Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I just wanted to touch base with you as I do not get on much lately. I stay busy with mom lately as she has been put on a new that we have had to cut way back because it makes her want to faint. That is not a good thing either, because we do not need her to fall. I wish they would let her take something else, but they keep saying that it will be good for her kidneys if she can take it. I try and stay with her all that I can. My daughter is a big help. She has not found a job yet and is able to be with her more than me.
I had to take her and dad to the doctor about two weeks ago. At dad's doctor office we found he had lost 10 pounds . I think he was shocked as much as the doctor was. She commended him and told him to keep it up. He told her he had only been cutting back on the breads a little. He told her about me losing on the Atkins plan. She told him that it was a great diet and that one of the doctors that worked in the office had lost 60 pounds doing it, and had cured his diabetes, and was not taking any for anything now. This was a big encouragement to not only him, but me also.
I stepped in to moms doctors office and her doctor looked like he had just had plastic surgery, and had gained about 10 years to his life. He had lost 20 pounds. He was never one to need to lose weight to me. He is in his 60's, but you could never tell it. He also had been doing Atkins and is now running. He says people just look at him in disbelief when they see him running down the road.
I did want to tell you that I have not weighed in this week, but I did have visits with my doctor and with my dietician Mrs. Lisa. I have managed to finally loose 24 pounds. I got on in each of these offices, but they are not the scales I regularly weigh in on. It is so weird how one will say one thing an another will say something different. Both showed me at losing 24 pounds this week though.
My new labs are :
Last time was 6.8. This time was a 6.5.
A1C value range is:
6.5 and over =Diabetic
As you can see I am one point from being in the prediabetic range and about 9 more points of seeing the NORMAL range. Still a lot of work to do, but it is a very worthy goal to work toward.
My Cholesterol results really blew my mind as I have been eating the real fats not the low fat stuff.
Last time results on my Triglycerides was 151
This time results 133
Normal range is 33--135
So this is in the normal range. It was in the high range when eating low fats.
Last time 144
This time 136
Normal range is 100-200
So this is in the normal range
HDL (good cholesterol)
Last time was a 50
This time was a 50
Normal is 30-85
No change but I think this is
LDL (bad cholesterol)
Last time 65
This time it was a 58 WHAT
That's right a 58 it went down 7 points and I am eating real fats not LOW-FAT JUNK!
Normal range is 0-129.
The doctor thought I was sick at first as I had went in the last time I was there and complained with stomach problems, and this time I am asking how long before I come off some of these . He told me I was to be commended for losing this weight, and he could not wait to see the next labs. To keep it up and we will see. He said that Atkins had been around for a long time, and was one of the better things I could use to lose weight.
Mrs. Lisa could not believe her paperwork, , or other devices she had to use in the office. They all read great results. She was sort of speechless and just reminded me that I might need to come off this diet every three months for about two weeks,and then proceed. She was happy that I had finally found something that was working for me.
I can't wait to be able to get to the next phase of this diet where I add carbohydrates back in a little at the time, but for right now I am enjoying the "no" stomach issues and having some of the energy that use to be mine come back. Who knows with the fat getting gone I might stay on this phase! See you guys latter I am gone for a with my Chi Chi.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
I have had a great month so far. My goal for June and July was to have at least 10 more pounds lost. I have done this as of today! I am feeling much better, more energetic, and I feel I have learned a lot about what I can put in my mouth and what I can't. I have lost 20 pounds total and I can not wait to go back to the doctor's in August. That is when I take my A1C. I am hoping it will be lots better. I would love to loose more weight by then also. I am going to try and set another goal of 10 more pounds by September.
Did I eat right while on vacation? Well, you know how vacations are. I will admit to two . I did get some exercise though to help combat it. The motel had an inside swimming pool. I did use this one night, but did not get in any more. It was a heated pool, but for me not heated enough. The next morning I woke up with my arthritis knees, legs, and feet killing me. The only thing I could think of was the water was way too cool for me. Icy Hot was taken out of the suitcase and applied several times and so was my regular medications for this problem. I still walked around like I was crippled for most of the first day there. We stayed in beautiful Hendersonville, NC. The town has such a great atmosphere. It is a small town atmosphere.
The first stop on our agenda was Carl Sandburg's home. He is a famous writer. It was located in the next town over called Flat Rock, N.C. I do have a few pictures:
These are scenes of the house and the pond before you get to his house.
This is scenes of the bridge you cross to get over to the house.
The last two pictures are of mom and I.
Here is the sign explaining that the house is 110 feet up a hill and we
tried our best mom and I, but the little engine that could just did not get
up the hill. Her heart and my legs would not give. So this let's me know
that even though I have come a long way there is still an even longer
journey ahead of me. I want to climb that hill one day and get pictures
for my mom of the inside of the house. Just another goal I guess. Who
knows maybe I will be able to do this next year. All I can do is
This is the beautiful sign in front of the nice bathrooms located at the end
of the hill . What a great picture of Carl Sandburg. This is where mom really
got crazy ! I think she did not get enough air circulating to her brain here!
As you have noticed we have been in a wooded area here around a pond. I have
a terrible fear of snakes. She knows this of course. What does she do?
Well we went inside the bathrooms which were located outside with
doors on them. Do I trust the doors to not let a snake in? No, not really.
I sat down in the stall beside mom and she politely took her hand and put
it under the door and grabbed my leg. I am so glad that I was sitting where
I was! I s-c-r-e-a-m-e-d so loud! Everyone thought something had gotten
me (there was something got me)! .
When I calmed down, I politely told my mom that "Pay back could be
something not real nice!" I heard every woman in the bathroom laugh
and sigh a sound of relief! My sister was standing outside my door
bent double . Needless to say she had to get in my stall as
fast as possible! Mom could not stop and you would have
thought her silly little prank would have made her day ( it did!).
It was time to leave! Thank God! Mom and my sister all the way
up the hill to the ! All I could say was Ha! Ha!
Next, we went uptown Hendersonville to get a bite to . We finally found
a place to park and got out and smelled something cooking around the corner.
The aroma was simply put "To die for!" There was a local man
coming out the door and I looked at my sister Ramona, and mom, and said "Should I?"
They said "Why sure!" I asked him how the food was and he replied "That he
was not telling a story that it was !" So with that type of
endorsement we went in! The name of the restauraunt was
Three Chopt Sandwich Shoppe. The name comes from and early American trail.
Trees on the trail were blazed by axes with three chops, showing the way to go.
The trail eventually became a major road in Richmond Virginia. There was
a deal where you got a half sandwich, cup of soup, bag of Sun Chips, pickle, and
a drink for about $8.00 and some change! Just our kind of deal! My choice was
chicken salad on pumpernickel and cream of broccoli soup! It was out of this ! The bread was not on my diet, but it must not have been that
bad for me. Maybe I just burned it off walkingthe city streets the rest of the day.
As mom shopped till I dropped!
These are pictures of the town streets with all the flowers and beautiful
hanging baskets. As you can see, a lot of the restaurants have places on
the sidewalk to eat also. I enjoyed the different shops and my stroll down the
Let me introduce you to my new friend. On just about every street corner
in town there is a bear statue. Don't ask me why? All I know is there are a lot
of black bears in this area. They really are too friendly sometimes and not
real fun to come up on in the woods! even though they look
Well I think I will stop here for tonight! Did I eat right and get the exercise
needed? I'll let you be the judge. I weighed in Tuesday when I went back to
work. I had lost 2 pounds. Sometimes I feel that you can indulge some, but
you better be doing something to combat that indulgence. Stay tuned to part two!
Saturday, June 16, 2012
I have had two of the most gorgeous days off this week that I can remember. It has been , and the Gardenias are blooming and have the air smelling so wonderful. Just a wonderful time to be outside I guess. I have company here at the house. It is a friend from Charlotte, NC. We always have a wonderful time when she is down. My mom and my friend have been getting along really, really well. They are more the same age. Don't tell my friend I said that though! She is one of those type that never age and always seem to feel younger than they are. Very inspiring because I know her real age, but I have promised not to tell. Most people would not believe me if I did tell them! She is wonderful!
Beth my daughter and I are getting along really well. We are both on the same wave length seems lately! Get this weight OFF! Get it off NOW! We both together with mom and my friend that is down from Charlotte, NC. today and yesterday in the park. We walked and talked and before you knew it we had walked about a hour. I was really pushing it! Maybe, that is what it takes me pushing myself to another level? I have a new support team at home and that was made a difference I think!
I have noticed something that I haven't noticed before. It is to me! I actually feel good! When did that happen? How did it ever leave me? My legs do ache from the walking, but I have something back that left me a long time ago! A little bit of energy to move! I use to be one of those type people that never stopped! Full of energy. I have not lost, but 12 pounds but it is surprising to me that those twelve pounds have already made such a difference. Just think what I could be feeling like if had a whole lot less on me. Am I getting my old metabolism back
1-I am better and that seems to be helping. I actually woke up this morning jumping out of bed and ready to get moving!
2- The new diet has me eating real fats not the man made stuff (full of carbs stuff) and my stomach issues are vanishing, one by one. I think low-fat has been some of my problems in this area.
3- I am not hungry all the time. I don't have the cravings for sugar all the time! The unsatisfied "I just want something" feeling! You know the ones that lead you to fail and feel guilty.
4- My blood sugar readings are really good. They have been as high as 189 in the morning. Lately around 125 and sometimes 110's.
I don't know when this happened, but I want to thank my God above for these results! If you hard enough and search hard enough He always come through! God and thank you SP. Who cares when it happened, just so it has happened and it can only get better!
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