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June 2016 - Last day of school, all school field trip to the beach.

May 30, 2009

Tia Sandra & Eder New Year's Day 2009


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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: 11,763

My Goals:
162 - Give all size 12 pants to Goodwill!

150 lbs/Size 8 - 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 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?
    1752 days ago
  • v LMB-ESQ
    I'm glad you found what works for you! I know what works for me too (as long as I follow my own rules LOL) and now I just need to tweak it a bit for the cholesterol issue. I'm making little changes one at a time. You can't change everything all at once because that's just overwhelming. First changes: eliminate all dairy, and switch out beef for turkey and fish. So far, so good!
    1794 days ago
  • v LMB-ESQ
    You bought a motorcycle? Cool! You'll have to chronicle some of your rides!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and sharing your experience. I don't have diabetes, not even in the ballpark, but the cholesterol thing is rather scary. So now I'm trying small changes at first and see what happens. Glad you're not having to go on the drugs, especially with diabetes, once you start with insulin, you're stuck with it.

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    1801 days ago
  • v LMB-ESQ
    Hey! Thanks for the goodie! You're doing great! emoticon on all your wonderful progress! emoticon
    1809 days ago
  • v OOLALA53
    Welcome to Living Binge Free. I hope we can be of support to you. With your recent diagnosis, you have even more of an incentive to leave bingeing behind. We don't use many of the traditional strategies of dieters, such as tracking calories and keeping track of weight often because weight loss is not our focus. Healing our disordered eating is, but again, yours is a special case. Besides, it isn't as if we don't have plans for healthy eating that we try to stick to. We're on your side for that!
    1814 days ago
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