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Watching my Weight- It's Not Always Easy

Friday, April 29, 2011

My last blog entry was about the new Weight Watchers program. It started at the end of November, and for the first 2 weeks I lost weight. I was happy. Well, that didn't last long.... Fruit is free of points. Free points doesn't mean it's calorie free. Therein lies my problem.

After a few weeks of loss, then a few weeks of gain the new year started. It also was the one year anniversary of my thyroidectomy. That meant I had to prepare for a whole body scan. For that I needed to go on a low iodine diet. It's not difficult, but you really have to read ingredient lists to know what you can have-or not have. I didn't really count points or calories at that point because there didn't seem to be a point. It was for two weeks and then back to more normal eating. By the way, the scans came back clear- no cancer.

February showed gains and March was kind of a plateau. In the middle of all this my doctor tells me I am pre-diabetic, and to lose 10 or 15 lbs. I sure wish saying it made it easier. So now I'm ready to throw the towel in. Not quitting the weight loss effort, but maybe WW is not for me now. I'm giving it till my May 16 doctor appointment. I am trying to modify the diet so I follow the diabetic exchange system with a 1200 calorie limit. That was the diet my Mother's doctor gave her when she was diagnosed. It is also more cautious about the amount of carbs. I followed it too and lost 20 lbs. This was back in 1981. My other option is to ask the doctor to refer me to a registered dietitian.

Anyway that is what's going on in my neighborhood. Anyway if your interested here is the latest painting I just finished:

Yosemite in late September
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    Thank all of you you for the advice. I just looked at the Hilton Head diet, and it sounds interesting, but with type II diabetes my doc has advised going with fewer carbs, so that probably won't work for me. Well it might work as far as weight loss, but not for glucose control. I'm staying with the 1200 calories till my doctor appointment then requesting a dietitian referral.
    2549 days ago
  • DR1939
    I strongly recommend asking for a referral to a dietitian. They can be very helpful.
    2550 days ago
  • JUDITH1654
    Have you looked into the Hilton Head diet? It alternates calories every week and has a great list of substitutes when necessary. The main idea is it helps with getting your metabolism geared up so it makes losing weight a little easier. I just started back on it and lost 9 pounds in the first three weeks. I know they have a revised version - I have the one from the 90's - but it's a good plan.
    2551 days ago

    Beautiful picture of Yosemite! I am also glad to hear you are cancer free. I think it is kind of a tricky thing to find the eating plan that works, I hope you are able to find the plan that works for you. Keep with it.
    2551 days ago
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