I didn't get here for the initial post, but I have found the thing that makes my dinner's fit my dietary goals most effectively is to make sure that half my plate is non-carbohydrate vegetables. That means spinach, brocolli, green beans, salad, asparagus, squash, carrots, celery, or tomato. Potatoes, corn, rice, etc. are separate, and I try to limit their amounts. I still track my individual items, and watch out for fried food, but that plan keeps my caloric intake at dinner under control pretty well.
Congrats on the good mindset. We are all behind you!
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262 8/30/12 10:55 A
I totally get this mental game. I've sat in plateau stage a couple times, but eventually found the balance (the point at which my calories were low enough, but not too low, vs. my exercise). Hang in there. You CAN do this! We're all in this together.
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8/30/12 9:29 A
Thank you, KJ. I appreciate your post. I deleted my post because to me it was gibberish and didn't really say anything. Ten years ago my A1c was 5.6 and it went up steadily every year after that. Six months ago my reading was 6.5. I was worried about the future for me if I didn't really get serious about fixing it. I knew my nutrition wasn't all that bad, but obviously it still wasn't good enough, so I decided to eat right and in the right portion sizes. In my opinion it would have been impossible for me to make any progress in my diet without the help of SparkPeople. Tracking my food is the only way to make significant changes. Yes, giving up sugar, or soda's, or red meat is a big step forward but to have a real impact on your nutrition you must tweak all your food items and make those many small changes. Going from 2% to 1%, 6 ounces to 5 ounces or substituting whole wheat with rye bread. Finding an easy way to eat good food.
My blood sugar is not the only thing that I corrected. I made other significant changes as well. My cholesterol total was 146, My hdl went up and my ldl went down. My thyroid was low and that became normal. My vitamin D went to the normal range. I had a host of good benefits by just trying to fix my sugar.
This brings me to my next challenge or problem. In doing all this I haven't lost any significant amount of weight. I'm 73 and still can't break 200 pounds, but I will. Why do I say that? I say that because while I was fixing my nutrition it became obvious to me why I wasn't loosing any weight. I was still eating the wrong foods. How did I know this? Food tracker, that's how. Now I am ready to start the weight loss. I know it isn't going to be easy but I also know that it will be possible for me to loose weight because I have been honing my weight loss skills for months now and I didn't realize it. Those small steps, those many, many small steps added together add up to a very long walk. This is the nice and wonderful thing about getting better nutrition. I was fixing my A1c and at the same time I fixed a host of other things. I worked on my weight loss program even though I didn't loose weight.
My body for years has been telling me: keep it up fellow and I will make you pay. So, I began listening to my body and not my brain. For the most part I've been there and done that now it was time for me to move on. I did and I don't miss my old ways one bit.
Well, so much for my rambling. I hope y'all have a nice day. Paul-
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