Monday, August 15, 2011

Good Monday Morning!

It looks like I am getting around to my blog about once a week. That is OK, except that I get behind on reading my blog buddies' posts.

My life plan is continuing about like my last post with one new change. Alan and I are getting up earlier in the morning so that we can exercise after breakfast. Hopefully, that will start to show some new lower numbers on the scale for both of us.

We have a conference at a big, fancy hotel the end of October, so we decided to use that date to set some new goals. We both would like to lose 20 pounds over the next 10 weeks -- two pounds a week is a good goal.

So the battle continues!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


It seems like the last few days have been a real whirlwind of activity, and I suddenly realized that I hadn't blogged since Friday! Where does the time go?

To summarize the days since then, I am hitting about 1500 calories on average, 1 to 2 miles per day on average, and I have lost 1 pound down to 234. My blood sugar numbers are a bit high because I really need more consistant exercise than I have been doing -- so I need to work on that.

I am off and running again today, so I will check in tomorrow. Have a great day!

Friday, August 5, 2011

It's Good to Be With Friends

I went to quilting today for the first time since March, and it was really good. I had needed the time off to get my "life plan" underway, to get moved, and finally to have a good vacation. But it was so good to get back to friends who share my interests and many of my same struggles. What a great day!

The only bad news is that when I quilt all day long, I sit for most of the time. So I will have to be careful to make up for that the other days of the week.

Alan and I are doing pretty well on our new plan. We eat a moderate breakfast, a good sized lunch, and then I have a salad with a bit of protein and a bit of carb (like some crackers) for dinner. He just has water or sometimes watermelon for dinner. We are finding that we aren't missing our evening snacks in front of the TV at all. Amazing!

Both yesterday and today I hit a total of around 1600 calories, so I still need to cut that back to about 1200. My blood sugars have been excellent -- all in the "green" range.

We hope to do a lot of walking this weekend, so I will let you know how it goes.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I'm Back At Last

We are finally moved in and back from vacation and back to the life plan full time.

We had a smooth move and a terrific vacation. We went to Texas to visit with family and meet the two new babies in the Horn clan -- Logan and Julie. Both are adorable, friendly, curious, and just everything else that is just perfect! We had great visits with the family, too many good meals, long drives in the Texas countryside, and lots of sleep and snuggles. Who could ask for more?

The downside of moving and vacation, of course, is lots of meals at restaurants. We both gained back some of our weight -- especially since Alan sprained his foot during the move and could barely walk for a couple of weeks.
I am back at 235 this morning.

But, Alan can walk normally again, and we are somewhat settled in our new nest -- so we are back to our life plan.

The doctor who looked at Alan's sprain also had a new suggestion for our eating plan. He said to eat all of your calories at breakfast and lunch and to just have water and more water for dinner. Alan is doing that, and I have modified it for my diabetes to eating most of my calories at breakfast and lunch and having salad or veggies at night. We will see how the new idea works for us.

Glad to be back!

Yesterday's Stats:
Weight:              235
Calories In:      1270         Calories Burned:    113        Total Calories:  1157
BS Average:      122

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Moving Along

It looks like we will be moving on Thursday. Obviously, I have been up to my eyeballs in boxes and getting ready to go. I wanted to move my sewing machines and fragile items myself, and Alan won't let anyone touch our computers! The movers will pack up the leftovers and get us hauled over to the new place.

At any rate, I will be off of the internet for probably about a week. Don't worry!

My blood sugar numbers have come down enough to lower my insulin again, and I am doing better with my exercise. Our doctor vist went well and he was pleased with how I am doing -- even if I haven't lost anymore. Hopefully the lower insulin and the increased exercise will fix the scale!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Good Start for a New Week

I had a good start for the new week. I walked 3.5 miles yesterday and had 1250 calories total. My blood sugars continue to come down closer to normal and my weight dropped back down to 230. Hooray!

This is a busy week. I took the truck in yesterday to have the air bag fixed and the oil changed, etc. There was a recall on the air bag -- evidently they have had some of them deploy for no reason. Ouch! I am glad to have that fixed so we don't have any nasty surprises.

I will be giving notice at the old apartment today and we will be talking to the movers this week. We will also have our last checkup with Dr. Wang. We will need a new doctor because of the new insurance plan, so we might as well find one that will be in Irvine. It looks like we will have a dentist and an optometrist right across the street from the new apartment. It looks like we will make up some of the higher rent in lower gasoline bills!

Hope you all are having a great week.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hip, Hip, Away, Away!

I have had a bunch of things to celebrate the past few days. First of all, I am officially in a smaller size! I have been tugging up my pants, so I decided to try on a smaller pair of jeans. To my amazement, a size 20 fit perfectly -- not too tight -- just right! Hooray!

We also went today to sign up for a new apartment in Irvine. We found a complex that we fell in love with. It is only 1 mile for Alan to walk to work. We figure most days I will walk with him, since I try to walk at least 2 miles in the morning anyway.

The complex is also next to a 44 mile long bike/hiking trail that goes both north and south. You can actually take it about 10 miles down to the Pacific Ocean, or north up past Tustin to several different parks. Since we love to walk, this is just perfect! We may just go to Walmart and pick up a couple of bicycles, too.

Our new apartment is on the 3rd floor, so Alan joked that we were getting a new "stairmaster" for free! Across the street is a shopping center with a grocery, pharmacy, and just about anything else you might need. So I won't need the car to go shopping.

We are really pleased and hope to move in around the first week in July.

Meanwhile, I had some birthday goodies today -- so way too many calories. However, I did do 10,230 steps for 3.71 miles, so it wasn't all bad.

Hope you all have a great Sunday!