Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Since finding out I had a high blood glucose level, I have changed my diet and began exercising in earnest.  I am eating a diabetic vegan diet and riding my stationary bike 10 miles a day.  At first I noticed a quick drop in a few pounds. Completely dropping sugar and most bread, chips, cookies, etc. out of a diet will do that.  I have been on this plan for three weeks now and I have dropped 8 pounds.  But more importantly I notice that the love handles are all but gone. The pooch on my hips are also almost gone. My belly is flatter. My pants are looser.  

I also have not had one migraine in three weeks. At the beginning I would get very tired in the middle of the day but not anymore unless I miss a snack or am late for a meal and my blood sugar drops. 

Today I needed to take something to the post office and I thought nothing of walking it down.  Two months ago I would have driven it and if I had to walk it it would have taken me forever. I think the little dog misses those days.  

Today I rode the stationary bike for one hour. 30 minutes on a program with hills and valleys and 30 minutes on level 3 for a total of 10 miles.

Until tomorrow...

Monday, August 18, 2014


It has been a week since I graduated from physical therapy for my foot. My foot is better but not 100%. It is more like 85%-90% fixed. Our healthcare system seems fine that a person is 85-90% well. I feel like there is something wrong with that. 

If I were an athlete no one would put up with me being 85% well. I would have to be 100% well. I would stay in PT until I was 100%.  I think all patients should be 100% well. Not 85 or 90% well.

I rode my stationary bike for 30 minutes on a program with hills and valleys. Then I rode another 30 minutes on level 3 for a total of 10.5 miles.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Okay I would like to say I borrowed a neighbors bike tire pump, pumped up my tire myself and went for a bike ride today. I would really like to say that but I would be lying.  

I planned for the day to go like that. I did borrow a neighbors bike pump but I could not make it work. It had to places to put the stem of the tire but neither seemed to fit. I took it back to the neighbor and said he would help me. He couldn't make it work either. Then we tried my pump (the one I could not make work yesterday) and it worked! He pumped up the tire.  Instead of this taking 5 minutes, it took an hour with all the socializing. By that time it was too late to go biking. I had to settle for a walk instead. Now I am set for a future bike ride and I can pump my own tire.

My walk included some cardio with some hills and stairs. I also had to carry Happi part of the home from her walk since we went too far for her to walk home. At 27 pounds it is a workout carrying her home.

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, August 16, 2014


It is a sad state of affairs. Today I tried to put air in my bicycle tire on my own and it ended up in a nearly flat tire.  I am sure you are asking how?

First the tire pressure gauge would not work. It kept reading 5. I know the tire had more air in it than 5.  So I kept testing.  That was mistake number one. Each time air leaked out.

Then I got out my foot pump and hooked it on and tried pumping.  It didn't seem to be doing anything so I stopped. At that time my chatty neighbor came by and we, well, chatted. For awhile.  I never took the pump off the tire. So the whole time we chatted the air was leaking out.  That was mistake number two.

At that point I gave up.  Brenda offered to help me tomorrow.  Ergh!

We got our first tomato. It is small but it us a tomato. We also had a green one fall off.  I also picked some lemons. As you can see everything is tiny. On the West Coast we call it drought size.

Went for a walk with Brenda.

Until tomorrow...


Today I spent the majority of the day installing software, uploading files and trying to figure out all those little annoyances that come with upgrading a computer. The icons are too big, the screen falls asleep too soon, it does have things in the "right place" .  I had some successes and some challenges. One success was that I found out with my new set up I can print from my iPad with out having to buy a special app. When I upgraded the app got wiped off the computer and I was going to have to purchase it again. I saved myself $6. 

Tonight I stayed up to move all music, picture and video files into folders in one place. Image a world where you don't have to look all over the place for that picture of Aunt Susie at Thanksgiving two years ago. Or was it three years ago? Now all the photos will be in one place neatly organized. 

I rode the stationary bike for 11.25 miles today on level 3.  Making up for the 7 miles a few days ago.

Until tomorrow...

Friday, August 15, 2014


Today was a day spent installing software. Making the printer work. I had some papers I needed to fax. Step one: the scanner needed to work. Can't find the install disk for the printer/scanner. I can use the Windows 7 pre installed version. It isn't what I am used to but it will do. Got it scanned as 5 different documents instead of one doc with five pages. Will make do. Step two: put it into Adobe so the person can open it. Install Acrobat. There goes another hour of my life I won't get back. Acrobat had problems. Activation keys, blah, blah.  Could not install. Step three: install web browser. This should be easy! Install Mozilla. Oops I forgot to save my bookmarks so I will have to make them all over again. Ergh. 

By this time it was time for me to go to my appointment. I guess I will finish up and send my fax tomorrow. This is why I hate having to wipe my computer clean.  Big thanks to my brother for his time and patience.

Rode 11.25 miles on the stationary bike today on level 3.  Making up for the 7 miles yesterday.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Today my brother and I finally got rid of Windows XP.  Yes I know, how 2001.  Unfortunately I bought my desktop the year that Windows 7 came out but my computer was an XP.  I was supposed to get a copy of Windows 7 but I didn't for some reason.  Now years later I am upgrading to 7. It is a painful process but one I know I will be happy about in the end.

My brother is a saint to do this all over the phone. Considering the install disk didn't work at first.  Then it took forever. We also put in a disk station with two mirrored hard drives. This will allow us to back up all our photos, videos, music and play them on the TV or computer.  I am really happy we are getting this done. 

Tomorrow will be installing programs all day.

Had to have a quick dinner.  Lentil chili, brown rice, pineapple, four bean salad, baked tofu.

Rode the stationary bike for 7 miles today on level 3. Had to get on the phone with my bro.

Until tomorrow...