Sunday, May 25, 2014
I had my regular visit with my endocrinologist February 21st. Well you know that I had another visit this past Friday, May 23rd. To get the surgery, my A1C has to be under 7.0 , if memory serves me correctly, my A1C in February was 8.6. I lowered my number down to 7.6 this past Friday. That was great news but there is some even better news around the corner.
My appointment was actually with a NP that I had never seen before, but he was in a tizzy. He noticed my weight on the chart that the MA, (medical assistant) had written down and he cornered his and asked if he weighed me or if he just wrote down the weight the “patient told him”. Well, I was actually ON the scale so he wrote THAT WEIGHT down. The NP didn’t believe it. Drum roll please…………………
In the past three months, I’ve been able to lose a whopping 9.2 pounds, no, I’m joking, remove the decimal point, 92 pounds. From 442 down to 350. I’m jumping for joy and knew a lot of my success was from your visit.
And this was all done without ANY of my insulin. 7.6 A1C without insulin and only pills and diet changes. The insulin story is basically because my insurance priced it out of reach. I had the nearly $500 per month for my part of the cost, just didn’t see me spending that kind of money to buy it, so thanks to the insurance company for forcing my hand after being a diabetes patient for 16 years.
We went and did a little clothes shopping this Saturday and bought two pairs of slacks. Last pants purchased in July ’13 for Sherri’s dad’s funeral was waist size 60. I had a couple pair of 56’s that I’ve been wearing but the new pants are size 52 and I don’t even HAVE to unbutton them to take them off.
To answer any questions of How did I do it, I report that I subscribed to to diet books:
The Virgin Diet
and the most recent book from Dr. Travis Stork, from the TV show the Doctors.
Good luck with YOUR journey
Not so big anymore Tony
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Well hello SPark friends,
It's been a while since I've blogged.
I've had some wild success in my weight loss journey since January '14 and thought I'd tell you about it.
First, NEVER give up!
Second, each day is a new day, if you get off track or even derailed one day, jump back on that choo-choo train of success. You are the engineer, the fireman AND the ticket collector. You make the call.
The final nail that drove me over the cliff was the idea that my insulin that I've been taking and controlling my blood sugar with for maybe 6 months was going UP in price. Instead of $100-$125 per month, I hit the donut hole in February and it was going to cost ME almost $500 per month for one bottle and would have to pay that for two months. Now, I was blessed that we did have the money to purchase the insulin, but did not feel the urge to SPend the money. I've been diabetic for 16 years and have only danced around the issue of really getting in control of my numbers.
SO, I took the bull by the horns and really started crackin' the whip and getting with the program.
I LOVE SParkpeople.com but the app on my iPad mini is not the easiest to work with. I found another app, dare I say,"Diabetes In-check" and started tracking with it. Bought a couple books, e-books, actually. Had seen an infomercial for the Virgin Diet. Now, you know the name was half the draw, LOL. I liked what it offered and basically the first two weeks, no dairy, no pasta/potatoes/flour, no sugar/ regular or artificial sweetener either.
Sounds ROUGH don't it. Well, it wasn't half bad, the first couple/few days were the worst and that was just to break old habits!
Additionally, after some weight loss before this plan, I did get approval from my doctor for an appetite suppressant and it was the final straw to really get things rolling!
I called my diet, really it's NOT a diet, it's a change of food plan for EVER, it's called MY SEE FOOD DIET! Not a typo, not sea food, see food. If I see food, I DON'T EAT IT.
I'll swear my air around here is fattening. LOL
So, meat, and none of it is processed, no bologna, or stuff like that and lot's of veggies and fruit. The fruit was the key, as it is natural sugar instead of added sugars.
My calorie intake for the first week or so was between 300-600 per day and I think I was actually below the 300 mark some too. Still, not bad but found that after a while, my weight loss slowed down as did my metabolism. I HAD to start eating more food and did not want carbs, but I NEEDED good carbs. So again, change is good.
My food plan now consists of 1800 calories per day, heck I used to eat that in a meal! I usually have left over calories each day too, seldom go over it too!
My exercise is mainly walking around the farm and doing my chores. I always used to try to get a mile a day in, as that was basically the minimum and now that walking on my pedometer has grown to 2 miles up to 4.75 miles per day.
I have more energy, stamina and afternoon naps are a thing of the past.
Remember, the key is to NOT GIVE UP
I make some mistakes almost any day. Learn from it and correct the mistake next time!
Hope this explains my SECRET, guess it isn't a secret any more. LOL
Have a GREAT Day!
Keep the FAITH and the SPark!
YOU CAN DO IT!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
IS IT ONE WORD OR TWO ?
An elderly couple, who were both widowed, had been going out with each other for a long time.
Urged on by their friends, they decided it was finally time to get married.
Before the wedding, they went out to dinner and had a long conversation regarding how their marriage might work.
They discussed finances, living arrangements and so on.
Finally, the old gentleman decided it was time to broach the subject of their physical relationship.
"How do you feel about sex?" he asked, rather tentatively.
"I would like it infrequently," she replied.
The old gentleman sat quietly for a moment, adjusted his glasses, leaned over towards her and whispered -
"Is that one word or two?"
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I received this info from a dear SP friend HICKOKHALEY
Hope you enjoy
Six Truths in Life.......
1. You cannot stick your tongue out and look up at the ceiling at the same time, a physical impossibility due to the tendons within your neck.
2. All idiots, after reading #1 will try it.
3. And discover #1 is a lie.
4. You are smiling now because you are an idiot.
5. You soon will forward this to another idiot.
6. There is still a stupid smile on your face.
I sincerely apologize about this but I'm an idiot and I needed company . You now have 2 options . . . delete it, or send it along to put a smile on someone else's face today.
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