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July 10, 2014 - To paraphrase a saying posted at my gym, it doesn't matter how slowly I move, as long as I move. In my case, moving forward should be about exercise, but it also includes steady progress toward better health in general. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Diabetes and high cholesterol. For those familiar with the numbers, my A1C Hemoglobin was 11.1 (normal is 4 - 6) and my cholesterol was 352. My doctor implied that I should have imploded long before living with those numbers. In the past 2 years, I have brought my A1C down to 7.1 and my cholesterol to 144. The changes include dietary habits, some exercise (need much more), and oral medications (no insulin involved). I hope to be off the minimal dose of cholesterol medication after my next check-up. The doc says he wants the A1C under 7 to start reducing oral medications. So, my goal for the rest of the summer is to find a way to increase activity and adjust my food habits to reach those goals. Once again, back to SP to track my nutrition because that is the best tool I have found. It's not "starting again" but it is recommitting and making some adjustments. Here's to moving forward, slowly but surely! :)

Oct. 8, 2012 - According to the BMI, I have crossed the line from "obese" to "overweight." Now, that might not sound like something to celebrate too much, but I have been heavy since high school. I binge eat (okay, ate, not now) and I have an apple-shaped body type. 20+ years of being in the obese category on the BMI + some unlucky genetics have brought me to diabetes and high cholesterol. Now I have 2 options; die early or live healthy. I have made my choice. I have been on a steep learning curve the past 6 weeks. I am cutting carbs and adding protein. My carbs are in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. I am extremely limiting animal-based foods and wheat. I am also taking a few supplements and tracking my nutrition to make sure I limit my calories and get enough vitamins and minerals. While I have done this in the past, I have never gone to these extremes with changing my lifestyle. I try to be active every day, either walking or going to the gym. The less wheat and refined sugar products I eat, the less I want. This is actually getting easier by the day. :-)

Sept 21, 2012 - I am right on the line between "obese" and "overweight" and I am thrilled! I have been obese for over 20 years. It's not even believable to me that I will drop into the "overweight" category in the next day or two. It's almost as great as the day the sales clerk told me I could not shop in the "women's plus size" department any more because I was too small for those clothes. That was likely the best day of my life!

Well, now I know. I dreaded getting my blood work done because my dad has high cholesterol and diabetes. I did not want to face my genetic risk factors, so I waited. Apparently, a little too long. I should have taken care of this a few years ago. Last Tuesday, August 28, 2012, my doctor diagnosed me as diabetic with extremely high cholesterol. That is my nightmare come true. Thank goodness I have Spark People to help me track nutrition and exercise. This is a tool that will be priceless to me in the days, weeks, months to come as I fight for control over my own health and body. So, here I am, ready to become a new and improved me. :)

Member Since: 4/18/2008

Fitness Minutes: 11,507

My Goals:
150 - Riding jacket!

140 lbs or size 6 - Riding pants and boots!!!

130 maintained for 1 year, complete wardrobe overhaul.

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~ 2 L of H2O Daily.

~ Minimum of 3 workouts/week.

~ Increase intake of vegetable-based, whole food.

~Eat only carbs from fruits and whole grains (not wheat).

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1. Control my diabetes and cholesterol without medication.

2. Control my anxiety and depression.

3. Look and feel healthier.

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  • v LMB-ESQ
    How's it going? Did you get back into the cardio kickboxing?

    I got my bloodwork back, cholesterol is still borderline high, but 65 points lower than a year and a half ago. I have to go back to the doc on Weds, so we'll see what she recommends. I really do not want to go on those meds.
    1095 days ago
  • v LMB-ESQ
    Sounds like you're doing a great job! I have heard that you can come off the statin drugs if you've made the right changes to your lifestyle. I hope you can do that!

    I've tried all of those forms of exercise also. I can walk and bike, but I don't like any of the others either. I think one reason I like swimming is that I don't like feeling sweaty.

    I finally made a doctor appointment with a new PCP. I haven't had bloodwork done in nearly two years, so I'm sure she'll order it. I'm sort of afraid to see the results! emoticon
    1102 days ago
  • v LMB-ESQ
    Thanks for the goodie! Wow, that is an impressive drop in your cholesterol! Are you doing that strictly with diet, or did your doc put you on medication? My cholesterol is high too, and the doctor just assumed I would take meds. (Got the prescription pad out and said "which med do you want?") I turned down the meds and said I wanted to try it with diet and exercise first. It's been a couple of years now, I really need to get back and have blood work done, and see where I am.

    How are you treating the diabetes? My BF has diabetes which he was on oral meds for and the doc finally put him on insulin. I wish he'd stop eating bad empty carbs and take off some weight, but he's oblivious.

    Yeah, I hear you on the exercise. People keep telling me I need to strength train and I just despise it, so I don't do it. Or I do it a few times and give up. You need to find something you're passionate about, or you won't keep at it. What have you tried so far?
    1106 days ago
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    Hi Sandy,
    emoticon Good to see you again! Glad you liked the blog.

    How are things going with you? Are you still teaching?
    1110 days ago
  • v LMB-ESQ
    Thanks for your blog comments! Yes yes yes.... so glad I'm not the only one. Some of my friends think I'm nuts because I don't like the holiday. They don't understand. That's fine, they have their own memories and traditions, and if they like all the hoopla, then great for them. I think keeping it as simple as possible is a great idea. And plastic dishes inside a throwaway table cloth? LOL.... that is PERFECT! If anyone is critical because you aren't serving them with your best china, then they don't need to eat the food!

    Right, there not much proof behind any of the Christmas traditions and I understand a lot of it comes out of ancient Pagan rites. But I won't touch that ;-p just like I didn't touch on all those spoiled, overstimluated children with too many gifts!

    So, enjoy your holiday, in whatever way you choose!

    What else is new with you? We used to chat here, until they did away with the chat option. Are you on Facebook?
    1686 days ago
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