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May 30, 2009

Tia Sandra & Eder New Year's Day 2009


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11/24/17 - Three months of consistency and I've dropped 25 pounds, wear smaller sized clothes, and have more energy. When it's all said and done, I dropped to the lowest weight of my adult life, moved from "obese" to "overweight" on the BMI chart, and reduced my cholesterol to normal levels, and hit the "normal" category for A1C blood sugar since my 2012 Diabetes diagnosis. My doctor sent me a message saying "Wow! Your diabetes control is excellent. You can stop taking Januvia. We will discuss more at your appointment." 1 med down, 2 to go. I look forward to the day my doc tells me I can eliminate all of my pills. For now, I will keep sparking daily.

10/7/17 - Been back to sparking since 8/23/17 and have not missed 1 day of tracking nutrition. It is eye-opening to analyze every calorie consumed. I hope for a significant drop in my A1C blood sugar by Thanksgiving. My ultimate goal is to manage my diabetes with healthy eating and get rid of oral medications. BONUS: from 174 to 158.8 and dropped a size in 6 weeks! I feel a little better and more confident in how I look. This works and it's up to me to maintain my habits. :-)

8/24/17 - My best friend is facing some health challenges and he offered to work together on our health journeys. We face similar issues with motivation, self-confidence, and food issues. I am way overdue to start tracking nutrition and restart my activities. I revisited my goals and altered them to my current situation. Nutrition tracking started as of yesterday. Quitting is only the end if you never start again.

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: 12,182

My Goals:
150 lbs/Size 8 - Purge closet of larger sizes and get some new work clothes!
140 - One-week (at least) vacation!
130 - Complete wardrobe overhaul including shoes made to fit by "Shoes of Prey"!!!

My Program:
~ 2 L of H2O Daily.
~ Minimum of 30 minutes of activity 3 times a week.
~ Get less that 50% of calories from carbs.
~ Keep sugar intake under 30g a day/not more than 12g at one time.
~Track nutrition daily.

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Main objectives:
1. Control my diabetes and cholesterol without medication.
2. Manage my anxiety, depression, and binge eating.
3. Look and feel healthier.

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  • v OOLALA53
    Wanting to change health issues to me is THE reason to use sincere tracking and being more strict about dietary choices. You certainly have put your strategies into practice and deserve to see those blood measurements change in your favor. Can I assume that you've also been able to tame your binge tendencies? emoticon
    42 days ago
    emoticon You've got your goal insight! You can do this! Just keep on Sparking!
    46 days ago
  • v OOLALA53
    Welcome to the Living Binge Free team! I was at 185 seven and a half years ago when I had a turnaround and was able to make changes. I've had a rough patch lately, but had several good years and am optimistic. (I did not diet nor count calories, but did have guidelines for most of my meals.} Please come check out our 21-day thread. You don't have to want to get to 21 days. It's more like our chat thread. Been going strong for all these years!
    104 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
    1248 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?
    1251 days ago
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