Tuesday, January 18, 2011
One year ago today I joined an on-line community called SparkPeople. Little did I know then how much I would learn about food, exercise, support, blogging, teams, or other things about the online world. This is on top of weight loss and what I can do. I haven't met my goal yet but I know that the pounds I have lost are gone, never to return. Slow loss is the best. I have learned about calories, but more about my body and how it reacts to food and exercise. I am happy when I find a healthy snack that tastes good and is good for me. I am eating better than a year ago.
A year ago, I never thought I would make friends on-line that meant as much to me as my friends in the real world. But I have many friends here that I talk to every day and support me more than they will ever know. I care about all my friends here and I hope that all reach their goals in their time.
This time next year, I will have met goal and be maintaining that goal weight. My blood sugars will be controlled. My exercise will be increased. This time next year, I will be one of the success stories on Spark.
Until then, I will keep eating within my calorie range, exercise five days a week, increase my steps on my pedometer, blog, interact with my teams and my friends, give support, ask for and receive support, learn, and grow.
Thanks SparkGuy for making this possible for free. This is one thing that breaks the rule of "Too Good to Be True!"
Monday, January 17, 2011
First I want to thank all of you who supported me emotionally over the past few days. I live in fear of being put on insulin for my diabetes, even though I know I will most likely need it as some part.
I like my doctor! She looked at the past six months worth of blood testing (I have a computer program that hooks up to my meter and stores the information and I can print out a monthly report that gives all daily information.) She saw that until November I was doing great, then starting in November I was getting a lot more highs (140 - 180 range) it should be around 100.
She noticed that before dinner numbers were fine, it was morning and some lunch numbers. She started asking questions about my routine. Well, November was busy and I didn't get to the gym as often as I would have liked and the same with December and last week. So she is running the Lipid panel for cholesterol, general blood work, and A1C. The A1C measures the blood glucose over three months so it is the most important tool to decide treatment. Those tests won't be back for a few days.
Until then, I remain on the meds I am on, in the same dosage.
I am to maintain a routine up at 5 (even on the weekends) , workout schedule , meals on time .
She will let me know if she wants to increase one of my meds after seeing the A1C test results. Yeah, I am looking at maybe increase one of my meds not changing meds! I can live with that.
If she changes the dosage, I will need an A1C test in three months to check progress.
Simply put, she thinks I am doing well and just need to get in my routine and stay there. I can live with that.
The only things I know is my weight was the same as six months ago, and my BP is 129/70. In a few days I will post my other numbers. Hope they are good news. Until then, I won't stress because I can't change the past but I can change the future.
Side note - I had fun Mall walking. Bought my son an Auburn championship shirt (he is an Auburn fan) and a bunch of body stuff for me as a treat.
Thanks again for all of your support. I needed it!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Just a short blog about a new snack I just found. the crackers are 34 degree whole grain crisp bread - 30 calories for 9 crackers (bought at Wal-Mart) and then a thin layer of hummus on each. Yum!
That's all. The football game is starting!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
My status is "out of school again tomorrow. Monday is MLK day, so back on Tuesday and we lost our Feburary break. Oh well, with this weather it might snow again. It is only January!"
After I wrote that I thought I better write an explaination. My county has what they call a balanced calendar. We start the first Monday in August, have a week off in September, a week off for Thanksgiving, two weeks for Christmas, a week in Febuary, a week for Spring break, end the end of May. Have had it for 5 years and we all love it! This will feel weird going from MLK to Spring break - shades of days gone by! Oh, well it could be worse and I would rather to that then add days to the end of the school year!
I will venture out tomorrow and maybe go to the gym and the bank. I have been walking a mile a day either inside my house or outside when the wind isn't bad. The weather man is predicting rain for Monday and Tuesday which will remove the snow and ice and Atlanta will be back to normal.
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