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Bad News Made Good!

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!

  
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WONDERGALE 9/23/2014 5:15PM

    emoticon on the 5 pounds. Let's hope the blood test results were just a fluke because of the injections. Until the next test results, better safe than sorry. In other words, listen to your doctors.

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MILPAM3 9/23/2014 3:05PM

  Did you ever hear of the book _Sugar Blues_? Believe it or not, the author beat diabetes with his improved diet. Worth a shot.

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ONESPOTLEFT 9/23/2014 1:05PM

    some of my husbands medication give false sugar readings....check the side affects of your other medst


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Oh No, NOT Again!

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 :(

  
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REJOHNSON3 12/8/2013 6:08AM

    Fluid retention does it to me and I have had three and four pound swings on the scale due to fluid retention. Salt/sodium will do it to you and me and others as well. We are only suppose to consume about one teaspoon of salt per day and anything over that will cause you to retain more fluids. Just keep working at it, be aware of it and still drink plenty of water too and it will work out. Congratulations to you for your commitment to continue the weight loss battle. This will work for you!

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GRLTAZ 12/6/2013 4:08PM

    You are doing wonderful !! Stay positive and keep on working out. TC

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GARDENCHRIS 12/6/2013 7:04AM

    Salt will do you in all the time..... drink more water.

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DIONNE1972 12/5/2013 2:56PM

    Is your cycle anywhere near, that sometimes has a tendency to assist in holing water and sodium and for sure Sodium is not your friend.

emoticon job on the inches lost. keep up the great work.

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CHALLENGER15 12/5/2013 2:04PM

    It looks like you have some good advice here. I know that I can show a 4+ pound gain after a meal out - sodium is not my friend.

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MADEIT3 12/5/2013 11:31AM

    Could be muscle, could be water. Weigh again and see what happens in the next few days.

Remember that the scale matters not at all. It's how you feel and how your clothes fit you.

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WONDERGALE 12/5/2013 11:12AM

    I think it's muscle weight. My husband and I have been walking and strength training consistently for at least a month. The scale has moved some for me, but for my husband, it goes up and down. He can't get past a full 10 pound weight loss. But he is wearing jeans that he couldn't wear a month ago. And those jeans are lose. I am trying not to worry too much about the scale. As long as those inches are coming off, we are making progress! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WONDERGALE 12/5/2013 11:10AM

    I think it's muscle weight. My husband and I have been walking and strength training consistently for at least a month. The scale has moved some for me, but for my husband, it goes up and down. He can't get past a full 10 pound weight loss. But he is wearing jeans that he couldn't wear a month ago. And those jeans are lose. I am trying not to worry too much about the scale. As long as those inches are coming off, we are making progress! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NKING1982 12/5/2013 10:15AM

    Pay no attention to the scale. You will notice a difference in other ways. Keep up the good work and dont give up

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ANNROW0354 12/5/2013 10:09AM

    Congrats on the inches lost emoticon .....forget about the weight because your clothes will fit better!!!!



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Frustrated, 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

  
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GRLTAZ 11/9/2013 5:59PM

    Aww, sorry. Like some have said, fluids play a role in weight. I for one have to watch my carbs. I can eat a normal pasta serving of 1 cup and gain 2 lbs over night even when staying in my calorie allowance of 1550 cals. I have learned to eat a half portion and eat more veggies. The intensity in which you exercise, how long, and whether you do the same ones every day will make a difference also. I hope I have helped a little. Keep your chin up. Do not get discouraged. At the very least, you are building muscle and endurance by exercising and that leads to better health. TC

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REJOHNSON3 11/8/2013 11:51AM

    Eda, fluid retention. The salts in the food you are eating cause you to retain fluids in your system. I know that I can gain 3, 4 or five pounds over a weekend and by Wednesday I am back down again. If I eat most of my meals at home, this does not seem to happen for me. It is a problem when I dine out at a restaurant where they must use more salt in their preparation of the food.

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GARDENCHRIS 11/8/2013 7:32AM

    salt!

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GAYLLYNNE 11/8/2013 7:30AM

    Always remember muscle weighs more than fat. Sometimes we gain a little even while we are losing. Don't give up. For a while, just weigh yourself once a week. Hope this helps.

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KITTYCAT64 11/7/2013 7:26PM

    Be different and don't give up, but work through it, and see what h as opens. Be sure you are w working out doing s one thing you enjoy doing, and don't put so m u c h pressure on yourself. Are you writing your food down. Good luck. Plan to come through.

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WONDERGALE 11/7/2013 5:31PM

    I agree with Challenger75. Also I believe muscles play a big part in this. I've been back at it for 10 months now and I just came off a two month period where my weight went up and down, but never too far from 290. I couldn't understand it. My husband told me not to get discourage because even though I wasn't losing weight my clothes were fitting better and better. And finally I had a break through at the end of last month. I'm not relying on just the scale anymore. I'm measuring how my clothes fit, and how I feel. Don't give up! You can do this!
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CHALLENGER15 11/7/2013 4:25PM

    You may be one of those people who should not step on the scale every day. My weight bounces around regardless; I believe I have read hormones, water, fluid retention, sodium from food, etc will have a day-to-day affect. It is what happens over time that is important.

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Starting Over...........Again :)

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!

  
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GRACE612 11/3/2013 9:27AM

    Glad you're feeling better and able to get started again! emoticon . My husband is the same way with the snack food. But, as hard as it is, I'm learning to just walk away when he eats them. Have you tried slicing a sweet potato or potato really thin, seasoning them, and baking or microwaving for your chip fix? That's what helps me.

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DELLA81156 11/2/2013 6:02PM

    I can feel for you. My. Spouse does the same thing..It's hard when you feel or question if they are trying to sabotage your hard work. All I do is keep reminding myself that I do this for me..I need to be proud of me and my accomplishments. emoticon emoticon emoticon







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Surgery :(

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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MNOT2THICK 10/6/2013 12:01PM

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Sorry I am so late. I hope you are recooperating well.

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SHARONSPARKLE 9/2/2013 10:55AM

    I had to go back and read why you needed surgery. You poor lady! You have had a miserable summer but I am glad the surgery is over and wasn't as bad as you feared. Now I pray for a nice recovery so you can get on with a happy retirement! Good job on not gaining weight. I probably, as an emotional eater, would have gained several pounds.

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CHALLENGER15 8/31/2013 1:00PM

    That's quite an accomplishment for your weight to not go up. I think a lot of times it does go up just as a result of the fluids they give a person.

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WONDERGALE 8/31/2013 10:47AM

    Hi, I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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TERRY0217 8/31/2013 10:43AM

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Hope you're up and around soon!

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