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Three Years Later...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Last month, I learned I have Type II Diabetes, and that my weight was the highest it has ever been. It was a real wake-up call, and I've been back on SparkPeople for almost five weeks. So far, so good — I've lost 15.5 pounds, and I've been enjoying the journey. I especially appreciate the SparkPeople Diabetes Nutrition Plan. Learning to manage calories, carbs, and protein meal-by-meal is a major mind blower, after a lifetime of only considering daily totals. Now that I'm retired, it's easier to find time to prepare healthful meals and engage in some exercise. The real trick is to stay motivated and actually do it. Unfortunately, my sleep patterns are getting weird. This morning, I slept until 11:30 — unheard of!!

My biggest problem in getting healthy, of course, is the old bugaboo of exercising. Between fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, and age, my life seems to center on pain avoidance, and I find most exercise to be plain ol' painful — even walking. My daughter-in-law Cassie and I have joined a local gym, and we're doing water aerobics together twice a week for an hour. It's time consuming, but at least it's not excruciating. Next month, a third water aerobics class will start, so we'll be able to do it three times a week. We're also walking, but not a whole lot yet. In the evening, after it cools down, we've been doing our neighborhood "loop," which is 0.62 mile. Not much, but at least it's a start.

We just remodeled our kitchen, and Cassie and I have been enjoying trying out new SparkPeople recipes. We've had a few misses, but most have been hits. I just hope we can maintain the motivation to get to goal.

That's it for today. It's funny — I'm a writer, but I don't know that blogging is my thing.
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    Thanks, Koffeenut!
    1339 days ago
    You've dropped 15 pounds already? You're doing AWESOME! Good for you for actively looking at what you can do to manage your diabetes and find exercise that WILL work for you. It's one of the things I love about SparkPeople - it's filled with people who are willing to take on the difficult challenge of making life changes and pick themselves back up when they stumble. Know we're right alongside you, cheering you on!
    1339 days ago
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