I eff'n Love Fall!
Mon, Sept 17 - 0 km
Tues, Sept 18 - 9.41 km
Wed, Sept 19 - 4.42 km
Thurs, Sept 20 - 2.97 km
Fri, Sept 21 - 0 km
Sat, Sept 22- 0 km
Sun, Sept 23 - 8.02 km
Monday, September 17th - This week started off on the wrong foot. It is amazing how your state of mind has such control over how your day's go. My lack of self esteem was starting to weigh on my shoulders, and I regret to say I had those negative thoughts stay and visit with me all week.
Today I slept. I walked nothing.
Tuesday, September 18th - During the day, I walked around work and took to the winding bike trails at lunchtime. Found these cool bubbly looking fungi. I am extremely looking forward to the 'Fun with Fungi' course that I'm attending at High Lonesome on October 6th.
In the evening I took to my usual walk about town beginning in the Grove, before the sun sets, as it is much earlier now. I started my walk not down Division Street though, but jumped into the forest behind the Grove Nursing Home instead. I'm glad I did! Whoah, the mushrooms!
I stumbled across on this less trodden path and the mushrooms there were phenomenal! The size of them were intense! I wasn't paying attention when stumbling about and a very loud and boisterous chipmunk scared the s*!t out of me. I guess he didn't appreciate me in his home, so I didn't linger. I kept up my pace and continued towards the park. I walked through the Sumac Path and was happy to see it starting to turn red. The leaves looked a little rotten though, not turning as crispy red as I had hoped. I met up with mom and we walked about town for the remainder.
Wednesday, September 19th - Today a co-worker and I walked to a restaurant at lunch, while taking to the forested paths. I decided to take up my old Canon Rebel and practice with it again, as this is the camera I will be bringing on my trip with me. I took some pictures on this walk and here they are :) We got a little lost after walking through a field, and through an electrical power station area. The snapping of electricity above our heads was motivation enough to keep up our pace, get lunch and head back to work.
Thursday, September 20th - I walked the paths of South March Highlands again at lunch. Bees are still buzzing around. It was very relaxing and calming. I didn't want to stop walking to go back to work. I definitely feel more at peace in nature. Stress is turning me into someone I don't like.
Friday, September 21th - I just wanted to get home. I wanted to be there when the Tornado warnings picked up in case I needed to get the animals all in the basement. We were lucky though, we drove around the perimeter and we were not in the red zone. I feel for those who lost their houses. I can't imagine having to have to go through what they are going through now. I didn't walk tonight, for fear of the high winds and storms. I also was dealing with some more negative feelings and thoughts. Self doubt of being able to complete this mountain hike in Ireland...
Saturday, September 22nd - That wind was insane overnight. My fear of Tornado's and strong winds kept me up all night. The howling of it against the house kept waking me up. Today I woke up tired and angry at the cat - she was a little demon and I'm sure I wasn't the only one nervous from the wind. I didn't walk at all today. I napped and binged cartoons on Netflix. I'm nervous. I'm not knowing how I will react once this part of my life and goals are completed. I know I want to change. I want to change how I make a living, and I want to change my eating habits and I want to change my body. I want to be happy with myself.
We walked and talked of loved ones lost, and how much they've missed, and how much could of been. We talked of missing those people who made us feel whole. We miss them a lot. Our family isn't the same, and it saddens us. Annie would of been so excited & possibly have come with me to Ireland again. I remember her stories from her visit to the Green Isle and must admit a lot of that is one of the reasons why Ireland made my bucket list. (She talked of the immense feelings looking out over the Cliffs of Moher, and I will be going there in 4.5 weeks.) I would also have another form of connection with her through Diabetes. Mom and I watched the chickadee's fly about us at the beginning of the Forest Loop while we chatted. We stopped frequently to admire so many different views.
We finished our hike and went to Blakeney Park to settle down by the water for a picnic lunch. After lunch we explored down around the water. Ontario has some beautiful places and we are lucky to live so close to a few of them. We were exhausted afterwards and drove back home.
Once I got home, I took Sneakers out through the Grove. He's so handsome and well behaved. There were dogs off leash all around him and he didn't pull or fuss at all. He even posed for me on the top of a stump, but got distracted once I took the pic as another dog came into sight. When I got home and started dinner, I downloaded all the images off my old camera, and was surprised to see a couple of the last ones I ever took still on the card. These were last taken in December 2013, and they were of Sneakers! I forgot how tiny he was! We still have the collar he was wearing then and there is no way that would fit around any part of him now.
- 24 weeks of no smoking!
- 5 WEEKS UNTIL MY HIKE WITH TEAM DIABETES!
- 4 Weeks until I leave to travel to Ireland, and to be honest, I'm still incredibly anxious. I know the majority of it will be relaxing but I fear of letting my Team Diabetes Supporters down by not succeeding in completing the hike up to the summit.
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Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.