Its Monday…and all is way better in my life…my headache is gone, my tummy said, feed me, and all is better….I have kept my calories under 1000 these last couple days, and I am actually full and happy….only eating extremely healthy food, good stash tea, and lots of water…I feel better mentally and am so over sabotaging myself…..I can only move forward and get back on the ole proverbial wagon, so to say…I will not shoot myself in the foot again…I never say never, but will try to keep my six-shooter in the holster….I really don’t own a gun, so no worries…LOL I did get on the scale on Sunday and I am pretty sure that I lost all that I consumed on Saturday….whooo hoooo for a quick start to weight lost…but I don’t recommend it at all!!! The scale never went up or down…yahoooooo – just hovered right there where it was….so that was nice….so feeling like I can do it again…
Got up this morning (5a) and was able to catch a few beautiful crescent moon beams and watch the sun rise….my little cheap Samsung phone refused to capture the beauty of the moon…so I will share the sunrise…
Then by noon, the wind picked up and we had a good ole dust storm, not real bad, but we could not see the mountains…been a long time since we have had a dust storm….
My good friend Rowena over at, Beyond the Flow….nominated me for a 3 day Quote Challenge….Thank you Rowena, and as everyone knows, I never nominate anyone, but all…its fun and interesting to see what we all come up with…I am unable to get the link to add so you can just click on it and go directly to her blog…thanks to WP, please copy and paste here address below and go over and say hello and giver her blog a lookie looo, shes pretty special!!! My Ausie friend from down under….
So onto the fun…as you all know I can’t just add one quote….it would be to hard to choose….you can never go bad with Popeye. Mary Poppins and Einstein…..
Not sure who wrote this one…but its the best!!!
Well I did it…. I really did it….I texted a friend early this morning the word – gym??? thinking if I ask someone to go with me then I have to go…no excuses, well unless she drives herself then I can still stay home if I want….I was hoping she was still sleeping….nope….she texted back when? I said 11a – and went ahead and added – wanna ride??….she said Yup!!….and there it was….I had to go, no way out…so I went to the gym….10 weeks away and can I ever tell…pretty pathetic actually….I knew enough to start out easy, not to heavy weights, well I didn’t have a choice…LOL I couldn’t lift anything where I was 10 weeks ago…so I start over…I even got a quarter mile in on the tread mill…I know I hear you, that’s all!!! Well for me and my arthritic knee, that was a lot…so was happy with that…I can tell you my arms are a little sore tonight, mostly focused on them and the abductors…..my knee and ankles weren’t having any part of the there machines today…I even made an appointment with the trainer on Tuesday for an hour with her – so lookin forward to that. Then I went to the pool, spent 40 minutes there and was just getting my jogging started when in walked a family with 2 small boys…one screaming and not having any part of swimming…that was enough for me to head out…but I also was up and outside at 7a to finish the brick project…sweeping sand in the cracks and then shoveling the rest into the wheel barrow to spread out front the gate…worked up a real good sweat doing that….
….but soooo happy the little project is done…whooo hoooo
I was laying in bed this morning, it was around 4a, all of a sudden it hit me….I may not meet my personal goal I set for myself last year….I was to be at 199#’s by January 1st, 2017..I gave myself an entire year to do ….was doing really well too!!! ..I hadn’t thought about it much in the last 3 months, obviously !!! I went on an eating binge on my 6 week vacation…came home and have been beating around the bush so to speak, making excuses to why I couldn’t go to the gym, worked to hard outside, its hot, way to many to write on here… oh boo hoo for me….but I started adding up the days till 2017, and its just right around the corner ….aggghhhhhh my heart started to beat faster, I got all pissed off at myself for sabotaging my goal…without even thinking about it….119 days till the New Year…87# to loose….doesn’t give me much time…if I can even do it….but you know what, I am going to give it the best damn chance I can….that’s a little over 25#’s a month…eeeek I am not sure I can, but like the little train said –
I think I can – I think I can – I think I can…..
So starts the race to the New Year…not sure I will weigh until then…but then again I probably will, I like to watch the scale go down…incentive…my calorie total is 1337 today, all healthy, no eating after 6p and I got lots of exercise…whooo hoooo …over an hour at the gym, 40 minutes in the pool of exercise, and a good hour this morning of pure sweat equity put into our home…LOL
Here’s a picture of the sun setting on my way home from the pool…taken from the car driving home…the phone didn’t pick up the intense pink/orange color….
Well just came in from watching a great thunder and lightening storm from the deck….I love storms….hardly any rain, just enough to make the ground wet….but different weather than sun….whoooo hoooo okay I have an update…its been slamming rain for about an hour now and no sign of it stopping….very exciting for us….lovin it…
Well my workout yesterday worked..my body has reminded me of how hard I pushed it…I went back to the way I worked out in Calif. start out light, move the weights up each set, ending pushing myself…LOL I only did 12 reps per set, but I know that will increase…so I am feeling very confident about reaching my next goal….its all about discipline and tenacity….so off to the gym in the morning &if my sinus are up to it off to the pool in the afternoon… I need to remember to keep my head above the water…water out of my ear canals….I hit 1800 calories again today….very satisfied, good healthy food….
Arthritis is acting up…weather change always gives me the heads up that its in control of my pain no matter what I take for it..!!
Just want to remind every one that the 21st is Full MOON night…LOL you all know what that means…..however when your out dancing in the moon light please think good thoughts for our Terry (https://spearfruit.com/) lets help him and Gary sell that house so they can get on the road!!! Can’t hurt….give a twirl…..only takes a minute…..
Just got home from the pool….spent 2-1/2 hours swimming and exercising….got a good 40 minutes in before anyone showed up….I also jogged 20 minutes so that felt good…can’t believe how refreshing the water is in the evening…I got a call from the gym…apparently something happen to the trainer, she could just be on vacation, but I would of thought that would of been blocked off the schedule…anyway I was told she was going to be gone for the next 2 weeks.(sorry they couldn’t tell me why-HIPPA), they were sorry…I was really looking forward to working with her tomorrow on a game plan….guess I will just go in and do the circuit by myself to the best of my ability…can’t hurt anything…LOL I could also just work out on the floor on the machines…lots of options…food has been great today…at 1483, so I am happy with that…only had some hummus and pretzels tonight, that put me over 250 calories…for some reason I thought it was only 120 calories…that’s what I get for going on what I thought…LOL I ate at 4p before I went swimming and had the pretzel snack pack when I got home…otherwise I was going to eat another sandwich and it was way to late to do that…tomorrow is weigh in day…kind-a excited to see what I have done this week…
Well I believe summer has hit the desert….suppose to be over a 100 tomorrow and the next day…then will settle into the 90’s during the day and still cooling off into the 70’s at night…but that will change very soon….so it will be late swimming for me….I don’t like to be in the hot sun for long…
The last 3 days have been insane with truck hunting….I know more than I have ever wanted to know about 4 wheel drives and trucks in general…LOL yesterday and the day before we spent over 5 hours ach day going to dealers, used car lots, and going to see some being sold privately…. we checked out a jeep wrangler…totally fell in love with it, but it was a manual…and our old knees just won’t take that anymore…but it was fun…we then thought about it and the best bet would be a truck so we could use it to haul stuff too!!! so after much calling and scouring Yuma Craig’s list adds, we found a 2001 Dodge Dakota – 4 wheeler….we can know go out and play in the sand in the desert and go on the dirt roads that are so bad for my car..We are having a once over on it tomorrow at a shop to make sure we don’t get stranded miles from no where and then we will be a little more free to go roam….can’t wait…
Picture off the internet….
We were up early and drove to San Luis this morning before 8a to look at a red Toyota….it was 26 miles south of us, a border town…I guess he couldn’t put that the engine light was on….he had removed the catalytic convertor, said it got dirty and since there is no emission testing in Yuma County he didn’t need it….hummmm so that was a no…but got to see the border of Mexico in the early morning…long line going in and coming out, I am assuming workers…We did learn that in Arizona, the MVD (Motor Vehicle Division) aka DMV, requires a title to be notarized to be sold…no bill of sale needed as there is no tax, you just pay for the registration fees and we have 15 days to show proof of insurance…we walked away with a new license plate, the old one is garbage…the title, tags and registration….no waiting 6 months like in California….its all done in one stop!!! How nice…and it only cost $39 dollars….I was shocked….LOL they will even notarize the titles for free if you ever want to sell the vehicle….I love it….however Pima county, Tucson and Phoenix have the smog program in there county…I am loving this state more every day….
Well its late…for me anyway….until tomorrow….
Well woke up to rain, wind and the feeling of Christmas….its nice to have real winter weather…LOL I suppose to get up and take my mermaid niece to the pool…we aborted those plans and went Christmas shopping instead and out for lunch…spent a couple hours wondering through stores and leaving with nothing until we came to Cost Plus….my favorite store…LOL Found lots of nothing that I needed of course…and my niece found a few things for herself…then rounded off the afternoon with lunch with my son and his wife….lots of fun….
Food has been okay today…still eating to many calories for my liking but I am journaling and keeping track…and keeping it healthy…just a little to much….can’t put my finger on why I am eating to many calories, perhaps its the cold weather, the aches and pains, or the stress card comes into this….reality I am leaving my kids whom I have lived by their entire lives….emotional eating….but, I am only 11 hours away…a days drive, there’s Skype and they both have there own lives and spouses with whom they have built wonderful lives with…I couldn’t be a more happy and proud mother, they have found their soul mates….isn’t that why we raise our kids….to be the best they can and find true love….apron strings are difficult to cut….I have to think I have had the best of all worlds living in the same town with them for as long as I have…my daughter did move to England in her college years, my son recently came back from a long trip all over Europe to announce that they move to Germany….my daughter and her husband have future plans to live in Venice and then on canal boats in England…what wonderful goals and dreams they have….I could only hope they all come true…..As far as my husband and I….we really are excited about this purchase and seeing if it makes a difference for his health…all we can do to make his life easier to breath….plus what a bonus to be able to enjoy both the desert of the southwest and Northern California beauty…my level of excitement to explore a new chapter in my life trumps all else….wow I just stopped and realized I think I have found the reason for my stress eating…LOL hard to let go of the “mommy is here for you” syndrome…but its time for mommy!!!! YAY time to have some fun and live….after all….time is flying by and its all about being happy…!!! Will I miss the kids….more than they know….do I think we will have a better relationship….without a doubt…it will be more focused, and we will enjoy the time we are together…
Wow glad I got that off my chest…that is one of the reasons I blog…I am able to get it out, put it out there and then its no longer eating at me…so maybe I won’t have to eat to get rid of the feeling…and maybe I can sleep now too…
Thanks for listening and letting me vent…..Ahhhhh big sigh!!!
Until tomorrow or the next day…..
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
Well I jumped out of bed and ran to the scale at 5:30a…..no weight loss…what..?? I went back to bed shaking my head wondering what was up with that…oh hum….drifted off to sleep until 8a…so I was up changing sheets and dealing with life and I walked by the scale scowling at it, I heard it say go head try it again….so I kicked off my slippers, took off my robe, made sure my phone was off my body….surprised I didn’t strip…LOL I stepped on the teaser and low and behold I was down 1#…..so I finished my bed making with a lighter step and stopped and told the scale I was sorry for the name calling earlier…LOL So the weight loss is at 64#’s…..I am not sure why it has slowed down, well lets be honest I did take over a week off and then just really got back at it…and I am so happy with the results I have so far, I fit in booths, I am back into clothes that have been in boxes at the top of my closet for years…I have great stamina and strength once again…and just the over all feeling of health I have is so wonderful…..I am thinking I need to refine my eating once again….get away from the higher carbs foods and fruit and get back to more protein based food. I just made myself a ground turkey-kale meat loaf and stuffed some bell peppers with zucchini and mushrooms….layered with parmesan cheese…in a marina sauce….so that will be my meals this next week…then off in the RV…..So overall I am very happy and grateful for how far I have come…I don’t want anyone to think I am not grateful for where I am at, I am by leaps and bounds thankful…So I will weight next Friday before we leave and then not until we get back…I will continue to stay under 1500 calories and exercise on the road, I am taking my hand weights and have a routine worked out…not to do it is the next step…LoL…my next goal is 250# and I am only 12# away…I am hoping to be close when I get back….there I said it out loud, so now I will have to really work on it…LOL
Food is okay today….we went to a Chinese restaurant and I had my old stand-by chicken curry…yum…..with fried rice and I splurged on steamed pork bun…..they make the best one in the county…but there is my problem…to many carbs…..hummm I can see my problem…
My arthritis is better…I really think the pool and the hot tub are healing….my shoulder is not 100% pain free but it is better…..achiness is way better…..
On to the weekend…..enjoy everyone….kat
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…..
I made it to the gym…did my workout until I realized I was not doing myself any good….my right arm and shoulder were throbbing and my arthritic knee was actually screaming at me as a gimped around the different machines….so I did 20 minutes on the machines I could and left….no pool….home to take more Advil and cream… had to laugh at my husband because being surprised I was home early and then even said I thought you are suppose to rest on some days….LOL someone who won’t step in a gym…LOL I reminded him of my personal challenge and I didn’t realize just how bad my arthritis was until I got there…the weather is doing a cold thing…38′ last night…but I will be back in the pool tomorrow….doesn’t hurt to jog in the pool….in fact I think my body benefits from the movement in the water and then the hot tub…..so I made it…even got in my 100 abd crunches…so day 5 is in the bag…barely! YAY
My calories are at 1015 today….so doing well…..
Been a long day….I think I am finally shaking my bug….no fever all day…yay…and the urge for comfort food is subsiding…I hate not feeling well..
I got my new bed…took a nice long nap in it today…so comfy….looking forward to a good night sleep tonight…. my calories are at 1600 today……on the high side again, I have been mostly sleeping, but when I am up all I want is to snuggle in my robe and eat comfort foods….I am hoping I jump out of bed in the morning and feel like heading to the gym….
My arthritis is doing okay…I have been taking advil or Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours for the past couple days so it is keeping all the arthritic pains at bay….
Nothing else to day…heading to bed…hopefully I will have a good gym report tomorrow and get my calories back down to where I like them…