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Reset: Days 22 & 23 Maybe I should quit...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I hit a patch of discouragement, but I stuck it out. Luckily it was short lived. Monday my son had a double header softball game scheduled. We had storms move through. The games were cancelled and he was disappointed. This is the second week in a row his games were cancelled due to rain. So to cheer him up, we decided to go shopping for a batting helmet. The team equipment is lacking! While out we stopped and ate at a neighborhood Mexican restaurant. I had this great chicken and rice dish. I even nibbled a couple chips out of that basket. Not the whole basket as usual, but just a few. I boxed half my dinner to bring home for later. What? Who is this woman in my body?

When we returned home we watched the Tigers game on tv. I didn't even fret about getting steps on the fitbit!

Tuesday I had a burst of energy. I woke up feeling good. I felt strong. I'm not sure why - same me, same body, not much changed! But when you are feeling it - grab on and take advantage of that feeling! I got in a real long walk with the dog at night. It was perfect walking weather. Yep, 22,000+ steps!

I updated my virtual walk. I got a new phone and set up the fitbit ap. Somehow when I did that - it now is no longer syncing with SP. Anyone have any suggestions? After syncing with the phone and not being able to update SP, I tried to sync on my computer - but it just picked up 0 for those days! I'm not sure what's up! I am so NOT techno savy!

Anyhow - on the virtual walk I have hit day 108. I am in stage 21 - 788.2 miles walked on the Pacific Crest Trail. I am in the Sierras. It is pretty rugged hiking! Quite a contrast to that hot southern California desert! I found it ironic how where I was on the trail seemed to mirror where I was on my path to a healthier me. Check it out!

Day 106 Oh look at that pretty view! Ah, what a nice walk....


Look! A critter! A yellow bellied marmot. Certainly friendlier looking than those snakes in the desert! I'm liking this section of the trail!


And Timberline Lake. How pretty.


Oh my gosh, this is getting a little tougher trekking!


That would be Guitar Lake. There seems to be more snow. Things are frozen up here!


Someone was having fun! or maybe they were lonely! Hello snowman!


This is getting tougher. I'm not sure I have what it takes to continue on. Hokey Pete! Things are frozen. The air is thin. The trail is steep. I don't think I can do this. Maybe I should quit.

Wait, I can't stop out here. Gotta get to the next camp. Quit thinking and just put one foot in front of the other! Onward!


Look the snow isn't so bad here!


Dang! How cool is that? I am so glad I kept hiking. I would never have seen that if I had quit!


Look! There it is! The shelter at the top of Mount Whitney! Yippee! I can rest and regroup!


What the heck? Over night my socks froze. My boots froze. They froze solid. I can't get my feet in them! This is too much. Maybe I should quit. Someone call the helicopter!


Oh, but wait, remember the cool things I saw last time? I bet there are more of those ahead. Socks and boots will thaw out. This is temporary. Put on those crocs. They will make due for now. Hike on girl, hike on!


Holy crap, where's the trail? This is too much. I don't think I can do this. Deep breath. Have faith. Get out the compass if you need to. Use the tools Barb, use the tools! You got this! Walk on.....


Ohh geez and now more rocks....and look there are MORE mountains ahead! This is TOO much for me! One foot in front of the other....


WHAT? And now I have to cross this? How deep is it? How COLD is it?

Remember, you crossed the California desert! That was tough. This is a little stream. Have faith in yourself! You got this!




How welcoming is this? Looks like a good place to rest and reflect. Wow! Look at what I accomplished in the last few days! So glad I kept hiking and didn't hitch a ride on that helicopter!



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  • no profile photo CD14034154
    I'm so sorry that your son's game got cancelled, again. I know he appreciates the fact that you tried to bless him with his baseball, by getting him a helmet, as that's very important to have. That's so cool the way you're looking after your son, and trying to get hat is best for him.

    I'm just even more excited to get to walk the virtual walk that you're on now. I'm almost finished with the one I'm on, at this moment.

    Blessings!

    - Nancy Jean -
    GA
    2191 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13423552
    Barb,
    Sometimes I have to go into Fitness Trackers on Sp and manually sync my Fitbit. Have u tried that?
    Noreen
    2191 days ago
  • LSIG14
    Awesome! I love your stories as you go along the trail. You have totally hooked me on virtual walking! Keep up the good work!
    2191 days ago
  • I_CHOOSE
    Barb, your narratives are as wonderful as the pictures you post! Love it, love it emoticon
    2192 days ago
  • AAAACK
    Funny, my son's baseball league always is short on gloves and helmets as well! Well, if he had a teeny head, he'd be fine, it's the equipment for the older kids that is lacking. We got a glove on our last shopping trip. I'm waiting until next season to get a helmet (our season is over) in case his head grows again :)

    For reconnecting your Fitbit, try this link (you'll have to cut and paste, it doesn't let me add an actual link): http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
    connect-your-device.asp

    if that doesn't work, then go to the start bar at the top of most Spark pages, and choose My Trackers, My Fitness, then once that page loads, scroll down to the bottom of the page and there a "Tools" section that allows you to connect to your devices, including your Fitbit. I hope that helps!
    2192 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15505658
    Keep on keeping on! emoticon
    2192 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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  • 50YEARSAWIFE
    Great blog. We all have those days when things don't go well.
    2192 days ago
  • VELVET_01
    You are so amazing! It's so true that not every day is going to be stellar. Life just doesn't operate that way. But if we keep on moving forward no matter what, we get to those bright patches again in no time. Especially when our attitude isn't doom and gloom. You're an inspiration to me!

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    2192 days ago
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