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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

I can't remember the last time I blogged. Its been a while. Getting used to the glipizide and avoiding all starches for the most part. Will have occasional bread as sandwich or with a dinner out, but do limit it greatly. Just not worth it.
I've been enjoying wine in the evenings. Gave up the hard stuff for the red stuff. I was having some lows with the hard. Not happy about that, so staying with the reservatrol in the red wine. Now I may just over-do it, but that's okay. Life is about enjoying it where we can.
Whole family headed to Hawaii soon. I can't wait to build some good memories with gkids and daughters families. So blessed to do this.
Have a good fall and Holiday season! Many blessings on you all~!

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WOUBBIE 10/9/2013 7:16PM

    Good to hear from you again!

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IOEINC 10/9/2013 6:01AM

    A trip to Hawaii sounds wonderful!! Have a great time!!


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

So, I wasn't too happy with my morning glucose numbers. I guess I had gotten a bit lax in carb counting, and my doc took me off Januvia due to the risks associated with it. My numbers increased a bit (carb creep?) so I talked to her about adding something that would help reduce my fasting numbers. We agreed to trying the lowest dose of glipizide. Ten days into it I had a daily headache, sinus congestion-headache, and gained 5 lbs. Gaaaah!! I took myself back off and re-assaulted the lower carb regimen. That was 4 days ago and as of this morning my weight is back down and I'm back on track. Now to lose the next five lbs and FINALLY get to a hundred lb weight loss. I've been targeting it for the last six months but seem to let those silly carbs creep back up and keep me from it. My body is just so sensitive to those carbs. Back to veggies and meats/fats for the time being and avoiding other carbs like the plague they are!
Energy levels aren't what I would like lately. So many of my meds tend to have the dampening effect and I'm pretty sure those play a role. Its also hard accepting that I'm aging. I realize I'm not OLD yet (60) but its so different from my 30's-40's that it feels ancient. I'm not sure if its meds or age related or a combo of the two, but its disheartening to lose ability to do those things I used to take for granted. I can't hang fences anymore, or rototill the garden. Pruning the trees and bushes is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
The problem lies in the fact that we have acreage and numerous animals and they ALL take lots of work. Trying to decide if its time to move on from country life and simplify things.
Oh, well. Have used this as my *thoughts* diary today.

For those that read this have a wonderful week/weekend. Enjoy life!

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WOUBBIE 7/24/2013 11:13AM


They say that getting older is not for sissies (I'm 55). Just keep fighting the good fight! I'm still convinced that I can be healthier next year than I am this year, so I keep working on making positive changes. "Reverse aging" for the win!

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plugging along....

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Just keeping one foot in front of another and keeping on. Diabetes isn't something that gives one a break...EVER. Its a constant awareness of diet and monitoring blood glucose that will keep the hounds (high sugars) away.. Even with the most diligent watch it will rear its ugly head and throw curve balls. I'm learning not to stress over those occasions when things beyond my control affect my numbers. Sometimes I will make the choice to eat something that I know will affect my numbers, but try to always keep that a small choice that doesn't get out of control so the effect is moderated. Last nite I had calamari for dinner and I expected my numbers to be higher this morning so when they were I was not surprised.
My endocrinologist has taken Januvia off my med list due to my history of melanoma and the risk that Januvia poses for me. She wasn't aware of the cautions against it for me until I brought it to her attention. That just reinforces how important it is to be a self-advocate and do my homework. I love my endo. She has been a wonderful and supportive doctor and a real partner in this journey. Thanks Dr. Han!
My weight loss has been very slow but very steady. I've lost 8 lbs in the last 6 months and I'm happy with that. I monitor that just as I do my blood sugar as one more tool in my approach to this disease.
I have been very aware of how insidious this disease is....sneaky, hateful disease. My daughters have both inherited the predisposition for it and they are finally looking at how it is affecting their lives. One is definitely in the pre-diabetic range but testing daily and aware of what diet does. The second daughter has yet to keep a close eye on it, but is a nurse and sometimes that makes them think they understand it, but the medical field truly isn't as aware of it as they think, and their understanding has some major flaws in it. She is at least aware of some of it, but the old saying *you can bring a horse to water, but you can't make them drink* is pretty appropriate. Until it affects her directly I think she will take a while longer to hear me. I don't preach but am always willing to share what I have learned about MY control.

Off to the mines to toil and slave. Have a great week if you happen to read this! Hugs to all that need them!

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WOUBBIE 6/18/2013 11:47AM

    Great blog, and great comment by EXOTEC as well.

I hope your daughters get on board sooner rather than later. It's much easier to STAY healthy and STAY thin, than it is to GET healthy and GET thin! Just like it's a whole lot easier to be a NON-smoker than it is to be an EX-smoker, lol!

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EXOTEC 6/18/2013 11:34AM

    “Diabetes isn't something that gives one a break...EVER. It’s a constant awareness of diet...”

You’re so right! this is true not only for diabetes, but also for many health considerations, nutrition being another major one. It makes me sad and even angry to see the ways our “specialists” have misled us, based upon flawed research, all this time…to OUR demise. I can’t even vent on them, because I don’t think it was intentional (on some of their parts). It was just gross ignorance.

“My endocrinologist … wasn't aware … until I brought it to her attention. That just reinforces how important it is to be a self-advocate and do my homework.”

And that should truly be the take-home message for everyone! where did we ever get the notion that doctors, even specialists, have some innate connection to godhood? it’s an unfair perspective to them, and an unsafe one for us. I’m in a medical field, and I can tell you absolutely that it’s just not possible for anyone to be in a medical career and truly have the time to keep up with the barrage of new information that’s continually being presented. Even if you want to, there’s just too much to sift through. As a result, most professionals rely on the accepted teaching, suspect things new and contradictory to the standard, and we’re the unfortunate experimental subjects. WE are the ones who must advocate our health. Challenge the standards. Bring pertinent (valid) information to our healthcare team.
In re: endocrinologists: I love ours, too! He’s the one who started us on our new lifestyle, which has been a great benefit to our health. However, he’s just hidebound enough, despite being an avid promoter of the low-carb life, that he can’t let go of the “low fat-no fat” fallacies. He grumbles to me about restricting salt, too. Both of those things have been refuted by good and reliable studies and research in reduced-carb nutrition. We pleasantly agree to disagree…especially since my lab results don’t support anything faintly resembling problems in those parameters!

“My weight loss has been very slow but very steady.”

Which is exactly what it should be. Yes, perhaps sudden and dramatic loss is possible…for a short time. To expect that on a continuous basis is unrealistic, though. Our culture urges us in this direction: instant gratification! People expect it now. When (not “if”) it doesn’t happen, they blame the process, not their expectations or hopes. The target for loss is reported to be one pound per week. Perhaps up to two. More than that isn’t really a safe reduction, and can’t be maintained for long enough to lose an amount of weight that most of us (here, anyway) are hoping to lose. Slow and steady is the appropriate and healthy method. Too bad so many things are promoted which go completely off the path in this regard!

“My daughters have both inherited the predisposition for it and they are finally looking at … what diet does. The second daughter is a nurse … but the medical field truly isn't as aware of it as they think, and their understanding has some major flaws in it.”

Well, you can hope that “Mom”’s influence and experience will help them accept, or at least be open to, the current information. As I mentioned before, it’s really hard to give up those time-honored beliefs we’ve been suffering under. That’s a big hurdle: not only do they have to accept the new, they have to be willing to question and reject what they have believed to be the right recommendations. It’s hard to consider that, when your desire is to help people to achieve better health, that all your advice has gone in exactly the opposite direction! Nutrition hasn’t achieved the status of some of the diseases that get the research grants, or make a big media splash. Considering the funding sources, I hardly expect real, honest nutrition to EVER get the funding needed to put all our false information to rest. But there is good info out there. As you say, all you can do is present the reliable parts to your daughters, let them see its effects on your health, and hope for the best.

Great post. Thanks for your thoughts.

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ZTANREB 6/18/2013 10:30AM

  I am also diabetic and losing weight slowly. Isn't it tricky to pay enough attention to do what is good for us and not be so attentive that it drives us crazy??? That balance is a tough one for me. I also have a GREAT doctor - thank goodness! I hope you have a great week as well. emoticon

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Been a while...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

...but I'm still at it. Been so busy since Mom passed away that I haven't gotten on here. Still following the program and making progress, slowly. Beginning to see my weight go down a bit again. Have been taking a *careful* break so this is good news. I'm so zoned in by the glucose monitor that its a rare occasion that will allow me to vary it. Keeping numbers below 120 at most times, and usually under 100. That's been my goal and I'm pleased. The only real concern for me is that I do find myself a bit bored with the same food. Small variations have been the rule and I'm learning where and when I can allow a small increase in carbs. I've discovered just how carb-sensitive I am. Below 30 a day results in my best overall numbers and keeping to the lower end of my food allowance works best for a slow loss. I still have 20 or so lbs to lose, but the time frame is non-existant so there is no pressure to crash diet. As long as my trending loss and glucose numbers are in line I'm good. This is a change to my lifestyle and not a diet. Its been 18 months and I'm thrilled with the near 100 lb loss. Just 3 more to the 100 mark. Would love to arrive by the end of June, but no worries if it doesn't happen on my schedule. I continually have folks telling me that I don't need to lose weight, but I know different. I don't try to convince them otherwise, I just keep on keeping on.

Have a great day if you happen to read this. Hug your kids/family and let them know you love them. No guarantees for tomorrow so make the most of today~

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WOUBBIE 5/21/2013 4:23PM

    Glad to see you and glad you've been doing well!

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

My poor jaw/face is so swollen its painful. Really didn't expect so much swelling with a single extraction. Ah well. Still on pain meds and eating what I can. BG is doing well despite the pain levels, so that is good. I'm not eating a whole lot, but did manage a small hamburger patty last nite. Refried beans with cheese has been good and is a comfort food. Wish I could eat more of it, but thats a very limited food due to carbs. At least its good for me and offers some fiber. Hopefully tomorrow I'll see the turn-around on this saga.

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WOUBBIE 3/10/2013 9:18PM

    You poor thing! Good thing that the mouth generally heals pretty quick. Hope you're back in trim soon!

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