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.
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.
Monday, June 03, 2013
My Europe trip is a little over 2 weeks away!
I am in crisis. None of my normal clothing fits! by normal I means things that don't have lots of stretch.
I was hoping to have lost some weight by now, but alas, procrastination has caught up with me.
I am currently plowing thru closets trying to find something that will work. I don't want to buy new clothing at this size as I hopefully won't stay this size! Everything is skin tight, and hubby is throwing a fit as clothing that was too big now is tight. I lost weight years ago before my knee surgery only to gain most of it back. After about 6 months of being under 200, I got rid of all the "big" clothing since I never thought I would be this big again. Yet here I am at almost 230 lbs! UGH!
I am so disgusted with myself. How did I eat myself this fat again? What's worse is even after losing a few pounds I still can't get those buttons to button. Hubby said while I may be losing weight, I must be losing muscle and gaining fat. He is probably right. The scale is not the whole story.
So a new BLC 22 is starting in a few days. I have two weeks to make some major changes. NO more bread, rolls, or any kind of desserts. I HAVE to lose in order to fit into the airplane seat or this is going to be a really miserable trip. Trouble is, no matter how much I say I have to lose this weight, I just don't do what needs to be done to do it.
The best way I have always lost weight before is to just "starve myself." That usually works for a while, but then I gain back more than I lose. The never ending story. Eat right, exercise, strength train, this is how you lose weight for good. What is MY problem that I can't seem to do that?
Sitting at the computer has lead to massive gains, along with skipping the gym and a dish of ice cream every now and then. Normal weight people can do this, so why can't I? Why or why can't I? That is my never ending song.... I want to be like "normal" people.
Guess when you get to a certain age, normal has a new definition. Meanwhile... back to trying on clothes! Closets are packed with clothing, but I have nothing to wear, LOL.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Less than 50 days till we leave for Europe/ Iceland/ Norway cruise and nothing good has happened with my weight. Nothing bad, and nothing good. I just seem to be maintaining.
This has been my pattern for most of the year. Lose a few pounds, gain them back. I have no one to blame but myself. I am the one responsible for me.
Constant travel is not an excuse, or reason to over eat and indulge. I have been denying myself LOTS of desserts, and goodies, but it seems just not enough.
As my cousin says, it isn't what you don't put in your mouth, it is what you DO put in there.
Exercise except for long walks has been lacking. Lots of gambling... sitting at machines... and showing homes... but not much else. Time seems to fly away each day as I sit at my computer.
Picked up two more cruises from the Palms Casino. These were a pleasant surprise.
"Free" cruises cost about $500-$600 for a week. All are balcony cabins!)
Hubby just made it to 7 stars, the top tier with Harrahs, which means another cruise and 3 more trips.
I have 3 cruises booked, and now need to book 4 more before April 2014. If I can get two booked before we leave in June and travel by Sept 30, they each include a $150 shipboard credit. SO? Can I take another trip to Europe this Aug./Sept? Airfare is still crazy expensive to take these "free" cruises. I feel I need to go now before I get infirm, or too old to travel. Get it while the getting is good so to speak.
We also get 6 shorter trips, (called getaways (2 days) or retreats (4 days)) with Harrahs Casinos. 3 for each of us that include some benefit for airfare.
This traveling is getting out of hand! We are so fortunate to be able to take off for a few weekends a month. It seems so frivilous to talk about this stuff. Most people would LOVE to have these problems, LOL.
Hubby just wants to travel to Europe and travel around by train for a few months.
Watching travel channel trips without considering the price of the travel. I have to agree, I love travel, but the details soak up a lot of time.
I ask how much will that cost, and of course he doesn't "do" that part.
Then there is the reality of who would take care of stuff at home?
All I need now is a personal secretary and property manager to handle things, LOL.
Again this is fantasy and I need to get back to reality! I keep retreating into the fantasy world where I lose 1/2 lb. a day, to get where I want to be by summer. Reality is seriously lacking!
I had hoped to drop 20-30 lbs. before the travel season begins in earnest. Summer is a great time to LEAVE as it is so hot here. I am going to try to ....begin again... and see if I can "be good" for more than a few days. Meanwhile, finally made it to the gym last night.
How fat would I be if I didn't try? THAT is a scary thought!
Monday, March 04, 2013
It is almost spring. The daffodils are blooming!
Winter is over, and time keeps on slipping into the future.
Nothing much new to report weight loss wise.
I lose, I gain, the endless cycle.
I can't seem to get a good streak going.
Meanwhile we are traveling way too much, chasing casino promos.
Tough way to make a living....
All the good promos are in Reno or Tahoe, along with the decent paying games.
We have been chasing a few promos locally in Las Vegas, they suck up a lot of time for not much money.
Real Estate business is crazy! Not much inventory, so buyers are mostly out of luck. Sellers are asking crazy prices for their homes.
My bionic knee is doing fine. The other has fits from time to time, but nothing that is asking for crutches. I can walk, just not very quickly. If I speed up. the natural knee fritzes. So I walk along about 3 mph or so. I can go for 40 min. to an hour without problems. Walking the mall for 3 hrs. left me exhausted and limping at night.
Other "problems" in life are stressing me out. I don't want to go into those here.
Makes me feel life is just not fair!
But of course it isn't fair. Crooks get rich, and honest people get taken.
Two of my friends have ailing parents or grandparents. Everyone is getting old and dying.
Life is whizzing by while I am trying to get in shape. I am feeling a bit old as of late.
So here is the quarterly update. Nothing really exciting has happened since Christmas.
We win some, lose some, I lose weight, gain weight. Life just keeps going by.
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