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I went to the coast on  Thursday and Friday….nice break from the heat! Both Crescent City and Brookings were cool and both days were foggy. I’m more the foggy…stormy…coast loving girl rather than the sunny beach lover.

Its been awhile since I posted my weight. Getting ready for a vacation and then recovering from vacation is time consuming. In addition I have been using the Nike+ gadget and site on a regular basis. It’s a good thing and keeps me motivated.

I have stopped running due to my running shoes breaking down they now have 183 miles on them A LOT for shoes that were worn by someone close to 200lbs….I still use them to walk in but running is much harder on the feet. And after my three week vacation….new tires (I don’t buy cheap shoes or tires!) hotel rooms and lots of gas….liquor…a vacation!!

Unpaid vacation at that!!

(I kept cleaning off my lens but to no avail….there were always water spots…) I don’t think I had ever seen the tide this far out!

Lumbering around isn’t so bad more photo opportunities! And lumbering in sand is a healthy workout. I would love to also get a pair of Nike Frees for the beach…they are light and the soles are made in such a way that it mimics being barefoot in order to build the muscles in the foot. I wouldn’t dare wear them on anything but the softest of ground. My feet wouldn’t survive! I admire the people who actually run in them….like those Kenyon’s who run barefoot! I can’t stand to be without shoes. In my youth I remember running around barefoot but not for decades has this occurred….I will only wear slippers for about five minutes!

Lets see in other exercise and health issues….I totally fucked up my goal not to eat desserts for 100 days when I was in Montana….my friend bought me an A&W ROOT BEER FLOAT (I was relaying a story how my sister and I re-discovered them on her last visit). COULDN’T POSSIBLY LET THAT GO TO WASTE!! Then I discovered CHILI MANGO JELLY BELLY’S!! DAMN!! ARE THOSE TO DIE FOR!!! I had Ice cream on the coast the other day too. Not really too bad in the scheme of things but IT WAS NOT FOR 100 DAYS!! Oh shit!! I forgot about the donut from Continental Bakery in Crescent City….Now that is the best bakery on the west coast I have found so far!!!

ok I need to pull myself together…..

I’ll see how my friend Tiffy did with her goals and hopefully she will inspire me once again. Her challenge was 100 days and if you fucked up….YOU WERE MISSING THE POINT!! Yep I missed it alright!

Now for my Nike+ Challenge 10 miles a week in 2010….I missed THAT two weeks too!!! Now I could say that one week I did 33 miles and then the next did five…SO IT EVENS OUT…but I don’t think that way….I MISSED TWO WEEKS.

But I have recovered and continued on with the challenge.

I was not watching my eating while on vacation….How could I? I spent quite a bit of time at my friend who is a great cook! I couldn’t possibly pass that opportunity up! Being single I have gotten lazy when it comes to cooking. I own a cast iron skillet, a soup pot and a steamer. I love veggies and rarely cook meat. Most of my protein comes from sardines and eggs….I eat too much jerky when I am traveling. On occasion I will buy a tri-tip from a great place in Klamath Falls from local ranchers. I think I have used my oven about 4 times in five years.!

Oh and I love oysters…get them at Costco on occasion.

I have been looking into buying one of those stabilizing boards they are supposed to improve core muscles…my core muscles are in terrible shape. Us Tools all have bad backs…no not the type of bad backs that keep us from being employed and on food stamps…the type of bad back where we all have to take pain medication a few times a year. I try not to slouch too much but when your hobbies are painting, quilting and a blog with lots of photos well…one needs to be careful about letting it go too far.

The weight I have dropped so far has been healthy…not to fast which leaves one with sagging skin instead of muscle. It has been healthy over all in how much easier I can move. Being overweight is just a tremendous strain on the body and organs. I’m so healthy in so many other ways but it is just miserable being unable to move in certain ways.

I think that maintaining a healthy body and a healthy mind is mostly about slowing down and allowing yourself to experience yourself. Just yourself…no other considerations. Even being single I tend to worry about others put others before me and end up running around like a chicken with my head cut off. You have to be a bit selfish as someone said all eating issues are really nourishment issues. Nourish…truly nourish yourself and changes will happen. Not the forced regiment of diet or exercise or consuming  those ridiculous diet products that leeches use to prey on society for a few $$$. Fundamental changes not noticeable overnight or in a week or a month.

Most people have not even noticed my weight loss and when I tell them how much I have lost they are genuinely astounded. It has been very slow focusing on the internal mental changes and the consistency of regular exercise rather than the obvious results.

And integrating exercise into my life so that I stay interested….hence the merging of exercise with my love of photography. I could never dedicate myself to running around a track or working out in a gym…not my personality type!

(the harbor was quite empty….must have all been out fishing!)

31 pounds have come off so far…

More on my trip to the coast later..Oh shit I still have photos from Little Bald Hills Trail in the Redwoods. So many photos…so little time!



I haven’t done a Lumbering Water Buffalo post in awhile…SHAME!!! Yes I am still running have not missed a NIKE 10 MILES A WEEK  IN 2010 CHALLENGE (I was in 4,656 place and am now at 3908since I started…..weight not so good…hanging out between 193 and 195….too much eating out…that time of month binge on sweets…OUCH!!! But my friend Tiffy had a challenge on her blog to stick with an activity  for 100 days….chose to NOT do an  activity….eating desserts!!!  the only thing I allow are hard candies…sparingly..IT’S DAY 8 so far so good…loaded up on fruit at Costco…hard to believe no ice cream just as its getting hot!!! I love ice cream on the coldest day but even more so when its 80+ out!! Has anyone tried the new Haagen Dazs Five Lemon?? OMG!!!!

ok so yesterday was the first day I put on shorts….I think maybe my legs could light the way in a blackout!!

Oh and I joined more Nike Challenges….2010 GUYS VS. GALS…2010 REP YOUR STATE…(Oregon is in sixth with Texas and Florida ahead)…and since I love my Equalons so much better than the Asics I bought previously…I joined WHAT NIKE + DO YOU TRAIN WITH. Now some people who joined the challenges take it way to seriously….I look at it as making it fun and it is ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN…I consistently log in 18 minute miles because I ALWAYS have my camera and take photos.(But really I am the s…l…o…w…e….s…t runner.) I have been struggling in the heat though and gave up after a mile and a half yesterday-walked another 4 but just could not run for the life of me!

Anyway I’ll try to do regular posts.

I have phobias….clowns…carnivals…heights….being surrounded by water…..balloons…telephones….metal scraping(fucking drives me insane)…BUT NOT MY SCALE!!


I knew there would still be snow at Crater Lake but I wasn’t prepared for THIS much in June! But no complaining….this part of Oregon needs the extra water! Just saying I forgot my hiking boots…showed up with thin little running pants and a running jacket with a sleeveless shirt underneath…dug around all of the recycling I have in the back of my car and found….

one of my many free fleece shirts my mom gets with her slot machine points…this one was was from Saddle West…Thank God for moms and slot machines.

I don’t even own a pair of snow shoes…oh my….I just looked on Amazon to see how much snow shoes cost….HURRY UP!!!….they even make snow shoes for running…I’d go about three steps with my lumbering gait and do a face plant in the snow!…then pretend I did it on purpose by quickly making a snow angel

I’m actually standing behind a safety rope as you can see many people have walked to the edge my brother told me that someone fell in this winter…not sure if he was trying to scare me….look that up to…I could find no such thing in recent years.!

they only plow the road up to the visitors center…and maybe a half mile up the road but not around the lake. As you can see the clouds look like they are going to drop some more snow on the ground….

and in fact as I was driving away little drops of rain started falling….sure to turn to snow as the sun set later on. From there I visited National Falls. I went for a good run/hike/walk for 4.74 miles Then stopped on the Rogue River for a 1.54 mile run/walk…both I will post about later….with lots of photos! As I said in an earlier post I had a rough week and had a major pig out session with Haagen Dazs…Kettle Krinkle Cut Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper….AND Newman’s Own Ginger Creme Cookies…OY!! Thought I had gained ten pounds!!!

Actually lost two…I guess the stress burned most of the calories! And that was after I came home and ate a humongous fried egg sandwich with cheese and avocado but really good whole grain bread. Anyway I had a total of 14.5 miles for the week. Once again made my Nike Challenge for the week of 10 MILES A WEEK IN 2010


Memorial Day weekend is not the best time to find a place to go hiking when looking to avoid multitudes of tourists….I’m sure Crater Lake was a madhouse….most of the traffic was headed that way….or the Upper Rogue River….I headed for Fort Klamath thinking it would be a great place to spend the day and take photos….get in some hiking…

My brother who has a knee injury and is out of hiking for the most part came along for the ride…He loves the high desert and wide open spaces and going to college and working in Medford leaves longing for open range. Luckily he is transferring to a university in LaGrande where he will get his fill of Western scenery. Fort Klamath is a itty bitty town and the general store was quite filthy with little on the shelves but luckily we spotted this little gem….its a motel with an organic grocery store instead of a lobby….they make organic burgers…sandwiches and espresso!! Best damn Mocha I’ve had in awhile (made with Dagoba chocolate) Also a bit pricey but for a special occasion (too many of those lately)….

Oh and you can buy gifts!

This sign for a ranch was right next to the motel….prompted my brother to exclaim…It must be mighty hard to get a saddle on those fish!!!

down town Fort Klamath

I thoroughly embarrassed my brother by insisting to stop and take photos of the cow who was on the wrong side of the fence! (the ranchers came up behind me to herd her back in the field) That’s me!! You would never know I grew up on a farm the way I act when I see a farm animal!!! MOOOOOOOOO!

Just driving around I spotted a sign for a park….swear I can’t remember the name of it….DOH!! Where we encountered this beautiful little lake….

There is a trail that goes to the headwaters of this lake which is actually a river

I’m trying to make my way across to take a photo of where the water comes out of the mountain and to get to the other side as my brother drove my car to a logging road above the headwaters so we could see the view from above.

This is where the water comes out of the mountain

and looking back

this lovely view is from the logging road

and the river that snakes away from it…

The valley is gorgeous filled with sky

I left my brother to fend for himself and took off down the road…got a little nervous when I saw this….damn I left my bear serial killer spray in the car….but….

I can’t resist trying to turn it into an “artistic” shot!

the logging road…

on the way back I spied my brother sitting by the creek writing the next great western novel….

I lumbered on down to take some photos… standing above a rock…another spring coming out from the mountain. And let me tell you how wonderful these Nike Equalon 4’s are….usually after a 6 mile hike my feet would be burning in either my other running shoes or my hiking boots….WAHHHH!!!  But with the cushioning in these its awesome!!! I could go another 6 miles!!! Mind you these are for people who over pronate…Nike makes shoes for all foot types.

On the way back home we stopped at the actual Fort Klamath….Confederate soldiers reenacting….in Oregon???? THAT is another post!

My latest extravagance is this little gadget from Nike. In order to track my miles I have been going on MAPMYRUN.(or walk or hike!) and spending half an hour figuring it out and saving my info…I wanted to buy an expensive Garmin unit that can even map your journey with elevation…but I opted to purchase the less expensive NIKE+ for now. It too is a wonderful time savor you just put a sensor in your Nike+ ready shoe (or you have to buy a holder)….strap on the “watch” and hold down the button…and walk until its ready then start your run or walk. It tracks your distance, time, calories you burned and ….

then you just unsnap it and pull off the time piece which inserts into your computer and uploads all of the information instantly AND recharges at the same time!! At the Nike site you can set goals and challenges for yourself and it tells you how you are doing reaching those goals….the first challenge I signed up for was 10 miles a week in 2010 made it every time so far! You can also get an IPOD with Nike+ but unless your doing something incredibly boring like running around a track  or on a treadmill in a safe place….I wouldn’t recommend using headphones on a run in the city or on a trail. You really need to be aware of people around you. Recently a woman was a victim of attempted rape in Medford on the Greenway trail. Even though she heard him behind her she waited for him to pass but he grabbed her and started dragging her into the bushes. Luckily a cyclist saw it going down and called the police. The creep is behind bars now. But seriously if I hear any noise behind me I turn around….to make eye contact….let people know I am alert. I don’t like anyone behind me so I will move aside until they pass. But then I’m not such a competitive runner that I am singularly focused on my time and distance….more of the Lumbering Water Buffalo with a camera type!!

19.66 MILES THIS WEEK….YOU WOULD THINK I HAD LOST A BUNCH OF WEIGHT….but remember what I said about too many “SPECIAL OCCASIONS”? OOPS!!! That damn scale has been stuck for two weeks!!! But I always have “NEXT” week!!


I’m actually a bit behind as usual. My travel took me up Crater Lake hwy yesterday and thus I stopped after finishing work yesterday to get in a run…some days I can run two miles others I barely can manage half a mile before I quit and walk. Yesterday was one of those quit and walk days but it turned out better as far as taking photos and having a chance to reflect.

I actually drove by and almost went running in Medford again but luckily came to my senses and turned the car around and so glad I did. Although it was drizzling I had never been in the park before except to get a map and use the restroom. Yesterday was a great day as John Stewart State Park sits on Lost Creek Reservoir and as I said it was drizzling and the park was empty but for the workers…..and maybe two people visiting but not on the trails.

After I gave up running I encountered this path but avoided it as I had been following a trail of liquid scat….probably bear and it had been on this off shoot….since I left my bear spray in the car I stuck to the main trail thinking if the bear was on my side of the hwy the park workers could at least hear my screams!! Only half joking….

The JSSP was surprisingly beautiful with asphalt trails. Glad I “discovered” it as a safe place to go running. It is a popular place in the summer which is why I have been avoiding it…but like I was saying it was rainy so there were not many people.

Skunk Cabbage and Horse Tail are now my favorite things to see.

This adventure ended up being almost five miles….and I have lots more photos to put up later….