Good Morning! I am watching the doc on Aspartame that was posted on the boards!! I never ever ate or drank anything that had the artificial sweeteners, and I think it was my mother that refused to let us do that when we were kids too. Now I dislike anything that is so icky sweet.
I am up way too early today, and just wanted to say that I got to the top of our mountain in our nearby Caledonia State park, for the Application Trail, yesterday with my DS!! what a wonderful gift this was for me to do ....... this is something that I never ever thought I'd be able to do again.... I still cannot believe that I did it, and even attempted it. but as it happens, he was trying to get me to go shopping and since neither one of really wanted to go and fight the crowds... then he suggested a walk and we both looked outside and since it was a bit windy, we thought of going to the state park, and the trees would block it for the most part. So I took along 2 walking sticks that Dh made for the family and off we went. Do the 2 support sticks really helped me do this and with out them I do not think it would have happened and I would have turned back soon, on the first hike up!!! Now, thinking back on the experience I never should have done it at all. the what ifs were all so huge in the headlights. what if I was way up in the mts, with all the rocks, stones, and twists and piles of leaves in the low spots of the paths, my knees and ankles could truly do all kinds of damage and how would I have gotten back down etc etc?? But hey i figured that God would be with me in this endeavor, and I really just loved walking up on the top of the mt along the Appalachian Trail. The trees are straight and tall.... and so majestic looking. You feel utterly alone on the top of the world (only me, son, who was way ahead of me... and 3 other hikers ) and I keep praying that I would not feel a sudden jolt in one of my knees, as in the past in my own back yard just hanging up laundry... The ortho docs/ LPNs, etc, all that the knees need level ground... and I keep thinking, nothing ventured, nothing gained either... Especially the way down was very very interesting, but I did it!! Slow just sure, and I got back down, over a ton of rocks, logs, and so on. I still cannot hardly believe it.
My knees must be a lot stronger, due to this WOE is all I can figure... and my exercising too... WHOOT!!
Peace and Happiness