Diabetes Support - April Thread

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04-01-2013, 09:23 AM
Good morning and happy Monday and new month!

I realized this morning that I've not been posting very regularly in here. I'll try to do better. I also need to read back to find out what's been happening to us all.

Have been off and on and up and down the past month - saw 194 in there somewhere but am 190.4 this morning. My BGL has been running a tad high for me but I am going to get back to testing it more regularly. I seem to remember to test if after a day of "naughty" eating. How smart is that?

Started Atkins twice this month but things got in the way - first a visit from a vegetarian friend and then Easter weekend - and some chocolate! However, that was then and this is now.

Breakfast this morning will be a shake - almond milk, egg white, flax, chia and some sf Jello for flavour and colour. Lunch will be a sausage, pepper and mushroom thing that I usually serve in a bun. Am thinking a ground beef patty tarted up a bit with tomato and lettuce, maybe with green beans or asparagus. This week I'll figure out a LC soup since I have lots of frozen stock.

On we go with a brand new slate for April.

04-01-2013, 12:12 PM
I'm right there with you, Ruth! April is a new month so it's a fresh start. Spring is here and everything is going to start to bloom, and we will be blooming too!

04-01-2013, 07:49 PM
Hey, I with you Chickies. I am thrilled with the way my Semi-Atkins low carb eating. I ended the month of march losing not only the 3 lbs I had gained and 3 more. I am staying with it this time. In fact, I'm actually enjoying eating this way this time. I think it is because I'm being more creative with my meals. They are rather small meals most of the time and I'm not eating that much. I think that is because I use the Intuitive Eating idea of eating what I really want that is low or no carb and I stop eating when I am satisfied and I seem to be satisfied longer between meals. Another thing is that my fbs is coming down too. I've read of the benefits of coconut oil and I use it now when I cook. Not only makes the foods taste really good, but it also helps keep me from craving foods. Can't afford the organic so I just get the pure coconut oil.

Here's hoping for a great OP April.

04-01-2013, 10:13 PM
the weather is playing april fools with us here, alternately sunny and then snow squalls causing white outs coming from no where.
physio has been tough, lots of aches and pains with the exercises and the injury itself.
Ate reasonably today.

Trish, the "holy crap" cereal is most chia seeds and hemp hearts, and the dragons blend (from the fact they touted the cereal on a show called "dragons den") has dried cranberries, raisins and dried apple bits mixed in. You just use 2 tblsp in yoghurt etc. Keeping me nicely regular, but I don't want the carbs from the dried fruit much, although I add some applesauce for natural sweetness, and because the yoghurt I use is so thick.

Have a good evening lovelies.

04-02-2013, 12:00 AM
I am here. God I can't wait to go grocery shopping tomorrow. Then the Grand kids will be here on monday they will be here a week. My aunt is doing . We are trying to get her in to see a specialist she has a appoitment on the 10 of april they have to do a EUS . We will get it done she has been having problems eating she isnt hungry. I have to make her eat. Now she is having problems being nausa and vomiting.

I will keep you all updated. Now I need to make sure I am gonna have some me time . The family has already asked if I was gonna take care of her and she asked if she gets sick please keep her granddaughter so she can spend time with her. I will see what I can do I jest dont want to be her sole care taker and the family not help out expecially her daughter. Will get back with all of you when I have a minute.

04-02-2013, 08:51 AM
Hi all: doing ok, havent done any bs testing in a bit, have no lancets, will score some at work today. weight is ok, especially considering all the chocolate on the weekend. Funny, my "binge" was about a 10th of what it would have been a few years ago. Still made me feel woozy though.
Will be away overnight, so not sure if I can check in tomorrow.
Arm is slowly improving, from the big gains last week to small gains this week.
This part is gonna be slow, correcting the problems that started all this.

Bonnie: do be careful, somehow this sounds like you are supposed to be auntie's full time caregiver AND the grandchilds daycare provider. that sounds like wayyyyy too much!

Glad to see you back Ruth, and hellos to everyone else.

04-02-2013, 12:57 PM
Mad I know right I am gonna wait and see what the biopsy says. The whole family is making excuses of why their is gonna be nothing wrong and that it is gonna be a clean biopsy. But I dont look at it like that. I see what she goes threws on a daily bases and I jest have to think that the worst isnt here yet.
Right now I am jest looking forward to spending some time with the grand kids.

04-02-2013, 09:12 PM
Quick flyby. Glad to see us here.

Bonnie Sure hope things turn out good for your aunt as I think that will be better for you. I think it is good to center your attention on spending good quality with your grand kids.

Mad Have a good trip.

Ruth, Slmn and others :wave:

Have had a really good day. Exercising more each day as well. Just waiting for the energy to click that is supposed to show up on this way of eating.

Catch y'all tomorrow.

04-03-2013, 07:41 AM
Could use some energy too, Patty. Been dragging a lot but am pushing myself to go to the gym this morning. I absolutely MUST be in better shape for spring gardening - not that it's imminent. Cold here at 22F and snow in the forecast. :(
Atkins is helping the weight though - 188.6 this morning.

04-03-2013, 10:24 PM
Removed the ticker and weight info. We went to Costco after DH doctor's appt and I found a digital scale that reads down to .2 of a lb for just under $20 so I bought it. Got home and it showed me weighing 10 lbs more than the old scales. I was not happy with that, but don't want to put those numbers on a ticker. May be silly, but just couldn't look at it. Feel like I'm starting over all over again. Did make me mad and more determined to do something about it. The really good thing today is that my fbs was down some more.

Hope everyone is doing ok. Catch y'all tomorrow.

04-04-2013, 08:30 AM
Bummer on the scale change but it's just a number. You have still lost that weight. :hug: My digital scale is very accurate - dammit! I killed my ticker a while ago but will put it back soon.

Survived my first day back at the gym but it was rough. Did not survive the day on low carb though. Off plan last night with some breaded chicken, cheese and ham thingies. I was feeling a bit down for several reasons and felt I needed comfort food. There they were calling my name from the freezer. A slight upward change on the scale this morning but "we shall overcome: today!

04-04-2013, 09:11 AM
Yes, I had Japanese food last night and no snacks, but weight up today, I suspect because of salt. Will see how I am tomorrow. Planning a "fast" day tomorrow, because family coming for Dad's birthday supper on Saturday. Will have a full house, which I love, (at least temporarily) and lots of fun.
SHoulder is slowly improving. This is the slow part. The pain is minimal now, and I have full range of motion, but still not moving it properly, so have to retrain it, and re-strengthen it. I will be able to stay off call until a week from Monday, without financial loss. Hope to be capable after that.
In the mean time, getting on the treadmill for a few minutes before I start my physio exercises this am. ttfn

04-04-2013, 10:05 PM
Turns out when I weighed this morning that my weight on new scale is 7lbs higher than old scale. Better than being 10. And like you say Ruthie it is true that I still lost the 6 lbs that I lost. Just upsets me that I let myself gain back all that weight.

I have added one meal a day with carbs the way it is done on the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet's Reward Meal. All other meals and snacks called CM which is similar to Atkin's meals/snack chosen from what they call Craving Reducing Foods List. Doing it that way because I'm just afraid to add any more carbs than that. I do have 4 days of exercise so far this week... riding a mile on my stationary recumbent bike and will get 2 more days on it for 6 days this week.

DH and I wanted Chinese food today. Ate about 2/3 of it and ditched the rest of it. I forgot about the salt, so might should take one of my fluid pills. They are prescription that doc gave me for times like this.

Fatmad Glad the arm is getting better and hope it will be back to normal soon. Just don't push it. Now I'm telling the nurse what to do. :dizzy:

Bonnie Hope you are having fun with those grandbabies.

Ruthie Good for getting to the gym. We are going to get this all together again and be stronger and better. We just have to hang in there.

04-06-2013, 11:23 AM
Trish, I am sorry that your new scale has you upset, but I can really understand. I would, however, do something to find out if that new scale is correct. Just because it's new doesn't mean it's right. Did they weigh you at the doctor? If so, compare that weight to your scales, and if not, find somewhere to get weighed so you can compare. And you are right...even if your old scale is wrong, it showed a loss, and that is your ultimate goal.

I have a balance beam scale and it is accurate. When I go to the cardiologist, they got a new digital scale with all the bells and whistles. I can tell them what I will weigh before I get on by adding 1-2 lbs from what my scale said, figuring in for clothing.

I have a friend who only weighs at night because she wants to know her true weight, not her lowest weight before eating or drinking.

04-07-2013, 03:45 PM
CarolSue Good thought. I have a docs appt next month and can check the scale then. I do like this scale because it is encouraging to see the numbers. Even with the new scale, I have dropped 2.4 lbs this week and I'm back down under the 240 again. Barely, but at least I'm under. I told DH that where this scale is going to help me is on those days or weeks when I lose less tha a lb, I will be able to see it. It is encouraging to see any kind of loss no matter how small or great.

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

04-07-2013, 04:46 PM
well, I am true to ticker again, and not sure how that happened. Certainly not doing anything different, but makes me think the salty japanese food had a big effect and for several days. Had lots of family here this weekend, its my Dad's birthday tomorrow. Made a nice sugar free, flourless chocolate cake for the birthday supper. But cheated with supper and had a bit of yorkshire pudding with the roast beef.
overall doing ok this weekend.

Happy Sunday friends

04-08-2013, 01:21 PM
Quick flyby!!!. As I said before, I'm going to like having this new scale with the way it goes to the tenths. I'm up .6 lbs today, but at least I know that it is because I ate out and I ate a lot of salty food last night. So I know it isn't a gain... it is water. It sure makes a difference.

04-08-2013, 02:19 PM
Back to 190 again after a carby weekend. :shrug: When you go off Atkins, the carbs sure pile the weight back on. I did go a little carb crazy over the weekend with bagels for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch and pancakes for supper - the pancakes were completely in my control as I was home then. Last night I had dinner with the "girls" and one cannot eat ham without scalloped potatoes. (This looks like a food porn thread!)

Got up late, no almond milk for a smoothie and ended up with a breakfast sandwich at the diner after gym. ** Sigh ** Twenty six carbs right there. :nono: No lunch needed so I'll have an early very low carb supper.

Gym was very hard this morning. I intended to do treadmill sessions over the weekend and didn't but it was particularly hard this morning. All the more reason to get back at it.

Our druggist here in town retired and I need to get to another one and get prescriptions renewed. I'm OK for diabetic meds but BP and Chol are gone. It's nearly time to book another bloodwork appointment.

It sucks to get old but, when you examine the alternatives ...

04-08-2013, 05:16 PM
fast bs 5.5 today. Weight still true to ticker. Had to get up early for a meeting at the hospital. Home now, tired and aching.
Ruth: you are right, when you have been doing atkins, hitting the carbs can be dangerous, you suddenly feel out of control and start a carb binge, and then the pounds just go up and up. Really fast.
Back to a quiet life here. Will just have leftovers for supper tonight.
Have a good monday friends.

04-08-2013, 11:53 PM
Lovin the grand babies to death. But I painted my daughter room friday and saturday and I guess from getting up and down on the ladder my feet have been killing me now. My feet are swellen so bad they hurt like my skin is gonna pop open. My left foot is the worst and and right foot is only slightly swellen so now I am gonna have to make a trip back to the Dr again. I have to make sure their isnt nothing wrong.

I hope all is going well will talk to you all soon.....

04-09-2013, 07:34 PM
fbs 5.2 today. weight down a pound, so of course I have had some real cravings today. Hope to keep my self in check tonight.
Tired after physio, but got the nails done today.
Had a mini crisis, youngest DD is on a brand of BCP that has been recalled, and wanted a pregnancy test. No problems, thank goodness!
Having a busy week. Hope everyone can do ok.
Bonnie, hope nothing is wrong and the feet feel better with some rest.

04-10-2013, 11:20 PM
quiet day here. Weight was mysteriously up, but was a bit constipated (sorry tmi) which resolved today, so tomorrow may be better. Had a work supper out, but appetite was low. Tomorrow is a busy day, interviewing the women we took to supper tonight, finding a person to join us in work life.
Then away for the weekend. Phew.

04-11-2013, 11:35 PM
I went to the Dr and he had to give me a water pill to get the fluid off my left foot it was huge. Went back this morning to have them check them and the blood pressure pill I take has the water pill added so he gave me the next step up. Then we discussed on how my feet were and I told him that the foot dr gave me some cream lotion to put on my feet for Neurophay and that my insurance does not cover it so he has started me on a pill for that now. I have to something and get my butt in gear.

Yes I am still lovin my grand babies my grandson loves me to death already . I hope all is well I will check in as soon as I can.

Oh by the way my aunt went and had to had some blood work dont that will detail her pancreas and then they had to do a MRi she goes in on tuesday and have the biopsy done. Will let you all know how it goes...

04-12-2013, 12:25 AM
Madeleine I agree. It has been really quite around here these past few days. Hope that isn't a bad thing. Hope everyone is just being busy. Sounds like you are into some busy times again. Glad things seems to be coming together for you.

Bonnie Glad you ae getting help with your feet. It is so much fun to be grandma cause you can spoil the grandkids. Glad you are enjoying them. Hope all goes well for your Aunt.

Ruthie and Slmn and others:wave: Hope all is well with y'all.

I am pleased to say that my eating is going very well and the weight and the fbs is begining to move downward. Seem to have found to eat that works for me.

04-12-2013, 08:32 AM
Been very busy and stressed lately with changes at the Mill and tax deadlines and must admit I've been neglecting testing my blood. ("Hurting" myself first thing in the morning is not my favourite activity - making coffee is!)

Weight is still sort of stuck. I do fine on low carb and then some "social" event intervenes and throws me out of ketosis. Then the scale heads the wrong way. 189 this morning and am hoping to just stay in the 180s for a while. I also need to get my prescriptions re-filled. Our local pharmacist retired so I need to go to the next town now.

I'll try to pop in more regularly. Still have not made my HA1C test appointment - I am avoiding the results, I think. :nono:

04-13-2013, 09:20 AM
Ruth, I don't test as often as I should and I also avoid going for the A1c. I keep thinking I will wait until my daily readings improve, but the A1c is going to reflect the past few months anyway, so why not just get it overwith. The last time I expected it to be really bad. It ended up being 7.7, not as bad as I expected, but bad enough that he upped my meds. This morning I woke up with a determination to quit fooling around with these BS readings and get my carbs under control. I hope I can stick to this. I have been really eating out of control lately.

I get most of my meds filled at Target and a few by mail-order. I guess things are different in Canada.

Bonnie - I know you are taking care of your grandchildren and also helping your aunt with her issues, but be sure to take care of you, too! You are no good to them unless your are healthy. It's good that you are taking care of your feet...that's so important for us diabetics. I hope you can get the swelling under control. At one time I was on a blood pressure pill that made my feet/ankles swell. They switched the med to something else. It was Norvasc, I think.

Mad and Trish - You seem to have your BS reading and eating well under control. That's good. You are an inspiration to me.

04-13-2013, 09:47 AM
Well, once again I didn't check my blood. Probably just as well as I have not been taking my bedtime meds. This morning I am setting up my nightime dosette thingie and putting it right beside my bedside lamp on top of my current reading. Funny but I always remember to fill my water glass at night and seldom forget the morning meds.

Weight is back up to 190.6 this morning although I did stick to low carb yesterday. I suspect it was the salt in the fajita seasoning I used. We'll see what tomorrow brings. I'm planning a BLT without the bread for lunch today and have shrimp thawing for some sort of veggie stir-fry tonight. (I'll need to watch the darned soy sauce.)

04-13-2013, 06:34 PM
we are having a treat tonight with a gourmet lasagna made by a local shoppe. Will see a movie and maybe get the paper work together for the accountant for the taxes. ( Canada is end of April, for me as self-employed I can wait until mid june, but prefer sooner not later.)
I was in Buffalo teaching a workshop to some New York state midwives, some nurse-midwives and some certified midwives. Learned a bit about their system, and taught about ours and worked on emergency drills. Had a great time.
And went out for chicken wings of course. A trip down memory lane, going to a bar where we went in out teens for wings and beer (underage drinking! )
We had a little ice storm here, power outages and trees down. Nothing like what Ruth went thru in Eastern Ontario a few years ago, but bad enough. Was glad to be away.
Went to test drive a new vehicle today. I am getting old, and am opting for things like heated seats this time, all about my comfort.
Shoulder slowly getting better, but it IS slow.

Well, will lay down and nap for a bit now.
Have a great weekend friends.

04-14-2013, 09:28 AM
Quick flyby this morning. Just wanted to share that I lost 5 lbs last week and with the 6 had lost I can say I've lost 11 lbs. Haven't done that in soooo long. Heard of another book of a woman who lost weight and has kept it off for 15 yrs doing what some of us call Intuitive Eating. She just calls it eating the way we ate as infants. It is working for me. With the new scales, I see a consistent steady weight loss. When I'm up it is usually less than a lb and I know it is because usually because I've had too much salt or have eaten out and probably got some salt that I hadn't planned on.Within a day or two, usually the next day, it is back down. So even the scales have become a blessing for me.

Y'all have a blessed Sunday

04-14-2013, 12:22 PM
Good morning everyone! Well the kids left this morning at 3 to take a 5 hour drive to atlanta to catch a plane back to texas. I am already missing my grand babies . Little liam was only 9 months and I had alot of grammie time. Aubrey who is 3 we had lots of fun too.

The swellen in my feet are staying away now I have to start the neuropathy meds. But all is well so I will catch back up to you all .

I need to get back in to testing and eating right and loosing weight..

04-15-2013, 08:00 AM
BOnnie: glad the swelling is down but I understand how you will miss the grandchildren. I expect a LOT of trips to Toronto when DD has kids. As is, I often try to see the kids in my life when things are quiet, and I loved Easter with them all. DH and I are making plans about some of the grand-nephews and nieces for time at the cottage this summer. He can't wait to do things with our 12 year old grandnephew. There is a lot to love about this man.
Well, my weight was up and down this week, but am the same now as last week, true to ticker. WOuld like to get lower. A little jealous of trish, but I must do the work to get it down.
I cooked up a storm last night. Chief complaint is that DH doesn't cook supper for me, or cook appropriate stuff. So I made a low carb meatloaf, some chicken korma, and another chicken dish for us this week. We just need to do veggies or salad to go with it. The plan is for me to tell him what to reheat and what veggies we should have, and he says he will hear and obey. I did say I love this man, right? LOL
Physio today, and also go back to sleep clinic for results of last testing night, 2 months ago now. I really don't get the delay in results, will have to ask about that. With everything automated now, it makes no sense. But am taking my cpap with me so I can get it taken care of immediately if there are any adjustments.
DD will likely be home a couple of days this week. We will start moving stuff back in in preparation for her move home in 2 weeks. We may have a line on some summer work for her.
Well, hope everyone has a good Monday. I am back on call, but not expecting to be terribly busy. I hope to do a lot of walking this week, and get back to yoga later this month.

04-15-2013, 11:10 AM
The grandkids and kids are home in texas now I do miss them dearly but I so enjoy the quiet in the house now. Oh man I tell you I dont know why someone didnt give me something for all the pain in my feet a long time ago when I went to the Foot specialist all he did was perscrible me a cream that my insurance dont pay for . My primary care Dr gave me something the other day and OMG I feel so much better my feet dont hurt I dont lay awake at night cause they are aching and bothering me. I atually had a peaceful night sleep I havnt had one of them in a long time.

I do have to go back wednesday to do a recheck on them but all will be ok. We have to take my aunt in the morning she has to be at the hispital at 7 am they are going to do the biopsy and we will know what is up. She was so sick last night . she was begging for it to be tuesday. I will let you all know whats up. See you all then.

04-16-2013, 07:51 AM
Bonnie, so glad the feet are getting back to normal and it sounds like your life is improving.

Mad, you man sounds like a gem. My friend Barb is just back from hospital and has one of those useless guys - nice man but can't boil and egg. We have been sending over meals - my turn today so I'm doing corned beef in the crockpot. By the way, I love my heated seats and so will you.

Trish, I'm glad IE works for you. I am afraid I would not have willpower. My intuition tells me to just eat it if it's there. i would need a timelock on my fridge!

I swear someone else lives in this house and takes things! I cannot find my blood testing stuff or my hearing aids. :( My kids used to blame Neil, an imaginary guy who lived in the basement, and I suspect he has moved back in with me. The scale has been quite co-operative with Atkins though - ticker is back!

Happy Tuesday!

04-16-2013, 09:50 AM
Bonnie - I'm glad the doctor gave you something to help with your foot pain. What is the name of the med? It's terrible when your feet hurt!

04-16-2013, 01:16 PM
Carol they put me on Gabapentin oh man I tell you I was so happy Maybe now I can start working out again!!

Aunt went and Had her biopsy done this morning . She does have a tumor they thought it may be a cyst . They said this is a very slow growing thing. They did say we will have to wait for 3 to 5 days to get the Results back to see if it is cancer or not but he said to him he believes that it is 100% cureable. So now we have towait some more and then she has to go back to her regular dr for the results and then they will send her to a pancreas surgeon . So more waiting on top of that too.

Hopefully we will hear all good news.

04-17-2013, 12:24 AM
Bonnie Glad you got the Gabapentin and it is helping you. I took that when I had the shingles. I never could tell if it really helped, but figured that the pain would have been worse if I hadn't had it. Hope the results are good for your Aunt.

Fatmad Weight seems to slowed down coming off which isn't unusual. But the fbs is coming down really nicely.

Ruthie I finally realized that I was a little nervous about trusting my body with IE. But the new book I bought and read "I've tried it all. Now what" has some rules that really helps me I think because it is really the way I ate most of my life especially when I was thin and had no weight problem. One rule that helps a lot is learning that I don't have to eat everything on my plate. I leave 3 bites of each food on my plate so I can learn to eat only as much as I need to satisfy my hunger. I'm finding I don't have to eat so much food. I eat only what I really want to eat and that helps too. Actually it is amazing that the cravings for foods I thought I wanted when forbidden I find that now I know longer want them. No desire for them any more.

Slmn and others :wave: Hi.

04-17-2013, 07:39 AM
Quickie as I am off to the gym.

Just wanted to say that corned beef can put three pounds of water weight onto your body overnight! **Sigh** I wish it left as fast! Lots of water on the menu today and I may throw out or freeze the leftovers.

Happy Hump Day!

04-18-2013, 02:01 PM
....and ... low carb can take off that water weight quickly. My ticker is correct at last.

04-18-2013, 06:01 PM
Wanted to say jest when I think I can get myself togeather this has to happen OMG why me!!! Had to go to the Dr today yesturday for a check up tosee how the new blood pressure meds and the neuropathy is doing and I told him about my knee killing me and popping alot I know I have arthritis but this is nothing like it and he get to looking at my knee and feeling around and tells me that I have a torn Menicus. Like oboy if rest and relaxation dont help Like I can do alot of that with all I got going on then he said they will have to give me shots and if that still dont help no recourse but surgery. Like I need one more thing on my plate.

When ever is my life gonna free up a litttle bit??

04-19-2013, 01:17 PM
Bonnie - I took Gabapentin when I had shingles. I hope it helps you. I'm sorry to hear about your torn miiscus. The 2 people I knew who had that needed surgery. I can't see you resting your knee with all the things you have to do.

I'm glad to hear that the doctors think you aunt can make a full recovery. Even though she has given you a hard time in the past, I'm sure you don't want her to be in poor health.

Ruth, I just love your stalk of celery!

As of this morning, my ticker is telling the truth! Yay!

04-20-2013, 08:32 PM
Hi friends: just a lazy day, catching up on sleep after a long night of work, but a lovely normal delivery and a healthy mama and baby, so not complaining.
But it sure does throw me off with eating. Had breakfast before bed, but couldn't not eat the buttered toast, (thats the problem with eating out, and I was too tired and hungry to say no toast please!)
At least DH made a good supper (spaghetti sauce, and he bought me zucchini to grate to put it on) and then back to bed in a bit.
I have no desire to go outside (its snowing again) or get on the treadmill or do my physio exercises though, not so good.

Before I got called out last night, we were visiting and playing cards with a couple of friends. She has battled weight problems for years, and health problems as a result. She has joined ww and has lost 25 lbs since the New year. Since I don't like the ww meetings nearby, I thought I might go to her Tuesday group with her. She is someone I have loved and admired for many years, a true friend, and her strength is inspiring.
So will go back to my ww tracker this week and figure out my next steps.
DH being so supportive is helpful too.

Have a good weekend friends.

04-21-2013, 10:35 AM
My ticker is in Coventry this morning - not her fault but mine. I succumbed to some of the Mayor's famous maple cream tarts yesterday and then to Cathy's equally famous maple-baked beans for dinner. :( Back onto low carb this morning plus extra water.

Bonnie, I hope this is a speedy resolution to the knee problem. Time to make you your priority although I know it's difficult with the situation with your Aunt.

Mad, give your husband a gentle hug from me - he sounds darned special - you are blessed. Darn snow - should be illegal in April!

04-22-2013, 11:42 AM
Good Morning everyone! I have to take my daughter today for a MRI of her brain she is having cronic headaches and they want to make sure she doesn't have anything wrong. Other then that I want to start eating better . I also want to start working out again my knee is ok as long as I take my pain meds and I have a brace I wear. I dont want to do anything too wrenching at least I can walk outside for a little bit. Since I have lost two children when they decided to grow up and move out it will be so much easier for me to cook better for me the hubby and my 15 year old she is all for it. So is the hubby.

Well I better be going I hope all is doing fine I know I havnt had a lot of time here to write but I hope to start taking the time to help me and not everyone My aunt is susposed t find the results any day now weather the tumor is cancer or not so I hope to have some me time I sooo need the time.
I will get back with you all soon......

04-22-2013, 12:32 PM
OMG OMG i jest went and weighed myself since al of my shorts are tight and OMG I am almost back up to 300 pounds NONONONO!!! I am not gonna do this I have to do something about it now I cant keep this track that I am on it isnt good for me If people here in the house dont like it then I am so sorry I cant let myself go down this road and to think that may be why I am having problems with my feet right now and all....

04-22-2013, 04:09 PM
Jest had to pop in and say that Aunt got test results back and the tumor isnt miligant, They found no cancer cells at all. Now waiting for the call from the Dr to say whats next...

04-22-2013, 06:16 PM
WHEW! I am sure you are all very relieved. Now it's time to take care of YOU, Bonnie. Want me to come down there and cook for you? (I'd also give you a hug of encouragement.)

Not much happening here. I need to have a session with my new pharmacist and get my meds back on track. I promised my PT that I'd do that before my next gym session which is Wednesday so I guess that'll be first on the list for tomorrow. It was a carb binging weekend with the bake sale, syrup festival and BBQ but back on track as of supper tonight.

04-22-2013, 11:57 PM
Thanks Ruth! Well I am a little upset right now . My daughter jest got home from Orlando they went on a little honey moon. Well by the time they got home she was sick she called me and asked if I would come get her laundry and wash them for her cause she was feeling good well I did . Our aunt went out to dinner to celebrate and when she got back home she asked whos laundry I told her and she said my daughter had to give her 20 bucks to do 2 loads of clothes and what ever she gave me was different from her that she will not do laundry here for free.
I pay her half of the water bill and half of the light bill and she has to pay her 20 bucks. I was like wow so when she brings her daughters clothes over here and washes them I am paying for the water and electric too. If you ask me she is the one making out here.........

04-23-2013, 08:18 AM
BOnnie: I don't think Auntie is all there and don't let her take advantage of you. Maybe just keep it all on the quiet. Hope DD feels better soon, and glad that your younger daughter and husband are on board with helping you eat better.

I have been carb bingeing too, eating steel cut oats and sprouted grain bread, but had a low bs the other day, so must get back to normal eating. The weekend with its crazy hours did me in.
I went out for a one hour trail walk with the dog yesterday, got sun and fresh air. TOnight is ww with my friend. Am I ready? DOn't know. But gotta do something. There is no rule you can't do low carb with ww. Just gotta track.
I feel for those dealing with flooding and bad weather. Although we had snow on Saturday, its warming and sunny here and I am thinking about gardening this weekend.
Hello to all, and have a good week.

04-24-2013, 04:27 PM
went to a different ww meeting last night with a friend. Turns out the meeting leader is someone I know from years ago. I never thought of her as fat, but who knows what goes on when you don't see people for years. Her husband was a big fella though.....
Any how, it was ok, and maybe will be ok going with a buddy. I started tracking again today, and realized my breakfast has been too high in carbs and the points value (11) is ridiculous, so will have to rethink that. I got on the treadmill this morning, just for 5 minutes, and got my blood going, will take a walk in the rain when I get home. Have a good Wednesday friends.

04-24-2013, 10:19 PM
Hi Everyone wanted to pop in and say that My daughters MRI came back ok so now she has to do a headache journal and lets see why she is having headaches and see if their is a pattern if no vail then they gonna send her to a specialist.

Well doing pretty good me and my daughter wants to start walking tomorrow I told her I may not get very far but we will try. I will have to wear my knee brace and see what happens if I cant do it I will have to let them give me shots in the knee :(

I hope all is doing good ! The hubby birthday is Friday so we are going out to dinner me and daughter have already discussed that we are gonna have probley a salad and we are gonna order water instead of tes or soda. we also gonna sit down this weekend and make a grocrery list out and see what we can do. I hope all is doing good will catch you all later.

04-26-2013, 08:39 AM
Mad, I did low carb when I did weight watchers and it worked out fine. I didn't like our leader. I probably should have gone to a different group but instead I quit. I tried to continue on my own at home but that fell by the wayside. Our leader only lost 20 lbs and to me, she looked way too thin. My DIL is already a lifetime member. I think she only had 15 lbs to lose. You have to be at least 5 lbs over your goal when you start. It would have taken me forever to get to goal and become lifetime.

04-26-2013, 08:59 PM
Sorry, I've been MIA. Womens meeting at church this month was a wake up call for me. One of the cardio nurses who attends out church and her friend, who had a heart attack about a year ago, work together doing Heart to Heart meetings to teach people especially women the signs of an up coming heart attack/disease and how to prevent it. They say more women than men die from heart disease because we aren't educated about what to look for. They explained some things in a way that I actually understood and realized that I need to take all this seriously. They will be doing a free screening for us next month.

So, I've been re-thinking my strategy and working out my own plan. I'm putting together different plans that I like to make a "Personal" plan that I will be able to turn into a Lifestyle plan that I can live with. I've decided to go back on CALP (Carbohydrate Addicts LifeSpan for those who don't know). I tried eating strictly Atkins and I do well for a few days and sometimes I have done almost 2 weeks on Induction and actually did 6 mos once. Although I love eating like this most of the time, I know I'm not going to make it a lifestyle because something happens and I want a little more. So after lurking different lowcarb sites and reading how a lot of people make lowcarb eating work for them by combining other ways of eating, I decided to do CALP with a leaning towards the Atkins/Primal woe. I read where this seems to work for others and I really believe it will work for me. I don't really want to think of this woe as a diet any more because that seems to imply that someday I can stop eating this way. That way of thinking has set me up for failure in the past. In fact, that is what I did the first time I did CAD and then later when I did CALP. Everytime I went on CALP or Atkins or any other diet, it was with the "diet mentality" that someday I could go back to my old way of eating. Intuitive Eating helps me keep from thinking in terms of "diet". I also like the idea of eating only whe hungry and not by the clock. So I'm not going to use the word diet any more... the main reason I'm using CALP is because it doesn't use the word diet.

My doc told me "any diet will work... the key is finding one you can live with" in other words a Lifestyle. My goal this time is finding a woe so I can continue to get my blood sugar and other numbers back down to normal and keeping it there with a woe that can become my LIFESTYLE. I know from experince of my 6 mos on Atkis that I can get all my numbers to normal. IT WORKS. I did that when first diagnosed with diabetes. However, it isn't something I can make a "lifestyle" woe. For me, Atkins is a plan similar to Paleo/Primal woe which I believe is extremely healthy and I love eating that way the "majority" of the time, but I know me and I have to face the fact that I'm not one who is going to do it 100% of the time. That is when I suddely realized that I can easily do it most of the day and even at times, I am even capable of doing it all day... even for several days, but there are those times when I know I need to be able to eat carby foods and not feel guilty. I have come to understand that I need to do CALP because the RM of CALP (which I choose to call a "free time" for carby foods instead of calling it a Reward) allows me to eat the Atkins/Primal woe at CM and have a RM/Freetime for one meal on days that I want or feel I need those carby foods without it derailig me or cause me to feel guilty because I "blew" a diet. I believe this is the only way that I can become successful at losing weight and make it a permanent lifestyle I can live with and keep it off.

I read once that this is how a lot of people become successful at losig weight and keeping it off permanently. They said that they make their own plan sometimes by combining diet plans. So I'm doing that. CALP with Atkins/Primal twist Intuitively.

Have a nice day everyone.

04-27-2013, 05:52 PM
Well, the Syrup Festival sure screwed me up. I am now 195 pounds, a lot of it is water weight from adding carbs but a lot of it is fat too. I WAS 186 April 18 and managed to pork up 9 whole pounds in 9 days. :shock:

Anyhow, back on South Beach Phase II as of today and am also back to taking my meds properly with no skipping. Dinner tonight is a grilled chicken skewer and a spinach salad which could have been an Atkins meal except for adding a sweet potato. Maybe this will get me away from feeling so draggy and feeling so guilty when I indulge in carbs.

04-28-2013, 08:43 AM
Trish - I am going to look into CALP. I never heard of it before. I feel as though I have tried every eating plan on the planet, so I don't know how I missed this one. LOL I am like you in that I can do fairly well on an Atkins type low carb plan, but there are times that I do want and eat some carby foods. LIke, I won't completely give up ice cream, but I only have it once a month or so. So I am going to google this plan and take a look. Good luck to you with it.

Bonnie - That's good that your daughters MRI came back good. Did she just start having these headaches or have they been going on for a while. I rarely get a headache unless I'm having a sinus problem.

Ruth - Isn't it amazing how fast the weight can come back on? If only we could lose as quickly. I got so excited last week when my scale went down to 195 and the next day it was back up to 199. Grrrrr Once I got below 200 I seemed to relax a little and I know I shouldn't do that. 199 was a big accomplishment for me, but it's not the end-all. I still have far to go. I just can't seem to get rid of the smugness of knowing I am now below 200.

04-28-2013, 09:15 AM
Well, I got a bit excited today to see 193 on the scale instead of 195. I grilled a skewer of chicken and a skewer of veggies and felt it was just a great meal. Now to cut out or cut back wine with dinner. (My DH had a very European attitude towards food. He would have had a glass of wine with breakfast!)

04-28-2013, 12:47 PM
Carol She has had headaches for a while now she is averaging about 5 a week and its not jest mon threw fri she has them on weekends too. She right now we are doing a journal and see if we can find out why she is having them.

I have a question for a child like my 15 year old is the sugar level the same for her too as it would be for us. We checked her sugar the other day when she came home from school when she had a headache and it was 62 her level is ranging from 60 to low 80's threw out the day.

I hope all is doing well. Will check back in soon....

04-28-2013, 04:46 PM
Bonnie: yes your daughters blood sugars should be like an adults, and of course, preferable to not be in diabetic ranges, so she sounds fine. I am wondering about a few things, but would suggest giving up all caffeine, taking a couple of aspirin after breakfast to head them off. and doing massage on her shoulders and back, and ice packs there later. Healthy eating with lots of protein too. Unless your doc has an issue with the aspirin, there is nothing but common sense there, and hope she will do better soon. You are likely doing all that.

Carole Sue: I still have trouble with tracking, I want to feel sated after a normal meal, and haven't felt that way in years. I don't want to be so obsessed with food. I am looking at some research and will post links in the next few days.

Ruth: a small glass of wine should be ok if you are enjoying it. Truly, just enjoy a little. We all have to enjoy life a bit. I am enjoying having DD here again. Lets hope that lasts.
Getting my new car tomorrow. Looking forward to better mileage and some fun driving.

04-29-2013, 06:02 AM
FIrst time in a while unable to sleep. Tired and grumpy. ANd trying not to eat in the middle of the night. urgh

04-29-2013, 12:03 PM
Trish - I am going to look into CALP. I never heard of it before. I feel as though I have tried every eating plan on the planet, so I don't know how I missed this one. LOL I am like you in that I can do fairly well on an Atkins type low carb plan, but there are times that I do want and eat some carby foods. LIke, I won't completely give up ice cream, but I only have it once a month or so. So I am going to google this plan and take a look. Good luck to you with it.

Sunday Pastor quoted the phrase we all know that it is crazy to keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. It made me realize that not matter how much I think lowcarb/Atkins type diets are great and I like the benefits, I am not going to stick with them for very long. So it is really crazy for me to keep trying to do something that I just can't do long term. I had to realize that IT ISN'T GOING TO HAPPEN FOR ME. So I have to find a woe so I can keep the foods in my plan and still lose the weight and be healthy. Others do it and there is no reason why I can't. I've done it before myself and I am determined that I will do it again.

04-29-2013, 06:13 PM
Hi Everyone! Things here are ok. Well I went today and got me a new scale. My old one is still working but it is almost 10 years old now so i figured I better get a new one so it would be more dependable for the right reading plus I got one that tells your body fat and stuff kinda shocked mine said I had a 61.5 % body fat. But I am going to be getting back on track here real soon Cant wait till I can go get groceries here this weekened . I will let you know how all goes for me..

04-30-2013, 09:45 AM
fbs 5.1 yesterday, 5.4 today, (had no snack before bed) and weight is back to ticker again. Tonight is ww but my buddy is away and I don't think I will go. Might go to a different meeting for weigh in though. I haven't been tracking much either, but have been mindful of eating.
Trish, I hear you about doing the same thing and expecting different results. BUT, the same goes for eating anyway, (like higher carb) and expecting decent blood sugars. And it is said that smokers have to quit many times before they stay quit. SO, I am gonna keep trying, and trying to figure out how to manage carbs when I go off plan.
Eating carbs seems to still make me want more. So I need to figure out what to do when I have some for any reason. (LIke not having food with me, and having a sandwich etc) SO that I don't go way off and not get back to plan.
The thing is, no matter the serving, bread, and all wheat, still makes my sugars spike. I just don't think I can have it in my diet on a regular basis.
BY itself, that is a hard thing. SO many people serve pastas, and use flour in food.
BOnnie, don't worry about the numbers, just watch them change!
Ah well, onward and outward.
have a great Tuesday friends.
Hello to Ruth and everyone else.

04-30-2013, 01:37 PM
Bonnie - I went the torment of a new scale a few weeks ago. But like Fatmad says don't get hung up on the numbers. I finally got past my reaction and put my ticker back on here. I actually used it as a wake up call, because I had promised myself I would never get up into the 240's which is where my highest wait was about 12 yrs ago. But you know, I lost it before and I am determined to do it again only thing is this time, I am going to learn to do it so I can keep it off.

Fatmad I've learned that I can handle some carbs in moderation just can't go wild with them. However, there does seem to be some carby foods that my body just doesn't seem to handle.

My eating has settled into the Intermittent Fasting woe because it is natural for me to just not eat breakfast. I researched it more and found that there are a lot of benefits to eating that way. I didn't necessarily plan to eat that way, but I found when I do Intuitive Eating that I just do not want anything to eat until around noon. That is when I eat my fruit, about an hour or so before I eat a meal. I am the kind of person who needs a cut off time at night so I can stop the night time eating. So I eat my last bit of food around 7:30 pm. Gives me an 8 hr eating window and the fast 16 hrs to give my body a good number of hours to rest before I start feeding it again.

I'm keeping a record of fbs and weight daily and the interesting thing I seem to be observing is that both are coming down, they are coming down slow and steadily now. I'm thinking that this will take a little longer to get things where I want them, but I believe it is the best way. I've always tried to do this fast and got no where. Now I think slow is the way to go for me.

04-30-2013, 04:04 PM
Trish, I hear you with the natural hunger thing. I need the breakfast, but DH doesn't like it. He has been having a glass of soymilk in the mornings, (he has chocolate, but thats mr naturally skinny for you) and that holds him for a couple of hours, then he eats brunch. He used to get kind of nauseous from not eating, but he didn't associate that feeling with hunger. He is doing well that way, maintaining a healthy weight, and eating better in general because of it.
I think if thats your natural bent, its ok. You might do well with a high protein smoothie to start your day, as the protein is supposed to be great for weight loss. I am sticking to high pro breakfasts and that seems to help. I am reading some new articles about weight gain and type 2 diabetes research that are very interesting and will post links soon.

04-30-2013, 09:54 PM
We took our aunt to her Dr apt today and he was not happy with the Dr that did the Biopsy he is sending her to a surgeon at musc because she isnt out of the woods and he believes she has gotten a false postive on the no cancer thing one of the blood test he did shows she has elevated levels for a tumor marker . So now waiting for the Dr to call with the apt to the surgeon..

05-01-2013, 12:34 PM
Twice I have typed out a long response and each time when I submit I get a message that I am not logged in. I was logged in when I started, but as soon as I try to post my message I get kicked out.


05-01-2013, 12:48 PM
Here I go again.

Mad - I don't know what you mean when you say you have not felt sated after you eat. Do you mean you are still hungry after a meal, or are you just craving more? My problem is if I eat until I feel sated I still want to eat because my body is used to feeling stuffed. I am looking forward to your links. I need some inspiration.

Bonnie - I feel bad for your aunt. I know she has put you through a lot but you have tried to help her in spite of it. She should be able to get a firm answer to her problems and not get different answers from different doctors.

Also, I hope your daughter finds out what's causing her headaches and I hope it's nothing serious. Sometimes it can be food allergies. You can go for years eating something and then all of a sudden you develop an allergy.

Trish - I looked into CALP and realized I did try it before. LOL I have the book Carbohydrate Addicts Diet. The problem I had with it is I cannot keep my carbs to the same meal every day. I am very good at limiting carbs to just one meal a day, but it isn't always the same meal. Sometimes I have toast with eggs in the morning and no carbs after that. Other times I don't eat carbs until dinner. I was able to do low carb years ago when I was doing it for weight control, but since I married Mr Carb himself, it's harder to do.

I also like IF. Lately I haven't been hungry when I first get up. As long as I don't feel nauseated or shaky I can go without eating until I actually get hungry. I have heard that diabetics should not do IF because they are supposed to eat on a regular schedule. If they go too long without eating their liver will dump glucose into their blood stream, but why would the liver dump glucose if the blood sugar is not low? I don't understand a lot about how diabetes works because some of the things I hear don't work the same way with me. I think I listen too much to what other people tell me and I should just listen to my own body.

Ruth - Why do you want to give up wine? I have heard recently that not only is a glass of wine OK, but it is actually recommended, as long as you stick to one glass or maybe two, tops. I like red wine mixed with diet ginger ale. Then I can have a couple since it's diluted.

I hope all my other posts that I lost don't eventually turn up. I will be saying the same thing over and over and over. LOL

05-03-2013, 03:43 PM
I have checked my sugar twice today this morning it was 162 and before lunch it was 176 I dont get it I ate breakfast about 9:30 and then this afternoon I ate lunch at 1:30 . I had a 3/4 cup of almond bunches of o's with 1 cup milk and a banana for breakfast. Then I had nothing till lunch it was 3 oz chicken and 1/2 cup corn.

By the way got a letter from my insurance company that they are no longer paying for the supplies for my contour BS machine. They are switching to Accu-View so now I have to go to the Dr and get perscriptions for all the supplies and machine. At least they sent me a letter to let me know they are no longer covering the supplies of the other machine.

OMG I jest thought of something I tried the Hair Nail and Skin vitamins May be thats why my sugar is so high......

05-03-2013, 09:24 PM
Twice I have typed out a long response and each time when I submit I get a message that I am not logged in. I was logged in when I started, but as soon as I try to post my message I get kicked out.


I've done that too Carol Sue even lost my posts. I think it has something to do with 3fc because it only happens here. I get warnings from McAfee that it isn't safe to be here sometimes. Although I trust 3fc and go ahead and use it, but when I type a good post to everyone and lose it, I find it just too much trouble to rewrite it. So that is why I've gotten to the place that I lurk more than write.

05-03-2013, 09:34 PM
Here I go again.
Trish - I looked into CALP and realized I did try it before. LOL I have the book Carbohydrate Addicts Diet. The problem I had with it is I cannot keep my carbs to the same meal every day. I am very good at limiting carbs to just one meal a day, but it isn't always the same meal. Sometimes I have toast with eggs in the morning and no carbs after that. Other times I don't eat carbs until dinner. I was able to do low carb years ago when I was doing it for weight control, but since I married Mr Carb himself, it's harder to do.

I also like IF. Lately I haven't been hungry when I first get up. As long as I don't feel nauseated or shaky I can go without eating until I actually get hungry. I have heard that diabetics should not do IF because they are supposed to eat on a regular schedule. If they go too long without eating their liver will dump glucose into their blood stream, but why would the liver dump glucose if the blood sugar is not low? I don't understand a lot about how diabetes works because some of the things I hear don't work the same way with me. I think I listen too much to what other people tell me and I should just listen to my own body.

I am doing more of an IF. I've been reading a book by Dr. Julian Whitaker. I think that a lot of problems with diabetic and IF has to do with the medication they take. If you take a med that has a tendency to cause them to experience hypoglycemia. I don't take that med, so I think I'm pretty safe. I don't always go without breakfast or use the same 8 hrs each day of eating. I listen more to what my body tells me (Intuitive Eating woe.) I only use an 8 hr eating window. It may start with a breakfast meal at 9 ish or it may be noonish. Today, I didn't eat anything until about 1 o'clock and I started with fruit and then waited until 2 to have a real meal. I stopped eating at 7:30 pm. I just don't want to eat past 8 pm at night even though my 8 hr window might say I could eat as late as 9 or even 10. I personally think learning to eat the way our body needs things done so we can get the weight and fbs down is the real goal here... especially for me.

05-03-2013, 10:45 PM
today's fbs 5.3, weight the same. Had a good day, but for some reason after lunch I vomited everything. Didn't bother to eat more. Don't know what that was about.
Bonnie, that was a lot of carbs with breakfast, so even if the amount was not a lot of calories, the banana is a high carb fruit with a high glycemic index. Can you have whole grain toast with sugar free peanut butter? Or a fibre one cereal that uses splenda? The O's are sweetened with sugar, so won't help your sugars.
Tired, going to sleep early.
hope everyone has a good day.

05-04-2013, 07:49 AM
Good morning, Chickies. Been up to my a$$ in work lately but FBGL is staying stable. Weight is iffy these days. I really must go back to Atkins for a while. Too many carby events are making it hard. Off to Ottawa today for a big meeting re quilting and am taking my own salad with HB egg.