ATERRA's SparkPeople Blog ATERRA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I'm baaccckkkk!!!!! OK- so I have some good news. I went to my doctor on Friday and my diabetes has been downgraded to pre-diabetes. The bad news is my weight hasn't changed since mid-July. So, I have finished INSANITY- and it was insane! I have run a trail run half marathon- and it was insane! I have also taken a week off from working out while traveling and camping and am now ready to get back to work! <BR> Tonight I took the Chalean Extreme fit test, restocked the kitchen and am again committing to logging fo... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 00:31:37 EST Just when you think you have it all figured out! So I have been doing well with my numbers and my diet and I started thinking that I am understanding how my diabetes is working in my body and what I need to do to control it.... and then, my numbers get all whacky- BS go up when I exercise- meals I have eaten numerous times with normal BS post meal are sending my numbers sky high!!!!!!! It is like my body knew I was starting to feel confident and wanted to make sure I knew who was in charge!!!!!! I am listening body- Don't worry, I am not go... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 23:46:02 EST Hit my next goal= new pair of jeans! Guess what size???? So I hit my 20 pound weight loss (two days late but hit it non the less!) and took myself to buy some new jeans. I tried on a size smaller and they fit OK so I thought, what the heck, lets try on two sizes smaller and Shazammm!!!!! They fit like a glove! Two sizes down and twenty pounds lighter- and even more importantly, over 1/3 of the way to my goal!!!!! It was a good feeling! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 21:45:30 EST Two pounds too late? So my weight loss has slowed and that is because I have not been exercising. My goal was to hit 170 by March 1st and it is not looking hopeful. I know that the goals I set were arbitrary but I really let my commitment lag these last 2 weeks. I have to get back on track and workout at least 30 minutes a day. I did 45 tonight and am feeling great. Shooting for 30 tomorrow and swimming for 50 minutes Wednesday. I may be able to squeeze in a run Thursday... if not, Wii here I come- I promised mys... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 23:49:53 EST Nutritionist tomorrow! My second visit to my nutritionist is tomorrow! Wish me luck!!!!! Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:42:38 EST Seeing the benefits! So today, even though I didn't sleep well, I had a ton of energy. We started our day early and went to the local home improvement store. I hoisted bags of sand and had fun with my son. Then we stopped at the park to fly a kite for about an hour. When we got home, I would normally have curled up next to my son for a nap but today I went out to the yard and weeded, worked the dirt, cleaned yard toys and got ready for a garden. After my son woke up I walked alongside him while he rode his bike f... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 21:16:22 EST The people that do exercise videos.... Does it drive anyone else crazy to see the people on exercise videos so freakishly fit? I know that they are the leaders in their fields and who else would be chosen to make fitness videos but as I struggle to crunch, bend and stretch, the high level of fitness perfection I am watching on the screen just depresses me a little. On the Wii it is even worse! It is like a teenage boy created the tiny waisted- yet giant chested women doing yoga, dancing their way to apparent nothingness and other ... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:46:13 EST Cravings and Funkiness For the first time since I found out about my diabetes, I am feeling really strong and specific cravings. For the first time I am also a bit depressed that I can't eat some things. I have to be honest that at first I was thrilled by my ability to take control of my eating and keep my blood sugars in a pretty tight range. Now I am actually feeling sad about these stupid food items. How can I maintain a focus on the positive changes and not let this food craving issue bring me down into a funky... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 23:10:36 EST Healthy Eating Out Observations.... So normally when I eat out I get frustrated/angry when making healthier eating choices ends up causing me to pay more than unhealthy eating choices. For example, at a local hamburger place, switching out a healthier patty for red meat comes with $1.50 charge. A salad will often cost more than a salad with an entree, etc. I often feel financially penalized for making better choices. <BR> Tonight, however, I went to use a gift card at a local Italian place. I spent some time on the menu before ... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 22:56:00 EST Momentum..... This is going to sound strange except that I am a little worried that my weight loss is helping my body function well again. What I mean is that the sensitivity of my body to the food I was eating and its immediate impact on my blood sugar has been helping me stick to my eating plan. The other day I had a meal with a bit higher carb count and my blood sugar was 101 afterwards. It scares me a little that losing my 10% weight loss goal may be removing one of the checks and balances that has hel... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:14:49 EST Less than 50 to go???!!!???!!!??? When my Doctor first told me what my target weight should be I remember feeling quite overwhelmed by the idea of losing more than 60 pounds. I wondered if that was even possible without the help of surgery????? I mean 60 pounds is how much some of my 7 year old students weigh. It seemed insurmountable. When I asked my dietician about bypass surgery, she asked me why I would submit to such invasive surgery with all of its potential complications when I was already doing it on my own? She looke... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 11:20:50 EST Swim Forrest Swim! Got in the pool for a lap swim tonight and boy are my arms tired! Felt good but boy am I hungry now! Trying not to devour everything in my cupboards before bed! We will see how my blood sugar reacts to the late night snacking!!!! Wed, 1 Feb 2012 23:36:54 EST Finally saw my dietician! OK- So a month after my diagnosis, I finally got in to see my dietician and she is great! While I was doing OK for a newbie diabetic, she really helped me to understand the implications and importance of a balanced diet and the importance of taking in enough foods of the right type and appropriate serving size. She also talked to me about surgical options that I was pursuing. It was alot of information and I have alot to think about. I am a bit amazed that by adopting a few changes she sugges... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:17:17 EST Hour long jog! Went on an hour long jog and was totally surprised by my mile average. Even though I had to intersperse walking with my jogging, my average per mile was almost as fast as my jogging used to be just 14 pounds heavier. I actually feel like I am jogging instead of shuffling. As ironic as it sounds, I am beginning to see my diabetes as a gift- it has become this catalyst for me to reclaim my life and my body. If I hadn't been diagnosed, I really doubt I would have gotten a run in today or danced ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 19:22:47 EST Yummy! I am making cupcakes for a friend's birthday who is recently diagnosed with diabetes like me. I found a recipe for vegan cupcakes and have been playing with it to take out oil and white flour. I finally am satisfied with the recipe and put it into the recipe tracker. The recipe tracker indicates that the cupcakes are a mere 75 calories and 17 carbs!!!! Yippeee!!!!! <BR> They have bananas and applesauce instead of oil and a 1/2 cup of sugar amongst the 12 cupcakes and are made with whole whea... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 22:17:03 EST The difference a month can make. So today marks a month since my diagnosis as a type 2 diabetic. I have to say I feel really good and am really pleased with my 11 pound weight loss. I have met my 5% weight loss goal and am focusing on my 10% goal next. <BR> Today there was a big birthday celebration at work today. I comfortably ate one piece of pizza- minus the crust and skipped the cake (Although I did smell it deeply! <em>475</em> ) Overall, I am feeling much more in control of my eating than I have in a really long time..... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 23:16:42 EST Doctor's appointment today... I had my first post-diabetes diagnosis checkup today. I have lost 9 pounds since Dec 29th, blood sugars are almost all in the normal ranges and feeling good. My Doctor was very pleased!!!!! So different than the last visit when I cried and sniffled my way through the information about type 2 diabetes. Keep the momentum going!!!! <em>250</em> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:04:53 EST I thought I was addicted to sweets..... When my diabetes diagnosis was rendered by my doctor, I actually mourned the loss I felt over never eating another piece of decadent frosting-covered cake. I feel like I actually went through some depression over the loss of sweets. The funny thing is, here a little over 3 weeks into my lifestyle change, I don't miss sweets at all- <BR> <BR> I miss breads! While they render in a similar fashion in the body, they are different in the mouth and I never thought I would actually dream about a bi... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 13:27:33 EST Wow! That actually seemed kind of fast! I hit my first short-term weiht loss goal. I was diagnosed with diabetes on the 29th of December and committed to the daily log and testing of my blood sugar. I have to say that that blood sugar meter is keeping me honest in a way I have never been before on an eating monitoring system. It tells me, in an hour or two, the exact effect what I am putting in my mouth has on my body. I actually feel quite empowered by it. The control freak in my enjoys that quick feedback..... <BR> So, armed with... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 13:20:46 EST I signed on the dotted line!!!! OK.... I signed up for a half marathon and a triathalon relay at the end of summer! No backing out now! Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:53:48 EST Running????? Wow! Today was the first day I tried to jog instead of walk and it was a bit of a challenge! It is going to take me some time to get going. I need to be running 3 miles by March! Three days a week and I can do it!!!!! Mon, 16 Jan 2012 23:32:45 EST My son's 4th birthday... My son's 4th birthday was today and we had a blast! I ordered him his favorite cake which I don't like so not eating cake was a breeze! I made myself some vegan banana chocolate cupcakes that were delicious. While today was not the best day for my eating I have to say that it wasn't my "typical" birthday party behavior so this day goes down as a "good eating day" in my book! Sun, 15 Jan 2012 21:34:23 EST Seems kinda crazy..... It amazes me how tracking my food provides so much information that seems counterintuitive. For example today I felt like I hardly ate at all but when I logged everything in it was actually a little above my daily goals for calories. I was pleased with my weigh in in that my weight has been down a little the last 2 days. However, it seems crazy that such big changes in my daily habits yield such small results. It feels like I am moving a mountain with a teaspoon sometimes...... Only that moun... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 23:33:25 EST Ahhhhh....Pizza OK. I have been craving pizza for a while now and my family went to a school fundraiser at a really good local pizza place. I tried to stay as close to E2 diet as possible while eating at a really dietary dangerous place. So here is what I ordered: Thin crust pesto pizza with light on the sauce. Toppings of olives, mushrooms and zucchini. It was!!!!!!! Better than regular pizza and the taste was wonderful. I can't imagine eating any other pizza again My family even... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 00:14:32 EST yummy food discovery! I am in love with the portabella mushroom! Easy to cook, delicious and filling! I am hoping to explore lots more cooking options using it! Tue, 11 Aug 2009 22:30:50 EST we have yummy on our team! Back on track and feeling fine! My body has recovered from my meat eating experience and i am annoying everyone at work with all of my energy. When they hit the afternoon burnout, I am still bopping around full of fire. Thanks to E2! I just started reading Rip's Dad's book. So far very interesting. <BR> I have to thank all of my teammates. They have been such an inspiration with all of the positive comments and great food ideas. You guys rock E2! Mon, 10 Aug 2009 23:43:36 EST urgggg..... Yesterday we went to IKEA and I folded and had the swedish meatballs. I stayed under my dietary goals for the day but eating the meat really didn't agree with my stomach. I was up all night and miserable. I feel like my body keeps choosing a meat/dairy free diet and I just have to learn to respect that- I was much happier today with light, vegan food. When will I learn? Sun, 9 Aug 2009 22:47:34 EST Chip My son's new nickname is Chip because he chipped his tooth and we ended up on an emergency dental visit (His first visit to the dentist!) He was not impressed! We go back tomorrow for the permanent repairs to the tooth. That will not be fun! Food was fun today- Very yummy. I am a little worried that I am eating too much soy. Will try to eat a little less. Feeling really good though. My body love to eat healthy! Wed, 5 Aug 2009 00:10:28 EST good resource I was messing around on the computer last night and came across these videos on youtube from "everyday dish TV". She made some great vegan recipes and even gave lowfat hints for the dishes. I made the tofu scramble for lunch today and I would have sworn it was a real egg scramble if I hadn't cooked it myself! I have been looking to learn to use the nutritional yeast and aminos in my cooking and this was just the help I needed to do it in a very yummy way! Check it out and tell me what you thi... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 23:45:42 EST birthday cake My nephew had a birthday celebration today and I enjoyed a piece of cake. It was like a special event for me- almost like going to a movie or some other special treat. I think this is better than just something I do all of the time. Sweets have taken on a special event status instead of a daily norm. Feels like progress toward a healthy lifestyle! Sun, 26 Jul 2009 01:59:39 EST camping Went camping and am tired but feeling good. My son served as a great weight addition on my hikes turning them into quite the workout. He just loves riding on my shoulders! Resorted to some poor food choices- I really think I took the opportunity of camping as an excuse to indulge. Amazingly, my calorie intakes were not awful and I feel I can get my momentum back! Mon, 20 Jul 2009 21:56:42 EST Tired day Felt really tired today- Didn't eat too many veggies and am thinking that may be it. Ended up taking a nap with my son. Getting ready to go camping. Should be fun! Sun, 19 Jul 2009 00:57:28 EST