The Road to One-derland!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Yes, I was nearly in tears at the Dr. Office

I had a follow-up appointment on Friday.  My diabetes diagnosis was in July.  I had a one-month follow-up in August and then a two-month (Friday).  At this appointment I would get blood work results. My first results since the diagnosis.  I've been living healthier, exercising, and taking medication to help control my sugar levels (metformin) and newly diagnosed high blood pressure.  What were my results going to be?   Will my fasting number be at a healthful level?  my A1c?  my blood pressure?  

I've been overweight my whole life. Hell, OBESE my whole adult life.  Appointments with the doctor aren't usually joyful events. The dreaded weigh-in and impending lecture "you really should lose weight".  My M.O. was to make as little eye-contact with the Dr. as possible.  Well, today, that was not necessary.  My Dr. proudly shared my lab results with me.  She was ecstatic to tell me that both diabetes screenings are now in the healthful level.  My blood pressure was GREAT and my good cholesterol increased.  My overall cholesterol is a paltry 128.  Yahooo!!!  And the getter, I lost 12 lbs since my August appointment.  My Dr. was so thrilled with how I'm doing and how my health has improved, she doesn't want to see me til next spring.  Here I thought I was going to need to go in every 2 months, but nope....she actually said next JUNE would be great.  Of course, if my readings are high or if other health concerns arise, I need to come in sooner.

I know I was beaming there in the chair.  I was so pleased with myself.  I started to puddle up a bit.  It's so out of the  norm for me to actually  receive such praise for doing something right health-wise.   This is something I've never succeeded in before.  Looking better is a great incentive, but better health is the KEY!

*** A side Dr. mentioned "wow, you've lost 40 lbs since Decemeber....are you ready for 40 more?"  A little voice in my head said "game on!"  I would love, love, love to be ANOTHER 40 lbs lighter by my next appointment with her in June.  That's 8 months away....seems do-able to me, right?  Sooo, that will be my next challenge.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Feeling the Scale Love Today!!!

Finally....the scale got moving in the RIGHT direction...big time.  After a joyful birthday celebration a MONTH ago, I've finally lost that pesky gain and more.  YES!!!  I lost 3.4 this week. Yahooo!!!  My mega work outs have been paying off.  I'm thrilled!!!  I have to say, this has made me a little nervous about the upcoming holiday season.  Here we have like 6 weeks of special meals, celebrations, FOOD, FOOD, and MORE food.  If one weekend away and two birthday celebrations can throw my weight loss into a 1-month tail spin, what's my fate for the holiday SEASON?? UGH!!  I will not let the scale beat me down.

Soooo, what are your strategies during the holidays?   Extra exercise?  modify traditional food recipes to make them more healthful, avoid parties, skip baking???  Please share!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Wow, it's been 9 Months!!!

Okay, I just now realized at this very moment that today is the 9 month anniversary of the start of my new lifestyle.  I have to say, this is honestly the longest I've stuck with anything of the sort.  I can see changes made in my life that I'd never been willing to make.  While there have been shades of discouragement and frustration, mostly I have to say I pushed through, never gave up and have 40 lbs off my body.....FOREVER!!!!

In the past 9 months:

  •  I've made a commitment to exercise daily.  I've used the fitness center while staying at a hotel.  I've planned walks with friends while out of town.  I've exercised most days, sometimes twice/day for the last 9!
  • I've achieved goals (41 lbs by my 41st birthday) and and working hard to get to my current goal....50 lbs off by Christmas.  
  • I've tried new foods and recipes.  I've made oatmeal for breakfast, changed how I take my coffee (not an easy task), prepared fish for the family..... really gone out of my culinary comfort zone.
  • I've eliminated much of the junky convenience foods from my kids diet.  If they have a treat, it is something I have baked from scratch, not something chemical laden with loads of sugar or preservatives.
  • I buy plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables from the farmer's market.  My youngest loves going with me to help pick out our goodies for the week. This has been very powerful as I've heard O talk proudly about the apples and peaches we've picked out.  I love it!!!
  • We have a nice salad most nights of the week and my boys are eating it.  
  • While the changes I have made have been about me...and FOR ME, I am beyond thrilled that my family is benefiting from the changes.  My husband has lost over 20 lbs and is working out more consistently.  He's even pushing himself to workout for longer periods of time.  
  • I love that my youngest, when going down for his nap or bed time, will ask "are you going to exercise?"  I am thrilled that he sees me as someone who does that regularly and that I'm not some sluggy couch potato.  

This is no DIET for's definitely LIVING.  It may take me a while to get this weight off, but it's coming off.

**** edited because I just did the math and realized it has only been NINE months.  ****

Monday, October 10, 2011

Healthier food choices

I've really been trying to consume fewer processed items.   Who really knows what those unpronounceable chemicals are doing or will do to our bodies???  I recently came across a recipe on one of my new favorite recipe blogs, Mom Vs Food , for a Pumpkin Pie Latte Creamer.  I have made it twice so far. Not only is it yummy, but it saves me mega calories, fat and processed chemically store-bought stuff.  The second time I made it, I substituted Blue Diamond unsweetened vanilla milk for the regular non-fat milk for even further calorie savings.  

Pumpkin Pie Latte Creamer

1 cup half and half
1 cup milk ***
2 TBSP pumpkin puree
1 TBSP* agave nectar or raw sugar ( I don't drink coffee sweet, no sugar when I have regular Joe)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, or allspice (or other favorite fall spice blend)
fresh grated nutmeg or pinch of dried nutmeg to taste

Mix ingredients in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until edges just begin to lightly bubble, whisking constantly.

Serve immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container and shake well before use. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.

***  I used Blue Diamond unsweetened vanilla milk

*You may want to add more to account for personal taste. Add sweetener 1 TBSP at a time to the warm cream mixture and taste. You may also substitute your favorite artificial sweetener. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Weigh in Day....

Well I weighed in this a.m. for the last two weeks.  I'm up 1.7.  This is for the last two weeks (from right before my birthday weekend).   I don't like 'bout an explanation?  LOL  I have still been exercising daily, so that is a positive....I have eaten out a lot. We had pizza last night.  Probably not a great idea the night before weigh in. Plus, my period started yesterday, too.  Soooo, if water retention is an issue, then I should have a loss next week, right?  I was at an appetizer buffet this week....and went back for 2nds.  UGH.  Temptations still are well, TEMPTING.    At any rate, I am moving forward.  I'm taking this gain...blah, and moving on with my week.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

When you lose 40 pounds....

it's probably a good idea to buy new undies (and get rid of the old!!!).  I was trying a new exercise class yesterday that required a lot of jogging, jumping, etc.  Welp, the undies kept creeping down inside my shorts.  Not a great feeling.  I also had to re-cinch the drawstring on my shorts.  Woohoo!!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What a night!

My sister and I went to see Abby Rike, from NBC's The Biggest Loser, speak at a local hospital's Women's health expo.  She was fabulous.  I just love her.  For someone to have survived the horrific life-events like she has, and to carry on to live a life with purpose, meaning, and JOY.  Wow, If she can do it, anyone really can.  If you aren't familiar with Abby Rike, please go to the link above.

Abby at the Mercy Care Begins with Me Expo
Sacramento, California

My weight does not define me.  It is where I am today.  I will live an active, healthy life and contribute to the world each day.  Don't just exist or make it through your day....LIVE!  Don't just be happy, find JOY in your life.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

You are what you eat....

It may sound cliche, but it is true.  I think the tastes, nibbles, bites, licks of treats last week has taken a toll on my bod.  I felt funky yesterday and am feeling better today.  I'm packing in the protein and making sure I account for everything I ingest.

Gotta keep on much more ground to cover.

Monday, October 3, 2011

A weird week...

Soooo, I just wrapped up a really weird week.  I had enjoyed my birthday get-away weekend to Tahoe with the fam.  Had some treats, got in workouts, skipped celebratory cocktails.....but upon return problems started.  I think the taste for treats got me wanting MORE treats....extra things I wouldn't normally eat.  WHY??? Why now?  I am a daily scale user....I like to see where I am.  It doesn't usually effect me.  I was surprised to see I was up....thought it might be some dehydration and other <ahem> issues caused by snacky foods, eating out = lots of sodium. But it never remedied itself.  I haven't had an official weigh in for last week.  I plan on doing it this Friday for the last two weeks.

Back on the program....exercising, weighing, chugging (water), measuring, logging, and BLOGGING.

I want to get to 50 lbs down pronto!!!