Sunday, March 30, 2014
Will I succeed this time? That is a question I have been asking myself since I was a teenager and first began to gain and lose weight then gain it back again. I have tried more diets than I care to think about.
289 pounds is the most I have ever weighed that I know of as I have avoided the scales a lot . Last year I turned 50 and I began to drink gallons of water a day, visit the restroom much more often, my eyesight got really bad and then I lost 20 pounds without even trying in a few weeks. I went to the doctor and found out I had Type 2 Diabetes. I was kind of relieved at first, I thought that well I have eaten how I wanted for 50 years so now I have to start eating like I am suppose to and I'll have to take insulin. I called my mom and told her and she started to cry. I think that was when I started to realize exactly how serious it was and of all of the changes I would have to make in my life.
I went online and researched Type 2 Diabetes and learned a lot of confusing information about the amount of carbohydrates I should eat and other things. I tried a couple of the sites programs and got very frustrated with the lack of nutrition information available and that there wasn't really any type of workout programs on them other than saying I should work out and to input the information of what I did. Then I found Sparkpeople Type 2 Diabetics program. It had articles that I could read to learn about carbs, workouts and everything else I wanted to know about Type 2 Diabetes and an easy to use Food Tracker that lets me know protein, fat, carbs and other information I need to know about each food I eat and each meal I eat. I was thrilled!!!!!!!
My doctor told me to start walking once a day for 30 minutes then I worked up to walking 45 minutes a day. Now I do Leslie Sansone Walking Workouts, Cardio Kick Boxing, Rocking Body Workouts or walk 45 to 80 minutes a day. I also do Sparkpeople Strength Training 2 to 3 times a week. I alternate my cardio workouts every day and I exercise 7 days a week most of the time.
My Starting weight when I joined Sparkpeople was 259 pounds and now I weight 185. My first goal is to reach 170 so I can stop having to pay 10 dollars a week out of my pay check at work for what I think of as a Fat Tax for being overweight. Then I am going to set my next goal for 150 then 130 and I will decide after that if I need to lose anymore weight. For me I had to break my weight loss down into what I saw as doable goals, looking at the amount of weight I needed to lose all at once was overwhelming to me .
I was so thrilled the first time I saw the scales go under 200 pounds!!!!!!!! It has been over 30 years since I have weighed less than 200 pounds.
I realized if I want to be able to control my diabetes without medication I had to take control of my life, what I eat, how much I eat and that I had to stop sitting on the couch and start exercising.
Taking control of my life since I joined Sparkpeople has been a lot easier. The insurance I got this year has a fitness section that has you put in the types of workouts you do and then assigns you a different one each day of the week which you can change to another one so that has helped me to learn to vary my workouts more. I am still working with the Sparks Food Tracker to learn the right amounts of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, etc.... that I need to eat each day to keep my glucose readings where they need to be so I can eventually no longer have to take insulin and my doctor thinks I am doing good. He actually asked me what I was doing to lose weight and inches like I have been and I told him about the Sparkpeople and their program for Diabetics. He said he was going to check it out and would start telling his patients about it that had questions and difficulty with their diabetes!!!!!! So I know I am doing good.
So I am making good progress and I am happy about it. I am learning to become my own success story and that makes me feel GREAT!!!!!!!
I even am starting to like my scales!!!!!!! LOL I use to dread stepping on them, now I actually look forward to my weigh in day!!!!!!!!!!
I Hope Anyone Who Reads My Blog Is Also Learning To Become Their Own Success Story!!!!!!