The hike of my life

Okay so enough of my whingeing about the hike on Sunday (though really, I have so much more whingeing left in me – honest). It really was overall just a beautiful weekend. We left early on Saturday morning and took a nice leisurely drive down through Victor Harbour, ending up in Deep Creek Conservation park about 3ish. We had a bit of a drive around looking at the different camp sites and some of the different views – Blowhole beach was just beautiful, especially in the hot weather we were having. The campsites were all very much on the main strip so to speak, nothing that was really off the beaten path, like we would normally have gone to, but as we were camping with some people from Mick’s work, we had to take them into account, and they really wanted something that had a toilet. We don’t normally camp where they have toilets available, because that means there will be people there, and we like the seclusion that comes with camping.

Blowhole beach

Standing by Blowhole beach

Had a really nice, relaxing afternoon on Saturday, just lazing around and talking and drinking (the wine came out for me, and it wasn’t long before I was getting tipsy – stopped at that point). I’m not at all a night owl anymore, even though evening is my favourite time of the day, but by 10 o’clock I was ready for sleeping. I managed to hold out till about 11pm, but then I crashed it.

Got to have a really nice sleep in on Sunday, then we got up and bummed around for a while. The people who were with us decided to go for a walk pretty early on, but we decided to pack up first, knowing that we would have to leave pretty much as soon as we got back from the walk. God do I wish that we hadn’t done that walk now.

We chose a “moderate” walk. One that was only supposed to have a few steep inclines, but one that could be completed by pretty much anyone. Note it was moderate and not a “hard” walk! We set out on the 6.4km return trip to Deep Creek Cove.

The sign lied!

The first half hour of the walk wasn’t too bad. Of course, that might be because the first half hour of the walk was pretty much even ground, not a lot of rocks, and although it was heading down the hill (cliff really….) it was a moderate climb down, and not hugely noticeable. Then we hit the rocks. Then the steep inclines. I don’t know how many times I stumbled over those rocks and put out my hand to steady myself only to nearly fall because I don’t have the strength in my wrist to hold me up. I believe at that point I said to Mick that I wanted to turn around and go back to camp, but he convinced me to persevere. (In hindsight, I’m glad I did, but I’d have been just as happy to turn back – honest).

The view from the top of Deep Creek Cove

Don't leave me

It looks fairly flat - IT'S NOT!

Looking out over the other cliffs and ocean

We finally got out at the cove and it was gorgeous. It was a tiny little inlet, where the freshwater meets the seawater, and I’d have been quite content to stay there for the rest of the day. But no, we had to get back.

Deep Creek Cove, still getting there

Deep Creek Cove

Tina loves Mick

Sweet moment

This is where the pain sets in. I should also point out that we didn’t bring our sunscreen with, and it was a 35degree day. Sun was belting down when we set back to the top, and I could feel myself burning with every step I took. But it was trying to get back up those steep inclines we had come down that really did me in. Managed to pull my groin muscle and was trying to limp up the steps, when all I could feel was my heart thumping and thumping, not just in my chest, but all over. It was like my body was one huge pulse. Not good, I swear I almost had a heart attack. But we finally reached the beginning and it was there that I just sat down and wouldn’t move until I’d drunk about 2 litres of water.

Part of what we came down

Got to go back up that!

By yesterday, the pain had completely set in and walking wasn’t much of an option for me. Muscles have pulled up a little better today, but the sunburn has really set in now, and is starting to blister. I’m not a pretty picture at the moment. The scary thing is: there is a really stupid part of me that would like to do that hike (I refuse to call it a walk, it wasn’t a walk) again. But in cooler weather next time, and with a lot more water along with me. Course, stand me at the top of that cliff and ask me, I might change my mind.

When everything hurts

So I know that I said I was going to post more about the hiking trip, but today everything just hurts. I managed to pull a muscle on the way back up the bloomin cliff yesterday, it was niggling me as we were going up, but to be honest everything hurt so much I didn’t take much more notice than, ow, my muscle hurts. Well woke up this morning and I could barely walk. I have pulled the groin muscle (I think, I don’t know much about muscles to be honest) and I can sit with my legs at 90degrees, but to extend my right leg just makes me almost scream in pain.

Now top that off with a nice deep dark red burn all over my shoulders and down my arms, and combine these two things with pretty much no sleep and I think you will be able to see my lack of enthusiasm for anything today. It was the first hot day of the season (36 degrees [celcius]) and I sat in front of the air conditioner all day, moaning to myself about how bloody stupid I am and why do I always have to hurt myself. So therein ends my whinge of the day. Really I will put up more photos of the hike, it was beautiful. Just not today.

Moderate my butt!!

We’ve just gotten back from our weekend away camping. While we were there today we decided to do a hike down to a place called Deep Creek Cove. It was only supposed to be a “Moderate” walk. Well I am sure that I nearly died of a heart attack, not so much on the way down there because it was down the cliff. But on the way back up the cliff, I very nearly had a heart attack. So right now I’m in lots of pain, the pulled muscles have started seizing up and the sunburn that I have all over is also starting to really settle in. Promise I shall give a full re-cap of the weekend and the killer walk tomorrow, when there is less tiredness and less soreness happening. But I shall leave you with a photo of the view from the cliff.

Part of the track down to the cove

Deep Creek Cove

The end of a long week

Can I just say – thank god that this week is over. This has been such a long week that just seemed like it was never going to end. Work has been very quiet, there has been very little work that has been coming in, so I am sitting at my desk, trying to look busy, while desperately wanting to sit down and write my story. I hit 25,000 words last night and it was a great feeling to know that I’m halfway into the story (I still have issues calling it a novel), before the reality sunk in and I realised that I still had half of it to go. I had planned to have a good weekend of sitting down and writing as much as I could so that I could give myself a bit of a break during the week after I got home from work, but it turns out that we’re heading off camping for the weekend.

This means that I’m going to get little writing done and I’m not sure how I’m going to be able to blog at all. I’m hoping(?) that I can get some service on my phone so I can at least do a couple of quick posts, but not sure if I get any service at all where we are going. So this could put a serious dent into NaBloPoMo for the month. GRRRR I’ll be damned it I’,m going to do NaBloPoMo again. Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging, I always have since I started 7 years ago. But I don’t like forced blogs and that is what November has felt like to me.

So I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and enjoy yourselves, I know I will. Maybe I’ll talk to you all over the next couple of days, maybe not, we shall see. (Though who are you all? I see the stats on Analytics, but no one says anything, please drop me a line and say hi 🙂 )

12wbt day sixty four – I’m still alive

It’s true everyone, I am still alive and I am still eating healthy (mostly). Actually that’s a bit of a lie. I’ve not had the best week. I got another dose of the flu last week, and I tried to make the right decisions food wise, but I don’t think I really did. There was yoghurt – full fat and there were Subway cookies, 2 of them and god they were good.

Then we decided to go camping over the weekend, and can I say BRING ON THE CARBS. I made damper twice and loaded it up with cheese and it was delicious. The lamb stew in the camp oven was divine, and actually very healthy loaded up as it was with vegetables. The bacon and eggs for breakfast the next day was even better 🙂

On the exercise front, well it’s been a no show all week. Trying to get the energy just to breathe was hard enough without attempting exercise. But I went back to the gym last night and had a great workout in my BodyCombat class. No gym tonight unfortunately, but back again tomorrow night, skipping Thursday for the hairdressers, then back again on Friday night to get my personal program sorted out by a personal trainer – and I can’t wait for that 🙂

On other news, I have been busily working on a quilt for my impending niece or nephew. My little sister only has 6 weeks left before the bundle of joy arrives, so I really need to get a move on with it. I have the top of the quilt all pieced and sewn together, so now I just have to piece the back, baste it, quilt it and then bind it. So a fair bit to do still, while trying to incorporate work and the gym. I need a few extra hours (and the energy to go with them) in every day. Photos of the quilt shall follow.

Good luck with weigh day tomorrow everyone. I’m certainly not looking forward to it I know 🙁 such a bad stuff up week, but I own it. And it was still worth it for the fantastic weekend away camping.

12WBT days nineteen to twenty four – Hard times

Well how is everyone, I feel as if a part of my life has been missing over the last few days without my daily blogging and my daily intakes being written down. I’ve been off having a lovely time camping and spending time with my family during the school holidays. I would like to say that I have been eating fantastically and exercising like a mad woman, because for once I have so much time. But alas, neither of those things is true. I had everything planned out really well for camping, took my food with me, but unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to eat my own food. We went to stay with my in-laws who are living in their caravan while waiting for their house to be built, and I just assumed that they would have their microwave set up and that I would be able to reheat all my lovely “here’s one I prepared earlier food”, but nope, it wasn’t to be. So while I had fairly good choices for breakfast and lunch, my dinners were whatever anyone else had. Which, unfortunately, consisted of a lot of fried food. I was pretty upset with myself. So you would think I’d have been making some better choices now that we are back home, but I haven’t been making fantastic choices. I need to get myself organised again, before I stuff up all the good work that I have done so far. But I have to admit, that this week, I’m losing my motivation. I don’t want to stop the program, I don’t want to stop the change to my life, but this week is really testing me I have to admit 🙁

So weigh day was yesterday. I lost 1.3kg which I was extremely chuffed about. I haven’t done my measurements yet, I will be doing them tomorrow or Saturday, and as soon as I have done them, I will put them up here for the world to see. I also plan on getting back to my daily blog with my daily stats. As of tomorrow!!! It’s so great to be back, so how did you all do?