Tuesday, September 23, 2014
I had my bloodwork done last month, and followed up with my family doctor. He tells me my thyroid levels are down, meaning my meds need increased. I had just told my husband the same thing a couple weeks before that I thought my thyroid was messed up again. I haven't had my meds changed in years, but somehow I knew it. The second thing he says to me is that my diabetes is out of control. I was like, what diabetes? That's the first time I heard of it! So he puts me on new meds for that, and I have to follow up with a diabetes specialist. Now I'm no stranger to this disease, my dad had it for 40+ years and my younger brother has it. If the truth be told, I was expecting this to happen. I do know that I need to make some changes!
I go to see the specialist and she recommends that I eat three meals a day and an evening snack. All three meals should have 3 carbs choices of 15 grams each, and the snack should be 15 also. That is way too many carbs for me! I told her I'll gain weight with that many carbs! She says, just try it for a couple weeks and I'll call and see how you're doing.
Carbs are a funny thing. I know that bread, potatoes, rice and pasta are the things everyone says to avoid, but I am having a very hard time even getting all the carbs she's telling me to get! I've been testing my blood and am not very high at all, way under what she is saying it should be. My brother and my husband think I should call and see if there's been a mistake, which I don't think there was. The only thing I can question about it all is that I had 31 trigger point injections (steroids) a few days before I had my bloodwork done. My brother says that is why my numbers were high and the specialist said the same thing, but everyone just blows it off as not relevant. But my doctor who injected me always asked if I was diabetic and I never knew why. Now I'm wondering if I should just go along with all of this until January, when I have to get bloodwork done again or what?
The good part of all of this is that I've really been watching what I eat. No more candy, chocolate, cake, sweets, ice cream, chips or other crap. My husband has been great about it. He's overweight and is watching his diet too, not as close as mine, but for him it's really good. He drank pop all the time, and has now cut down to 1 a day, he still eats a few sweets, but doesn't go overboard. We've joined a gym and have been walking and lifting weights. They have an indoor pool, so we'll be swimming too.
I know that being diagnosed as a diabetic has made me change a lot of things. My dad controlled his for all those years, and his experience has made me see that this is life changing, it will be hard sometimes, but that can be something I can live with.
Oh, I haven't gained any weight, I've actually lost 5 pounds since September 2, when I first made the diet changes. I'm hoping all these carbs won't catch up with me!
Thursday, December 05, 2013
I feel like all I do is complain when I post a blog! I've been working out pretty consistently, 2-3 times a week at the gym with my trainer, and 2-3 times a week at home on the treadmill. This isn't just putting in time, it's me pushing myself to do things at the gym that my body feels for a few days afterwards. I rotate my workouts on the treadmill, going fast enough to keep my heart rate up, then the next time I go faster and even jog a bit. So, back to my dilemma. I was pretty happy with my workouts and my last weigh in, but I got on the scale yesterday and I'm up 4 pounds from 2 days ago! Needless to say, this just bursts my happy balloon! I can't figure it out at all. I did notice my sodium was up a little, but 4 pounds worth? But on a happier not, I took my body measurements this morning and I'm down 2.75 inches overall, with 2.50 of those in my hips. I'm not looking for sympathy, I just really needed to get this out of my system, again :(
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Just another question for anyone who knows. I've started back at the gym, working my butt off, lose a pound, gain 2, gain 1. Admittedly, my eating is not in line with where I want to be, but still trying to make working out a habit, instead of an occasional occurrence. Anyway, how do I gain 3 pounds in two days, without going way way over in my calories? This always seems to be my sticking point with trying to lose weight. I seem to be able to lose easier if I'm not working out!! How can this even be physically possible?? I'm trying to not let this bother me, but this happens to me every single time I try to get back in shape. It is a bit disheartening to say the least, and it always leads to me giving up. I came into it this time with a pretty good attitude and it is slowly turning into a bad attitude. I just can't believe I work out as hard as I do and GAIN weight :(
OK, rant over, just wanted opinions, thanks
Saturday, November 02, 2013
August 23rd seems like a long time ago, but it's only been a little over two months. That is the day I had the surgery that gave me back my life. If you go back and read my previous blogs, you'll see why. I really don't want to get into the details again :)
Anyway, I am back at the gym, have a new trainer (a good friend) and am feeling like maybe I can do this again. I know that change takes time, but I am going to be patient and not rush it all. Exercise is easy for me when I feel like doing it. If I get too lazy, I can think of a million excuses not to exercise! Water intake and sleep are the two easy ones for me. Since I retired, sleeping is a luxury. Water is pretty much all I ever drink anyway. But FOOD, now that is my major problem. I have allergies, I have foods that I just cannot eat without getting sick, and I have foods that I cling to for comfort.
I also live with a man (my husband) who doesn't think there's anything wrong with my weight, which leads me to wonder why do I think there is? Um, because I'm fat and overweight? I just can't see how he doesn't see it. But anyway, it's very hard for me to eat healthy with him here, but I keep trying.
An example: I was out today and he texts me to please stop and bring him some potato chips. OK, I text back, but in my mind I'm thinking NO! cause I know darned well I cannot resist potato chips, and I didn't, I had some this afternoon. So much for trying right?
It just bothers me that he does that when I've told him not to buy anymore, and if he needs some, then get something I don't like, such as sour cream and onion :( But on the other hand, I know that I can't go the rest of my life without eating chips ever!
So, here I am back at SPARK, trying to do this again. I've lost a pound and I am happy, because it takes so much for me to lose anything, my body is stubborn and greedy and keeps the weight on.
I'm just happy that I am able to exercise again after 5 months of inactivity! Wish me lots of luck!
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Well, I ended up having surgery on August 23rd. It was pretty painless, nothing near what I expected. I took percocet for two days then couldn't stand how it was making me feel, so I quit. The pain is tolerable so no more pills. The surgeon said that the skin tags he removed may have been making my problem worse, as one was pulling on the fissure, not allowing it to heal. I hope that he is right! I have a follow up appointment on September 9th and I'm hoping that things are healed enough for me to start doing some kind of exercise, even if it's only walking. I have been able to keep my weight from going up during this mess, but I feel like such a slug. Sitting around is pretty much over rated!
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