Monday, January 03, 2011
We often think of weight loss as the cure for all of our ills. "If I just lose weight, I will be able to...." If we are blaming the fat for everything, then when we lose weight, we can be disappointed.
When I get back to a normal weight, I should be able to reverse my diabetes, move more easily and find it easier to shop for clothing. It won't make my fibromyalgia go away. I'll still live with chronic pain and brain fog. I'll still have asthma. I'll still get depressed. It won't change my personality. It won't make people like me. It won't make it so I can go back to work.
What weight loss does is make us healthier. It also lets us see that we can be successful in making changes. If we can change our eating and exercise behaviors, we can change other behaviors too. I've already been able to set goals, achieve them and accomplish a lot with my life. I don't have to wait until I'm thinner to do that. So, I've set some new goals for the new year that have nothing to do with weight loss. I'm going to be writing more and being on the internet less. I'm going to be spending time doing things I love like music and art. I'm going to be feeding my soul while taking better care of my body. How about you? What are you going to do this year?
Friday, November 26, 2010
I lost 2 pounds this week and I was determined not to do the usual Thanksgiving pig-out and gain a pound of it back in one day. Actually, I usually don't do too badly with holiday dinners; its the little treats and snacks that get me. I've read the articles talking about the calories in Thanksgiving meals and how they can easily be over 4,000 calories and that is more than a pound of weight gain. It's not gonna happen to me!
My stategy for holiday dinners is as follows:
I eat a good breakfast with protein so I don't go to Thanksgiving dinner so hungry that I will be tempted to overeat.
I look at everything available and decide which foods really appeal to me and which ones I could skip. For example, gravy isn't worth the calories and most rolls aren't that special that I really want one. Foods that I do want include turkey and vegetables and pie.
Next is to take the smallest serving possible of things that are high in calories and more of those that are high in nutrients. So, I want 3 oz of white turkey meat. I have a tiny dab of mashed potatoes and stuffing, some green bean casserole, a deviled egg and some cranberry sauce. I have pie for dessert. I don't snack.
I put everything in the nutrition tracker to see what is left for the day. I have used up 1,000 calories for the Thanksgiving meal but don't really need much supper because I am full from the big dinner earlier. It is easy to pick out something to eat that keeps me in my calorie range for the day and gives me a little more protein. I am over on sodium but everything else is in the correct range.
Just because it is a holiday doesn't mean no exercise so the dogs and I take a nice brisk walk. I have already done strength exercises in the morning.
There is no point in weighing today because with all that sodium, I'm carrying around a bunch of excess fluid but I should be fine when I weigh next week.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Several years ago, I had pancreatitis and developed mild diabetes (HgbA1c of 6.1) so I took all the appropriate meds and kept it in good control. I had known I had a tendency to diabetes because I had hypoglycemic episodes for many years because of excess insulin. While this may appear to be the opposite of diabetes, it is a precursor to it. Eventually the body becomes insulin resistent and the blood sugar goes up.
Anyway, I went on a diet in 2009, lost about 40 pounds and the diabetes went away. My HgbA1c was 4.7 last time it was checked and I went off the medication. Then I lost my job. There went the diet and of course I no longer had health insurance either. I gained all the weight back.
I've been in denial about the possibility that the diabetes might have come back but finally got brave and checked a fasting blood sugar. It was around 150, definately diabetes. I then admitted that I needed to do something, found some of my old metformin tablets and started taking them plus I got back on Spark People and started making changes. I started with tracking my food. Amazing what that can do to make changes in what I eat. When I have to look at how many calories are in something, I think twice about whether I really want to eat it. Next I added exercise. I've lost 14 pounds in about that many weeks and my blood sugar is perfect. I still hate to say I'm diabetic and I'm really hoping when I get to a normal weight, it will go away and stay gone. I know that there are health care professionals who say it never goes away but there are those of us who believe it can be reversed if it is addressed early enough. I'm determined to reverse it.
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