Thursday, November 29, 2012
I finally got my flu shot and the blood tests the doctor ordered half a year ago. I'm a master procrastinator, but it's time to get things done. I just received an e-mail that my lipid panel results are in, and I checked the web site; surprisingly enough, my numbers are much, much better than a year and a half ago. I guess just paying attention to what I eat has helped. Now, everything but the triglycerides is in range, and those are just a few points above normal. Whew! At least I won't need to go on additional medication to handle those issues.
I'm not so optimistic about my A1C; I've been letting things slide way too long. That result is going to take a little longer to come in, though, so I'll have to wait.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I love the Nutrition Tracker. I have been tracking my food religiously for a week, and it does give me a new perspective on what I eat. For one, I'm cooking more than eating out, to the surprise and joy of my best friend, whom I invite over after those little cooking sprees.
I also found that the tracker is even more useful if you enter the food before you eat it; I simply put in what I am planning to eat and then look at the totals. If they are off, I adjust the portions or items until the numbers are right. That way, I know what to eat and what's in it before I even pick up a fork. Afterwards, I adjust to the actual foods eaten.
I find that entering the foods beforehand is very motivating; for one, you know what you're getting, and it's also a great deterrent. If I know that I have to log back in and adjust what I've eaten, I'm much less likely to go back for seconds. It's just not worth the hassle to enter everything all over again.
If I keep using the tracker like this, I think it will make a huge difference in my overall health.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The only weight I lost today were a few grams - my pedometer! It must have fallen off sometime this afternoon. Now I'm debating whether to get the same kind (clips on the belt) or a different type. I was just getting used to checking my daily steps, and I will definitely keep going, so I need to replace it. Any recommendations?
Monday, November 26, 2012
For the first time, I wore my pedometer to work, and I was surprised how many steps I took just teaching. I also spent about 10 minutes outside on the track walking - I would have stayed longer, but it was freezing today, so I walked around the school for the rest of my lunch break. Afterwards I went shopping with my best friend - nothing big, but we did walk around quite a bit, and I found a nice pair of workout pants for $8 at Ross. Total today: 8164 steps. Not bad. I'm well on my way to making the 10000 a day.
Right now, I'm not worried about cardio, strength, weights, equipment, or anything like that. All I'm trying to do is get into the habit of eating healthy foods and proper amounts, and be physically active every day. The step counter is one tool; timing my workouts is another. I want to walk or swim at least 5 days a week for at least 30 min. I simply need to get my endurance up and get so used to working out that I don't think twice about it.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Well, ever since I started tracking my food a few days ago, my morning sugars have been lower. Nothing major, I'd still like to see them go down more, but from an average of 180 to around 150 is already good. My doctor said 150 and below is good, up to 180 after a meal, so I'm finally moving back into target ranges.
Today, I went swimming for half an hour, and my sugar was down to 89! Anything in the two digit range is a major achievement for me. I was so happy, I went to the grocery store and bought lots of healthy foods, and now I'm making my signature spaghetti sauce - slimmed down a bit by using no-salt-added tomato cans and low fat sour cream. I'll just make sure I watch the serving size when I pour it, that's when I get into trouble.
A colleague told me about Dream Fields Pasta, which miraculously has only a few carbs per serving; I bought some, and I'll try it out today, along with some salad. I'll invite my best friend over, and I'll just make him regular spaghetti. Everyone's happy.
I'm a pretty decent cook, but I haven't done much cooking lately. Once I get into it, I enjoy it, so I'm definitely going to try a lot of the Spark People recipes and use some of the low-carb/diabetes cookbooks that I've accumulated.
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