Well, I did it! I stepped on the scale today, even though I KNEW it would not be a 'friendly' outcome! I've gained 20#'s since last summer at my dad's 80th birthday party.
[This is my little brother and me at Dad's party]
So July 3rd of last year I weighed 124#'s and today I weighed 144#'s!
[mom took this one of me the other day--check out that FACE and those fat cheeks!]
Yes, I'm SAD!
Yes, I'm disappointed!
No, I'm NOT depressed!
No, I'm NOT giving up!
My mother was just diagnosed with pre-diabetes and is on medication to lower her blood sugars. Since she was diagnosed, I've been reading a lot about insulin resistance and really feel that I have the beginnings of this myself. I know I've talked a little about this in relation to my menopausal symptoms, and how peri-menopausal/menopausal women need to keep their blood sugars in a constant wave, with no lows [hypoglycemic] or spikes in the blood sugars. Well, I'm about to take it a step further, and implement Diane Kress' ideas from "The Metabolism Miracle" and "The Diabetes Miracle" www.themetabolismmiracle
Here is a synopsis of identifying what she calls, "Metabolism B":
"You may be familiar with the labels metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, terms designed by the medical community to recognize alternative metabolism. Together with a host of other signs that may seem unrelated, including fatigue, sleeplessness, mild depression, and anxiety, these conditions point to Metabolism B™. Although alternative metabolism has been recognized for years, no diet to date addresses all the facets that contribute to this metabolism. As a result, all diets designed to match alternative metabolism have fallen short. The Metabolism Miracle takes the whole package of symptoms into account, stops the weight-gain train in its tracks, and even helps to reverse some of the health consequences of this metabolism.
Individuals with Metabolism B™ will never succeed at following a traditional weight-loss diet because their alternative metabolism follows a different set of rules than those of the standard metabolism. In fact, attempting to lose weight using a traditional approach can set off the downward spiral of unchecked Metabolism B™.
Take heart. You do not lack willpower! You are not a lazy dieter! You have not imagined impossible obstacles! Your body simply responds differently. Once you understand your body and your alternative metabolism, you can work with your unique metabolism instead of against it."
This was VERY, VERY encouraging! Starting tomorrow, my mother and I will start an 8-week liver/pancreas rest where we will limit our carbs to 5g per 5 hours. This is a very temporary way of eating, and only to rest our overworked pancreases and livers. Then we go to step 2 for 8 weeks and eat 11-20 grams of carbs every 5 hours, again this is only temporary for 8 weeks. Then wed go to a 30-35% of calories from carbs for Step 3. Years ago, I would have COMPLETELY and vehemently disagreed with this diet--because God created complex carbs, and I was TOTALLY against this kind of diet; however, since I'm struggling so much with ALL the extra weight going straight to my stomach [this is one of the signs of Met B--Muffin Top], well and my face too
], I feel I'm a classic case of this syndrome!
If my dearest friends are worried that I'm embarking on a fanatical approach, please pray for me and ask the LORD to show me because I certainly don't want to do something that will jeopardize my health.
Blessings to you all, and I love you SO MUCH for bearing with me in my weaknesses, and for being such FAITHFUL friends!!!!!