THESUBY's SparkPeople Blog THESUBY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Migraine-induced deep sleep I had a migraine yesterday, so I ate (too much) after work, took some tylenol, and took a nap. The plan was to exercise after waking up headache free. <BR> I woke up when my alarm rang - at 6 a.m.! <BR> I must have slept 12 hours! So much for my plans. But at least the headache is gone, and I feel very rested! Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:43:05 EST Walked Got to my conference early, walked 15 min. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 10:58:29 EST Doctor's Report So I finally went to the doctor. It was as expected; 8.9 A1c, it should be 7 or lower. Since there have been so many changes in my life due to moving and I'm getting back into a routine now, we agreed to keep the meds as they are and focus on lifestyle: exercise, diet, etc. Good. Tue, 29 Sep 2015 23:30:22 EST Within limits I managed to eat out (On the Border) and still stay within my limits for all the nutritional categories. The Border Smart Fajitas helped. My blood sugar was actually within normal ranges - still elevated, but at least much closer to target. I'm feeling more energetic already. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 23:19:27 EST Back on Track I really got off track the last half year, but at least the causes are easy to identify. I got my American citizenship, bought a house, and visited my parents in Germany for 2 months this summer. Of course I also had to work, and in addition, I taught a class for the local university (2 weekends while still jetlagged). And I got elected to the board of our state professional organization - which means 2 hr. drives to monthly meetings. <BR> All positive stress, but stress nevertheless. My exe... Fri, 25 Sep 2015 08:44:09 EST Battle Fatigue I'm really getting worn out fighting the diabetes. I slipped back over the holidays/cold season (I call it hibernation mode): ate too much, exercised too little, gained a few pounds back, and as a results, my blood sugars are going haywire. I've increased my dosage of meds, but that did not help much. <BR> So the last few days, I've been swimming again, cut way down on the carbs, and turned down several lunch/dinnver invites - that's the hardest part for me, I spend a lot of time with my bes... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:23:05 EST New Year Goals I hope the new year will bring fewer emergencies and more consistency. Here are my goals: <BR> Health: <BR> 1. Reach my target weight of 170 pounds or less by logging my food daily and exercising at least 20 minutes 6 days a week. <BR> 2. Reduce the need for diabetes medication so that I only need the basics (Metformin) by testing, logging carbs, and exercising (see Goal 1). <BR> Profession: <BR> 1. Enroll in a Ph. D. program. <BR> 2. Establish an online store for my educational products. <B... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 06:19:38 EST Benefits This healthy living thing has unexpected benefits. My balance is much better! Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:12:52 EST Hairdo Even my hairdresser noticed how much weight I have lost since May. Not that much on the scale, but quite a bit in appearance. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:08:21 EST Sooooo busy Spent an extra 2 hours in the classroom after school today, and I am nowhere near done. So much for exercising. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:42:50 EST It's working. Finally my meds are working better. The healthy lifestyle is paying off. Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:01:26 EST More Pills... I'm really bummed out today. I went to the doctor after having had my blood tests, and my cholesterol and A1c are up. So she put me back on the medication I had weaned off of, and she prescribed me cholesterol medication. She said with my family history (my mom had a severe stroke and heart attack) we have to be careful and protect my heart. So now I'm taking 2 meds for diabetes, one for allergies, one for cholesterol, plus multivitamins and baby aspirin. My goal is to get off the diabetes me... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:14:03 EST 23 Pounds and Counting After a plateau, the scale is finally moving again. So far, I've lost 23 pounds in 1 1/2 years. I'm almost at a healthy BMI now, just about 6 pounds more. My goal is to lose 13 more pounds, then I'll be at my target weight. <BR> <BR> I've finally been healthy for a while, after the series of colds in the winter. I started a new habit of walking during my lunch break. I call my dad during that time, and that works out really well; that way, I don't get bored or think about stopping. I've als... Tue, 27 May 2014 22:59:27 EST Springtime Walk I've really been struggling with the diabetes. My sugars have been too high, and I'm just sluggish. I'm a teacher, and by this time of the year, we're all tired. <BR> I'm chipping away at it, though. I started a 4-week "Dining with Diabetes" class on Thursday, and I've been eating relatively healthy. I did overeat a few times this week, but at least on healthy foods. :-) <BR> I also took a walk every day during my lunch break. Not much, but better than nothing. <BR> Today, I dropped off th... Sat, 10 May 2014 12:10:57 EST Life is what happens when you're making other plans! The last 5 months have been crazy. After exercising, eating well, and keeping my blood sugar under control, I caught one of those bugs that were going around after Thanksgiving. <BR> Then, I had to fly to Dubai, where my sister lives, to help baptize my nephew. It was a beautiful trip, we baptzed him at the Christmas Eve service, and my parents came, too, so we had the family together. <BR> Right after I got back, I caught another cold, and it was so bad that I didn't get over the sore thro... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:03:09 EST Antibiotics, 2nd round My sinus infection is gone, but the bacteria relocated the party to my lungs. I'm still feeling miserable; not running a fever, but feeling feverish. I went back to the doctor for more meds; he gave me an inhaler and antibiotics. <BR> Since the fiasco with the prednisone, which triggered diabetes for me, I've been really careful about any side effects. I read the package insert, and it said the antibiotics could cause torn tendons. No idea how that could happen, but I definitely don't want t... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:48:07 EST 20 Pounds Lost - More than halfway to my goal! I haven't been very active on the site, because I've had 2 very bad sinus infections between Thanksgiving and now, so I had to suspend my workout routine for quite a while. On the bright side, I was well during Christmas break and was able to swim almost every day. While I was sick, I ate very little, and whatever I ate was either fresh fruit, cereal, or Lean Cuisine, since I was too weak to cook. <BR> Anyway, I just got on the scale. I thought it would show a weight gain, actually, because... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 09:21:47 EST Zumba + Swimming = - Meds After a whole week of just hanging about with low energy, just making it to work and getting 10-15 minutes of walking in during lunch, I finally got some energy back yesterday. I suddenly wanted to work out! <BR> So I went to a 1 hr. Zumba class - which happened to be taught by one of the students from the high school I teach at! I never had him, but he recognized me from the halls and happily waved at me. He did an awesome job teaching, and I actually kept up. Afterwards, I went for a leisu... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 14:26:25 EST Everyday Tasks It's great to do extra healthy lifestyle stuff, like eating that extra piece of fruit or going to yoga class, but some days, it's all you can do to just complete your daily routine. My motivation is low; I just want to stay home on the couch with my birds, drink tea and vegetate. I think it's because fall has arrived; somehow, I just want to find a cave and hibernate. <BR> I did make it to work yesterday, even though I really didn't want to, and without the kids there (it was a teacher work ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:22:38 EST End of First Quarter Time flies! The first quarter of the school year is already over! <BR> I've been extremely busy this year; took on an extra class, and there are more meetings than ever. So far, I've been enjoying the students, most of them are a lot of fun, but some have extra needs and health issues, so I made sure to really get to know all of them to spot problems right away. <BR> I haven't been keeping up on the Spark program all the time, but I'm back in the game with a new Spark Tracker, so for the past... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 14:22:02 EST The "I'm too sick to eat or exercise" diet I haven't been able to work on the Spark Solution program the last 3 days, because I've been sick. Nothing serious, just regular girl stuff, but enough to confine me to the couch, feeling like a beached whale. It hit me hard this time, so I'm glad I'm on vacation and the 2 classes I was supposed to teach this week were cancelled. I don't know how I usually make it to work like this. <BR> Anyway, I wasn't able to exercise, but the fact that I can't really eat much, either, balanced it out. My... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:22:41 EST Spark Solution Challenge, Day 2 Feeling much better today. Started off with the oatmeal, almonds, and blueberries (no sugar for me, brown or otherwise), but did not do the lunch or dinner. For lunch, I had the same as yesterday (turkey/swiss on whole wheat). For dinner, a friend took me out to McAlisters, and I had half a baked potato with angus beef and cheese, and half a chef's salad. Yummy. For snack, greek yogurt and raspberries. <BR> I stayed under 1500 calories total, under 150 g of carbs. I also went swimming for 25... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:38:56 EST Spark Solution Challenge, Day 1 Got off to a good start - even though I accidentally switched meal plans and made the oatmeal today instead of the spinach scramble. I can only recommend it (I love oatmeal), and I didn't put any milk or brown sugar in it, so I can only imagine how good it will taste if you do. <BR> Lunch went well; I'm not feeling so good today (probably the heat), so a sandwich was light on my stomach. I just did a basic turkey, swiss, wheat bread sandwich; haven't bought lettuce or tomatoes yet, and I com... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:14:56 EST Cleanup! I just realized that, if I'm going to participate in the Spark Solution Challenge, I'll have to cook, which means I need the kitchen functional. It's been shamefully neglected the last month or so. Especially the fridge needs to get cleaned out. So this challenge actually pushes me toward one of my other goals: getting organized! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:57:41 EST No more perfection Our YMCA offers free fitness classes on weekday mornings on the local Riverwalk during the summer, so I went for yesterday's Zumba class. I've done Zumba before, but only a few times. The class was an hour long, but after about 30 minutes, I was done. <BR> It wasn't my body, actually, that gave out, but my brain; while trying to figure out the steps, I was also trying to figure out the Spanish lyrics, and that resulted in overload. Probably the strangest reason ever to end a workout. <BR> An... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:43:08 EST Back in time for the Spark Solution Challenge <img src=""> <BR> For those of you who were wondering where I've been, I posted a picture that pretty much sums it up. As any teacher knows, the last couple of months of the school year are simply about survival and making it to vacation. I had a good school year, the kids were relatively good, but still, once spring break hit, we all were pretty much done. <BR> So I didn't keep up with my SparkPeople activities, but I tried to eat more... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:58:45 EST Off the Bike and the Wagon Sunday my best friend and I rode our mountain bikes along the river trail. I was having a great time; we saw osprey and deer. On the way back, though, I suddenly lost balance and realized that I was going to fall. Luckily, there was a patch of dirt and weeds on the side of the trail, so that's what I steered for and crashed on. <BR> <BR> A lady walking on the trail had just stepped to the side for me and came running to my aid; the poor woman probably thought she made me fall somehow. I didn... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 22:23:46 EST Spring Cleaning! I've finally tackled the bedroom closet! It is now empty, waiting for my dust-induced asthma attack to subside so I can vacuum it and scrub it down. <BR> By the way, does anyone have a tip for getting dried jelly off kitchen drawers and shelves (wood)? <BR> I'm really proud of myself; a year and a half ago I could have appeared on an episode of Hoarders. Now, most of the apartment is presentable, I just have to finish up the bedroom. By summer, everything should be nice and organized, and th... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:15:34 EST Healthy Eating without Cooking I've finally figured out how to eat healthy at home without having to cook too much. Generally, I enjoy cooking, but most of the time, I'm too busy or just not in the mood. Plus, a bunch of my favorite foods don't require cooking. Here are my favorites: <BR> <BR> - Fruit. I figured out that berries have less carbs than bananas or apples, so I've been eating lots of berries. I like to stir them into oatmeal or Greek yogurt. <BR> - Greek yogurt. I get it plain, then add my own fruit. <BR> - Ve... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:15:19 EST Spring Break! I finally made it to spring break. The kids and I were all exhausted. I gave them a big homework assignment: eat healthy, exercise daily (outside if possible), do something enjoyable (but safe and legal!), and get enough sleep. <BR> <BR> I can't complain about my students this year, other than that a lot of them don't do their homework and a few tend to fall asleep (too much electronics at night, I'm sure). Overall, they're nice, respectful, and interested, but the last few days, they were ... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:17:44 EST Obituary for Pound 15 After a month long heroic battle assisted by the pounds that have gone before him, Pound 15 has finally left this world for good. He is not mourned or missed by anyone. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 01:28:27 EST Testing, Testing Spent most of the week getting my exercise at work during standardized state testing. Running up and down stairs with testing materials, escorting students, walking around while proctoring - I logged 60 min. per day, and that was probably a low estimate. I've been soooooo exhausted every day. Luckily, today was the last day. Fri, 8 Mar 2013 00:37:04 EST Tribute to Elvis Started off the day with a food tribute to one of my favorite singers. Supposedly, Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich was peanut butter with bananas, so I made myself one - while my bird was sitting on my head, watching what I was doing. Hmmm, it was sooooo good - a bit high in carbs, but I'm going walking today, and it was healthy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I went grocery shopping (pay day, yeah!). All healthy foods: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower, ca... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 12:25:23 EST Junk Food Lessons This week was the busiest in the entire school year. Since I took over the dying German program at my high school 7 years ago and revived it from 45 students to 120, from 3 classes to 5, I've been tirelessly promoting it. This week was our Enrollment Fair, where we invited the 8th graders to our school and advertised all the academic and extracurricular offerings, hoping to attract many of them. (Our district has open enrollment, so this is crucial every year.) <BR> <BR> For me, that is the ... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 23:23:26 EST Fruit, Veggies, Oatmeal, and Blizzard The blizzard triggered one of my migraines, so I didn't go to the pool as planned, but spent most of the day on the couch, waiting for the meds to kick in, then sleeping. Feeling much better now. On the upside, I ate healthier than ever; I was out of almost everything, so I ate what was in the kitchen: oatmeal, blueberries, apples, grapes, and a steamed veggie mix I had in the freezer (potatoes, squash, carrots). It was good. I did have more carbs than I'm supposed to, but since most of them ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 21:29:01 EST Free Massage! Going to the 2-hr. diabetes education session was definitely worth it. The speaker had been diagnosed with Type 1 as a teenager in the late 60s and later became a nurse, then a diabetes educator. She was very motivating and gave us some valuable information. <BR> Then, the director of the local massage therapy school gave a speech on spirit, mind, and body - nothing I didn't know already, but it was nice to hear it summarized. He had brought some of his students who needed field hours, and t... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 23:22:17 EST Anorexia Demons raise their ugly head Okay, I might be the only person in history who is truly overweight and worried about anorexia. Fact is, when I was a teen, I was significantly underweight. The doctor told my mom I had to gain at least 20 pounds. I was pretty much anorexic; I simply quit eating for days at a time, and I didn't get hungry. <BR> Things would have gotten bad, but my grandma and aunt sat me down and told me they were concerned. They had never heard about anorexia, but they simply told me I was not eating enough... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:24:52 EST Zumba! I finally had a Monday off again and went to the low-impact Zumba class in the morning. This time, I did even better than a few weeks ago. I was sweating and my heart rate was up, but I was nowhere close to exhausted. I guess all the swimming and walking are paying off now. I realized I'm very good at picking up the choreography and rhythm, and the variation keeps my brain busy, so I'm not getting bored. I doubt I'll ever be graceful, but stranger things have happened. <BR> My school distric... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:27:04 EST Sore, but Walking I am so sore from yoga! Especially my shoulders are hurting, which shows where I need the most exercise. Even my ribcage is sore, so I probably need to work more on my breathing. <BR> Anyway, I dedided to give my upper body a break; my legs are fine, probably because I've been swimming and walking a lot, so I walked around the lake behind the apartments, about 3 miles. It was very nice and peaceful, I even ran a few yards here and there. I saw a hawk gliding right over me, a Northern Flicker... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 16:43:41 EST Yoga! I had forgotten to turn my alarm off for the weekend, which turned out to be a good thing, because after getting up at 6 a.m., reading the paper, having breakfast, and taking my meds, I didn't feel like going back to sleep, so I headed for the health club with my new yoga mat. I hadn't done any yoga in over 10 years, so I was a bit nervous. <BR> After I got out of the car, I saw an older lady with a mat under her arm going to the entrance, so I asked her if she was going to the yoga class an... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 20:36:59 EST And Lent Continues Today is the beginning of Lent. I don't want to be cynical, but it's been Lent around here for a long time. <BR> <BR> After being diagnosed with diabetes 3 years ago (what I call Phase 1): <BR> I gave up <BR> - all sugary drinks, including juice <BR> - candies, donuts, pies, and cakes (I didn't even want a birthday cake) <BR> - ice cream <BR> - anything with powdered sugar on it <BR> <BR> After learning more about nutrition (Phase 2): <BR> I didn't give the following up completely, but sev... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:55:54 EST Better Sugars! Sugar was 155 in the morning; still a bit high, but better than before. I had a bowl of oatmeal, some blueberries and strawberries for breakfast. At lunchtime, my sugar was only 100! I was so happy! Maybe the whole program is working and kicking in. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:50:47 EST Enter 100 food items into the tracker? No way! Well, they always say that it's healthier to eat many small meals than a couple of big ones, but today I had about 100 bite sized ones! <BR> <BR> Every year, our world language department celebrates carnival by having the students make food and posters about the countries they are studying. It's a lot of fun - the students research information and recipes, and they attempt to make the food items; sometimes with awesome, other times with comical results (the cinnamon stars ended up almost r... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:39:08 EST BBC Video about Weight Loss I caught the tail end of this on PBS, and it sounded interesting, so I looked for it on the internet. Here's the link:<BR>ou-need-to-know-about-losing-weight/ <BR> It involves scientific explanations and experiments for helping your body lose weight. Enjoy! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:42:57 EST Lucky 13 Lost pound # 13 today. Not bad, 13 pounds in 3 months. I'm even slightly ahead of my goal line. <BR> I just didn't like the way I lost it; I think this stomach bug I've had the past couple of days is the main cause. I could barely eat. Of course, exercise is out of the question right now, so I'm feeling pretty miserable. <BR> Well, I'll just stay on the couch, watch old Judge Judy episodes, play with my birds, drink tea, eat crackers, and get some rest. Hopefully, this will be over soon. Sat, 9 Feb 2013 09:10:43 EST Food, Bug, or Medication? Terribly sick to my stomach today, and a migraine on top of it. After getting really sick, I'm finally feeling better, eating crackers and tea. Don't know if it was something I ate, a stomach bug, or the meds again. I'm really hoping to get better; I was going to drive to Denver tomorrow to attend the diabetes expo. Fri, 8 Feb 2013 21:15:02 EST Good Observation, Bad Stomachache I was observed by one of the assistant principals today, and everything went well. I did a lesson on clothing items in German; I brought a basketful of clothes in and taught them the names, and then we played a game. The kids were great, everyone participated. I think it was the best lesson I ever taught; the kids actually asked me things in German, and they've only had one semester! I felt really energized afterwards, and the AP told me she really enjoyed it. Very cool. I've had a few observ... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 22:06:20 EST Rapid Fire The blood sugar battles are in full swing. I woke up to a sunrise, an alarm clock that hadn't gone off, and sugar levels of 230. I popped my pills, wolfed down a slice of bread, jumped into the shower and then some clothes, watched by my angry birds who were wondering why I didn't let them out, and actually made it to work on time. <BR> A little walk after my first class barely brought it down, so I took some glimeperide. It worked; too well, because by lunch, it was below 90. I guess the dia... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 22:14:09 EST Another One Bites the Dust! Are you ready? <BR> Are you ready for this? <BR> Are you hanging on the edge of your seat? <BR> <BR> Another pound bites the dust! <BR> Another pound bites the dust! <BR> And another pound gone, and another pound gone, <BR> Another pound bites the dust! <BR> <BR> (with apologies to Freddie Mercury) Mon, 4 Feb 2013 08:59:25 EST Diabetes Battle Well, obviously the diabetes got my declaration of war, because it fought back with a sugar level of over 240, which I drowned in the pool right away. After 35 minutes of swimming, it was down to a relatively tame 150 - still high, but not in the danger zone. <BR> Since then, it has started of strong with high sugars of 150 to 170 in the mornings, but then lost steam throughout the day as I bombarded it with metformin, low-carb foods, veggies and meats, and swimming. <BR> The battle is on. Sun, 3 Feb 2013 17:27:37 EST