We are home…

Oh my, you never know how bad you really need to get away until you go….It was so much fun, not only seeing my son, but just getting away…..I gave up on the ole calorie counting while I was away…but kept mindful about eating…and got plenty of exercise….some walking, swimming, and soaking in the hot springs…did a lot of reading…played some games….and had dinner every night with my son and his friend…I sure miss my kids…but the time we shared was so full of love just being together, we didn’t have time to fight and quarrel…LOL   I went down to there camp and enjoyed the hot springs with them…and sat around the fire eating dark chocolate and drinking sips of southern comfort….all in all a really great time…Our Campsite…we were the only ones there…whooo hoooo

gila campsiteThe cliffs all around us….

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The Gila National Forest from the top of the road into the Cliff Dwellers Monument

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The huge rock where the cliff dwellers made there home on the back side of the rock…stands about 7000′ at the top…

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The weather varied, this was a really big thunder storm, started a few fires on the mountains but the hail and rain put them out…my phone camera didn’t catch the ominous looking cloud it really was….

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The Gila River and one of the hot spring soakers…

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One the way through Arizona East of Phoenix….Lake Mohawk

lake mohawkred rocksSaguaros on top of a huge pile of red rocks, the road below was a really bad dirt road we ended up on after Lake Mohawk, we are up on top looking down to where we were headed….went on forever..at least it felt like it…the one below is at the end of the road…it had pavement the last 1/4 mile..LOL  the Beaver Tale cactus growing out of the side of the rocks….big road

 

 

 

 

 

 

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saguraThis huge mama was in our campsite on the way home…we stopped in Benson Arizona, the weather was windy and wet, rally hard to drive in, so we stopped and enjoyed the evening…I swam and used the hot tub got a good workout in…

Well glad to be home…I forgot how bad my arthritic body could hurt,  as soon as we were in cooler, damp climate….boom it all came back…LOL…not complaining but was just amazed at how much better I am in Yuma…however its been raining off and on here….not a lot, but its definitely cooler than when we left….

Back at it in the morning….kat

Day 24

Another good day in paradise….went swimming….worked out for 40 minutes and then chit chatted with some of the woman floating around on noodles…LOL  I found out there is another pool here near our home…it is only 12$ a month and you get a key to come and go as you please…no work out room, but lets be honest at the place I am paying 45$ a month the machines I could use is extremely limited, I counted 3…I can’t use the elliptical or the treadmill as it hurts my knee and they have a pull down I can use, of course free weights and a couple others that have to do with abds….I am thinking I would rather invest in a home security system over the machines….I have to give to get…so I am changing pools in April…there I talked myself into the change just like that…LOL  I have free weights and a big blue ball…I will do just fine…    its been a busy day…started by laying more bricks, got a good work out with that…so  that was good….and then the pool….food is around 1500…I was hungry today….so I had a wonderful fruit salad…put me right over the quota…so its all good…

Hope everyone was able to get a glance at the moon last night….it was so big and bright here…it was amazing…heres a shot I took as I was twirling….LOL

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Here is a bloom on one of brothers cactus, a Santa Rita…I have a start in my yard and hope to have blossoms next year….

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Until tomorrow

Day 7

Weigh in day….I lost 3#’s this week…don’t ask how….well I have been good and bad all week, I guess the good out weighed the bad..no pun intended….LOL    Aanyway…I will accept it and be thankful….so I am on my way to my next goal….250#’s…..can’t wait to reach it and then move on…seems I have been trying to get there since before Thanksgiving….oh ya…we bought a fixer upper in Yuma….that’s what I have been doing….but why can’t I do both…hummm pretty sure I could of, should of….what the hell…I am going to finally beat these last 10#’s….I won’t even think about the next 50 pounds… LOL  oh well- as the Ring Master said – On With The Show –

Been a good day….I ate a little more today than I should of, but I always let weigh in day kinda be a free for all day….I indulged in a new coconut peanut butter by healthy choice…it is so good…..I ate it with an apple and had a PBJ sandwich this evening..it is like a little jar of yummm….I just wished it came in crunchy…only creamy….believe me I won’t be buying another jar….

Been a lot cooler today…it even got a little wet…not so much as rain falling all at one time…but damp enough to wet the rode…they call that rain down here…LOL  well until monsoon season..it was almost like being in California today, overcast, cool and refreshing….LOL   however the ole bones are not happy…pain creeping back in just like being back in California…LOL….sad that we can enjoy the cool weather for the freshness it brings to our lungs, and faces, but the bones hate the cold weather…find my self reaching for the Advil way to often….warm, dry weather coming back by the end of the week…at least my bones will like it…

Our guy came and started the bricks today….its the first time he has ever laid bricks…his job is a little better than mine…but not by much…LOL  oh well at least I am not doing it…I also spent the morning cutting back my big Ocotillo in the corner in the back yard…well it turns out that it was over half dead……so that made it easy….we got the back yard cleaned up…it is starting to take shape….

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12809537_10205689096166705_7840231563603564917_n The ocotillo before I attacked it this morning…plus I removed all the dead sticks the ladies had sick up out of the ground…the leaves were the dead ones off the tree that is now gone…this is an old picture….

12790914_10205689107846997_7087772687156845253_n The new and improved ocotillo….it just looked happier….the cement stepping stones I have been using the extra paint we have on…will be stepping stones to the back gate….the backyard is looking so much cleaner…amazing what a little clean up can do to a yard….and this picture was today…we can see the mountains with no problem….yesterday we could hardly see past the fence….

12654585_10205463750413202_5480106723746557282_n looking out at the same mountain area…this was taken a month ago…but this is what yesterday looked like…only worse…

Well its late….until tomorrow….

 

 

Weigh Day

Well…woke up from a good week…got on the scale first thing…face the music early…and I lost 7 pounds…..I got off and on three times…LOL  even turned on the light to make sure it was a 3 and not an 8….LOL  so I am thinking I had a lot of water weight on board and that is gone…makes me know that I am doing the right thing….someone asked me how I could loose weight because I had a soft ice cream cone one day….I said its all about moderation, calories in and exertion of calories out…  been eating between 1000 to 1200 all week and no eating after 6pm with the exception of popsicles…so back at it…I have been exercising at home and doing yard work….and sometimes that’s way more strenuous than an actual work out at the gym…..I can’t go swimming until my hand heals, well anyway the doctor mentioned it would be beneficial to keep it dry and clean till it heals over…so no gym for a couple weeks….I got another piece of cactus needle out of my wound…I took a picture and put it next to a pencil to show its size…hopefully that’s the last piece…its healing nicely!

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Yard is coming together, we need more bricks to lay and my husband is having an issue with paying for delivery charges…not sure how he thinks they will get here, but until he decides I am okay not having to deal with them…LOL  I painted my milk cans for color in the yard….I need something bright and cheerful when I am outside….I love the look of the Mexican bricks and love cactus…however green and orange-ish bricks can only go so far…so here is a before and after of my yard art…lol

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and the birdbath….it will add color for sure and water for our feathered friends…

12654523_10205512625795056_924713192864699506_nFinished area…YAY12717860_10205512625515049_5424524769351189257_n Birdbath surrounded by some of our never ending rocks the ladies who lived here before collected….most are petrified wood from the Flagstaff area….I have the birdbath sitting on some of the round painted pavers the concrete guy made…we know the Mexican bricks are not very level…LOL  oh well…they will settle…..really windy here today so we are hanging out in the house… life is good….

saw these on Facebook….loved them….

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Later Gators…

Day two

Did well today….still having urges to keep eating, and eating and eating but have been able to keep it in check….for this week I will not eat after 6p…at 1500 calories today, but most of it was fruit…went to the store came home with loads of fruit ..so made big fruit salads with lime zest….very good….have been drinking water with lemon to help cleanse my food fest….going to freeze some fresh blended fruit into ice cubes to add to my water…always nice to have a little watermelon cube in my water or fresh frozen plum juice….yumm

Beautiful weather, gardening and just enjoying the outdoors…really glad we got home before the heat wave hit in the eastern side of the state and Idaho and Nevada….I have big plans for some of my cactus this weekend….bought them new containers to move to, and need to trim back some of the growth out back…

will continue to count every morsel I put in me and am trying to get away from bread completely since it is one of my trigger foods..so until tomorrow…..