Thursday, August 14, 2014
I'm really bummed out today. I went to the doctor after having had my blood tests, and my cholesterol and A1c are up. So she put me back on the medication I had weaned off of, and she prescribed me cholesterol medication. She said with my family history (my mom had a severe stroke and heart attack) we have to be careful and protect my heart. So now I'm taking 2 meds for diabetes, one for allergies, one for cholesterol, plus multivitamins and baby aspirin. My goal is to get off the diabetes meds, but instead of achieving that (in spite of the weight loss and healthier eating), I had to add a medication on.
Well, back to the drawing board. I have been under stress after my mom's illness and spent most of the summer helping move her to the nursing home and helping my dad, and overall, I've dealt very well, but it definitely wasn't the usual routine.
I just need to re-develop my food and exercise plan and stick to it. Still, it's very frustrating.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
After a plateau, the scale is finally moving again. So far, I've lost 23 pounds in 1 1/2 years. I'm almost at a healthy BMI now, just about 6 pounds more. My goal is to lose 13 more pounds, then I'll be at my target weight.
I've finally been healthy for a while, after the series of colds in the winter. I started a new habit of walking during my lunch break. I call my dad during that time, and that works out really well; that way, I don't get bored or think about stopping. I've also been swimming a lot, and that helps.
My blood sugars are finally under control again. I had to increase my meds for a while, but now I'm ready to cut down. I actually had low sugars a few times, and that's a good sign. My ultimate goal is to wean off the diabetes meds altogether and just control it with diet and exercise. I've come so far, I'm sure I can do it.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
I've really been struggling with the diabetes. My sugars have been too high, and I'm just sluggish. I'm a teacher, and by this time of the year, we're all tired.
I'm chipping away at it, though. I started a 4-week "Dining with Diabetes" class on Thursday, and I've been eating relatively healthy. I did overeat a few times this week, but at least on healthy foods. :-)
I also took a walk every day during my lunch break. Not much, but better than nothing.
Today, I dropped off the car for an oil change, and during that time, I went for an hour-long walk downtown, along the riverwalk, with the birds chirping and the sun shining. Now I made an omelet with salmon and spinach.
Once the outdoor pool at the athletic club opens, I'll do much better in terms of fitness.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The last 5 months have been crazy. After exercising, eating well, and keeping my blood sugar under control, I caught one of those bugs that were going around after Thanksgiving.
Then, I had to fly to Dubai, where my sister lives, to help baptize my nephew. It was a beautiful trip, we baptzed him at the Christmas Eve service, and my parents came, too, so we had the family together.
Right after I got back, I caught another cold, and it was so bad that I didn't get over the sore throat until 5 weeks later. Exercising was almost impossible, it took all my energy just to make it to work.
Just as I was getting back into a routine, a terrible tragedy happened. My mom had a stroke and heart attack, completely unexpectedly. She had just been to the doctor a few days before, and everything had checked out. My parents live in Germany, so I got on the plane and spent spring break visiting my mom, cleaning house, and teaching my dad how to cook simple meals, run the houshold, etc. I never worked so hard in my life, from getting up to going to bed I was cleaning, answering the phone, writing instructions for my dad, organizing the household, figuring out where everything is, and of course visiting my mom. My cousins and the neighbors were a great help, and my sister came for a couple of days, so we did have some nice times in spite of everything, but it was a stressful time.
My mom is slowly getting better. She is relearning to speak and swallow, she's stable, but she's still paralyzed on the left side. She's still in the hospital because of some complications, but hopefully she will be well enough to be moved to a rehab facility soon. If everything works out well, I'll be back in Germany this summer a few days before she gets to go home, and I can help get everything ready.
So I've been busy, and I've been watching what I eat, but there has not been time for exercise except for the occasional swim or walk. Now I'm finally well and caught up on my work, so tonight I'm going to work out. I've already checked out fitness studios in Germany on the internet so I don't run into the same problem in the summer - I really need to take better care of myself.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
My sinus infection is gone, but the bacteria relocated the party to my lungs. I'm still feeling miserable; not running a fever, but feeling feverish. I went back to the doctor for more meds; he gave me an inhaler and antibiotics.
Since the fiasco with the prednisone, which triggered diabetes for me, I've been really careful about any side effects. I read the package insert, and it said the antibiotics could cause torn tendons. No idea how that could happen, but I definitely don't want to find out, so I asked for a different prescription.
They put me on good old amoxicillin. It took another day, but to me, that's worth the wait.
No working out; just making it to work is a challenge. I'm losing weight anyway, because nothing tastes good. I'm eating lots of Greek yogurt (and taking probiotics) to make sure the antibiotics don't kill off my stomach flora.
Well, I shouldn't complain too much; some of my colleagues are already on their 3rd round of antibiotics, and almost all my students have had to miss time the last couple of months. It's really going around. Once again, the new year doesn't start on Jan. 1 for me; it will start whenever I'm well again. Resolutions: lose more weight, get fitter, get organized. But the first resolution is just to get healthy.
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