Sorry I am so late in posting but it has been quite a day and I needed to decompress before I got on here. After talking with multiple reps with my phone/internet and tv service provider, being bounced back and forth, listening to "doublespeak" (1984!
is firmly established with modern business practices) and holding my ground for close to 2 hours; the end result! Yup, in order to save me $45 a month from my previous providers, it will end up costing me $406!! I (sarcastically but in a nice way) congratulated the final person on their slick salesmanship. I know sales and I was "taken in". Some minor consessions were made so still have my negotiating skills intact but to have someone tell me I should know what they offer before they offer it to me and then not even get the services I wanted that I requested is insulting. Now, I understand why people drink hard liquor.
Extremely amazingly great news on the blood glucose front. I took my before noon meal blood glucose and it was (drum roll please!) 80 mg/dl.
. I do not take any medication of any kind so this is all a result of my meager (up to now) attempts at being physically active and, of course, my no sugar/low fat/sometimes low sodium food plan.
Which leads me into: "Did you see/hear about....?" Last night on the national news there was a short bit about (I think) the new government sanctioned food plan to replace the former accepted food pyramid (you see it on the back of most cereal boxes). Drum roll again please! The plate method
. For those who may not remember, I took a 4 week class back in March on managing diabetes [since I discovered in 2010 mine was in the diabetic range]. I have brought it down from 174 mg/dl (morning fasting) to see above through weight lose, my food plan and exercise (when I'm not on the injured list). No pills. No shots. Nada.
Anyway, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the "plate method" to the public media (her cause is childhood obesity). Well, this was introduced to me at these classes back in March. However, this is not a new concept. If I recall correctly, the Sonoma/Mediteranean Diet also uses this as well. (I have the book). The diabetes class instructor told us to buy the cheap plastic plates that have the three partitions (to teach us both portion control and as a visual aid) and this is how we should "fill the plate". Ms. Obama showed this as well although her plates had colors on them (for the kids) In the big section where we all are accustomed to putting the meat/protein instead we should divide that with fruit and vegetables. In one of the two smaller sections should now go the meat/protein and in the other one a starch of our choice. Dairy is a separate "circle" outside of the plate. They're still growing.
). Side note:
The adult male news reporter asked one of the kids, "So, where does the sugar go?" I kid you not. The young girl just looked at him like "what?" (who needs teaching?)
, this is what I have been practicing in the past two months. Since I just love my beans/legumes, I put that in one of the sections for starch since they are a starchy vegetable and forego the potato since I am not a huge fan.(My Irish-American DH makes up for that) My green/orange/red/yellow vegetables go in the big section along with my fruit. I have recently taken to cutting whatever portion of meat I cook in half to reduce the amount of meat protein I eat. Will I become vegetarian? I never thought I would ever say this but I just might
. I just might. Someday.
Good news about sleep. I have managed to come around and I am able to sleep about 5 hours at one time. I am up every 90 minutes to visit the bathroom but that's my age and my bladder. I keep one eye closed so I don't fully reawaken.
I am so sorry about all this business with your ankles. I have always had weak ankles. They are skinny little twigs at the bottom of my tree trunk legs. They carry a heavy load. Poor things. Same goes with your back. I pulled my shoulder "muscle"(want to be?) lifting weights.
What I noticed about Day 40
is that how many times have I avoided facing some of my "in general" life anxieties and just get on with my life, doing what I would do if I were my goal weight? To me, that is how I interpreted Enrich My Life.
Like so many things in life, it really gets down to "Just Do It!"
Although Dr. Beck says to only weigh once a week, she does say on pgs 172 and 261 (pink book) to "Some find that weighing themselves daily help desensitize them to the scale but do NOT weigh yourself more than once a day since that is a sure sign you are obsessing about dieting"(pg 172) and "Weigh yourself between once a day, if you prefer, and once a week" (pg 261).
I weigh myself once a day because it reminds me that calories DO count and it keeps me honest with myself. However, in order to not "freak out" when the scales does go up rather than down read Day 21
on pgs 170-175 (pink book). I think we need to know how to intrepret
those numbers as well so we can use this piece of data (think like a scientist) so when we hit a plateau (see Day 38
in pink book) we know whether it is a short or a long term one and the steps we need to take.
I can not emphasize enough to hang in there and read the book(s) all the way through. The information builds on itself and by the end you have a way to help you deal with just about everything (no mention of lead paint though BBE
--here the big issue is mold because of humidity we have).
Onebyone, gwen, maryann,wife2abadge
---you're all doin great! I can feell it through cyber space.
--it's going around, if that's any consolation.