Geocaching, Picnics, and Trail Hiking

This past weekend we were once again blessed with sunshine and beautiful blue skies one of the two days. So, of course, I knew we needed to plan something outside for fun and exercise. We thought it would be a perfect day to log some miles on two different trails to add to the 52 Hike Challenge I signed up for and also find some geocaches.

We decided to head south to two “new to us” trails. The first was short and offered geocaches only reachable by kayak, which we will be finding when the water warms up a bit. In the meantime we did head out across the bridge and check out the surroundings.

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We saw a lot of wildlife in this small area enjoying the sunshine as much as we were. IMG_3872

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After exploring for awhile, we stopped to have a picnic before heading to our main trail of the day.

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Upon arriving at the Wiouwash Trail we were happy to see a small parking area with restrooms provided. This area will fit three-four cars maximum. IMG_3887

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We headed out on a mission to find some geocaches and had no issues what so ever doing so. We are now at #615 found!!!!

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I was so happy to see green leaves on the trees starting to make their appearance. Summer is coming…….. IMG_3889

We even had our own cheering crowd for a distance. Apparently, they must have recently had a race of some sort on this same trail and someone took paper cores and painted/decorated them and placed them along the trail for a short distance giving a high five with a fork arm attached. They were quite comical .

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It ended up being a great day. Almost 6 miles covered and two new trails discovered. One which we will return to with kayaks and one to finish hiking and searching out more geocaches in the near future.

A Little Of Everything

This week brought a little of everything. We started out Monday with beautiful temperatures and quickly moved to cold, rainy and dreary. Mid week we were again back to tolerable temps which means we took full advantage of it all day by playing outside. And then back to rain and dreary once again toward the end of the week.

Add the weather to a crazy week of activities and events and I did what I could this week in the exercise department. Sometimes there was time and sometimes there was time but I was just too tired or just simply not motivated to do anything. I suppose everyone deserves a break once in awhile and this week I did not sweat the small stuff and did what I could.

Here’s a look at my workouts this week.

Saturday: 2.5 mile hike

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Sunday: 1.5 hour paddle, and 1.5 mile walk while playing disc golf

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Monday: 100 crunches, arms and legs routine, 2.5 mile morning walk

Tuesday: home: 100 crunches

gym: 30 minute elliptical, 20 abdominal crunches on the ab machine at 30lbs.***This is the first time I have attempted this since prior to surgery. I used to do 70 lbs. which I am determined to reach eventually again

Wednesday: 100 crunches, 2.5 mile evening walk

Thursday: home:20 minute recumbent bike, arms and legs weight routine

gym: 30 minutes elliptical, stretching

Friday: rest

Have a great weekend…

Picture Perfect Weekend

I have one word for this past weekend…….AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

It started with the making of some sangria slush.

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To taking my last day of the sunshine vitamin until next fall.

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Washing our bedding and winter jackets to hang outside for freshness. IMG_3808

I cleaned the last remnants of winter from the inside and outside of our vehicles.

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Had my wonderful, willing husband pressure wash all my outdoor play toys.

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We ate our first meal outside this year. Something I LOVE to do.

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We then took a trail walk to end a big day. It was wonderful to see no more ice bergs floating around and wildlife enjoying the sunshine as much as we did.

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Sunday brought just a few little chores around the house and then we decided we just had to give paddling a try. Its been so long since our kayaks have been in the water, with my husbands back injury last summer and my recent surgery…..we just had to see if we still had it in us to paddle. Clearly we did and it felt wonderful to be in the water again.

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Our weekend ended with a game of disc golf.

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Awesome I tell you……….Awesome!!!!!

 

Did you have a good weekend?

What did you do for fun?

 

An Awesome Week And An Even Better Weekend To Come

What an AWESOME week!!!!!!!!!

I finally made it to the gym one night after work which is a miracle in itself. For some reason I just can’t find the energy to keep me going after a long day but I finally think I may be getting some of it back. I am not going to lie and say I was not completely exhausted after getting up at 4a.m., working 10.5 hours chasing kids outside all day, then making dinner, and everything else in between, before making a trip to the gym Tuesday night. Truthfully, I was pretty thankful we live so close to our gym  because driving home a good distance would have been a chore. However, I made it, I had a great workout, and I was proud.

So here is a glance of what my workouts for the week ended up looking like:

Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, rowing

home: 1 mile evening walk outside

Sunday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, rowing and legs, and 12 ab crunches!!!!

****A week go I attempted a crunch and had immediate pain. Today I did 12 before I had pain. This, to me, is quite depressing since before surgery I used to do 200 a day. My husband on the other hand, says I should be happy with 12 since a week ago I could not even do one. I guess he’s right, but for anyone who exercises to the extent I do, this is still depressing.

Monday: recumbent bike 30 minutes, 20 ab crunches, 1.5 mile morning walk, 3 mile evening walk

Tuesday: home:50 ab crunches…..YEHHHHH!, 2.5 mile morning walk

gym: 30 minute elliptical, rowing, and lower body

Wednesday: 100 crunches…wow I am really making progress on these baby!

1.5 mile evening walk

Thursday: arms and ab routine, 2.5 mile morning walk, 3 mile evening walk

Friday: rest

As for our weekend………OMG where do I start. It is finally going to be gorgeous here in WI and I plan to take full advantage of it. I could wash vehicles, hang bedding outside, clean up our outdoor play toys, go hiking, maybe……..just maybe consider a small paddle in our kayaks, disc golf, geocache or simply just sit on the porch and enjoy the warmth and sunshine. So many choices that I have no idea how I will choose.

Have you ever had open abdominal surgery? If so, how long did it take you to get back to doing abdominal workouts?

How do you choose what fun activity to do first when the weather warms up in Spring?

Currently……..

Life just seems to be so overwhelming these days that I often find myself wishing I could add a little more time to each day . Clearly that is not possible so let’s take a look at my life as it is currently.

I am reading: Free Country by George Mahood

I am eating: Bowls and bowls of veggie soup….my favorite

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I am trying to figure out: Who I want to offer childcare services to come summertime. I have been interviewing families for the past two weeks and now need to make a decision.

I am planning for: a trip I have been debating for a few years now and I have finally decided this is the summer it’s going to happen. I am getting healthier everyday, its not too far away, and it has everything we love….trails, parks, water, campfires, wildlife etc.

I am excited about: trying two new products I have recently purchased. One, my Cascala Turkish towels for the beach. Apparently these are fabulous, dry quickly, and are huge. So far all I can attest to is that they are huge…..now I need to take a trip to the beach to test these out. IMG_3382

The other item I am looking forward to getting lots of use out if is my Nemo camping comforter. I finally bit the bullet and bought one. Me and my mummy sleeping bag are not great friends…..I hope this is better. I will let you know after I test it out. IMG_3787

Making me happy: my husband who is completely on board with my plan to do more camping. We were so limited last year with his back injury that I am really excited to get out of the city. He has even started constructing an idea I had to transform the back of my SUV into a sleeping area if the weather doesn’t cooperate with my plans. What a guy….he would do almost anything for me. As I would him:)

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Looking forward to: starting to use some of my new workout routines. While I was recovering from surgery I read many, many, many magazines friends brought me and found some awesome ideas to change up my exercise routine. I have not been able to do a whole lot quite yet, but feel I am getting closer and closer to trying some out. This healing and getting back my stamina is much, much harder and taking much, much longer than I ever imagined it would. So this is probably the biggest thing I am looking forward to at this time.

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Do you have anything on your mind you care to share?

It’s Time To Prepare Some Freezer Meals

Every once in awhile I take a weekend morning and prepare some of our favorite freezer meals. This weekend seemed like the perfect time do do just that after waking up Saturday morning to another few inches of snow covering everything.

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I knew we would not be hiking, kayaking or doing anything outside so why not fill the freezer with fast, easy to grab and go meals for when we are having fun in the outdoors and don’t feel like cooking.

I started out browning the meat to prepare crock pot chili. I knew it would be simmering away for a few hours and could be finished up later on in the day, so this was the first thing to start.

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Later that afternoon, I prepared some spaghetti and layered it all in glass containers to freeze.

While I was tending to the spices for chili my husband had a pile of veggies to get cleaned, cut and ready for a huge batch of soup. I love soup and so do all my daycare children. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, I could eat soup every day.

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After that was put together and simmering, I began preparing a couple loaves of zucchini bread. These are perfect for a fast breakfast since we both get up at the butt crack of dawn every morning for work. They also freeze very nicely and are super quick to grab and throw into the pile of camping food for an easy, fast breakfast for those last minute pack up and go camping trips. (Hint hint…..we plan to do a lot more of these this summer) IMG_3779

My final dish was lasagna. This is my absolute favorite recipe for lasagna. It’s fast, easy, healthier than most, and needs to be prepared hours before which means later on all you need to do is preheat your oven and bake. No mess later in the day when your tired and exhausted from a full day of fun…..or work. We actually ate this for dinner and then I froze the rest for later in single serving portions.

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After all this it was time to head to the gym. Which again, I am happy to say, I made it both Saturday and Sunday.

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As for the rest of this week, I am simply hoping for nicer weather. I really miss walking in the morning and not being able to play outside with the kids. Apparently, it’s suppose to be 60 degrees by the weekend……I’ll believe it when I see it.

 

What is your favorite freezer meal?

 

 

 

It Is What It Is………

My week started out pretty good if you like pain and cold weather. I was so happy to have made it to the gym both Saturday and Sunday that by Monday morning I felt exactly what muscles I have not worked in a few months. I was very happy to feel this “good pain” when I woke up Monday morning.

Every morning this week I also had every intention of taking a walk in the morning as I usually do with a friend of mine. However, its was so miserably cold outside all week that I walked my 4-K student to school and decided to return home for tea instead.There comes a time in the winter that enough is enough and I believe I have come to that time. Spring arrived days ago and since then its has snowed numerous times, winds have been horrible and its just stinking COLD! Come on already, have we not suffered enough, lets have some warmth and sunshine.

Anyhow, let’s look at what I did this week for my mental and physical health.

Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, and full body weights minus abs

Sunday: gym: 30 minute elliptical and full body weights minus abs and a family afternoon trail hike 3.1 miles Barkhausen 4-3-16low-1

(photo courtesy of Quade Byrnes Photography)

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 1.5 mile evening walk

Wednesday: recumbent bike 30 minutes

Thursday: 30 minute elliptical and leg/back weight routine, 3 mile evening walk

Friday: rest

Clearly, not a great week in the exercise department.  A few nights I had evening parent interviews to do to replace a daycare family that is moving to another state which really hampered our evening walks. And then, about mid week, I came down with some sort of stomach bug that made me feel pretty miserable. All I can do from this point is hope next week shapes up a bit better.