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Love to Hike

Hiking is one of my favorite types of exercise. I don't get to hike as much as I'd like to since I live in Phoenix, Arizona. With temperatures in the 100 degree plus range during the summers, there's no way I'm going outside to hike. That's why my treadmill comes in handy.

I had planned to continue the theme of my last blog post about getting organized to reduce stress and take care of your heart. But yesterday my computer crashed, which caused me lots of stress. Isn't that ironic?

However, the temperature outside was so nice. So I decided to get out my hiking boots and hit the trail. I'm very fortunate to have a range of mountains right behind my home. Why not practice what I preach with a healthy way to deal with my momentary stress? So, equipped with my ipod and digital camera, I took off. I thought I might share some of the views with you.

Starting out

I can already see over the rooftops to the downtown city buildings

Lots of cactus along the way

Almost to the top

I love the mountains!

So, what's the point to this blog post? Life happens. Computers crash. Financial markets falter. Circumstances change. We may not have control over all of our circumstances but...we can choose how we respond to them.

So, take a deep breath (that's good for you too) and do something today. Listen to some upbeat and inspiring music and get out and walk, bike or hike. It just might bring a smile back to your face...like mine!

Let me know what you did for yourself today. I'd love to hear from you too.

Debbie Petras
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  1. I didn't exactly "hike," but I did take my walk today. You are right, it does help to put out your clothes the night before.
    Today I did something I would not recommend everyday, but I watched a "no-brainer" movie - one that I knew my husband would not like. I managed to get the "sink emptied" while I watched the flick, and folded some clothes. So, it wasn't a total waste of time. The movie was "Mad Money," silliness, just pure silliness. But, sometimes it's nice to be a little silly.

  2. To Anonymous: We all need a bit of comic relief, especially in these stressful times.

  3. To me, getting back to nature gets you to centre yourself. It's like - going out gets you in...lol.

    I love the landscape. It's so different from what I'm used to - but I can still see the trolls in the mountain...;).

  4. Wish I was there to hike with you. I got the estimate back for fixing my laptop (which crashed when I returned from Baltimore)~ it is not pretty. I can get a new one for the same amount, which is what I am going to do. But I understand the stress thing. I think that is the one thing I miss most about AZ, are the trails you can hike.

  5. Excellent advice and beautiful photos.
    I live in Colorado Springs. The weather is cooler and scenery is beautiful. No excuse for not enjoying it daily.

  6. The weather is perfect for hiking this weekend. A few weekends ago, while it was still in the 100's in Phoenix, my fiancé and I went to Tuscon and hiked in various spots on Mt. Lemmon. It was absolutely beautiful, and I look forward to going again soon.

    ~ Kristi


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