SUGARFREEBIE's SparkPeople Blog SUGARFREEBIE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community New focus/goal for health improvement Have been thinking long and hard about my relatively new metabolic syndrome diagnosis. Been studying up on dietary tweaks and taking meds faithfully; will see if Joslin-inspired food plan (fewer carbs than the Ornish choices I was using plus back to eating some fish/seafood) will show some improvements in my labs in a few weeks before next doc visit. Then, when I see him on Nov 7th I plan to ask him "How do I get rid of this altogether?" and see what he says. <BR> Watch this space. Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:50:59 EST Evaluating yet another year Another birthday come and gone--62 now. Lost a whole net 10 lbs this past year but have so far avoided the general dire prediction of gainback. Metabolism has probably slowed; need to actually START my planned exercise program (literally dusted off the dumbbells the other day; what little I did with them let me know in a hurry just how unfit I am). <BR> Want to start sewing again; discouraged by stuck measurements (waist has been 43" for the entire year). Being a total wimp about some... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:45:02 EST Major life change My 87-yr-old mother passed away on Fri Nov 6th (yesterday). She had been failing for awhile; my brother called me last Monday to tell me that she was MUCH worse so Tues I hopped in my car and drove the entire 600 miles (one way) in one day for a last visit. I was only able to stay until Fri morning; she seemed to be fairly stable when I left (the last thing I said to her was "Rest well"). Four hrs later one of my sisters called to tell me she had passed. They don't have any formal services... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 10:51:21 EST Nagging problem remains Overjoyed at weight loss BUT blood pressure is still terrible even on the buttload of meds I take for it (was 167/107 this morning). I have been eating a LOT of animal protein lately (mostly lean meat as well as my yogurts) b/c of going back to Dukan for a couple of weeks; tired of all that meat already plus pressure was better while eating veg plus fish. So, back to Ornish; will see what happens. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:52:54 EST Another trip around the sun--goal met!! Turned 61 yesterday; husband also turned 64 (cue a certain Beatles song). Went out for our annual dinner--had my usual faves; blood sugar not AT ALL happy w/ me but should be back down to usual tomorrow. <BR> Still amazed that I met my 200 lb weight goal by my b'day w/ NO suffering. Next goal is 175 lbs by Christmas to be followed by 145 lbs and DONE by Easter. Blood pressure has also FINALLY started to improve; want off of these damnable meds! <BR> Now for my Ornish breakfast then will... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 12:23:26 EST New plans to go w/ new year Decided against divorce several months ago; the main reason that my husband's personality went to hell has been effectively dealt with so reconciliation in works, Daughter has essentially moved in w/ fiance so when lease is up at the end of March I will be back in OH. <BR> Miss my house after all (hubs has faithfully kept up the payments) so making plans to resume where we left off w/ the decorating (already have most of the materials so will be inexpensive). Can do VERY little on my feet... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 10:42:12 EST Whole New Life Way too long since I've blogged but multiple big changes this year. Realized that feet were too torn up to resume hospital work, couldn't get uneployment from OH (denied every week for their good reasons), despite extra income from an opportunity to cash out an old pension marriage still fell apart largely to financial stress. Could NOT get husband to understand that feet still hurt constantly so he was demanding more work/service than ever; couldn't tolerate escalating temper so moved out... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 11:38:21 EST Six months of going backwards Got real w/ weight, FBS and other body measurements after seeing this morning how much worse they've gotten. Metabolism has slowed WAAYYYY down since no longer working on my feet, plus I can tell that I've lost a lot of muscle from too-low-calorie eating plans. So, I've got muscle-building plans as well as goals for weight loss--BPs and blood sugars should fall automatically w/ the weight; individual goals will be set according to progress. <BR> First weight goal---215 by this coming Easter... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 10:11:35 EST Laid off!!! Never was happy w/ job after new owners w/ much different business philosophy bought out hospital where I worked. Last week came back from 5 days in MO to visit w/ Mom who had just had a mastectomy (fortunately they got all of the cancer w/ the surgery) to phone call from dept head---our dept had to eliminate a full-time staffer and basically I was it. Not particularly surprised; will do OK financially and can do some of the the things I couldn't due to lack of time and/or energy. <BR> Now... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 08:13:29 EST Radical!! Everyhing else has failed---going to low-carb for the first time for both weight and blood sugars. So far so good w/both--will attempt to post more often w/ good-news updates! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 09:38:53 EST Why No Snacks I spent many years trying to keep my blood sugar stable through snacking between meals only to fail miserably at both stability and weight loss. I have switched over to 3 meals/day carefully timed plus a small carb feeding before bed (per Radiant Recovery; see their website)--about 30 gm protein, 45 gm slow carbs (Bob Greene averaged out), and 10 gm fat or less. <BR> The larger meals are more satisfying ; often I don't have much time to eat at work so planning on eating LESS frequently h... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 20:58:10 EST Derailed by stress Runaway appetite/crazy blood sugars/terrible blood pressure due to stress--husband had more (rare and exotic this time) reconstructive surgery about a month ago followed by wound problems including infection. So, I've been playing wound care nurse at home in addition to my usual respiratory chores at work, including multiple doctor visits to avoid him ending up back in the hospital (so far so good) but eating like I've gone totally insane. <BR> Paused long enough to take a deep breath and re... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 01:17:35 EST Combination therapy working so far Thought I would mention that I found out about Hilton Head Health from watching "Heavy" on A&E, which is the spa that they used. The sample menus on the spa's website give their typical fat and calorie allowances for meals and snacks so Ive been using those along with VERY strict tracking to make sure I get enough protein and water. <BR> Seems to be working; sugar readings are good plus no crashes--sugar stability keeps my cravings away. Will weigh and post tomorrow to see if working as w... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:17:17 EST See what happens when you don't take care of yourself?? Managed to eat myself into diabetic cellulitis--my record-high fasting blood sugar followed that night by sore, already-swollen leg getting very pink and very warm while at work. Went down to ER, showed leg to favorite ER doc--first thing out of his mouth was "you diabetic??" Now taking antibiotics; leg fortunately much better but still swollen with skin intact but ugly. <BR> Don't do this to yourselves, people---get a medically approved plan and USE IT!! <BR> Study your own body, using y... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 11:09:32 EST New to blogging but have announcement Husband, who has lost somewhere between 175-190 lbs (net) since he had his lap band in April of '07 parted with his 37-lb belly flap last Fri, getting him below 300 lbs for the first time in many, many years. Sore but healing--continues to inspire. Mon, 13 Dec 2010 17:28:34 EST