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Posting Schedule, Sore Legs, and the Contemplation of Taking a Break from Sugar
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I spent the weekend hiking and boy do my legs hurt. I don't usually take them hiking, you see. They had gotten entirely too comfortable in their usual routine of riding a bike no great distance several times a day and doing their thing on the elliptical trainer three or four times a week. It was better than nothing, but it wasn't very challenging. So I got together with a friend who loves hiking, and up a green and scenic mountain we went.

There were majestic vistas. There were waterfalls. There were hardly any bugs. There were guys coming down the trail with their shirts off. My friend pointed out all the free camping there was to be had. If we had been able to hike four hours straight up, we would have come to a beautiful mountain lake. But what goes up must come down, and preferably not on a stretcher, so we stopped at a little before the halfway point and turned around.

All in all, I have had a massive dose of Nature, which I sought out as a result of realizing a few weeks ago that I live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world and I rarely go out into that beauty and enjoy it.

Hiking is not everybody's thing, and I would say it's certainly not mine, but it's good for a person to vary their routine from time to time. I am trying to become less boring. And it must be pointed out that after a person has done a two and a half hour hike, there is absolutely zero guilt about having ravioli in cream sauce come dinnertime!

If anyone is wondering about Justice, Chapter 30 is with the betas and I'm about three thousand words in on Chapter 31. I might be able to publish Chapter 30 by next weekend unless massive re-writes are needed. I'll let you know mid-week.

In other news, I'm tossing around thoughts of quitting sugar for a month. After that last post about shampoo and candy, I doubt any of you are surprised. This morning I woke up thinking, "Yes, I'll start today!" And then I remembered that I had a bag of chocolates with blackberry cream centers that needed to be eaten first. Then I thought I might as well have a mocha with extra whipped cream at Starbucks to wash them down with. Right now I'm trying to rev myself up to start the no-sugar thing tomorrow.

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I'm glad you got a massive dose of nature! It's too easy to get caught up in day to day things and never take time to step back and get a good breath of fresh air and enjoy nature, you know? I hope you took pictures! (I've been a little picture crazy myself ever since I got my first touch screen this past Christmas.)

And wow wow wow! You're really speeding along these days! Are you still doing your 100 words a day thing? Or has work gotten a little better? Either way, I'm so excited!

Good luck with the sugar challenge! I tried to just plain start eating healthier several months ago, but that sort of feel apart due to the fact that I can't cook. But I'm sure you can manage it! Just plan ahead for what you'll do to overcome the urge to eat sugary things when the situation arises. I learned this in a book called The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I highly recommend it!! It's non-fiction, but very interesting and useful!

Thanks for the rec. I'll check that book out. I have a rather long list of bad habits that need to be replaced by good habits. I don't know how I'll do with the sugar thing. I was thinking maybe if I commit to one week and then see what happens, I might feel strong enough to keep going at the end of the week.

Yes, I've picked up the pace on Justice a lot. What usually happens is that I sit down to write my 100 words, but I think of that as the minimum that I must write for that day. Often, I get on a roll and I'm able to write 400 or 500 words. If that happens, then I can write a Justice chapter in about two weeks or so. Anyway, I'm really motivated to finish Justice. It's important to finish things.

I actually didn't take any pics of my sojourn into Nature. :( I had no pockets in which to put my camera except for that little annoying pocket down by the ankle of my yoga pants, and I didn't want a camera banging about next to my ankle for the whole hike. But when I was standing on a bridge hewn out of a single log and looking up at a waterfall, I sure regretted not bringing it along! Oh well, I shall have to arrange a few more forays into Nature before the summer ends. At least I have lots of nice green images in my memory.

I forgot to sign in! This is Miki.

Hello Miki, thanks for letting me know it was you. I've been checking out youtube videos for Charles Duhigg and his book. Very interesting!

Yay for the sugar challenge! Oh, and good luck! I feel like I should forgo sugar for a month as well. Let's just do it together, maybe that will even work as a motivation! :D
(it's still a mystery to me how you will manage it without fruit, but well, at least you have your Disney princess shampoo xD And who knows, maybe you'll start to like fruit when it's the only sweet thing you can eat...)

I love hiking! Not so much uphill, of course. I still remember how my family dragged me on every mountain on Tenerife. That was exhausting! But it was fun, too :D
But in general, I prefer hiking in lowland, or at least somewhere where it goes uphill AND downhill, not all the time uphill.

That 100-words-a-day-strategy is awesome, by the way! I'm doing it now, too. And like you, I usually end up writing much, much more. :D

The girls at Starbucks were shocked when I ordered a plain Americano today instead of one with three pumps of mocha syrup. Then the girl at the till confessed her own dark sugar cravings, which I could totally relate to.

You know what decided me to do this? While I was away for the weekend, I bought a whole bunch of candy for my nephews, and even though I took care to choose only candy I don't like, I ended up eating their candy the night I got home. *is ashamed* I gobbled an entire bag of string licorice plus most of a bag of crunchy peanut butter things. I thought I'd be safe with the peanut butter things because they were not covered with chocolate.

I doubt I'll start liking fruit, although I quite like grapes if they are accompanied by cheese. I plan to get through my no-sugar deprivation with stevia. I'm going to a business meeting tomorrow that will have pastries! Poor me. I must not look at them. I will tell myself: "This is not the last platter of pastries you'll ever see in your life."

With regards to the weekend of hiking, we did a lowland hike on the first day, and when it didn't kill me, my super-hiker friend pronounced me ready for the uphill climb the next day. Of the two, I like the uphill one better because it was so much more scenic.

I forgot to say that if you want to do the no-sugar thing for a month together, I'd love to. But didn't you just finish a month without sugar, and now you're back on it again? Are you sure you want to give it up again so soon?

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Stevia! That's a good idea. Although it tastes a little funny, lol. We even have a stevia-plant on our balcony. Maybe I'll eat a leaf or two today as a substitute for dessert. xD

And yep, I'd love to do the "sugar challenge" again. It's easier to say "No, I don't eat any candy at all this month" than saying "Hm, maybe I could eat ONE piece of chocolate... or two... or three..." and then ending up eating way too much again.

How are you doing, by the way? Did you resist the evil, evil pastries? :D

No, I didn't! It was an early morning meeting and I had no time to eat anything more than a banana before I left the house. About halfway through the meeting I got so starving hungry that I ate half a blueberry danish and half an apple danish. The only other thing available was chocolate chip muffins, which I didn't have.

But I'm back on the wagon again today! Let's take a break from sugar together, if you really don't mind doing it all over again. I'm drinking coffee mixed with plain cocoa powder, and I have sweetened it with stevia. I found a really good brand that advertises that it isn't bitter. http://www.nowfoods.com/Foods/Better-Stevia/
And it really isn't! The bitter, strange 'tang' of stevia was always a problem for me before.

Haha, my thoughts re: hiking are exactly the same! I live in a flipping gorgeous place that people come from all over the world to hike in, so every once in a while guilt makes me take advantage of that. Plus, I come from a family of hiking nuts, but I'm the designated city slicker, so I wish there was some way to get all the Glories of Nature(TM) and exercise and shirtless dudes without, y'know, actually going hiking. XD

I salute you on the no-sugar challenge! I know I wouldn't be brave enough to try anything like that. Or, rather, I did try it once, and I eventually figured that just cutting out Starbucks was plenty. If you think you can do it, though, more power to you - I'll be rooting for you!

Do your hiking nuts have all the latest equipment? You know, hiking poles, two-hundred-dollar daypacks, space-age water bottles, state-of-the-art hiking boots?
Part of hanging out with hikers is duly admiring their equipment, which I don't find as taxing to the old acting skills as being called upon to admire, say, the newly installed engine parts on a man's car. (Note to men everywhere: 99.9 percent of us really don't care)

Hiking is about #61 on my list of Fun ways to Kill an Afternoon, so it doesn't happen very often unless I spend time with hikers and acquiesce to their suggestions. But after I do it, I'm always pleased with myself for some reason.

Thanks for your support on the no-sugar challenge. I got through Day 1 okay, but this morning I need to face down the insidious evil of a large tray of pastries and the sight of other people eating them! Maybe I can get vicarious pleasure from watching other people eat them. I always do from the Food Network. My favorite part of each program is watching people take bites of the mouthwatering food the show has just spent the past 20 minutes focusing on. But watching that sort of thing on TV is different from avidly staring at munching people in real life. I would get really annoyed if someone stared at me while I was eating! Oh, this meeting is going to be full of don'ts. Don't look at the pastries. Don't think lustful thoughts about the pastries even if you're not looking at them. Don't watch people eating pastries.

You know, hiking poles, two-hundred-dollar daypacks, space-age water bottles, state-of-the-art hiking boots?
...And you've pretty much just described my brother's closet. XD I don't think he has poles, as he bikes everywhere and they might be a little unwieldy, but he's definitely got everything else, right down to a backpack that I'm fairly sure has some sort of spacetime-warping capacities that allows it to carry at least moderate-sized sheep. Or maybe it's just enchanted like Hermione's handbag, in which case I'll be pissed that the wizarding gene skipped me.

Congrats on getting through the first day (and by now, second day) of sugar-free life! The Food Network sounds like a great way to deal with cravings. Haha, yeah, sounds like you might have to find a different IRL alternative, though...

Ooh, an enchanted backpack! I want one too. Or better yet, an enchanted suitcase.

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