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Living Life to the Fullest!!!
Mid-November 2014
News, Views and Tips
Lifestyle Blog
Favorite Web Sites
Welcome to New Members
Inspirational Quote
50 Over 50
My Favorite Health Product
Hartfield's Healthy Habits
Another Awesome Autumn Hike
Fox Theater Volunteer Ushers Wanted
FREE State Park Parking Passes
Hiking Tips & Insights
Day Hiking Checklist
How to Choose a Bicycle
Hikling Boots
How to Choose Trekking poles
Basics of Hydration

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My blog about Living Life to the Fullest!!!  where I share my inspiration, motivation and rejuvenation on this wonderful journey.

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Sweetwater Creek Hike Group

To All Our New & Existing Members!

(Older People with
Active Lifestyles)

Baby Boomers




TV Viewers

Radio Listeners







It is because of you that we continue to grow and know our work...and fun, is spreading joy and happiness to those we touch, if not physically, with our hearts and spirits.  Thank you for choosing to be a part of our family and community!
Inspirational Quote

CH at Rock City

The greatest adventure
is what lies ahead!

Walk with the Dreamers,the Believers, the Courageous,
the Cheerful, the Planners,
 the Doers, the Successful People with their heads in the Clouds and their feet on the Ground. Let their Spirit Ignite a Fire within you to believe in yourself and to leave this world better than when you found it...
Modified from Wilferd Peterson
50 Over 50 

Huff/Post 50 recently asked readers to submit nominations of people who've reinvented themselves for the better after age 50 as part of an initiative launched with the TODAY show called "50 Over 50." Carolyn was selected as one of the "Risk Takers."
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The 'All Natural' Daily Supplements I Take   

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It contains no gluten!  Wheat allergies are usually an allergy to the portion of wheat protein known as gluten.  The wheat germ oil used in these supplements contains no wheat gluten.    


Each packet provides:

  • Tre-en-en® Grain Concentrates 
    Feed your cells - Energize your life.
  • Carotenoid Complex™ 
    Protect your cells - Optimize your immunity
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    Balance & regulate your cells - Maximize your good health
  • Formula IV Plus® 
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Powerful nutrients that support:
  • Abundant Energy
  • Powerful Antioxidant Protection
  • Lifelong Heart Health
  • Optimum Immune Strength
  • Healthy Brain Function
  • Flexible, Healthy Joints
  • Clear Vision
  • Youthful Skin, Hair & Nails
  • Lifelong Cellular Health

 Fast Facts about ProVitality   


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About the Editor 


Carolyn Hartfield is a Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition Practitioner, a Lifestyle Coach a Health & Wellness Advocate and an Outdoor Adventurer who enjoys sharing her knowledge and experiences through her writings, and engaging speaking presentations.

Carolyn has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles, radio shows, and at various conferences. She is  previous host of her own Blog Talk Radio show.

Carolyn is a certified Outings Leader through the Sierra Club, certified in Wilderness First Aid through the National Outdoor Leadership School, Wilderness Institute, and certified as a National Interpretive Guide.  She is a member of the Sierra Club, the American Hiking Society, and the Family Wellness Network.

Carolyn is truly 'Living Life to the Fullest!!!' You must believe, and act accordingly, that dreams can come true!

  Veteran's Day 2009
...to all the men and women who have served to keep us safe.  We appreciate you although we may not say it enough, know that we salute you this day! 
Hug a Veteran!

I am working with Adventure Leader Reginald Mitchell on our 2015-16 adventure travel schedule.  We have planned a meeting to inform you of our plans.  Please plan to attend:

Tuesday, November 18
6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m.
REI - Atlanta Store
1800 Northeast Expressway
Atlanta, GA 30329
(between Clairmont & N. Druid Hills)

BTW I was informed today that the CNN feature for AccessHaalth is in the editing room.  It will be aired throughout the month of January across the country in Hospitals and doctors offices.  More than likely, by the time I issue the next newsletter, I will have a copy of it to post for you.

See below for the Annual December year-end hike at Stone Mountain on Saturday, December 6.  This year not only will be be out there with the Keeping It Wild folk, Reginald will have his WeLove2Hike group.

May you be blessed, as you continue to bless others. And as always, I wish for you optimal health, and a life full of love, peace, and joy. 


Living Life to the Fullest!!!


  Carolyn's Signature

P.S.:  Check out the links in the sidebar to some other great sites, including the meetup sites if you are interested in participating in a variety of fun activities and cultural events, with some great, fun-loving and friendly people.
Hartfield's Healthy Habits
Healthy Habits for the Holiday Season 
Carolyn Hartfield
We are coming into that wonderful time of year again... Thanksgiving.  A time to reflect and be grateful for who we are and what we have...especially our health!

I encourage you to start preparing now, at least mentally, so you will be ready to enjoy the festivities, but also be mindful of small things you can do so you will not over indulge to the point that you will regret it later.  Following are a few tips to consider:

1.  Don't fret over the big picture.  When you are out celebrating the season, stay in the moment and decide to make the healthiest choice available, right there in front of you at the time.  That also means moderation in all forms.

2.  Make up your mind to drink added glasses of water.  Not only will the additional water help you stay hydrated, it will help you to flush your system of the all the food you have eaten while also helping you to feel full so you won't stuff yourself. 

3.  Don't eat with your eyes, eat with your stomach.  Acknowledge when you feel full, regardless as to how good that Sweet Potato pie or chocolate cake looks.  If you must, take a piece home with you for the following day.

4.  Surround yourself with happy people...you being the one at the top of the list!  Laugh Often, Laugh Out Loud, Loosen Up, and Laugh at Yourself!

5.  And, lastly, but definitely not least;  Especially during this festive season, but quite frankly, any time...When you see someone without a Smile...Give them one of yours!

"Live Your Life to the Fullest!!!"       

Annual End-of-Year Stone Mountain Hike

Easy/ModerateStone Mountain
Distance:  5.0 Miles             

Departure:  9:00a Sharp 
Meeting Place:  

We will meet inside the park near the west gate by the parking lot near the restrooms, behind Confederate Hall at the base of the mountain...our usual place.


We will hike the Cherokee Trail which explores much of the Natural District around the base of Stone Mountain. As the tradition has begun, Keeping It Wild hikers will join us again this year. 


As always, wear sturdy shoes or hiking boots, and of course, wear comfortable layered clothing, preferably no cotton.  Cotton holds moisture and if and when you perspire, you will be chilled.  Bring water and snacks. According to Weather.com the forecast will be mostly sunny with a high of 56 degrees. Bring water and healthy snacks.

Unless you have a park pass or want to pay $10 to park, you can opt to park at the Sun Trust overflow parking lot, directly across the street from the OLD Stone Mountain MARTA Park & Ride lot, for free.  It is located at E Mountain and 4th streets.  I have spoken with a manager who said he had no problem with us parking there. And besides, the bank is closed on Saturdays. It is a very short walk down E Mountain, directly to the walk-through gate, we will be straight ahead in the open area, near the restrooms, waiting for you. 


Don't forget the Leave No Trace ethics and principles to which we adhere... what you carry in, you carry out, with the exception of taking your memories of the adventure, your new friendships, and of course, any photos you may take.

Please feel free to text or call me, should you have any questions or concerns.  I can be reached at 678.231.4973.  
 Register for the Hike Here   


Adventure Fun in Puerto Rico
Hike the Rainforest, and much more
February 20 - 23, 2015
Click Here for More Information

Come to the Meeting to get firsthand info and signup
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 6:30p - 8:00p
REI Alanta Store


Upcoming Events Preview

Nov 14-16   Sapelo / Cabretta Island Weekend Adventure Trip
Nov 17        Wine Tasting & Heavy Hors d'oeurves at Cafe Intermezzo
Nov 18        2015 Trip Planning Schedule Meeting at REI - Atlanta Store
Nov 22        Hike Big & Little Kennesaw Mountain
Dec 6          Annual Stone Mountain Hike
Feb 20-23   Adventures in Puerto Rico - Rainforest Hike & more...
Mar 21        Overnight at the Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls State Park
Aug 15        Conasauga River Snorkel - 10th Anniversary

For more information on a specific event, please send an email to: CH@CarolynHartfield.com


Passport to Paradise
1 Passport to Paradise, WeLoveExploring.com
2015 Trip Schedule Meeting
Joint Adventures with Reginald Mitchell 
Come to the meeting on Tuesday, November 18
6:30p.m. - 8:00p.m.
REI Atlanta Store
1800 Northeast Expressway
Atlanta, GA 30329

Fabulous Fox Theater Volunteer Ushers Wanted

I currently usher at the Fox Theatre and love it!  You can too.  They are now accepting applications for Volunteer Ushers.  Just fill out the online application and you will be contacted. 

You can use my name (Carolyn Hartfield) as how you found out about the volunteer program.  Let me know that you applied.

FREE State Park Parking Passes
Did you know that you can go to your local library and check out a Georgia State Park parking pass, just as you would a book and use it for entry to any of the state parks.  You do have to have a valid library card. Parking fees are usually $5.00.  You can call and have them hold it for you, as each branch does not have many, and they are checked out all the time.  Click here to find a branch in your area.

Or, of course, you can purchase an Annual State Park parking pass.

Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Tips
Male Hiker
As day hikers, we need high energy foods that are easy to carry and require little or no preparation. Foods that are convenient for quick stops and snacks are often the best.  These items include fresh or dried fruit, granola bars, cheese cubes, crackers, and trail mix (a mix of nuts, raisins and/or other dried fruit) are good for snacks. Bagels, pita bread, flour tortillas or English muffins are good with peanut butter, cheese, tuna, hummus or other items spread on them for a more healthy lunch.

Super important are fluids...water.  For easy to moderate hikes, you may find that you consume 2 or more liters of water. Dehydration is to be avoided at all costs. it can result in loss of energy at a minimum and can lead to reduction in the body's ability to properly function, and finish the hike.

Autumn Hike Tips:
  1. Fall weather often brings highly changeable hiking conditions. Check the weather forecast for the day and location you're hiking.
  2. Get an early start. When you're on the trail bright and early, behold the many birds. They are usually most active and in best songster form during the first few hours of daylight.
  3. Layer, now more than ever. Layering, as an outdoor dress methodology, is important in every season, particularly in autumn.
  4. Remember your rain wear. Pack it, even if the weather cast is predicting clear days. Fall sunlight can be intense so also remember your sunscreen and sunglasses.
  5. Autumn is the season for those convertible pants, the ones with zip-off legs that convert to shorts. A hat will keep your head warm in the morning, and cool in the afternoon.
  6. In some state park and hunting is allowed. In others it's not. You should wear at least one article of hunter orange. When you're wearing a pack it's difficult for the orange to be seen, so wear an orange hat or clip it to your pack. You also can wind orange surveyor flagging tape around your pack or hang it from your backpack.
  7. Switch to a high-fat diet. Calorie-dense foods like chocolate, nuts, and cheese metabolize slowly, prolonging digestion's hour-long, body-warming effect.

Day Hiking Checklist
Download a copy of the suggested Day Hiking Checklist from REI.  Click here to download a copy.

How To Choose A Bicycle for a Great Riding Experience

Bicycling lets you have fun and get exercise while being kind to the environment at the same time. It can also be a great way to run errands, commute to work or experience a backcountry trail, not to mention more serious pursuits such as touring or racing.


Whatever your goals, you have a number of bicycle options to take you there.

The aim of this article is to help beginners, casual riders or those who haven't ridden in a while to select the right type of bike.  Read on... 

Hiking Boots...

...How to Choose

You want to be sure you know the options when choosing hiking boots. Consider 'summer' hiking boots. Read this article from REI.

...Breaking in Your New Hiking Boots

You never want to hike in brand new boots.  Read this article from REI on  how you should break in your new boots.
Click Here to read the article from REI.

...Hiking Boot Care
You want to take proper care of your boots. Read this article from REI on how to care for your boots.
Click Here to read the article from REI.

How to Choose Trekking Poles and Hiking Sticks

Trekking poles are standard equipment for many hikers. They enhance your stability and support on all types of terrain.

Read this article from REI to help you learn what to consider when shopping for trekking poles and staffs. 


The Basics of Hydration

Your body is more than 60% water, and even light physical activity can deplete that percentage. No fluid means no function!

This loss of fluid is called dehydration. And hydrating, or adding fluids, is the key to keeping it from happening to you.


 Click Here to read the article from REI.

How to Choose a Day Pack

For any activity that involves more gear than you can carry in your pocket, especially for hiking, you need a daypack.


Daypacks may look similar at first glance but have lots of functional differences. Read the article from REI that is designed to give you some helpful tips on finding the right one  for your needs.


 Click Here to read the article from REI.

Outdoor Gear Rental
Want to go camping but don't have a tent or sleeping bag?  No problem... rent your equipment from REI, for a nominal fee for the weekend. You can get, based on availability: 
  • Tents REI
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bags/Pads
  • Camping Stoves 
Just call the REI store nearest you, and see what they have available.