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100 Days | Phase 3 - Day 1 – More Hikes to Keep the Fitness Going

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Evening Report

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.

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  • SEATTLESIMS
    Great photos. Lovely scenery. Thanks for sharing.
    27 days ago
  • WORKINGWOMAN31
    Hope you have a wonderful week as well, and awesome job, love the scenery such beautiful pictures
    27 days ago
  • IMPROVINGME
    Way to go, Karen! Looks like you had some really nice hikes this past weekend! Thank you for continuing to post all of your excellent photos. Showcasing the wildlife really highlights the beauty of the state park.
    You're off to a good start on this 100 Days!
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    27 days ago
  • PACEKA1
    I love all the photos, especially those with wildlife in them. I miss being out in the country. My husband and I are going to venture out in a couple of weeks - just a day trip but it's been 2 years since we've done that (he was very ill last spring/summer and only recovering in the fall).

    I know exactly what you mean about feeling your body toning up. I just wasn't motivated to work out at home during the spring but started back to the gym with 2 times a week. In just a couple of weeks I could tell that everything was starting to pull together.

    I wish I could walk more but my knee starts bothering me after only 30 minutes of walking. Daisy and I go every morning though, I know it's good for me.

    I will be cheering you on and joining you on this next 100 day journey! I would really like to drop 30 - 40 lbs. I think it would take some of the pressure off my poor knee!
    28 days ago
  • REGILIEH
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    28 days ago
  • SPARKFRAN514
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon What a lovely day and walking space love the wild life pictures .
    way to go with your healthy eating plan you can do it and you inspire me to keep moving on my journey emoticon
    28 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Love your balanced approach to your healthy eating AND exercise -- and love getting to accompany you on your gorgeous hikes.

    The world is a beautiful place and you see it and share it.
    28 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Beautiful pics of an amazing day!
    Best wishes for your next 100 days!
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    28 days ago
  • JACKIEWALKS4FUN
    Happy for you too Karen that you avoided any medication and have been keeping active. What beautiful hikes. I loved all the pictures and I agree with Barb the picture of the deer in the sunrays was magical. Loved all the cute animals, loved the sweet little deer too walks along the water and flowers, just beautiful, thanks for taking us along. I hope to get out on some trails very soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    28 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    I LOVE that picture of the deer in the sunrays. GORGEOUS! That groundhog is hysterical! Chubby little fellow.

    Hugs and here's to a good week.


    28 days ago
  • WIZARDHOWL
    Thank you for the pics! I am pleased to tell you that after my 9.25 lb. weight loss the last 6 months, my cholesterol numbers are also down, and I also supposed my BP is better though I'm not sure on that because I've only had telehealth appointments. But things are looking good on my end. I am working on filing my plate with more veggies and less meat (carbs aren't really a problem for me) to see if that helps me start to lose weight again as I have stalled the last couple of months. I am doing the My Plate thing (USDA's version of healthy eating) and it has worked in the past, so we shall see how it goes!
    28 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    nice pictures
    28 days ago
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