Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Whole30 Round 3, Day 3

Not a lot of details for today because I'm setting up a new computer. But foods were great and blood sugars were even greater. I did indeed email with my endocrinologist and am discontinuing the glimiperide at least until the W30 is over. That will avoid any low blood sugars caused by the high protein/high fat/low carb characteristics of W30. If blood sugars rise, I'll go back on in it a step-wise fashion from 0.5 mg up to the 1 mg I was taking.

I went to orientation in the weight/machine room at the YMCA today. We focused on upper body and then I spent some time on the BioStep. I was pretty dazzled by the shiny objects and figure if it makes me move, then I shall move. I'll do part 2 tomorrow.

And day 3 is in the bag.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Whole30 Round 3, Day 2

Holy cow, my fasting blood sugar was 137. That's over 100 points down from yesterday. In one day, my sugars are already coming down overall. It was 145 after breakfast and after exercise.

Breakfast was meh. Leftovers and eggs. Potatoes/onions along with some pancetta and eggs tossed in. The asparagus are canned, which I do love, but they weren't amazing this morning. It fueled me, but it didn't excite me. 

Now lunch is a different story. Baby organic lettuces, egg salad (2 eggs), pumpkin seeds, and olives, and a side of strawberries. Oh yeah, that's better. My blood sugar after lunch should be okay.

With low blood sugars, I needed another trip to the store for bananas and apples. I'm not ready to cut back on my meds yet, but in a few days, I'll be in touch with the endo with new numbers and will most likely not have to carb up with fruit to keep levels in order. 

Dinner was pretty damned good. I had a beef filet and cooked mushrooms, green beans, and onions in the same pan with some ghee. The green stuff is guacamole that is compliant. It was great and very filling. BS after dinner was 110. 

I used the thinnest blade on the mandoline and sliced up some zucchini, seasoned them, and baked on parchment for an hour or so at a low heat (about 250°). Some of them are actually crispy! A little heavy on the paprika, but every time I make something like this, it's a trial.

The breakdown looks good today. I'm still working on bumping up the protein. The carbs include banana, apple, and strawberries, and that is reflected in the sugar as well. When I lower the diabetes meds, I'll also cut back on the fruit intake, but right now, I need it to not crash. 

Overall, a good day 2. I've had 4 cigarettes, so still struggling on the quit smoking front, but getting there!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Whole30 Round 3 Day 1

I'm feeling pretty good about deciding to do a Whole30. The larder is stocked and there's no reason to sway from the rules. The sugar addiction will start to fade after a few days, but I suspect it will be a small issue for the first little bit. Adding quitting smoking to the mix is going to be interesting, but I have prepped on that point too. Taking my life back.

A little breakfast. I discovered I like grape/cherry tomatoes at a Superbowl party, so I have a tub of those to enjoy. Winnie left me a half an apple, so onto the plate it went. Two fried eggs seasoned with a touch of nutritional yeast, and I was good to go. Loving eggs is going to be a challenge too, but not one I can't face head on. I've sort of OD'd on them over the past several years. This morning is Moral Mondays, so I'll be busy with that. I have a few errands to run and then work time. 

1:30 p.m. Lunch. Applegate hot dog (compliant), and a melange of cabbage, onions, garlic, and potato sauteed in bacon fat. Holy cow, it's good. Did Moral Mondays and came home hungry. BS is a little high before lunch, but I'm sure that's because of a high fasting, which I did not take. That will level out in a day or two. Strawberries on tap for snack later. 

Okay, shoot me. I had potatoes twice today. This time, they were with canned asparagus and a burger ground from the loin I purchased the other day. The sauce is Tessamae's Caesar dressing and well, it was darned tasty. I will absolutely buy it again. It's 100% compliant and well, there ya go. Thank you once again Tessamae's

My Fitness Pal breaks down today's intake and I'm liking what I see. I need to up the protein, but did cook up some chicken today so I have extra around. (I will miss cheese for this, but oh well.) The sugar being down is way great. My blood sugars are telling the tale too. I am sort of surprised at the calories taken in, but am not focusing on them right now. 

On another note:
I'm not smoking :) Cinnamon sticks (organic, of course, from McCormick) help a lot. I've got this!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Whole30 Round 3 begins tomorrow

Time for a reset and dose of serious ownership of my diabetes via food. I have already started exercising again, now for step 2.

In addition, tomorrow happens to be my quit smoking date. That will be a bigger challenge than a Whole30.

I've been prepping for both for a couple weeks. Groceries are bought, cinnamon sticks are on my desk, and I even have Xanax if I feel like killing someone. I'll keep that as a last resort, though.

The first part of the upcoming week is very busy, beginning with a production meeting for On Golden Pond tonight and quickly followed by Moral Mondays and three days of exercise classes.

It's going to be a good week. I'm scared and yet looking forward to the changes. I just need to make the commitment and do it.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Superbowl Blood Sugar Day

Holy crow. My fasting blood sugar was 341. That's not good. No wonder I feel like a sluggish pig. Sigh. Now to beat it back down the rest of the day.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Words of wisdom

I received this in email today and it's perfect timing. I'm still committed, though not obsessed, but guess what? I'm bumping it up a notch back to obsession. Read this:

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses - only results. -Ken Blanchard
Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you. -Unknown
Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer. -Marcia Wieder.
Commitment is the glue that bonds you to your Goals. -Jill Koenig. 

It spoke to me.  The middle piece in particular.

I've restarted exercise classes and watch what I eat like a hawk most days. I've had a couple of evenings when I've overeaten in terms of snacking. I continue to work on the draw of the pantry and frig. Mindfulness is not a part time job for sure. 

I am not checking my blood sugars as often as I should, but that's corrected today. I can pretend the numbers don't count, but they do. 

Blogging is going to be important for me. I know this and now that I've written it down, I am recommitted to it.

Wednesday it is!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Keeping it going

Obsession day 2. Obsession can be read as mindfulness or motivated or whatever, but it is, so far, a success. My fasting blood sugar this morning was down almost 100 points at 153.

My daughter wrote me a heart-felt email asking if I had a quit date for smoking again. I replied to her that in the back of my mind, I do. I tried to explain that diabetes was my first task right now, but I felt like I was rationalizing. It's the truth, but it felt false coming out of my head and onto the screen. I need to think on this one. I do want to quit. I honestly am not sure this is the right time, but what is the right time? She has planted the seed. I will take action. I now need to decide when that action will be taken.

My walking papers for today include keeping my blood sugar in line. I made French toast for breakfast with extra egg and coconut milk, and homemade bread. I also had last night's left over mushrooms. it was an odd taste combination, but it worked! I will either have a Progresso soup or tuna with lettuce again today for lunch. Tonight, I'm planning a shrimp dinner and will bulk up with broccoli.

As related to last night, I made it through that hour of alone time. It's hard when all is quiet and I'm alone. I have such a life-long habit of staying up late and eating till bedtime. I've been generally going to bed earlier, so that's a start.

On with the day.

Update 1:10 p.m.: I made a couple decisions and acted on them. I joined the Y this morning and also signed up for smoking cessation class starting in February. I also made a banging lunch of left over chicken soup (without the chicken), a sautéed chicken breast (put back into the soup!), and a banana. So many vegetables and so much taste! Jealous? Hell, I'm jealous and I'm eating it!

Update 8:18 p.m.: Stressful last hour, but it's okay. I'm past it. My blood sugar was 117 after dinner. Hoofuckinray! It's a little low for me, so I had one of my snacks for the evening now and that should balance things out. I incorporated a cup of orange juice earlier to keep from crashing. Now to find the balance where the blood sugar is in line and my reaction to a lower blood sugar normalizes. I'm very happy with the numbers the past two days and that pretty amazing. I will start the water walking class on Thursday. I may or may not go by the pool just to float around tomorrow. Richard had a point about not starting right out with Zumba, but I will do something activity wise tomorrow. I just don't have a plan yet.

It's been a good day for health. My obsession continues.

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