Saturday, January 05, 2013
Jet lag will do funny things to you, especially in combination with a cold. After being awake for 28 hours (not counting airplane naps), I slept all day yesterday and only woke up to take more cold medicine and my other meds. I had some soup, crackers, and oatmeal, in combination with liters of tea, but it really wasn't much.
I woke up at 2 a.m., bright eyed and bushy-tailed, with my cold much better. Around 5 a.m., I started craving mac and cheese with ground beef and pork and beans, and luckily, I had all that at hand; my kitchen was pretty much depleted of anything else, since I had used all the fresh foods up before my trip. Along with a can of pepsi max and some low sugar ketchup, it made a great feast - the most unusual breakfast I ever had, but then it was lunch time in Germany, so no wonder my body was ready for it.
I ate all the beef and beans and about half a box of mac and cheese, and I don't feel one bit guilty about it. After all, I ate very little the last few days.
I felt so good afterwards that I started cleaning out the kitchen cabinets, made a shopping list, and planned all the chores I need to do in the next couple of months. I guess the new year is off to a good start after all.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I went to the doctor because my sugars are still elevated. The good news is that they are not in the danger zone. She upped my meds, but I'm supposed to wait until Monday. I did find out that the recommended amount of carbs I'm supposed to be eating is lower than I thought - between 100 and 150 grams! So I thought I had been doing everything right, but I need to cut the carbs even more and up the protein. Ugh.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
So my morning glucose levels are still above the recommended range every morning. They vary throughout the day, but whether I eat too much or too little the day before, whether I exercise or not, they are high the next morning, and I can't possibly go swimming every 3 hours to get my levels back to normal.
I made up a pretty graph from all the data for my doctor (finally all that data analysis at work comes in handy for other situations, too). It's pretty clear that the medication (metformin) needs to be increased. I'm at the point where I want it doubled, or tripled, or something. I'm doing everything right, and the sugars are still too high. At least I'm only 2/5 to the maximum dose, so hopefully we can just increase it. I also want to be able to quit taking the second medication, Actos, because that's what's keeping me from losing weight.
I'm sure we'll get it adjusted, it's just a big hassle right now.
Monday, December 17, 2012
A terrible leg cramp ripped me out of my dreams at 6 a.m. I haven't had one of those in months. I wonder if it's because I've eaten less fruits, veggies, and milk products in the last week because my stomach got upset so easily. Any ideas what causes leg cramps and how to prevent them?
Saturday, December 15, 2012
For the new year, I've decided to go on a virtual trip. I've looked at the hike across America groups, but here's the thing: I like to swim! And even though it's virtual, I have a hard time picturing myself swimming across the Rockies. So I've decided to find a route along a river, and I came across the Rhine river in Europe.
The Rhine actually has a hiking/biking trail almost all the way from the source to the ocean, so you could actually make this trip for real. (Even though it wouldn't be practical to swim it, of course.) There is a very nice web site that describes the route and the many cultural, natural, and historical highlights, so you can see pictures of all those places.
I'm from Germany and have seen many of these places, but some are new to me, so it will be great to virtually revisit them and learn about new ones. So, here is the info:
WHEN: Starting date (for me): January 1, 2013
WHERE: From the Rhine's source in Switzerland past Vaduz, Austria, France, Netherlands - here is the link to the route: http://www.rhinecycleroute.eu/UK_front-pag
HOW FAR: About 1300 kilometers, or 800 miles.
HOW: Any forward movement: walking, running, biking, swimming, skating, etc.; log your daily distance and see your progress along the route.
WHY: To get fit, picture how far you've come, and see a different part of the world.
If you want to join, just respond to the blog! I'll post more information as I plan it out!
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