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    ELAINE704   32,898
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Getting Serious

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

111 right after a little coffee and nonfat milk. Not sure if that counts as fasting but I'm definitely more awake after coffee. So I can stab the right place.

I've been reading SparkPeople for quite awhile but have not been consistent or serious about it. I've been feeling crummy. I attributed it to my poor eating habits and sugar addiction. I could do ok most days, but in the evening I would have to have something sweet. I also would binge on sweets when feeling anxious or depressed, have something sweet to reward myself or when I felt that I deserved it.

All of my lab work has been gradually increasing over time, but I had a feeling when I did some tests on May 30 that I may have crossed the line. After the test I went by the bakery and bought a dozen warm glazed donuts. I ate 6 - 8 and threw the rest down the disposal, but I was so sick the rest of the day. That evening while online I came across a blog and subsequently an e-book called "I Quit Sugar" by Sarah Wilson. She didn't need to lose weight, but she knew she had an addiction to sugar. That night I decided to quit sugar.

Sarah Wilson said it took her 8 weeks to feel like she had broken her addiction. Even though I have not had any sweets since that day I still think it might take me that long to conquer my addiction. It has amazed me how much sugar is in everything. Some days when my anxiety is high, I know my body is wanting sugar to calm myself down.

I do allow myself healthy foods that naturally have sugar like fruits, vegetables, nonfat dairy and but I have stopped eating sweets and avoid processed foods (as much as I can). Although when you eat out, it's hard to gauge what is in some things.

I would like to lose 50 pounds. I walk my dogs every day, but I want to up my exercise too. I set up some alternating exercise plans here that work upper body, lower and core. I am tracking my food. I want to feel healthy and strong.

Oh, and when the tests came back, my HgBA1C was 6.4, glucose 125.6, cholesterol 207.9, and mcg Alb/mg Cr was 80. My doctor started me on Metformin 500 mg, Simvastatin 5 mg. and Lisinopril 2.5 mg.

I knew it was time to take my health seriously. Thank you all for reading this. Your posts are very inspiring to me.
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RENIESSPARKIN 6/18/2012 12:28PM

    Elaine: This is an inspiring blog and gives me the courage to at least cut back on my sweets cravings. As I get older it is harder to lose the weight and my body is in worse condition to work out. But I'm doing it every day.

Thank you for sharing. You've given me a lift today. (And, without sugar!) emoticon

Hugs,
Renie

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