Post Week 1 in Review
Monday, January 11, 2016
I now can say that I have Week 1 under my belt. I weighed this morning. I lost 3.6 lbs. I also took my pre-breakfast(not technically fasting since it was 6 1/2 hours after I had eaten last) blood sugar and that was 129 mg/dl.
I tracked everything that I ate every day last week. I immediately started creating my Favorites list because like most people I am a creature of habit and have a tendency to eat many of the same things over and over. Once having done that it is easy to click on the same items and it speeds up having to record everything. I really like seeing the day and week in review at the bottom of the page because it shows me both what I am doing well and what areas I need to improve on.
I knew going into following this Diabetes Meal Plan that it would take some time for me to break down my meals since prior to this I was eating one large meal a day and then grazing for the rest of the day. Since I expected this I wasn't rattled when it didn't happen overnight. I just know that it is something that I need to keep practicing until it becomes second-nature.
Also, what that chart showed me is how much sodium I ingest. It is about 40% more than what is recommended. Recently I have decided to forego caffeine as much as possible until my B/P is lower. I love drinking coffee for hours on end but coupled with the sodium that I am ingesting, I have decided to have that as a treat on occasion. Reducing my sodium is going to be on my list moving forward with my food plan. It all seems somewhat overwhelming to a certain degree so I am just trying to take it one day at time. I also need to consistently drink more plain water each day. I am good on this for a couple of days and then I return to drinking diet soda.
I finally feel like I am free of the residuals of being sick so I am going to step up my exercising this coming week. I decided to join the 8 week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge and I am going to follow the recommendations of that so this coming week I am going to add 10 mins. cardio 3x and 15 min. strength 3x.
In terms of my food plan last week it was okay. I really didn't get my appetite back until mid-week. I was weak in the area of vegetables. Again, I do attribute that more to not tasting a lot of my food and not having specific sit-down meals at the dining room table. I did have a couple of days where I did crave something sweet but I caught myself and had sugar free chocolate pudding, which really works for me. One strategy that I have found that works is simply not have a lot of sweets around. If it is here, I know that it will be tempting enough where I will eventually eat it. Out of sight and out of mind really seem to work for me.
Yesterday I bought food for the upcoming week(s). My pantry was really bare so I am having to stock back up on a lot of basics. I like meals that are super simple and even what I call 'grab n go'. I am newly retired (since October 2014) and although I am good cook I am also tired of the time that it takes as well as the mess that I have to clean up afterwards. So, I have really been leaning more toward a simpler meal plan. I am looking though at making sure that I hit all of the bullets on a healthy and balanced food plan so if it looks like I am not I will make adjustments in the future.
I got an 'adult' coloring book and colored pencils as a gift this past Christmas from my hubby. I had mentioned to him that I had heard that many people had begun doing this as a way to unwind and avoid evening noshing. I don't think that I specifically asked for this but I got a book. Well, since I got sick on Christmas Day it became my 'go-to' activity to do while watching t.v. at night. I have really enjoyed doing it since I took a lot of art classes in the past. I love anything that is colorful and it seems to really be a soothing activity. It also was the only thing that I could focus on while being so sick. My hubby bought me a second book and more colored pencils last night when he was out. He rarely is an impromptu gift giver so I was both surprised and very flattered. I plan to continue to use this as something to keep my hands and mind busy.
My long term goal is to lose 100 lbs. I am now 3.6 lbs. closer to that goal. That is week 1 in review.