Tuesday, April 07, 2009
I really can't believe that I turned down a piece of birthday cake and ice cream. That is why I show up for birthday parties. Not really, but it sure was a BONUS! So while waiting for the goodies, I began to think that I could have those items, which I knew would not fill me up after my limited dinner OR I could go home and have some popcorn which is much healthier and filling for me. The world did not come to an end, I am not going through a mourning period and I survived.
I am really coming to terms that even though I am eating within points, there are some foods that I eat out of habit and although I like it, it is taking away valuable points that could be used on better foods. Case in point, I love those Quaker Mini Rice Cakes - Mint Delights 2 points and I would pack them in my lunch every day during the week. Doesn't matter that I was full or tight on points, I would eat them anyway. So I don't plan on buying them at this time so I can find other goodies! So far so good, although I do miss them.
I always worried about having enough food to eat so I would not have a diabetic reaction or in case of, which happened alot the first time I lost weight. Now I make sure I have enough glucose tablets and watch my medication closely so I can reduce when necessary, instead of eating. Did I mention prior to sparkpeople that I loved having reactions because it was a great excuse for a candy bar! No more.
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
After falling off the wagon and in fact, losing site of the wagon altogether, I am back on track. I lost 30 pounds two years ago and put nearly all of it back on and feeling all of the pain that goes with it, such as being out of breath, higher blood sugars, etc.
One thing I am learning is to take it slowly this time around. I had been pretty obsessive about my weight loss last time and did alot of exercising, which meant I could eat more of course. Of course, when I quit exercising to the extreme that I was because of winter, I forgot to eat less.....go figure! I also limited my food quite a bit and the holidays when they rolled around were NOT good to me.
I decided to join weight watchers on 2/27/09 so I would have a real live person to be held accountable to, but can't forgot sparkpeople that helped me so much so I plan on combining the two. I won't be tracking food here, only because I track through weight watchers and I really like the point system of which I have my minimum amount plus my weekly allowance, which is a lot easier for me than the calorie range because I will eat ALL of my calories! I have no idea how many calories I am eating now and prefer it that way, at least for now.
I do plan on tracking my exercise through sparkpeople, because I really like the set--up better. I did injure my leg/knees a couple of weeks ago so I am taking it real slow on the treadmill until I get "healthy" again.
I am looking forward to re-connecting with some old spark buddies and teams.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Wow! Can't believe all of the changes that have happened in the last couple of months. Where do I even start...
Well I am down 20lbs from my start weight and I am having to buy some new clothes - actually goodwill since I don't plan on being in these too long. :) I still have 41 more lbs to go to reach goal.
I am so happy with myself. Yesterday I turned down donuts that my boss bought. Before I would have "had to look" and then find a "small" one, like there really is that option. Also, this last weekend I was to a restaurant that had a buffet set-up and I only took small portions and didn't go back for seconds. I kept thinking I had to get my money's worth and it took some effort to get that out of my mind and tell myself that I was satisfied with what I had and that was good enough. I am not a garbage can and that's exactly how I would have been treating my body had I kept eating to get my money's worth!
So where am I at today:
My doctor was very pleased with my progress - I believe he said "the angels were singing". I am off my insulin and should be off another of my diabetic pills within the next 2-4 weeks. I am still on one other diabetic pill, but he also has plans to wean me off that as well as the weight comes off. He also cut my blood pressure pill in half. My BP jumped up slightly 110/70's, which was a little disconcerting since I am used to it being about 100/60's. But then I realized that once it gets back down to 100/60, I will be able to cut my dosage even more if not all together. This is so awesome, from taking a handful of pills plus shots to just 2 or 3. I can handle that....so can my pocketbook!
I just increased my cardio from 30 minutes a day to 45 minutes. I do 30 minutes in the morning and the weather has been so beautiful that I have been taking my dog, Molly, for a walk every day, instead of getting on the treadmill (I have all winter for that). I think the vet will appreciate these morning walks for Molly too, she has appt today and I am anxious to see how she is doing. I also do 15 minutes of cardio in the evening to help with my next morning blood sugar and I try to mix it up between biking, stationary bike, walking and hopefully jump rope soon!
I do six days of strength training. I was doing three, but it was taking too long, so I divided it up to Legs/Abs three days and Arms/Chest the other three days with Mondays off and that seems to be working a lot better - only 15-20 minutes a day instead of 30-40 and the different muscle groups do get their rest days between workouts. Also, doing ST six days helps with consistency, which I find is the key to weight loss and the amount of calories to eat.
I am also seeing a difference in my boyfriend, as he sees my success, he is also succeeding - even though he won't sign up! He is the cook in the family and he is really trying to make things healthy for me and therefore for himself. I am eating more balanced meals. He still has to work on breakfast and lunch, but at least he recognizes that he needs to improve on these areas.
Current challenges are: Biggest Loser Challenge Part 2 - Go Green! & Women on a Mission Challenge, which has been a big help giving us points for staying within calorie range, drinking our water, cardio, ST and a personal goal! Both challenges are keeping me accountable! I am also doing the Tolkien Walk and I am at 270 miles or so on a 458 mile journey and that encourages to walk just a little bit more or get on the bike for just a few minutes since every mile will get me that much closer to Rivendell!
I started Stage 3 last week and am looking forward to the next 8 weeks to see what they bring.
Monday, April 09, 2007
First weigh in for the BLC and I am down 3 lbs from last Monday! I am down a total of 8 lbs since I started on 3/15. Not bad!
Also since 3/15 - I no longer am on insulin for my diabetes - from 17 units to zero in exactly 4 weeks. I have also reduced my glyburide in half as well!
I am eating oatmeal and whole grain cereal (TOTAL) with fruit for breakfast instead of my usual bagel. Now the bagel is limited to once a week, if even.
My goal now is trying to balance my meals with fruits and vegetables and less processed foods.
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