..So, I'm not at all new to Spark People, in fact I lost almost all I needed to lose to get to my goal weight, just 36 pounds short of it when I was really working at it, by January 2010 I'd lost over 140 pounds. The problem has always been doing it, (eating well and exercising), consistently when I was super motivated and my Love was not.
Rather than dwell on that fact, Hubby has since admitted it was REALLY hard for him too when I was always online planning and tracking or out exercising rather than getting to spend what little time our inherently conflicting schedule allows us to have together in a week. He works straight graveyard shifts and I work, two days, two nights and then have three off. We are almost always coming and going in opposite directions.
The upside to all this is due to some recent freak outs over chemicals in our food and drugs and such, my Love is very motivated to get off all of his prescription medications. He is a non-insulin dependent type II diabetic. A month of cutting out anything we didn't grow/raise/hunt/gather or scrutinize the label to make sure there is nothing we don't want to ingest in it, he was able to manage to just have to take 5 half doses of his meds in a whole month. He has his Dr's o.k. so long as he monitors his blood sugar levels to make sure they stay low.
Just in this time he has noticed that he can really FEEL the difference in his body if he consumes too many carbs. Go figure, right. We got another copy of Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution and are going to begin induction right after the kitchen gets cleaned out, we get paid this week and I go shopping. I signed up for the Atkins' Community for recipes and such but in reading blog archives realized there were Spark people there too! So they must be here! I really wasn't sure with as much as Dr. Atkins' methods are considered by many to be a "fad diet" because people "do Atkins" just like I did before, incorrectly.
I must confess to having read several of Dr. Atkins' books in my life and having made the common mistake of thinking that if Induction is good staying there must be better right? Wrong, it would seem, as I always gained back what I'd lost. That seems to be a theme in my life though. Nothing works if you don't, I get that. I just need to do this because to support my Love in his quest to be free of medication and because I have a family history of diabetes, type II, as well and while I have never had high blood sugar have suffered hypoglycemia periodically, mostly when eating poorly or being stressed. At 36, it would seem my ongoing summation that I had escaped the programming of my genes and not become diabetic used to be enough for me but I feel differently after re-reading Dr. Atkins and having the revelation that my hypoglycemia could in fact just be a precursor to being diabetic after all. Add to all that, at one of my mom's dr. appointments in the last few months,(we've been going every week or every other week for treatment of an ulcer on her leg that hasn't healed in 9 months to the Wound Care Center), mom hit me with the clincher that SHE never had a HIGH blood glucose reading until after she was over 40! It really could be coming just around the corner for me in the next 5 years or so if I don't change my habits to something that permanently alleviates that issue.
I have never honestly given the proper attention to format and moved through the phases Dr. Atkins lays out. Like everything else, it's got to be a permanent habit change. I thought I had done that with the "balanced, healthy" diet and exercise I did before here on Spark but somehow, I just can't tell myself when no one else is around that I wasn't still thinking about getting there and "going back" to what I wanted, not what was good for me.
So, here's coming up on another New Year's with me and this time more aggressively and "on board" than ever My Love, Rob working on taking better care of ourselves and for him not having to continue to take meds, and for me never having to take them in the first place.
I know I'm rather long winded but Hi there everyone!
Edited by: BETHHARRIS at: 12/26/2011 (15:38)
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
| Pounds lost: 61.4