Thursday, February 15, 2018
Yesterday was a difficult day. Today feels much better so far. I'm going to answer some of the questions that people asked me yesterday, even though those same people may not see my blog today.
My last blood test didn't include a vitamin D test. (Weird.) I have been a little low in Vitamin D before, so my current supplement includes vitamin D. I don't get outside as much as I should, but I'm trying to change that. It's starting to warm up and the snow is melting, so I hope to be spending more time outside.
My depression is managed with medication and cognitive therapy. My last A1C was a couple of months ago. It's still high, but has gone down significantly. My fasting blood sugar is in range 90% of the time. Actually, 94% this past two weeks. My bedtime blood sugar has been borderline low, so I may be getting my meds adjusted.
I eat a low, but not super-low carb diet. I have replaced most, but not all processed foods. I still overeat, but when that happens lately, it's been generally with more healthy foods. I still have a weakness for pizza though. :-) I get several servings of fruits and veggies most days. (More veggies that fruits.) Over the last six weeks, I've averaged about 300-400 calories a day more than SparkPeople recommends, but I've lost eight pounds in that time. I'm morbidly obese, so I have a high calorie range. My carbs are where they should be for most meals. I've had to increase carbs after my meal or snack that follows exercise, or I feel like garbage. Exercise really lowers my blood sugar, which is great, but I need to make sure it's not too low. If my diabetes meds get lowered, that will be easier.
I haven't had a stress test for a while, so that may be in order. My overall cholesterol is good. This last test, my triglycerides and LDL were a little high, but my HDL was good. Last time, my triglycerides and LDL were fine, but my HDL was a little low. Sigh.
I expect some pain since I'm morbidly obese and slowly increasing my exercise. I'm not concerned about my legs aching or some sore muscles. However, when I feel super tired, I tend to get these overall body aches that feel like the flu. That is very challenging for me.
I have had this fatigue problem for a long time, and my doctor has been working with me to figure it out. I realized this morning though that I have made improvements in that area and didn't even realize it. I used to sleep 12-14 hours a day and still fall asleep very easily at night. I now sleep around 9 hours a day. I used to barely be able to drag myself out of bed. Now I wake up naturally around 8 am.
I've really made some huge changes in the last 6-7 weeks. My body may just need more time to adjust. In the meantime, I'm going to keep eating healthier, getting exercise, and working with my doctor.
Thanks to everyone for the ideas and encouragement. I really appreciate how supportive this community is.