Monday

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…

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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….

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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….

https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com

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…..

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Not sure who wrote this one…but its the best!!!quote-919

Until tomorrow……

Weigh in morning….

2#’s down….yay….I am feeling better…and noticing the loss…working really hard in the pool…I find that the time flies by jogging when your BS-ing with everyone…they are all floating around on there noodles…makes me laugh…I love talking with the older woman and men….its like a comedy skit….LOL   so that is helping…getting my late night waiting under control…so I know that is helping…all of your encouragement and kind words…I really do listen…and even try …LOL   that dam inner rebel..she’s got such a strong will…I am working hard to keep the bitch inline….LOL   but really I am excited about the weight loss and it really adds fuel to the fire….heading to the pool around 4p…suppose to crest 100 our today and I really don’t want to be in the sun..so will wait until it starts to set…hopefully the entire club won’t be thinking the same thing…LOL

arthritis is in check…how can it not in this kind of weather…LOL  my left knee lets me know if I have over used it in the pool, but I am paying attention…

Truck is in the shop getting her joints lubed and a full check up….so we should be able to go out next week and have a picnic at Palm Canyon

IMG_3843palm canyon20111211Kofa04N These are off the internet…I will take pictures to share after we go..looks like a fun place….I have been extremely surprised at every place we have gone into, so beautiful and it actually feels like its another planet…can’t wait…

With that I am going to leave you with a few pictures of one of my favorite places…Monument Valley…on the border of Arizona and Utah….really it is another planet….if you have never visited I suggest you pan to go…we are planning to head up in a week or so for a few days….sooooo incredibly beautiful….As you can see I got these off the internet…this is really where John Wayne made his movies way back when….I will work on find my pictures….they are stored on an external device….until then…you have thses

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The Grand Canyon, this is what Arizona is famous for…its on all our license plates..

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And Horse Shoe Canyon right above the Grand Canyon in Utah…13055541_888291194650129_2793824724954429884_n

Have a great day….I am!!!!

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…

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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….

 

Weigh in day….

Well you would think I am acting like a kid on the first day of school…LOL  I was awake at 4a…laid there waiting for the clock to tick by…didn’t want rush…LOL  so at 5a up took the dog out and did my thing, plugged in the coffee…tippy toed around, didn’t want hubby up disturbing the peaceful vibe…LOL  so back in to the scale…deep breath, actually said out..it is what it is…LOL   I have lost 3#’s.. last Thursday I weighed in at 270…and today I am 267….can’t think of how much bigger that number would of been, but no regrets…just do better in the future…so in all I am elated…whooo hoooo….on my way…I will do it, I will reach my next goal…it will not beat me!!!!   I can really get on a roll…I am sure I channel Helen Reddy sometimes…LOL….I Am Woman – Hear Me Roar….I won’t Eat Late Anymore…LA la LA la La…….I know I can be a jackass sometimes…LOL Anyway back to being serious….YAHOOOOOO   I am so happy that I didn’t gain any weight….I just need to tweek my eating habit, not my arse…LOL  I am on a roll I am so happy!!!!   Thanks everyone for the encouragement and kind words….

Well exercise was a bust at the pool today…we are having strong winds…hummm desert wind, dust…seems to be a repeat every other week here….anyway can’t see the mountains again so just getting my exercise in the house…

So Happy Cinco De Mayo to everyone…I spent the day cooking….I happen to drive by my favorite vegie stand and Mr. Gonzales is back, a week late, but he’s here…he gave me a great deal on vine ripened tomatoes so I made tomato sauce….to day along with stuffed bell peppers…yum…

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Stuffed with black beans, bell peppers, onion, garlic, lots of Italian Seasoning and fresh oregano….baked at 375′ for 45 minutes.. and the last 10 minutes I added the cotija cheese and parmesan…140 calories per bell pepper….and they were good!!  Add a salad

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The wind is bringing in cold air and the bones and joints are making sure I am aware…LOL  but alls good…we might even get a little rain tomorrow…that would be a very nice change…2 days ago we hit 101’…we re having fun learning a complete new way of living….it is 180′ from what we were doing in California…

Until tomorrow…….

 

More melting away…..and I need to learn to count!!

Just a quick early good morning and then we are off to see the wizard……

I needed to do a correction…and to the positive for me, after I posted last night I went back to re-evaluate my food journal, much to great surprise, I had entered in my eggbeaters at an alarming amount!!!   213 calories which would of been a complete container…lol they are generally only 20 to 40 calories…LOL so I need to correct my calorie count for yesterday to 1667….not bad at all, for wolfing down 4 little apple turnovers, they are

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not the big old fashion apple turnovers… they were yummy…and pretty….

The better part of this post is that I am down 2 pounds….yeah, making it a 63# loss..I am so happy the scales are moving again…

Uh oh I hear the garbage truck and that means my Liebling will be ready to get it on the road….he couldn’t leave until we had empty cans….God I love my man!!!

So just wanted to give myself a pat on the back and own up to my counting error, this time it was in my favor,  whew!!!   great weekend everyone…

Until tomorrow…I hope

Kat

Monday…..

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Just because the moon & I have this thing going on…LOL

Kick back day….dog to the vet, she’s done there…Yay…stopped at my favorite vegie stand on the way home, its been in business since the late 1800’s…they always have the best tomatoes and vegies…. came home bbq’d a chicken and fresh vegies….so lunch was yummy…

Letting my muscles catch up with the last few days…at least they don’t hurt like the did…back at it tomorrow, will be at the gym early for a work out and then into the pool for an hour of water aerobics….if I get there early enough I can water jog before the water aerobics….and on my home stop off and get some more dirt to re-pot some cactus before winter and deal a few other spots that need a little love…so the gym and yard work lined up for tomorrow…at least lunch is made….

I will finish the day off with under 1000 calories today…only trying to consume healthy calories…I want to get more weight off…I am wondering if I am going to need to cut my calories back more…??  we will see after I weigh in this week…I now that we reach plateaus and need to do something to shake it up, just not sure what…but no sense crossing that bridge until I weigh in this week…

Seems like a boring post…..but that is what today is all about….Dishes done, kitchen cleaned….time to put my feet back up…

so until tomorrow……

 

I can’t stop!!!!!

Now that the scale has new batteries, I have jumped up the last 2 mornings and got on the scale..yesterday brought me back to my first goal…my 50# weight loss is back in the record books…YAY and this morning I lost another pound…down 51#’s…I came home and got it together, between exercise, strenuous yard work, and staying under my 1000 calorie quota….I was able to get the extra pounds off and am back on to dropping new weight….

I cannot believe my energy level…my office got a well needing mucking out…I am setting up my sewing area up stairs in the corner by a window…it gets hot up there in the summer, so looks like I will be do most of my projects in the cooler months…the dog also got shaved today…she is a long haired border collie and I love her long curly hair, but its 97′ out today and she has been miserable the last few days, so now she looks like a sheered sheep…LOL  and is a happy dog again…I also vacuumed the entire house and did a little extra cleaning in the kitchen…coffee pot got a good vinegar bath and the stove got a once over…my husband walked up to me a little while ago and stood there staring at me…welcome back is all he could say…he loves the new energy levels, its how I used to be when I met him….he has been one of my best supporters…

ATT_1441671784865_IMG_20150907_132419092Chika my 12yr old Border Collie, she hates her picture taken…

Been another great day….calories are under 1000 and I have had a great work out…my gym opens tomorrow morning. I will be a mermaid in the pool at 6am….can’t wait…

My arthritis is under control, how can it not be in this heat….we are having cool nights and that makes for a nice sleep…

So getting back to the scale…I will not get back on until Friday if not Saturday…I am just so happy I am back to loosing new pounds….so happy….guess I am glad my husband went out and got the new batteries after all…

so until tomorrow…..

WHoooo HOooooo

Well I have good news to report….at least its good for me…LOL

First..not the good news but it is coming…..Our dog Chika has been fighting a gastric issue for the last 4 days and since the weekend was coming up and none of my home remedies were working we took her to the local vet clinic, (they are wonderful here) anyway after taking care of her ( probiotics and a bland dog food diet) she had no temp, was not dehydrated and looked good, yay……I asked if I could weigh myself on the dog scale, I have no shame, LOL  the receptionist said of course we all do it, but beware, none of us like what It says…LOL  okay, but your not me on a mission is all I thought…..since I forgot my scale at home, (consciously or sub-consciously, I haven’t decided yet) I needed to know where I was at…its been 2 weeks since I last weighed…my husband was so embarrassed, I didn’t care…LOL deep breath on the scale I went…the first time I did it I forgot to take off my shoes, so I got off quickly without looking and off came anything loose hanging on me, shoes, sweater….my husband stood there hanging his head not believing what I was doing…LOL  well after I got off, did my calculations, it turns out I have dropped another 8 pounds….making that a total of 50# big ones….If I told anyone earlier 49#’s I went back to check my math and I was off  by 1#….and I am claiming it now!!!!!!  I sigh a big relief as my exercise has been poor, however my eating has been very good….so after I told my husband I was down another 8#’s he wasn’t so embarrassed for me….the girls in the office said the scale never says that for them…LOL   I told them they just need to make it happen it will….

So on vacation, I have lost 8#’s – hit one of my first goals, loosing 50 #’s and life is getting better….my arthritic knee is not as painful…hummmm could it be the weight loss ???  LOL  and I am starting to be able to not only feel the difference but see it more….I can actually trim my toenails without moving my boobs around and grunting and groaning….bending over is easy, twisting is easy….using the little bathroom in the RV is sooo much easier, having to move the seat up a notch at the steering wheel, being able to take the steering wheel down a notch closer to my lap….stepping up into the RV without the extra load of 50#’s and the little extra step is easier, I have been walking about 1/4 to a 1/2 mile a day, no problem….there is only one downside I have noticed….the more weight I loose the more I look like my sister we lost in 2006….its kinda hard to look in a mirror these days, I have been seeing her look back at me…..in case you couldn’t tell we looked a like, she was the oldest sister, my other one is where we are headed, she doesn’t look like us at all…..and I am the youngest….hopefully I will be able to use the word smallest and mean it all sense of the word…sorry sis, but I am going to get smaller than you….LOL  challenge is on!!!  So if that is the only downfall….yay..I just say hello to Margie when I look in the mirror and then try to see me…..it will get easier…

Eating is going very easily for me, I actually brought my omelet pan and bought some eggbeaters and it is working out great….(I don’t eat chicken eggs, embryos, no thanks.) so that is one good thing I have done for myself…I don’t know why I thought it would be so difficult, oh wait I know….I was making it difficult…LOL  so dong well in that front….I don’t have any cravings anymore….I have been using popcorn as my snack food….I love popcorn so that works well…I miss my popsicles but boo-hoo for me…its not forever just a couple more weeks…

I am getting excited to go home and get back to the gym…start a routine there and see how that affects my weight loss…thinking it can only help.

I would like to just say how wonderful it is to have met up with so many wonderful WP bloggers…..I enjoy reading all your blogs and really appreciate you input…

So  until tomorrow……

Were enjoying life….I am really enjoying life now…

Until tomorrow….

I did it…..I commited

swim    I have done it….I joined a gym today,            it is 8 miles from our home….my husband and I went this morning and had a tour and checked it all out, signed up and I was back there in the pool by 1pm….swam for about 45 minutes and then uses the sauna and steam room…felt great….there is a 8am water aerobics class, I will be there…Its a smaller gym, nothing like 24 hour fitness….but it will work for me…when I get back I will find a good trainer and get some help setting up a routine on the machines….very excited I am upping my exercise, last night I was trying something different, I was doing some core exercises and my old arthritic knee was against it from the beginning…I think that the pool and the heat of the steam room and sauna has helped…its not screaming at me anymore…YAY…so I am excited!!!!

Other good news….I lost another 2#’s, making that 42# all together, so little by little the weight is coming off…so that made me feel good today…I am under 1000 Cal tonight, 872 to be exact….I have had more than enough food and I am way over on my fluid intake…so its all good…..

salad   Can’t seem to stop eating peaches,          today it was another cucumber, beet, radish and peach salad with reduced balsamic vinegar…yummy

getting excited about our up coming journey…ready for a road trip…

Sooooo Until tomorrow…

Whooo Hoooo

Well I am down another 3#’s…making it 44# so far..feeling the energy of not carrying that weight around…I am starting to see a difference in my clothing, yay!!!  I have stepped up my exercise regime and still at 1000 calories….I am giving my body a break on the day I weigh in making it an exercise free day, but still trying to keep the calories below 1200 on that day…have to have a little incentive every week..I can’t believe how easy it has been this time…last year I spent some time at Overeaters Anonymous…I believe that some of the steps that they work through helped me over come some of the guilt and sorrow of loosing my older sister a few years back…I was surprised at how closely I was already living to the 12 step program without even realizing it….I am thankful that I found an outlet that was able to finally find the pain deep down inside that I had been trying to eat away…I not only feel lighter in weight but my inner soul is shining a lighter light these days….life is good….

I am on my way this morning to Saratoga, down by San Jose, my daughter is taking a survivors course in the wilderness with a group…my daughter in law and I are driving her down and we will play in Saratago for the day….

so until later….YIPPPPEEEEEEEEEE