Monday, July 30, 2012

Hiking to the Hot Springs

I'm still thinking on the new title of my blog, but in the meantime...

Today, I hiked to Three Forks Hot Springs in Diamond Fork Canyon. Round trip, it was a 5 mile hike, but had the added bonus of hot-tubbing right in the middle.

I turned on the Sports Tracker app before I left, but when my phone died so did my recorded info. I'm going to assume that I burned at least a bazillion calories.
(It's probably more like 800 or so, and I forgot to stretch after. I'm gonna be SORE!)

Highlights of this workout:

1. We saw 14 deer on the drive out and back. Twenty if you count the dead ones on the back of the city truck.


Cousin G and Lane
 2. There were dozens of butterflies. Friendly little buggers that kept landing on the kids.


Lane and Rick
 3. Sliding on the rocks on our butts and trying not to get skeeved out by the mossy coating. It felt like the rocks had been lathered in Eucerin and down feathers.


Remember when I used to be fat? Looking at myself now still shocks the hell outta me.

4. Seeing a beaver.


The "hot pots" from the view on the upper trail.
 5. Trying not to giggle every time the kids pointed out dams. "Dam! Dam! Mom, a dam!"


I love this picture! The girls are so funny.

6. How we could smell the springs before we got to them. Smells like egg salad sandwiches. But not in a good way.


Surprisingly no one got hurt. As a mom, I just expect someone to end up bleeding on an outing. Cuz no matter where we go, seems like someone gets an "owie". We could be going to a padded room full of packing peanuts; I'd bring a first aid kid just in case.

7. The view on the hike was beautiful. I can't believe I've never experienced the Uinta Mountains before.


Seriously, my sister makes The. Best. Faces.

8. This workout felt more like hanging with my family than sweating bullets. =) Those are the best kinds.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A blog by any other name...

So here's the deal.
I haven't gotten a REDBOOK in the mail since April...or was it March? Either way, I've paid for the whole year, and I'm getting bupkis.

Before you get on to me about getting on the horn or emailing them, yada yada. That ship has sailed. (Geez, what is this? Idiom Hour?)

Fear not, exercise-enthusiasts. The show will go on. Just not with REDBOOK in the picture. I am using this opportunity to do something I've thought about doing for several months. I'm changing the name of blog. I'm not going to focus on REDBOOK's workouts anymore. (Which has been impossible to do without the magazine coming regularly to my mailbox, btw.) I'm going to be focusing on whatever workouts I find and like. I'll get 'em from wherever and I'll keep pushing my limits.

And just to prove my dedication, I'm all signed up for a 10K on Saturday! The Wasatch Wellness.
And I'm going PALEO! (At least for a month.)
And I'm going on a 5 mile hike tomorrow!

Suck it, heart disease and diabetes! You're not sinking your greasy sugar-coated teeth into this girl.

But...this does raise an issue. Since REDBOOK and I are breaking up (with no hard feelings, except that I'm out $2. What? I got a gift certificate through my work. It's still my $2. Is anyone having Better Off Dead flashbacks? But for reals, I'm not upset about this. REDBOOK helped me lose like 15 lbs, and they featured my blog in the magazine. I owe them.)...since we are parting ways, I need a new name for the blog. I'm thinking something still with "experiment" in the title. And nothing pigeonholing me to one particular workout. I am too adventurous to be stuck with straight-up yoga (for example) for the rest of my blog's life.

What should I rename it, readers (if there are any of you still out there)?

Help me out.
Inspire me. =)

In the mean time, here's some pics of what I've been doing while while I've been out.

Eating homemade taco pizza
Hiking the "Y".
Bambi or Dinner? [evil grin.]
Visiting local museum with family. Vin is in heaven. Clearly.
Lane and my sister's daughter. How'd they get to be so silly?
We have NO idea where they get it.

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