Category Archives: Health

Update!

So, here’s an update. Since my last post here, I’ve lost another 10 pounds! I’m down to 181 pounds now (and my fasting glucose today was 107). This is great. I’m still doing step aerobics (with weights) and walking (often with weights) to burn calories & glucose. On occasion I use the weight machines in the exercise room, or the treadmill. Plus I have made changes to my diet – bye bye to starches, like white bread and potatoes and rice, and I’ve also gone lower fat as well. Yay! Go me!

I tried on this skirt last night:

It is a kilted skirt made in the MacArthur tartan. The picture is an old picture; it was taken the day I got the skirt in the mail (I had been measured for it and placed an order for it several months previous, at a Renaissance Faire). By the time I got the skirt, I’d put on some weight and it was VERY tight on me.

But as of last night, it was feeling a bit looser. I think if I lose a little more weight, it’ll be no problem for me to fit easily into this skirt.

Here are more recent pictures of me:

I have to admit I feel really good with this weight loss – which, by the way, is about 38 pounds. Seeing the weight coming down is very encouraging, and my body does feel lighter. Movement is easier. I feel stronger and better able to walk for longer periods of time. This is a very good thing.

The American Diabetes Association Walk to Stop Diabetes is coming up soon. Methinks I’ll be able to handle a 5k walk. I’ve only raised $104 for it so far, but that’s something!

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A Note

Today, I am so pleased with myself.

I walked 4.25 miles today. I’m watching what I eat. I’m sticking to this new lifestyle change.

Things are going to be great. Even with diabetes. I can do this.

Yeah, I’m sure people are getting tired of hearing it. But it’s just where I’m at right now.

Yes, It’s True…

…yesterday, Joe and I tied the knot.

We are now legally married. Huzzah!

We then went to lunch at a great Indian restaurant right up the street, then shopped for some diabetic friendly food to keep in the house. Once we got it home, we threw out almost everything that wasn’t diabetes-friendly (with the exception of a few things that Joe can eat, like bagels and whatnot) and now I’m pretty good to go. Just got to go back later this week for some celery and another dozen eggs.

I also got a five-pound bag of almonds. These are said to be a diabetes SUPER-FOOD. They help the body become more tolerant to insulin, they control glucose, they’re tasty, they’re good on heart-friendly fats, and they’ve got protein. I just completed a 1.25 mile walk on the treadmill and then nibbled on a handful of almonds to stave off a slight hunger until lunchtime.

I’ve also taken some weight off. This is good. The low-carb/lean proteins diet seems to be helping. People say I’ll feel GREAT when I get this diabetes under control. I can’t wait! Not that I feel that bad right now.

But there it is. Now Joe and I are married. I do plan to keep my own name for a while; it’s such a pain in the backside to change everything. Maybe later I’ll get that done, but there’s no rush.

My Diabetes Blog

Here is the blog I’m using to make notes on my walk as a diabetic woman.

I can do this. I can handle this.

Why The US Needs Universal Health Care

Just read this post and it should be quite clear.

To say “I don’t want to pay for someone else’s health care” is just selfish and inhumane.

Now I Know

Now I know what’s up with me.

I have diabetes.

I knew I would. I always thought it wasn’t so much a matter of “if” but “when.”

Given that my father had it, my mother has it, her brother has it, their grandfather had it…yep, I knew this was coming.

For some reason, I feel really empowered about it. I know I can handle this. Hah!

Ok so there we have it.

EDT: Wanted to include some further info…

Blood sugar level: 195 (this was tested today at the doctor’s office when the nurse showed me how to use my new meter)

Food so far today:

Breakfast: 1 apple
Lunch: Subway black forest ham salad (spinach, tomato, black olives, ham, cukes) honey-mustard dressing
Snack: 2 small sugar-free Russel Stover candies (chocolate, caramel, nuts)

Those Russel Stovers are really good, by the way. Tastes exactly like real candy to me. So I can satisfy my sweet/chocolate craving with sugar-free candies. These contain Splenda instead of sugar.

Now, I was going to go for a walk today but I turned my ankle while trying on shoes at Payless, so maybe I shouldn’t walk on it right now. We’ll see how I feel later. Meanwhile, I got two new pairs of sandals to replace my two old beaten up pairs! Yay!

EDIT 2: Jumped into the pool and got about half an hour of swimming in. If I keep doing this, I think it will help.

Doc Day

Today I go see my doctor. I seem to have a low temperature (about 99).

Today’s weigh-in: 207

Yesterday: 208

Tuesday: 210

Monday evening: 213

This is weird. And it’s scaring the hell out of me. I’ve never faced any kind of serious health problems before, so I’m not sure what all this means, all these symptoms I’m having (some of which I haven’t mentioned here) and whatnot.

I’ve been so scared, I’ve busted out into screaming tears and completely lost my composure several times since I had the ultrasound done. The not knowing is just killing me.

Got to admit: adding fiber to my diet seems to have helped some things. Hmmm.