In my original post My Health Related Goals for 2013 (An ActiveRain Challenge) I discussed how it’ been a challenge for me to stay focused on a healthy diet and how it affected my health. I had started to eat healthier and along with the support of my husband, our household has rid itself of the majority of JUNK food we used to stock pile our shelves with.
I also needed continued support from my physical therapist and other bloggers who are writing in the Get Healthy in the Rain Group I was hoping to obtain other recipes and dishes to accommodate my needs, lose more weight and bring my blood sugar and cholesterol counts down and all around just being healthier.
I “cheated” a couple of weeks ago. I went to Starbucks and I ordered a mocha coffee with no fat milk and two Splenda. I then ordered a cinnamon roll --while reasoning that my friend said if I add a dash of cinnamon to my coffee it would lower my blood sugar. HAHA! Who was I kidding??? Well, I ate the whole thing and it tasted sooooo good!
So, here I was full of guilt and I immediately called by husband and told him what had happened. (Immediately means AFTER I polished off the roll lol) Next time I will seek support BEFORE I do it and I promised I would call my husband the next time I have these thoughts! On the same note, I picked myself up, dusted myself off…..AND STARTED ALL OVER AGAIN.
Where I am at NOW:
· I have continued with exercises (I started PART II of physical therapy) and doing them every night on days I don’t go to physical therapy. In return, I am strengthening up a lot of muscles I have not used in a LONG time.
· Continued with my small meals with my chicken or fish salad at lunch being my main meal. I have oatmeal and an English muffin (minus butter) and a little jelly and we usually have a light cream of wheat or cereal for dinner. Yogurt is my in between (I have to have at least snacks in between meals)
· In return, my blood sugar has gone down to 121 (my highest was 170 with the exception of it shooting to 368 after the epidural steroid shot) and I’m now only taking one Metformin (meds for Type 2 Diabetes) every evening after my dinner.
· I have lost only 11 pounds since I started right before Christmas and haven’t lost any more the past month. The main point being I haven’t gained any. I have however lost INCHES! My slacks are baggy and I’ve bought new pants and blouses. (only a few so I can graduate to the next size)
My biggest challenge at this point is to get motivated to start walking too. I need to step it up a level but keeping in mind not to overdo it. So many times I have tried to diet and overdid it on the exercises. I am so grateful to MILILANI PHYSICAL THERAPY for their support and help with understanding that I have limits and helped me with exercises to work around the limits. Did I mention that massage was part of my physical therapy sessions?
All in all I feel healthy and have a better feeling about myself. We went to Bellows AFB Cabins on the beach last weekend and I had so much fun with my grandson, husband and daughter. I even got sun burned!
YAY! Still going strong…
And having fun doing it!