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Posted in Uncategorized on September 18, 2017 by mistransformation

I know I haven’t posted in a long time.  Maybe I’ll find more time again into winter. I have been so busy this summer.  I have had many kayaking trips and a few good hikes.  I paddled once again on Keuka Lake at Penn Yan and did a bike ride trip on the Outlet Trail from Keuka Lake to Seneca Lake.  I have also paddled different parts of the Susquehanna River West Branch, North Branch and Southern Branch.  I did McKee’s Half Falls and I will try to post a video here of that paddle. It was awesome getting a taste of the whitewater.

This is footage of the Outlet Trail near Penn Yan, NY – the entire trail is not paved.

 

McKees Half Falls is near Port Trevorton, PA on Routes 11 & 15.

Farwell Island is on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River near North Bend, PA.

I am hoping to do a kayak trip in October on Cayuga Lake near Ithaca, NY if the weather stays as nice as it has been.

That’s a little update for you.  Talk soon.  MisTransformation

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Happy 6 Year Anniversary to Mistransformation

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2017 by mistransformation

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Happy 6 year anniversary to the blog that was only supposed to be a couple month challenge.  As a follower of this blog you know that my posts have been dwindling down the last couple of years.  I was going to announce with this post that Mistransformation was calling it a day.  I have changed my mind however and am probably just going to change things up a bit and instead of posting workout reviews, I’ll just post about my hikes and kayaking trips with pictures, etc.

Thank you to all of my faithful followers throughout the years. This type of blog is sort of just running its course and running out of steam.  Times have changed and I have as well.

So with that said, let’s see what the next year brings and I’ll revisit the thought on anniversary 7.

The Keystone 49: Peakbagging in Pennsylvania (Climbing the Keystone State’s Beautiful Mountains and Vistas)

Posted in Uncategorized on February 3, 2017 by mistransformation

My hometown made this list.

Endless Mountains Experience

17992907190_0475ca8e64_o.jpg Gillespie Point

Many people enjoy climbing mountains, or peaks, whether it be for a specific elevation or the view at the top.  This is common in New York and New England, and to a lesser degree, the southern Appalachians.

Pennsylvania is an odd state for “peakbagging”, because it doesn’t have many peaks.  Most of the terrain in this state is defined by ridges and plateaus with fairly consistent elevations.

Regardless, the views in Pennsylvania are still impressive, and the climbs can be very challenging.

This list is based upon mountains with features at or near the summit, such as a view, firetower, or rock outcroppings.

The focus is not on the high point itself.

There generally must be a vertical climb of at least 500 feet that is feasible for a hiker to do from a lower elevation.

Some climbs are off trail.

All climbs are on public…

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Most Notable from 2016

Posted in Health/Fitness, Workout review with tags , , , , , , , on December 27, 2016 by mistransformation

2016-2017

At the end of previous years I have done a “best of” post.  Since I didn’t do many reviews or blog posts at all this year, I’m just going to tell you the awesome things that I did discover this year.

  1. Grokker – A streaming workout/yoga/lifestyle website (can also find on Roku) that you pay a monthly subscription for.  They do have free workouts but most of them you can already find on Youtube.  A year ago January 2016 was when I first signed up for Grokker. They offered me a New Year trial for around $1.00 and I tried it and loved it.  I maintained my subscription until about July when I noticed I wasn’t utilizing it as much as I had been. That doesn’t mean it got any less great however.  There are a variety of workouts at different levels and as I mentioned before some awesome yoga practices.
  2. Les Mills On Demand – I’ve known about LMOD for sometime now but it wasn’t until about October/November that they offered a free one month trial that I took a bite.  WOW!  I would have to say that this is probably my favorite find of the year.  I love the BodyCombat, BodyPump BodyAttack and CXWORX workouts so far and have gone through just about all of them.  I love how they are set to music tracks and that is what sets it apart from a lot of other workout systems.  The music just gets to you and keeps you going. I also love the trainers.  They also offer GRIT workouts that are intense and utilize HIIT, Sh’bam dance fitness and BodyBalance/BodyFlow (think yoga/pilates).  The only complaint I do have about this is that I don’t feel that they give new workouts often enough and then I’ve done them all and I’m the type of person that wants fresh.  I still have a lot of GRIT workouts to keep me busy well into next year though.
  3. DailyBurn – DailyBurn has changed from my previous reviews on this site.  I am going to guess that they were sold because they are no longer in California and operate in New York City now.  They still have the old programs but they do not put those out that often anymore.  What they do have to offer is DailyBurn 365 and give you a fresh workout everyday, thus DailyBurn 365.  The intensity of those workouts is from beginner to medium so for those wanting a BlackFire degree of intensity, you may be disappointed.  Every day they rotate trainers and I’m finding that I really like each one and also like the host J.D.  One new program they did just release in December is a Spartan training workout.  It looks intense and right up there with BlackFire.  I’m looking forward to digging into that for 2017.  There are also a couple of Men’s Health and Women’s Health workout systems that were added between the time I let my subscription lapse and when I picked it back up again at the end of this year when they offered me a month to go back for seventy-five cents.
  4. BeachBody On Demand – and then there is BOD.  I still maintain my subscription to BOD but with all of the other workouts above, I have been using it less. They continue to offer new workouts and workout systems and have released to On Demand favorites like 21 Day Fix Extreme and Insanity Max 30 along with Focus T25 and The Master’s Hammer and Chisel.  They also give sneak peaks to new systems like Core de Force and Country Heat.  Considering they are constantly updating, I’m going to maintain my subscription for now.

There you go for 2016. If you have any questions about the above streaming workout brands, let me know.  If you haven’t already discovered any of these, I hope I gave you some new options for 2017.

I know I’ve been neglectful

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2016 by mistransformation

I know I’ve neglected my blog for months.  I just haven’t been able to sit down and put time into writing reviews they way they should be done. I don’t like to just slop a review out to get a post.  I like to do the workout and write it out in longhand first and then create a post on my blog.

That being said, I do have plans to do a best of the year that will include a few things I have been doing but haven’t had the time to post about on here.  By viewing my blog stats, I see that I do still get a lot of visitors to my post.

I hope you are all doing well and I will be back before the end of the year to let you know about some great offerings.

I’m not giving up; just been busy

Posted in Kayaking, Uncategorized on August 29, 2016 by mistransformation

No, I haven’t given up on my blog.  I actually had an epic vacation a few weeks ago and I want to blog about that and a few other things.  I can’t wait to tell you about it.

I’ve just been really busy and taking advantage of the long summer days that are now getting shorter and shorter every day.

Here’s a teaser:

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I will be back….promise.

Injured but making the most of it

Posted in hiking, Kayaking with tags , , , , on July 12, 2016 by mistransformation

I have been suffering with my latest bout of Plantar Fasciitis since before I visited Kripalu Yoga and Health Center back in April. As you know from my previous post, I did two moderate hikes during my stay at that facility.  I continued to do some pretty major  hikes after that and didn’t listen to my foot when it was telling me it had had enough.  I maintained pretty much the same activity that I always had and in fact I was doing a lot more all while my foot was screaming at me in agony.  Over the Fourth of July holiday, it finally said it had enough and I could barely walk at all without my foot feeling like it was ripping apart.  It was probably one of the most miserable 4ths that I’ve ever had (except that I visited my family).

I’ve been suffering to some degree of PF since I was a teenager so I’ve been treating it on my own and even though in the past it always went away with minimal attention, this time I have done just about everything under the sun for it.  I have to say that the night boot, icing, alternate temperature footbaths and taping have been my saving grace.

As of today, I am ambulatory but still unable to go for even a minor hike (I know, I tried a baby path last weekend to no avail).  I feel like I’m missing out on the best weeks of hiking so  I did a couple of kayak trips instead. It keeps me off of my feet, but still lets me enjoy the outdoors.  I have to say that I have really enjoyed kayaking.

Here are a few pictures of hikes I have done and also from the kayak trips. If you click on them, it gives a title of where the picture was taken.  One of the most interesting is from Hawk Rock, Cove Mountain, Duncannon, PA because it is on the Appalachian Trail and any East Coast hiker would be intrigued to follow in the footsteps of the thru-hikers of the AT.