Sunday, July 24, 2011
The mindset can be your friend (positive) or your foe (negative); currently, my mindset is a mix of both. Since the last time I wrote, I have been going through some changes with my mindset. I am still going to school (working on my BS in Health and Wellness); therefore, I am continuing to learn about nutrition, exercise, wellness, and integrated health. As I continue to take my classes, I find that my mindset is changing for the better, though it is doing so slowly.
Over the last month and a half, I have gone from drinking nothing but soda to cutting back on soda and drinking flavored water to drinking plain water. I cannot believe that as of this week I am actually looking forward to drinking plain, cold water when I get up in the morning; this is a big change for me since I have never liked water because it is flavorless.
The second change is that for the last week I have been recording everything that I eat. I find that I am loving this because I can not only keep track of the calories that I have eaten, but I can also keep track of the carbohydrates, fat, proteins, and other nutrients. After printing and analyzing my daily results, I am able to see where I fall short, which then gets me thinking about what additional changes I need to make to my diet. Consequently, I have become more mindful in what I am eating. In addition, my cravings have decreased.
Third, I am finally under 250 lbs. As of today, I am 245.6 lbs. My next goal is to get under 245 lbs, then 240 lbs and so forth. I am finding that by setting five pound weight loss goals I am better able to manage the steps I need to take to achieve them. My goal by May 1, 2012 is to be down to 166 lbs. and my ultimate goal is to be down to 110 lbs. by November 12, 2012, which is 12 days before my 56th birthday.
Fourth, my A1c went from 6.3 % in December to my current reading of 6.1 % when I was tested earlier this month.
Earlier, I wrote that the mindset can be a friend or foe. I am frustrated with knowing that I need to exercise; however, my mindset has not changed much in this area. I have all of the knowledge that I need, but just cannot seem to get going, which is why my mindset is an enemy in this area. I guess I shouldn't beat myself up over this; I have made some positive changes with my mindset and the rest will come soon enough. Though I hope it comes sooner than later.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I was so happy to see that in the last month I lost six pounds. I was especially happy and surprised that I lost that much since the holidays were in the middle of the last month. Now I am not so happy. When I weighed myself on Saturday, I had gained back one pound. I know, one pound isn't much, but when you have more than 100 pounds to lose, gaining back one pound can be quite a shock. Seeing that I gained back that one pesky pound was a shock since my body felt like it had lost more weight. So what is going on here? Is it my scale? Or, is it my body playing tricks on me?
The last two days I have felt like going to the store to buy chips and salsa, then sit and enjoy. Am I subconsciously wanting to sabotage myself because of the one pound gained? Am I mourning the loss of the happiness felt when I lost six pounds in a month because of the one pound gained? I do not know, but I can tell you that so far I have not gone to the store to buy chips and salsa. However, I cannot promise that I will not go to the store to buy them. They are constantly on my mind every waking moment.
Sunday, January 02, 2011
On Thursday, December 30, I had my follow-up appointment with my primary physician. We went over the results of my blood tests, which included my A1C. Of course my numbers are still higher than they should be; however, I did get some good news. My A1C is at 6.3%. This is a very good number for someone with type 2 diabetes. The goal for those with type 2 diabetes is to get their A1C down to 6.5% to 7%. Keeping my A1C down means no insulin for me any time soon!
My doctor, though I have been seeing him only two months, is aware of my life situation and is taking it into account when recommending treatments. Two years ago, I was thrown into a full-time caregiver role taking care of my husband because of his health status. He has many health issues, which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, colostomy (rectal cancer survivor), pacemaker, type 2 diabetes, seizure disorder, dementia, and Parkinson's Disease. Since becoming his full-time caregiver, I have been stressed more than usual since I do not get any help from his daughters. My doctor is aware of this as I had mentioned earlier; therefore, he is suggesting that I seek further support to help me lose weight. He told me that once I begin to lose weight, then my numbers will all fall within the normal range and I will become healthy again. This is good news, since this is what I have been thinking all along. I am so happy to have a doctor that is willing to look at the whole picture regarding my health and not just one or two pieces, which results in pushing pills that may not be needed.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Okay, I have been abusing my body over the last 30 years, which has put me on the road to obesity. After abusing my body for so long, I am morbidly obese with a BMI of 52. I have also developed hypertension and type 2 diabetes. At the age of 54, I am now experiencing night blindness and other vision problems. I know that as one ages, night blindness develops; however, I am not sure about the other vision problems that I am experiencing. The problems that I have been experiencing with my vision could be caused by one or more of the following factors:
- I am blind in the right eye and my left eye is tired from overuse
- I am a full-time student and my eye is strained from computer use
- My eye is showing the signs of my blood glucose being out of control
- I need a new prescription for glasses
Therefore, I saw an ophthalmologist on Tuesday, December 14. After going through all of the testing, thankfully my vision problems are not the result of being type 2 diabetic. However, my vision problems are the result of hypertension.
It is time to get serious about getting healthy again. Not only did I have a scare with my vision problems, I also had a scare when I saw my doctor on Thursday, December 9, which led me to my appointment with the ophthalmologist. On this day, my fasting blood glucose level was 220. I have never known my blood glucose to be so high. It is usually no higher than 130 something.
I am now on the road to controlling my numbers by being mindful of what I eat. Consequently, my blood pressure will reduce and my blood glucose will fall back into the normal range. In addition, I will begin to lose weight and my BMI will fall back into a healthy range.
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