Sunday, June 03, 2012
Or Why I Will Never Ever Give Up!
I love writing stories. It's actually my job. I'm a published author so I write stories for a living. But I'm living proof that never giving up is the greastest thing you can do when trying to make healthy changes in your life.
Almost 5 years ago, I joined SparkPeople. I had just been diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes 2 and was looking for a calorie counter. I literally tripped over SparkPeople.com and back then, it was nothing like it is now. But it was still a great place to come and learn healthier ways and I started following the "plan" without feeling like was on a plan. I couldn't afford to just throw away stuff because it was processed food so my DH and I ate our way, conservatively through our inventory of things that were not considered healthy and replaced them, slowly with things that were healthy, like plenty of fruits and veggies.
Living in Florida might make this a little easier for me than for some of you, because we have so many fresh fruits and veggies all year long, like tomatoes all year long, and other fruits and veggies. At any rate, I think we know where every farm you can pick your own fruit or veggie and every farmer's market there is in a 20 mile circumferance around our home is. Sometimes, the only thing we buy is fruits and veggies. We took a $100.00/week grocery bill to $40.00. We've learned to minimize most things we use and we've learned how to cut waste. But that's a different story.
The main story is that I've learned to Never Ever Give Up! Learning how to live a healthier life is not an overnight thing, it's not even a two week thing. It takes a couple of years to make it all the way through all those articles on the Nutrition Articles List. My original intent for reading them was to see what was in there and I might as well get some points for my work, too. But you learn things and sometimes you don't even realize you just learned something that is going to push you into something else to learn.
I lost 45 pounds with what I learned on SP and what I changed in my life and my doctor was surprised and happy about it. I have been stuck here for 18 months, nearly, but my blood sugar level has dropped to near normal, I've learned to stop eating potatoes everyday, hard for an Irish girl, and I've also learned to cut the fat and sodium and stay away from bread, potatoes, rice, and pasta and nevermind that its brown rice, whole wheat or whole grain pasta and bread. I gain weight and my blood sugar levels skyrocket when I eat them. True, I have a piece of bread as toast, or in a sandwich occasionally, but that's the magic word for me, OCCASIONALLY.
So while I'm not appearing to lose weight, which I am still working on, I have learned that you can reach goals without realizing it or going through the back door. I actually don't care what door I go through as long as I reach goals, set goals or not. My biggest goal is to reach goal weight, another 40-45 pounds down the road, but living healthy is my actual goal. Doing that gets me to the other goals, like losing another 40-45 pounds. I'm also learning to make intermediate goals, like learning how to exercise everyday to beat the pre-diabetes 2 and cholesterol. Having my blood sugar levels down to near proper levels has proven to me that this is the right journey for me and I wouldn't be here without SparkPeople.
My doctor has recently taken me of the double-hit med for diabetes 2 and put me on a single-hit med, which costs me a ton of money less than the double-hit med. But it also confirmed that I was doing the right thing. Another weird milestone is that when I do my exercise, which is what I call pool jogging early in the morning, when the weather permits, which is most days in Florida, and then come back and take the med, I get lightheaded because my blood sugar level is already down where it belongs and the med is no longer really needed, but it's a crutch that I'm afraid to let go of. Eventually, I'll test the theory and talk to the doctor to see if I can really drop the meds.
Then, I will have reached another milestone, a healthy senior citizen (64) and not taking meds for anything. I don't have sinus headaches any more, and I've learned how to use exercise as a near cure-all. If a headache even things about coming to my head, I start doing exercise. It goes away. Now if I could just change my internatl clock to let me sleep at night instead of the day, I'd be SuperWoman!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Okay, I will stop flaming out over SILICON DIOXIDE in my food. I first "discovered" SILICON DIOXIDE in my chili powder. Thanks to Chef Meg's recipe for Taco Seasoning Mix, which I rate as a 5 star recipe, and can be found on SparkRecipes.com, a SparkPeople member wrote a comment that if you are going totally salt free, read the chili powder label as commercial chili powder has salt added (Not a direct quote, only my memory of what she wrote). So I grabbed my chili powder and read the label. "CHILI PEPPER, SPICES, SALT, SILCON DIOXIDE, GARLIC." Why does my chili powder need salt and garlic? Okay, I am reducing my salt intake, I don't believe anyone should go totally salt free as we need salt, however, I'm not a doctor so if your doctor has advised you to go salt free, maybe you produce your own salt so you don't need to eat salt in any way, shape, or form. I have a girlfriend who's mother produces enough cholesterol naturally that she has a hard time eliminating it fast enough and she has to run for hours, literally, every day in order to keep it at some acceptable level.
Anyway, while looking at the chili powder label, I noticed SILICON DIOXIDE. Sounded like plastic and I wondered what the heck it was and why is someone adding plastic to my diet? I didn't taste it, but why add it to chili powder? So I Googled SILICON DIOXIDE. The link above will lead you to Buzzle.com and there is a good explanation of what SILICON DIOXIDE, also known as SILICA does for the body, adding a mineral to our bones to aid in fending off osteoarthritis and arthritis and also fending off aluminum, which apparently promotes Alzheimer's.
I'm okay with SILICON DIOXIDE now, so I won't be giving it another thought, but I thought I might save someone else from flaming out over it in their food.
On the other hand it reminded me about how much I have learned on, or because of SparkPeople.com. The information you find on SP is fantastic and if you don't find it in an article, someone is going to tell you something and you'll do something like I did, go word search it and find out what it is. Next time, I may not be deflamed, I might be inflamed, but at least I found out what it is and I can react accordingly.
It also reminded me that my health class I took in high school was a joke as far as health is concerned. I learned how to put on bandages, and how to treat shock. Two important things, but basically that was my health class. After reading most, if not all the articles at least once on SparkPeople, I can tell you I've learned more on my own volition than I ever learned in my high school health class! Maybe I'll sue due to their lack of educational value.
It's amazing what SparkPeople.com can do for us. I don't have time to sue my former school district. I'm too busy learning healthy ways and making myself healthier and I thank God everyday for Chris Downey and his brain child - SparkPeople.com. Thanks Chris. I know for a fact you can leave SparkPeople.com, but you can't get SparkPeople.com out of your system. I tried for a few months and I came back and I am now the healthiest I have ever been in my life and we're talking a long life at 64 years old.
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Well, I did it! I made it for seven days without a potato! The worst of it was yesterday, day 7, and I woke up my brain said, "Hey, no potato! I haven't seen one here for the longest time. Did they quite making them?" I said, "Never mind."
By the end of the day, my brain was getting much louder with the questions, but still not begging for one, just louder at the pointed questions regarding the MIA potato. So I feel confident that I can hang back from that table for quite awhile. And, probably to most people's delight! I won't be talking about it any more.
Interestingly, I did have someone ask me how I did it and why. I told them why and they said, so how did you stay away from them? The answer was hard to take. I knew she was looking for the magic wand solution. I said, "I just said no and walked away, then got busy on something so I could forget about it." Her response bowled me over. "Wow! That had to be hard!" And here I was thinking it was a snap, this time. I guess I've learned how to say no to myself and know I meant it.
I am feeling kinda proud of my journey today. I have finally got myself in the right direction again, down on the scale, by 2 pounds today. So I'm feeling happy and knowing I can do this, again - some more.
I was starting to feel like I had reached my plane of existance and I wasn't real thrilled that it was so short of where I wanted to go, but my little self-challenge with the potato showed me that I can keep going, and I will keep going and right now I want it gone, instantly. I know that can't happen, but I'm on a terror! Get it off! Get it off! I'll cool off in a minute, as soon as I stop jumping up and down with joy, which in itself is good for me.
Just got back from water aerobics and I really worked it. Not a social hour to twirl around while talking. Today, it was like pumping iron. Work it! Make it Happen! Work it again! Where are we - oh! Who cares, just keep going! Faster! Harder! Give it your best!
WooHoo! Gotta go for a walk!
Monday, April 30, 2012
Well I have made it through the first five days of my seven day battle. I am more determined than ever to get past them. I haven't had any cravings, I don't really miss them. I am to a point where I actually have to think, potato, and I guess I don't need to think it any more.
Wendy - My sweetpotatotooth never did work - can't stand the things - so for me, it's harmless, as you said.
Next: I'm working on the bread, the pasta, and the rice teeth. Don't need those either.
Have a good one!
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