Monday, October 27, 2014

Elk Visit at McGregor Mountain Lodge Estes Park, Colorado 10-25-2014 tak...

We went up to Estes Park this past weekend for a stay at McGregor Mountain Lodge. We took one of our daughters and her family with us and had a really great time. I took this video of this elk right outside our cabin. What a thrill! It was only about 6:30am and I thought I would go out and sit on the patio with my coffee. I remembered what the innkeeper said about looking around before going outside, especially if it was dark. I looked to my left, nothing there. I looked to my right and about six feet away from the door was this big fella. I quickly woke my granddaughter up and we grabbed our cameras and started snapping away. I finally had the good sense to turn on the video portion and got this video. Hope you like it. I'll post some pictures when I get them downloaded.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pre-Diabetes and Weight Loss

In January I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes. It was a big shock. I went to the doctor for my physical after getting my new health insurance. I hadn't been to a regular doctor for two years. I had taken myself off my statin drug for cholesterol because I didn't like the side effects I was having. I had been off the drug for a year when I saw the doctor. I fully expected to hear the doctor say that my cholesterol was  sky high and I needed to start taking the statin drug again. Imagine my surprise when she said my cholesterol was fine but my A1C test was 6.2 which meant I had pre-diabetes. She wanted to put me on metformin but I said no. I think I went into deep denial. I said I would diet and exercise and I went home and proceeded to do nothing. I guess I really didn't believe her or I thought magical thinking would cure me. I went in for another A1C the end of April and found out my results were now 6.4.  You are considered a diabetic at 6.5. That shook me out of my complacency! I immediately started metformin and I took a diabetes education class. I cut as much sugar out of my diet as possible and got an app for my smart phone called Healthediabetes from Calorie King. I limited myself to 1200-1500 calories a day, tracked my blood sugar and started walking. I had my A1C checked  again the end of August and it was 6.1. I want to see it back in the normal range of 3.5-5.6 and to that end I've taken off 22 lbs. I have another 50 to go but I'm determined to get it off and keep it off this time. My life depends on it.

I'm not going to tell  you that I never have sweets anymore because that would be a lie. I will tell you that I allow myself a bite or two but not every day. I'm trying to live by everything in moderation and to cut out what triggers me to eat more.
One of the tools I'm using to make sure I get my exercise is a Fit Bit Flex. I wear it on my wrist 24/7 and it tracks every step I take and how I'm sleeping at night. Since I started using it, I've walked everyday and each day  I've progressed. This week I got 44,089 steps. That's great for someone that three weeks ago got 8,876 for the whole week. I'm ultimately reaching for the goal of 10,000 steps a day and I know I will get there.

Yesterday I broke down and went clothes shopping. I hate to shop for clothes but was delighted to find out I had gone down a bra size, a pants size and a  shirt size. Yippee. I think I'm going  to save for a nice pair of cowgirl boots next!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen

I received this book from Blogging for Books a couple of weeks ago, but I've been so busy, I didn't pick it up until yesterday. My kids and grand kids were coming for dinner so I decided it would be a perfect time for dessert baking. 

I watched Francine Bryson on the American Baking Competition last year and she became my favorite to watch. The show was hosted by Jeff Foxworthy and had a variety of people from all walks of life competing, but Francine stood out as a sassy, but sweet Southern lady that really knew her way around a kitchen. I felt like she got robbed when she didn't win, but she was a finalist and I knew I would  probably see a cookbook from her someday.That day has come.

Her  new cookbook, Blue Ribbon Baking from a Redneck Kitchen is a must have. Her recipes are clearly written and easy to follow and the pictures are beautiful. She includes little  stories about how she came up  with the recipes and it really is an entertaining read. I love Francine's pie chapter, where she gives a lot of great recipes for different kinds of pie crust before she starts with the actual pie recipe. In the chapter Baked Goods to Show Off, she has a recipe for World-Famous Chocolate Bacon Peanut Butter Pie. She made this on the show and the British judge almost tossed his cookies when she told him what she was making, but once he tasted it,  he was won over big time!

Today I chose to make Cheater's Caramel Apple Dump Cake. It was a really easy recipe and the whole family loved it. How can you go wrong with apples, apple pie filling, cream cheese, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel syrup, and a boxed cake mix. These recipes may not be health food for every day consumption but everybody needs a little sweet in their life sometime


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.