Wednesday, May 31, 2017

50 Pounds of Bird Seed!

I went to the Grainery today to pick up some black oiled sunflower seeds for our bird feeders.  I had help getting the bag into my car, but once I got home, I was on my own.  I lugged that bag out of my car and up the steps.  It was not easy. That bag is a symbol of the weight that I have lost and the toll that extra weight had on my joints and body.  I carried it all around, day in and day out for years.  What a heavy and unnecessary load. It took me a long time to put my health first and develop healthy habits. Too long. That bag of seed is an inspirational reminder as to how far I have come.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


Hello All,
It is my favorite month of the year! I love May. Spring blooms, bird migrations and welcoming back our state insect the monarch butterfly.

I have lost a total of 11 pounds on Weight Watchers. Actually, I need to report that I lost those 11 pounds within my first two and a half months (by the end of March). Starting in March, I attended two out of state conferences and then caught a bout of influenza, thus I sort of lost my momentum in April. I still kept up tracking all of my food and most days exercised so I have maintained my loss, which is a win.

We finally have warm weather in Minnesota. I have been out almost every morning in the past two weeks before work on a bike ride. I did a 21 miler on Wednesday and another 12 today. I hope to get in a 30-40-mile ride next week as I begin to prepare for the our de Cure.

Some beautiful pictures from our own Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. I had a celebratory long stroll there after learning I was promoted to full professor at my institution.