Monday, October 13, 2014
For months I've been eating horribly and not really exercising. I stopped checking my blood sugar and just buried my head in the sand. Due to life circumstances and the in-actions I just mentioned, I have also been sinking deeper and deeper into depression. I'm also sure I've been no joy to be around...and indeed I felt as if my own joy had been robbed. I couldn't have more purposely been putting myself in an early grave.
So, looking at 10 days off from work I knew I could put the nails in my coffin, sitting around and eating...or I could start fresh...which is what I finally decided it was time to do. The first step was to find out at least how bad my blood sugar was...So I took a deep breath and tested. It was as bad as I was afraid it would be...over 300 (for those who are unfamiliar with T2 diabetes, normal is well under 100). I didn't make drastic changes immediately. I prayed for strength and wisdom and the fortitude to not quit this time. I started formulating a plan. Clearly I could not be trusted to continue working out on my own. I needed help again. Time to stop talking about when I worked my way up to almost a black belt in TaeKwondo when I was in my 40's or how I used to do Yoga. Time to stop bragging about taking up Tai Chi and healing myself when the Drs wanted to do surgery on my rotated vertebrates and tilted hip from an accident. That was in my mid-20's and when I started studying health and nutrition and started eating right and lost 45 lbs and kept it off for 8 years.
But slowly, life beat me up and I kept waving the white flag, until I find myself in the worst shape of my life, and it's not due to age!
So...For 4 days now, I've been going to the gym, eating well...For me that means little to no sugar, very few carbs, very little if any wheat products. I've continued drinking my water.
I kept getting on the scale, wanting so badly to see it go down...But nothing... in fact...I actually gained a lb.!
But I had a thought...I'm doing this first and foremost for health...and for me, right now, that means getting my numbers down. So I tested, and lo and behold...I was at 100!!! WOW!!! What encouragement!
So my plan is to keep going...to ask for prayer from those that are inclined and believe in it...to not be so hard on myself anymore...to be as kind as I would want to be to someone else...to remember that with consistency comes success...and to always remember this life long challenge is not made up of one big war but of many battles.
Thank you all for your encouragement
Friday, June 20, 2014
Back on 9/4/2013 I wrote a blog called “Does the Easy Way Out Ever Work?” It was about how I had gotten suckered into a weight loss scam – They wrap you up in gauze and leave you that way for a period of time. They promise you will lose inches from all over your body in one session… of course, if you do lose anything it will be water weight . . . but more likely your dignity.
Anyway, when a co-worker came in talking about how she had joined a “Vibology Studio” for weight loss, where she said you stand on a platform that shakes you up .. . I thought to myself, “Oh, no – you did not fall for that, and I’m sure not going to fall for a stupid scam again.” I had visions of I Love Lucy, with Lucy stuck on one of those things with a belt around her waist while she got shook up like crazy.
But then I did my research – WOW! Not particularly beneficial for weight loss, although they’ll try to make you think it is and tell you you’ll lose lots of inches, however, I started reading the reviews on the medical sites about how beneficial this “new” vibration platform is good for Bone Density, reversing Osteoporosis, and more.
“They started researching this in the 60’s to help astronauts maintain muscle mass. They’ve since found it helps strength and balance, and decreases sway in the elderly, and found it especially beneficial in rehab to increase circulation. It has also been shown to improve and maintain bone mineral density in postmenopausal women and the tactic is being studied for its therapeutic potential, such as increasing older women's bone mass – a far better alternative than the dangerous osteoporosis drugs currently on the market.” I took the excerpts in the preceding paragraph from Dr. Mercola’s website. I’ll try to attach the link below.
I starting researching how much the platforms cost, and of course they can be costly. Well, at the Dr. yesterday I asked her if she knew about them and what her opinion was . . . and to my surprise she said, “yes, I go myself 4-5x a week for osteoporosis,” and she recommended it to me for my osteopenia (precursor to osteoporosis). She suggested I try it for a month first, at the studio - like a small gym, to see how I felt about it before making the investment in a machine. So I joined for a month – found a coupon on line to bring the $60/month cost down to $27/month trial for unlimited visits and went today for the first time. Pretty neat . . . I had it on the lowest setting and I could really see how it can work to strengthen bones. They say 10 minutes is equal to 1 hour of exercise . . . uhhh, not sure about that, but it definitely gave me some kind of workout. As I said, I'm not expecting anything on the weight loss side, but I do believe it can help reverse bone density issues, and that's a good thing!
Below is a link of a funny demonstration a few years ago, on The Doctors with Fran Drescher of what it looks like – it’s much better than me trying to explain it!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The last couple of days I've been a bit under the weather...and the weather has been beautiful, so I have to go pretty deep to get under it
Thursday night I woke up a few times with mildly itchy palms. It wasn't bad though so didn't think much of it.
By Friday afternoon though, I had chills and the itching had gone from mild to wild, spread up the inside of my arms and I was scratching like crazy and icing the areas alternately.
I took a Benedryl and went to sleep. I've been racking my brains to figure out what I had done differently. Clearly this was a reaction to something. I kept thinking of two things... shampoo, it wasn't new but my head had started itching...and the other thing was an organic lavender hand sanitizer that I used on Thursday for the first time and then again on Friday.
Here is one side reaction pulled from a med site:
"Some people may develop an allergic reaction to lavender. Nausea, vomiting, headache, and chills have also been reported in some people after inhaling or absorbing lavender through the skin. Lavender applied to skin may cause irritation in some people."
So, I'm pretty certain it was the lavender. Hoping after the detox tea and lots of water it will work it's way out of my system.
Lesson: remember not all things organic are good for all of us...cyanide, poison ivy, and countless poison plants are organic...but not necessarily beneficial.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Happy Hump Day everyone!
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