Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Today is Day 7 so that puts up at a full week. Leaving Alamogordo (that's a mouthfull) and will be heading to Alburquerque (another mouthful). I believe a couple of the things DH has planned for us is a botanical garden and also the zoo. I like that sort of thing, so perhaps I am just a country girl at heart.
This type of trip suits me much better than the "get on an airplane and fly somewhere, then have every minute of your day planned out so you never get to relax." We go when we please and get up when we please. Of course we have made reservations ahead of time, so we do need to get to certain cities on certain days, but other than that we are free as the birds in the sky! What a beautiful sky too -- so blue and filled with fluffy white clouds. As that brings to mind that after all of our sightseeing was done yesterday, we got a brief, but hard, shower on our way back to the hotel. Perfect time for rain in my book.
Now I'm waiting for our clothes to dry in the guest laundry. In fact, with that in mind it gives me time to get on the treadmill or elliptical for a nice 1-mile jaunt. See you all later!
Saturday, October 01, 2011
Hi Spark Friends! Wonderful weather, interesting sights to see, good food and no mishaps! What more could a person ask for out of a vacation? To top it all off my weight is staying right in line and I certainly have not been denying myself anything. The hotel chain we are using, Holiday Inn, has wonderful homemade chocolate chip cookies out in the breakfast room if you happen to get there in time. So far we've been lucky! I know these little luxuries are probably a "no-no" but as long as my scale says I'm staying right at my usual weigh-in amount, I'm enjoying my nightly cookie.
Today we got up early to drive to the site of the first Atomic Bomb. Visited the ranch where it was assembled then walked a short distance to Ground Zero where all that was left of the tower was stubs. Granted, it's not a lot to see -- and many of the people who chose to see this attraction seemed to be Senior Citizens. There were a few kids (being it's Saturday) but I would imagine such an attraction would not be of much interest to them.
From there we traveled to the Very Large Arays (I believe there are 27 total) and it was an amazing thing to see -- the sheer size alone made it awesome. Diameter of each aray is 82 feet and they stand at a height of 94 feet. They are telescopes that work from radio waves and when they are stetched out to full capacity they can really view a tremendous area all in one swoop! They first came into existence back in the 1980's, but they are still hard at work today -- giving us further knowledge day in and day out.
By the way, we came close to being abducted by the aliens in Roswell (pictures to follow) but luckily they let us go due to our advanced ages! For once it paid to be a Senior Citizen!
Friday, September 30, 2011
First of all, I love having my scale with me on vacation. When I got up on Day 2 it told me I'd been a bad girl -- which I already knew, very little exercise, mostly we just drove and then Mexican food on top of that! But Day 2 we tramped all over Carlsbad Caverns and it was awesome. By the end of the "Big Room" I was really, really interested in checking out the restrooms - lol, isn't that a typical woman? You had to walk into what looked like a cave to get to those also, guess they have a sense of humor, or maybe it was just easier.
Anyway, I've never seen anything as big and awesome as the Caverns! It was really worth the trip -- I've waited over 50 years to see those! Wasn't too great for taking photo's though, I doubt any of the pictures will come even close to what it's like in person. They did have a video for sale that looked good, but most people aren't interested in looking at them, so I did not buy one.
Weight is down today as I was a very good girl and good lots of exercise. Today we're in Roswell, so unless we're abducted by Aliens -- I'll see you in a day or so!
Hope everyone is doing well -- keep the Spirit!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
First of all I have been drinking water steadily all day -- that means lots of potty stops, but I feel healthy. Couldn't get in as much walking as I wanted, but at least I was healthy with my water consumption.
We reached our destination for Day 1: Las Cruces, New Mexico! We were both pretty tired, and upon finding out that they are 1 hour later than us, we decided to go find a place to eat right away, then we could relax. Inquired at the front desk about Mexican food, and he had a paper all printed up with directions to one that was nearby. Great! Only trouble was that when we got there, it was closed for remodeling!
OK -- we have a GPS, so we put the information in, and started checking them out. First one didn't look so good, and after another block, we decided to pull over to see what the next address was. But as we stopped we noticed we were across the street from a nice looking restaurant (yes, even Mexican) and the parking lot was full -- we figured we'd try it. But as we entered we found it was some sort of rally for a political group. Dejected we turned to leave -- but a man hurried after us and explained that the meeting was over and we were more than welcome to stay -- he said even he and his wife were going to eat there! It turns out the political meeting was for him -- he was the Mayor of Las Cruces! Kind of a nice welcome -- and the food was delicious too!
Day 1 is gone, 14 more to go!!
Monday, September 26, 2011
I wouldn't exactly say it's a "ah-ha" moment, but after going through the week and consistently losing .2 or .4 each day I know it's really a matter of making the right choices and getting some exercise. It doesn't have to be 2 hours of drop dead exercise, merely a 20 or 30 minute walk will do the trick. Of course if my routine HAD included some of the drop dead-wear-yourself-out type of exercise, perhaps my weight loss would have been a bit more dramatic! But I'm happy with the .2's and the .4's. At least they have been very consistent, and slow is better than fast for me because it tends to stay off then.
I'd like to ignore the fact that I didn't sneak in any chocolate last week,but honesty is the best policy, so I have to admit to myself that perhaps some of my "snacks" were what very well could have been the undoing of my healthy lifestyle. Last week there was NO chocolate. The only chocolate to pass my lips is something I buy called Chocolate Sauce made by Walden Farms and it contains no calories, no carbs, no fat. I don't know how they can make it so good and still not contain any of those things, but I believe the label. I put it in the smoothie that I invariably have for breakfast (along with banana and peanut butter, and a coffee/milk combo for the liquid. Try it, you'll like it. A complete breakfast for 250 calories!
Eating in a restaurant is always a difficult thing for me. Difficult because invariably my weight goes UP! I try to order good, but the scale thumbs it's nose at me. Like today, we went for Asian and I ordered the Chicken & Broccoli -- it sounds healthy -- I did eat the egg roll and I know that was a no-no, but I saved calories from breakfast to allow for it. So as I step on the scale tomorrow morning we'll see how "right' my choices were.
It really gave me a sense of accomplishment to see the little graph that I made for my weight for the entire month showing a steady decrease all week. It's little visual things like that a person needs to stay on the straight and narrow. I know my real test will come later this week when we leave for a 2-week vacation. Almost all restaurant eating (except snacks), so if you read my blog from yesterday, I'm taking my scale with me. It's one of my little tricks of the trade that keep me on the straight and narrow.
Tune in tomorrow to see if I'm still on a roll -- or if the "Oriental Temptations" threw me right off the wagon!
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