SIGLED's SparkPeople Blog SIGLED's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wow! Wow! This is slow going it seems. Then pow I measure my weight and find out I am past my goal of 155 to 143! My Blood Sugar is now running in the 80's and 90's and sometimes it bounces up into the 100 plus but stays within the normal range. Sometimes not. Which I am not sure yet what that is all about as I am eating the same normal stuff. <BR> <BR> It is a whole new world. My eating habits are changed. And have changed throughout the past year and a half. <BR> <BR> I went to the TCO... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 11:36:40 EST Slow Going! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My goal is still 155. 165 is where I am presently at. That's from 296 in Jan 2015. <BR> <BR> It has really slowed down. But the body is shaping and adjusting to the new weight. I am to the point now that I am forgetting what it was like to be obese and am starting to see myself as trimmed up and the right weight. Still a lot of places of fatty deposits. But the body continues to shape. <BR> <BR> It is a new life. I noticed the other day that my heart didn't... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:10:13 EST Managing the Body The YMCA has taken the scales away. So I don't know how much weight I've lost. My guess is I weigh somewhere between 165 - 170. That's from 296 in 2015. I officially weigh when I see my doctor. Next visit is in July. I go and walk 3 miles 6 days a week. <BR> <BR> This year I am finishing my goal of 155. Weight loss has slowed considerably. But am discovering where I've quit in the past at 225 then next diet I quit at 190. This time around I am finding the body will continue to los... Mon, 22 May 2017 11:54:47 EST Wow! A year Already! Wow! Hard to believe but Type 2 Diabetes was discovered in Feb 2016. But it also marks the anniversary of when I got serious about weight. To date, I've lost 86 lbs since Feb 2016. 116 lbs since Jan 2015. <BR> <BR> My waist went from over 50 inches to a 34. My goal is 155. So I have 25 to go. My losing has slowed way down due to being within reach. My waist is now half my height and according to the experts I am where I should be. <BR> <BR> There's still fat on my body. But this is... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 08:44:46 EST Stepped on Scales last Friday and Did a Double Take! 181 instead of 185! Wow! Off of the Plateau and losing again! I literally had to do a double take when I weighed in last Friday! 181! Instead of the usual 185!!! <BR> <BR> As I get closer to my goal it is harder to lose. But as each pound goes it is a reward for sure!!! It's been a journey since 2015 when I weighed in a the Dr's office at 296!!! I actually got really serious due to Type 2 Diabetes in Feb 2016 when I weighed in at 266! Now I am 181 and loving the new me!!! Ready to keep on going down until ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:11:02 EST One pound weight loss this week! I am rejoicing because after a 3 week plateau I am losing again. Down from 296 to 185. 111 lbs! Wow! <BR> <BR> I am noticing that during the plateau's that the body is still working. There is skin to shrink, fat to be removed and places on the body to add muscle not flab. Yes, I feel better. My eating has changed and done a complete turn around: Rather than living to eat, I am now, eating to live. <BR> <BR> I haven't regained my sight in my right eye. I can see but it is smokey, b... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:47:21 EST Right Eye Since Feb of this year I've been managing my Type 2 Diabetes with exercise, dieting and medication. <BR> <BR> To date, I've lost 107 lbs. Exercised at the YMCA 5-7 times a week. And taken my metfomin twice a day. All good. Its supposed to be. <BR> <BR> Last Friday at 3 pm I lost my vision in my right eye. The eye dr looked it over early on Saturday and recommended a specialist. I saw the specialist on Tuesday. After several tests. He explained I had had a stroke in my right eye. The ... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:32:03 EST Week 3 Still on a Plateau Week 3 still on a Plateau. I suppose it is getting to the point that I need to start checking to see why I am not losing. My body is getting smaller but no weight loss. <BR> <BR> Hmmm... <BR> <BR> Still eating less. Around a 1,000 calories per day. Keeping the carbs between 80 and 100. Check. <BR> <BR> Still daily exercising. Check. <BR> <BR> Still taking my medication. Check. <BR> <BR> Still tracking my food and activity. Check. <BR> <BR> Don't know. Any ideas??? <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Nov 2016 18:08:46 EST On yet another Plauteau Yes, for nearly a week now, I've been on another Plateau with my weight loss. The SparkPeople stats are showing I am way under my goal. Yet, I can see the results of being on a Plateau. The body is still working on the inside to re-shift the weight or tighten up the skin. As long as I stay faithful. <BR> <BR> I don't get all that discouraged with a plateau, because I know the body is still working if I stay faithful to the cause. Plus experience has taught me that the 190's are hard to ... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 13:24:30 EST Thinking Right without the Drugs! I saw today where science has found out there is a difference in the brain's thinking between obese people and skinny people. Duh!? <BR> <BR> The news said that after this finding, obesity has been declared something you can't help and will allow drugs to be used to correct the thinking. Great! That's all we need MORE DRUGS! at High Prices! Doping us to go through life fuzzy. Is that really the answer? (Maybe the discrimination will go away if we're able to say it is no longer a matter... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:53:34 EST Wow! I like this new world! I am now 196 lbs. Finally after a 2 week Plateau I lost 5 lbs.! And broke through the 200 lb barrier. Been on my journey since Feb and it has been worth every step! <BR> <BR> I knew something was up because my body has shrunk while on the plateau. I knew it needed to catch up so I wasn't worried. And shrunk it did. It is amazing. And how my body responds. It seems to be thanking me for losing the weight rather than nagging me about what it is missing out on. <BR> <BR> This is differ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 11:44:46 EST It's a new world I've journeyed into and I like it! I am still on my journey. I am just realizing it is going to be a long journey but worth it as I am seeing results. <BR> <BR> I am still losing--I am down to 204 this week, 56 lbs total. Just 4 lbs away from cracking the 200 lb mark. So glad to be down instead of up or still at my beginning weight. I realize only now I was killing myself with weight and happy to do so. Never had a idea how being obese was blocking my health and my everyday living. Somehow, diabetes woke me up out of my... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:47:33 EST You've Lost Weight It's always a compliment when someone else notices your weight and then says something. <BR> <BR> Not everybody you know does for a variety of reasons. But when someone thinks enough to not only notice but say something. Now that feels good. <BR> <BR> My problem is that I hear the compliments, be it, far and few between. I guess I growl out a "thank-you". Making the other person feel like "maybe they shouldn't have said something". <BR> <BR> I guess I just have my eyes set on the goal... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:19:55 EST 2 more lbs and cheering the milestones! 52 lbs lost since Feb. Wow! I am elated. Not bragging just happy. <BR> <BR> When I first started out, I thought, can I do this? It is just now sinking in: I have lost 52 lbs since February. Yet, I am afraid to get too excited because I haven't reached the goal yet. But I am cheering the results so far. <BR> <BR> I've had to get some new underpants. The old was too big and sagging badly. The new is snug but super. 32-34. Can't believe I can fit into them. But I can. That's down fr... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:36:11 EST Weigh in Day! Another 2 lbs off! A new Freedom! Wow! I stepped on the scales and another 2 lbs is off. <BR> <BR> Just 10 to go and I will forever be out of the 200 lb range. Of course, I've said that before. Once in 1983 and once in 2007. But this time is different. I think. I hope. This time has got to be different because of my Diabetes. This time it is do or die. Literally. <BR> <BR> Gone are the days of dieting and then eating, pigging out and returning to what was. Now are the days of eating new things and portion control... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:18:42 EST Off the Plateau and Losing Again-Perfection! Today is weigh in day, Wednesday, June 29th. I show I am down 214 to 212. After a one week plateau, I'll take the weight loss. <BR> <BR> As expected during the plateau, my body was re-shifting the weight. It was hard at work still. I consider it an amazing miracle that the body knows what to do. All I do is less calories, carbs and sodium and the body does the rest on its own without any direction from me. <BR> <BR> I'd say that's more that hap hazard evolution. That was planned a l... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:53:57 EST Its Summer! I started this journey in the Winter, went through the Spring and now my journey takes me into the Summer. <BR> <BR> Like the Song says, <BR> <BR> When you walk through a storm <BR> Hold your head up high <BR> And don't be afraid of the dark <BR> <BR> At the end of a storm <BR> There's a golden sky <BR> And the sweet silver song of a lark <BR> <BR> Walk on through the wind <BR> Walk on through the rain <BR> Though your dreams be tossed and blown <BR> <BR> Walk on, walk on <BR> With... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:55:37 EST Its A Journey I've been on this journey about 5 mos. And it continues on. Most likely for a lifetime. I just take it one day at a time. So far I've lost 44 lbs. <BR> <BR> Saw the Dr today. Nothing but good reports. And he adjusted my Blood Pressure medicine saying my BP reading today was too low due to my weight loss. He wants to see me in a month to see how the medication without a diuretic is working on my Blood Pressure. He said the diuretic kicks up the Blood Sugar. My goal is to get off of... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:00:07 EST Losing Weight with Saggy Skin One thing among many I've Discovered is that losing weight means saggy skin. <BR> <BR> What does one do with saggy skin? The body will shrink some of it. But my Birthday Suit is way too big. As long as I got my clothes on, I look pretty good. But when preparing to take a shower and I look in the mirror and to my horror: Saggy Skin. <BR> <BR> There used to be a program in the town in which I live, if you donated saggy skin to the burn center they would pay most of the cost of the surger... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:28:02 EST Who cares How I Got it, the fact is I got it and can manage it! The other day I had quite a awakening. Someone told me their definition of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They said Type 1 is something you were born with. You can't help it. Type 2 diabetes is something you bring on yourself. With that definition came a snooty discrimination. Type 1 diabetes was righteous because you didn't do anything to bring it on. While Type 2 diabetes is your fault. And you deserve what you get. <BR> <BR> Yet, I've eaten what the general population has eaten. Ev... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 11:14:45 EST Back from Vacationing Back home again to reality. While we were gone while the workmen came in and replaced the tub in the back bathroom. Of course, they ran into more than they bargained for. So when we got home, no water and bathroom was being fixed but still no new tub. So its different coming home. Working around no water and hopefully everything will be fixed by Monday night. Hopefully. <BR> <BR> Did well at Branson with the family. While there my dr called and told me my A1C read 6.7 this last lab. W... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:13:55 EST Going on Vacation. What do I do? Well this week I go on Vacation with the Misses and extended family of 2 daughters, 2 sons in law and 5 grandchildren. All of which I am looking forward too, except for one thing. <BR> <BR> I am scared. I will be away from my exercise. My food. I've got it down now, just barely. I will be at the mercy of the restaurants which are high in sodium and carbs. I found one restaurant that had only had one low carb and low sodium offering and it was yucky. I've found other restaurants that ... Mon, 30 May 2016 12:19:22 EST Plateau #2: Part of My Body's Plan Well I hit my second Plateau in my weight loss journey. Is that a bad thing? Not really. My body is reshaping, tightening up the loose hanging skin and getting ready for the next bout. <BR> <BR> What caused it? I have no idea. I thought maybe I would freeze at five pounds earlier like I did in 1999. But I didn't. I zoomed past. So I was thrilled. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to the next weigh in, Wednesday the first week in June. No, I didn't start weighing daily. I just weigh o... Sat, 28 May 2016 12:03:32 EST Shout Out to SparkPeople Just want to do a SHOUT OUT to SPARKPEOPLE for making all this available to us! It is a help beyond words!!! <BR> <BR> In society, you mention SPARKPEOPLE and a couple of people know about it but not everbody knows. I was encouraged that when I attended my Diabetes education that they recommended SPARKPEOPLE. <BR> <BR> Great trackers, super articles and a great community. Wed, 18 May 2016 10:27:19 EST Went to a Viewing... Went to a funeral viewing of an acquaintance. Never fun. Always glum. But especially glum because this person had Type 2 Diabetes yet never took care. He died at 66 yrs old. I always thought he was older than me. He lost an eye plus had some toes amputated. It was sad. <BR> <BR> I got wondering if I was shooting blanks in the dark. Trying to take care of myself; but was this just a worthless exercise? The Dr.said I could null the effects of Type 2 Diabetes with diet, exercise and... Tue, 17 May 2016 11:03:39 EST Been Here Before I weighed in today at 225. That's down from 296 a year ago. Although, in 1999 I went from 325 to 225 in 6 mos. So I've been here before. In 99 and 2006 I went down to 200. <BR> <BR> I've been a champion of weight loss in 1999 I was interviewed by the Nashville press and spoke to 4,000 people after following Miss Texas. So I've been a hero. <BR> <BR> So rush up to 2016: I'm fat, tired and overweight at 296 (a year ago). At 265lbs I am being told I have Type 2 Diabetes. Due to my lif... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:44:24 EST Big Difference between Have-to and Want-to My sisters-in-law saw me the other day for the first time in a while. I lost about 60 lbs since last seeing them. There was the usual shock then compliments. I told one that there is a big difference between Have-to and Want-to. I "have-to" because of the Type 2 Diabetes. <BR> <BR> Yet, I got thinking about that statement and am at this point very thankful to my Drs. and Diabetes Team for saying, "I HAVE to" if I am going forward. <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose weight so I don't have to... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:40:16 EST Becoming This morning, i realize I am finally BECOMING... <BR> <BR> I haven't arrived but I am BECOMING. I look at my body and the skin is sagging, bones are appearing. My scale doesn't match the body's re-sculpturing but it is getting there. <BR> <BR> My exercising has increased from 10 min to 30 min. Doing well there and getting stronger. <BR> <BR> No, I haven't arrived but I am BECOMING. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:07:35 EST Learning A Lot I attended a 8 hour Diabetes Education class yesterday. I go back on Thursday for 8 more hours. <BR> <BR> Time flew. But most of all, I learned a lot. I learned there were folks just like me with diabetes. Only several of them were much worse than me. But we all had one thing in common: Diabetes. And we are all dedicated to controlling it. <BR> <BR> I learned too that there is a lot to learn about controlling diabetes. On the internet there is a lot of misinformation. On TV as well.... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 10:55:50 EST 2016 New Me! In January of 2016, I learned that I had Type 2 Diabetes. I am hyperglycemic meaning that my blood sugar is high and floating around in my blood stream and I need to get it back to normal. <BR> <BR> The Dr said the upside is that I can control this with diet, exercise and medication. So I have come down from 296 to 238 so far. My blood sugar has gone from 500 to 140. And I exercise at the YMCA 5-6 times a week. <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:04:16 EST Back Again Its been awhile but I am back. Been getting my health problems worked out. <BR> <BR> In July I was having trouble breathing. After seeing the pulmonologist and some testing. I found out I have asthma. Then I went to the sleep clinic and found out I have sleep apnea. So, I am now on a cpap machine through the night and taking Symbicort. <BR> <BR> After about a month, I am beginning to feel normal again. The cpap is making a difference in my strength and outlook on life. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:17:13 EST Always room...for a friend... In this season of hustle and bustle let all be reminded of this story: <BR> <BR> The old professor stood in front of his class. Sat an empty jar on the table. Filled it with golf balls. "Is the jar full?" asked the wise old man. "Yes it is." replied the young'uns in his class. <BR> <BR> Then he filled the same jar with pebbles which shook downward as they went in between the golf balls and rested until he had filled the jar. "Is the jar full?" asked the prof. "Oh definitely" replied h... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 20:00:47 EST A Matter of Life and Death... The other day I was driving down a street in which I remembered a man I used to know. He was a good man. A good husband (he and his wife were high school sweethearts) and family man. He had a hangup with anger but his job made him take an anger management class: 3 times! Now that's enough to make you mad! haha His blood pressure, weight and smoking were out of control. <BR> <BR> He simply told his medical doctor when the Dr. told him if he didn't change he was going to die: Hey, I k... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:32:58 EST In Memory of Frances - My Wonderful Mother-In-Law 1925-2012 When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see. <BR> If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me. <BR> I wish so much you wouldn't cry, the way you did today, <BR> While thinking of the many things we never got to say. <BR> <BR> I know how much you love me, as much as I love you.. <BR> And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too.. <BR> But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand.. <BR> An angel came and called ... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:59:45 EST UNDER CONSTRUCTION Wow! It has been way to long since my last blog. <BR> <BR> Let me do a little thinking...some planning...and some action and soon a brand new blog will appear to cheer, encourage and help. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, enjoy the Spring and the May that is calling us all to get out there and JUST DO IT! <BR> <BR> --Dennis Thu, 17 May 2012 18:46:55 EST Walking at the Mall I was at the Mall the other evening. Doing my usual 3 laps of walking. I was moving along at a good pace. Passing the shoppers. And being past once in a while by some walkers. I wasn't trying to race anyone. Just wanting to maintain a good walking pace. <BR> <BR> One lady cautioned her young daughter who was trying to keep up with me. "Be careful honey, men who are walking fast like that are wanting to snatch your purse!" I don't know if she was serious or just trying to scare her da... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:40:51 EST Christmas: Jesus is the REASON for the SEASON! It is not what we take up, <BR> but what we give up, <BR> that makes us rich. <BR> <BR> --Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> Christ was content with a stable <BR> When he was born <BR> So that we could have <BR> A mansion when we die. <BR> <BR> --Anonymous <BR> <BR> Somehow not only for Christmas <BR> But all the long year through, <BR> The joy that you give to others, <BR> Is the joy that comes back to you. <BR> And the more spend in blessing. <B... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 21:05:15 EST This Is All that Needs to be Said... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "When I stand before God <BR> at the end of my life, <BR> <BR> I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, <BR> <BR> and could say, <BR> <BR> "I used everything you gave me." <BR> <BR> --Erma Bombeck Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:19:44 EST An Irish Blessing <img src="">May the road rise up to meet you, <BR> May the wind be ever at your back. <BR> May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. <BR> And until we meet again, <BR> May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.” <BR> <BR> Irish Blessings quote <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>441</em> <em>137</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:59:28 EST Is this Really Happening? Or am I just plain Crazy? I have been back with SparkPeople just over a year now. When I entered again, I vowed that no matter how my weight loss went, I would hang in, thick or thin! <BR> <BR> From Feb 2010 to June 2010 I lost 40 lbs. Came right off. Then I hit the dreaded set point: 224 lbs. I exercised more Spark minutes than I ever done during the summer and on into the Fall. I stayed true to the nutrition as well. Over the latter 6 mos of the year, I went down to 214 then back up to 224. <BR> <BR> Frustr... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 12:05:43 EST 10 States With the Deadliest Eating Habits CAUTION: Reading this article may improve your health. It is a reality check. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e/112083/10-states-with-the-deadliest-<BR>eating-habits </link> <BR> <BR> What is interesing about this article is that it is slanted with the viewpoint: It's all the our fault for eating this way. When in reality, and this has been proven, you can go into a grocery store with a dollar and buy a LOT of the unhealthy food. Healthy food is expensive and... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:56:18 EST YOUR DAILY SURVIVAL KIT YOUR DAILY SURVIVAL KIT FOR THE NEW YEAR <BR> <BR> <img src="">Today, I am giving you a <BR> <BR> D A I L Y S U R V I V A L K I T <BR> <BR> <BR> To help you each day............ <BR> <BR> <BR> Toothpick ... To remind you to pick the good qualities in everyone, including yourself. <BR> <BR> Rubber band ..... To remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it can be worked out. <BR> <BR> Ba... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:08:07 EST Adult Truths -- Enter at Your Own Risk! *** Adult Truths *** <BR> <BR> 1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die. <BR> <BR> 2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong. <BR> <BR> 3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.. <BR> <BR> 4. There is great need for a sarcasm font. <BR> <BR> 5. How are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? <BR> <BR> 6. Was learning cursive really necessary? <B... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 17:43:10 EST Seven Secrets of Success found in Your Room <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The complete article can be found under BORN TO WIN at <link><BR>gs/ </link> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:20:30 EST THOUGHTS for the NEW YEAR!!! <img src="">People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's. ~Henry Moore <BR> <BR> Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. ~Brooks Atkinson <BR> <BR> We ... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:02:00 EST A Christmas Card to all My Spark Friends A Christmas Card just for YOU: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ode=2007134554829&source=jl999 </link> <BR> <BR> The Merriest of Christmases Yet to all! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 18:13:24 EST The JOY of Having Spark Friends Like YOU <img src="">God must have known there would be times <BR> We'd need a word of cheer, <BR> Someone to praise a triumph <BR> Or brush away a tear. <BR> <BR> He must have known we'd need to share <BR> The joy of "little things" <BR> In order to appreciate <BR> The happiness life brings. <BR> <BR> I think He knew our troubled hearts <BR> Would sometimes throb with pain, <BR> At trials and misfortunes, <BR> Or goals we can't attai... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 15:05:12 EST 11 Best Fast Food Post-Workout Snacks Under 200 Calories. I know here at Spark People we are pretty tough on Fast Foods. <BR> <BR> Check this site as it offers some super alternatives. It also shows that the industry is definitely trying. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-fast-food-post-workout-snacks-under-2<BR>00-calories-2402237/#poll-A4197A32E6E6<BR>11DF89ECFE3406BC3DF2 </link> Sun, 7 Nov 2010 11:34:25 EST FINALLY! Hi Spark Friends, <BR> Wow! Today I am able to declare a six pound weight loss. And no, it hasn't happened in one week. <BR> <BR> I started my journey back in February. I was clicking along pretty good. Then I hit a small plateau in April. I was moving down from 256 to 230. By summer I was in the 220's. Then the BIGGEST PLATEAU of my weight loss journey. This plateau is historical. This is where I stopped and gave up in 1999 after losing 100 lbs. This is a SET POINT that seems... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:31:58 EST Drew Carey: No More Mr Fat Guy This article appeared in the Sunday Parade Magazine (Sept 26 2010) it is truly inspirational. Even includes a relapse Drew had in Aug 2010 and what he said about it. <BR> <BR> Yo u may find the article at: <link><BR>w-carey.html </link> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 13:03:35 EST