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

Another day in Paradise…

12109296_10204904369909039_2524253223549665234_nAnother beautiful sunset off the deck…

Its been another good day in paradise… I sat out on the deck and watched the sun go down slowly, the warm summer evening are over I am afraid….no matter how hot it was  during the day…fall is here….my cactus all have a pretty pink glow about them…cool nights, warm days…..the clouds we have are the top of the storm that LA was hit with…it rained about 20 miles south of us, but all we got were some late afternoon clouds…and by the looks of the news the mudslides have started….I feel for all those in fire areas….from fire to mudslides….gonna make an interesting winter…I-5 is closed southbound going to LA until tomorrow morning…that never happens unless the top of the grade is covered with snow…and its been awhile since that…

I hit the gym at 10a….worked out for 40 minutes on the machines, included 100 abd crunches and a good sweat on the rest….I also tried the treadmill…wow, I used to walk on it at 4.0 a good clip for my short legs, today I got up to 2.0 and went for .3 of a mile….pretty sad….good news my knee didn’t scream…and I haven’t had any problems this evening….yay…so I will start slowly getting my stamina back up…not sure I am going to ever get much over 2.0 with my knee but at least I could stay on longer….then hit the pool…jogged for 20 minutes and swam and did my other water aerobics….only a couple others were in the pool, so it was very peaceful and relaxing…I have given up the water aerobic classes…the teachers can’t seem to keep the group quiet and focused…everything echoes in the room, between the really, really did I say really loud music bouncing off the walls, there is about 6-7 older women that come to talk the entire time, and they don’t ever stop!!! Even in the showers and the entire time they are getting dressed…  I asked one of the instructors about the noise level and her attitude was there was nothing she could do about it, even when I mentioned it was her class to instruct and control…oh well I’m done ranting….I may try the classes on Thursday nights….

I came in at 1032 calories tonight under in the carbs….so food is going great…weigh in tomorrow morning…I am excited to see how this working out…now that I am dealing with more than just calories…so excited about sunrise…LOL

so until tomorrow…..

Whooo Hooooo….

12088187_10204871465926460_3092266210957086872_n First the sunset last night was breathtaking….

Well good news I am down 6#’s since last Friday….whipppeeeee……its working!!!!  I thought this would be a could time to list some facts on here….I weighed in on March 24th this year and I was a staggering 326 pounds…the highest I have ever been….It took me about a week to come to grips with how obese I was and start counting calories, so on April 2nd I started recording and counting all my calories on my new path to weight loss…with a family members help and encouragement I started to attend Overeaters Anonymous, I had been on every diet that ever was to no avail, with this I might be able to get to the root of my reason for eating, I went to meetings and worked the program and its books and steps….I must say it helped me overcome some deep personal issues I had been harboring that I was eating to get help alleviate…so I thanked them for the help and walked away…I continued my new journey..slow and steady…Since then I have lost 61 pounds!!!   whoo hooo   I set goals at the beginning and the first was getting under 300 pounds, check, check done that – next goal was getting to 250 pounds, check-check did that on vacation, next goal is 250 pounds, only 15 away…..then 199, first time I will have been under 200 pounds since 28 years ago…then time to re-evaluate and set new goals…I am starting to really see a change on my body, my arms, legs, face, hips are actually melting away….gone to never return…I am so excited that I can hardly contain myself…my energy level is through the roof, my husband told me yesterday I was scaring him with all the energy I had…LOL  love it…I told him wait till I drop another 50….my clothes are getting really baggy, and not just my personals…LOL  I ordered a couple items in my old size and they are to big…time to get the old sewing machine out…I wanted to share my journey with everyone and share my excitement of a big 61# loss this morning when I got on the scale…..I believe watching my carbs and all that stuff for the last 3 days have really helped…I do notice I am eating differently…choosing my foods differently, not that there a better choice, just less carb laden foods that’s all…my next big health goal is to kick my A1c numbers back down the ladder….

I also need to say thank you to the WordPress community…what a great place to have landed….my wonderful daughter suggested that I try blogging so I did and was quit happy that I had a great place to journal my days and thoughts, then she said you know you can tag, so she taught me how to tag and the rest is history…I have met so many wonderful people that have inspired me, motivated me, and encouraged me….

imagesPJ3KSK3ZThank you, Gracias, Danke, Ta, Merci, Grazie,

Ok-so on with today….as you can see its been a great day…It started early as the sun came up going to the gym…did a 40 minute work out on the machines, continuing with the increased weight, less reps and more sets…its working…I had a great sweat on when I was done…and that included 100 abd crunches….then on to water aerobics, it is getting easier..I noticed that today…did a full hour of aerobics and then jogged for another 10 minutes and swam a few laps…onto the hot tub and wet sauna to sweat it off…LOL  so exercise done…and I felt energized for the day…

My food was good….I was 1035 cal….and my carbs were 102, her suggestion was 90 to 160 carbs, but I would really like to get them down to about 50…its really hard since I don’t eat a lot of meat, I can go weeks with out meat…it seems like all the protein foods are high in carbs….so more research is needed, I am looking into a protein tablet so I don’t have to worry about getting all my protein from foods and keeping the carbs down….I have the upmost respect for anyone who has to do this daily….count, count, count….I did add fenugreek capsule to my daily vitamin regime, it is suppose to help keep blood sugars low…and she approved…Yay….

Arthritis is arthritis…..still here and will always be….hoh hum…no need to whine and cry about it…at least not today I am on too much of a high…LOL

I did go to an acupuncturist, my son and his wife have a wonderful gentleman they go to, and wanted me to go as he does help people with active wet macular, but there was nothing he could do to help me at this time, he made several good suggestions and e-mailed me a web site, so that was positive.  He can help my husband with his aliments so that’s a good thing.

so until tomorrow….

Day 3 and I am down another # 3

Whoooo Hooooo who would of thought it…..I had been sweating and stewing since a week back….really attacking my self for being such a fool with my food decisions a week ago….Now, I am not thinking I can do this and still loose weight, I am thinking that because I caught myself early and got back on track I am still loosing weight, I was never trying to cheat the system, ( like I would of before)  I just simply felt sorry for myself and thought I deserved to eat what I wanted because of  the “poor me: attitude and situation that I put myself into..

I had a talk with my husband about the scenario we both had put ourselves into and unless there is some one dying at home, we should never do that again….we will stop and act like humans instead of driving 10 hours like maniacs mind you because we had decided it was time to come home….crazy…it takes us 2 days to recoup at home, totally exhausted and for what???  We have this mental thing going on…we go out rving, enjoy ourselves, seeing beautiful country sides, lakes , rivers and total relaxing, but at the first thought of heading home, it becomes a mad ass race to get back…is it because we have to travel the same route to get home, maybe, is it in our little minds that the vacation is over and the need to get back is so important, maybe, but what ever the thoughts are, we need to change them….we have nothing to race  home to…were both retired and enjoying life…so WTF, so to say…..well we are going to try a different mind set next time….we are actually gong to try to enjoy the route home instead of racing through it..no reason not to keep it all enjoyable….I do agree that there will be times that distance traveling is necessary and I am sure it will happen again…but believe me I will handle it all differently…

.As I reflect to where I got this incisive need to get from Point A to Point B in record time, well I am going to chalk it up to my dad….that is how he traveled all the time…so I will accept it was instilled in me from childhood and I am going to break that habit today….my husband as well is a Point to Point traveler so he will have to work on breathing more at rest stops and not panting like myself….lets go-lets go-lets go…we will be needing a new mantra…LOL   Stop and smell the roses will work till I think of a better one…LOL

Well lets get back to my Whooo Hoooo numbers….I am down 30 #s  I am sooo happy and glad I am through that little back slid in my journey and back on track, feeling balanced and centered….a good place to be….Now I am thinking, and have been thinking for several weeks how to instill an exercise routine in my daily life….even just 10 minutes a day would be a benefit…I joined a gym and hired a trainer before to make me go…so maybe that’s what I will do, and they even have a pool, I love to swim…I just hate the public thing….well back to thinkin…..

So until tomorrow….Whoooo Hooooo and Yipeee

Scale lower by 4#s….yeah

I made it through the cravings last night…water, and more water…got up thinking I didn’t want to wait until tomorrow to weigh in ( I was so sure it was going to be sad news so get it over with)….so I got on the ole scale this morning….and much to my surprise I was down another 4 #s..so made me all the happier that I beat the mental cravings I was having…I went to bed last night going over all the reasons why this was happening, stress, anxiety, weakness…finally I started to think about what I  had been eating, Poof!!!  I realized that in the last 4 days, on 2 occasions I had eaten sugar, not natural, but white sugar products…then I remembered seeing on a show the effects white sugar or processed sugars have on your brain.. in the test, half the clients ate white sugar and processed food, the other group natural foods, no white sugars of any kind…the processed/sugar clients lit up a part of  the brain that feeds your addictions and remained lit up for several days,(literally lighting up on the MRI to show that part of your brain that controls cravings/addictions) cravings start as soon as the lit up area starts going dark, back to normal (the other group  in the study showed normal, a dark brain)…so the addict in me cannot handle white sugar…well duh!!!    Why am I in the predicament I am in if not for over eating the wrong foods…so that behind me, no more sugar unless its natural and then in only small amount.

I had a great day….my home made stuffed bell peppers were yummy!!  Worked in my yard,,, working on my rock garden…so all in all I am pretty happy with myself…..only one bottle of water left to go and a bowl of fruit and yogurt waiting for me….so until tomorrow…its .one day at a time….