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Early Morning Walk

One of my favorite things to do here is walk. There is an abundance of walking trails within my neighborhood and lots of “hiking” (mostly flat trails) in and around Austin. This morning my alarm went off at 6am. I had nothing pressing to do today, but I got up and groggily put my walking clothes on. I leashed the dog and off we went.

On a Walk

On a Walk

Byron did not stay on leash long, since there was no one else out and about this fine Saturday morning.

What are YOU looking at?

What are YOU looking at?

My usual early risers were out . . . these guys don’t even run from us. Like semi-domesticated deer, or something like that. I still keep my distance. πŸ™‚

Shadows

Shadows

The wildflowers are still blooming . . .

I think this is Bitterroot, Bitterweed . . . something that's bitter. :)

I think this is Bitterroot, Bitterweed . . . something that’s bitter. πŸ™‚

I went walking on Thursday with Grandma Lu, Aunt Marilyn and Evelyn . . . at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin.

Ticket window

Ticket window

Love it! Flowers on the roof!

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Simply one of my favorite places now! Wildflowers . . . Central TX wildflowers . . . Can’t beat that!!

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It wasn’t nice and cool on Thursday like it was this morning. We strolled through the beautiful gardens in 97 degree temps. Not exactly comfortable. But so worth it! The one above is a Honeysuckle, the ones below are Purple Coneflower and the flower on a Mexican Olive tree.

 

 

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Probably Jinxing Myself

I’m probably jinxing myself, but I’m gonna go public with my simple, petty little goals anyway. I know everyone cares and everyone is sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting for a new word from yours truly. πŸ™‚ That would be me.

So this will be the first and last time I talk directly about jogging, weight loss and/or exercise on this blog. I started one just to keep myself accountable. I would absolutely love it! if you all joined me . . . I would even be open to making it a forum style blog to let others keep their updates there too . . . I would love it, I tell you!! So let me know if you’re interested . . . forum means there’s multiple authors.

Anyhoody. I have lost 50 lbs since the birth of my 2nd and last baby boy, Samuel

Ah, isn’t he cute!! . . . yeah, he’s not that little anymore at nearly 2 years old.

Ok, back on subject. I got big when I was pregnant, with both boys . . . big. I told a mom in the nursery once that I had gained sooo much weight with my first and blah blah blah. She cut me off and was like “oh, me too . . . I totally understand . . . it took me awhile to get that extra 20 lbs off!”. I shut my mouth about it since then.

Alright that is even a little off subject.

I need motivation to take off the next, and last, 20 lbs! So my friend, K, and I are going to do a 5K in the fall . . . well, fall is nearly here . . . if you didn’t notice. The Canadian Maples outside my back window . . . yeah, they have a couple of red leaves already . . . they’re turning!

Anyhoo . . . fall, as in September. I have less than a month and I only push out 2 strong miles before wanting to go home and take a hot shower and curl in a ball of sore muscles and fatigue. Granted I make myself run the whole 2 miles at once and then walk a couple of miles . . . so the mileage is there, just not the jogging the whole of it. And that 2 strong miles is not everyday . . . its twice a week, mixed in with 6 days of mushy walk/jogging.

SO . . . there is a point . . . not a very interesting one, but still a point to all this rambling about jogging and goals attained and goals being made blah blah blah.

I want to be able to jog, strong, 3.5 miles (I’m aware a 5K is approximately 3.1 or something like that) by the time September 15th rolls around. Is this possible . . . I think a diet is in order as well. πŸ™‚

So I will be updating this particular goal . . . especially after a day off . . . today, today was my day off. I allow for lots of sugar inhalation and lethargy. Back at it tomorrow . . . and it’ll hurt after the icecream I managed to down this evening. Sugar does that. πŸ™‚

Wow, I’m boring myself so I’m going to wrap it up.

I love feeling stronger, which jogging does . . . I love the feel of the open road, etc, which jogging allows . . . but ultimately I wanna lose this last 20 lbs so I can enjoy the above even more. Not to mention looking better in my clothes. πŸ™‚

Alright already . . . I’m ending this. Please please please . . . feel free to join me at Run Stacy Run, fat girl running .

See ya there!

God Bless!

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discover

I always thought I was adventurous.Β  Hey, I had traveled to Africa . . . lived in the ghettos of the outskirts of Nairobi . . . met and fell in love with a peopleΒ  and land that I will never ever forget . . . a life altering experience (with God’s grace and protection).Β  I’ve experienced 50 mile endurance races . . . on horseback, that is . . . taking place on land and with people I knew nothing of; just colored tagging ribbons to light the non-path.Β  I’ve scuba dived and will continue to scuba dive the open ocean with my hunk of a husband. Fear has never been a strangle hold for me . . . as I know loved ones have dealt with. Don’t get me wrong . . . I’m not a daredevil, but I don’t mind indulging in the unknown, etc; and I definitely definitely have my limits!!

We move to Salem, Oregon and I am paralyzed in my apartment.Β  I ventured out in my own neighborhood . . . I have driven all of ten miles to a nice park on the edge of the Willamette University Campus . . . but I haven’t made an effort, at all, to get to know the city in which we’ve chosen to reside for the 3 years of Justin’s schooling.

Yesterday Justin and I went to South Salem . . . which seems much nicer than the area I live (which scares me in part. . . what was that about fear?) and enjoyed an immense park (like 900 acres).Β  They have an off-leash dog park area, consisting of 25 of those acres! Nice! Byron got to run about willy nilly and the boys had a chance to also wear themselves out quite nicely (reason for the early nap today)Β  . . . so we will be back there soon. And, of course, I forgot my camera. πŸ™‚

But it hit me that, by summer, I need to have scouted out hiking opportunities, walking paths, swimming areas and hang outs that don’t require us to be on busy streets.Β  I might have to put my explorer hat on and take on the task.Β  Not ‘might’ . . . I have to . . . or I will go nuts holed up in my tiny area of Salem with very little to do. πŸ™‚

Thats all I got to say about that.Β  I miss Eugene, mostly because I knew where stuff was . . . hiking, swimming, etc . . . but there is an excitement with figuring out new areas, getting lost, finding my way, etc. πŸ™‚

God Bless!

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Sunrays

Warmth, that sums up the last few days around these here parts. I live in the northern Willamette Valley of Oregon . . . warm enough through the winter we don’t get snow (rarely) but we deal with cold (15-35 degrees) and rainy days. The much needed break has come . . . signs spring is slowly taking over winter’s position as weather-master. Winter is stubborn and will speak up a few more times before moving on, I’m sure; but the break of sun and warm temperatures has been altogether refreshing. I look forward to fresh growth on trees and in flower beds and long stints outside, hiking, walking, jogging, playground shenanigans and more! Maybe I’ll finally drop that last 25 lbs or so. πŸ™‚ Oh yeah and to shed the thick winter coat for good! . . . well, until next year anyway.

I hear my boys waking from nap time slumber so I’m going for now.

God Bless!

And Happy Spring Moments!img_1211.jpg

Well, this is more of summertime moment . . . but you get my general drift. πŸ™‚ Byron and Tobias . . . Best friends.

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