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Summer of 2014

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Been a while since I posted anything, so here I go.
I have been "sick" since May 8th. What started out as a summer cold, turned into an annoying cough. Finally went to the Dr. and I am now on my second course of antibiotics.
Still sniffling and coughing.
Now my husband has got it. He started it, gave it to me and got better, but now he is sick again with the same thing.
This is all quite annoying... Hard to exercise when you can't breathe well. Also I have that poor me mentality, "I am sick so I deserve XXXX." which usually means high calorie foods.

Got a FITBIT from my insurance company. Have to log 150 min. a week of exercise for 4 months to obtain a discount. I must say they made it too easy. Most weeks I have over 500 min. as this FITBIT logs every movement, not just intense exercise. It was interesting for a while but now I am getting a bit bored with my "prison bracelet."

I wear it waking and sleeping. Found out I don't sleep well, at all! Example, last night I was awake 5x and restless for 22x. I think I have only had one night where I slept more than two hours at a time. No wonder I am always tired. I thought I always needed more sleep than everyone else, 9 hrs. But 9 hrs. in bed is only about 7 hrs. of actual sleep. So I guess I am 'normal".

I am still fat. Having a horrible time trying to lose weight. My best loss is about 1/2 lb. a week on a good week. On a bad week I gain 2 lbs. Getting nowhere fast.

We are planning a trip to Ireland, and I still have to lose weight to fit into my jeans. It is quite a bit chilly over there compared to the 110 degrees here, and that part I am looking forward to. The heat is oppressive. I don't even want to go out it is so hot.

We are still gambling, but have been no mailed at the primary traveling casino. Everyone we know is also no mailed for offers, so I guess they are just eliminating Southern Nevada players who play the "best" video poker machines. Sad... Been losing there but it is fun traveling. Now we are gambling locally instead. Not as much fun.

We still have quite a few trips left from our previous play. Plus since we made it to the top level we get more cruises for next year. We are going on two cruises, one in Sept, one in Dec. with friends. Have to book one more before March. Have two more air trips to one of their casinos for this year to use before March as well. I feel a little guilty taking free airfare and not playing, but heck, they are the ones who blocked us from getting offers. We "earned" the trips. Lost money doing so. I guess I have to look at it as a prepaid vacation.

So staying home isn't any more helpful to my diet and exercise plan. I tend to stay on the computer more, rather than having to walk from the hotel room for food and entertainment.
I can't seem to get in a decent routine for exercise. The JUST DO IT mentality doesn't work.

I have to get serious, as I need some cardio fitness for all the walking we will be doing on vacation. Europe is one big giant staircase! LOTS of walking. I just hope I can do it! I am more than a little worried about that, but I guess I will just have to cope.

So that's about it for the past few months. Been sniffling and coughing my way to fitness, LOL.

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TIFFFIT 7/27/2014 2:36PM

    It sounds like you have a full plate! I would love to see Ireland one of these days; maybe that will be our reward for one-derland. I understand the boredom of local gambling too; we're in AZ where we have Indian gaming on the reservations, but we're craps players and the only kind here are those pop-a-matic video tables...dull, dull, dull. We miss Vegas!

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Happy Mother's Day

Sunday, May 11, 2014

It has been a long time since my last blog entry.
I tried "going it alone" instead of checking in each day.
Needless to say, that did not work.
We got Netflix, in Jan. so sitting on the couch watching TV has replaced going to the gym, and exercising while watching TV. The results are as expected. This last decade Birthday has hit me hard. I really feel like an old lady!

Now the decision is, whether to buy new clothes that fit, or try to lose weight quickly enough to fit into the old ones. Things that fit in Jan. and March no longer button! It is getting quite frustrating.

I got rid of my "fat" clothes when I lost weight, now I wish I had them back again. I hate spending money ( or gift cards) on bigger sizes. I am always buying things tight because I think they will fit in a little while as the weight drops off.

Seems like whenever I start exercising I develop some kind of problem. This time it is tendonitis on the top of my left foot. Some say it is because I "walk funny" after having my right knee replaced. Whenever I go over 7000 steps, the pain is insufferable, and the swelling is massive. Went to the Dr. and he gave me an ankle brace. Did not do much good.
The compression just made my leg swell instead of my foot. Cortisone shot lasted about 4 days.

Tried anti-inflammatory drugs and they work for a while, but as soon as I stop the pain is back. Voltaren Gel, icing, even a "marijuana" cream does not help. I am at my wits end. Why is there so much of an impediment to exercising! I envy the healthy ones who can walk for exercise!

Seems like this old lady is doomed to be fat forever. Even the Dr. said exercise won't help me lose weight, just cutting calories. Personally I don't agree, but perhaps she is right. The only way to really lose weight is to be hungry all the time. I am so fat, that even a 2000 calorie diet should result in weight loss. But the reality is my body is still very efficient at using and storing food. Less that 1600 calories seems to be the only way, but I just don't seem to be able to keep in that range.

Meanwhile... I will keep trying... I gave up for a while, and gained about 15 lbs. So I can't give up. At this point NOT gaining any more is a major priority!

Why is it so easy to gain, and so hard to lose?
I ask myself this all the time.

Guess we are all just different!

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PREDEL 5/26/2014 2:40PM

    I know right where you're at. It really, really sucks having to buy larger sizes after you've thrown them all away because you were never going to get there again. All I can say is you have to keep trying. Analyze where you went wrong and try something different. You know staying away from Spark doesn't work so that's a victory. You've got another piece of this puzzle. You just need to keep finding more.

Hang in there. You're not alone. emoticon

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JUDYGREG 5/11/2014 11:31PM

    Nothing to be done, I just have to find a way to eat LESS. A lot less.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/11/2014 5:05PM

I wish I could do something to help you get through this. I know how hard it is to just keep moving. Could you do some seated exercises instead of walking to start? Just a thought. Good luck!

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Home again

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Just got back from another cruise. Same ports, same ship, but different experience each time.

Have not been on the scale yet, but I really don't expect to be happy when I see the results.
I have taken 6 cruises in the past year, and each one has added a bit to my girth.

I love being away from everything... Time to read, work out, watch TV, movies. Sit out on deck, or at a beach, and enjoy the outdoors. No worries about anything.. no laundry, no making meals, no mail, no bills, no phone calls, no internet.

It is always difficult to come back to reality. Last night I had to find something for dinner on my own, rather than have it prepared for me. Very strange after 10 days of pampering.

Now it is back to mail, laundry, bills, etc. Having to do it all on my own again. UGH!
And now it is tax time... what an added "joy" LOL.

I need to start making a concerted effort to exercise the way I do when I am away. I always make time for the gym on the cruise ship, but at home other "stuff" seems to always get in
the way. That has to change.

I love vacations, and being away, has a definite appeal, but now it is back to reality... again.
Till the next cruise in March, LOL.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/28/2014 12:03PM

    Glad you had a fantastic trip. I agree that getting back into a routine at home and having to do it all yourself is hard. I enjoy my cruises too. Hope you transition quickly to finding a new routine that works for you, including exercise.

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NYC to Bermuda

Friday, August 16, 2013

Another Casino cruise. A truly amazing trip we get to go on AGAIN in Oct.
This one except for airfare was totally free for us, with lots of shipboard credits, a free drink package, and transportation to and from the ship and a free hotel the night before. Of course a stop at the Largest Department store in the world, MACY'S was a must, where I got a free facial and lots of spritzes of perfume, from the many reps.

Cruising out of NYC is amazing. We cruise right by the new Freedom Tower, it takes the place of the twin towers that were destroyed 9/11.

Then we get to cruise by the Statue of Liberty and under the Verrazano Bridge.

The first night on the ship was Hubby's Birthday so we ate with friends in the Italian restaurant on board.

The ship sails for three days to the island of Bermuda.

It is very strangely shaped, like a J. This ship docks at the east end of the J, so it was quite far to travel to the other parts of the island.

With lots of shipwrecks all around due to the shallow reefs.

THe first day we went to the limestone caves, VERY interesting. It was an expensive cab ride to get there, some others used the bus, or ferry, which we did from then on.

We toured the fort nearby the cruise ship.
It has lots of exhibits, some of which were air conditioned.

We went to the exhibits, saw some sunken treasure.

We went snorkeling the next day, see hubby down below with the fins.

Then we went to the famous "pink sand" beach of Horseshoe Bay.
We brought the floatie so we could float around in the ocean.

By the way, the sand is talcum powder thin, and there is red coral mixed in but you have to look very closely to see it. LOTS of people there. But the water was excellent!

We were tired after each day of walking around. So we did not do much at night, though the gangway was open 24 hrs. It was hot and humid during the day, and we were both exhausted when we got back to the ship, and after getting cleaned up neither of us wanted to go out and explore the night life.

So all in all it was a great adventure. Looking forward to a repeat, and getting to do some of the thing it was too hot to do this time, when we return, compliments of Harrah's, in Oct.

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DEBBIEDAY 8/17/2013 12:48PM

    Sounds like you had a great time! Thanks for sharing the pictures!!!

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SUSANBEAMON 8/17/2013 2:30AM

  nice pictures. i didn't know there was a pink beach. wow.

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/16/2013 2:40PM

    Wonderful! Where can I sign up!? Been cruising a lot of places but never Bermuda....
Looks great....Have fun!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/16/2013 1:05PM

    Sounds like you had a lovely trip. Congrats on getting all these freebie cruises. Hmm... I may have to take up gambling... LOL

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Iceland and Norway cruising

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

We arrived in England exhausted of course after te 10 hour flight. Took trains to where we were staying. Got lost in the underground... but all was well. After about 3 hrs of train traveling, we arrived at the manor house. Walked there, about a 15 min. walk from the train station thru some beautiful woods on a path.

Then was treated well by the family, friends of my husband. Spent three day with them enjoying the English countryside. Trained into central London for one day to go to the museum, which was free.

Then off on the train again to Harwich, about a 3 hr train ride, with two changes, where the ship awaits. SO easy! Get off the train, walk across the tracks to the ship.

Spend first day at sea... The arrive at the Faroe Islands. Beautiful scenery. Hubby went for a hike up the mountain, I rode the local buses around as they were free for everyone.

Then another day at sea, and we arrive at our first stop in Iceland.
Land of Lava, waterfalls, and geothermal steam and pools everywhere. Beautiful green hillsides. Facinating rock/lava formations.

Take a Golden Circle tour with a local tour company around the top tourist spots.

Next day... (it was always day, as there was only about 1.5 hours of "night. The sun barely set before it came up again.) We took a jeep tour.
Thru the "rivers" and over the hills up high in the mountains for scenic lookouts.

Next day we go to the north part of Iceland for another scenic tour.
More stories about how Iceland became Christain in 1000 a.d

The old gods were thrown in this waterfall.
Then off to the mud pits and steam vents.
Bizarre geology here.

Then on to Norway Fjords...
I take the same pictures that adorn every tourist brochure.

More waterfalls everywhere.
Our last cruise stop, Bergen, it was raining most of the day so we did a walking museum tour.

Last night on the ship before returning to England for one more day.

Back in England we train to a B&B by the Gatwick airport, and train down to Brighton, the sea shore for the afternoon.

Then back to the hotel for last minute packing and we fly home the next morning.
Arrive home after an exhausting trip and I sleep for 15 hrs!

So it was great, I took over 1000 pictures. Still going thru them to sort our some of the good ones from the "I wish I had a better camera" ones.

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WINKERDINK 8/16/2013 11:40AM

    Wonderful trip Judy! I have to say, little green with envy here!
Glad you had a good time!

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PINKHOPE 8/9/2013 1:35PM

    Judy - Sounds like a lovely trip. So glad you got this opportunity! Hope it made lifetime memories. How goes the journey to "Health & Fitness". I hope you are pressing on and seeing success!


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LJCANNON 7/10/2013 11:12AM

    emoticon What a Beautiful Trip!! And you are getting in some Exercise along with the Fun. I would love to see the different Museums around the World. The history and Stories you see there are Fascinating!

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SUSANBEAMON 7/10/2013 1:27AM

  nice pictures. vacations are so good for us, seeing new places.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/9/2013 6:28PM

    That is just gorgeous! I love Celebrity Cruises too. What wonderful pictures!

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STONECOT 7/9/2013 2:25PM

    I've holiday'd in both Iceland and Norway, but in winter. It was interesting seeing how it looks in summer. Did you get to swim in the thermal pools? One of my bucket list items was ticked when we bathed in hot springs, in the middle of ice and snow.

P.S. The underground is great when you get the hang of it.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/9/2013 1:14PM

    Oh Judy that trip sounds wonderful and fun! I hope to take a similar trip some day. Love the pics. Such breathtaking scenery. Glad you had fun and are back home safe now.

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ALICIA214 7/9/2013 12:53PM


Lovely pics Thank you for sharing..... emoticon

Love the one of Brighton front [ my neck of the woods } A touch of homesickness there}

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PEZCATHY 7/9/2013 12:47PM

    So awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your trip! The photos are awesome. Let me tell you, I have a high end camera and I am petrified to take it out of the country, afraid someone might steal it! No matter what you use to take a picture, unless you are a professional and selling your work, the photo preserves your memories and it looks like you did a great job of doing that. I would love to go on a trip like this, but no one to go with and no money to go on. Guess I need to find a rich person looking for a travel companion, lol.

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KDRICH24 7/9/2013 12:34PM

    WOW! What a beautiful place!

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