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A Tale of a NOT low carb day

Friday, October 24, 2014

Yesterday was NOT a low carb day. emoticon I got cravings and GAVE IN to a huge helping of Cheese Nips. Then we went out to a buffet, and while I made good choices for the most part, I certainly didn't watch quantity.

Here's the amazing part. My pre-bedtime blood sugar was 162, and my fasting this morning was 62!! I think my pancreas has finally decided to come back from the dead. Seriously, after months of nothing I did working in my favor, I am incredibly encouraged that a single bad moment seems to be taken in stride again. I've always thought diet was simply another four letter word emoticon and even with yesterdays poor choices, these habits I am trying to build are WORKING. I paid for my behavior yesterday with a 2 lb gain, but that's ok.

Pre-menopause has been sucky the last few years; I am ready to be DONE with it and move on. Last night the cashier at the buffet rang me up as a senior. Seriously? I am trying to embrace turning 50 in a month, but that's a stretch to my ego. Just as I am positive that giving up diet coke 2.5 years ago was one of the best things I have ever done for my health, I am positive that I am on the verge of the next "best thing". I just have to stay on this journey.

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GOLFGMA 11/8/2014 7:13AM

    Wishing you well with your goals for this day. Thanks for posting and inspiring!

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SMITHKRISTI 10/25/2014 7:26AM

    Jump right back on board

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WISLNDR 10/25/2014 7:23AM

    Ahh, it's only one day and now you're back to making the best choices for yourself!! emoticon

I like the senior discount; a little extra bit of money I get to keep!! emoticon


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GOLFGMA 10/25/2014 6:58AM

    You are doing great. Glad the carbs are working for you and you can get back on track today. The cashier probably didn't even look close, or, maybe she just wanted to give you a financial gift. emoticon

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-WISPY- 10/24/2014 3:04PM

    Hi sweetie. I posted on your thread before I read this. And thought you were beating yourself up, but I see from this you have a great attitude. That's the way to go girl. Yes we do seem to be able to keep the blood levels OK. I am so happy for you.
Low carb as a general rule (whatever your low carb numbers are seem to be working and that is wonderful news). Knowing I am in control gives me a great sense of well being. My body weight and what I eat has NEVER been in my control before. :)

The person behind the counter is blind. I can see from your photo you are nowhere near SC age.

So pleased you have joined the team.

Hugs Wispy emoticon

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Mondays & Thoughts on Carbs

Monday, October 20, 2014

It has been an interesting day. Last night I took my blood sugar before bed, and it was 139. I splurged and had a banana for my bedtime snack. I was a little surprised to wake up this morning with a 40 blood sugar.

I had what on paper should be a healthy breakfast -- 1 cup of raisin bran & 3/4 cup skim milk. One carb under the recommended minimum for a meal (56) AND 8 grams of fiber. Yet my post breakfast blood sugar was 161. I cannot eat at my recommended carb limit and meet my target unless there is protein and/or fat in the meal.

For lunch I counted carefully and splurged on a Wendy's Asiago Ranch Chicken Club (Spicy) WITH THE BUN and a side of apples. 62 carbs, which is a little over for me, but otherwise right in line with my suggested meal, with 5 grams of fiber. After lunch blood sugar? 91.

I've been hungry this afternoon though, and ate a snack. When I go really low carb (especially if I don't meet the dietician's minimum) I normally don't have hunger pangs. Even though my lipid panel was MUCH improved this quarter, I still need to continue to improve. It certainly seems to be strange that high fat & protein may be the answer to my blood sugars. Of course then, my kidney function is showing a decrease...

Does anyone have a magic formula? I have joined a couple of new low-carb teams here at SP hoping to find a chattier group that have had similar issues. I find I am missing bread & rice some, but not potatoes really. I'm still a very picky vegetable eater, so that helps nothing.

I am five weeks out from my 50th birthday, and just under 5 weeks out from our big family cruise to celebrate it. I am really hoping that effort in the next five weeks will pay off by helping me make good choices on vacation. I am encouraged that I can have SOME carbs even though low carb (well kind of) seems to be my future.

Thanks for reading my rambles.

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GOLFGMA 10/21/2014 8:17AM

    I sympathize. I don't have diabetes , but, I do have a good friend who does and when she comes to visit (lives in Tn) I try to find foods that we all can eat and it is very hard to keep low sugar without going over on carbs, plus she can't eat spicy because of GERD and she has Diverticulitus. She has learned which foods she can have, as you have, and I admire the control you have in choosing what is best for your situation. emoticon emoticon

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SMITHKRISTI 10/21/2014 8:00AM

    I have a problem with crackers, and chips. When going low carb I use raw broccoli, salad dressing mixed with mayo to get my crunchy salty fix. I try to keep my carbs at 20 to 25. I am not diebetic but my sister is and she does Weight Watchers and I do keto/low carb. I know this is not much help' Eating protein keeps me from not getting hungry and I do not have the bloated feeling I get with carbs.

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Hump Day Musings

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Got up today with a 119 blood sugar. I was high yesterday afternoon, and didn't have all the nutritionals for my dinner out, so I am pleased with that result.

I did call the nurse today to talk about some questions I had from my recent blood work. I feel a little better about my lower kidney function results. The last day or so have been the hardest so far with food since I renewed my efforts late September. I have hopes that today will be better. I have kind of burned out on salad for lunch so that is proving a bit of a challenge.

I am trying to build a daily habit of reading at least a few blog posts on SP and leaving AT LEAST one comment. I know it always makes my day to know people care enough to read, so I am trying to be consistent about returning the favor. I've been a little disappointed in some of my teams here -- not as active as I would like to see. I've joined a new Diabetes team in hopes of finding a more chatty group.

Have a great Wednesday!

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SMITHKRISTI 10/21/2014 8:04AM

    I think they have a Weight Watchers group here at Sparks

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GOLFGMA 10/15/2014 9:50PM

    Glad you are feeling better about the kidney function. I feel like you sometimes when salads get to be boring, but, now that cooler weather is here I could survive every day on soup. I love my homemade ones and several of the Progresso light soups I like. They have a new potato soup with only 100 cals per cup and that with a roast beef sandwich is a filling meal to me. I know that you have to watch the sugars and carbs so it may not work for you. Love that you post in your teams and realize it is as good for you as for your teammates. We can all support each other and this makes it work! emoticon

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Results, Finally

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I got the letter yesterday with my bloodwork results. The A1C was still poor, but that was expected since my recent success was too late in the quarter. If I can maintain this, we should see a HUGE improvement next quarter.

My cholesterol is down to 128, although my LDL is a little worse. My HDL has dropped a little too. My triglicerides were up a wee bit, but still MUCH better than we started at (241 compared to 612). Everything else was normal, except my kidney function has decreased a little.

I finally have lost 1.5 lbs. There has been no correlation to the calories from the previous day, but I'll take it. When I gave up soda two years ago, I noticed such a huge change for the positive in my life, and for the first time, it wasn't nearly as hard. I have some of the same vibe on this renewed effort to improve my nutrition. I'm encouraged. There are still obstacles ahead to tackle. I am still only eating a limited list of vegetables, but I am not having as many cravings for the carbohydrates that I used to. Keep your fingers crossed!

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EDENZMOM 10/13/2014 12:57AM

    Great job!! It can only get better and better!

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HOPE4THEBEST 10/12/2014 10:28AM

    Keep up the good work! emoticon

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 10/12/2014 9:09AM

    I only understood about 2% of the medical jargon, but I get the gist, so congratulations!

Nice job also on the 1.5 pound loss. The best part is your attitude right now. You seem to be in exactly the right groove, which is great. Best of luck and I hope you hit those medical numbers out of the park at your next appointment!

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GOLFGMA 10/12/2014 7:31AM

    Great news! Seeing progress works by keeping us motivated. Glad that you are being rewarded for your effort. We can all meet our goals with never giving up and realizing that the effort is worth making our bodies healthier and stronger for our future. emoticon emoticon

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Doctor's Visit

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I had my quarterly visit with my family practioner today. Weight, blood pressure, FLU SHOT.. foot exam etc.

We talked about my breakthru with blood sugars, and about the dietician's concerns about how low I've gone with my carbs. We talked about my thyroid, and my medications.

They took a urine sample and drew blood -- CMP, Lipids, HA1C, Thyroid will all be tested.

I was a bit disappointed that he had very little to say about the dietician's advice. He did tell me to cut one pill the next day if my fasting blood sugar was too low. I'll be curious to see what he says once the lab work is back.

All in all, the visit was kind of blah. I really don't like the popular endocronologist in town at the "diabetes" practice, but I'm not getting huge warm fuzzys for my doc on this either. I guess we'll continue to work with the dietician and give it another quarter.

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GOLFGMA 10/8/2014 9:17PM

    I wouldn't give up just yet on either doctor. Hoping the tests come back with positive feedback. Hang in there and emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/8/2014 5:32PM

    Oh I wish you had a doctor you liked,it can make a huge difference. I really like my family doctor and the doctor for my psoriatic arthritis.Are you happy with the results from the dietician?

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