to my favourite trail runs. Woot!Love going out to the backyard and picking breakfast.Hitting the trails every day this week. Another day a other waterfall 😀I had one of my favourite helpers today. She put the watermelon in the container for me....taking a bite out of each piece as she did. That only works when you are 2 and adorable.Day one of hiking bootcamp. Looking forward to the early morning pre-sunrise ones next week.Early morning workout chasing two year olds and a soccer ball. Aka early morning workout with perpetual motion duoThey were so excited income spend the day with their nana. I think I wore them out. After sending them home I went on a 7.5K boot camp hike. Now I'm ready to nap on that soccer ball.Early morning hiking boot camp. Headlight...check. Bear bell...double check! 5K hike starting before sunrise, what a great way to start the day.Bootcamp hike started after dinner tonight. Made it to the view point before dark but hiked the last 3K in darkness. 8K total. What a workout!Early morning hike to watch the sun come over the city. What a great start to the day.Heading up a new trail today. 8K on the side of the bluff. Getting up was very steep and on a narrow path...now for down.Posted a photoBeautiful fall morning for a 12K hike. Great way to start the day.Has my little helpers join me one day a week. Chasing 2 year old twins....now that's a workout. When you granddaughters are surrounded by Spartans they see the obstacles everywhere. It also makes trying to build a closet organizer a bit challenging when 2 year olds are insisting that they "swing nana and climb". 😃I love the 3K path between my daughters house and mine. It was a beautiful evening to walk over for Thanksgiving dinner. That and the 6k round trip made room for pumpkin pie 😄Sometimes you just need to get out and make a splash in this world. Even better if you get to get out and do this with 2 year olds.Just finished my first 7 mile race. Love running with my daughter!Headed out today to a 10k hike. We were excited about the hike and fall colours. Mother nature had other ideas. Still did the 10k and enjoyed the fresh snow and calmness.And then Mother Nature said....hold my beerBeautiful afternoon for a hike with my husband at one of my favourite running trails.10K hike and a weenie roast. Best birthday dinner ever!Let's face it. If you put up a Christmas tree you will attract grandchildren. It's the same principle as feeding pigeons.Sun is up and the most is sitting on the river. Great morning to go for a run!Late afternoon 5K around the lake. Nothing like a setting sun to push you to increase your pace.Got out to the lake early today. I love trail running, always something different. 9 months till my half marathon in Ireland!When you trail run you can't care how pretty your shoes are. 7K in the rain up the side of a mountain. 279 more days until I go to Ireland for my half marathon trail run!!Ok ice storm. You win today but you will melt and then I will go to the trails to run.The ice storm has made the trails too dangerous to be out on but I took a walk through the park. Flipping cold but ice covered trees were so beautiful.Ice storm....round two.First trail run of the year! After all the ice storms, fallen trees and wind it was so great to be able to get back to the trails. #10k #halfmarathontrainingEasiest way jump start a Monday is with twin 2 year olds. Spartan racers in the making, can't wait to run their first race with them! #nana #spartanAfter a very busy day with my 2 year old grand daughters they asked for a treat before bed. I asked what they would like. They talked back and forth and then jumped up and down and clapping they shouted brocolli. So now I'm cooking brocolli. Gotta love 2 year olds.Spending the week in Disneyland with my two mouseketeers.Great day at Disneyland and now it's time to take a break and make a healthy dinner. Love having a kitchen when travelling. Not a single meal eaten out and lots of healthy options to keep us going.Running with the minions! Their first trail run.Heading out for a winter hike with the love of my life.Headed out for a trail run. Ran through the snow, ice and mud. Slipped off a bridge, slid through the mud and water until landed under the bridge. Climbed out, still finished 8k. Oh ya!Nothing like pulling out an old photo to remind yourself of how far you've come.I actually found this little guy in my workout room. There's been a stray bunny in our neighbourhood, guess it wasn't alone. We now have a pet bunny.Two more days till my next 7 mile trail race. AND the rain has been cancelled. Oh happy days!
Just finished my 7 mile race and shaved 2 minutes off my last race giving me a new PR. My husband ran his 5K. Great day for a race.Beautiful afternoon 7K hike, love that this is just a few minutes from my front door. Beautiful afternoon 7K hike, love that this is just a few minutes from my front door. Another beautiful day. Headed out to the lake for a 5k run. Got a PR! 36:22 mins. That's 2 minutes faster the last time I ran this route 4 months ago.Half way through today's 18K hike. Great day to go completely around this lake, lots of running water and challenges on the trail. I'll be living in the shower now for a couple of hours.Was going to head out for a run but my two favourite puddle jumpers showed up at my door and wanted nana yo come play. Went for a walk around the lake and lots of puddle jumping.20K through streams, muddy hills, fog and really cool miss covered bridges. Being healthy is so much fun!Off for a couple of days with a flu bug but today did a 4 hour hike though creek beds, up muddy hillsides and along a lake close to home. Shower felt sooooooooooo good. My husband is terrified of suspension bridges but was determined to come out on a 3 hour hike with me today. So proud of him! Personally I like the bouncy wiggly jiggly as you go across.Getting the veggies ready for the bbq. Cauliflower, mushrooms, peppers and celery. Fresh chives and parsley from the garden. I'll toss in some grape tomatoes just before these are finished grilling. Yum.Posted a photoToday the day belonged to me. I gave myself a day of saying no to everyone and went for a 13km trail run by myself. Just me. It was wonderful.Because some days you just need to take a break from life, climb a mountain, sit on a rock that's over a million years old and appreciate the beauty around you.Yup my heart is melting into a puddle of goo.Looks at to do list...looks at granddaughters. Looks back at list...it will still be there an hour from now. Sits out on't he garden, teachers the girls how to make butter cup crowns and spends a wonderful hour pretending to be butterflies and princesses. Take that to do list!Evening run around the lake. Great way to end the day.The healthier I get the more I appreciate the beauty around me. Trail run down to the falls today. Going down was wonderful but then getting back up...and up and up. So much up.Soaked and muddy from head to toe. Ran the 5k foam race this morning. So.much.mud. Now off to work.My granddaughters just found out were going to Disneyland tomorrow. They ran in the house to pack. Oh my heart is just a pile of goo right now.Be as determined as two toddlers pushing tea cups as fast as they can go. Celebrate like they did, asking for water with ice in it.Posted a photoDid a 10K hike for fathers day. The trail was a tad overgrown in some sections. I sent my husband in first to knock away any spiders.Another 2 pounds down this week. Double chin and jowls gone again. Definitely a challenge to get back on track after regaining 35 pounds but definitely worth the work. Down 70 in total half way to goal.A fun, active Canada Day with my daughter and the twins. Ponies, rock climbing, a healthy bbq, long walk and now settling the girls into a movie while we pass time until the fireworks start. Hope everyone had a great weekend!An incredibly busy week was broken up when my son called, "Hey mom, want to come out on the quads with me?" Yes, mom does. Mom always does. My son brought be a coffee cup from Twedes Cafe (Twin Peaks). I may sun out the pie to die for for but I can certainly enjoy a "Damn fine coffee".Got up for a very early run through the trails by my house. Not a single sound, not a single bear and not a ounce of stress. Great way to start the day.Nice easy run today, feels great to have the time to get back to my trails.Because sometimes after a very busy week you have to say "Rain be damned, I'm going for a hike."My youngest granddaughters started preschool. One, I miss my little side kicks. Two, how did they go from newborn to 3.5 already?! I think I need to go for a run to get over this.What a perfect afternoon for a 5KM run around the lake. My husband even came with me!Took advantage of the great weather to get another trail run today. Getting my stride back and loving it. Next run I want to get back to my favourite 10k route.Quick run before picking my daughter up from the airport. Yay, she's back home!Hiked to the glaciers today. What a great way to spend date day with my husband.Love that losing weight has giving me such a adventurous lifestyle. When I saw the fog this morning I quickly got dressed for a trail run. What a healthy, relaxing, sweaty way to start my day.Posted a photoWhat a perfect day for a late afternoon run.Headed to a different lake for another run, tried to beat the rain. The rain won. Still felt great to be out there, perfect running weather.Fresh rosemary and garlic from my garden and then green peppers, mushrooms, red potatoes and organic chicken from the farmers market. Topped with a drizzle of local organic virgin olive oil. What a great way to end a late afternoon hike.Took a me day today to go hiking. Just me, the rain and the beauty of fall.Late afternoon run at my favourite trail. 7KM of beauty and hills. So.Many.Hills.What a great way to start the day, hiking up and then a beautiful view of the inlet.What a perfect day to celebrate our anniversary! After a morning hike we stopped for a healthy lunch and then for a walk on the beach. Loved today!Babysitting the twin granddaughters today they declared they wanted to dance like princesses. While dancing one hugged the other and announced, "You're my best friend." I'm not crying, you're crying. 😭Racing the late afternoon sun is a great motivation to get a 5K run around the lake before the sun starts to set. #motivationGrabbed a quick hike with my husband before the rain hits. Being healthy is a beautiful thing.Pretty sure this was the last chance for me to catch the sunset from up here this fall. Love this climb, so rewarding. The fog starting to lower over the city, it was so cool to watch. (Mission BC for those who want to know) I will sleep well tonight!A moody day 8K run. So peaceful, what a great way to destress. (Mission BC)A moody day 8K run. So peaceful, what great way to de-stress.Beautiful fall afternoon for a sunset run along a lake.Definitely getting colder! The wind was blowing at the lake, ice was forming on the puddles in the shade. 5K not seeing another person, love trail running.Wasn't feeling top of my game yesterday so decided to change up my look. Hopped in the car, went to ask my husband what he thought but before I could ask he said, "wow". I needed that wow. He has always been supportive but he's never said wow before.Posted a photoUp to you how you look at things. An impromptu drive out to Whistler with my daughter and the twins. Skating, games of hide and seek and running in the snow before a beautiful drive home. Will sleep well tonight!Started the tear with a 5k run around the lake.I love the start of a new year. So many new people bringing excitement and empowerment. For me, another day another trail run. Hoped I could beat the rain but half way through it started to pour, still got in 6K.Posted a photoPosted a photoSun poking out behind the storm clouds, maybe I'll wait a few minutes before heading out for a run.5K run this morning between rain storms and then a 2K walk this afternoon along the river. Great way to start the week.Was having a day, split my runners on today's run was how it ended and I was having a pity party when I saw the "how have you aged" challenge on Facebook so I grabbed my first photo and most recent from a couple of weeks ago. Bad day wiped away.When the granddaughters come over wearing sparkly shoes and ask. "Nana, do you have sparkly shoes?" Oh, yes...yes I do. NSV...they are too big now. Also, three year olds are really impressed by pink sparkly heels.Admires beautiful sunrise while sipping coffee. Gets dressed for an amazing early morning run. Opens door...realizes its winter and freaking freezing out there. Runs on treadmill for 40 minutes.Potluck family dinner tonight and I made Cauliflower Tots. The grandkids inhaled them!Just enjoying the sunrise as I sip my coffee. How can you not want to be healthy waking up to this?Went for a second run today, sunset along the river. Incredible view!Finally got out in the snow hike at a couple of trails. Beautiful...now it can melt.Long late afternoon hike up to the lake. Still frozen but not much snow left. Love combining the peacefulness with such a great workout. Brisk late afternoon walk along the river with my husband. Blocked out time tomorrow to see if the trails are safe enough yet for running at the lake.Sometimes you just gotta go for a run. 6KM through snow and ice today.Visited my son today, he took me for a hike along the snowy river. Love where he lives, so peaceful.Posted a photo160KM run, walked and hiked in 10 weeks. Feeling pretty darn good about this. Hello spring! Time to break out those Mini Mouse helmets and get outside.It's been a long time since I did this hike but my husband and I headed out today to climb it again. I love where I live, filled with so many beautiful places and challenges. Two hours up and down, lots of mud and fallen trees. Worth it.First farmers market of the season. It's raining, it's cold and yet looking at what I'm surrounded by I think this sign in front of me sums it up. Oh the hikes I will do here...After six weeks of hibernation I headed back out to the lake for a run. Or should I say a "gasp, pant, grunt, groan, run like event". There was movement, there was sweating, there was swearing. It was good.Let the reno begin!Up before dawn for a run on the river. Loving my new backyard.Evening walk with my husband. Loving our new life on the river!Pre-sunrise run mantra. "Ok bears, I don't want to see you, you don't want to see me. Let's work as a team."Getting my run back on. Took advantage of the pouring rain to have the lake to myself for a 5K run. I'm drenched and so happy I went. Signed up for a 7 mile race in the fall.This guy swooped down in front of me and scooped up a rat while I was running tonight. Gotta love trail running.When we look after the twins we take them out for a bike ride. The older people in the complex come out now to cheer them on. Life in the mobile home park, love it.My city boy husband is learning county life. He had never seen fish jump before. Dragged him out for a walk along the river. We take so many things goes granted yet something so common to me was brand new to him.Just when I thought I had found all the good running trails I finally find the hidden old train tressels along the lake and a wonderful new running trail.Great way to spend the afternoon, throwing rocks into the river.Went to the zoo with my daughter and her twins. We rented a bike to get around. What a fun day and great workout...oh those hills!Spent some time this afternoon on the river. Couldn't get my camera out in time to catch the deer swimming in front of me, it was pretty cool to see. Love canoeing, great workout and we beat the rain!The hills! Working on a new trail run. The hills are insane. Starting at the lake edge in 3KM you go up (second photo) then back down to lake edge, each hill got higher. Since it's not a loop you get to turn around and do them again. My legs are jello.River run at sunrise. Definitely rebuilding my speed, what a great way to start the day!So many changed this year. Getting back into a running routine, working on removing stress and building our forever home. Absolutely love how our fixer up mobile is transforming.Having this little beach across the street has been so much fun this summer. Runs in the morning, evening quiet time and so much joy watching the twins as they hop from rock to rock and splash in the water.I want to embrace life like a four year old who just rode their bike without training wheels for the first time.After some stressful days there's nothing like sitting on the water watching the sunset. I needed this.We are getting out so much for walks in the evening now. When we moved here a couple of months ago we had no clue how much our life was going to change for the better. What an incredible, healthy way to end the day and relieve stress.I may be a tad guilty.Heading out on a 10k hike. I've done a bit of the trail on this side of lake but not much. Let's go explore it together.First KM done, so flat and easy it was hard not to run but I know what's coming up next for, hills, very.steep.hillsPant, pant, 6 minutes of this grade. Water, sweat, pant. One more steep hill to go then into the unknownMade it to 3km mark, top of third hill. Really understanding the phrase, "Rest here, tomorrow we reach summit." Turned off my music to take in the complete silence. The next part will be all new to me. Onward hopefully not upward!Anyone want to guess what came after hill three? Anyone? Yes, hill four. This one even steeper. Steep enough that stairs and a railing were built into the trail.After hill four came a beautiful creek tumbling into the lake and I'm surrounded by the sweet smell of wild blackberries.From one end of this lake to the other only ended up being 8km. It was a nice outing, the hills were definitely challenging. The last part was pretty flat which let me end with a bit of running.And bonus km! My husband was supposed to meet me at the other end of the lake but got lost. (No comment) I chose to walk the 2.5km to him, I knew it would be 5he easier option. Total hike, 10.5km! I love these train tressels that still stand in the lake.Posted a photoI love this.Sign up for the 12k trail race I said to myself. You like them and you'll have fun I said. Practice run today. It's been 3 years since I ran this course, I have a month to prepare for it. Not sure which was harder, going up this steep hill with the loose rocks or going down.After a month of thyroid nonsense and gaining 20 pounds of fluid in a matter of a few days it feels wonderful to see the scale back down, all the extra chins gone, and feeling like myself again.Date day with my husband. Played tourist in our backyard and went exploring up the coast. Love how dates now include healthy activities and foods.Started my day with a 5K run, ended it with a 3K walk with my husband. Looks like fall is getting ready to show off.The sun was taking way too long to rise this morning so I went for a peaceful run in the dark. So many stars, perfect predawn run.Convinced my husband to come on a hike with me tonight. 7KM round trip, been over a year since he's come that far with me.I raced the sun tonight! A run around the lake at dusk. Nothing like a setting sun to keep you moving through the trails. Made it back just as the sun stated to set.I wanted to go for a run, husband wanted to sit on the couch and watch TV. We compromised with a walk along the river.Fall is definitely sneaking up on us. Beautiful day to take a break from the gym and head out for a run.Trail run in the pouring rain. I'd forgotten how wonderful that feels. I'm drenched and happy!Four months ago we made a huge lifestyle change and downsized to a mobile home. We are just about finished the outside renovations and extension. Which means I am weeks away from getting my home gym back!Posted a photoCrunching leaves, beautiful colours, cooler temperatures. Love fall walks.12K race around the lake? Nap time now?Dragged my husband out for a sunset walk across the street to see the sunset. Literally across the street. He survived, it was touch and go but he's a trouper.Beautiful fall day at Whistler! Spent the day exploring.It's been way too long since my husband and I went away for a night. Just spending the evening walking around. It's cold we're tired but don't want to stop.Walked down the path to get my coffee this morning. Love the way the bridge is lit. After we got coffee my husband suggested we walk down the trails and go sit by the stream. What a great way to start the day, loving our anniversary celebration.Introduced my granddaughters to rock climbing today. They loved it. After a two year absence I also realized I have a lot of work to do getting my skills back. It was a great day.Catching the last fall colours before the fall winds come and blow them away. What a beautiful 4K walk with my husband.Beautiful 10K around Stanley Park for my birthday. Perfect day!Walked along the river across the street today, love where I live. Officially eagle season! I spotted the first one today, in a couple of weeks there will be hundreds sitting along the river. So much beauty right outside my front door.Had to stop on my run tonight and soak in the beautiful sunset.Posted a photoSeems about rightWalked down to the river to watch the bald eagles and was surprised to see a flock of blue heron fly overhead.Needing a distraction my husband and I sat at the river watching the eagles as the sun set. Such a beautiful site.I drive past this sign all the time, always gives me a chuckle.Oh want this shirt for my next race!Posted a photoPosted a photoLosing enough to comfortable wear boots and jeans again. I'm pretty darn happy.First 5K hike for the year.Hiking on vacation and celebrating! Doctor called to let me know that after three rounds of biopsies they finally could say I don't have cancer. No more stabby stabby!So much rain the last 3 months! Got a small break this morning and made it out for a walk along the lake.Three days in Disney, 70,000 steps so far.What a beautiful day for a run!😆 some days it feels this way10 days after surgery to remove the mass in my throat I'm back to running. Breathing so much better now and my pace is quickly picking back up. So glad it finally got taken care of. Time to start training again. 🥳🥳Love running past the old train tressels from the 1800s.
Feels so great being able to run again.
(Photo is an hour east of Vancouver BC)Healthy lifestyle benefit.
Old me would have glanced out the window and said that's a really pretty moon. Healthy Tami dragged her husband across the street to watch the super moon rise on the river. He was very glad I did.Three weeks since having the mass removed from my neck and my breathing is back to normal. Hardly any scarring left! Got the nod to go ahead and run as much as I want. Looking forward to being able to add a few more race medals once the world is back on its feet. And I have a neck again! A jawline and a neck!Just doing a little self isolation today on the river.Looks like my business could be shut down for months which is terrifying but I'm working on meditation, self isolation and taking advantage of hidden spots just minutes from my front door while I figure things out.
(I'm couple hours east of Vancouver BC)Out on a trail run today this little guy didn't care how close I was getting to him, he was not going to leave his lunch. I feel ya little guy, I feel ya.Who just finished a 12k trail run? Who hasn't done that distance for over a year and would really like a nap now?
Sooo tired, so happy, sooooo smelly.One of my favourite business trips was to Mumbai. This is the view I woke up to each morning. Most recent trip Manila. This is sunset on Manila BaySaw this sign in the Mall of Asia and loved it! Have to admit, I want to be 50% off more or less tooMe and a few co-workers during some downtime in Mumbai (Aug 09)Water shooting up through natural blow hole - MexicoMe - 40 pounds lighter, bad hair day and allMay 2010 265 poundsHiking in OregonAug 2, 2010 258 poundsCountry Road in Swords (Dublin)Giants Causeway, IrelandGiants Causeway, IrelandMe going for a walk in OregonMy youngest and I in Mexico50 pounds downClimbing the Grouse GrindHiking in the fog, 2800 foot climbClimbing a mountain in the fog, what an amazing day this was!Getting over my fear of bridges...EMPOWERMENT!Climbing along cliffs226 pounds - Nov 1, 2014Trying on my old cloths2014January 2014 (92 pounds down)Inching towards goalSept 2015Dec 2015The best gift I got this year was the one I gave myself. Being healthy enough to spend 45 mins shovelling my very steep driveway and feeling great afterwards!Starting my day with my favourite breakfastis missing hiking season, can't wait to get back up the mountains. Excuse me nana, but I need to work on my biceps. View from my office today is so relaxing. Love when the mist sits on the river. Cantaloupe, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, raspberries, carrots and celery all now cut up and ready for meals and snacks. Don't talk to me before my first bottleAnd now after the first bottle? Wow, she really is my grand daughterrain rain go away Tami wants to hike todayLoved getting out for a trail run today!Happy Valentine's Day everyone!It was cold and wet but I still went for a trail run!
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