Well I need to say this - dogs are a lot of work. Bizz is now very much my constant companion - since I work at home we are together practically 24/7 though I do leave him home when I go to meetings or today when I went out to lunch. But I will say this - he is increasing my exercise dramatically.
And my blood sugar is doing great. Yesterday my morning reading was 124 - which is amazing for me. Today it was a bit higher in the morning but that's because I ate a few pretzels before bed because I was so hungry. We did 2 half hour walks and one long 40 minute walk yesterday. That's 1 hr and 40 minutes of walking in a single day - my doctor will lose her mind.
Today started off a bit better - Bizz is getting better about letting me sleep a bit later and we headed out at 8:50 for a walk. We ran into a very large dog (Bailey) and his owner Ruby and walked together for a bit. They played together in a small children's park off leash though I made sure he did his morning business before we went in. He romped which is great to see though he is getting a bit edgier around big dogs - I think they scare him. I had to take a call so we kept going - I was amazed when I looked up and we were a mile away from the house so turned around. So an hour walk this morning and we're now chilling a bit before I head out. The nice part is I know he will be rested for our adventures this afternoon.
I cannot say enough about how having a dog increases your exercise and how much more connected I feel to the other people in my neighborhood.
Oh, and the book group I went to last night was in a coffee shop so I asked when I got my drink if I was allowed to bring him in when I order there (they do have outside tables). The counterman said if he is a quiet dog they would not only let me bring him in to order but also to sit quietly inside. Something to try out. But I will keep this in mind as we find dog friendly places to go.