November 12, 2011

Why Me?

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 10:37 am by Jenn

That’s a question I could ask, but while I’m pondering and waiting for an answer that likely will not come I’d be wasting precious time.  So instead, I’m embracing this and acting today and if the answer comes then I’ll already be on my way to a healthier me.

Back in September I did a fasting blood sugar/cholesterol screening for work.  The results came back a couple of weeks ago and well let’s just say, they were not good.  My cholesterol was through the roof and my fasting blood sugar was elevated.  WTF?

After I received the results the first thing I did was call my doctor’s office to make an appointment for bloodwork.  I wanted confirmation.  The second call I made was to Curves.  The only exercise I get is walking Max 2-3 times a day and that obviously isn’t enough.  I am heavier than I’ve ever been and no time like the present to do something about it. 

Thankfully, at the beginning of October I had started taking steps to better my health.   Scott and I eat out…a lot, and we eat late.  Mostly because we aren’t home until late.  By late I’m talking 7:30 to 8:00 dinner time.  New dinner time 6:30.  I was also a breakfast skipper.  Horrible I know, but I don’t like typical breakfast food…cereal.  I like the kind of breakfast that you cook like pancakes and who has that kind of time during the week before work.  Certainly not me.  So I’d skip.  Sometimes (fridays) on the way to work I would grab a chicken and cheese bagel from Chick fil a.  Sometimes I’d get the hash browns, most of the time not.  Other times I would grab an apple from home and eat that on the way to work or once I got to work.  So really, most of the time, I’d skip.  Since mid October EVERY morning I start the day with an Arbonne Immunity Booster and I’ve made myself an Arbonne Chocolate Protein Shake.  They are YUMMY and totally vegan.  I bought myself a Magic Bullet type blender gadget at Walmart for $19.  5 ice cubes, water, one scoop of Arbonne’s Daily Fiber Boost which provides 12gm of fiber 48% of the Daily Value) and 1.5 scoops of the Arbonne protein powder.  Sometimes I add a banana, sometimes a tablespoon of peanut butter depending on my mood and sometimes I add both.  Blend and that’s it.  A yummy nutritious breakfast that I can grab and go.  I take it with me and drink it on the way to work.

So, I had my blood drawn at the doctor’s office and those results were still elevated, but much improved.  My total cholesterol was down about 55 points and my LDL (bad cholesterol was down about 20 points.  Both a relief, but still a lot of work to get them to normal.  I’m convinced that adding the Arbonne products is what contributed to the reduction in my cholesterol levels from test 1 to test 2.

If you want more information about the Arbonne protein shakes or any of their products leave a comment and I will be in touch.

My fasting blood sugar was greater than 100.  The extra weight is likely the cause of the elevated blood sugar.  I’ve been checking my blood sugar every morning since receiving the first set of test results.  The first week I didn’t have one level less than 100 (also not more than 120) but since heading back to Curves I’ve had an average of 98 which I’m taking as a positive.  My hemoglobin A1c which is a 60-90 day blood glucose average was 5.5.  Still normal, but way to close to prediabetic for my liking.  Losing weight, increasing my physical activity and eating better is going to get me to a more comfortable level.

Did you know that losing just 10% of your body weight can help to improve your blood glucose levels?  Many type 2 diabetics who lose 10% of their body weight use less insulin or can possibly come off insulin altogether.  My goal for losing weight is to prevent needing insulin in the first place.

The biggest disappointment I’ve found is that when verbalizing my goals to people I hear…”you don’t need to lose weight”, “I can’t believe YOUR cholesterol is high”.  Well folks, bad things happen to good people.  I say this everyday to my patients.

I’ve made the necessary changes, I’m sticking to my plan and I am going to beat this.  I’m not going to be diabetic, I’m not going to be on cholesterol medication and I will be 15 pounds lighter by January 1, 2011.

That being said…time to get up and get moving at Curves!

November 10, 2011

Four Years

Posted in Journal tagged at 9:31 pm by Jenn

Happy Blogoversary to ME!  It’s hard to believe that this blog has been around for FOUR YEARS!  There hasn’t been much activity since I’ve moved back to the US.  This blog was started as a way for me to keep family and friends up on my day to day life while living overseas.  Since I’ve been back that’s been easier to do on Facebook.

I feel bad that I’ve been ignoring the blog.  Honestly, I want to blog more I just find myself so distracted by my day to day life that blogging takes a backseat.  I hope to change that.  I have lots to share, and I really enjoy it.  Maybe this upcoming year will be a year of new and exciting experiences that I can’t wait to share with the world!

This past year there were over 37,000 hits at this blogsite which I very interesting since I rarely blog at all.  Seems like a lot of people are still fascinated with Sea Monkeys and Neuschwanstein Castle.

My goal for this blog in the upcoming year is to go back through and edit old posts, add tags where needed and hopefully keep the hit momentum going for years to come.  Who knows, maybe I’ll even get in a blog post or two every month.

 

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