Me on May 6, 2009 (Birthday)
Eliud & I in autumn of 2008
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. :)
150 - Riding jacket!
140 lbs or size 6 - Riding pants and boots!!!
130 maintained for 1 year, complete wardrobe overhaul.
~ 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).
1. Control my diabetes and cholesterol without medication.
2. Control my anxiety and depression.
3. Look and feel healthier.
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| current weight: 162.6
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!
1641 days ago
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.
1648 days ago
Hey! Thanks for the goodie! You're doing great! on all your wonderful progress!
1656 days ago
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!
1660 days ago
Hey! Thanks for stopping by! How are you doing these days? Let me know what's new!
1749 days ago