Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Today on Spark Coach, Dr. Birdie challenged me to write out a new health goal. Iíve been working on a few and here they are:
Iím just getting back in the groove after being out for my second hernia surgery and a total of four large hernias. My health care provider told me that weak abdominals run in some families. My brother has had double inguinal hernias also. So, I am working on strengthening my abdominals with the 12-minute seated core workout from Coach Nicole. I can do this and keep building my strength.
Also, as I have been diagnosed with diabetes according to the Glucose Tolerance Test, Iíve been watching my carbs. Iíve been doing pretty well and have been able to control my blood glucose by diet alone, without requiring medication. However, I wanted to be within the ďnormalĒ range, i.e., below 120mg/dl blood glucose reading at all times. I found Jenny Ruhlís book Diet 101 which reviews what is known about low carb diets and diabetes. I found that my low carb diet which is only moderately low can keep my blood sugar level from ever going over 100. I will continue this, staying within the calorie range set by my Spark People Diet.
In the area of mental health, Iíve had chronic depression especially in the last 20 years. With work, I have progressed over the years but havenít been able to shake the depression. When I began exercising regularly on Spark People, this chronic depression lifted. I have been free of it despite the fact that Iíve had breaks of no exercise for a month or more related to the surgeries. So, I feel that the solution to the chronic depression maybe multifaceted and I think bringing down my blood sugars may have had an effect.
A month ago, I picked up a book called Spontaneous Happiness by Dr. Andrew Weil. It is about an integrative mental health approach to optimal emotional wellbeing. This approach integrates western medicine with tradition Chinese, Indian and Buddhist wisdom. It includes body, mind and spirit and concludes with a thorough 8 week program. I am doing that now and am on week #3. The emphasis this week is on getting good sleep and how to go about that as well as other areas. Iím enjoying it and learning along the way.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
My scale had an unexplained error about a week ago. It spit out all kinds of different numbers when I stepped on it. Then it said Err1. I found out that meant that it was on an uneven surface, but it wasn't. I decided to change the battery and reinitialize it. When I did, the reading settled down but it recorded a value 3.5 lbs heavier than I had weighed two days before. So, I decided to check it the next day and then, it said I gained an additional 2 lbs over the previous day. Then it kind of lined out there. So, my delemma was: is it me or is it the scale?
A few days ago, I was exhausted and slept most of the day, eating very little. When I weighed, the reading was back at the old value I weighed prior to the scale error and that I had been weighing for about a week. So I thought, maybe things will be back to normal. But, no such luck! The next day the reading was back up 2.5 lbs.
So where do I go from here? The only thing I can think of is to call my doctor's office and ask if I can come in and weigh myself and then go home and weigh on my scale and calibrate my scale to my doctor's scale. Then when I have my check up on Feb 14th, I can get a second data point to check the scale.
Till then I'm just trying to stay positive and do the things I know are in the right direction.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
My ultimate goal in losing weight and becoming fit is to become more independent both in the present and in the future. The following are some of the things Iíd like to do when I reach my weight and fitness goals:
ē I live on a small tree farm and there is lots of work on the grounds.
Also, I am having extensive work done to the outside of my
house. To accomplish this, Iím hiring the work done. As
these tasks become a matter of routine maintenance I
want to be able to handle a significant portion of that myself.
However, I will only be able to do this if I am fit and healthy.
ē Another factor in my desire to trim down and build strength
is the fact that my feet (which have no arch) are being crushed
by my weight and are structurally collapsing. I want to rescue
those feet and take a load off. Iím hoping that then Iíll be able
to walk short nature trails in state parks, etc.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Since I joined SparkCoach and recommitted myself to my weight loss program two and half weeks ago, Iíve experienced several positive changes beyond the 7.5 lbs Iíve dropped:
ē Iím more organized. Iíve always had trouble developing routines.
However, I have developed a bedtime routine where I relax to 60 beat per
min music (the same as the resting heart Ė very soothing) as I review the
day and plan for tomorrow. Then brush teeth, clean face, take meds, spend
a few minutes picking up and turn out the lights.
ē Iím more energetic. Exercising gives me a boost of energy
especially strength training.
ē Iím happier. Exercising boosts my mood and I donít feel depressed nearly
as often as I used to.
ē I feel better and I feel satisfied most of the time not hungry most of the
time like I used to be, because my diet has balanced nutrition.
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