Friday….Good Day!!!!

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Okay I literally jumped out of bed at 6a….jumped on the scale….and I have lost a pound…whew — deep breath….just checking in….so it made my step a little lighter today , I felt so much better about myself….Its been a good day….we actually left the house at 9a to go hit a few stores, introduced my husband to Hobby Lobby..he loved it   LOL.. it was nice to feel better….way better….I even hit the pool and got in a full 40 minutes of exercise…felt great….I am a little over the 1000 calorie quota but its all good…I did get in my 5 bottles of water….and feeling good….back in control….yay..

Until tomorrow…..

 

Good Day

Had a great day….got a good work out in the pool…..I asked David over at Chape, he’s a trainer,  (if you haven’t checked out his blog I think you should!! He has great work out ideas… )   https://chapeblog.wordpress.com/

Anyway he said for every step in the pool it counts about 10 outside steps…way cool…I was wondering as people are very focused on getting there 10,000 steps in each day, and with an arthritic knee I am no where near that number, lucky if I get to a thousand….so I asked and he was very kind to get right back to me…so with the resistance in the water I can get in about 3 to 4 thousand steps, so that’s a great workout for me…….pretty good considering  !!  So thanks David!!!  I have been using the water weight buoys at the pool, with the water acting as resistance I think I am getting a good arm work out as well… and have found that I am also continuing working out at home…probably not as much as I should be, but still trying to get a few weights in….however working up a good sweat at home just vacuuming and cleaning is worth something…LOL

At 1500 calories…I made a pot of black beans and added fresh cut corn off the cob at the end, along with celery, carrots, and onions…..made great taco’s….thanks to Cheryl over at “Cheffie Cooks”  https://clwiser.wordpress.com/  she gave me a great idea and I ran with it this morning…LOL  if your looking for great recipes, made with fresh products, go check her out…she’s also a sweetheart!!!

Life’s good in the desert…getting warmer this week…I leave you with a few quotes….

Kat………………..

 

Ahhh the weekend is over…

Been a windy weekend…the dust was especially bad yesterday….I tried to sit outside in the corner of the carport area but the wind and dust kept finding me….and this morning its blowing around 22mph…..suppose to slow down this afternoon….certainly gives you cabin fever….LOL my new pool is over at the base of the foothills where the dust is picked up first so I have not been swimming for 2 days…hopefully I will get to go this afternoon…

I actually picked up the weights yesterday and started a routine…today I will increase the reps, I can say I don’t feel anything from yesterday….but again I am not into hurting the next day from workouts….Spent a good hour in the pool and got a good work out in..only one there so it was very zen……notice the flag in the background sticking straight out…it was windy…..

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Doing pretty well in the calorie department…I seem to get to 6p and then around 8 my urge to eat starts…last night I ate granola….so I was over my quota by a bit…but it was all healthy food…just to much of it….today I am 1217…so all’s good…weigh in the morning and am hoping for some weight loss….but I will be happy just getting through the evening without eating….I keep saying popsicles, popsicles, popsicles….!!!

With the wind comes changes in the weather making arthritis raise its ugly head….even the dog is limping more….but its 6:30 and 85′, and the wind has stopped….yay….suppose to hit 99′ this week…look’s like summer is coming like it or not!!

So until tomorrow…..

 

 

Day 22

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Another wonderful day in desert Paradise….just got back from the gym….much better today….only 3 other woman were there when I arrived…and 9 of us when I left….all older woman bobbing around jabbering with each other, man do they like to gossip…LOL….I got in my 20+ minutes of jogging in the pool, and I was able to do a bunch of other exercises I used to do back home…felt great..I am going to try to make it to a water exercise class tomorrow….I was the only one in the hot tub, very nice….my body seems to be happier just after 2 days in the pool…..I bought the exercise ball and weights and will start tonight getting a routine in while I watch my NCIS shows…LOL  finally feeling  like I am back on the health path….yay….hoping to see the scale show some progress, hopefully get off the weight I just gained back…no I am not being hard on myself… just honest….
Well we are having a little wind with our sun today….up around 19mph….enough to kick up the sand and dust…the pool had quite a lot of palm leaves floating around…besides the hot heat in the summer the wind is the only other downside of living here…as its just not wind, its all the crap it picks up across the desert for 50 to 100 miles away and brings it to our yard….really can reek havoc with COPD, allergies, it just can’t be healthy for you….but the upside is, it only last a couple days or so…then its gone..
sunset last night….my little cell phone doesn’t do it justice…but it was pretty spectacular….
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  Just so you know I am having fun….I have been coloring mandalas outside….got keep the creative juices flowing in the  brain….LOL
until tomorrow….don’t forget about the full moon tomorrow night….should be lots of dancing going on around the world…we can dance for peace……my heart goes out to those in Brussels tonight….

Day 21

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My gym…looks bigger than it really is…but hey its only 4 miles from my house and it has a pool!!!   Well it has taken 2 months and 21 days for me to join the gym…how wonderful to bob around in the pool…23 adults and 9 kids but I just closed my eyes and let the water take me away….I got in over 30 minutes of exercise..and was able to swim around some….I even used the hot tub before I left, and let me tell you it was hot…but my body thanked me after….they open at 6a…so I will go get a work out and then go swimming….hopefully most of them will still be in bed when I arrive…LOL…they don’t have a lot of machines but I will make the best of what they have…finally is all I can say….

Food is great….I am eating between 1200 and 1500 at this time….only good healthy food…no more eating after 6p….except popsicles….and they are waiting for me in the freezer….drinking detox ice tea and pumpkin….I am finally feeling like I am back in control…well as much as I can be….LOL…..Oh yeah I weighed in this morning….nothing to shocking, all my over eating finally has showed up on the scales…back up to 267….but no problem…I am determined to reach my next goal 250!!!! owning it….and moving on…..

Our new steps will be put in tomorrow…at least the front steps and the ones into the Arizona room…not sure if the deck is done..anyway that means we are so close to being finished…at least for awhile…..

so until tomorrow…can’t wait to report on the work out!!!!!

Day 20

Well my friend over at  https://sonofabeach96.wordpress.com/ was nominated for an award, the good ole Liebster…well he is like me, doesn’t nominate anyone, but anyone who wants to can participate…so what the heck…looked like fun…its the end of a weekend might as well end it with some fun….if you haven’t visited his website before, I insist you swing by and have a look around, he’s a good man, loves his family, loves music and pictures and always has something interesting going on…..

So here it goes….

  1. Who/what was/is your favorite cartoon character?  Huckleberry Hound & Popeye
  2.  Where is your favorite place to vacation?   Any body of water..preferably an ocean….
  3.  Are you a parent?    Yes to a beautiful young woman, 39 and my handsome son 29..
  4.  What part of the world are you from?  Born in Western Washington, raised on the west coast in the Olympic National Park on the ocean.
  5. What is your sign?   Capricorn
  6. Do you believe in ghosts/hauntings?  yep
  7. Do you believe in love at first sight? oh yes…..
  8. What is your career, or what do you hope to have as your career?  It was administration in the Medical field, geriatric to be more specific..
  9. What is your favorite band? Oh my…hummmm  Led Zeppelin, Johnny Cash
  10. What is your favorite cocktail?   Pina Colada’s and any French Champagne
  11. What is your theory about the key to happiness?   To surround yourself with happiness and as much joy as you can…keep all negative people, situations or vibes away from yourself….and smile and enjoy the moment your living in!!!

So that was fun…..

The weekend is over, and for some of you it is already well into Monday….been another good day….calories are right around 1500 and full of healthy calories at that…spent the morning at the outdoor Arizona Market…lots of walking…mostly just window shopping at the stalls….lots of “stuff/crap” for sale…LOL  something to do on the weekends….I did go by a few yard sales, nothing exciting there either….it was a warm day…95′ just another great day in desert paradise….not sure how much long I am going to be chanting that…LOL   I am learning that no matter how warm the sun is and how low the humidity is, 9%, the joints and bones still hurt…..oh well that’s what bengay and creams are for….LOL

Well hope this finds everyone doing well….spring is just around the corner…and summer not far behind…..

until tomorrow…..

Day 18

Friday…work week over…onto the weekend…it was a good day…up early…did some yard work…cleaned the house, well straightened it up…game night was at our house this week…every Friday we all get together to play some dice game and a tile game called chicken foot, we + us, my brother and his wife and another couple, friends of my brothers..so that was fun…they will all be leaving in the next few weeks…most of the winter visitors will be gone by the end of the month…looking forward to less people….

Doing okay in the food area…not counting calories….just watching what I eat…the stress of the house renovations are coming to an end…YAY…only the steps and small deck left and I am hoping that by the end of next week that will all be done….then we are stopping for awhile…just going to enjoy life without worrying about what more needs to be done…weather is great…..low 90’s….surprising how wonderful the dry heat feels..my arthritis is like the dry heat, so happy that some of the aches and pains are at bay…they have been bailing hay, so my allergies are acting up, but hey it is spring after all….I am not sure when they pant the cotton, but that is also grown here as well, my sinus’s really hate it when its harvested…hopefully I will be able to get some pictures of those crops…and harvest…pretty interesting…

Well I find myself part of the day sitting outside under our Ficus Trees…they are actually great shade trees and rustle in the wind….I rook a few pictures from my chair….

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One of my favorite place to be…

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….

 

 

Day 2….

Doing well….made a call to the gym, the pool was closed die to cloudiness…??  not sure what’s that about, they advised to call back in the morning…so I shall!!!  Glad I didn’t drive over there all hyped to jump in the pool to be turned away…

Great food day, I am at 1063 calories and finished for the day…I am going to make an early night of it…gotta good book I am reading…LOL

We went out for lunch at a 1950 diner….not bad…fresh food at least….stopped at our favorite vegetable stand….they informed us that on April 29th the watermelon, cantaloupes and sweet corn will be in….so looking forward to that…brought home a huge bag of lemons, lemon water is on the menu for the month….so that was good…I think I will squeeze some in my ice cubes as I freeze them….seem I have ice in everything I drink…LOL  in the low 90’s today….great dry heat….

We are planning to head back to California in July, made all our MD and dental appointments today…we just aren’t sure if we are heading north to see my sister or not…kinda depends on fires, weather and all that fun stuff…last year we were running from smoke the entire time we were on the road…we won’t do that again…

waiting on the gentleman who is laying our bricks…I texted him to see how he’s feeling…its no fun to work when you can’t breath…so fingers crossed he will be back at it soon….

Well checked in…doing well, hope your all having a great week too!

until tomorrow…kat

 

Bricks & More Bricks

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Our bricks arrived this afternoon….1500 to be exact…..they came directly from San Luis, Mexico about 22 miles from here….one man unloaded our 1/2 of the truck in 40 minutes….we were waiting with our little red wagon and wheel barrow….he just shook his head no, and said he would do it…so I sat back and watched…he was amazing at how quickly he unloaded…we finally got smart and we hired one of the men who helped lay the concrete to finish the landscaping….YAY  my body is silently thanking me…..

Been a good day….its 6p, I am at 1157 calories, done for the night, might have a cup of tea or a popsicle but no more eating after 6p…making sure I am journaling all my calories and owning every morsel..so that feels good

My arthritis is letting me know the weather is changing…its been windy blew up to 20mph with gust over that…the dust/sand that flies through the air is amazing….making it hard to be out in it as it gets in your eyes and mouth…the mountains were hidden most the day….suppose to quiet down tomorrow…sounds crazy but it was actually cold today at 76…LOL sounds like  I am whining….guess I am….I feel bad for all of you in the south on the east coast…just watched the weather…hope everyone stays safe…well anyway I think my arthritis is reacting to the storm blowing over up north…we get the wind and low temperatures…I know we are all counting the days till spring is here….

not much else going on….until tomorrow….