Monday, October 13, 2014

Hey, this wagon, it looks familiar!

Hey, six people who read this blog!

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you've been swamped with a bunch of runkeeper posts about walks. I've walked at least a mile every day since August 24th, 2014; In the last 30 days, I've walked 79.1 miles, including a 10.5 mile walk this weekend.

I was thinking I was getting close to my lowest weight from back when I was on medifast; I hit 246 lb. this weekend.

Going back through the blog, though, I see I was down to 219 at some point before I stopped blogging regularly. That means I'm a little under 30 pounds left to get to my lowest ever. It also means I put on EIGHTY POUNDS after stopping medifast. I had gotten back up to nearly 300.  That's almost 3 bars of gold. Can you imagine carrying that around if you didn't have to? Ugh.

So, I've done a bit to get back down this far; the last few months has been a slow drop but a ramp up in exercise; just walking, but it's simple, I can't screw it up, and it's having a positive effect. I've done it long enough it's a habit, and I am loathe to break my streak.

I'll check back in a few weeks.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Status Update

So, back on the wagon.

Got a new diabetes educator who suggested some changes to my medicine regimen. Logging  everything I eat -- which by itself forces me to be more careful about what I'm eating, even if I'm not actively picking the best foods.

Walking a few days a week. Waiting on the gym until school is out so I can more easily work it into my schedule (also helps me ramp up with the walking instead of jumping in full steam)

Doing 100pushups.com's regimen for pushups again. Finally made it back up past week one day one.

Back down to 265 as of today - had this goal for about 9 months, but was pretty much steady at 275 since August; dropped the 10 pounds since the doc visit a month ago.  Next goal: 255, as I crawl back down 10 pounds at a time at least to the 225 low I hit with medifast.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Why are you still here?

Hello, faithful readers.

So, I've fallen off this wagon quite a few times now since the original diagnosis almost a decade ago.

Depressing to look back over the tags and see that I was doing medifast four years ago, and trying to run two years ago.

So, I got back up to nearly 290 pounds, stopped exercising, avoided the doctor, and managed to get my A1C almost back in to double digits.

So, I finally slunk back to the doctor, who gave me the appropriate amount of crap and put me on a new drug, Victoza. I'm in the middle of the second week of it now, and its side effects (lack of appetite, nausea) are both about as fun as you'd expect.

Doc assures me that the nausea will pass (yay) but the appetite suppresent is amazing. I not only am not hungry, the thought of eating something doesn't really hold any interest (whereas two weeks ago, it would probably have resulted in getting a snack.) I'm wondering if this will slow down (and how fast), as I've heard the stomach staple does eventually. I'm sure some of this is just being mindful, but it really is an amazing difference.

So, without adding back in exercise yet,  my sugar levels have dropped down to normal; every day that I have a good fasting sugar in the morning, I take off a few units of insulin that night; in the next few weeks, I'll be off the insulin entirely (if this trend continues), and after that, Doc's targeting the actos.

I've dropped about 8-9 pounds in the past 12 days or so, due entirely to food intake.

Anyone out there using Victoza and getting similar results?


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

5K

Hello, faithful readers. I am still fat and diabetic.

A month ago, a friend of mine at work suggested I run in a 5K this August, so I took him up on the challenge. I've been running* 3 days a week for 30m for the last month. Not quite couch to 5K, but in the same ballpark. Yes, I have special running shoes.

Today was the first day I've done this that I was able to get up to 5mph 3 different times during the 30m; Ended up going 1.6 miles in 31 minutes; I actually feel GOOD after the workout today, a welcome change. ^_^

I have a regularly scheduled doc visit in a week or so, and will bounce the sanity of this idea off her.

Now that I've been doing this for a month and made a (annoying, sweaty, and painful) habit out of it, next up is fixing my diet. I never transitioned properly off the medifast - so I did a great job losing the weight, but not keeping it off. My plan this time is to use the MF for snacks & backup, but to stay with real food as much as possible.

* Another runner friend of my says "Why not just walk". Trust me, that's basically what I'm doing at these speeds. =-)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Back on the wagon.

So, apparently you can't just ignore your diabetes and make it go away!

After getting under fairly decent control and off the insulin and dropping 50 pounds, I took some (too much) time off from keeping an eye on it, and it got out of control again.

Had a doc visit today; back on the insulin, upped the sugar meds, need to watch what I eat, start going back to the gym. About 20 pounds to get back down to my low.

*^&#$#@$!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Horrible placement

I don't know what to make of this: You can buy the awesome Dr. Horrible DVD at the local grocery...




Saturday, March 14, 2009

Chocolate easter bunny says what?

My son had two basketball games today, both at a high school a little under 11 miles away from our house; for the afternoon one, I had the bright idea of riding my bike out there, and meeting the family for the game.

I'm happy to report I made it in one piece, stopped only to drink some water, and can still walk. Sort of.

Switching between sitting and standing is going to hurt for a day or so; time to scope out a new bike and/or a new padded seat cover (I have a padded cover now; it's not enough!)

So, I biked last saturday for 7.5 miles, went to the gym at lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and biked today for 10.7 miles. I even played some basketball with youngest kid for a while before it got dark.

Hopefully this means I'm in the running for the Fatty Bowl. More on that next post.