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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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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.

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