Monday, January 30, 2012

Slow and Steady . . .

I'm on my way.  When I weighed in this morning, I had lost another 2.8 pounds.  Yipppeee!!!  I've added a new ticker to my page so that I can see how I'm progressing.  I have a renewed excitement.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

And So It Begins

Egg Cups
My numbers are not coming down as I had hoped they would after being off the antibiotic.  So, this past week I have researched, checked out recipes, looked at several suggested menus, and brainstormed with my family.  I think I've come up with several great ideas, and spent part of the morning preparing my make-ahead meals.  Breakfast is really tough for me.  I am usually rushed and grab whatever is handy.  Daughter Mary suggested that I make "egg cups", and have them ready to reheat in the microwave.  I sprayed my muffin tin with butter flavored Pam, and added a slice of wheat bread with the crusts removed.  This was baked at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, until the toast was just starting to brown.  I removed the tin from the oven and then added some shredded cheese to each cup followed by an egg.  These were returned to the oven and baked until the eggs were done to my satisfaction.  And voila, 6 breakfasts.

Lunch was another problem.  After I fix lunch for the kids, again, I grab whatever is handy.  Hopefully, some pre-planning and make ahead ideas will fix this problem.  I had purchased the EasyLunchboxes, and didn't really used them.  But now they make a lot of sense.  I boiled some small seashell pasta and divided it into 1 cup portions.  I kicked up my "macaroni salad" by adding sliced celery, shredded carrots, chopped dill pickle and sliced black olives in addition to 1/2 hard boiled egg to each box.  To the salad in this box, I added diced lean ham and accompanied it with fresh strawberries.

To the salad in this box, I added nearly 3 oz. of tuna packed in water, which I drained.  After putting most of the tuna in my salad, I gave the rest to the cat.  Ok, so I'm a softie.  I added fresh watermelon to this box.

I took a full bone-in chicken breast, sprayed it with Olive Oil Pam, added salt and pepper, and roasted it in the oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  After it cooled, I removed it from the bones and added two ounces to this box of pasta salad.  Fresh canteloupe was added here.

I took another three ounces of the roasted chicken and added shredded carrots, peas, and dried cranberries. I also added a little Lawry's Seasoning Salt and will add some sunflower seeds or cashews just before eating.  And with this lunch, I will have the honeydew.  Crackers will add the necessary carbs.

All this prep work only took about two hours, with Rod's help.  Hopefully it will make sticking to my meal plan easier.  Wish me luck.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Checking In

I have lost another 1.7 pounds -- small steps add up to giant leaps.  My BS numbers aren't coming down like I wanted them to, however.  I went back on the Victoza, but developed the same stomach pain and leg cramps as before, so Vic and I have now parted for good.  My numbers during the day are OK, but my morning numbers are high and I don't know why. I've tried eating an evening snack - I've tried not eating an evening snack.   I have been reading about controlling my numbers, and will beat this thing. But it's not easy.  And let me caution you about advice.  If you aren't a diabetic, please don't offer any.   A person who is NOT diabetic cannot begin to understand how frustrating it can be to not be able to control your numbers.  Lots of people don't hesitate to criticize or offer advice, and lots of them don't have any idea what they are talking about.  Sometimes I just want to shout "Shut up, you have no idea what you are talking about".  But, I've learned to keep my mouth shut and just roll my eyes.  Hopefully, I haven't offended anyone, but I have taken classes in health and nutrition. I know what should work, but it doesn't always.  But I won't quit trying -- I'm not a quitter and never have been.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


I am down 4.8 pounds in about 3 weeks.  Started back on Victoza today.  Hopefully my numbers will come down, and I'll be on my way.  I'm feeling sort of Wizard-of-Oz-y -- follow the sugar free road!!   And since I'm so happy, the road has to be happy yellow.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hmmm. Tis a Puzzlement.

Yesterday I began my new journey.  I ate only what I should - no cheating.  I was so proud of myself.  It doesn't seem like much to some, but one day of no cheating for me is an accomplishment.  And it's a small step that I climbed.  For my snack last night, there were no cookies or candy, but rather a single serving size of microwave popcorn, and it didn't even all pop.  I felt so good about the day when I went to bed.  And yet this morning when I took my blood sugar, it was 174.  I don't understand why it isn't coming down.  I don't really want to go back on the Victoza, but it did bring my levels down.  I think I'll give it another week, and see what happens.  Eat Healthy!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Welcome 2012

If you follow this blog, you know that weight loss and I are pretty much strangers.  Oh, I take a stab at it, but find I easily fall off the path.  Before Christmas I downloaded a book for my Kindle on Motivation.  I thought it would help me to build my will power.  But some of the things this book proposed seemed a little weird to me, and I have only finished reading 23 of the 100 proposals.  I subscribe to a few magazines, mostly on food and quilting.  One of my favorites is Diabetic Living, which is published by Better Homes and Gardens.  I also follow Diabetic Living on Facebook, and lately I have been getting some pretty good tips and recipes from this source. One of their latest posts advised that one stop dieting.  It caught my attention, and so I continued to read.  They advised that if one concentrates on bringing one's blood sugar numbers into the right zone and on healthy eating habits, that weight loss will be a welcome side effect.  There are some other really great tips in this article, and I'm making my way to implementing them into my life.  I'm beginning a journal, sort of a diary where I can list my short time goals and check them off when I've accomplished them.  I plan to keep track of when I was tempted to binge or eat what should not be a part of my diabetic regime.  And then try to decide how to prevent it from happening again.  It's not easy to concentrate on "me", but I think I'm going to put up a small mirror in my sewing room and hang a sign above it that says, "This is your motivation".  Because my motivation has to be ME, not someone else.  I need help, I know that.  But I know that I also have a great support system in my family, and in my cyber friends.   I can use some company, if you want to travel along.