I began following the SP Diabetes Nutritional food plan on January 4th, 2016. Since that was a Monday, Monday is my weekly weigh in day. I have lost 7.4 lbs. since January 4th. I am 251.8 lbs. so my goal for next week (if it is possible and I won't know until I try it, right?) is to break 250 for February 1st.
My FBS(fasting blood sugar) was 123 mg/dl and down from last Monday's of 135 mg/dl. FYI: For those who are unfamiliar with the significance of these numbers. 135 is the cut off for diabetes vs. pre-diabetes readings. I take this as a sign that both the virus that I had and then was re-infected from hubby a second time has 'left the building' as well as adding consistent exercise this past week has also helped 'burn off' some of that pooling glucose in my blood stream. However, I am very aware of the fact that over the past year or so my FBS has crept up from 107 (day after working out) then 117 to now 123. I am also getting older and age is definitely showing its impact on how my body is using the glucose in my blood stream. I also am aware of some of the diabetes symptoms I need to watch are now making themselves known IF I don't follow what I need to be doing. NOW more than ever, I NEED to be following this food plan as well as all of the other factors. Managing my diabetes through healthy eating, weight loss and increased activity has become critical in me being able to NOT turn to medications to control it (which I am trying to avoid and which I have full support from my doctors as well).
I want to also say that I am stunned that I have managed to stay on track and within my recommended calorie range for the past 21 days. I haven't managed to do something like this in nearly 5 1/2 years. I did write a blog "Keeping the Howling Dogs at Bay" for a possible explanation of how that has been able to happen.
This past week I met my personal weekly goals of getting more vegetables and reducing my sodium. Since I am following a challenge that includes exercise as part of the challenge I also was able to do some specific workouts this past week. I am not in a hurry to go back to the intensity that I did two years ago. I am following this challenge's recommendations and easing back into a more active lifestyle. I am okay with that.
I do feel like the virus is really behind me. Hubby is also getting better but he works full time (and I am retired) so I think he hasn't been able to bounce back like I have. I now feel like I can be more effective in other areas of my life as well since my energy is returning.
I did have two restaurant meals this past week and close together. I ordered delivery pizza because we were out of groceries and we had an ice storm. It was not my #1 choice at all. However, I had saved the calories up, worked out a few hours prior to eating it and I put half of it away before I even began eating. I did the same two nights later. The only concern that I had was I believe my dining out meal might have had a lot of MSG in it and I swear it almost shut down my kidneys. Saturday night was scary. I spent all of Sunday drinking copious amounts of water (lost count because it was that much) but it taught me to really drink a lot of water throughout the week so I am not dehydrated (tough to do when we are required to fast prior to attending Mass) so I end up having something like this occur. Again, this is clearly related to my diabetes and I do take it seriously.
So, my personal goals for this coming week are to make sure I get adequate water every day, continue to focus on the sodium (I bought all frozen vegetables Sunday), and to complete the tasks recommended by the challenges that I am in.
Here's to breaking 250 for February 1st!