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Posting Schedule, Sore Legs, and the Contemplation of Taking a Break from Sugar
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brit_columbia
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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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.

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