Lovin’ Scoopful

Okay, y’all, I can’t really believe I have sat here for basically 4 hours reading and commenting on blogs.  I think this is starting to become a problem…so I will just do a short post, and get on with the day, like my next activity, SITTING out in the garden, reading a bit more–haha!  Oh, yeah, and the y’all??  I guess I’ve been reading too many southern people’s blogs this morning!!

Anyways, last night, I looked up that ice cream I recommended on the last post, and it was kinda interesting.  It was developed by the Shrivers, and some other people, and so 25% of their profits go to Special Olympics, which I think is pretty great.  It started being distributed in the northwest and Calif. in July, so it probably isn’t in the midwest yet.  But it is in Safeway, and most other major stores.  Here is their website, and here is a press release about what they are about.  But the main point is that the chocolate is ‘Out of This World!’

In other world news events, I am not doing so well on my exercise.  It’s so easy to get out of the habit.  I am going to have to start over week 4 on the Push Up Challenge.  I am going to do something active for the next three days.  Maybe look at (oh yeah, and DO) the kickboxing DVD I got, go to Curves, take a walk before it gets too hot. I am doing really well on counting my points and eating this week, so I really hope to have a weight loss to post tomorrow.

Have a good day, y’all!

Food, Glorious Food

I think I’m obsessed with food.  “Duh,” my sister would say.  I think about it all the time.  I like to think about what foods go best together, how to get just the right combination, whether it be for a little snack, or a full three-course meal.  Kinda like those two guys on the movie ‘City Slickers.’  I don’t want to run out of food.  I want to always have my favorite foods available.  Now I go to 4 different grocery stores because there is something specific at each that is the very best of that particular food only available at that particular grocery store.  I like to bake and I like to cook.  I have bits of paper cluttering my kitchen–recipes that I’ve cut out of magazines or copied off the internet.

Well, I could go on and on, but you get the picture.  So, even though I have completely changed the way I eat, and many of my decisions about what I’m going to eat really are based on what would be the healthiest for me, I think I have too much food in my house.  And that is really the main reason I am writing this.  I want to know what other people do and/or think.  I think having so much food around, and so many choices (even if they are all good) tends to influence me to overeat.  So if anyone has an opinion about this I would really appreciate hearing from you.

On a completely unrelated topic, my sister and I took a trip to Lake Tahoe together.  She got me to do some things I wouldn’t have done otherwise.  She got me to put on a swimsuit and go in the pool.  First time I’ve had a swimsuit on in over 2 years!  And she got me to take my shoes off and put my feed in Lake Tahoe. We had so much fun looking for the cabin we used to go to every summer when we were kids.

 We found it, and it was SO much tinier than we remembered.  But it was so cute and had been really loved and cared for  over the years.  And then, she MADE me eat Coldstone ice cream–har har!  But it was definitely worthy.  (Crabby McSlacker had a contest on her blog and I wrote a poem ‘Its Gotta Be Worthy.’)  Maybe I’ll share it with you tomorrow.

(That’s Sophie, one of the bad little girls, who insists on being in almost every picture I take, even though she refuses to pose and look cute…)

P.S.  Found a new ice cream that is definitely worthy.  Only 100 calories for 1/2 cup.  Called Loving Spoonful Ice Cream–Out of this World Chocolate.  It is dark and rich, doesn’t claim to be sugar free or fat free. I don’t know how they do it, but it is the best chocolate ice cream I’ve had since starting this diet lifestyle.

The Hike

So to end off my retreat, I headed up to Emerald Bay to try to take a hike.  I knew they had trailheads up there, but I had never gone on any of them.  In the past, when I was so heavy, I just stopped and looked at Emerald Bay and Eagle Falls.  I looked at the map at the beginning of the trail, and it said 1 mile to Eagle Lake, and I thought it said another .6 miles to the next lake.  

We took off (me and Oliver) and right away it was completely up hill.  At the beginning, they had steps cut into the granite.

But it quickly got very rocky.

 It was really rugged terrain.  Not being an experienced hiker, I don’t know if it was more or less rugged than other hikes.  But for me, it was a challenge.  Some of the steps up were almost two feet high.  And I was amazed and very grateful that my knees worked so well in taking these big steps.  I don’t think I’ve blogged about this before, but a couple of months before I started W.W., I hurt my knee so badly that it literally took me 30 minutes to put a shoe on and tie the lace.  I really thought I was going to have to have surgery.  And for someone who is paranoid about going to the doctor, that is not a good thing.  But to make a long story short, it resolved of its own accord (after spending several thousand dollars in doctor/diagnostic bills–and that was with ‘good’ insurance.)  And can you believe that such a traumatic event did not immediately precipitate weight loss?  It took a couple more months before I took the plunge.  But back to the main story…

So, after hiking almost completely uphill for 1.2 miles, we came to Eagle Lake.  It was really so beautiful, just a small clear mountain lake.  

The grandeur up there is hard to describe.  It is different than looking at it from a distance, or looking at pictures.  My main thought was that I couldn’t believe how BIG it was, but it was only a tiny bit of God’s whole creation, and how could Someone who created something so grand be interested in a relationship with me?

When we headed back, I decided that we could go farther, so we turned and headed up towards the next lake.  It got even rockier and more rugged.  I kept thinking, boy, I know why they call this the Desolation Wilderness.  The whole time we hiked in that direction, we only encountered one couple, who took this picture of me and Oliver.

Anyways, the farther we went, the more desolate it got, and the couple soon disappeared completely.  We did encounter one couple on their way down, who said it was still a long way to the next lake.  I finally decided to turn around.  If I had started earlier, with a better plan (more water, etc.) I know I could have done it.  That will be a challenge for the next hike.  I also could see the wisdom of hiking with a group, especially when I turned my ankle and fell shortly after starting back down…fortunately, it wasn’t that bad.  It really didn’t keep me from keeping up a brisk pace on the way down.   So, we ended up with a 5 mile hike that took us 3 hours.

  That’s the pedometer showing the 5 miles we hiked.  In case anyone wants to know, its an Omron and its amazingly accurate and easy to use.  You can keep it in your backpack, or purse, or pocket, and it is accurate.

So we (well, just me) celebrated with a soft serve cone, and headed home.  It was a wonderful retreat.   I highly recommend it to anyone.