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I guess I'm just not good with these kinds of sites.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I visit FB every day and my online journal every day, but I come here about once a year, mostly to check my progress. Just compared my starting numbers here to my numbers with my trainer and I've made a great deal of progress! I've lost only about 25 pounds but I've lost almost as many inches, mostly off my lower abdomen, where I mostly need to lose! My waist is down 5.5" from when I started here, my hips are down 3.75", my lower abdomen is down 3.5". Even my neck size is down an inch and a half!

I've gone from wearing a size 18-20W in tops to about a size 16 and in pants I went from 18W to size 14!!!

I set a goal this year to weigh less at the end of the month than I weighed at the beginning of the month, even if it's only in the tenths of a pound. So far I've done that :-)

Being diabetic and having thyroid issues makes losing weight very tough, but my meds, combined with working with a trainer is a winning combination! We're only working on strength and balance right now - we are going to add cardio this spring when the weather warms up and we can go outside.

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FIT4MEIN2013 3/5/2014 2:39PM

    Whatever you are doing it seems to be working for you! emoticon

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LADYDL 3/5/2014 11:55AM

    Great job! You are getting healthy and taking care of yourself. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 3/4/2014 5:17PM

    That is great progress!

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NBUTLER91 3/4/2014 4:00PM

    You are doing great! I fight with weight gain from meds so I too am glad even if I only loss a half pound in a month. Keep up the good work.


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THEEXERCISER 3/4/2014 3:50PM

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IDICEM 3/4/2014 3:40PM

  You've made great progress! I like that idea of weighing less at the end of the month. Keep up the good work!

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OMG It's been a year!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

It's been a year since my last entry, and what a year it has been!

A year ago my doctor took me off of my cholesterol medication because my liver enzymes were high. My blood sugar was also out of control (A1c ranged between 7.9 and 8.9). My thyroid was underactive and I just didn't have the energy to exercise. I was hardly eating, but still wasn't losing weight.

Finally she referred me to an endocrinologist. That was probably one of the biggest turning points in my life.

First, he put me back on (a lower dose) of Actos. He also put me on Victoza. Within 3 months I had lost 20 pounds and my A1c was down to 6.2. He raised my thyroid medication from 75 mcg to 100 mcg and said it should improve my metabolism even more and I should have more energy.

When I first went to see him, he said he wanted to get my A1c down below 6. My regular doctor said "I don't think that's going to happen." Well, if I can get it down to 6.2 I can probably get it below 6.

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with my progress. I've changed my goals a little here. I want to lose a pound a week and I set my goal to 130 instead of 140 (which I had before.) 140 is at the top of my weight range and was probably realistic when I was younger and did strength training and had solid muscle mass, but now (age 56) I think I will never have those kind of muscles again so I think a lower weight goal will be good. (my range is 105 - 140 based on the BMI charts)

Oh, I almost forgot! I am also off the pre-meal insulin!

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 11/10/2012 12:21AM

  That's great that the endocrinologist has been to help you!

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PHATPAT18 11/8/2012 7:36AM

    It's amazing what a good doctor can do for you both physically and mentally. Congrats on making big strides in being healthy.

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DRAGONFLYGALS 11/7/2012 11:50PM

    I think dealing with medical conditions are the roughest and cause tons of weight issues. I know many of my meds may make me gain weight and they do cause of the cravings. I need to just do mind over matter. Good luck glad they figured out what was going on.

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Serendipitous Visit with Diabetes Educator

Thursday, November 03, 2011

I had an appointment with a diabetes educator today. If there is any place to go hypoglycemic, it's while you're talking to a diabetes educator. We were discussing what I had for breakfast and how much insulin I took. She asked me how I was feeling and I told her "I think I'm having a low right now." I happened to bring my meter with me, and I tested - a blood glucose below 70 is considered low (hypoglycemia). My reading was 59 and I had just eaten 3.5 hours earlier. She gave me some glucose tablets and a small can of orange juice and about 20 minutes later it was 125. (and by the time I got home it had stablized to around 110).

She also gave me a new meter (like one I already have) and now I'm keeping one in the kitchen so I'll remember to test before dinner (where I have the most problem.)

But looking over my log in my meter, my control has been pretty good except for evening because I keep forgetting to inject before dinner. I asked what would define a good candidate for an insulin pump. She said 'You are not a good candidate. You have to test consistently at least 4 times a day - before meals and before bed.' That is what I'm working on now.

We also discussed exercise. Um. Yeah. Something I *KNOW* I should be doing. I told her how tired I was all the time, how I can go to bed at 10 pm and wake up every couple of hours and still feel tired at 9AM and end up taking 2-3 hour naps sometimes during the day. She is going to mention it to my doctor. I told her I would like to hire a trainer. She told me their gym has a "punch card" program where you can buy 10 punches for $40 - that means for just $4 I can come to one of their water aerobics classes (or any class). She also said since my schedule was flexible, I could probably join (after my medical membership - which would only be for two months) on the senior plan (I'd have to attend the gym during normal business hours, something like between 10am and 3pm).


So... freaking... tired...

Monday, October 31, 2011

I can't possibly be getting as much sleep at night as I think I am. Today at around 5pm I could hardly hold my head up and took a 'nap' until 7. I missed all the little trick-or-treaters. Roger said they were really cute.

There is just so much that needs to change. I think that is part of what is making me so tired.

1. I need to get my weight down
2. I need to exercise
3. I need to make those lifetime habits
4. I need to remember to inject insulin before every meal
5. I finally am consistent at taking my meds twice a day every day.

I can't work on everything at once, no matter what anyone tells me to do. It's too easy to get discouraged. I am working on taking my insulin before every meal now, no matter what I eat. That is going to be key in getting my numbers right. Once that becomes an ingrained habit, I'm going to work on the food part.

Which brings me to another dilemma. I am allowed 45 grams of carbs at every meal and two snacks of 15 grams of carbs. (This is my dietician's recommendation, not SparkPeople's). It's easy enough to do that at lunch and dinner where I can eat a lot of non-starchy veggies and some form of protein, but at breakfast, it's really tough. It amounts to something like this:

1 slice of toast with 2 Tbsp of peanut butter, half a cup of high fiber cereal and 1/4 cup of soy milk. (lactose intolerant - something I am hoping will go away as I lose weight because I really miss dairy products! Even lactaid isn't working so I have to forego them altogether)

That will leave me starving in two hours.

The other alternative is to have an egg sandwich - but I can't eat just egg on it (well, I suppose I could if it was all I had - and maybe I could acquire a taste for it.) So an egg, cheese and sausage sandwich would leave me feeling full and satisfied for about 5 hours.

For now, though, I'm concentrating on making the insulin a habit - one I don't even have to think about. Once I get my blood sugar from spiking and dipping, I might not be so fatigued all the time.

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CRUZIN2LOSE 10/31/2011 8:51PM

    Keep a positive attitude and you will get to goal. It took me 2.5 years to get this figured out before I finally lost the weight. While I am nearing goal, it will be a lifetime struggle... but so worth it. I found wheat, corn and artificial sweeteners to be my triggers. Stevia is my sweetener of choice now. A whole food raw multi vitamin with a good B-Complex daily. No more pre diabetes, energy is slowly returning etc. Stay focused and stay positive. We are here to support you. YOU CAN DO THIS! Enjoy the journey. It is sooooo worth it!

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J0ETTE 10/31/2011 8:37PM

    Do you take vitamins? A good B-complex might help some.

I love my vitamins.

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Little by little...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I'm not doing very well at updating every day like I had intended. NaBloPoMo is a site where you vow to write in your blog every day for a month. It started in November...forget which year. But it stands for National Blog Posting Month. I am going to try in November to write something every day.

I am still tracking everything. Today is my weigh-in day but I usually do it in the nude right before my shower and I forgot this morning so I'll do it tomorrow. It's the only way I know of to get a correct and consistent reading. Too bad I can't weigh in nekkid at my doctor's office.

I have so many changes I need to make but I am concentrating on just a few at a time. Hopefully, by this time next year, when I am near my goal weight I will have developed great habits that will last me the rest of my life.

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J0ETTE 10/27/2011 3:45PM

    Congratulations on tracking everyday! Blogging online everyday can sometimes be a challenge... I admire those who can do it. :)

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