MLKDUD's SparkPeople Blog MLKDUD's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Confessions Well I was feeling great and doing great, then of course fell right back off the wagon. Gained 20 pounds. Lot of body aches and pains. No clue what my diabetes is doing since I have quit checking my sugars. In December my A1C was 5.8! Had to have an endometrial biopsy for heavy/irregular periods, but that came back negative and labs don't point to perimenopause, so now have to decide what to do to treat my symptoms (looking at several options). Saw my oncologist yesterday and he said my ... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:33:57 EST Day 19 of Whole30 So now it just feels like routine following the Whole30. Feeling pretty good, getting more exercise in. Kind of burned out on eggs for breakfast everyday so I've been researching non egg compliant breakfasts and hope to do something different this week. Sadly I don't know if I even want to reintroduce foods at the end of this!! My husband is also doing well-his jeans are huge on him and he had to tighten his belt a couple of notches!! I think he looks thinner and we also think our daught... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:48:15 EST Day 15 of Whole30 Doing the Whole30 hasn't been bad at all!! In fact my blood sugar has been PERFECT. I struggle at times to keep it from going too low, but I'm learning how to make sure I eat enough at meals and keep compliant snacks around to prevent the lows. I do have to work a little harder to be creative with meals and not eat the same thing every day. We've even eaten out a couple of times and been able to stay compliant. My husband took a picture of me with my daughter yesterday before her birthda... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:43:51 EST day 1 of Whole30 Well i didn't feel prepared enough to begin Whole30 today. But after I woke up, I thought, why shouldn't I? I'm off today, plenty of time to prep, and after a weekend at camp and horrible eating my husband and I feel icky, so I wanted to do something! I sat down, planned out dinners, figured out something I could prep for breakfast, and hope to wing it on lunches (this is where I am struggling). I figure I may not be as prepared as I wanted to be, but I can make it work. I have started a... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 18:11:35 EST A year has passed! Wow, I didn't realize it's been a year since I blogged! I had all over body pain that was progressively getting worse and no doctor would really listen or do anything about it. My sister was here in June and saying that she eats very little gluten and just feels better when she does. I was telling my husband that I felt like I needed to detox my body or something. I just hurt so bad I wanted to cry at times. He said if I wanted to detox he would do it with me and he was even thinking of ... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:32:53 EST don't know much more Still not many medical answers. My CRP and MCV came back elevated, so they ordered a B12 test, which came back normal. so did my platelets. So there's indication of inflammation, but my doctor hasn't said anymore. Ugh. I see the dermatologist next week for the suspicious spots on my back. My joints are pretty sore today, but I have not eaten well this last week. My husband and I went to lunch every day since that is not something we get to do during the school year. I should have made... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:07:04 EST more frustration I was out of town for work for 3 days last week. Started having pretty bad back pain that radiated down to my knee and then my groin started hurting pretty badly. I sat for three days in training so I'm sure that didn't help, plus the drive there and back. I worked out several times in the hotel fitness center and it didn't seem to help, even tho the workouts felt great! So I saw my PCP on Friday. I have a bulging disk!! So I'm on a steroid, muscle relaxer, tylenol as needed, and no lif... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 15:28:32 EST a new motivation I seem to keep losing and gaining the same 4-5 pounds. I lost 5.4 pounds while on vacation, gained back a couple, then lost 3.2 pounds last week. I'm hoping to see about another 2 lb loss this week, but we shall see. I miss going to BodyTrac. But it is expensive and not in a convenient location. Sigh. I lost 2.5 inches in the month I went there, as well as the 4 lbs! I haven't been exercising to the extent I want to. I have been walking most days, but that's about it. My blood sugars... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 10:38:31 EST Last two months Well I gained back about 5 pounds here recently so decided to shake things up a bit. For the last month I have been going to BodyTrac. My husband got a free one month membership during teacher appreciation week and gave it to me. It's 30 min. of cardio and 30 min. of strength training with a personal trainer 3 times a week. I love it. They've pushed me far out of my comfort zone and given me the confidence that I CAN be pushed out of my comfort zone!!! I've lost 4 of those 5 pounds now.... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 12:08:00 EST update to our lawsuit So tomorrow night our 6 month law suit battle with the school district should come to an end. We signed a settlement agreement on Friday and the school board just has to approve it. No, we don't get money like people like to think we do. We get the services that my daughter was already entitled to by law. It's sad that we have to spend thousands of dollars to get that. and we didn't even exactly get what we would have liked for her. But I'm hoping this ends a lot of my stress and anxiet... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 13:56:05 EST almost met a goal well my goal by my 42nd birthday (March 24th) was to lose 100 pounds. I lost 75 and am pretty happy with that!! Sat, 4 Apr 2015 15:04:41 EST Lots of stress, anxiety, depression Wow, SO much has changed since my last blog entry!! We returned my daughter to school, and a few weeks later she came home with another injury. We had an ARD that ended in a non consensus, so we have filed Due Process against the school district (a special education law suit). We had mediation on Jan. 16 that did not go well and we still haven't concluded that. If we can't work it out then our hearing has been pushed to April 15. A whole school year wasted. We repeated kindergarten anyw... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 11:48:23 EST Hard week So this past week was one of the worst ones in my life. major things going on at my daughter's school and we have her at home until we can ensure her safety. She had to go to the doctor twice this week and have blood drawn, and this all causes her major anxiety. We've noticed that she's losing her hair again too. Ugh. My platelets are still low. I lost 3 pounds last week and I'm sure it's from only eating about once a day. That's all I can make myself do at this point. I only exercise... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 15:23:08 EST Feelin' Skinny It's a chilly rainy day and I'm loving it! Just gotta try to get out and walk if/when the rain lets up. Last night I made up a batch of pumpkin spice creamer for my coffee and it is hitting the spot!! Much better than going by Starbucks for a pumpkin latte! <BR> <BR> I did get to the gym one day this week. I rode the bike, walked on the treadmill, and got on the elliptical which used to be my favorite to do but it was about to kill me!! I started to get right back off of it but made m... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:28:19 EST stress, medical junk My weight loss has slowed down some. Of course part of that is I have been eating horribly (I'm such a stress eater!). I'm hoping to do better this week and add some time at the gym in addition to my morning walks. I want to keep losing for sure!! <BR> <BR> My daughter's medicaid program has been denied. It will end on the 22nd. We are trying to figure out what to do about her therapies. If we keep up the current schedule and pay out of pocket, with a discount it is still $1440 a month... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 10:40:28 EST 42 gone I am now down a total of 42 pounds! I saw my gyno yesterday and the first thing he said was "You've lost a lot of weight!" and kept praising me for it. He said he could tell that I am doing better overall. I was glad one of my doctors finally noticed it! <BR> <BR> I do still struggle with overeating. I eat and eat, knowing I will feel miserable and regret it. I've got to stop that! I know it's ok to leave food, save it for later, whatever. Why can't I stop myself???!! <BR> <BR> Sch... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:32:03 EST Medical stuff, very frustrating My husband's surgery went well. He's home and recovering. Which means I am busy and not sleeping much! But I'm also getting some things taken care of that are hard to take care of when I'm working (estimates on the roof and fence for example!). I'm not getting any formal exercise in which I miss, but I'm not eating too badly. <BR> <BR> Saw my endocrinologist on Monday. He was not too impressed with my weight loss!! (35 pounds since I saw him in March). I told him I've been bruising ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:33:59 EST a lot on my plate and I'm not talking food. ha! My husband has knee surgery this week. He'll be on crutches for 10-12 days and will have to be driven to PT. They said it would take him a month to be back to 100%. He starts back to work on Aug. 14. I have to be in Austin Aug. 10-14 for work. Ugh. On July 30th we have a fair hearing to appeal the denial we received for my daughter's Medicaid Waiver program. Without this program, she doesn't receive the needed therapies she's been going to since birth. ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:16:59 EST Mid summer update Been meaning to do an update on here for awhile, just keep getting easily distracted! I have lost 35 pounds now and am feeling pretty good. I really need to try to increase my exercise some, but that's hard when my husband is facing a lot of health stuff and we're trying to keep our daughter active and involved. So, going after work is hard. I've been meaning to try going before work but haven't quite done that yet. I really want to make that a goal next week. But in the meantime I am ... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:55:48 EST Feeling productive and motivated (6 month look back) I have spent the day cleaning out the fridge, freezer, and pantry. Went to the store and stocked up on fresh fruit and veggies for my husband and daughter to have readily available, plus for me to take to work. I've GOT to find a way to get more than 1 or 2 servings every day. Then I made up a dozen "egg muffins" (where you put the veggies and beat eggs in muffin tins and bake them. Freeze and pull out as many as you need. My plan is to take one a day to work with me). I'm going to have... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 18:26:52 EST day off I've had a pretty lazy day but did get about an hour of housework done. My husband is making his posole for dinner so the house smells yummy! I have enjoyed my day off of work!! Mon, 26 May 2014 19:20:30 EST nearing the end of 5% One week left in the 5% challenge. I am very proud of my loss this time, this will probably be the closest I've ever come to losing my 5% during a challenge! I'm not sure if I will get to the full 15 pounds lost, it may be only 11 or 12, but hey, maybe next challenge it will happen!! <BR> <BR> I had to have part of my toenail removed on one of my big toes. So that's been healing and making it hard to exercise. It's really feeling better and I'm ready to try walking again. We were suppos... Sat, 24 May 2014 14:54:49 EST Snow, sick kid, NSV Now my baby girl has c diff. She's had it before. But it doesn't surprise me since she's been on an antibiotic pretty much constantly since the end of January. Poor kid. I'm ready for her to be well and I'm sure she is too!! <BR> <BR> So I'm at home with her today. We woke up to snow on the ground, but the sun is trying to peek out now. My husband said he saw 4 wrecks on his way to work. I cooked up some scrambled egg whites this morning for my breakfasts all week, adding some cubed t... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:27:42 EST new medicine, possible fast?? Well my doctor didn't put me on insulin, wanted me to try a new pill first. Invokana. It works like Byetta and Victoza, but is a pill instead of injectable. I started it March 20 and have lost 9 pounds since then. I really feel almost like I had gastric bypass surgery where I can't eat more than a really small amount at each meal. If I eat too much, I feel OVER stuffed and very sick to my stomach. My blood sugar is finally starting to come down some. I've lost 16 pounds since January. ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:56:57 EST 8 week update Well, I can't believe 8 weeks has flown by. I did lose about a pound, and really overall since the beginning of the year I have lost 7 pounds. It's been rough, my daughter continues to get sick (strep throat last week, sinus infection this week). Poor kid can't catch a break!! <BR> <BR> I see my endocrinologist on Monday. He had wanted me to go on insulin back in October. They never called to set that up so I used that as my last ditch effort to get some weight off and get my sugars und... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:52:30 EST Sick kiddo We've had a rough couple of weeks. My daughter finally ended up in the hospital with flu and pneumonia. She was there 2 1/2 days. She can't return to school until Thursday and she sees her doctor tomorrow morning for a follow up. She's SO much better now! When she was at her worst (fever 103 and wouldn't eat or drink or take medicine so we had to ride the fever out) I was stress eating like crazy. But once she went into the hospital I didn't hardly eat so I ended up losing 2.4 pounds th... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:57:24 EST sick baby girl Well my daughter has been sick this week. She came home from therapy Tuesday night with a slight fever and had started coughing again. So I took her in to the doctor yesterday and in the waiting room she had diarrhea and threw up. They swabbed for flu but it came back negative. So her doctor said to give her zofran, start the prevacid again for a couple of weeks, and do breathing treatments for 3 times a day to keep this from turning into pneumonia. She perked back up yesterday afternoon... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 13:58:17 EST Windy day Ugh, I'm sitting here listening to that wind blow!!! Good thing I have been up and moving and doing housework for about the last two hours to get my exercise in! About to scrounge around for a healthy lunch, grab a shower, then meet my friend for some knitting and coffee. Then I plan to hit the grocery store and pick up chinese for dinner (I'm craving vegetable stir fry!). Other than that it's been a lazy Sunday. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:07:46 EST I am irritated with my scale and not because of the number that shows up on it (which I don't like, but I am not in denial that that is where I am at at this point in life, ha) but because it will go along, appearing to be weighing me accurately, then I'll have a morning like today where I step on it three time and get 3 different numbers and each one bigger than the last. I hate that! It's especially annoying when I really need an accurate weight for a weigh in. Grrr... <BR> <BR> And work has been a little more stre... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:55:07 EST a little mini challenge I've set for myself I've set a self-challenge for myself to work on during the 5% Challenge beginning this Saturday that I'm part of. I want to walk for at least 20 minutes every day of this challenge, which would be 56 days. I think this will jump start some weight loss for me and help me build on that momentum. It also takes me up to my next doctor appointment where I hope to convince him (by better lab results) that I do NOT need to go on insulin quite yet. I think most days this won't be a problem, but I ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:57:56 EST Portion control So something I've started doing is at night once I've prepared our dinner, I go ahead and dish up "leftovers" for my lunch for the next day before serving up our meal. Then, there is less left for the three of us to split, and then I dish up our meals in near-appropriate portion sizes. I have loved doing "portion control" like this. Then I also have my lunch for the next day and don't have to go out to eat and it's a near-appropriate portion size also! My husband isn't real thrilled on th... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:22:16 EST Cough cough cough My husband had to go back to the doctor yesterday because his cough wasn't getting any better. The doctor said she wasn't going to even mess with a chest x ray and just went ahead and treated him for pneumonia! And he leaves today for Austin for work. Poor guy. Fortunately he doesn't feel real bad, just has a horrible cough. My daughter and I have both finished our antibiotics and feel just fine. <BR> <BR> I've been working real hard to stay away from the crazies here at work. and so... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:55:24 EST Happy New Year! I really threw off a coworker today when I told her I was no longer going to eat lunch with everyone. I'm just tired of the gossiping, drama, and a lot of inappropriate things I have to hear about coworkers I really don't care to know! Plus, my goal is to walk for 30 min. during lunch then have my healthy lunch quietly at my desk. I walked for close to 20 min. today so I don't think it will take very long to build back up to 30 min. I figure if I do that for the majority of the workweek (... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:40:03 EST I'm still moving faster... I had a massage Tuesday night and she worked on my foot. It felt SOOOO good that night and most of yesterday. It really still feels ok today, still in pain but it's tolerable. and I'm still walking!! I see the podiatrist next Wednesday, and have my sleep study Thursday night. Still haven't heard from my endocrinologist about the insulin. So I asked my husband last night if I should call his office. He thinks that if I'm continuing to take care of myself and seeing my numbers come down ... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:26:29 EST Ow ow ow Well, I have a heel spur AND Plantar Faciatis. And I got a letter from my endocrinologist that they will be calling me about going on insulin (so far no call). This is definitely the results of NOT taking care of myself for the last year. I've been HORRIBLE about my health. And now I'm at my highest weight ever, A1C of 8.4% (should be around 6.5%), and can't hardly walk on my foot. I know losing weight will help tremendously with these health issues, but it hurts so much to walk. Viciou... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:13:23 EST catching up on blogging, days 5 and 6 5) What can you improve upon? Not being lazy! my laziness and excuse making rule my life!! they hold me back! <BR> 6) Do you need some motivation or advice? Ask for it! <BR> I think I have plenty of motivation. I don't want to be fat. I know I need to lose weight and be healthy. I want/NEED to be around for as long as I can be for my daughter. I just don't know what is holding me back from getting off my ass and exercising!!!! Thu, 7 Mar 2013 15:35:40 EST how I'm doing well, I have yet to do a full 30 min. work out this week. BUT, I have found some very positive encouragement from my sparkfriends! You guys definitely lift me up. and I do feel that I continue to eat pretty well. I do stay consistent with that. If I could stay consistent with working out I think I would see some consistent weight loss. I know the eating is going well because my diabetes is finally doing better and my health over all is pretty good. But if I got some weight off I could ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 13:42:26 EST what I'm doing to stay encouraged My problem is that I don't encourage myself at all!!! I don't do anything to encourage myself. No positive self talk. Nothing. In fact I've been pretty down because I turn 40 this month and had wanted to be near goal weight by now but I am still 130 pounds from there and pretty DIScouraged. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 20:21:35 EST Catching up my blog for LTGL challenge this week 1) What new habit you wish to develop? to exercise three times this week for at least 30 minutes <BR> <BR> 2) How will you do that? I will go to the gym after work or walk at the park down the street from the house Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:49:04 EST Maintain No Gain 2012 My supervisor told me today that she can tell I've lost weight. Woo hoo! I've lost about 18 pounds now. Of course about the last 6 of that has been this last week while I've been sick!!! I still don't have much sense of taste or smell or hearing. I'm about done with the prednisone, but still have a few more days on the antibiotic. I did get out and walk this morning and it felt great. I'm trying to keep from getting nosebleeds. I've been having them daily since Wednesday, and they see... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:12:23 EST Fast week We had an awesome trip to Colorado last week/weekend. Couldn't have asked for better. I however did not do any extra walking like I had planned to, and I overate more than once. But we did walk for 2 hours while at the zoo, and we had Greek food twice and Italian once. So I do have to say I enjoyed the food!! <BR> <BR> This week has been crazy. We've been out of groceries but still managed to eat somewhat healthy. I've been tracking everything and staying within calorie range. I'm g... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 16:51:11 EST A little off track So the last week was kind of rough. We went out for our anniversary on Tuesday night and I started feeling sick. The next day all three of us were home with a stomach bug!! Then our daughter's attendant had it, then my BFF who babysat for us Tuesday night had it over the weekend!!! Just as I was getting over that, I got a doozy of a migraine. The neurologist just cannot get me in before Janurary unless they have a cancellation. I hope January gets here fast if I'm going to start having ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:23:44 EST Thank you for all the wishes! For our anniversary! It is our lucky 13!! We have reservations at a local Italian restaurant for dinner and my BFF is babysitting. Really looking forward to it. It's been a crazy day at work, and the next couple of days are crazy too, but I'm looking forward to a relaxing evening. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:08:53 EST Great numbers Got my results back from the endocrinologist and they were so much better!!! A1C is down to 7.5; triglycerides are 149!!! He did ok me to take fish oil for my cholesterol since I just can't take the statins. Yesterday and today are the first days I've finally started feeling good, pretty much no muscle pain! It feels great too! I am down another pound this week, making it a total of 11 pounds since August 13th. I haven't craved a pumpkin latte in about 11 days now. I have an organic re... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:47:11 EST Good doctor appt. Saw my endocrinologist this morning. He is stopping the Crestor to see if it helps with the muscle pain I've been having. That makes me nervous about my cholesterol though, so I'm going to have to really watch the diet and exercise and stay on top of it. I just see it as another reason to be doing this. he did say depending on how my A1C is, he may start me on insulin at night and just have me take one oral med during the day. I'm really hoping my A1C is down enough that he won't do that... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 14:58:58 EST Big thanks!!! But rough 24 hours I have to say that after I posted that I needed help with my latte "addiction", I felt better already! Then to see all the wonderful suggestions was awesome! I am going to be implementing most of those suggestions in one form or fashion. I have to say I have gone two days so far with no latte!!! I do plan to treat myself once a week at the most with one!! <BR> <BR> So last night I had to have my husband call 911. I got real tingly all over and my right arm went completely numb on me. I... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 22:08:03 EST I guess I need some help! I feel like I've done really well since August 13th on exercising, eating right, and losing an average of 1 pound a week. but the last couple of weeks I have been having a dang iced pumpkin latte every afternoon!!!! I feel that is such a big weakness of mine. but i've GOT to stop it! I don't know why I can't resist the urge to get one each afternoon. Then I get mad at myself because I overcame my other eating problems (fast food every day for breakfast and lunch), why can't I overcome th... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 10:36:41 EST I'm a Teddy Bear!! Tomorrow is the start of the 5% Fall Challenge! I can't wait. I really feel like I can do this. I have a goal to lose 15 pounds in the next 8 weeks. I think I want to try and add some more exercise by getting a 20 min. workout in before work. I know I know, a few months ago I said I could never get out of bed to do such a thing, but now I feel like I might be able to!!! And I am now walking 15-20 min. in the mornings at work, and walking 40-45 min. in the evenings after work. I would l... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 12:08:11 EST great blood work results I received the results from my blood work from my cardiologist appointment on Monday. They are SO improved!!! <BR> Cholesterol 170 (was 190) <BR> Triglycerides 162 (4 years ago they were 1500!!!) <BR> HDL 31 <BR> LDL 106 <BR> <BR> This is the best those numbers have been in at least 4 years! I see my endo next month and my plan is to have those numbers all where they should be!! I'm so close. But I'm very pleased with this and even more motivated today to keep up the work!!! Thu, 27 Sep 2012 14:27:13 EST Things are good overall Well, I've been staying on track for 7 weeks now! Still loving the book I got. I read my chapter each week and focus on what it talks about. Getting my exercise in and eating pretty well overall. Journaling everything I eat, blood sugars, and exercise. Making lists as prompted in my book. My weakness right now is pumpkin spice lattes! I love this time of year and all the pumpkiny goodness. So I try to really limit myself and get a small one when I do get one. <BR> <BR> Saw the cardio... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:15:26 EST