Monday, June 18, 2007


I had my diabetic check-up this last week and here's what can happen if you lose over 35 pounds:

1) You can cut your cholesterol in half (and be within the normal range)

2) You can cut your trigylcerides in half (and be within the normal range)

3) You can have a normal A1C (a measure of your blood sugar levels for the past 3 months)

4) You can have normal blood glucose levels
5) You can get a huge hug from your doctor and lots and lots of praise. (this may be the best of all!)

Talk about great news! All those health issues I had...and losing the weight made a major difference. It wasn't easy, but the results have definitely been worth it!

Birthday and Weekend Activities

Had a nice birthday. Nothing special, but got my hair cut (chopped about three inches off and it feels MUCH better), had some family time, and ate cake. But it was a bit sad, too, since that was the day our church was demolished. Watching the wrecking ball hit those bricks was sobering.

I did a lot of movie watching over the weekend - Clint Eastwood's Letters from Iwo Jima (a birthday present from my little bro), Sands of Iwo Jima (birthday present from hubby) with John Wayne (it has a very short scene with three of the original flag raisers) and Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore, one of my all-time favorite movies. I also bought Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck with a Barnes & Noble gift card from my mom. My dad got me this awesome sculpture of the Iwo Jima memorial (can you sense a theme to this birthday???). So yeah, I had a great birthday!

But I also made time for writing, and I got quite a bit of plot work done on the novel. The major plot points are starting to fall into place and I can't wait to get going on the writing part. All in good time!

We went to church Sunday morning in a different location - we are going to be a nomadic congregation for awhile! - and took my hubby out for Father's Day lunch.

Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes!

How was your weekend?


  1. Sounds like you had a good weekend :) Congrats on getting writing done as well!!

    We woke up Saturday morning to pouring rain, so went into Vancouver to look at bathroom fixtures for the house. Today we did some organizing and cleaning, I shopped for groceries, then we celebrated Father's Day with my f-i-l.

  2. Oh - and major congrats on your great test results - that's fantastic. WTG!!!

  3. Sounds like a gret weekend--and yay on your weight loss and health improvements, what an inspiration. I didn't do much this weekend, which was nice, lol!

  4. Your weight loss is inspiring! Those test results! I'm almost at 10 pounds weight loss, and I'll keep going.

  5. CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss. That's fantastic. Glad to hear you enjoyed your birthday.

  6. Yup, congrats on the weight loss/test results. I'm not diabetic but bordering/hypo-glycaemic, so it has to be controlled by diet.

    What did I do this weekend? I Hoovered the house. From top to bottom. Why? Displacement. I should've been studying ...

  7. I'm glad you had such a good birthday!

  8. You didn't look like you needed to lose thirty pounds to begin with. Hopefully once school is done next week I can start getting skinny, all this computer work is making my gut look like a beer drinkers.

  9. Happy belated birthday, Melissa! I'd say good health is one of the best presents a person could ask for. And you gave it to yourself!
    Yay on the writing/plotting too!

  10. Congratulations on the weight loss and most importantly on your improved health!

  11. MAJOR CONGRATS on that weight loss and all your improved health stats; that is just terrific - and not easy to accomplish!

    And Happy Belated Birthday!


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