I decided to label this blog as Day 1 of my Phase 3 of 100 days. I am beyond thrilled that I successfully lost enough weight to lower my blood pressure and my cholesterol numbers significantly AND to avoid going on medication. Nothing I could eat could feel as good as seeing the look on my doctor’s face. So for all you out there that want to lose weight, lower your BP and your cholesterol, know this - it IS possible, thank God.
My primary focus now is to keep working at my healthy lifestyle, keep managing and balancing my portions and possibly most important, keep the fitness going. In this year so far, I have moved from a much more sedentary lifestyle and walking a few times a week to regularly working out and getting good strong cardio nearly every day for at least 60-90 minutes. That’s what works for me. I do eat starchy carbs every day – bread, pasta, rice, potato – but I limit the amount vs the huge bowls I used to eat. I also aim to eat more lean protein than starchy carbs.
Today was a beautiful and very cool day – we actually had a frost warning the last couple days with temperatures in the 30s! (Daytime temps moved into the 60s.) But I got more hikes in this weekend on both Saturday (3 hours) and Sunday (2 hours). It was great. I’m really loving the feeling in my muscles from all the walking and exercise; it’s as though I can feel my muscles toning up. I don’t know how to express it. This is a new feeling for me and I want to keep it going.
Here are photos from my hikes this weekend at a nearby state park. Past Labor Day, the entrance is free and there's not as many people around. Just perfect for me. As always, I had lots of animal encounters - lots of deer, squirrel and a groundhog - and saw sailboats on the lake and lots of natural beauty with trails, lake and shoreline. Hope you enjoy!
Hard to see in this photo but there's a lone deer at the center of the rays of sunlight.
Here's a closer look at the deer. :)
A lot of the trails and paths were pretty wild.. not well maintained this summer.
This was a squirrel on a branch (see center) chewing on his acorn so loudly I could hear it!
Here I encountered a family/herd of deer with young ones. Mom was eyeing us carefully as we approached.
There was a groundhog in this field stuffing his face constantly. (See center of photo.)
At one point, a passing vehicle scared him and he ran into the grasses peeking out.
A few minutes later, he came back out and continued eating.
As my friend and I made our way back to the car, I became obssessed with this sweet young deer, not a baby but still having some spots on his hind end. He kept eating the entire time and was not afraid of me even as I slowly moved closer to get pictures of him. So sweet!
It was a gorgeous day - both days - and another couple of fantastic hikes! Thank you for coming along with me. I really hope my blogs inspire you to go out and make your own adventures. Get out in nature and fresh air. If you don't have any near you, see if you find some, somewhere, that you can get to. It really is good for body and mind.
Have a wonderful week everyone!
You can read the start of this 100 Days Round 3 blog series here: