Sunday, September 30, 2018

2018 Wellness Program - Challenge 18 - Electronics Free Day




I chose September 30, 2018 for my Electronics free day.

Part of the reason is the constant barrage of negative activity on social media and the news. I chose a day where there was nothing I needed to do in the way of obligations.

There were three questions that were asked in the challenge - here are my answers.

1) What did your electronics free day consist of? 

  • Going to church
  • Walking around Lake Estes Trail
  • Working on art projects
  • Reading a book
  • Sleeping


2) Was it challenging not to use electronics?

Yes - very much so. I don't have an alarm clock and I use the phone or ipad as an alarm - so I woke up at 9:15. I made it to church by 10:05 (church starts at 10) and I hate being late, so it really didn't start my day well. I use it for picture taking when I walk, as well as to have 911 service. I use it to take picture of my art. I don't have a home phone, just the cell, so couldn't really call anyone and I read a lot on my ipad. While I have tons of hardcover books and love them - it's so easy to just grab the ipad to read.



3) Did you have any set backs?

Yes. I wanted to go from 11 PM Saturday September 29 to 5 AM Monday October 1. I made it until 6 PM Sunday night September 30. It was frustrating to realize how dependent I am on the technology for everything I do and as a barrier between myself and others when I am not feeling very social. And I felt very cute off from the world.


I think this was a great exercise and I want to try it for shorter times - maybe 8 hours or so on a non-work day. I think I tried to much to soon, because seriously - technology is an addiction. I think it is good to unplug for a day and I can see trying this one day a month just to reset myself.



Wellness Program – Challenge 4
Wellness Program – Challenge 5
Wellness Program – Challenge 7
Wellness Program – Challenge 14
Wellness Program – Challenge 16
Wellness Program – Challenge 17
Wellness Program – Challenge 19 and Other Wellness Activities

Friday, September 28, 2018

2018 Wellness Program - Challenge 15 - Meatless Monday

For the month of September go meatless on Mondays!

Photo meals and turn in your best recipe!

Week 1 - meatless garden burger with grilled eggplant



Week 2 - Salad


Week 3 - Veggie Wrap, chips and Homemade Trail Mix



Week 4 - Vegetables and Rice










Wellness Program – Challenge 4
Wellness Program – Challenge 5
Wellness Program – Challenge 7
Wellness Program – Challenge 14
Wellness Program – Challenge 16
Wellness Program – Challenge 17
Wellness Program – Challenge 19 and Other Wellness Activities

Thursday, September 20, 2018

2018 Wellness Program - Challenge 9 - EPMC Annual Hiking Challenge

From July 1 to September 21, 2018

Sign Up

Pick a Level:
Bronze - 4 easy hikes, 2 moderate hikes
Silver - 2 easy hikes, 3 moderate hikes, 1 difficult hike
Gold - 1 easy hike, 3 moderate hikes, 2 difficult hikes, 2 additional hikes of any level

Keep track of your hikes on the wellness board outside of the cafe.

Find hikes here and very good descriptions of hikes here

BONUS - participate in a group hike with the wellness committee

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I chose the GOLD Level.

Hike #1 - Two Easy Hikes in one - Bear Lake and Alberta Falls done July 4, 2018

Alberta Falls Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.








Bear Lake Nature Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.






Hike #2 - Easy Hike - Lily Lake - July 6, 2018

Lily Lake is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.







Hike #3 - Easy Hike - Sprague Lake - July 9, 2018

Sprague Lake Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.







Hike #4 - Two Moderate Hikes and one Easy Hike in one - Nymph Lake, Dream Lake and Emerald Lake - July 9, 2018

Emerald Lake Trail is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.




Dream Lake Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.




Nymph Lake Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.




Hike #5 - Moderate Hike - Gem Lake - July 12, 2018

Gem Lake Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Glen Haven, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from March until October.







Hike #6 - Two Moderate Hikes and one Easy Hike in one - Nymph Lake, Dream Lake and Lake Haiyaha - July 16, 2018

Lake Haiyaha is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until November.

Dream Lake Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

Nymph Lake Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.








Hike #7 - Moderate Hike - Lily Mountain - July 24, 2018

Lily Mountain Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.







Hike #8 - Hard Hike - Estes Cone from Lily Lake Trailhead - August 1, 2018

Lily Lake to Estes Cone Loop is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Beaver Point, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.








Hike #9 - 2 Easy and 1 Moderate  - Bear Lake, Nymph Lake and Dream Lake - September 16, 2018

Bear Lake Nature Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

Dream Lake Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, birding, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

Nymph Lake Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking.









Hike #10 - Hard Hike - Twin Sisters - September 17, 2018

Twin Sisters Peak Trail is a 7.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.








Hike #10 - 1 Easy, 2 moderate and 1 Hard Hike - Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trail  passing Alberta Falls , The Loch, Timberline Falls, Lake of Glass and Sky Pond- September 19, 2018

Sky Pond via Glacier Gorge Trail is a 8.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.













This was a great challenge. Can't wait for next year!







Wellness Program – Challenge 4
Wellness Program – Challenge 5
Wellness Program – Challenge 7
Wellness Program – Challenge 14
Wellness Program – Challenge 16
Wellness Program – Challenge 17
Wellness Program – Challenge 19 and Other Wellness Activities