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Flu Shot and Blood Tests

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.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/2/2012 10:13AM

    Good on you taking care of yourself!

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GARDEMON 11/29/2012 11:36PM

I can tell all about it. Focus on small changes at the time. And keep moving forward. Step by step you will reach your goals. Thanks for sharing

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Nutrition Tracker: My New Best Friend

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.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/2/2012 12:24PM

    I love the newest food tracker version, too. Using the food grouping feature is a Godsend.

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PATSYB7 11/29/2012 5:43AM

    Good for you! Tracking is key! I also plan out my food first and tweak portions to meet the calorie goals. Have a great day! emoticon

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81MSMITH1 11/28/2012 5:40PM

    The nutrition tracker is the reason I joined SparkPeople. It makes a huge difference seeing everything you have eaten turned into those numbers. emoticon

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-BENI- 11/28/2012 4:00PM

    Yay!! I love it too! I was surprised when I first started using it my salt intake! No wonder the ankles were always swollen.

Keep it up!! xo Beni

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ANNESYLVIA 11/28/2012 3:53PM

    Yes, the nutrition and fitness trackers are one of the most important features on SP for our healthy weight loss journey.

Keep tracking emoticon

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Lost just a little bit of weight - unintentionally!

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?

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SUSANBEAMON 11/28/2012 1:37PM

  I've had a few of the clip on your belt type. I haven't liked any one them. One refused to count anything less than a stomp, and two of them counted breathing. emoticon I'm looking fr one that attaches to your ankle.

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PATSYB7 11/28/2012 6:26AM

    I use a Fitbit which is pricey but the clip is very secure. I love how it tracks my sleep, too. It's also synced to SP! So I don't have to track my activity--it automatically links when I push just one button.

Have a great day! emoticon

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Workday = Workout

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.

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PATSYB7 11/27/2012 5:39AM

    Yay for you! You're on the right track. (no pun intended) Keep going! emoticon

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Swimming and Spaghetti Sauce

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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X5X52000 11/25/2012 2:54PM

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FUTUREHOPE49 11/25/2012 2:47PM

    Well done! Lowering your blood sugar is a good step forward. The swimming will help, but be careful that you eat enough an hour or so before you go. We don't want you to have low blood sugar when you are swimming and it takes a lot of energy.
Do you eat wholemeal pasta. That has been a life saver for me. It keeps my BS level and helps with losing weight. Its full of B vitamins which a diabetic needs and gives me loads of energy.
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