Sunday, April 29, 2012

My Quest to Lose Weight

Posted by Cecile at 4/29/2012 01:59:00 PM 0 comments
Two weeks ago, I joined a Biggest Loser Competition group that my friend set up. There are 40 members, all of who pitched in $25. If you lose 8% of your weight by July 7th she rips the check up. If you don't, the money goes to the Biggest Loser (the person with the greatest percentage of weight loss).

I started losing weight a week ago before this started. The first week the competition started was actually the first week I gained weight since Christmas and I have had trouble losing it since. About three months ago when; went to have my routine check up with my doctor. Everything was fine when the lab work came out and we were very pleased with the results. My doctor told me that all; need to do is to lose weight since the holiday is over, and eating is no longer an excuse. He challenged me that after three months that I would need to lose at least 5 pounds before I see him again three months from that day. For whatever reason, I kept telling myself that I would follow his advised, I would eat less and exercise more. But that goal didn't happen. And I only have less than three weeks before I see hm again for my annual exams.

So far, I have lost, more or less 10 pounds, and I am feeling great. Been eating less and exercising more for the past three weeks. My blood sugar level has gone down from high to 60 (the lowest), plus my insulin shot was decreased to 20 units each night compared to 60 units before I joined the competition.

I hope that I would be able to continue losing weight even when the competition is over. I really want to go back to my ideal weight before I got married which was 100 pounds. I know I can do it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Decorative Switchplates Covers

Posted by Cecile at 4/25/2012 12:23:00 AM 0 comments
We have been living in our house for nearly three years now and we are loving it. Being the first time owner of the house, we have invested a lot in it from updating the carpets to adding a patio. Now, we are in the process of painting the walls of the bathrooms and the bedrooms. Yes, we are done painting the living room, kitchen and the eating area. Anyway, we have notice that all the switchplate covers are plain white in color. I thought that maybe someday, we need to replace them with new ones particularly switchplates cover that are decorative in style. They would add beauty to the walls of the house.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Heat and Nose Bleed

Posted by Cecile at 4/21/2012 09:34:00 PM 0 comments
The other night, my son woke up coughing. I told him to blow his nose which he did. In less than a minute I heard him crying. I asked him why, but I couldn't understand what he was saying and so I went to check on him in the bathroom and saw blood everywhere. I realized then that his nose was bleeding like crazy! I felt terrified but did show it to him otherwise he wouldn't stop crying. I explained to him that he is going to be fine and it will stop as soon as he pinch his nose and tilt his head back. I am glad he followed my advised, soon enough the bleeding stopped and so as his crying. Anyway, it has been hot here in this part of Texas and I feel like it is summer already. I was just hoping that summer this year wouldn't be as hot as last year so we would be able to enjoy summer and Jacob's birthday in July.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Flowers for My Mother on Mother's Day

Posted by Cecile at 4/17/2012 09:44:00 PM 1 comments
Living overseas away from my family especially my mother makes me feel nostalgic. I miss my mother and father so much! I just wish we live near her so I can visit her and my father a lot. My folks are not getting younger anymore. They need to spend more time with their only grandson (which is my son) or vice versa.  This May, there are two things I'd like to do for my mother. First, send her a birthday card and then have a flower delivery company deliver flowers to her on Mother's Day. I am that would make her very happy since she never received flower for her birthday or on Mother's Day in her life. I am going to send flowers to my mother in - law, too.

Taking about Mother's Day, I am curios and excited for what I am going to get from my husband and son. I hope he not ask me what I want for I like to be surprised. A pot of my favorite flower plant would be very nice for it can last longer since I would have it re planted afterward :-). A nice card and maybe a family dinner date would be a bonus, lol....but not necessary important. Last year, he gave me a flower which still alive because I turned to a plants/gardening website for help on how to take care of houseplants. Now, I plan on sending my Mom a house plant so she can take care and enjoy it longer.

We Couldn't Wait to Go to Disneyland!

Posted by Cecile at 4/17/2012 02:47:00 PM 0 comments
A family friend of ours decided to go on Disneyland this summer and invited us to join them if we don't have any plans yet for summer. We would love to go with them, but we don't have enough saving for that trip. Yes, we would go there, but not till next year, hopefully. Not to mention that we already had our grand vacation for this year which had happened a couple of weeks ago. We thought they would still go without us, and so I did what she asked me to do which was find a great deal for disneyland tickets at But last week, she mentioned again about that trip. I told her that we can not do it this year due to our tight budget. I encourage her that they should still go even without us. But I don't think she would like go still.
But hey, the disneyworld vacation is still in the #1 lists of the places we would like to go next year. My family and I plan on going there with my brother in-law who lives in North Carolina. It would be fun to be with them for we missis them a lot! Our kids would be very much happy for they haven't seen each other for almost a year now. I hope by then, we would be able to get/buy an affordable disneyworld/disneyland tickets for all of us. Oh,  I couldn't wait!

Monday, April 16, 2012

A Surprise Guitar for Them

Posted by Cecile at 4/16/2012 01:26:00 PM 0 comments
I have four beautiful, smart, and very talented nieces back home. They all love music, and when they all get together, they sing, play guitar, dance and and even play an organ. One of then actually composes songs and even sings it herself. It's been awhile since I saw them played because I live millions of miles away from them. I am sure they need a new guitar for the one they were using is already old. I am pretty sure they would love a new guitar from  Daddario.  If I only have enough savings, then I would surprise them with one of Daddario guitar when  we visit them again next year. Who knows, I may have money to buy that guitar for them, right. And if I do, then it would be a Christmas present for the 4 of them, yay!

My Father's First Doctor's Visit

Posted by Cecile at 4/16/2012 01:25:00 PM 0 comments
Knowing my father, he doesn't want to see a doctor though he is sick. He never seen a doctor ever that is why I was very proud of him to go see a doctor by himself. I have been telling him that he needs to see a doctor because he has been complaining about the headache, coughing, and dizziness. I was worried that it has something to do with his smoking. Yes, he has been smoking for as long as I can remember. I am convinced that there is something wrong with his lungs, but I was wrong. He told me that his blood tests are fine and he is healthy as his doctor told him. But the dizziness still worries me. And so I asked him to see his doctor again and ask what is going on. His next follow up check up is coming up. Hopefully, his doctor is back from his trip to the U.S. My Dad likes his doctor because he said that this doctor is really, really good! I couldn't wait to hear from his next visit this month.

I Am Just Curious

Posted by Cecile at 4/16/2012 01:05:00 PM 0 comments
On the way home from hospital today with my husband, I happened to read a sign saying "great gifts for lovers." Curious I was, I kept reading and it says, "DVD" and there was a couple smiling. And I thought, I get it. My husband and I were laughing. Then,  when I looked again outside, I saw another sign saying "Condoms to go." It got me thinking, " what is going on now in the world we live in?" I realized then that the conservative in me strikes again. So, we can buy almost everything in this world now, right? Anyway; I wonder what was my brother's p6 extreme results was when he got it. Hmm, I better ask my sister  in - law about that. I figured that It would be uneasy for me and my brother to talk about it.

We Love that Antique Chair!

Posted by Cecile at 4/16/2012 12:41:00 PM 0 comments
My husband was lucky enough to inherit an antique chair from his grandfather. This chair has been in our house nearly 12 years ago. About two years ago, my husband decided to fix it because the cushion finally gave up. We didn't want to store it in the garage for it is such a nice looking chair and we get a lot of compliments from people who visit us. Husband did a great job fixing the cushion using microfiber fiberfill. Now, the chair still sits in the living room complimenting the rest of the furniture as well as the color of the wall in the living area. Oh, how we love that chair!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Plan to Retire in Edmonton

Posted by Cecile at 4/13/2012 08:08:00 AM 0 comments

About a year ago, a friend of mine and his family while out for dinner, thieves had broken into their apartment and took all their valuable belongings and didn't leave a thing. They were very frustrated especially my friend who uses computer and her laptop doing her online job. She didn't know what to do and where to start! I would feel the same way if I were in her shoes...and maybe even worst! Good thing she has faith in God and is an active member of the congregation where she and her family belong.

After thinking, talking withe her husband, they decided to look a better and safer place to live and found on at where many people look for when it comes to a rental places particularly those who planned on moving to Edmonton, Canada. I heard a lot of nice things about this city in Canada and is dreaming to go there or maybe live there someday if God will let us. I'd like to see the largest mall in the world and visit some more interesting places. Honestly, hubby and I have been talking about retiring there. We just need to figure out what to do next or how to get a visa so we can live there permanently.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

At Home Sick

Posted by Cecile at 4/10/2012 11:25:00 AM 0 comments
Thanks for the post, Kathy Shelton

Oh boy, have I been thankful for my Direct TV Albuquerque this week. Towards the end of last week I began to get a little itch in my throat and ache in my head. It progressed through the weekend into full body aches and I could barely breathe through my nose. I went to the doctor Monday morning and sure enough, I had come down with the flu. I don't believe that I have had the flu since I was a kid. I don't know if it is due to the fact that I am getting older but this time it hit me harder than ever. The doctor told me to go home and rest as much as I could. If watching a 12 hour marathon of CSI is considered rest, then I guess I obeyed the doctors orders. I am not the kind of person who can just stay in bed and sleep all day. Even when I am sick, I have to keep my brain occupied or I will go crazy. My wife has been great through this whole ordeal. She has brought me dinner in bed every night and even rubbed my feet. I guess I will have to remember that when she is sick next time.

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