My weight this morning was 179!!! I lost 3 more pounds! I was 196 pounds when I started my journey, so that's a total of 17 pounds. I am really happy about that. Now I should say that I hadn't weighed myself or checked my glucose since that one day binge 7 days ago. Being a diabetic I know that's not smart, but I didn't worry too much because I was exercising daily and making all the right food choices. Just like before, I was eating lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains and I eliminated fried foods, sweets and potato chips from my diet. With that said, I got up this morning and I was finally ready to stop being a coward and see where my numbers were. Well, this is what I saw on my meter.
Yikes! I've never seen a number this low before. I've seen numbers that were high... very high, but never that low. I have two doctor's at the present time. I have a regular doctor that I see, but because my diabetes was so out of control before I changed my eating habits, she referred me to an endocrinologist. (My endocrinologist is the one that wants to put me on insulin). So as soon as the doctor's office opened this morning, I called to make sure that this was a normal reading. I talked with one of the nurses who said that when my glucose is below 70... then I should start to worry, but she said she would talk to my doctor and call me back.
I take two medications, Metformin and Glyburide. Well, my doctor cut down the Glyburide from two 5 mg pills twice a day to just 1 pill in the morning. Now, this is temporary to see how my body reacts, but I'm taking this as a good sign. I guess starting tomorrow, I'll see what happens next, but at the moment, I just can't stop smiling.
Inspiration picture: This is one of the weight loss success stories that Sparkpeople.com featured from London's 'Huffington Post.' This is Heather Fearneyhough and I've included part of her interview below.
Breaking Point: My son Caleb took off running from me at the mall. I was so big that I could not catch up to him. I will never forget the panic mixed with that burning sensation in my throat. That was it. I made up my mind to do something about my weight because I had let myself get out of control long enough.
How I Lost It: I made small gradual changes because I wanted to keep the weight off for good. To start, I kept a journal of everything that I ate. I started eating small meals throughout the day. I set a timer on my phone so that I could stay on task with eating every three hours. I also started drinking nothing but water.
I was very out of shape at the beginning of my journey. I could barely walk for 10 minute intervals without getting completely winded. My throat burned and my body ached unbelievably during the first few weeks. I paced myself and slowly added five to 10 minutes to my total walking time, until I was able to briskly walk for 45 minutes without being out of breath.
I then progressed to using workout DVDs in my living room that incorporated weight training and continued using DVDs for several months. Once I lost the majority of my weight I wanted more definition and found that my DVDs were not providing me the results I was after. I began researching bodybuilding on the Internet. I started to create my own workout routines following a split training method and could not believe the changes I started to see with my body. Before picture below:
And this is her now...
Daily Food Journal:
Breakfast: Special K with berries, decaf
Lunch: Plain nonfat yogurt with muesli added
Snack: 6 crackers, 1 Tbs. peanut butter
Two of my blogger friend's had my taste buds watering for roasted vegetables. Linda from Losing Shorty and PJ Geek who actually gave me the tip a while ago. I roasted cauliflower, broccoli, cherry tomatoes and carrots and my goodness it was delicious. This picture was before I added the olive oil, salt, pepper, and put them in the oven. I forgot to take anther one when they were done.
Dinner: 1 plain Veggie burger, 5 walnuts and roasted vegetables, hot cup of green tea with honey
Notes: I'm still using that walking workout dvd. Last night, I did the 2 mile brisk walk. Tonight, I pushed myself to do the 3 mile advanced walk. Yeah! I honestly didn't think I'd last for the entire workout and it shocked me when I did. I felt really good afterwards, though.
If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits.