Monday, August 06, 2012
It's been almost a year since I last posted. I am back. For a long time I was simply too discouraged to keep on trying. But, somewhere, down deep, I missed this site. I missed logging in my food and looking at the results. I missed logging in my exercise. I missed reading the blogs and all the encouragement other people have given me. I missed the informative articles. I even missed that spark wheel spin!
You've changed. I've changed. Maybe this time will be better.
I go walking/running with the neighbor most early mornings. This morning, after I dropped her off I went back to my old gym and worked out for half an hour. It felt good! Like coming home. I didn't realize how much I missed going to that dang gym!
I want to enter another 5k in September. Just less than five weeks away (sept 8.) Can I do it? I don't know, but with my neighbor's (and she's a friend also) encouragement I should be able to come in faster than my last 5k. We're doing our run/walk training at the local high-schools track at 5 am. Why the track? Cuz the surface there is much easier on my knees!
Goals? I got goals. And for the most part they are very doable. Loose 5 to 7 pounds a month for the next 6 months then reevaluate. Finish the 5k and start working up to an 8k (5 miles) to participate in next spring. Get off my meds and start saving beaucoup dollars there! I should be able to get rid of the blood pressure meds, and cut back on my diabetes meds, and maybe even cut out my cholesterol meds! That would save me hundreds of dollars a year! Or, if you want to think about it this way - the gym membership would pay for itself in reduced meds cost!
I like that my energy level is going up! And my depression level is going down! And I lost three more inches from my waist and another three from my hips. I thought that my pants felt loose the other day when walking into work - ie: I could feel them moving on my hips as I walked! Nice to know I wasn't imagining it!
Looking forward to tomorrow. And a bit of looking forward to next week, next month and next year. It's so wonderful to be just alive! And looking forward to reconnecting with my friends from facebook!
Thursday, September 01, 2011
So, the mindful eating really really pays off.
I am (according to my doctor) down 8 pounds and two whole point on my A1c. Still not under 7.0 but I am getting there!
I found a great deal on testing strips - 200 for $125. Most pharmacies charge ya 1.10 each strip. I'm paying 62 and 1/2 cents each strip! I got mine thru Amazon.com. What can I say. It pays to shop around.
I had a great fasting reading also - 109!
I had been losing energy, feel depressed, and my fasting blood sugars were going up earlier this summer. And all this despite my training and running in a couple of 5ks! So, I pressed my doctor for a referral to the local diabetes center and got to take 9 hours of classes! it cost me a lot (125.00) but its paying off dividends big time in lowered readings!
I just had to cut the snacks out when my bs reading was above 250. And check what it was before I ate and adjust my meal to lower the carbs downward if it was higher than 200. Not eliminate the carbs, but adjust them downwards!
And to really pay attention to how often i was eating off program!
I found out that drifting off target and mindfulness is a common occurance for those of us with diabetes. It's a life long disease. And sometimes we just get tired of being hyper-vigilent each and every single day. We eventually (because we're all human) let down our guard and eat off program. Nothing bad happens. So of course we do it again. Then again and again until we're no longer feeling well or in-control of our life.
The trick however, is to get back with the program sooner and not get to the point of feeling sick, or depressed or non-energized! (All symptons of sugar overload for the type II diabetic by the way!)
And I can plan special occasions into my diet. I can have a bite of birthday cake - 1 small 2 x 2 x 2 piece (counts as 1 and 1/2 fruits and 1 grain and 1 fat.) Or a donut that someone brought into the office to share - I can have a 1/4 of a donut in exchange for 1 piece of fruit and 1 grain and 1 fat. Are these exchanges always the same - no. Are they dietician approved - oh hell no! But, they allow me to OCCASSIONALLY (let me stress that word again! OCCASSIONALLY) to eat off plan without ruining my diet or blowing my sugars all to heck. Occassionally in this case is defined to be not more often than once every 3 weeks or so.
And I can have my beloved sushi again! Not more than 4 rolls - cuz that meets my 2 grains or 1 cup rice for my dinner. So, I can go to my favorite restaurant and not feel deprived! Yea! Or just 2 rolls of sushi for lunch when I am allowed 1 grain serving. For those that don't know 1/2 cup rice is equivelent to 1 grain serving. And 1/2 cup of rice is not enough. I've learned to eat my asian foods and indian curries with little to no rice. Cuz I want to enjoy the sauces, and the flavors, and I don't need to soak up and eat all sauces or drippings. Cuz that's where all those extra fat calories lurk! See it pays off in so many ways to be a mindful eater and to know what a true serving size is.
I like the losing weight part. I'm really liking having more energy also! And the lower blood sugars! That's just part of the package!
Now on to healing this achilles tendon injury so I can start running in 5ks again!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Last night I was working out with my trainer. He had me doing the side steps onto one riser plus the stablizer mat. That makes it more of a balance thing in addition to the normal side step up, side step down. The first one was my ah-ha moment. It took me longer to put my weight down on the foot on top of that stablizer mat the first time. Because it felt funny. Not solid (which kinda was the whole point of the exercise.) And I realized as I did it - that I could do it. That most of my hesitation was coming from my mind and not really my body.
And I've been thinking about this ever since. My mind is most of what is holding me back. I give in to the negative thoughts too often. The ones that say - oh you can't do that - you're too fat! You're too out-of-shape! You're too out-of-breath! Well guess what! When I ignore those negative sounds in my brain I find that I can too do it! It's a stretch sometimes, but I can do it!
I think Jillian and Bob call it stepping outside your comfort zone. Well, duh! Yeah, that's exactly it. My mind says no, you can't. My body isn't really saying no you can't. It doesn't care. It will do exactly what I ask of it - until I drop. It's my mind holding me back. It's my mind saying you can't run more than a quarter mile at a time - when at my last walk/run race my body was able to jog that entire last 1/2 mile. So, yes I can run more than a quarter mile at a time.
I got to quit listening to my thoughts and just press on and let my body tell me it can't. Cuz it certainly can do a heck of a lot more than my mind thinks it can. So, that's it mind. I'm putting you on notice. You're either with me or you're against me. And for to long now in my struggle to lose weight and get into shape - you've been against me. I'm gonna quit listening to you for the next month or so and see where that takes me. And then we'll have a little talk about your attitude. Cuz dude, it's not where I need you to be! You need to be my biggest supporter - not my biggest naysayer! I can do a lot more than I think I can!
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