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

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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 🙂 

The End of the Week

It’s Friday so let’s sum up some of the highlights of my week with Instagram photos.  The featured image is from a great sunrise this week.

Tuesday I skipped my midday walk to meet up with a coworker for lunch.  I felt guilty but on the bright side I found a great burger place.  There’s so many little places around here that you might just drive by if you judged them from the outside but then the food and service are amazing!  I loved the old school diner decor in this place.  Phone Pics March 096

Drawing keeps me from eating all night when I’m home watching TV and this is my latest Starbucks cup creation 🙂  Phone Pics March 101Thursday I headed out from work to my other work location and along the way I decided I needed to stop for a minute.  I parked, set my timer for 15 minutes and headed down to the path by the Snohomish River.  It was such a pretty walk.  I’ll definitely be back when I have more time.  Phone Pics March 107While I was walking along the river I heard this little squeaking noise and looked up to see a hummingbird perched on a branch.  I wished I had my real camera to zoom in on him because I never see hummingbirds just hanging out.  They’re usually zipping around but this one didn’t even fly away as I moved in closer trying to get the best pic possible with my phone.  It’s not a sharp image of the bird but I like it.  Phone Pics March 134The last shot is from yesterday’s walk.  This was one side of the lake, blue skies and fluffy clouds.  Phone Pics March 156Then I turned around to darker clouds and darker waters.  The wind was so strong and shortly after this pic it started raining again but even though I was cold I still felt better after walking.  Phone Pics March 157It’s finally Friday!  I’m in a step challenge over the weekend but it’s supposed to be rainy all weekend so I’m going to have to get creative to get my steps.  Sunday a friend and I are going to do some mall walking then tomorrow I need to run some errands if I can find the motivation…..honestly, right now sleeping in and laying on the couch watching movies all day sounds much more appealing.  Maybe I can strike a deal with myself, run errands then lay on the couch but we’ll see how it goes 😉

Happy Weekend Everyone!!!!!!!!

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