Friday, December 30, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor

Been a while, I know. But I'm back from vacation just in time to start a new WW week. I only gained 2 pounds in the 2 weeks I was on vacation. Which I think isn't bad at all. I ate out the whole time, shared appetizers with J every night, and even had some snacks and dessert. I pigged out, and only gained 2 pounds. Not too shabby.

So now it's back to work. Back to tracking and making the healthy choices. I will push myself on a long run this weekend and next, since the weekend after that is the half marathon. I keep playing with the idea of trying some strength classes at the gym, but in reality, I know I won't stick with it. They just aren't at good times for me. The best classes are during the day when I'm usually busy with other things. So I really need to stick with the pilates DVD.

I am starting one new class however. The housing office here has started offering free belly dance classes once a week. I haven't done any belly dancing since leaving Kansas, and I miss it. I'm excited. I get to pull out my gypsy skirt and fringed scarf and get back into it. It's a class for all levels and could lead to an opportunity to get into some more serious classes.

I'm not as afraid of showing my belly as I was when I first started belly dancing. I am planning on wearing my old Enell bra and my skirt with some shorts underneath. No more need to hide it under a tshirt. This is easier to do in a belly dancing community. They are so accepting of all body types. Big, small, in-between, it doesn't matter, as long as you dance. If anyone wants to join me, please do!

I would really love to lose the last 8 pounds to my healthy goal before Easter. That gives me 3 months to lose 8 pounds, which is totally doable if I stick with it. My reward will be a couple new bras. For me, that is a big reward that will keep me motivated. 

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Vacation

I had a blessedly quite Christmas this year. J and I took a week away from everything to relax and have fun with no drama, no stress, no worries.

Thanks to Mom and Dad for booking us a one bedroom condo at their time-share location in Red River, NM. We left Remy in the capable hands of Barkerhaus Kennels, and left Duke at home with a good friend coming to check on him.

We drove up into the mountains of New Mexico. It was rainy on the drive up. What we didn't know until we got there is that the roads all around us were closing for snow. Lots of snow and ice closing the highways and interstates all around. But as we headed East on highway 38, we saw first a mining operation, then a few houses and  lodges. We rounded the corner onto the main street of a little mountain town all lit with white christmas lights. It was worth the rainy drive for that.

We checked in and bundled up to walk the 1 block to the main street and find some dinner. We barely drove the whole week. There was no need. The main street was just 1 block from us, and the vast majority of stores and restaurants were on it, or 1 block off.

First day in Red River, we got up and had breakfast at a little coffee shop, then walked over to the Ski Area. We got skis for me, a snowboard for J, and headed out to the meeting area for lessons. It was 90 minutes in the morning, 90 minutes for lunch, and 90 minutes in the afternoon. By the end of the day we were tired and sore, but happy.

Day Two: Hit the slopes as soon as they open. I had spent all of day one on the learning hill, so morning of day two I moved to the bunny hill. Then J and I went to the very top of the mountain on a ski lift. Definitely not for those with a fear of heights. We ate lunch at 10,350 feet. Talk about a high! Of course, then we had to get back down. There were more green, or "easy," trails from here, but we think they might be a little confused. We took the "easiest way down." I swear they were smoking something when they came up with this. It was not easy. But after many crashes and much doubt, I did make it down the mountain. My legs were so tired I could barely stand on them. Next time we ski, I will take lessons again, and spend more time on the bunny hill before going anywhere else.

Day Three was a change. We went to the Enchanted Forest cross country ski area. Rented skis, and took off. Now, I know I was never meant to be a teacher, but apparently I can't even teach my husband how to ski cross country. We did OK, and will get a professional to teach J next time. It brought back a lot of memories for me, of skiing with my family every year as a kid, the day after Christmas. After a break and some lunch, we were able to switch out our skis for snow shoes. We spent an hour on a little snow shoe trail and had a blast. It was so easy and fun! Just strap them on and start walking.

After 3 busy days, we were both sore, bruised, and tired. So Day Four, we took it a little easy. We drove south towards Taos and turned off on a county road. We headed towards the Rio Grande Gorge until we couldn't drive any closer. It was then about a mile hike on a little trail down to the river. At the base of the trail  were a couple hot springs pools. So we stripped down to our swim suits rather quickly and hopped in. It was heavenly! The water was the perfect temperature, not too hot or too cold. It was crystal clear and the pool had a soft, sandy bottom. I could sit in it and it came just up to my neck. It felt amazing after being so sore. And the view of the Rio Grande was breath taking. The Rio really is grand up north, not a mud puddle like it is in El Paso. I'm not sure how long we soaked there, but once we headed back to the Jeep, my legs felt much better.

It was finally Christmas Eve, and we decided to have a lazy holiday weekend. We shopped a little, walked around town, and relaxed. We had eaten out all week, so we had cheese and crackers for our little christmas dinner.

It was a great week. We saw lots of deer, just walking through town. There was a creek out behind our room, and we could watch the deer and ducks from the little deck. The people were friendly, the service was good, and we feel much better.

And now we're up in CO. Drove the back roads through the mountains this morning. Stopped for a few minutes at the Great Sand Dunes, but it was much too cold to play around. By cold, I mean around 5 degrees. That's five. Yes, cold. But it hadn't been above freezing all week, so we were getting used to it.

Saw some bighorn sheep on our way up here, and it's 40something outside right now. Didn't even have to put a jacket on! So we'll enjoy some time here for a couple days, see my in-laws and J's Grandpa, then head home. Duke as an appointment at the Vet's on Friday so he can get his teeth cleaned next week.

So that's our vacation. It was definitely needed, and I'm very glad we took it. I do miss my critters, but I know they are in good hands. We picked up a piece of antler for Remy (cleaned so it's safe to chew on), and I think Duke will get a can of soft food when we get home. I'm sure I've missed many things to tell you, but I hope you enjoy this little bit. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Duke-a-doo

Yes, we call him that sometimes.

Took him in for a 6 month follow-up. His teeth are getting bad again. There are a couple that don't look good. So he's getting a cleaning when we get back from christmas vacation, and might get some more teeth pulled. Poor kitty. Otherwise, he's doing OK. He lost half a pound, which isn't bad over 6 months. He weighs 12.1 pounds right now, which is a good weight for him. He still eats all his food, which is a great sign, and still insists on drinks from the tub. I'm pretty sure he drinks from his bowl, but not when I'm paying attention. So I'll keep letting him drink from the tub. It's cheaper than more vet bills!

I'm going to have to deal with the fact that my kitty won't be one of those really old, live forever cats. The chronic gum disease seems to be getting bad sooner (if that makes sense). I've had Duke for 6 1/2 years now. He's my fat cat. He snuggles. He tries to groom my hair. He plays with wadded up receipts. I love this guy. It's hard to imagine life without him. His super-loud purr makes me feel better when I'm sad or stressed. He comes when I call him, just like a dog. He tries to steal bites of my food and wants to sniff whatever I'm drinking (but turns up his nose to everything but water and milk).

Lately I've been trying to come up with good things about staying in El Paso for another year or two. Right now I have 2 big ones - we are close to Grandpa, whose health isn't good, and we have a great vet to take care of Duke without the stress of a move thrown in there. I have a great support structure here, with Kristy at it's base. She's moved here just after us and will likely be here just as long. And all my friends love Duke.

He is a great cat. Don't know if I'll be able to own a cat after him. But let's not dwell on that.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Confessions from an Introvert

There's an organization I volunteer with. I feel some obligation to volunteer with this group because it makes my husband look good, too. But lately, there is SO. MUCH. DRAMA.

We have someone who refuses to lead the group but acts like she leads the group, she pushes teamwork, but then finds fault in everything certain people do. We have another lady who is just crazy. I mean crazy. She seems to be creating paperwork where there doesn't need to be paperwork, and then complains about how much work she has.

Two people are now quitting this group. I happen to like these people and get along with them. Rather well actually. So that leaves me, the two mentioned above, and two brand new people who apparently didn't realize what they were getting into. I'm afraid the newbies will be leaving too when they find out we lost two members.

We have become exactly the kind of group we were supposed to avoid.

My obligation to this group will be changing (i.e. no more) soon (1 to 3 months-ish), and I feel that it can't come soon enough.

I have always been much happier avoiding people. Drama, like in this group, makes me want to crawl into a cave and leave the world behind. Stress, like this group is causing me, makes me also want to crawl into a cave.

Fortunately, I have a date tonight with my book club. It's a great group of ladies who make me remember why I put up with people. They make me glad that I haven't crawled into a cave. In fact, I would probably come out of the cave for them. My pets, however, would be in the cave with me. They're cool like that.

I feel like I have been so busy this week, but I finally have some time off this afternoon. Only thing on my list is stamping Christmas cards and baking a cake for said book club tonight. (It's OK, Jess, the french silk pie is already in the fridge.) So I think I'm going to make some hot tea, laugh at my silly pup, pet the cat for a minute, and stamp my little heart out.

(This would be a good time to make sure I have your mailing address if you don't live near me.)

I'm definitely looking forward to our week away for Christmas, since that's as close as I can come to my cave for a while. Might be doing some cave staying after the holidays, though. Just to de-stress for a while. But I promise I will venture back out into the world for 2 things - book club and stitchers. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Soy Un Perdedor

155 today. That's only 2 pounds lost this month, but hey, that's not bad for having 3 thanksgiving meals!

Today was the roll out of the new WW site. They changed the looks of things, and the points, just a little. Whatever they did, it put me down from 29 to 26 daily points. But hey, maybe it will keep me losing more regularly. Maybe.

It's cold here today. Well, cold for here. High today is 52. Although when I checked last night, today's high was in the upper 40s. I've noticed that lately with the weather forecasts here. You can't rely on accurate temps until the day of, and then only sometimes.

I have not been working out. Busy, and cold, and tired and stressed. Excuses, all, I know. But it is what it is. I really need to get running if I'm going to do this half marathon in January. I already signed up. I just need to get moving again.

Looks like this will be a short one today. Just not much to say. Eh.