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No Meds!

Friday, October 09, 2009

My fasting blood sugar was still above 100 but the one and two hour levels were good. My LDL cholesterol was a little high but the total was good. So my doctor said that since I was doing such a good job with my weight and exercise and that my numbers were improving she was going to give me 6 months to lower the final levels before starting me on metformin or lipitor.

She thinks I can do and so do I! emoticon

6 months to better health! And I was down another pound today! emoticon

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INEXCESS 10/9/2009 8:52AM

SparkPeople has also assisted me in losing weight, controlling my blood pressure, and relieving anxiety.
My doctor is also recommending SP to patients.
So far, I've been able to eliminate a couple of daily medications for BP and depression.
Hope you meet your 6 month goals.
Keep up the good work.

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RURAL3 10/9/2009 8:49AM

    You are doing so great Nancy. I know you can do this. Have a great time looking at that beautiful snow in the mountains. It is beautiful to see what God has created.

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Chit Chat

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I had my 2 hour glucose tolerance test yesterday. 400 calories in one sickening drink

Now I just wait for the results. I have my thyroid biopsy at the hospital on Thurs Oct 15th. I'm not as worried about it as I was last year. I just hope I don't have to do this every year. Besides the discomfort it costs a lot.

I woke up late this morning and probably won't get my whole 30 min of exercise in before I have to go to work, but I am learning that if I have to do 10 min of exercise 3 x day it is still 30 minutes. I just now that I can't skip it - its become a real habit with me.
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Its supposed to be cold and rainy today with a 40% chance of snow - so I'll be working out indoors.

Have a wonderful day everyone and be thankful that we are alive and have Spark People to help us become and stay healthy!

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RURAL3 10/8/2009 10:14PM

    Sounds like you are on top of things. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUST-AMY 10/8/2009 6:57PM

    Awesome habit, and glad the test is out of the way and the bestest part of all???? Your fabulous attitude...as always! Glad to get to stop by and see yet another example of it!


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LOULOUBELLE2 10/8/2009 5:50PM

    Way to go with that test.......I'm doubly glad your working inside today as we have snow how about you? I'm definitely not ready for winter, didn't have enough summer!!!!
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SUNSET24 10/8/2009 2:26PM

    I am soooooooooooooooo happy that exercise is a wonderful HABIT for you, yahoooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

you have a fantastic day :) emoticon

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Things Are Not Always What They Seem

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Last night I watched the Biggest Loser. I used to think this was an exploitation, reality type show and thought it gave a poor image of overweight people. I was opposed to it, but I didn't watch it. It was just the idea of it. Now I've seen 2 episodes and have a different opinion. These people are working hard and show strength and determination. They have the same strengths and weaknesses of anyone but they definitely aren't lazy, a common misconception people have about overweight people. While I would never go on a show like that, I can understand why the participants have done it and applaud their effort and weight loss. I believe the techniques are too strenuous for everyday people and the weight losses each week are unrealistic for the long term, these people are actively trying to change their lifestyle and eating. I also learned something about myself. I should not have formed my negative opinion about the show without watching it. Things are not always what they seem.

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LOULOUBELLE2 10/7/2009 11:34AM

    I agree, things are not always as they seem.......but I have watched several episodes and don't care to any more. The contestants work very hard but always seen to be treated negatively. I just don't believe that ANYONE should be treated that way. Besides all that screaming turns me off completely........
Lots of people do indeed like that show and that's their choice, it's just not mine.
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Hungry Days

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Every so often I get what I call "hungry days". I just feel hungry all day. Yesterday was another one of them. On my hungry days I usually eat about 2000 calories. I decided to stop and analyze yesterday to try and get a handle on what happens. There are a bunch of factors. One is that my calorie count has been on the lower edge of my range for about a week. Another is that it has gotten very cold suddenly. I am bored at work and didn't do my noon day walk at work because of the rain and cold. Another reason is that I didn't drink enough water or fight my urges to eat when they came. I also had a fibro day and hurt all over. Now, I could use all these things as excuses (which I did) or I can just push thru and do what I need to do (like one of the articles on SP that I read today said). I am not going to beat myself up over these days, but I can handle them better. In this life journey I am on, each day is important and each choice is important so I need to pay attention and not slide. I was supposed to do my fasting blood sugar today, but since I ate chocolate and peanut butter yesterday I am going to wait another day and eat a more typical menu today so I can see what my reading is when I am eating healthfully because that is the way I am going to eat daily. Right? Right!

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RURAL3 10/6/2009 9:18PM

    yours was yesterday, mine was today. I have decided also not to beat myself up over it. You have a great outlook on life Nancy. I think we will always have days like this in our lives. Even the skinniest of people do. Picking ourselves up and going on is the best way. Thanks for your blog.

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GRANDMAZ23 10/6/2009 8:16AM

  Very good blog! You hit the nail on the head with severaly of your comments. I think we all can relate to "hungry days" just like you, but you expressed it clearer than I ever could. Thanks for the insight and suggestions!

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MYSPARKS7 10/6/2009 8:11AM

    Atta girl emoticon

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ANDREWMOM 10/6/2009 8:10AM

    My "Hungry Days' are usually the day after the gym... I burn so much that my body wants it back. I try to distract myself by drinking water and drink tea, hot water... even munch on crushed ice to try to trick my body into tinking I am snacking. I also chew gum... that seems to work sometimes.

Good for you for thinking positive!

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It Breaks my Heart

Monday, October 05, 2009

My DH and I had friends up to our cabin this weekend. The male friend is 58 and had a heart attack last year. My DH has been walking with him daily since that time. However, if my DH can't walk our friend just stays at home and doesn't walk. He works at home on a computer and spends the whole day sitting. I knew this but it didn't hit me fully until I went on a hike in the mountains with his wife. She is just frantic. She is 10 years younger than him is worried sick that she is going to lose him. I told her about my fight with obesity, lack of exercise and bad health and about the things I am doing now. I told her about Metabolic Syndrome and she said "He has all those things." I told her about Spark People and the food tracking, exercise program and community support. I told her about the 28 pounds I have lost. She was really excited and asked me to share all of these things with her DH. She said "Maybe he'll here it from someone who's been there too. Well at dinner we started talking food and calories and I went into my description of my journey. He could have cared less, he wasn't listening and when his wife asked him "What do you think about that" he said "Oh, did you mistake me for someone who cares?"

Now I have some idea of how my DH feels when I eat poorly and sit around without exercising. It must break his heart, because our friend's reaction broke my heart.

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RURAL3 10/5/2009 10:48PM

    Men...humpf I think he heard you loud and clear but didn't want anyone to know. He probably figures his wife put you up to talking to him (and she did). Men can get very defensive about that kind of stuff. I asked someone to talk to my DH about a men's retreat and he figured it out and blew it off just because it was my idea. I think we are all stubborn on occasion. I believe he heard you and may check it out later when it is his idea. Or as someone else said...just send him the Spark People invite saying "just in case you are interested"
You did good Nancy

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WATERMELLEN 10/5/2009 7:25PM

    You might consider emailing him the SparkPeople link . . . maybe with a little joke such as "actually I DID mistake you for a person who cares . . ." because I know how much you care about your wife who is quite worried about you!

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ENUFF81020 10/5/2009 5:30PM

    Hi there,

I agree with Angelfire--men do handle feelings and emotions differently. He may feel as if she is bugging him too much on the topic, and even though we know that if bugging a loved one gets their attention to make a shift and care for themself then we must bug away, someone being bugged will fight it harder.

I hope that you made sure he had the website name or at least knew it was "Spark People" so he could google it and find it. Anyone who is on the computer that long will eventually investigate things out of curiosity. I am sure you were a good source of information, now just hang in there and wait.

Great job for your friend and her DH. You are a great friend and I'm glad that we share a team together and are teammates. Take care!!

Hugs, Sylvia

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KATVHALE 10/5/2009 10:15AM

    Don't give up on him or yourself! He was definitely listening and he does care!! He just doesn't want to admit it right now. He is probably a little scared for himself too and knows he should be doing more to get fit and healthy but he doesn't want to hear it from others because then he will have to commit to doing something that he probably doesn't really want to do although he knows he should!

You keep spreading the spark and showing folks are well you are doing; you are an inspiration to others!


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NANCYBFULLER 10/5/2009 9:27AM

    Don't get discouraged.

Maybe you can remember back to before you started this journey. Do you remember how sensitive you were to any remark anyone made that you needed to lose weight?
It made me feel like I was not accepted as a person.

Those remarks like, "You mistook me for someone who cared" are shields to keep us from getting hurt.

The only way anyone will ever change is when they feel accepted for who they are either way, and they are give the freedom to change or not to change. After all it is a very individual thing.

My husband is obese. I am learning he has some health challenges that make him obese. My question is which came first the health challenges or the obesity. I think one feeds upon the other. My point is, that everything isn't always what it seems.

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SOPHIKKO 10/5/2009 9:22AM

    Wow, that is really hard to take a response like that.

You never know just how many other people you have touched with your journey though.

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JUST-AMY 10/5/2009 9:19AM

    Ouch! I'm sorry. Better go walk and sweat this one off. emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 10/5/2009 9:12AM

    Even if he didn't sound enthused, maybe he took it to heart. I thibk sometimes it is hard for men to accept help. I hope he listened and will have it run through his mind when he is sitting. Hope it helps to know that spreading the Spark is right even when we don't know if it will have an impact.

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