Doodads & Getting Fit — Yesterday’s walk

On my month-long blogging break, I got more out of my head and more into my body.  The fitness challenge continues.  Unless I buy a fat tire bike to ride this winter, bicycling is over until Spring.  I have linked up with a group that does two kinds of walking:  urban, which is a tame flat surface; and adventure, which is climbing dunes sometimes without a trail.  I did one of adventure walks last week and am absolutely not fit enough to be climbing up and down dunes in winter without a trail (even though I did it with beaucoup help!)  I’ll be doing an urban walk with the group this coming Sunday and have been walking on my own to condition for it.  Yesterday was a beautiful, approximately 2-mile walk along an inland lake near Lake MI.  Here are pics from it, without captions.  If you have questions about any of them, just ask.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Paula. It was a great day for a walk.

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  1. hanspostcard says:

    winter is too cold! spring will be here before you know it Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      The cold doesn’t bother me. Falling does. I agree, spring isn’t that far away, not really.

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  2. dorahak says:

    That sky and water. Beautiful!
    Pax,
    Dorah

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Dora. It is a beautiful place for sure.

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  3. Misky says:

    It looks like an inspiring place for a walk!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It is! The whole trail runs along the water. Can’t wait to come back here in swimming weather.

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  4. Exercise is really good for you especially with all the swell scenery. I should start riding me bicycle again too

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Larry you should start riding your bicycle again! We have 2400 miles of trails in Michigan. It’s safe on the trails as cars can’t hit you. check out https://www.traillink.com/ and find some trails near you.

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      1. Thanks I shall have to check it out

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You’re welcome.

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  5. memadtwo says:

    These are wonderful photos! Brrr…looks brisk.

    I walk at least a mile most days, and 3 on Sundays when I visit with my daughters. I hope to work up to more next summer. Winter is hard because of my asthma. I would definitely have trouble with an adventure walk! (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kerfe. I’m guessing it gets really cold in your city for a few reasons: 1) all of the brick holds the cold; 2) the skyscrapers make wind tunnels; 3) you’re on the water. I’m sure also you do layering to stay warm. Anybody in a northern climate learns it. I actually like being out in the cold and feeling snug in my layers. A mile a day will keep you fit for sure. Asthma can’t feel good in low temps. I had no idea we’d be climbing up — and down! — the tall dunes with no trail in the loose leaves and snow or I would have skipped it. Was wishing I could snap my fingers and wake up. Not a fun time at all.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        The Urban walks sound more suitable. I will be interested to hear about them.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          A friend and I took a 3-hr Urban walk today to look at the wreaths. She lives downtown now so she updated me on so many of the new eateries/bars/housing/etc. in the area. One bene of urban walks is you can drop in anywhere to shop, drink, eat, etc. 🙂 I will plan on participating in Thursday doors at least this Thursday. What I didn’t get was pics of the wreaths. Behind glass they were impossible to get a good shot of them. 52 in total in area. we saw 38 of them. not bad!

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          1. memadtwo says:

            That sounds like fun. I was looking for holiday doors today, but I think it’s too early. I did see some wreaths, but that’s about it.

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            1. msjadeli says:

              It was a lot of fun. Good conversation and getting reacquainted with the downtown. Living out in the sticks and not getting a newspaper anymore, the change has been incremental but significant altogether.

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  6. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Some great shots Lisa! I walk and the more you do it the more you start loving it. I have a subscription to an audio book a month and I get lost in the book and the next thing I know my 3 mile lunch is finished in an hour. It’s made me feel so much better…. you keep building up and you will be able to do the hills etc…I still haven’t done that… but I would suggest a book and headphones…or music of course.
    I look forward to my walk everyday now.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Max, I am so happy for you that you got into the habit of walking. My older son loves to walk also and he dropped a lot of weight doing it. I think you’re right about liking it more the more I do it. If I was in a place where I felt safe I might put headphones on but a woman walking alone in the woods isn’t safe without the ability to hear who might be coming up behind her.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        No…heck I wouldn’t walk in the woods like that. I walk at work…gigantic parking lot and inside we have a complete side that is empty…. and the small country road next to my house.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Now that I’m getting into the habit I will probably start walking my own road. So neat you have your walking area right there at work to use.

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          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            I do that instead of lunch or…walk off my lunch lol

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  7. Sadje says:

    Beautiful photos Li. Getting fit is a must. I hope the walk is enjoyable

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Other than fear of walking in the woods alone, it was a gorgeous walk. The app I used yesterday has a feature to let named people keep track of exactly where you are via gps so that is very reassuring.

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      1. Sadje says:

        I’m sure that would help to feel safe that you’re connected.

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  8. rothpoetry says:

    You really have a great walking area! Love your beautiful shots.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, I’ve driven by this park a thousand times. It was only this summer, when looking for bike routes, that I took a closer look at it. It truly is a hidden gem.

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        It really is a lovely spot!

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  9. While I’m sure I don’t speak for myself only when I say you’ve been missed, I’m glad you used your one-month break for all this physical activity. Based on your photos, you walked in a beautiful spot!

    I also like to walk [urban 🙂 ], but since I started working from home in January 2020, unfortunately, I’ve reduced it. My commute to the office included a 15-minute walk from and to the bus terminal. Now, I occasionally go for a walk in my immediate neighborhood in the morning just before logging into my work computer.

    Getting some fresh air in the morning is the best. Unfortunately, I don’t do it every day, and once it gets cold, I will probably stop it altogether until the weather gets better again.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Christian. I was heading down a wrong road with my health and like an old car that isn’t maintained things were sure to start breaking down. I’m headed in the right direction now. I hope you keep walking in the chillier weather. Bundle up and get boots with good tread on them and you’ll be just fine. You’re right fresh air in the morning is probably best. My walk on Sunday will be at 8 a.m. Oy!

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      1. Wow, Lisa, 8 a.m. on a Sunday – that’s true dedication! 🙂

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        1. msjadeli says:

          lol either that or insanity!

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          1. I think we’ll go with dedication, Lisa! 🙂

            Seriously, your commitment is commendable. And I’m glad you’re feeling the benefits from it!

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  10. The Hinoeuma says:

    Lovely photos. I do a walk, regularly. We have many trails & a riverwalk. It clears the mind.

    I’m on a long break, too, now.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Vic, so happy you walk and have nice places to walk. Enjoy your break, my friend. See you on the flip side!

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  11. kittysverses says:

    Beautiful scenery. Lovely photos, Li. I’m glad you enjoyed your walk. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kitty, thank you so much.

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Li. 🙂

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  12. GHLearner says:

    The photos are wonderful, makes me wish I could go on a walk like that, too.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gah I wish you could also. Are you not able to?

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      1. GHLearner says:

        It’s a bit complicated, and we don’t have a larger water body nearby. I spend most of my time at work at the moment. But I have plans… 😀

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I really hope you find a way, both to the water and a break from work. Will be vibing these things to you. Maybe you’ll win a vaca to the ocean??

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          1. GHLearner says:

            Thanks for the vibes. Now make Covid become endemic, then things will get less stressful where I work. 🙂

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  13. SelmaMartin says:

    Aww lovely photos. Spectacular.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Selma!

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  14. Welcome back, Lisa ❤

    Gorgeous photos – thanks for sharing with us.

    -David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, David, glad you enjoyed and happy to be back ❤

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  15. A grand area to walk – can I say I’m proud of you without making you uncomfortable? What’s on the small log with the green and white things? 🌞

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your support and encouragement, Lisa. Those things are some kind of fungi. This whole area feels undisturbed, like those who travel through it respect its beauty. Such a pretty place.

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      1. Nice, and so uncommon! 🌞

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  16. Bill says:

    Wonderful photos. A lovely place.
    I agree with no falling and no injuries period, other than sore muscles.
    Keep up the good work, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Bill. Appreciate that well-wishing for safety.

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  17. Dale says:

    Beautiful pictures, Lisa! And kudos to you! You go, grrl!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Dale. You and Merril are inspiring me to keep moving 🙂

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      1. Dale says:

        Yay! I so love to be a “good” influence 😉

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  18. Exercise keeps you fit and Healthy and they also increase life span

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hannah thank you. It’s why I’m doing what I do.

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  19. writingwhatnots says:

    Lovely pictures Lisa – what great scenery you have to walk around!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Marion, thank you! I live in a beautiful place that I take for granted too often.

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