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Goals, Hikes

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Our fall has been really unusual this year. A lot less rain in town; less snow in the mountains; and about 10° warmer than usual. So I have been able to enjoy hiking late into the season. Here are a few photos from recent hikes.

Hike along the upper river trail with Hanne

Hike up Pilot Butte with Linda

Tumalo State Park with Moon

I also enjoyed several other hikes where I did not take photos. I particularly enjoyed the group hike, where Moon had the opportunity to meet Hanne and Jeanni and my other friends. With Hanne and Jeanni in the lead, that hike was just too fast paced for me to stop and take photos.

I have been thinking about my goals for the next few months. I do not want to go off the rails with overeating during the holidays. Our WW group leader pointed out that there are 132 meals between now and January 2. Three of those are big holiday meals; and most of us attend a few parties as well. I will probably have around 10 celebration meals or parties. And about 122 opportunities for my usual healthy choices. Plus, I can make better choices at the holiday meals. One glass of wine instead of multiple caloric beverages; step away from the appetizers; a tiny portion of dessert; lots of vegetables; skip the bread and butter; and enjoy my meal at a leisurely pace.

And I can plan ahead for staying with my sister over the Christmas holiday. She does not eat breakfast; she has a very late lunch; and a huge meal with her husband very late at night (preceded by cocktails and crusty bread and cheeses). My other sister and I can just go out for breakfast and lunch; that will help us to keep from over indulging at their late night feast. I cannot expect my older sister to change her family’s long-term habits. All I can do is make sure I don’t get so hungry that I overeat at night.

My goal is to another 10 pounds between November 1 and January 1. And to make sure that I get exercise every single day, even when I am traveling. Losing weight is for my health; exercising is for relaxation and stress relief.

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    You can tell you've lost weight Alison! emoticon emoticon
    Sounds like great ideas for your goals! emoticon emoticon
    47 days ago
    Great plan. Way to focus on best gift the holidays can bring - Great health! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    57 days ago
    Such amazing shots! So beautiful and awesome goals!
    58 days ago
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    Residing in flat....at sea level....FL, it is always such a treat to view your hiking pictures!! Thank you for so generously sharing your adventures!! emoticon
    59 days ago
    Always enjoy your hikes through your photos! So glad you are still able to hike during this season.

    59 days ago
    More beautiful photos! While we are scheduled for rain mañana, I hope the skies clear up so I can get some good pix on the coast this weekend...
    59 days ago
    WOW what a view of the upper river trail. !!
    I like what the leader of WW pointed out about the meals & how you are going to be MINDFUL of eating at the parties & at your sisters. I was at a party last night I first surveyed the table bar & made my choices then took my plate to serve myself I was already conscious of what I was going to eat. They were raving about an apple crisp, so I took one tbsp, you know Alison that is all I needed to touch my palate & that was enough.
    have a lovely day
    59 days ago
    Great pictures of your hikes! I think you can manage to hold the 120+ meals in check and lose the 10 pounds you desire. I have taken the motto of I exercise because I love my body not because I hate it. Keep moving! emoticon
    60 days ago
    The photos of your hikes are always beautiful Alison, but the photos that I really thought were beautiful were of YOU. You look great...………..so healthy and happy. All of your work shows and you should be so proud.

    Your plan for the Holiday Meals sounds very good. You will do fine.

    60 days ago
    Great way to look at it... if 120+ meals can be “normal” planning for the “special” ones doesn’t seem like such an insurmountable task.

    Your winter is milder than usual; ours is way colder so far, and the local ski resorts are open already!

    It’s nice that Moon was able to meet some of your other friends. The hikes look wonderful.
    60 days ago
    I love that way of looking at that...we have SO many chances to eat our usual healthy meals!
    60 days ago
    I'm sure you'll do well over Christmas emoticon
    60 days ago

    Keep on Keeping on!

    Make today the greatest day of your life!
    Until tomorrow!
    60 days ago
    Great pics. You look healthy and happy.
    60 days ago
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