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Weekly Check-in & woodsy wonders

Sunday, February 16, 2020


(the boy getting his bearings ❤️)

Right to the point:

Weigh-in: 207.2
Blood pressure: 114/72

I'm not happy with the weight loss, or lack there of, but I'm being patient. There may actually be some loss that I won't see for a couple of days because today is the peak of the monthly bloat cycle ;) Not the best day to start a new weigh-in habit, but hey, it's important to track the bloat, too!

Further, I'm probably a bit more bloated because yesterday ended up being a day of restaurant dining. The boy and I went out for a hike, but first we stopped by Subway. I made healthy choices and opted for a veggie delight salad with the lightest dressing instead of a sub (110 cal) and I tried their new cauliflower fritters (250 calories). Then, for dinner Mo surprised me with a belated V-day meal out at a local Thai place we've been meaning to try. Veggie & tofu pad Thai, not too oily, of which I are half. The high estimate on calories was about 750, which put me right at goal calories. Even if it was a bit more, I doubt it was enough to stall weight loss. But my BP is up a bit this morning, so I wouldn't be surprised if I got a double dose of needed sodium!

As for our hike, it was wonderful! It started off okay but not great. Boy was grumpy about the cold wind hitting the trail (we were on a coastal mountain in a state forest area). He was just about ready to call it quits, less than a mile in, when we heard water bubbling nearby -- or at least what we though was nearby. He decided to follow a game trail to try and find the source.

He was thrilled to be in charge of route finding. He pulled out the compass and map, determined where we were and noted landmarks for the trail, and off we went. He practiced "stealth bushwacking," where you do your best to leave little damage or signs of your passing. a mile or so of this lead us to a babbling mountain stream that was swollen but not dangerously so. We found the remains of an old forest service campsite near the stream. A tree had grown out of the center of the official fire ring, many years ago judging by its size, and the grill for the ring was now part of the tree. No remains of any trail remained to this forgotten site (it was heavily grown over in all directions) nor was it noted on any trail maps, so it must have been many, many years ago that this was still an active camping area.

We explored for a bit, tried to identify bits of rock and plants (I got to introduce the boy to what Devil's club looks like in the winter, yipes!), and generally had a grand old time playing at being explorers that are lost in the woods. As storm clouds moved in, the boy was able to adroitly lead us back to the trail, right where we had gotten off, and we were back in the car ahead of the black clouds that were dumping snow in the higher mountains behind us!

Today is chore day -- laundry, meal prep, homework. I also have a winter twig ID class to go to -- three days in a row of playing in the woods, life is great!

I also must say I have had my energy and brain back for two days. It feels so good to be myself again :D

I'm off to roast chickpeas and start laundry, but I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday!
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  • GGRSPARK
    Exciting woodland adventures. The cold wind would get me as well. Roasting chickpeas could be something I will try. I like them any old way but this seems like a good idea.
    51 days ago
  • FREDBEAR49
    I grew up spending all my time in the woods. I want to build another cabin and become a hermit
    51 days ago
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