We had such fun volunteering for Hood to Coast. Robin picked me and Gaye up and was kind enough to drive us to Seaside. Upon getting checked in and dropping our things, we headed for the beach. It was a nice sunny day with a pretty strong wind. We walked for quite a while, maybe 2 miles or so? Then back again. A nice dinner out (grilled halibut and steamed veggies and a baked potato) then a leisurely walk back to the hotel. How nice it was to be within walking distance of everything!
Saturday we were up and at 'em at an early hour, walking back to the main drag for breakfast. I splurged a bit with a dungeoness crab and cheese omlette, hash browns, two pieces of toast, and two pieces of sausage.
What? I was hungry, and knew we needed to be fueled up for the day to come.
We arrived at the finish area early, and were amazed at all the people that were already there. We found out later that some of the High School challenge teams were awfully fast, coming in from Portland, and had started arriving very early that morning. We got signed in and checked off for our credit to the Honey Buckets and Badgers team, then eventually found our way to our assigned spots.
We were photog assistants, helping out by collecting the teams' belongings to put to the side so they didn't have to wear backpacks or jackets or whatever they had with them when they posed for their team photo. We also checked with the photog to make sure the right team number was assigned to the right frame on the camera memory disk.
Most everyone who came through was pleasant and grateful for the help with their things. We had a team or two that just walked through, not wanting to get a picture taken at all. Gaye and I worked the last station, and Robin worked with another lady at the station before ours.
There were fun moments, there were busy moments, but overall the time just flew by. It worked out perfectly - our shift was 9:30 to 1:30, and by the time we finished and headed to the finish area, Z-Money, Parneli, et.al. were set to arrive to wait for the final runner to cross the finish line as a team! It was great to finally meet Parneli after being friends here on Spark for so long. They even asked us to cross the finish line with them and stand with them for the team photo. That was very cool. They were very appreciative, and I kept feeling as if I should thank THEM for doing this so I could volunteer and be a part of the neat experience.
We parted ways then, agreeing to give the team finisher a ride back to Portland when we left. A quick bite at Subway, and then back to the car to empty out the extra cup or two of sand that we'd collected in our shoes LOL We met up with Jeff, and were on our way again!
I didn't fuss with tracking. I carried that on through the rest of Saturday, and then Sunday as well. I'm back on track with tracking today, and have had a few insights. While my calories burned may make it seems as if I need to up my calorie range, apparently doing so not only slows down my rate of loss, it actually adds on the ounces to pounds!
Even with the deficit I was seeing, I was still slowly gaining. I started the month losing bit by bit, but as the calories being burned increased, and my range expanded, the number on the scale started going up again. One of two things happened - either I wasn't burning as many calories as I thought, or I was burning just fine, but my body needs less calories in to continue losing.
That's my main focus right now - releasing those pounds again successfully so I can feel better and be more active. You'd think after all this time (two years, really) that this would make more sense, but apparently I'm still learning and my body has a thing or two to teach me yet!