Sunday, February 03, 2013
Well, obviously the diabetes got my declaration of war, because it fought back with a sugar level of over 240, which I drowned in the pool right away. After 35 minutes of swimming, it was down to a relatively tame 150 - still high, but not in the danger zone.
Since then, it has started of strong with high sugars of 150 to 170 in the mornings, but then lost steam throughout the day as I bombarded it with metformin, low-carb foods, veggies and meats, and swimming.
The battle is on.
Friday, February 01, 2013
My body, my brain, and I have decided to officially declare war on the diabetes. There's three of us against one, so our chances are good. We're fighting on all fronts: nutrition, fitness, medication, weight loss, etc. Like all good warriors, we are going to learn everything we can about the enemy. SP is helping enormously with all the resources. In addition, I'm going to the dibetes expo in Denver and also signed up for a "Living with Type 2 Diabetes" class.
Diabetes, you are hereby informed that we are officially at war, and it will not end until we've run you out of our territory.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Well, using SP is helping.
- I've lost 11 pounds since November.
- My pants are slipping.
- I'm able to walk for 20 minutes at a fast pace without getting winded.
- I caught a glimpse of my body profile in the mirror, and I look better!
- Sugary foods have very little appeal to me.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Here are some diet/fitness tips that don't work for me, and what I do instead:
Tip: "Always shop on a full stomach."
Me: Are you insane? I hate shopping anyway. If I shop on a full stomach, I just grab the bare necessities, and then there's nothing in the pantry or fridge when I get hungry, so I head for the nearest fast food place.
The only way for me to have healthy food around is to go shopping when I am hungry, preferably with a list. And yes, I do like healthy food, so I don't buy junk food at the store.
Tip: "Make this yummy recipe using fruit and veggies!"
Me: Really? Why would I take perfectly good fruits and veggies and corrupt them with other ingredients? I even felt that way when I was a kid and my mom made strawberry or apple pie. I would have much rather just eaten the fruit. I prefer raw fruit and veggies over the processed variety; give me a bag of baby carrots, and I'll go at them like Bugs Bunny until they're gone. If they are cooked, I prefer my veggies steamed, in an omelette or a casserole, not turned into a pseudo-sweet substitute for junk food.
Tip: "Weigh in regularly and log it."
Me: Yes to part one, no to part two. My weight fluctuates; if I log the spikes, I'll give up. Instead, I play a game I call 'Beat the Lowest Score'; I only get to log it if the weight is lower than the last one I logged. It works, I'm very motivated.
Tip: "Tell people you know that you are going to lose weight."
Me: Again, are you crazy? I don't want a bunch of people giving me unwanted advice, ask how things are going, or make fun of me. I don't really keep secrets; I test my sugar in public and log my food, too, and if someone asks, I'll tell them, but I am also a very private person, and I keep big plans like that to myself. Besides, I don't like mixing work and personal life.
I very much prefer sharing my goals with a community that doesn't know me personally; that's why I love Spark People.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
They say it takes 21 days for a new habit to become ingrained. I've been on SP for over 70 days, so I should be alright. A couple of weeks ago, I added Spark Coach. I did the free trial and then took advantage of the "get 3 months and a couple of DVDs" offer, and I'm happy I did.
My early morning routine now is to go through the Coach steps while I'm having breakfast in the morning.
I'm not a morning person, and I don't make it to the gym before work, no matter how hard I try, but I figure this is a good way to start the day. So far, it's working. It's motivating, informative, and gives me something to think about while I'm having my healthy breakfast. I can only recommend it!
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