Hikes and Exotic Snakes

I missed Meal Plan Monday and definitely felt it this week because I struggled with dinners so I need to make sure I put together a plan this week.  On the bright side I brought and ate lunch every day this week plus breakfast has also been consistent.

I’ve also been working out more, which I now remember makes me hungry more often so I’m constantly snacking.  I’m reminded eating more while eating better=feeling better and losing weight.  Plus I’m trying to stay as active as possible.

Last weekend I went on a hike to this amazing waterfall, Twin Falls in North Bend, WA

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It was a beautiful hike with great views.  Challenging but still manageable.  That was on Saturday last weekend then Sunday I did next to nothing other than explore Costco.  This week I made it to the gym 3 days.

Yesterday I went on what ended up being one of the most challenging hikes I’ve ever completed, Wallace Falls (see featured image).  There were 3 viewpoints, lower, middle, and upper with each section of the trail becoming more difficult as we climbed.  Once we reached middle falls I was happy with our accomplishment plus I was intimidated by the switchbacks I watched people climbing to the upper falls.  My hiking buddy had a sudden burst of energy and said “Let’s go!”  Being a gluten for punishment and one to not back down from a challenge I fell in line behind her.

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Yes, there are stairs….for giants.

Also, it may not show in the pic but everything is wet and slippery.  I did slip once on the way down right in front of a group of people.  We stepped off the trail to allow people to pass, I thought I could take one more step, caught a root just right, and down I went!  Oops!  Now I wonder why my knees are so angry with me today.

Breathing heavy and legs aching I found myself wondering why we were climbing to the upper falls but on the way back down I felt it….the feeling of accomplishment, the badassidness as I described it to my friend.  It’s the amazing feeling you get when you do something you didn’t think you could do and I was happy.

Today I’m sore but the good news is not as sore as I thought I would be or as sore as I’ve been in past hikes.  This reminds me that even though I’m not losing tons of weight, working out and hiking more consistently are helping me become healthier.

On the way back we drove past a Reptile Zoo and decided it would be fun to make a spontaneous pit stop, as long as the admission fee was under $10…it was $8 so in we went.  I have a love/hate with zoos because I love to see the animals but I hate to see them enclosed, kind of makes me sad.

These two were my favorite.  The albino alligator was very cool but I wanted to set her free.

It’s been a fun weekend that gets to continue for one more day because I had a personal holiday to use before the end of the month so I just picked a random day.  It’s going to be spent cleaning and organizing, as well as creating meal plans.

Hope everyone had an awesome weekend!  😀

I’ll also be editing and sorting photos from the last two hikes.  I should have some up on here but mostly on Facebook and Instagram @daisy9979

Still Alive!!!

I’m still here! Just been crazy busy but promise a post later this week then next week the return of Meal Plan Monday’s and more regular posts! In the meantime, enjoy a few photos from my most recent hike 🙂 

My First Hike-Palouse Falls

A couple pics from this hike popped up in my Facebook news feed this morning and made me feel sentimental. It reminded me how far I’ve come and how much I’ve accomplished over the last year.
This was my first hike. It became the first of many. I struggled in the beginning.  I was tired and sore but the more hikes I did the more I fell in love with just being outside. I fell in love with exploring and found strength in what I could accomplish. The great thing about reflecting back on this memory is it’s making me look forward to all the exploring and adventures I’ll be enjoying in the future! 🙂 Happy Sunday! See more pics on my photography Facebook page.

Transitions in my Life

I was sore yesterday morning, my upper thighs aching from the squats and lunges of my previous day’s workout so I came close to talking myself out of going for the hike I’d been planning all week.  Love it or hate it this was a time when Facebook saved me from myself as I went online and posted “I almost had myself talked into sleeping late and doing nothing today but I’m going on an adventure!”

There it was, a public declaration to my circle of friends and family telling them I was doing something exciting today so now I didn’t want to disappoint by chickening out posting “Adventure cancelled”  Nope, that wasn’t going to happen.

I packed a lunch, grabbedIMG_6248 extra batteries for the camera then swung by the local outdoors store for pepper spray and a first aid kit.

I filled up the car with gas and headed…

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