good news for a change!

Yet another doctor’s visit, this time to the gastroenterologist. After reviewing five years worth of records from six different doctors in two states, he’s satisfied that as far as my fatty liver goes we’re doing everything we need to do. No more tests or additional meds, and I don’t have to go back to him for six months. Yay! I’m tired of spending all of my  days off bouncing between doctors or having labwork etc done. I’m taking the full dose of glucophage/metformin and so far doing pretty well. Felt nauseaus, week and shaky before my appointment, I think because I was puttering around doing laundry etc before I ate breakfast. My blood sugar wasn’t all that low, but my girlfriend who’s diabetic said if it’s lower than what my body is used to I’ll react until I adjust to the changes. Makes sense : ) Meanwhile I actually got out and walked about a mile last night, the most walking I’ve done in the last four months other than hobbling to the bus stop the past couple of weeks.  My leg wasn’t real happy with it, but it didn’t seem to aggravate my back. I have an appointment at the spine institute next week to see if I’ll need another epidural, and to get set up for some physical therapy. Treadmill here I come!

Having my girlfriend work with me on my diet and prediabetes issues will be a big plus. She’s been a diabetic for almost thirty years and has a child who’s diabetic. It helps to have someone I can call whenever I have a question about my glucose readings and to double check on all the info I’m reading about what foods I should, and should’t eat. I’m using fitday to log my food so I know what I’m eating and how it breaks down nutrition wise.

The bottom line is that if I get my diet right, and my weight down it will help with the fatty liver and prediabetes issues. Should help with my back as well. Now that I’m on the glucophage I’m hoping that when I can get back to the gym it will actually impact my weight. I’m sooo tired of hearing that as long as I work out I’m getting healthy on the inside. I want to see some results on the outside!

My biggest struggle with the diet is my workdays. On my days off if I’m at home I’m much better at controlling and tracking what I eat. As long as I prepare my meals in advance to take to work I’m usually ok, but it’s hard to resist when we have a cafeteria on site. I have gotten them to allow the purchase of half portions on the entrees which is a big help for the weight and wallet, but they still aren’t giving us the nutritional break down, which is something that’s been requested and pretty much ignored. 

While it won’t reflect on my weightloss goals since I started focusing on them again last week, I have actually lost two pounds since my last visit to this doctor four weeks ago. So on the health and weightloss front, today is a good day!

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