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60kg Exterminated - for ever (25kg to go!!)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Today I passed a huge milestone - I stepped on those scales and they read - 110kg!! (242lb)
This may not seem much to some - but to me it means I have lost 60kg (132lb) as I started this journey on 31st Jan 2002 weighing 170kg. (374lb)
Not all has been with Spark people - in fact did Sparkpeople exist in 2002?
Since joining Sparkpeople on 28th Feb 2009, I have lost 25kg (55lb)

It has taken 8 1/2 yrs to lose that 60kg - and towards the end its been very hard work - I haven't lost weight from January this year until a couple of weeks ago - the milestone was just out of reach!! But I have got there!!

I can't say I never gave up - but over all I was sure I would get there - as sure as I am now that I will lose the next 25kg (55lb)
However the betting is open as to how long it will take!!

But for today - you will excuse me if I am a bit excited that I have got this far!! Mind you - I am not deviating from my eating or exercise program!!

NEVER GIVE UP - the results are worth the effort.
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JOANOFSPARK 7/23/2010 7:31PM

    okay, I admit it....I am definitely inspired and motivated more than ever..hey, it took us awhile to get it on there......why should we expect to get it off instantly....? I am very proud of you...and you have every right to be as proud of the last stubborn pounds that just came off.....*grin* and I know that you will be just as successful in prying the last stubborn lbs off as well....*grin*

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The 132 pound weight loss IS a very significant amount for sure!
Can you really believe that you lost the weight of an adult person .... and not a skinny-minny one either. WOW!!!

The amount of will power and mental focus that your achievement took was monumental. Ok, you will have to share your secret one day about "where" you found all that will power to hold the course for 8-1/2 years? I hate to use a word that's been so abused thru overuse lately but the only word that comes to my mind is AWESOME!



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MARIADALE 7/22/2010 8:02PM

    that is awesome!

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SUSIEPH1 7/21/2010 11:49PM

    Just so wonderful Love I am so very proud of you ... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/21/2010 11:00PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWell done.!!!!!!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 7/21/2010 10:23PM

    What an accomplishment! You should be very proud of yourself!
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ALLYALLYT 7/21/2010 10:07PM

    wow! congrats! you are an inspiration. emoticon

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JANNIE48 7/21/2010 9:56PM

    Congratulations, excellent, awesome!!!!!
You inspire me to lose my 79kg
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/21/2010 8:53PM

    Awesome! You are incredible!

Keep trying, you are worth the extra effort!

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YW84FRIDAY 7/21/2010 8:19PM

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IMREITE 7/21/2010 8:18PM

    its great that you have come so far. most people quit if they don't see immidiate results. Uou are a great success story.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/21/2010 8:16PM

    You are such an inspiration to me and so many others!!! No betting... just knowing that you are getting to the healthiest you can be makes you AWESOME in my book.
You are in my thoughts and prayers, Ann. Keep up the great work. YOU ARE SO WORTH IT!!!
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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You should be so proud of yourself.I am so happy for you

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OUTDOORSWOMAN 7/21/2010 7:54PM

    Wow!! Congratulations!!!

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VXWALL1942 7/21/2010 7:39PM

    You are awesome! And what an inspiration. Keep up the good work. I'm not taking any bets on how long. I am betting you'll meet your goal weight.

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Keep it going, you'll be there before you know it!

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In answer to all the questions......................

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I have had several people ask how I am getting on with my exercise venture into Curves!!

My thoughts before I started this were that I was fed up with not having lost weight (though I had lost 2 sizes in clothes) – since January!! I had done all I could in changing exercise within my supplies of Chair Exercise DVDs and had played with my diet also, all to no avail!! So I decided to take a step up in exercise. It has turned out to be a very big leap actually – though I’m still surviving!!

My idea of exercise is that its like medicine – it has to be taken however it doesn’t have to be, and often isn’t, enjoyable!!

Having seen what was on offer locally I settled on Curves – as they were willing to let me do it on my terms. I go 3 times a week – Mon, Wed, and Friday. I also like the relaxed ladies only environment and that you are at home wearing anything – no pink lycra here, actually no lycra here!!

I try to go when its quieter and I actually prefer that I can be free to take my time without the feeling that others want to use the machine etc. Having said that, no one has ever criticised me for being slow – they just go round with a kind or encouraging word. Also there are at least 4 other disabled people there as well as myself.

I have been there 5 weeks now – and have worked out a circuit that works for me!!

The principal is a circuit with machines that are basically Strength and between each a padded recovery board where one runs on the spot or jiggles up and down or dances to the music or what ever – but this is the aerobic section!! The machines are mostly done seated but not the recovery, warm up, cool down or their stretch circuit.
One is SUPPOSED to move on every 30sec, and some enthusiastic ones do – but I take my time and it takes me time to get in and out of the machines so I sort of go at least half the speed round – but that doesn’t mean I slack off!! Twice round the machines that I do – and warm up, cool down and stretches takes me about 45 min – and in that time I burn on average 370 cal and can raise my heart rate from resting – 64 to a top of 117 – so I am definitely in an aerobic zone!! Those readings from my own Heart Rate Monitor.
I have found, with my legs being so bad that I can only do one leg machine but I do all the upper body machines quite happily!!
Surprisingly I can also cope with some quite active movement on the recovery boards!!
I have found that using their Stretch circuit is too severe for me – so I have been grabbing a chair and doing my own stretches that are from the Stretch DVD I have. This caused great interest when I started and now a few others use the same method!!

At the start I tried all the machines just to assess my capabilities – but then only did the ones I can comfortably do – I have had a lot of pain in my legs though – I get pain at night rather than after the workout!! I tried drinking more water – this helped a bit as does rubbing, but its hard to reach as its my hamstrings that are causing problems. This pain is starting to go over a bit now – you ask why I stood it as long? Well I remember what it was like for me starting even the gentle chair exercises – and that took weeks for the pain to go!! As well I’ve started to lose weight again – so I have motivation!!
They have a total program for weight loss – with an eating program which is actually quite good but I am not using it as its low carb and I need to go higher carb to try to alleviate a dehydration problem caused by the extra exercise !! It is a reasonably good plan though and easy to follow. They also do classes on that and on other nutritional and motivational things.

Will I ever be able to do the other machines – I honestly don’t know but I live in hope that I can strengthen the muscles enough to be able to..
How long will I be prepared to trade off pain for weight loss – again I don’t know but for now I am going, and I also accept that having been doing only chair exercise before this is a huge step up – getting acclimatised will take time. Doing extra stretches on my days between helps too – I am hoping the day will come I can do Chair aerobic exercise between my Curves days. I do not however believe that its true that “No pain = no gain”.

For anyone wishing to try Curves – They give a free 1 week trial – the staff I’ve met are helpful and friendly and I think that in USA you get a discount through SP!!

  
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SPARKLE72023 7/23/2010 7:12PM

    You must be so happy to be on the down-scale again. Yeah!!

That is so brave of you to have started Curves - - and continued it despite painful problems that have popped up.

We're cheering you onward!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/21/2010 8:25PM

    You are doing such a FANTASTIC job!!! You continue to inspire me as well as support me. Keep up your great work as you travel your journey to the healthiest you can be. Listen to your body...it won't let you down!!
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I wish we had a Curves near us. For me to drive half an hour one way though just doesn't fit into my schedule as my days are so busy already. Glad I have other options available to me.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/21/2010 7:03PM

    You are totally emoticon my emoticon.

I give you lots of credit for doing this. For moving forward, even with the pain. I think you know your limits and you are sticking by them.

YOU ROCK!

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MARIADALE 7/21/2010 6:20PM

    glad you are enjoying!

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YW84FRIDAY 7/21/2010 10:41AM

  That is so incredibly AWESOME! I'm proud of you! AND I've been using your example to encourage a friend of mine who is currently 310 lbs. She's warming up to the idea and I'm hoping she'll try based on the hope that your experience provides.

Way to go!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/21/2010 9:58AM

    WTG!

Yes, here in the states we can also get one week free trial time.

Glad to hear the scale is again moving for you!

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VXWALL1942 7/21/2010 8:54AM

    Good for you getting the metabolism moving to lose more pounds. I have been hesitant to join Curves, thinking my disability would put me and others at a disadvantage on the circuit. You've given me just the info I needed to think its worth a try. Still need to stay on the chair exercises for a while longer to increase my stamina but I'm looking forward to trying Curves. If you can do it then I'm motivated to try. Thanks for all you do!!! Have a super week!

vicki

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IRONGRANNIE 7/21/2010 5:55AM

    It's wonderful that you have been able to continue with Curves. And got your weight moving again!!!! Well done, you are truly an inspiration to all who know you.

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SUSIEPH1 7/21/2010 1:16AM

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2RICKIE 7/20/2010 11:40PM

    Wow! That's incredible! Keep it up!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 7/20/2010 11:36PM

    It's amazing what you have achieved. You are such an inspiration to all of us. Keep it up! I hope the pain lessens for you soon. emoticon

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    You are doing so great !!! emoticon

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CHERYL7777 7/20/2010 11:32PM

    Congratulations for working so hard. I'm glad the scale is moving again for you. Thank you for sharing this information. I had often wondered what curves was like. When I get a little more weight off I may try them. I'm afraid of being too heavy for their machines right now. Any way, keep up the good work and good luck to you.

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WooHoo!!

Monday, July 05, 2010

After my hassles of last Tuesday (see the previous blog) I got my blood results today.

Great!! That is the only word to describe them – especially as I was expecting problems after Tuesday!!

My A1C was – 5.4

My cholesterol was 4.2
And, because of the problems on Tuesday – the Doctor had them do a full work up – and everything is “normal”

In Dec 1996 I was diagnosed Type 2 diabetes – with a BG (Blood Glucose level) of 18 (324) I was put on Diaformin tablets, causing a violent reaction to my bowels!! This reaction lasted about 5 years, despite being assured the reaction would clear “soon”!!
Obviously, as with most diagnosed Type 2 s – I had had high BGs for some time before diagnosis.
This was a wake up call – I attended classes to find out how to control it. I ate sensibly.
I did not restrict myself though in what I did, seeing it as more of a challenge than a problem. – at Easter 1997 I took a trip to Europe, USA and Fiji. I watched what I ate, within reason as I was staying in hotels and therefore was limited in my food choices. This trip was quite fun as I need a toilet very frequently – but I managed and enjoyed myself too!!
During that trip my BG started gradually to fall.
I have made several other trips to Europe and within Australia since, always watching what I ate as far as possible, all involving long plane trips and hotel stays...
By 2004 my BG had come down to round 6 (108) Since then it has dropped gently but steadily.
3 years ago my tablets were reduced to ½ tab twice a day. And a year ago that was removed. I was medication free, and have remained so for the past year!!
Since I have included regular exercise in my program (the last 16mths only – until then I had controlled it by food and gradual weight loss only) my BG has dropped further, a year ago it was 5.6
6 mths ago – 5.5
And Tuesday last – 5.4

So – to anyone reading this – it CAN be done – weight loss, food control and exercise. And I can assure you that it worth the effort – I now only get tested every 6 or less months (actually its when my doctor can catch me!!) and I don’t have to test every day. I have energy and don’t get as tired – but I do still have regular eye tests – as once a diabetic, always a diabetic – the BG can rise by itself as one gets older, though I will do my darndest to prevent that.

Woohoo!!

  
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FRACTALMYTH 7/19/2010 7:02PM

    Fantastic results! Way to go!!!

and thank you for all your support too :D

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MARKAMURKA 7/14/2010 7:46PM

    Congratulations. I'm so happy for you.
I hope a lot of people get to read this.
You set a great example, yes, it can be done with diet and exercise, still not a lot of people are actually doing this.
The full effect of those years with high BG won't disappear totally from your body but you have done a lot to lessen that effect. And it is no miracle, you have done it yourself.
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DANA11675 7/12/2010 1:38PM

    This is wonderful news and congratulations. I've been recently diagnosed and reading this story, gives me hope and I NEED that so much right now. **Dana** emoticon

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    emoticon Great news! Keep up the good work!

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ANGELBELIEVER 7/10/2010 11:31PM

    You have done such a wonderful job taking care of you and I am glad you are doing so because you are so worth it! Thanks for sharing your good news with us. emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/10/2010 6:23PM

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KITTYF54 7/10/2010 12:08AM

    Congratulations!!!

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JEAN524 7/9/2010 6:18PM

    That's fantastic. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticonLove, Jean

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JOANOFSPARK 7/9/2010 12:48AM

    emoticongreat blog as usual....*grin* yeah, people need to realize that it can be done..but as you said, once a diabetic, always a diabetic, even though your blood glucose is under control....you can never let yourself get complacent and think that just because you have some good readings that you are off the hook in staying on track, eating healthy and exercising.....I know... I've done it in the past, thinking that I did not have to pay any attention to what I ate, or even how much.......I certainly got enough exercise at work.....but that was not enough to keep my blood glucose levels from getting out of whack....If I had kept control all those years instead of just playing at it when I got scared, I would be in much better shape than I am in now.....and I knew better....I really did....I had a prime example living with me...my husband...who had a stroke because his BG was out of control and his mother who lost both legs because of the diabetes......You would think that I would know better.....but sometimes it takes a serious illness to wake us up to the reality of what we are doing to our bodies...

*gulp* sorry ..did not mean to make a speech.....*grin* but you know me, Ann...never could shut up.......*grin*

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MARIADALE 7/7/2010 8:47PM

    way to go

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BRENDY_28 7/7/2010 7:10AM

    this is good news! way to go!

by the way, thank you for welcoming me to the CT :D Appreciate the shout out.

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WILLOW49 7/6/2010 9:17PM

    What wonderful news!!!
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HIKERMOMOF3 7/6/2010 8:43PM

  Thank you for your encouragement. I was diagnosed with Type 2 about a month and a half ago and since then I have been determined to make the changes I need to in order to reverse it. So much of the time I have only been hearing from people who are trying to manage it. Thanks again. emoticon

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WOOFGANG 7/6/2010 7:15PM

    I understand you didn't want the congrats - but truly, you deserve it! So many people do NOT understand how they can have such a positive impact on their own well being by following healthy guidelines. Truly, no one can think that processed foods and sugars and high fat diets etc. are "good" and healthy, in this day and age, people must realize how bad they are for you, yet people eat like this all the time - and then have to suffer the ill effects from a diet so poor.

So again, congrats for taking control of your health and doing all you can do to improve your life - that is a huge accomplishment and I hope many, many people read your blog - so many already have so you have spread the spark! I guess it's one thing to hear the doctor's tell you that this should be done or that should be done, but when we can see that this has actually happened to someone and they have improved their lives, it hits home. Or at least, I hope it does for many - so one more time, congrats! And thank you for sharing your experiences - that is truly sparking!

Also, I was teasing you about the strange way of listing an A1C - sometimes joking doesn't come across well electronically so sorry if it did not seem like I was teasting. I have never heard it referred to as you mentioned, but that doesn't mean it doesn't get discussed in those kinds of numbers - I was just giving a little "poke" - no offense intended and certainly none taken (I'm a Brit living in the U.S. anyway LOL)

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TRIGRAMPS 7/6/2010 3:58PM

    That's fantastic! Good inspiration for everyone!

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    emoticon news! emoticon on getting things under control with diet and exercise!

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NAPITOVSFAME 7/6/2010 3:27PM

    I am a nurse in an ER in the USA. I see people all the time for the problems you are dealing with and it is all because of lifestyle. Congradulations in making those changes. That is truly to only way to have a healthy and happy life. I loved the pictures. I had no idea it is so beautiful in Australia. Keep up the good work. You must feel fantastic. emoticon

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WOOFGANG 7/6/2010 10:20AM

    Congratulations - great news. I hope everyone sparking reads your blog - we have so much control over our own destiny and don't realize it until we have to "fix" something - everyone please pay attention and know that you really are what you eat!

BTW, just as an aside, the 5.4 A1C (not sure what "strange language" you are talking about as I do live here in the U.S.A. and have never heard of an A1C being referred to as 97.2 instead of 5.4...) is great. Congrats!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/6/2010 10:14AM

    I'm so proud of you! You're working so hard and now you're reaping some of the rewards. WooHoo is RIGHT! Love ya, Dawn

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SARAHCAT24 7/6/2010 1:04AM

    Wow. Congratulations! Your hard work really has paid off. Thanks for sharing your story.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/5/2010 11:32PM

    Wow! I want to do that too.

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TAMMYTH64 7/5/2010 11:05PM

    Totally awesome! Just keep doing what you're doing! I'm on that journey myself. Check out my last 2 blogs. I agree! It can be done but the diet and lifestyle will have to follow us for the rest of our lives.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2010 10:37PM

    Fantastic!!! You are an inspiration to me. My blood glucose in January was 330 (my A1C was 12) I was horrified. But I have lost weight, exercised and definitely changed to eating a more healthy diet. My #'s have slowly declined, too. I hope one day to be in YOUR shoes! Thanks for sharing.

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KATIESMOM8 7/5/2010 10:32PM

  Many, many heartfelt congratulations to you. What you've done is one of the hardest things of all, and you stuck to it and won. Best wishes to you in your brand new future!
Jill


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NYXWOLFWALKER 7/5/2010 9:48PM

    congrats, and yes it can be dun I know first hand since my mom lived as a type 2 for 25 plus years till about 2005 when she got told she wasn't diabetic any longer and was discharged from her endro's care. She was never on any medications, just watching what she ate and doing a little walking that she did.

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TEXASG-MA 7/5/2010 9:42PM

  Absolutely wonderful. Really awesome. Keep going the way you are and you might not ever have to go back on the meds. I think you have down great. I'm so glad you came out of it this way. It is really encouraging for others that have the medical problems. Good luck to you on your continued journey.
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BOBBI97 7/5/2010 9:32PM

    Great Job...Teaching others as they see this blog may help them also and do what you did so hopefully they will see this and do it so thank you Helen for guilding me here to see this wonderful blog...

"Great Job"





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BRIGHT551 7/5/2010 8:38PM

    WooHoo!!!!! Congrats!!! This is awesome news!!! Keep up the wonderful work!!!!

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NURSNANA 7/5/2010 8:26PM

    Hey Ann! WOW! WooHoo!! You are doing GREAT! Yes, I saw a lot of diabetics as a nurse. And sadly, a lot of the major complications that happen when Diabetes is not taken seriously. I have seen many patients get off their diabetic medications completely! It can certainly happen with weight loss, exercise and following a healthy diabetic food plan. It is well worth the effort to get the blood sugar down, because when it is running high, it is doing damage to your body. And, of course as mentioned.....if they go back to their poor eating habits, and quit exercising and start gaining the weight back....they will be right back on the medications. My family has a lot of diabetes, so this motivates me to eat healthy and lose weight. So far, my blood sugars are great. I know that could change, and I am seriously concerned and trying to avoid this disease.

I am very proud of you Ann! Keep up the great work my friend! I bet your doctor was very pleased with your new lab report!!

Take good care!
Nancy Nurse :)



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JOYSGARDEN 7/5/2010 8:19PM

    Awesome! You give the rest of us hope, by showing us it can be done!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/5/2010 7:46PM

    WooHoo indeed!! That is fantastic news Ann!

Great blog, I am voting for it!

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HAPPYBASKET 7/5/2010 7:37PM

    Now! That shows your fortitude. You are a strong person & don't let anyone ever tell you differently. When DH who looks like a vision of health, works hard amazed the Dr's by having a slight heart attack, they did a "Rotor Rooter" LOL & when he came home, our DD who had flown half way across the country in concern for him said"OK Dad you are going to go onto a vegetarian diet for at least a month & see what happens with your collesterol. Well, we all ate vegetarian & his Colesterol had dropped almost 100 pts!!! It turns out that he just seems to build Colesterol so he decided to stay vegetarian & that is the way we ate for a long time. I have forgotten the type that we were because we did eat pork, chicken & milk products. We stayed like that un til 10 years later he wound up having to have a 3 way by-pass. Now we have cut back so we only have a meat about 1 or 2 times a week & we aren't suffering from it either. Incidently we all kn ow how much stress plays a part on our bodies. Our Son had passed in June that year & he can not show any emotion & he had his heart attack the last of Dec. uh huh. But it take fortitude & you have proven yours & hopefully you won't ever be talked to like that again. A new Dr. I hope? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LACEEJO11 7/5/2010 7:32PM

   

I am impressed!! Keep up the G R E A T work...and make sure you don't change Drs....the next one might be able to out run you!!! )))SMILES(((

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JULIAJEAN2 7/5/2010 6:43PM

    I am totally amazed by the results of your hard work and persistence. Congratulations on you efforts at taking back your health. Thank you for posting your results as I too have these health problems. You are a miracle in progress and an inspiration to the rest of us.

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HOPE2BE 7/5/2010 6:40PM

    That's absolutely emoticonI know I've been watching what I eat and exercise daily and also drink lots of water. My numbers too have been going down. I haven't heard the latest AC1 yet but I'm sure he will run one next time. I've had a couple of steroid shots for bursitis so it went up but he knows to look for that.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 7/5/2010 6:33PM

    Awesome!!

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Ann,
You have done an OUTSTANDING job on controlling your diabetes and cholesterol. I know you will continue to pay attention to your numbers and take great care of yourself. You are such an inspiration!!! Thank you for posting this so that others can see what following a healthy diet and hard work can do!!!
Blessings and hugs, my friend,
Helen

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DEBALDERMAN 7/5/2010 6:23PM

    I'm glad you've gotten your diabetes under control. Just remember, though, that you are never "cured", just controlled. My HbA1C was 5.4 in May, but I've still seen my blood glucose levels spike if I eat the wrong foods, or over-indulge in a treat!

Keep up the good work, continue to watch your diet & exercise.

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GEMINI-SKY 7/5/2010 6:20PM

    What a Great tribute to your constant attention and determination. I'm newly diagnosed and trying to figure it all out. It's great to hear a success story that will give me confidence that what I'm doing is all worth it.
Thank You so much for your Blog. I needed that ! ! !

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NELLIEC 7/5/2010 6:14PM

    That is absolutely wonderful!!!

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SANDYZEE 7/5/2010 5:10PM

    That's wonderful, Ann.

Kudos to you!

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    emoticon You are one of the few that really takes the lesson to emoticon.

I am so proud of you for sticking with a plan and lowering that blood sugar levels. KUDOS!

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VXWALL1942 7/5/2010 10:20AM

    Congrats! What an awesome achievement. Would that I had known early on that this disease could be controlled by diet and exercise. Unfortunately, that was not the case and I take insulin 4x day besides metformin 2x day. I'm proud of you as I know what your commitment has had to be to get here.

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LIBBYFITZ 7/5/2010 8:47AM

    That is an amazing and inspirational story! emoticon emoticon As a nurse I am well aware that diabetes type2 can be reversed, it isjust a pity that a lot of the medical profession do not believe it! Once again! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MILLYMOUSE1 7/5/2010 7:52AM

    Hi Ann that is a great result for you BG as is your cholesterol mine was 5.7 last test. We can repair our body, it is just up to that persone to do it
Keep getting stronger, fitte, healther and slimer

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Drinking 8 cups water a day but dehydrated!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

This morning I had an appointment with the dietician for an electronic test to check if my muscle mass had increased and my body fat decreased – but before that I had a blood test done as part of the regular monitoring of a diabetic!!
When they take blood usually I have no problems – big veins that jump out and nice easy flowing blood. Today the blood flow stopped half way through!! So it was a cold morning – we thought little of it – until they had to get a syringe and pull the blood out – “your dehydrated” said the nurse – “how can I be I drink at least 2 lit water each day as well as tea.” “Yes but its not getting into the cells!!” “Oh!” Said me!!
Then I went up to the dietician and we talked and it slipped my mind to ask him, but I really didn’t think it was a problem!!
Then he did the electronic test!! Oooh!! Bad results!! So bad he repeated them because he did’nt believe them!!
Basically it showed that my body fat had gone up – my muscle mass decreased and that I had only 34% fluid in my body instead of the recommended 45% yet I have faithfully followed my eating program and continued my exercise program, recently extending it to include Curves.
OK – so why – when I hadn’t lost weight but had only gained 1lb – and my body size is the same – I feel great, and have energy but I do tend to run out of energy fast!! I drink 2 lit + water a day!! There were none of the normal signs that one associates with dehydration.
There are 2 essential nutrients in the body that are important for fluid retention and its transportation to the cells. One is potassium – and I get plenty of that and the second is carbohydrates!! I have been restricting my carbohydrates in my diet to about 130g a day!! This is not excessively low but is low!! And the protein has been high at round 115g a day. Again not excessive but enough!!
This has to be the cause!! We decided that I need to increase the carbs to round 150g and drop the protein to round 80g /day.
Why??
Carbs are stored as gycogen in the liver and muscles and that is how we get energy to move, but more, how our muscles can burn our body fat during exercise. If there are not sufficient carbs in the body to keep the glycogen stores in the liver and muscles they will become depleted and dehydration will occur.
This has happened since I was last tested 3 months ago – and may even have happened very recently, since I started Curves!! In fact that is likely since there are no real signs of being dehydrated, only of muscle tiredness with my getting Delayed Onset Muscle Pain.
This is an unusual thing – the dietician has never met it before – and if the carb increase doesn’t fix it I need to see the Doctor for ….. well we have no idea what!!
It also does show that care and regular monitoring is necessary on a low carb/high protein diet.

  
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LACEEJO11 7/5/2010 7:37PM

   
I use to low carb and got into trouble with my B vitamins...now I just eat right, portion control, lots of natural, (rather than man made foods)....It seems to work a lot better for me, and I am sure not as tired all the time!!

Best wishes!!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/5/2010 6:39PM

    How interesting is this...I know that although I am on limited carbs (diabetic), I am on even lower amounts of protein (CKD-kidneys) and no one has ever brought this to my attention. Every time I go to the dentist she says I have chapped lips...I could never understand that...every time for the last 7 years. I know that I drink at least 15 plus glasses of water a day...for a while the doctor has me drinking at least 2-25...I was never hungry but never out of the bathroom either.
Keep us posted on how this is working for you as far as being hydrated.
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LP2278 7/4/2010 6:13PM

    You could be dehydrated even if you are getting 2L of water a day. You should drink .25L for every 15 minutes of cardio, so a half liter for a 30 minute workout. This volume of water is in ADDITION to your recommended 2L of water a day. Try drinking more and see what happens.

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/4/2010 7:45AM

    WOW.. what a thing to come up with :) ONLY YOU! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 7/1/2010 5:52PM

    Wow that is quite interesting. I agree we need our carbs. i try and eat the right amounts in proporton to protien and fat but some days the tracker tells me i am low in carbs. i am geting o learn what is hig in healthy carbs and a pear is one of them! emoticon

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VXWALL1942 7/1/2010 9:48AM

    Fascinating information. Who'd have thought of dehydration with your current practices and carbs and protein? Not me for sure. Thanks for your always enjoyable and educational blogs. I'll be watching my % of hydration from here on. Is 45% for you or the general norm?

vicki

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 7/1/2010 6:11AM

    "... when it rains, it pours."

I am glad you have a handle on this situation - it could be very serious.

I never skimp on my carbs.

You will overcome this too!

Love,
Linda

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MS.ELENI 6/30/2010 9:06PM

    I am glad the problem has been found.Now to get it corrected. Getting older is not for the weak. Hope you feel better soon

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 6/30/2010 8:30AM

    Not getting enough carbs is never a problem for me, as I'm a real carb junkie - bread, potatoes, rice, pasta (chocolate, cake, pastry!)
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I love carbs and could never do Atkins, or whatever - I'd go mad! My SP recommendation for my calorie range is 207-299g carbs. Yours will obviously be lower, with you being on a lower calorie range, but I wondered if you were following SP's recommendation or if you were doing your own thing?

There's so much to be considered with this whole nutrition malarkey - it's hard to get it exactly right. You wonder how our ancestors survived without all of this information, though, eh?!

Best of luck with the carb experiment. I hope it makes a difference and you start to see the results you want.

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ROSIELLE 6/30/2010 6:30AM

    Oh my goodness...who would ever think that you could develop that kind of problem? It's a real reminder that, nutrient wise, we need everything in moderation. Good luck with the new diet, and please keep us posted! I, for one, try to follow tha low-carb and high-protein approach too; I'll definitely be interested in your outcome. Hang in there emoticon
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YW84FRIDAY 6/29/2010 4:13PM

  Thanks for sharing. I wonder if that isn't why my muscles are so tired lately?? Hmmmm...I'll have to check and see.

Thanks again.

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MARIADALE 6/29/2010 2:06PM

    Water needs increase with body weight... the 8 cup a day recommendation assumes a body weight of about 150 pounds

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MRSJERRYBUSH 6/29/2010 10:43AM

    Oh, boy, am I confused! Think I better go back and reread all this again. Edie

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HAPPYBASKET 6/29/2010 10:22AM

    This is so interesting, dear friend. How great of you to share this info. They always have trouble with taking blood from me & just this last time they told me to drink water before I came to the lab. Your blog was so interesting that I even asked my DH to read it because he never drinks water & complained of being light headed. So He is drinking a little more now but I think after reading this he will be convinced. He was amazed with your report. Thank You. emoticon You are my guiding emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SMOOCHIEFACE 6/29/2010 9:48AM

    Thanks for sharing! That IS really useful. But then, most of your posts are full of interesting/useful things.

I just bought a fancy-dancy scale that reads your hydration level, but didn't really know what the number should be. Mine's been reading about 34% every day.

So... 45%. I am drinking my 8 glasses of water also, usually more, but it's so hot here (even inside my house - broken AC) that I guess I'm dehydrated too! I'll up my carbs for a while and see if that helps!!!!


Thanks for the info!!

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DGRAZIA 6/29/2010 9:27AM

    Facinating blog post! I love my carbs, but have not been eating as much; and have trouble with gultens..so sticking to other carbs. I will have to keep an eye on this too. Let us know how it all turns out. I always thought removing any one of the elements was not good..but most diets would either have you remove carbs or fat..or lower your protein. It was enough to drive you crazy:-) So nice to be here and find real good sense help.

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CRISPINI 6/29/2010 9:05AM

    Wow, this is very useful information. Thanks for posting!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 6/29/2010 8:34AM

    WOW! Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I am going to look at this a LOT more closely. It sounds as if it could be the answer that "we" have been looking for. Keep us posted. I'll be watching. I'm going to follow your advice and raise my carbs & water intake as well. Love ya, Dawn

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IRONGRANNIE 6/29/2010 6:02AM

    This is interesting. One of the reasons those fad diets show quick weight loss is the effect on glycogen stores. For each gram of glycogen stored there is 1 gram of water stored too. Low carb diets cause glycogen depletion and the resulting water lost is the "weight loss"

I hope your increased carbs fix the problem. Could I give you some of mine????

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SUSIEPH1 6/29/2010 2:16AM

    This is most interesting Ann. I suppose I should get myself checked too...any way hope they get to the bottom of the problem will be most interested to hear the outcome ...Take Care my Friend

Cheers Susie and Bobby

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JOANOFSPARK 6/29/2010 1:39AM

    wow....that is something that I had never thought about......you think the more water we drink, the better it is, but obviously it does no good if it doesn't get to the cells. I guess that is why my dietitian kept telling me to make sure that I got enough carbs...in a day....and I know there are days when I am consistently low, so I will try to make sure that I do get enough from now on....though I usually do try to make sure.....*shaking my head* interesting..another whole new slant to this stuff....but it is good that they found out that you were dehydrated.....so you can start doing something about it......I do hope that it is just that you are not getting enough carbs and just eating more will fix it.....
sorry, I rambled on a bit........but I will be thinking about you.....

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Ever seen a baby Echidna

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ufortunately this isn't me - it was sent through email by a friend!!
Prepare to say "Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!"











Edit!!
Apparently I have been told this is a hedgehog - not an echidna!! Though they are very different animals it would be hard for the average person to tell the difference at this age!!
Thank you for correcting me - Big_Scots_Lass!!

  
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KRITTERKEEPERS 7/11/2010 12:00AM

    Absolutely the cutest!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/5/2010 6:42PM

    Absolutely adorable...whatever it is. Thank you for sharing!!
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VXWALL1942 7/1/2010 9:52AM

    Awwwww! You got me. Think I'd like one for a pet. Wonder if they are as sweet and lovable as they look.

vicki

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 6/30/2010 8:16AM

    Um, that's not an echidna, it's a hedgehog. I posted the exact same photos in a blog back in April, which were sent to me by a friend who works for the Forestry Commission. I even used the baby hedgehog as my profile photo for a while. I don't think you saw it, as you didn't comment on it, but I thought I should set the record straight - hedgehog, not echidna, which is a different creature altogether.

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JOANOFSPARK 6/29/2010 1:42AM

    awwwwwwwwwwww it's so cute.......awwwwwwwwwwww....... emoticon I just couldn't help it.....

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LIBBYFITZ 6/28/2010 12:05PM

    Just beautiful!!! emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/28/2010 11:27AM

    I've seen those before, but not in the same order - AWWWWW!

Hedgehog?

Love,
Linda

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GOEGIRL 6/28/2010 10:44AM

    omg - the cutest thing EVER!!

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SMOOCHIEFACE 6/28/2010 9:28AM

    So cute!!!!! Are they related to hedgehogs?

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MARIADALE 6/28/2010 8:55AM

    The awwwwwwww was automatic!

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MILLYMOUSE1 6/28/2010 7:25AM

    I have seen that email, aren't they just gorgeous. We have them here in Tassie I just haven't seen a baby one

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SUSIEPH1 6/28/2010 5:53AM

    How absolutely gorgeous Ann ..
We had one of those in our garden at St Georges Basin near Nowra years ago .. when my then Husband David was a Pilot in the Fleet Air Arm in Nowra
David was attached to the Aircraft Carrier Melbourne .. in the 70's ... We actually lived off base at that time ..and we also has a Kookaburra that would come in and knock on our window for his Mince meat every night ..
This brings back lovely Memories ..
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ROX525 6/28/2010 5:41AM

    Awwww! I want one!

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