The Numbers are in and I’m WINNING!!

It’s been 2 months since I started the changes that have been helping with my daily blood results, blood pressure and weight.

I’ve gained a confidence level I never had before, I’ve gained energy levels I haven’t had since highschool (or possibly even moreso!)

Today, I went in for my blood work to be done, as I’m due back at the clinic to review how things are going in 2 weeks and in to see my family doctor before that.

I’ve been like a kid waiting for my favorite show to drop, checking the website every 5 minutes and trying to stop myself from doing so by distracting myself with research for an art project I want to start soon.

Finally, some numbers have appeared, I’M SCREAMING internally!!

Quick lil Happy Dance!!

Not all results are online yet, BUT it appears I have moved within a few points of being reclassified as Pre-Diabetic 😀

For the nerds in the crowd – My previous test was from May 6 2019. I didn’t start with the changes until June 29, so technically my A1C is skewed (it uses a 3 month marker) by a month of bad #’s. I’m still happy with it all.

Previous Fasting Glucose – 19.6 today – 6.5

Previous A1C – 12.4 today – 6.8

Cholesterol results and all other blood work in so far is in the zone!!!

Later this week I will share my Dexa Scan results and some personal insight to how all of this adds up to me well on the road to healthy and happy!

As always, if you have any questions, or want to share your own journey, please leave me a comment or link to your own blog!

Society – Do People Treat Overweight People Differently ?

A discussion started in my favorite support group this morning about how society as a whole treats people with Obesity or Weight Issues poorly.

Points that were brought up that rang true for the majority of the group?

  • passed up for jobs
  • treated like you’re lazy / stupid
  • ignored
  • not accepted easily to social groups
  • used as a means to get to know your ‘skinny’ friend

I’ve seen and been on the receiving end of a few of these myself, but today, for once I took a good look at it all and thought – But what if a lot of it is reflective of our own making?

Don’t get me wrong, none of it is right or fair, but is there possibly something we can do to change it ourselves?

It all comes down to confidence, body language and self-love for me.

Confidence: If you have it, people tend to notice and will flock to you to try be in on your aura of powerful self.

Body Language: If you sit in a defensive position or ‘hide’ , you make yourself unapproachable, make others feel like you don’t want contact, but in reality it’s what you actually do want!

Self – Love: this one tags on to confidence a bit. If you love yourself, and don’t allow others to belittle or walk on you, then you will find people starting to think of you as an equal or peer.

Yes, it’s all over simplified, I’m only just starting to explore this, BUT I do feel that these three things, if you work on them, will help to alleviate some of the ways you are treated a bit more durable.

For me on this journey, I have noticed that people are less likely to dismiss my opinions since I have a boost in my confidence level and a hunger to research the crap out of things as I go.

Can working on the other things as I go improve this? probably! As a side benefit, my no longer sitting at home hiding, has led to going out, being more active and my healthy eating, self-care has ld to some weight loss. All of this is a big cycle that, in the end will hopefully bring me to where I want to be.

Happy, Healthy and Loving Life! Happy Monday Everyone!!

As always, I love to chat, so comment away, lets learn and grow together and from each other!

My Body Not Only Talks, But I Can Hear It Now!

I have a new best friend, my body. It’s amazing how much She tells me and also sad, how long I went not listening.

The more I explore and change my lifestyle and eating habits, the louder the signals, both good and bad get from my lovely new friend, my body. She loves fresh veggies and meat and some dairy products. She doesn’t like ‘Carbage’ that over processed, no nutrient value left in it what-so-ever foods. I find my happy place for both her and I remains in the carbs from veggies and some fruit only zone. So that’s what I’m doing. Everyone’s bodies are different, this is what makes mine stop hurting, complaining and loudly gurgling.

My body also has no issue with Intermittent Fasting up to 48 hours. After that it just is not happy, gets sluggish and really just wants a nap.

So I’ve settled into a ‘sort of’ routine that makes me happy as well as my body.

DAILY ROUTINE

I wake up some time between 6:30 and 7:00 am. no alarm, my body does this all on it’s own now.

Stretch lightly to warm up the ole muscles then wander down to the kitchen with my JOURNAL and either plug in the kettle for tea, or start up the coffee maker.

Test my blood pressure (we have a machine at the house to test mom’s, so I make use of it for my own notes on how things are as I go!)

Go to the bathroom and wash my hands, check my weight, note the weight in my journal and then test my blood sugars.

From this point I enjoy my tea while reading other’s blogs and catching up on Social Media.

Around 10:30 – 11:00 I start preparing my first meal. I note what I ate in my journal and then carry on for the day with whatever is needed to be done.

I don’t snack at all.

At 12:00 ish, I prepare lunch for my parents. I’m never tempted to snack thankfully, as I prepare their food!

At 3:30 – 4:00 pm dinner preparation for all 3 of us and finish the meal by 4:30 at the latest. I note the start and end times in my journal along with what I ate, and also note that any medications have been taken with whichever meal.

I have a section at the bottom of each page where I note things like that a certain food left me feeling bloated or any other thing I notice going on.

Also, yep, the dreaded poop noting! I log both time and anything else a doctor might ask about….

I usually end up tired and wandering off to bed sometime between 9:00 and 10:00 pm.

The only variation from this is if I’m throwing an IF into the mix. I usually do this by eating my dinner to start it off with extra high fat , little to no carbs, then drinking mostly water with some Pink Salt and the occasional black tea or coffee for the next day, and eat my next meal on the second day at lunchtime, back on schedule with dinnertime.

Special note, for me, exercising mildly, such as Yoga, Stretching or walking feel great in the fasted state as long as I drink plenty of water and add the salt for electrolytes. I don’t HIIT or Cardio during fasting as I find myself getting light headed too quickly. That’s my body talking and I listen.

To all of you out there, let me know what signals you notice from your body! drop me a message in comments or by email if you’re not sure about posting publicly. I look forward to hearing from you!

Failure, Reality and the Back in the Saddle Feeling

Last night, for whatever reason, I felt overly emotional, I did something stupid and ate a blueberry muffin. Yep. between the sugars and carbs and all the nasty chemicals in the mass made cake, I managed to make myself feel like a failure… for about 10 minutes.

For those new to my rants, raves and musings, I am on a journey to better health, following a TRE 19:5 schedule with LCHF – lazy keto diet.

Then I looked at myself in the mirror and started listing everything about me and my journey so far, that would forever outweigh some stupid muffin.

  1. I feel good being me
  2. I’ve lost 26 lbs
  3. My blood sugars are down!!
  4. My blood pressure is all within normal range
  5. My clothes fit better and are smaller
  6. I’m not ashamed to go places and be seen
  7. I have blue hair !! Yes I know this is the best one yet!!

So why did I eat the muffin? 4 hours after my last meal? Emotions. I was on a high having dyed my hair a lovely blue, then BAM all it took was my mom innocently saying she didn’t like it and I felt crushed. The entire time my brain was arguing with me about it, I ranted at how I needed to NOT care what others, including mom thought. Yet I still went to the front room, opened the package and ate that muffin. In the long run, it won’t even be a blip, but right now, it feels like I not only fell off the horse, but fell down the side of the canyon and landed right where I started.

Silly right? yet that’s how it feels. Logically I know I didn’t gain 26 lbs back, maybe 1 or 2. Logically I know I still fit into the smaller better fitting clothes. In fact the only change from the above list, would be #1 – feeling good to be me.

So this morning, I kicked my own self-loathing ass to the curb, climbed back in that saddle and started the day like any other. Black coffee, blood pressure – check! blood sugar – a bit high, but not ‘OMG I’M DOOMED‘ high. Weight – blah, yup reads up 2 lbs.

I’m finished writing this now, because I’m putting it behind me, I will learn and make other mistakes, but am determined to keep going forward.

One last update though, in the sunlight this morning, mom decided she actually does like the blue… lol Ah life, you sure love curve balls.

Happily Happy with one less pill!

Earlier this year I was put on a ‘happy pill’ to help with my anxiety and depression. My situation of being isolated by helping out with my Mom ( Parkinson’s Disease) and my Dad and his memory issues and becoming panicked at the idea of being looked at or judged over my slowly expanding self.

Today when I saw my doctor, after 10 min of general catching up and reviewing my official 10 Kg (22 lbs probably 80 more to go) lost and my over all change in energy levels and confidence, she suggested that I could probably stop taking that little yellow pill.

I’m most hopeful that this will be a medication in my history now. I told her I would stop for 2 weeks and make notes on any changes. (not quite ready to give up the security blanket.)

Everyone is so different on their reactions with foods, everyone has their demons. I’m hopeful that my Diabetes Hellhound and my Cholesterol Daedra will be following the ‘happy little pill’ into my drug history too!

I am thankful at having the opportunity to change my life, grow into a new me and hopefully gain extra years in the journey too. The knowledge I was given to start and the path it’s taking me along have been just the push I needed .

So many things in life I dreamed of trying are starting to look like they might be reality, my bucket list is growing by the page lately! Old hobbies are on my radar again!

I hope you all are enjoying something in life, it makes all the other stuff so much more bareable.

Slow and Steady

They say slow and steady wins the race. Something I believe, but I need to work on my patience! I want it to be 3 months from now already so I can see how far I’ve gotten. So now I am working on teaching myself to appreciate where I am one day at a time.

Yesterday I was on a high, The scale had moved, I hit my first 20 lb loss!! clothes were fitting so much better and I felt terrific. I think I pushed it by including some berries in my meal plan along with a new pre-marinated chicken for my last meal of the day though. Today I’m puffy faced and I went back to bed at 6:00 am and slept another 3 hours. When I got up I felt sluggish and terrible. My blood sugars were 5.2. The thing is, I’m so much more in tune to what my body is saying that after a short rant, self hate session and a small slide into guilt, I bucked up and told myself to move on, it happened, learn from it!

Today I will clean eat, nothing outside of my main food choices and see how that feels tomorrow. My body is healing from decades of abuse, I need to help it.

I had a great NSV this morning after the whole woe is me thing, I fixed my slipper without having to sit! I just lifted my foot, didn’t fall over, fixed the heel and then as I put my foot back down realized how amazing that little thing felt!

Today I am going to try watch a few beginner yoga videos and give that a go. I know I need structure and routine so I’m hoping it will be something I can slot in to my day.

Hope Everyone out there is appreciating themselves and enjoying their day!

Butt Kicking received, earned and almost lasted until the very end!

The first exercise chosen to try to see if it would be a fit for me was last night… let me tell ya, I got my butt kicked and I loved every second of the intense HIIT , stretching, technique learning, partnering exercises and experience!

Kickboxing is fun, challenging and all the butt jokes are based on the fact that late last night and this morning, the only muscles really feeling it are my glutes!

To start off, the staff is super friendly and helpful. The place is clean and inviting, and the other tortured souls are friendly too. A definite family feel to the whole experience. This helped me to fight off my minor anxiety attack immediately!

The level of experience varied within the class, but the instructors were attentive and would show me modified versions when I wasn’t up to the full intensity of the class.

I left feeling 1000% proud of myself, even though a mere 4 minutes before the end I had to step out as I felt a little light headed. Out of shape me needs some serious exercising in between to get myself up to where I’ll really benefit from the classes, but I’m really looking forward to my next class!! I’ll be there with gloves on! ( mine were supplied as part of the class fee and are a pretty pink. )

If you’re thinking of trying this yourself, I would recommend this company and especially their Thornhill branch! I love Kickboxing https://www.facebook.com/ilovekickboxingthornhill/ .

But research locally for you and look for deals!

Exercise.. Just Kill Me Now!

The biggest ‘side effect’ of this new way of eating is an abundance of energy. I feel like I should be doing something all the time, and I’m starting to get restless.

I’ve decided it’s time to start looking for an exercise or 3 to do either at home, or outside to burn off some of the crazed Tazmanian Devil spinning I find myself in.

This week every morning, before I even make my coffee, I’ve been doing at least 20 minutes on my elliptical trainer. it feels great starting the day off that way, but it doesn’t feel like enough. So I’m making a list of things I’d like to try, and then I will let you all know how well (or badly) I do!

I’m hoping it will be a huge learning adventure! Minimal bruises even!

  1. Yoga
  2. walking
  3. biking
  4. boot camp at local gym
  5. boxercise
  6. dancing (zumba)

Please comment below if you have suggestions on other modern forms of torture you feel I might enjoy trying! Also if there is something you’d love for me to try and its not overly costly, that might be fun for me, or for the readers to get a laugh at my possible RANT add that too!

I’m on a Journey

This year, I decided that I needed to STOP.

Stop the fear of what other people think or say about me.

Stop procrastinating on getting healthy.

Stop letting everyone and everything come before myself.

So I sucked in my fears and April 2019, took step 1 – I called my doctor.

This one call started a ball rolling that I am really grateful for. My Diabetes was way out of control, my cholesterol was more in control that I, and my weight was a bit shocking. Here’s the thing, my doctor threw me a life line. Keto and IF (Intermittent Fasting). The true name for what I am currently following is TRE – Time Restricted Eating.

A day for me at the moment looks like this:

Wake at 6:00 am (body seems to like that time, I am not using an alarm)

Take morning Blood Sugar test

Exercise and drink water with the occasional salt added to help with electrolytes ( mom asked if they were used to help the blood find it’s way in the dark… I cringed.

Morning coffee – black or sometimes Bulletproof (I add a little butter)

wait a bit, test blood pressure, check email and social media while finishing the coffee.

11:00 am – Food time. I am eating a Ketogenic Diet, so I usually scramble an egg and add some cucumber to cleanse my palette, and bacon or small breakfast sausages til I feel satiated. At this point the medications I am on are taken.

The rest of the day I work on art, or find things to do around the house as I help mom with whatever she may need! (Mom has Parkinson’s, diagnosed over 22 years ago)

At around 3:30 or 4:00 pm I eat dinner. Lots of veggies, salads, steaks, salmon. all kinds of choices. I eat whatever I’ve chosen until I’m satiated again.

That’s it! Then I spend the evening doing whatever comes up! read, watch a show, play a game.

It’s been just over a week. The changes have been a great surprise! I’ve lost some weight (12 lbs so far), I’ve moved down T-shirt and pant sizes and my energy level is the best part! I actually went looking for an exercise to start.

I’m slowly working the time I exercise for up and will start looking for a fun way to continue this new love of moving!

The other added bonus – I don’t have constant headaches.

I also made the decision to go back to school for natural nutrition. I’ll muse, rant and chat about that starting in September I’m sure!

So for now, I’ll wish everyone a great Wednesday and will M C and R at you again soon!