Me and my first bike :-) Still love sunglasses...I have more of them than shoes!
I first joined SparkPeople in 2012. But it didn't "take" at all (I didn't make the effort to figure it out, get really involved, etc.). Then I tried a "reboot" about a year ago...but it also didn't take...that time mostly because of the basic insanity going on in my personal life. Ugh.
So here I am, with a third attempt, and hoping to really get into it and take advantage of what it can offer and how it can help me.
I will write a new blog soon...meanwhile, here's my old Intro, which I've tweaked a bit to bring it up to date...
Weight problem my whole life (since a toddler). Tried every diet out there and sometimes lost some but then regained or didn't lose at all (you know this story, I'm sure).
Was on hypertension meds since I was 22 (what?!)...but was able to get off those a few years ago...huzzah! But am still on cholesterol meds, for some years now (thanks to high "bad cholesterol" and triglyceride levels and low "good cholesterol").
Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 6 years ago (it runs rampant on my mom's side of the family...even the skinny people!...and my weight and eating habits didn't help, that's for sure). Am still on oral meds for that, but when my A1C started climbing for reasons no one could explain, my previous, longtime primary care doc wanted to start me on insulin. But I said no way and changed to another doc that people recommended.
Started eating more whole and raw foods...and love my green smoothies! I also started doing a daily injection of Victoza about 2 years ago (because my pretty steady 8-ish A1C readings suddenly and for no apparent reason jumped to over 12!!!)...and Victoza was a miracle drug for me, bringing my A1C back down to 8 almost immediately! It's not a cure-all and not something I intended to stay on forever...but it helped me keep the diabetes under better control while I worked on the weight loss, etc.
This past January, I did a 26-day detox, solely for the detoxification benefits to all main body organs and systems, and I liked this particular one because you eat real food, not weird and expensive liquid concoctions that you have to buy or any pills/supplements, etc....and it has menus, recipes, shopping lists for each phase of the detox, which targets different, specific areas to cleanse/detox.
There was a definite difference in how I was generally feeling, etc., during the detox. And bonus!...I lost 15 pounds and my daily fasting glucose readings dropped about 150 pts and into the pre-diabetes range! Because of the weight loss and glucose improvement, my doc even took me off the Victoza! (I was still on the oral meds...metformin and glipizide.)
But soon after the detox ended, I gained some of the weight back and my fasting glucose started to rise again. It was frustrating! So a couple of months later, I did the detox again (just last April), with the intention of paying close attention to what I was eating every day and how any changes in that affected my daily fasting glucose reading and my weight...I needed to try to figure out what it was in the detox program that I could carry over into my regular eating so that my weight and glucose could at least stay at low numbers or even continue to go down.
But now 2 weeks after the end of the detox, the numbers are starting to climb again, and I'm struggling to find the key to keeping them down when off detox...because as great as I feel while doing the detox, as my organs and systems are being cleansed and rejuvenating, it's not an eating plan you can use as a normal, everyday, constant way of eating!!!
So that's where I am right now. I'm still off the Victoza (my weight and glucose have not risen past where they were when I was taking the Victoza, so my doc is content to keep me off it...for now!)
And I'm hoping the things I've hopefully learned from the detox experience and what I can learn and do here will finally let me get off all my meds...both the diabetes meds and my cholesterol meds...once and for all.
Weight loss, get off all my meds, be healthy and limber.
Eating more whole and raw foods...drinking a green smoothie every day...trying to get back on an exercise program...working on getting more sleep.
Originally from Chicago, longtime resident of Utah and the gorgeous mountains.
Love traveling, languages, music, art, history, books, movies. Favorite activities: volleyball, white-water rafting, biking, hiking, tennis/racquetball, singing, playing the organ, wild birding/garden songbirds, making Ukrainian Easter eggs.
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