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Posting Schedule, Sore Legs, and the Contemplation of Taking a Break from Sugar
Dee Blue waves
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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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.

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