Sunday….

I am so excited this morning….it was weigh day…down 5#s…..I was concerned as my calories have been in the 1500’s to 1800’s all week, but I have been exercising like crazy in the pool, and been to the gym twice this week….so I am very happy with my results of the week….will try to get the calories back down to 1200 this week and continue with the exercising, try to get to the gym a few more times….and hopefully I will be under 280….whooo hoooo short term goal…..

I missed a couple days, I have been in the pool till after 9p both nights, I realize its no excuse to not post, but by the time I get home, shower and sit down on my bed, I lay down and go sound asleep….LOL  been hot the last couple days, 107, 108, swimming at sunset into the night is so refreshing …the little bats come out at sunset, when the sky is pink and they dip down into the pool for a little drink… fun to watch….and no one is there…whooo hooo so I get on with my exercising all by myself….there a couple gals that swim at that time, but they are very nice and don’t what to chat to much…I am not a pool chatter….LOL….

The shed was due yesterday but the truck that was suppose to bring it broke down in Flagstaff….so its on hold until the truck is fixed. eta unknown….my only question to the gentleman that called was, you don’t have another truck???   Sounds like our sad truck story…LOL  We spent the first half of the day entertaining paint contractors….were getting bids to have this relic painted….LOL  its amazing at the difference in bids….the old neighbor man who lives adjacent to us across the street had yet to come over and meet us sent over one of his friends, were waiting on his bid…he asked what we were going to do with the old metal shed….he is going to take it, we told him as long as he would haul it off it was free…so  that was a bonus….we don’t have to deal with tearing it down and the sooner it is gone the better….so life is good in our world….its all about hurry up and wait, but still good….

so until tomorrow….hope you all enjoy your Sunday….I am certainly walking a little lighter today….LOL

Thursday Already!!

Amazing how fast the week can go by…especially when I thought it was Friday on Monday…LOL   been a busy week…still working on the brick laying where the trees were…we re trying to do a little every morning when its cool enough to work outside, at least for us….we had the truck tuned up and had to take it out for a drive yesterday…we headed north and then took a side trip out into the desert, (on a county road) to Crystal Hill….it was beautiful out and we had a great morning playing…thought I would share some pictures….

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Crystal Hill below…

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This is a picture (below) is right outside of the pool wear I swim, there are a row of hills/mountains and if we have clouds, they are generally right along the hills…was a beautiful day…(Tuesday)

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14141733_10206923657029955_8354869726854374134_nMy bedroom does not have a light switch, the switch is connected to a fan without a light…so until my son the electrician can come make switch magic happen, I did the next best, cheapest thing….yup..I bought a clapper…..Clap On-Clap Off..(anyone who has seen the commercials will definitely being singing that)  .LOL..I must say it works great…you say, why are you so lazy that you can’t turn on a light when you walk in the room, well a couple reasons, one, my bedroom is extremely dark, I have sun protectors on all the windows and the lamps are all well into the room so I have to enter a dark room, ( I am known to leave stuff lay around n the floor, trip hazard !)and 2nd, it actually irritates my arthritic fingers to turn the little nasty dial on the lamps….oh hum, life!!!  But hey…Clap On…Clap Off , I am golden!!!!

I have been doing okay..still have yet to loose a pound, I am counting calories and journaling, weighing in on Mondays…exercising in the pool, probably not enough, I have been eating 1200 – to 1500 calories a day all healthy food, lots of fruit/smoothies, salads, quinoa/rice and tons of vegies ….I need to start exercising, perhaps a gym run would help boost my energy level….however if you see how much I am sweating dealing with brick laying again …. I am getting over an hour, sometimes hour and half of an intense workout at least 4 days a week…I am moving bricks, shoveling sand/rocks from one place to another, at least that is what it seems like….so I will continue to trudge along….the weather is cooling off a little, I think that will help….

I am going to commit to blogging every day for a month again…I know that helps to journal on here….so until tomorrow…..

Thursday…..new pool

Well can’t believe the week is almost over…had a great day…got in a good work out this morning…we were putting up wire on the back side of the fence to keep the snakes and critters out of the yard this summer….living right on the desert has some down falls…LOL  but worked up a good sweat and even backed my behind into one of the frigin pokey cactus out there….so had to stop and pull little spines out of my bum!!!  all well…you only do that kind of stupidity once…LOL

I joined the new pool club yesterday…had a great work out…they have 2 morning aquatic classes and then 9a to 11a is lap swimming….I was the only one there at 9a but soon a couple arrived to do lap swimming so I was forced into doing the same…there is room for 3 of us to swim…so I got in 45 minutes of going back and forth and doing some exercises in-between paddling back and forth….great pool…really clean facility…no indoor showers but that’s okay, I never showered at the gym anyway…there is one on the side to rinse off before and after…so that works…clean restrooms too!!   no mold or nasty broken walls….they have a minute clock by the pool and a clock in the table area, but easy to read – 6′ to 3′ and 2 sets of steps leading into the pool for easy access….they also have the hand water weights/buoys to use…so that’s a bonus as I was going to buy a set….they are open 4a to midnight 7 days a week…the best part is its only 150$ annually…which is only 12.50 a month….YEA and I have a key card to let my self in at anytime…just have to sign the log book and swim…I couldn’t be happier….heading back to the pool in the morning…after we string the rest of the wire…..

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My son sent me some pictures he took, there was a blue heron nest rght behind where we were camped….we could see the 2 little heads bob up and down in the nest…we counted 6 adults it the tree at once…

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Below is one of the 2 cliff dwellers home…my son said that there was room for at east 60 people inside the cave….amazing…

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I am still fighting the rebel at night…she wants me think I have the right to eat all willy nilly any time I want….so as of right now I am at 1304…its going on 7:30p…I am heading to bed early away from the kitchen…sounds like I am a wussss, LOL  I am….I have popsicles in the freezer ready to go…but I am bigger than that….I will just remove myself from the food….LOL  I have set my calories at 1200 and that is helping, now I just need to get back into the habit of no eating after 6p….

Still haven’t lifted a weight…but I am working on a routine mentally…that’s something…guess I could move them off my dresser and out to the living room where I might actually life them…LOL

After while crocodiles….LOL

In Southern Cal…..

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San Luis Reservoir very low, above picture used to be full of water…..below – this used to be agricultural land, it looks like the beach….its dry – dry – dry!!

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11218945_10205028962623779_138294815267345186_ndriving over the Grapevine on I-5 headed south above LA

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Arthritis is very happy to be away from the cold dampness of up north..knee is doing great, really glad I skipped the gym on Thursday….My computer is running very slow…..its taken me over an hour just to get this far…..so

I am going to load my 3 quote challenge all at once, thank you Cameron from http://worldsbiggestfridgemagnet.com/   if you haven’t visited his blog site, please do, Cameron has a great story to tell…..I suggest you go check him out…..******* 🙂

So all quotes in one day….I am calling the ole traveling on the road for this one, as I know I won’t be near internet for at least 3 days after today….

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My heart is with all those in France………………….nothing but sadness…..kat

Look out — Here We Come……

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We’re packed and ready to go….we are heading to Hwy #101 South….first stop is Yuma to see my brother and get rid of a couple bags and a huge picture frame…LOL  birthday presents and stuff I am handing off….then it will depend on the weather where we will head from there, we will end out trip back in Yuma for Thanksgiving….I am so ready to be on a road trip….the dog won’t let us out of her sight…she will not be left behind…she loves to travel as much as we do…

I am not ignoring anyone, but unless we have Wi-Fi I won’t be able to get on here, my phone is just a cheap Motorola, and it takes forever to get on the WP site…

I have had a good day….my knee is about 50% better…so that’s a good thing…I skipped the gym again, no way am I going to irritate it more before we start out on a road trip….foods been just okay..I need to get my self back on a low calorie quota again…did okay yesterday…I am over 1500 today….so looking forward to being on the road and getting into routine, I seem to be floundering here….getting back on the wagon is harder than I would like…not sure why but foundering is the only thought that comes to my mind..I am thinking the pastry….sugar….yeast….it is like my heroine….I know its my trigger so I just need to buckle down and fight through it….I am guessing the urges, desires and wants are always gonna be there when it comes to my trigger foods….dam those pastries…..dam my weakness….oh hum….big sigh….

so until I can find Wi-Fi…..kat

Monday Monday…..

Well its been one of those days…..rain….as much as I love it, my body hates it…I woke up with my hands aching like they had peeled a thousand bananas….my shoulder, well lets just day its invited my elbow to the party… I am not trying to sound like a cry baby…but WTF so I had a couple appointments this morning and then I am house sitting my daughters home so I went and stayed with the kitties for awhile, but they had the right idea…curl up under the blankets on the bed….so I left there and the entire way to the gym I tried to talk myself out of going…but when I got in the pool everything felt a little better and even more so in the hot tub….so I am so glad I went….I just kept thinking about the hot water….ahhhhh   the only problem when I hurt this bad all I want is comfort food….so I am at 1500cal, mostly hot soup and yogurts….but still over my quota….I am not beating myself up as I did exercise and that has to count for something against the calories…..big sigh….

We have the RV parked out front and the loading has begun…The rain has stopped and its suppose to be sunny and cool tomorrow but at least I can finish up some of my projects outside and finish the yard for cold wet weather while we are gone…

so been a long day I am heading for bed….until tomorrow everyone…sweet dreams to those hitting hay and happy days for those just welcoming in Tuesday morning….kat

Sunday…..

Not a lot difference in yesterday and today in my life…

I did go to the gym and worked out and did my pool gig….felt good and I got lucky and hit the pool with hardly anyone there…yay so much more peaceful when everyone isn’t yaking and reverberating off the walls..do I sound like a old bitch or what !!!!..I did try the zumba class….hahahahaha that’s what my body said after only 5 minutes….It would of been better if I could of found a corner to get into the groove at my own pace…but the room was packed and more and more people kept coming and I was obviously having difficulty getting into the step grove (my first time and all)…up and back and side to side….a couple ladies around me were sighing heavily when I missed the going up part as they were stuck behind me…LOL  so I slid out the door and my body immediately said it was about time!!!!  lol  not quite at the zumba level yet….maybe at home with a video first….my had a good work out and actually upped the weights a little on the machines….no pain in my shoulder or arm so that was good…..however today my shoulder and arm are aching…I think its from the weather however….cold and damp out, were waiting for showers this afternoon…nothing Tylenol and arthritic cream can’t help….no gym today…kids day…at the pool plus my shoulder/arm is killing me….

So home today trying to keep warm….thinking about what I could bake (heat up the house idea)  without carbs involved….a big hunk of meat I suppose….agghhhhh I made turkey meatloaf yesterday….I guess I could bake my Libeling some baked potatoes for lunch..

Not much else happening in my life….a little of this and a lot of that…getting piles together for the trip and tying up loose ends…..

My calories intake yesterday was 1036….and my carb was 33 grams….yay   I woke up this morning to my tummy growling…that felt excellent….getting back to where I like….so I will go rummage through the freezer to see what I can come up with to bake….Happy Sunday to you all…..kat

Day SIX

Day six….found me in the pool at 8:30a….I jogged for 40 minutes and spent 10 minutes doing water aerobics in the middle of the 40 minutes…then I got out and was enjoying the hot tub and a woman asked me what I was doing in the pool…we talked and she advised me that 22 trips counting each way is a 1/4 mile in the pool…so I decided I needed to know how long it would take me to do a 1/4 mile in the pool…well 16 minutes of walking, back floating and jogging back and forth…she got back in the pool and showed me some more core exercises while back floating….so nice of her to share her knowledge…..I have seen her in the water aerobics with her 84 year old mom….so by the end of the morning I had been in the pool for about 1 1/2 hours…I resembled a prune for sure…but had a great work out….YAY   so day 6 in the bag….

Been a great food day….I am at 1059 calories so I am staying  within my range….

My arthritis in my shoulder has finally let up..and my knees swelling has gone down….I will try the machines tomorrow but will start at a light weight…and go slow….then hit the pool…

Getting ready for out next journey…starting a pile to put in the rig….I am getting excited to be out on the road again…getting the yard put up for the winter….still in the high 30’s at night…Brrrrr……at least we have sun during the day….that’s something…

So until tomorrow…..

Wednesday….

 The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.   Helen Hayes
My 2nd quote of  the 3 ……
Been a long day….started by getting my old bed out of the bedroom…and it took over an hour….my husband built the bed stand….let me tell you it was sturdy…..so the room is vacuumed and mopped and ready for a new bed….got a really good sweat on dealing with carrying out the pieces of the old bed and all the cleaning…
By the early afternoon I felt like a had a cold coming on…chills and achy all over…so I popped a couple Tylenol and sat back did nothing but try to stay warm…all snuggled in my jamies and big soft robe….all I wanted to do is eat…sad to report I am at almost 2000 calories….comfort food is all I wanted…
I am hoping I wake up refreshed as I am hitting the gym early and then the pool….get back on the horse and push on….LOL
We actually had moisture in the air this morning and it wasn’t just fog….don’t think there was even enough rain to measure but I saw it coming down…LOL I need to get my large cactus put up for the winter…my arthritis is being sedated by Tylenol, so I am not hurting much at all for the weather we are having…
Sweet dreams everyone….
until tomorrow….
 

What a great weekend….

Well we got home this afternoon from the most relaxing weekend….We started at Jackson Rancheria in Jackson, Calif., we had a great time, good weather and beautiful setting, they had a great heated pool so I was able to get in a good workout all by myself and watched a great sunset at the end of the day….

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then we headed north thought El Dorado County.. extremely dry but still beautiful, the Golden Hills of California……12036672_10204941695082145_5672288020429601094_n

Onto Coloma…..12096026_10204941696842189_3178835014249608975_n  Where James Marshall was the first man to discover Gold in 1848, and Sutter’s Mill…Beautiful State Park, we had a camp site right on the American River…12049375_10204945583779360_231371523884311481_n

Muddy from a rain they had 2 days earlier and the King Fire from last year is creating a mud runoff into the river from the burnt areas just North of there..can’t really see the muddy water but it is bad. Another picture of the river from up above….

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Saturday and Sunday was spent with our niece and her son, we enjoyed eating out at the Sierra Nevada House one night for dinner, it was yummy, I had the vegan pot pie made with wonderful root vegies….I didn’t count any calories all weekend just had a good time, Watched what I ate, I did have some bread, it was divine…On Sunday we helped celebrate the end of the season at the Lotus Campground where  a potluck was happening and good music…its a real small community and everyone is there to support each other and everyone knows everyone…we were welcomed with open arms and felt like family from the moment we arrived…then off to my nieces for a BBQ on the patio over the fire pit and watch the sun set through the oak trees…

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I am home and already back at it..my calorie count today is 1017….I was going to go to the gym tonight but I am exhausted so I will be there first thing in the morning…and go to the water aerobics class at 9a, I will be fresh in the morning and ready for a good workout, especially after a good night sleep…

My arthritis was very unhappy all weekend, cold nights and damp weather, needless to say I was taking ibuprofen all weekend…and using cream….not a bad payoff for a great relaxing weekend….couldn’t do it for a very long time…but a couple days…no problem….

So until tomorrow….

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