Friday, 18 April 2014

The Weight

No, this is not a blog about the song by The Band. It is about blubber.

I went to the doctor's yesterday for a prescription and a consultation. My blood pressure was down to 126/77 and she was quite pleased with that. Better still was my weight. I have lost 7 pounds in the last 23 days. I am losing at my goal rate of about 2 pounds a week.

I can do this. I can do this. I have done it before and I can do it again.

I discussed with the Doc my conversation with the brother-in-law, who is a doctor, and his suggestions on how to handle the blood pressure and sugar issues and she was in agreement with them all except she does want me to get the second diabetes test so we have a more accurate baseline to work off of and to make sure I am okay to proceed with a diet and exercise only regime. 

I am struggling right now to get enough exercise in because it is cold and I hate being out in it bust as it warms up it will become easier to get walking every day and easier to walk further for better weight loss.

In the last 23 days I have walked 229.9 kilometers or pretty darn close to 10 kilometers a day.

It Is Cold and That Is A Good Thing

It is raining. It is gray. It is wet. It is cold. And that is a good thing.

After a blistering winter we are having the non spring. We have had a couple of warmish days but nothing to write home about. There are still a couple of patches of snow on the lawns both at my parents and at Tess' and here and there around town although that will probably go in today's rain. In the woods there and in all shady areas it is a different story with still a lot of snow to go.

Just out of town a few miles there is lots and lots of snow still on the ground and to the east in the Cariboo mountains, in Wells, Barkerville, and Yanks Peak there is still several feet and it looks like they are in for three more months of winter.

Believe it or not, that is a good thing.

We had a tremendous amount of snow this winter. Way, way above average especially in the mountains. While the Fraser River is still low water is raising in the Quesnel and Baker Creek is a raging torrent already. I can only imagine the horror if it turns hot and stays hot.

In years like this long, slow, springs are a blessing, hot weather the enemy. Hot weather, quick snow melts, lead to massive flooding from the headwaters all the way to the farmland and cities of the lower mainland.
I don't like the cool but I don't like flooding either. Spring could be interesting.

Every year we watch the rivers here in anticipation of what may happen. Locally we haven't flooded since 1972 but every year we sit and wait. What kind of spring will we have?

This is another watch and wait year. If it turns hot I will be taking donations for an ark. Send money via Paypal to