Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I have made the last Saturday of every month my official weigh-in/measurement day. That means two Saturday's ago was my most recent weigh-in. I broke the 200 lb. mark!! While it was not an official goal of mine, I think anytime you drop below a "hundred" mark it is a milestone.
If I'm not mistaken I believe the last time I weighed below 200 was nearly 15 years ago when I had a warehouse job. I quit that job, took a desk job and had been gaining ever since. Until last February, that is. I have approximately 15 more lbs. to goal till I'm at what Spark says is the weight I should be at. While the journey hasn't exactly been a walk in the park every step of the way, I am still wondering when this is going to start becoming difficult. Y'know, I'm not sure it will.
I probably just jinxed myself.
Friday, April 25, 2008
But this week I had my first Endo visit since beginning to exercise and eat a little better and I was looking forward to it. As mentioned before in blogs and posts, one of my main motivations is better diabetes control.
In the past I have had a problem keeping my blood sugars at an acceptable level. Well, I saw that change over the past several months. I knew that my daily readings had improved greatly, but what I really wanted to know was how much my A1C levels had changed. I'm not exactly sure what is involved in an A1C reading, but I do know that it is an indication of your Blood Glucose levels over the past 3 months and the number is a percentage that relates to levels of sugar in your blood. A non-diabetic has A1C levels in the 4's and 5's. Doctor's like to see diabetics with a number under 7. I typically had a number in the upper 7's to mid 8's, my previous reading being 7.8.
My doctor wanted me in the 6's, giving me a target of 6.5. Well, I got the results of my blood labs back this week and my A1C was . . . a . . .
I was really hoping for that 6.5 or less, but my doctor said that in the time since my previous appointment a drop of 1% was about as good as I could have done. I guess I'll just have to keep it up and get down to 6 by August, my next appointment.
Of course I had my weight taken and officially, per their scale, I've lost 13 lbs. since my last visit. However, that was with shoes and full pockets. I did check after my appointment on the same scale but this time shoeless and with empty pockets. The weight that was closer to my last home weigh in: 118. This was a little discouraging since I was hoping to have lost a few pounds over the past three week (I check my weight once a month around the last Sat.). I'm hoping that the reason is one of the following:
1. Different scale. This weekend I will weigh myself on the scale that I am using for regular tracking and see what it says.
2. I'm beginning to gain some muscle mass and while I'm losing fat, that loss isn't necessarily being reflected in my wt. because of it.
3. I've hit my first plateau and I just need to keep up with what I'm doing and push through.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
A couple of weeks ago I had my two month weigh-in and I have to admit I was pretty shocked to see that I had lost nearly 15 pounds. So far this is easier than I thought it was going to be. My plan is simply exercise, watching my calorie intake and making a few diet changes (i.e. water vs. soda, trying some wheat products I've never tried before such as pasta). Other than that I haven't really been fanatical, such as watching fats, sodium, sugars or other things that are traditionally tracked.
The truth is, however, to get enough food to sustain my energy level but still remain within my calorie goal I can't help but pay more attention to what I am eating and make some changes. The healthier the food, usually the more I can eat without adding excessive calories. So I'm eating a lot more fruits and vegetables, lower calorie foods and watching my portion sizes. Still, I have my Winghouse "wings and beer" night approx. once a week and when my girlfriend is in town both my exercise and diet slack off a bit.
However, the real test is yet to come. If you read my first blog you know that I didn't start this journey to lose weight. I changed my lifestyle to lower my blood sugars. My daily readings have been much better, but tomorrow I have my blood drawn for A1C readings. I'll get the results in about a week and a half. My doctor wants me around 6.5. In the past I've been in the high 7's to mid 8's. I'm hoping to shock my doc.
Friday, February 22, 2008
When someone changes from a "Who Cares" health style to a "Living Smarter" health style, the question "Why" naturally arises. In my case it had a lot to do with my diabetes.
All my life I have never really been concerned with my weight. It was what it was and I always said I was willing to let my weight slip in order to enjoy life, eating what I wanted and not stress out over making the right choices. What WAS a problem for me were blood sugars. Trying to manage them with insulin alone, even using an insulin pump, wasn't working. My A1C's were always ranged from the high 7's to high 8's. After my last Dr. visit I decided to make a change.
I lived a pretty sedentary lifestyle and decided to try to add some exercise into my life. After some research I purchased the Turbo Jam (Cardio/Kickboxing) program. After only a few days I saw a drastic change in my blood sugars! Not only did they drop, but now I found myself adjusting the rates on my pump to keep from have low blood sugars.
While my main goal was exercise, part of the material that came Turbo Jam dealt with eating habits. Weight still wasn't a concern for me, at the most I thought I might want to maintain my current weight, but after reading some of the material and looking over suggested food options I began to think, "This might be do-able, and losing a few pounds wouldn't be so bad." (I'm about 50 lbs. overweight.) So I started drinking more water and paying a little more attention to what I was eating and how much.
Having no concept of how many calories I should be eating and exactly what that looked like on my plate I began searching for a website/community that could help. That's when I found SparkPeople. I mainly wanted a calorie tracker but am slowly using more and more of the resources available and becoming more involved in the community.
I expect to have fun. See you all around.
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