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Old Sun, Feb-17-13, 15:50
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Plan: Suzanne Somers
Stats: 182.5/171.5/105 Female 5'
BF:Melting!
Progress: 14%
Location: Phoenix area, AZ
Default The Exercise Past the Garden Gate

Wow. A gym log. I can do this. My hip is healed and I need to get my strength, health and body back to where I want it. I have achy pieces parts and after 2 days of a 30 min walks my old soft tissue ankle injury is fussing, but I have a soft ankle brace for it, guess I'd better put it on. I joined the 2 Hr a week exercise challenge and that'll keep me doing something for 30 min 5 X a week. (If I shoot for 5 days, surely I'll get 4 in...)
This is also where I want to post my pics as I walk. I need to make this interesting for myself since I live in a very uninspired area...this part of CA isn't very pretty. But I did find things to photograph with my crap cell camera.
This is down the street, early AM.
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Surprise find: pussy willows! Didn't think they existed here.

cat tails along the small airport airstrip

bush grew into fence and they just cut around it....
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and Canadian Geese flying overhead
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Taking pix is fun for me although I never do it - until now. Anthonyc's journal actually inspired me to take some; his walk pics are very beautiful in his J. (unlike these...LOL)
I had some pix of a flock of turkeys in the parking lot this AM, but they ran too fast and ended up blurry.
Kat

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Old Sun, Feb-17-13, 23:24
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Very nice Kat! Each picture represents the treasure of time and the gift to yourself of walking, exploring and becoming more healthy. Good going!
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Old Mon, Feb-18-13, 13:07
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Plan: Suzanne Somers
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Very nice Kat! Each picture represents the treasure of time and the gift to yourself of walking, exploring and becoming more healthy. Good going!

Thanks Vicki! You're right - its an experience captured
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Old Mon, Feb-18-13, 13:25
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Keep at it...the picture idea is great. You asked on my page how long it takes to do 5 miles. Here it takes about an hour...very brisk walking and sometimes a bit of jogging. However it is easy to walk here cause lots of nice paths. The way I figured it out is...
Walked to a nice lookout point and did google map on my phone. It pin-pointed me and then I asked for direction back to where I stated. It gave me the mileage. I am sure there are easier ways or apps made just for tracking distance but this worked for me. I was surprised it was that far!
Keep going...you are doing great!
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Old Mon, Feb-18-13, 20:11
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Plan: Suzanne Somers
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Progress: 14%
Location: Phoenix area, AZ
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Thanks Vicki! I was actually looking forward to doing it today. Googling the map is a great idea. I have a smart phone I need to switch my antique over to...haven't done it yet. I'll be able to do fun things and take better pix.
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Old Mon, Feb-18-13, 20:34
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Plan: Suzanne Somers
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Default Monday Feb 18

Walked 30 min around the neighborhood loop. I actually got out before dark because we have a storm coming in and it was cloudy so it was perfect for taking pics. I am not a sun person so if it was sunny I'd wait til sunset...Nothing terribly exciting...
Here is a Ponderosa pine on my way up a grade
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A gully wash along the complex road[IMG][/IMG]
Rubble pile along the way and my guess as to where the spot was where something very tragic happened years ago
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Dead end where Urban artist wannabes practice for the day they can vandalise in a real urban place
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Pot of gold at the end of the trip: A huge pussywillow bush! I never noticed it before
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Old Tue, Feb-19-13, 20:29
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Plan: Suzanne Somers
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Progress: 14%
Location: Phoenix area, AZ
Default Tues Feb 19

I couldn't wait to get home and do this. I thought about where I would walk today and what to photograph. It had just rained when I went out. Not far up the road in higher elevations chains are required already.
I walked 45+ min today, because I was stopping to photograph..I lost track of exactly how much time it was...It was pretty cold. Low tonight 28.
So daffodils coming up at the base of a mailbox up the road
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The first robins I've seen this year...there were many of them but they didn't photograph well on the ground....and they kept toodling away from me
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Ok, this is actually kinda pretty - sun was peaking out at the edge of the park

Yesterdays little league has deserted the park today...just me and the robins
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It had just rained and the raindrops were still on the evergreens
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Old Tue, Feb-19-13, 20:47
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you are finding magic in everyday things.... what beautiful walks

Good for you,Kat!
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Old Tue, Feb-19-13, 21:32
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Plan: Suzanne Somers
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Thanks Arlene! You probably take some beautiful walks with your group too... I forgot how wonderful everything smells after rain.
Thanks "walking" with me!
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Old Wed, Feb-20-13, 15:22
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Yes, we do see wonderful things, and way too often we take things for granted.....
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Old Thu, Feb-21-13, 23:06
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Plan: Suzanne Somers
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Yes, we do see wonderful things, and way too often we take things for granted.....

It's true, I had lamented the lack of pussywillow bushes here for years and now on my walks I've seen them up close in two spots nearby Things smell good too - I love the "green house" garden smell and fresh air.
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Old Thu, Feb-21-13, 23:11
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Plan: Suzanne Somers
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Progress: 14%
Location: Phoenix area, AZ
Default Break yesterday

Today I got home late, so I programmed my Pandora for a Dance Music station. I set the timer for 20 min with about a minute inbetween to keep programming or skip songs that didn't inspire. And I shook it up! It was really fun and I set the timer for another 20 min and kept going. I am a bit sore...haven't moved like that in a long time, but wow felt like I had a good workout. I love dancing.
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Old Fri, Feb-22-13, 20:37
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Default Friday Feb 22

It was a little overcast today and the temp was nice - 60s. So I did what I rarely do... I went for a 10 min walk at lunch - not a sunlover so I had on a hat and sweater which I needed - cold wind! I took pix of my workplace which is in this godforsaken area....too close to high electrical towers. I could fill a book with what's gone on since I started working here. So the pix aren't very pretty today.
Out behind our warehouse - it looks like a stalag. Used to be a base, I think.
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The gigantic water tower amidst the bombed out warehouses
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Desolate looking parking lot on the way into the "base"
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The "base" road...
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And a rosebud struggling to bloom in an attempt to bring some beauty to this place...
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I'll dance for 20 min again tonight to get my 30 min in.

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Old Sat, Feb-23-13, 21:30
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Plan: Suzanne Somers
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Location: Phoenix area, AZ
Default Sat Feb 23

I've made my 2 Hr a week challenge!
Wk of Feb 16 Sun Sat
Sun Feb 17 30 min walk
Mon Feb 18 30 min walk
Tues Feb 19 45 min walk
Thur Feb 21 30 min dancing in apt to Pandora
Fri Feb 22 10 min walk and 20 min dancing
Sat Feb 23 30 min walk

I was shooting for 30 min 5 X a week (an extra day to make sure I got it in) and I did. Went for a walk tonight - it was already dark out. So here is Kat's self taught photography lesson - more bad pix
Tried to photograph a complex light globe with the moon overhead...
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Trees partially lit by the complex porch lights and globes...
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And I was getting that odd feeling that maybe tonight wasn't a good night to be out standing around on a back road trying to photograph things in the dark... so I ended my "session" and hoofed it back home...ah...cozy.
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Old Sun, Feb-24-13, 06:38
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