HI-NRG's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HI%2DNRG HI-NRG's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ There is no such thing as NO CARBS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067636 I am on day 10 of a 2 week "no carb" diet. <BR> <BR> There are two things wrong with that comment. <BR> 1. There is no such thing as healthy eating without carbs. Most foods naturally have at least trace amounts of carbs. <BR> 2. Healthy nutrition is not dieting. <BR> <BR> My Doctor wanted me to go on a "no carb" diet for 2 weeks, meaning no added carbs to my daily routine. He feels my body is quite content relying on the amount of carbs I eat to give me energy. No need to bother that f... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 12:37:45 EST I'm Back ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636034 Well, <BR> <BR> I had foot surgery Nov 4, 2013. I should have been back in regular shoes and walking by Christmas. <BR> <BR> That did not happen. My wound would not heal. Why? I experienced first hand what diabetes can do to you. When I could wear shoes they had to be 2 sizes larger. As of last week I can wear most of my former shoes and have just started becoming active again. <BR> <BR> I am back with Spark to reaffirm my commitment to becoming healthy. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:39:06 EST Could be worse. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443115 I've had a bad week. I have had a migraine/sinus headache for 1 whole week. Not debilitating but bad enough that the only exercise I did was walk the dog. Now for the last two days I wake with a headache but it does go away (almost). <BR> <BR> At least I still lost .2 lb. I didn't gain. I did not eat right, but again, I could have done so much worse. <BR> <BR> It is frustrating that the source of headaches is not easily determined. Can't blame it on hormones at my age. The weather gets th... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 10:09:11 EST 2013 Summer 5% Challenge Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421567 5% Challenge Commitment <BR> <BR> My first step is to make sure I am supporting my team. When I do all the assignments that are required, there will be a trickle down effect to benefit me. My last challenge was all about me and I failed. I will take responsibility to follow through on what I said I'd do. I will record my daily exercise and Living the Good Life Points, and on Saturdays I will weigh in and record it. I will check in with my team daily and leave a comments as I have time. <BR... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 09:13:32 EST St. Jude's Spin for Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316543 My Spark Coach assignment today encouraged us to shake up our workouts so they do not become monotonous. I actually tried something way out of my comfort zone yesterday. My health club helped sponsor an event to raise money for St. Jude's Research. <BR> <BR> They had a Spin For The Kids event. It was a 2 hour spin class. We went out and solicited donations and had an opportunity to help out in the local St Jude's Research Hospital fundraising. <BR> <BR> I made it the WHOLE 2 HOURS. When I ... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 23:21:23 EST Finding Motivation Beyond the Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287651 Finding Motivation Beyond the Scale <BR> <BR> This was the title of my SP Coach program today. <BR> <BR> Chris suggested we make a list of the changes noticed since the beginning of this journey. <BR> Make sure to look for the intangibles. <BR> <BR> I enjoy getting on the scale to note my progress . But, I recognize it is only one way to measure my success. I do not let it derail my efforts when it does not go the way I want. Each small step I have made over the last couple years has add... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:28:14 EST Never a dull moment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284676 My life is pretty ordinary. However, my children are very good at keeping me on my toes. <BR> <BR> So much drama... <BR> <BR> This weekend I went to watch my college age daughter complete in her 2nd to last competition of her gymnastics career. She slightly hyper-extended her right knee in a landing on the vault during warmup. When she switched to uneven parallel bars she jumped down from the high bar and in order to favor her injured leg she put her whole weight on her left leg. She lan... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:25:02 EST What a great feeling! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283326 Today I had a league Racquetball game, my first for this session. I have not played since my wrist was bothering me in early January. <BR> I played a guy that was much better than I am but he has not been playing much over the last couple years. He won, but not by much. The match was over in 45 minutes. So, I asked if he wanted to continue playing, I had barely broken a sweat. He said yes, but needed to take a quick break. After a couple minutes he said he couldn't do it anymore. He was exhau... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:07:37 EST Living the Good Life blog, theme... New Habit, day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277381 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> <BR> Motivation is pretty high right now. But I can always use advice. Today on SP Coach I was told I'm never too old to learn new tricks. <BR> <BR> Planning my menus is not always easy and I'm always on the prowl for some interesting sources. I spend too much time trying to get it right. So, I thought I'd ask here for a few ideas. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for some tasty slow cooker recipes that aren't just salsa or condensed soup o... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:04:51 EST Living the Good Life blog, theme... New Habit, day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275905 Goal: eating normal utilizing menu planning. <BR> 5) What can you improve upon? <BR> <BR> Wow, where do I begin? <BR> There is always room for improvement. <BR> Start small I guess. <BR> <BR> My tracking will help support my menu planning. I need to make sure I track even if I know that my food choices fit into my plan. <BR> <BR> It will serve as a record not only to show what I need to do to maintain healthy eating, but when I start to slip I have something to reflect back on and use i... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 12:34:16 EST March is National Nutrition Month! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274650 Check out their link. <link>www.eatright.org/nnm/#.UTZr_soRZ8G </link> <BR> . <BR> A huge source of information. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:09:59 EST My Holy Grail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274644 Today’s assignment from SP Coach; Start your own weekly blog series that documents your journey to a specific goal. <BR> <BR> Merriam-Webster states the definition of a holy grail is a goal that is sought after for its great significance. <BR> <BR> We all want to be at a healthy weight. But, something has been haunting me over the last 6 months. I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply want more. I want … to be fit. Unfortunately, healthy weight does NOT necessarily mean you are fit. <B... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 17:00:34 EST Living the Good Life blog, theme... New Habit, day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274587 How are you doing day by day? <BR> <BR> Like most things that don't come easily, day by day is a good description of how I deal with my goal of planning in order to eat healthy. <BR> <BR> Some days I am very glad that SP has a menu planner option on the food tracker. When I feel a bit lazy it is nice to let someone else do the work for me. <BR> <BR> Today I was lucky. I went to the store yesterday, before the snowstorm hit, and I am set for the next two days. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:08:06 EST Living the Good Life blog, theme... New Habit, day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5273540 What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> <BR> <BR> In order to make this challenge a true success and get to the point where a healthy lifestyle is a foregone conclusion I must plan my eating in such a way that it won't fail. <BR> . <BR> My daily intake has to be foods that I enjoy and at the same time I want to introduce new, unexplored items. I terribly need to add more vegetables into the daily plan. <BR> . <BR> I have started a diary of sorts, a list of go-to mea... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 22:42:50 EST Living the Good Life blog, theme... New Habit, day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271071 Eating "normal" (I think I need to add the quotation marks because normal means different things for different people) is the goal I will focus on most during this challenge. <BR> . <BR> Previously I blogged that tracking was the way I was to stay accountable in this endeavor, however, tracking is not going make a big enough difference in my quest for a healthy lifestyle. <BR> . <BR> What I need to work on until "normal" eating becomes routine is..... <BR> . <BR> PLANNING <BR> . <BR> I love... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:21:57 EST Living the Good Life blog, theme... New Habit, day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269535 My long term goals include eating "normal" with occasional splurges for balance. <BR> <BR> It will probably take more that the Winter into Spring challenge to achieve that, however, it does not stop me from trying. <BR> <BR> It helps tremendously to track daily. If I do not track I am less accountable. <BR> <BR> But,for me, the most important thing I do to keep my eating in check is my exercise. <BR> I look back at all the years of yo-yo dieting and the most successful times were when I i... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 10:02:24 EST Do I have an eating disorder? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240168 Do I have an eating disorder? <BR> <BR> Yes, I believe I do. I have BED. Binge Eating Disorder. I don’t need a therapist to diagnose me (although, maybe one would be beneficial) <BR> <BR> I can walk the walk, do the talk and still turn around and hide my binge eating from everyone. My family, friends and even my dietican. <BR> <BR> SP member TERESA159 commented on my “not ready” blog and she got me thinking. Got me going. I needed to hear that binge eating holds a lot of similarities to al... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 12:11:00 EST Not Ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238352 I need to update my page with a blog preparing me for the 5% Winter Challenge. But, I'm not ready. I am afraid it will just be a blog of whining. I need to get that out of the way first and then think hard about what I want to accomplish. <BR> <BR> I am bothered that I have worked so hard and it doesn't take much to derail all the efforts. <BR> I have strained my wrist, (almost better now) and got some kind of food poisoning, (again, better now). <BR> <BR> I can't stop eating, it's my clo... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 08:31:55 EST I simply eat TOO MUCH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233112 I like to read books about health and fitness. I try to read things that are not fly-by-night ramblings of someone who thinks their way is the only way. The facts discussed must have backup from reliable sources. I am not looking for any fast solutions or magic pill, I just like to arm myself with as much knowledge so that I only have one option; to do it right. <BR> <BR> I am presently reading the book "The Cure for Everything: Untangling Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness, and Happi... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:34:21 EST My cure for the common cold; check it out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171086 Yeah, I wish I had one. <BR> But I was hoping to get everyone's personal views on what has worked for them. <BR> <BR> My DH has been sick for the last 4 days and now, this morning I woke with a sore throat. Not good timing so close to the holidays and with so much to do. <BR> <BR> I had a flu shot, so I have eliminated that possiblility. <BR> <BR> Some say take a lot of vitamin C. I always try to get my information from reliable sources and I often go to Mayoclinic.com. Here is what they ... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:35:37 EST New username : HI-NRG -say goodbye to FrauChing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157898 No more FrauChing. <BR> I am now HI-NRG <BR> <BR> I thought it better describes how I feel and what SparkPeople has done for me! <BR> <BR> WOO HOO !!! <BR> <BR> I do feel like I'm leaving an old friend behind, but it's time to MOVE ON! Thu, 6 Dec 2012 07:52:43 EST How America Grew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157556 You just have to read this SparkPeople article. <BR> It shows how we have become the overweight nation we are today. <BR> Kind of sad, actually. <BR> . <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=176 </link> Wed, 5 Dec 2012 21:35:19 EST How N.E.A.T. are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151368 ''NEAT" stands for Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis and refers to the activities we do outside of our daily exercise workout. <BR> <BR> Today in my SparkCoach session Coach Nicole discusses NEAT. <BR> She relates this fact: <BR> "Some obesity researchers believe that how much excess weight a person carries is directly related to how much the person moves in general--how much ''NEAT'' they accumulate each day. If you work out for even an hour a day, you could be completely sedentary for t... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:07:21 EST Sweatin' to the jingle! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150534 Today I read on the Spark blog "18 Ways to Stay on Track over the Holidays" about different ways to stay active during this busy time of year. <BR> <BR> I especially liked this one. I have a gala at my home on the 18th and I am dreading preparing the house for guests. <BR> <BR> ''As you are preparing the house for the festivities, turn the chores into ''stealth'' exercise. Put on your workout clothes to get into workout mode. Crank up the inspirational music and vacuum and clean vigorously... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:52:35 EST Happy Holidays 2012, from my home to your's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149571 Have the Best, Healthiest, Sparkful Holiday EVER! <BR> -donna Wed, 28 Nov 2012 13:47:39 EST Hugs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138529 My son just arrived home from college for the Thanksgiving holiday. He got on my laptop and was looking over my Spark page. Then he went into my goodies and gave me a HUG! His note said "good work mom". <BR> My (19 year old) baby, oh so sweet. Made my day. <BR> <BR> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 16:14:43 EST There is no excuse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5136644 But I can always find a reason... not to work out. <BR> <BR> There are a few motivating factors that keep me moving. <BR> <BR> Firstly, I get the bulk of my workout done early in the day. I can find too many things that need to get done if I put off the exercise. <BR> <BR> Next, I took SP's idea and found a fitness buddy. A complete stranger. One day shortly after I had joined our local health club I noticed a woman talking with the instructor about a class that I enjoy. I went up and eave... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:17:27 EST Feeling better every day and other boring stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134118 I'm doing SparkCoach and today I am supposed to blog about what changes I have noticed lately. I am going to admit, I often find it hard to blog. Why would anyone want to read something as uninteresting as "how I feel". I remind myself, though, that it is for my benefit, not an entry trying to win a Pulitzer. <BR> But, I also know that, like tracking my food daily, blogging is another tool to get me where I need to go. <BR> <BR> So, here is some of that boring stuff. <BR> <BR> Since I have ... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 14:14:27 EST Field of Honor 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133003 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l907428921.jpg"> <BR> . <BR> In my hometown they do a lovely tribute to our Nation's Veterans. <BR> Volunteers post 2012 flags and to view this spectacular site is just amazing. <BR> . <BR> If interested more on the event can be found here; <BR> <BR> <link>www.healingfield.org/naperville-il-2<BR>012/ </link> <BR> <BR> Go USA! , <em>232</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:30:16 EST Turducken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5129298 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l426361936.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ha, Ha, <BR> I can't stop chuckling. <BR> <BR> I mentioned to a fellow Sparker that since I started SP my children have began to learn how to cook, willingly, on their own. <BR> <BR> Now, I am not talking little kids, I mean adults. 24yrs, 22yrs and 19yrs. <BR> <BR> Here is the funny part. <BR> My daughter (22yr old) has been emailing me the past few days asking me how to roast a turkey. Should she brine, what ... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 08:31:29 EST I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128641 I just got home from the Dr's. <BR> I went in for my annual mammogram last week and it was recommended that I get an ultrasound. <BR> I went today and they didn't let me leave until they could give me the results. <BR> I am fine. Whew! <BR> <BR> And thankful too. <BR> <BR> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 16:03:58 EST Lunch Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127847 In my SparkCoach program I am supposed to list some quick and easy meal ideas. <BR> I have the most difficulty with coming up with ideas for lunch and instead of waiting till I have time to make a big list, I thought I would jot down what I can come up with quickly. I can come back and edit my blog as I think of or find new ideas. <BR> <BR> Make myself <BR> -1/2 small baked potato w/ salsa and light sour cream <BR> - <BR> <BR> Purchased <BR> -boxed gopicnic ... http://www.gopicnic.com/... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 22:22:36 EST New shoes.... just too cooool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5119206 They just arrived! <BR> <BR> I decided I needed new racquetball shoes. It has been 12 years (yes, including the 5 years I didn't actually play any rball). <BR> <BR> I thought that maybe I could distract my opponents and score a few extra points. <BR> LOL!! <BR> <BR> ! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l353092691.jpg"> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 14:20:36 EST Bariatric surgery, NO, NO, NOT FOR ME !!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000792 I am at a bit of an impasse right now. <BR> Couple pounds on, couple pounds off, on, off ..... <BR> I could be working harder, I know that. <BR> I have not abandoned a healthy lifestyle, just could be a bit healthier. <BR> I exercise frequently and quite intensely. <BR> Life this summer has been extremely busy with my college age children home and filling the refrigerator and pantry with all kinds of temptations. In addition to an abnormal amount of out of town guests and also an inlaw pass... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 13:52:18 EST What SparkPeople means to me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833068 I truly believe that a sure way of succeeding in anything is SURROUNDING yourself with success. This is what SparkPeople does for me. At SparkPeople.com I am surrounded by <BR> <BR> - other successful members, <BR> - a database of awesome recipes (and a book, too!), <BR> - a daily eating journal that tracks everything for me, <BR> - an exercise diary, <BR> - numerous qualified individuals to seek out for advice <BR> and <BR> - millions of members willing to be there when you need th... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 08:50:25 EST OMG I'm halfway there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4726569 Yes, yes, yes, what a great day. I have been looking forward to seeing this on my tracker for a long, long time. <BR> Tue, 7 Feb 2012 08:03:40 EST Happy Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4628249 To all my Spark Friends from me & my family Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:54:00 EST WooHoo! 40 lbs GONE (forever) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622345 I have lost so much weight over the years that I could sink a boat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l17433682.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well this 40 lbs is gone forever! <BR> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 08:52:00 EST Coach Nicole and me (photo) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571429 I was able to meet Coach Nicole today at the Best Buy in Downers Grove, IL. <BR> Too cool! <BR> <BR> It was really nice to see a human face behind Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I dragged DH along so he could get a photo. HaHa, he called me a "groupie". I told him I was proud of it! LOL <BR> <BR> . <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l667744313.jpg"> Sun, 6 Nov 2011 17:01:09 EST Doc & I don't agree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4569643 Well, I talked to the Dr's office again yesterday. They wanted to let me know that my Dr has acknowledged my desire to not start on statin medication. He wants it documented that he disagrees and now that I am off triglyceride med that if I don't take the cholesterol meds (statins) I will see the triglycerides rise and have too high cholesterol. <BR> <BR> All I am asking is to give me another 3 months opportunity to continue turning my numbers around. I will admit defeat if it can't be don... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 12:15:15 EST 3 Month Test Results- should I do as Dr ordered? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4567087 Yesterday I blogged about my 6.7 A1C results. Pretty darn good since my last one (and 1st one) in Aug was 12.3. <BR> <BR> Today I got the rest of the results. Well, my triglycerides went from 2280 to 118 (0-149 mg/dL is optimal); HDL from 20 to 44, LDL was not even measurable in Aug and is now 118 (0-99 mg/dL being optimal) and overall cholesterol is 216. Not too shabby! <BR> <BR> I am cutting back on the diabetes medication and cut out the triglyceride meds (per dr's orders). BUT, he want... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 17:38:03 EST 12.3 to 6.7 Woo Hoo! I'm not in the clear yet though.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4565284 Okay, <BR> I was very nervous to get my blood sugar results. It has been 3 months since I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes. My first A1C test had a reading of 12.3 . <BR> Normal as stated by the Mayo Clinic: <BR> <BR> "For someone who doesn't have diabetes, a normal A1C level can range from 4.5 to 6 percent. Someone who's had uncontrolled diabetes for a long time might have an A1C level above 9 percent. <BR> <BR> When the A1C test is used to diagnose diabetes, an A1C level of 6.5 percent or h... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 16:01:50 EST I Love My Ticker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4546257 I love my Sparkpeople Ticker. I know you should not be obsessed with the numbers. And, truly, I'm not. If the numbers aren't going down quick enough I don't get upset. I know I must prevail and I will reach my goal. <BR> <BR> BUT, the ticker is a great reminder that I am working hard. It wouldn't be practical to take photos daily or with every pound loss. No one wants to hear in a blog abut every 1/4 pd. However, my Ticker SCREAMS success. I look at it often to remind myself I am doing a re... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 10:12:59 EST Sparkpeople Cookbook x2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524258 I pre-ordered the Cookbook and it arrived yesterday. I haven't had a chance to really get a good look yet. <BR> Over the next couple months I am going to visit some friends and family in different states, so I will be awhile on the road (airplane, actually) and so I could travel light I also bought the Kindle edition today. <BR> Maybe I should do a "Julie & Julia" blog, <BR> I'll call it Donna & Meg or D&M for short. <BR> I feel a movie in the making... LOL <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 13:27:51 EST Diabetes; journal #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4516719 This is like a science experiment. <BR> I have been playing around with the # of carbs I take in and I am finding it has a direct effect on my blood sugar levels. It is easy to verify because I test at least 3x per day and record what I eat on Spark. <BR> BUT . . . <BR> I am finding something else that has even a BIGGER effect. EXERCISE. Yes, I know, we've heard it before. In fact we hear it all the time. BUT IT IS TRUE. I walk the dog every day. 20-30 mins, leisurely. In the last 2 ... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:52:54 EST Another reason to get healthy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507439 Okay, this news is not new nor is it headliner. But maybe it should be. <BR> <BR> Mothers who are obese are 10 percent more likely to have overweight daughters and fathers are 6 percent more likely to have obese sons. <BR> <BR> I do not want to be the reason my kids become fat. I missed out on the chance to show them while they were young. I hope I can be an example, and motivate them to stay active and healthy. <BR> <BR> I sometimes wish I could have a "do over", but hopefully it is no... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:10:34 EST Diabetes; journal #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507381 Went to Dr.'s today. Whew! I do not have to start on insulin. <BR> <BR> Last week I had a diabetes education class and the nurse noticed my sugar levels weren't as low as they should be. She let my Dr.'s office aware and that is why they wanted to see me. In fact the numbers weren't that bad. <BR> <BR> We are going to tinker a bit with the times of the day when I take my meds in hopes that we will get better results even faster. He was happy with my progress and my weight loss. He actuall... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 20:38:10 EST Diabetes; journal #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4505160 Well, I thought things were going well. Apparently not. <BR> <BR> I received a call from my Dr's office on Friday. He wants me back in the office. I gave all my records to the diabetes dietitian last week and she relayed them to my Doc. The recordings of the my blood levels apparently are not coming into the safe or normal range fast enough. I am hoping and praying that the Dr is not going to recommend insulin. I've lost 20pds total since the middle of the summer and 15pds since I was diag... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:47:36 EST Diabetes; journal #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4493612 It's been just over 4 weeks since I was diagnosed with T2 diabetes. I am doing everything they (Drs & nurses) are telling me to do. I am religiously writing down everything I eat. I don't let a day go by where I don't at least walk 15-30 minutes. My goal is to increase this or at least add a different exercise at least 3x's a week. On Saturday DH & I went biking for 1 hr. <BR> I check my blood sugar levels at least twice a day. I take all my meds daily. <BR> <BR> I went to a Diabetes Edu... Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:25:58 EST Diabetes; journal #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4430468 Man, this really stinks. I dropped 30 lbs then we moved summer 2010 and I gained 15 lbs back. Dropped 5 again, so I am still a total of 20 lbs down. <BR> THEN, the bomb hit. <BR> <BR> It seemed like overnight. I was very ill a couple weeks ago and finally went to the Dr. after having a fever for 7 days. I had all kinds of tests and the end result was devastating. I have diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. They wanted to start me on insulin injections but decided to use that a... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 12:43:28 EST