I thought I should write a follow-up blog to update any SparkFriends who thought about me in the months I wasn't active on the website.
I took a break from SparkPeople for a bit, but didn't do well on my own. So I'm back again.
I think I got a bit "burned out" last time, spending a lot of time on the website and counting every calorie, every day. It started to seem like a second job, and I needed a break. I work on a computer all day, so the extra time on the website, sitting and staring at a screen, just got to be too much. Also, I wasn't really making progress, and my weight loss had stalled, so it seemed like it wasn't worth the time investment. I frankly was frustrated with all the effort I put in, and not seeing the scale move. So I took a break.
But I had a doctor's appointment in April that was a wake-up call. I've crossed the line from prediabetes to diabetes. And my weight had crept up by about five pounds.
So, here I am again. I'm trying a different approach this time. I'm planning to check in weekly or so. I'm not counting every calorie every day, but will log my food for a day now and then just for reminder. I'm trying to cut carbs, eat smaller portions, and exercise when I can. I'm very happy that I've lost five pounds in the past month, and I'm feeling better already. I hope to continue to make progress! Some of the weight loss may be due to new meds I'm taking, but my efforts are helping too, I think. My goal now is to avoid insulin for as long as possible, so I have to figure out the best diet for me.
I'm still adjusting to the idea of having diabetes. If anyone has an suggestions for dealing with it (meal or snack ideas, etc.), feel free to comment below. I just bought a glucose meter, and I plan to start testing my blood sugar this week. I think I'll learn a lot about meals and what to eat and what to avoid by tracking my blood sugars.
Thanks so much to my SparkFriends who remembered me and reached out to me during my absence. I hope all of you are doing great. I can't promise to be as interactive as before, but I hope to keep in touch now and then. Feel free to write on my page, and I'll get back to you.
Wishing everyone all the best in their journey.
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." Albert Einstein