"Am I Still A Couch Potato Or Have I Evolved into A Turtle Yet!"

Monday, March 29, 2010

I know my AIC results have come a long way. When I was first tested my A1C was around 8.5. It had come down in October to 6.0 and my good cholesterol was exactly what my doctor ordered. I was so excited I had lost 10 pounds just like now!

In December I just gave up altogether on everything and quit exercising and started eating everything I could get my hands on. I got really discouraged because the scales were not moving no matter how hard I tried. I exercised to the point that I had a torn ligament in my left foot. That had to be treated by a podiatrist. I had to wrap it for about 3 months everyday, and it really still hurts sometimes, but I have come to believe it is never going to get any better.

This is sort of like where I am at today. The doctor said that my results have went back up because I probably just gave up. He has been very encouraging and doesn't take no for an answer! He says I just need to try a little harder becuse he believes if I would get the weight off that the diabetes would probably go away. I have tried not to get too discouraged as before, and he is very helpful! He has talked to me about the lapband procedures and everything! I do not want this procedure because I feel as if I have enough problems from surgeries I have had before .

I have started exercising for longer periods of time. I have started back swimming, where I couldn't before because of my foot being bandaged. I couldn't get the bandages wet. I don't understand really the way my body is doing. I am trying so very hard to evolve from a couch potato to a turtle! I move more than I have been for years. I actually have got to the point where I crave exercise! I use to hate it with a passion! It is something that I look forward to. What I have noticed is I still weigh the same and measurements have not changed. My weight fluctuates back and forth now showing 1-2 pound gain and then it drops back down to the same thing but never goes down any further!!!!

My body looks a lot firmer though. The skin that use to hang loose on parts of my body like my arms and legs is really beginning to tighten and I am beginning to notice muscle developing. My clothes fit differently.

People comment to me that they can tell I have lost weight! I went to my water aerobic class today one of my friends from there had not seen me since last year she said "April ,You have lost so much weight your legs are nothing like they used to be." I told her that I haven't lost any weight and she said with a puzzled look "Are you sure?" So I don't know what is going on with me? Sorry this is so long b-u-t
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  • CLYN204
    I liked your blog mainly because it was the road I had traveled. It seemed that I had achieved yet there wasn't any tangible results. Surely, my scale was broken. I had to look back and appreciate the road traveled. You too needed to begin to see what your friends were seeing and appreciate the road you traveled and achieved. emoticon You are definitely branching out. congratulations
    3756 days ago
  • no profile photo THIAGRAM
    Slow changes are great! So just look back and notice how far you have come! Just keep up the great work! Even if it feels slow, that's ok. My mom had her stomach stapled back in the 80's. It was either that or die. She is doing great now. I watch my daughters struggle in much the same way, feet hurt and the weight just doesn't seam to move. You are toning up and that's what counts! So just keep up the hard work! You are worth it! You are an awesome turtle!
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    3782 days ago
    You dear girl! You are no longer a couch potato!!! You are a rip-snortin', gut-bustin', body tonin', exercisin' turtle!!

    Sorry - I couldn't edit this the way I wanted it to be. The emoticons wouldn't show up on my page. But you get the idea, I hope! We turtles may be slow, but we'll get there!!!

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    3785 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2010 8:43:42 PM
  • SHARON-2020
    Good Morning AprilScott - this must be your month? Right? Love your blog and don't think you are alone. Here is a link to a thread that I wrote a while ago. Read all three posts and check out the links in each. They were helpful to me and I am glad to re-read today as a reminder. Lifelong habits are so embedded and difficult to change, but when we change them, we want to see results right away...ain't gonna happen...so, we mosey along like the turtle, headed in the right direction (most of the time) and try to remember that it is the journey that is important, not the destination!

    (I'm also sending you this link via spark mail as it is easier to link that way)

    PS, thanks for the Goodie! I appreciate it very much! emoticon
    3785 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2010 9:18:50 AM
    My mom is the same way... When she first started working out and eating healthy-- she did loose quite a bit and she was looking great! But then she stopped loosing. And has gained a few pounds. But she refuses to listen to reason. That those few pounds gained are likely muscle weight. Or even water weight. I hardly ever weigh myself personally. I don't even keep a scale in my home. Because I think it's more of a pain in the you know where and I'm sure you can understand why. My advice? Which I'm sure you've gotten plenty by now, by people wizened well beyond my 28 years, is to just stick with it! And when you feel that you've hit a stand still, mix it up! I've found, in watching my mother's struggle and in enduring my own, that when something stops working-- the best strategy is to find a new one. So when water aerobics stops working, get out of the pool and find a Curves and start pumping a few stationary machines a few times a week. :) Just keep at it! You're lucky you have such a supportive doctor! Soo very lucky! My goodness! The doctors that I've encountered... My my... I actually had a doctor, who shall remain nameless, who not only laughed at me in the hallway to a nurse (thinking I couldn't hear her) because I'd lost 1 pound in a week. I was pround of that pound darnnit! And then a few months later, got up in my face because I didn't know where the gyms were in the town that I live in. (i've only been here for a year and a half) Stick with that doctor girl! And good luck!
    3787 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6484093
    I think you need to focus on the positives -- your building muscle, your skinn is tightening, and your clothes are fitting you better. Forget about the weight -- it's just a number. Keep plugging along and don't over-push the fitness stuff. The last thing you need is to be re-injured. I think you have evolved into a turtle quite nicely. Slow and steady WILL win the race. Hang in there and keep doing what you're doing. You'll be glad you did.
    3787 days ago
    It sounds like you are dong well! From the dr's comments to the way your clothes are fitting, you are on the right track!
    3787 days ago
  • DBELLE39
    Sis, you are doing great --you just hit a slight bump in the road --you aren't alone. Just take it slow & steady as you work to continue exercising. You have come so far ---join me for a walk later.... emoticon
    3787 days ago
    Let me ask a question. If you never looked at the scale again to see what it said but ate better and exercised moderately (to avoid injury) to the point that:

    The doctor said that you had better numbers and you could adjust or go off your meds.

    You r clothes felt better and you felt more toned.

    You have more energy and a positive outlook from treating yourself better and from the endorphins from exercise.

    Would you say that it was worth it. I think you would think it was worth it - you are just letting the scale tell you how healthy you are - you are not listening to the rest. Throw the scale away. Weigh at the gym once a month.
    3787 days ago
    emoticon Don't think I can add much more than the great advice already given by fellow turtles, but I can certainly feel your pain. It's hard to change lifelong habits, but it sounds like you're on your way. It's also hard to make changes and not see the results you would like.

    You are moving more than before...that's a great step in the right direction. You feel more toned, your clothes are fitting differently, and people are noticing the changes so something is definitely changing! Sometimes it takes time to see results on the scale, trust me, I know...but, focus on all the other positive changes that are occurring.

    Keep your chin up my fellow emoticon - you can do it, and we're here to help every step of the way. (When I get discouraged I remember my mantra, "slow and steady wins the race".)

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    3787 days ago
    I agree with Todaysagift (Laura), with a couple of small points: 1) I use canned beans, as long as they are canned in water and not broth / brine - no added salt or sugar. I did several tests, cooking them from scratch, and can find no difference in taste or texture. I always rinse them well, but I don't see any reason not to use them, if only for convenience sake. And 2) I drink plenty of water too, but to that, I add green tea - I keep reading how beneficial it is, and there are indications that it helps boost metabolism. Whether it does or not, I figure it can't hurt. :-)

    Check your email, kiddo.
    3787 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/30/2010 4:44:08 AM
    This is a tough question. Everyone's metabolism is different. What their bodies need is different. I'm not in menopause yet, but I think it is starting to occur. I don't know if things are going to change for me. But, right now I can tell you what I'm doing that seems to work.

    All food intake, with the exception of any vegetable that is raw, is premeasured or I measure it. Any raw vegetable I put in my mouth is considered free food, and I don't log carbs, protein, fat. Dressing for raw veggies is 1/2 cup of a thick lentil, bean or pea soup. Dip the fork, then stab the veggie. Protein is strickly fish. No chicken, pork, meat. All fish is either premeasured or cut to order at butcher. Every breakfast is oatmeal. 2 servings. Cinnamon, honey nut, apple, weight control or high fiber oatmeal. If I want a snack, it is oatmeal again or premeasured Cheerios. I purchase most of my food at dollar store. Go there every day and get whatever new stuff comes in. Costco and grocery store specials supplement. Purchase many dehydrated veggies and unflavored TVP (meat substitute) from Harmony House Foods (link at end of post) and make soups without salt. Veggie soup w/o TVP is a free food for me. Don't eat canned beans. If I don't cook them from the bag, I purchase flaked dehydrated and make either thick bowls of beans or bean soup. All instant. I eat only between 8 am and 5 pm. No more wine (no alchol at all). If I want taste of chocolate, I sprinkle some unsweetened cocoa on oatmeal. No desserts unless it is fruit. Fruit is limited because I know I can pig out on that sugar. My diet is pretty limited. I think outside of vegetables, there are only 50 things on my list to eat from. Until I lose a good portion of the weight that's on me, that's the way it is going to be. Then, when I'm getting a little closer, I'll slowly start adding in different foods.

    Can't really exercise. Only getting in 60-90 minutes of slow walking due to rheumatoid arthritis crippling me. That may change, I hope.

    Since I have oral fixations and always feel I have to have something in my mouth (be it a cigarette - gave them up) or my fingernails or food, I now buy cinnamon sticks in bulk and suck or chew on those. If I need to have the taste of something but don't want to eat, I get a spoon full of dijon mustard or spicy salsa or something with low calories and savor the teaspoon of it for a few minutes. Kills the desire to eat for a while.

    Water, water and lots more water. Still need to get off coffee and tea. Those are only three things I drink. No sodas or juices.

    That's what I'm doing. It's pretty rigid but I'm getting all my fat, protein and carbs in and staying at the low end of what SP says I should have for calories.

    I hope you will find something that works for you. I just know you will. Be patient with yourself. I know you can do it.

    Here's the link to Harmony

    Lots and lots of emoticon
    3787 days ago
    I was a Couch Potato most of my life and I didn't think that changing that was even a remote possibility.
    emoticon But miracles happen, my Turtle Friend. They don't happen when we expect them, maybe. And they don't happen quickly, sometimes. You and I may not be all the way to Turtle yet, but we are certainly NOT Couch Potatoes anymore.

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    3787 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5080021
    Hang in there with your foot. Last April, we bought a Wii Fit. I aggravated the tendon in my left foot, had to go to therapy and everything. While I was favoring that foot, the tendon in my right foot got inflamed. I just started doing the same exercises for it that I was doing for my left. It has almost been a year, and they are so much better. I still have to ice them if I end up wearing a different pair of shoes, or walk to fast, or something, but I think I am over the hump.

    I too felt so discouraged. But I think I am ready to roll again. emoticon
    3787 days ago
  • SROUS1340
    You know muscle weighs more than fat but when you have more muscle you burn more fat-crazy huh? Hang in there, maybe eat at the high end of your range for a while so you don't feel like you are dieting and just eat healthy, pass on the junk and check to hit those nutrition numbers, I have a hard time hitting the carbs unless I eat bread and then they go crazy but you know what I mean. Give yourself a hug from all your SP friends, tomorrow is another day. Take baby steps, don't push yourself so hard and have fun. Week 5 of the Emotional Eating Challenge is to laugh and have fun. You can do this! We are all here with you! emoticon emoticon
    3787 days ago
    Oh, honey, I know you must be SO frustrated! It seems like you are getting hit from all directions....I read a spark thing from this weekend, I think, that said you haven't failed until you QUIT - you are working so hard and you are succeding, even though that #@&% scale won't cooperate and you HAVEN'T quit!!! (draggin' a bit, but I can tell you have the umpf (there's that medical term again) to make it!!) Have you gone over to the Dtour prevention website and looked at their eating plan? I really have had good luck with it - you maybe just need a change. First of all, know that YOU CAN DO THIS - no beating on my turtle friend, April!!!! Turtle hug!!!
    3787 days ago
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