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Old 09-12-2014, 11:32 AM   #61  
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Trish, I felt so terrible yesterday, all I did was lay around. I feel even worse today. Very congested. I had a really hard time sleeping because I use a Cpap and it's hard to use it when your congested. I am so used to it I can't sleep without it now. I do better if I am sitting up because when I lie down the congestion gets worse. I really am tired, though, and would like to get some sleep. DH takes Alka Seltzer Plus but I don't like to take it because it raises blood pressure. I sure hope he doesn't think I'm going to the casino today!

I always think if I could have told my mother to eat low carb she would have lived longer, but she only lived to 64. When I enter my food on Fitday my fat is always at least 50% or more. I can't eat really high fat. I just don't avoid fat. I bought some bacon thinking that would help me increase my fat and I just don't like it. It's too salty and greasy. If I get sausage or bacon when I eat out I blot it with my napkin to get rid of some of the grease. I consider my aversion to salt to be a benefit, because it keeps me from eating salty snacks. I think most of the fat in my diet is from the eggs I eat and the avocados. I usually pull the skin off my roasted chicken, mainly because I don't like it, but I leave it on if it's really crispy.

I always thought that my mother's family had heart disease because they used lard and ate fatty meats, but now I realize that it was because they ate a lot of starchy, carby foods. We ate a lot of potatoes and pasta because it filled you up.

I am trying not to buy any more books, too, Trish. I have so many. When I hear about one, the first thing I do is check to see if the library has it. If they don't, I check Half.com to see if I can buy it cheap.

Caramel, if you were 48 out of 84, then you were halfway, at least. Think of the person who was 84 out of 84. LOL I think you will do better this time. At one job I had, there was a group of us who had a weight loss challenge. Every month we all put $1 in the kitty. The person who lost the most weight that month got the money. I won the first 2 months I signed up. I was really gung ho about it then. After that I slid out of first place. You always lose faster when you first start out.
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I am rather behind in reading - maybe in October I will catch up - LOL!

More drama today at our old house. We hired a counter top guy recommended by our agent (they have a list of "approved vendors"). The guy did not come out and properly evaluate our cabinet structure - he sent someone else who obviously did not know what they were doing. He showed up to install the new counter tops today and they are too heavy for this one portion and require supports which his guys do not do. So, now we have to pay more to have these supports (which are ugly and had we known we needed them we would not have gone with granite) put in, they can't put them in until Monday which is when pictures are supposed to be taken so they have to push that back, blah blah blah. I am so tired of dealing with the old house!! Then, today, I also had to deal with the other house we are renovating - had to go pick out carpet, counter tops and laminate wood. Someday I am going to get to focus only on the house I live in, lol!

Well, for some good news - I finally got my craft room organized enough to start a project. I've been working on it this evening - three dimensional fabric letters that spell "AUTUMN" to hang across my mantle. Very exciting to finally do something crafty for the new house!

Eating has been HORRENDOUS - seriously, awful - sugar, sugar, sugar. I don't know what the heck is going on with me other than that I am really stressed right now.

Still haven't figured out anything with meals for the beach, finally told my husband that I had nothing planned, he was fine about it but I know his family members are going to have expectations based on last year so still feeling pressure and guilt and just don't really know what to do. We leave Sunday and my house is a mess and I just can only focus on getting us packed and trying to pick up a little since my brother and his wife will be coming by to feed our fish.

Speaking of animals, I took our dog to a local vet this week and the good news is they no longer see the nodules on the xrays so we don't have to worry about that anymore. The bad news is his heart is gigantic and pushing on the trachea which is why he is coughing so much. Poor thing. There is really nothing we can do other than continue the meds he is on. He will either have a heart attack and die or get bad off with his breathing and not eating and we'll have to potentially put him down...but no time frame on his prognosis, could be soon, could be years. I'm sad about his heart but we already knew that was going on, I am glad to know the cancer was an error though bc I hated him having yet another thing that could potentially cause more pain. We are also trying another antibiotic just in case the first didn't work on the cough and it is bacterial.
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Shannon, your Autumn letters and the candy corn look so cute. You are very talented! I can just imagine what mine would look like. LOL

I'm sorry to hear that you are having so many difficulties with workmanship at your old house. It's bad enough that you had to have all this done, but to have it done incorrectly just adds to the stress. I hope it all works out for you.

I think your DH should tell his family that with the move, you are not in a position to provide all the food for vacation and each of them will have to pitch in. I hate to see what will happen if they go there with these expectations. It's not fair to put all the burden on you.

With all that's going on I can understand your sugar bingeing! You need some time to take a deep breath and regroup.

I still have my cold and I'm hacking and sneezing. I did get some sleep last night by taking Alka Seltzer Plus. I haven't checked my blood pressure this morning so I don't know if it spiked.

I bought some more of my low cal high fiber bread so I can eat some of my tomatoes that are quickly ripening. I've been having egg and tomato sandwiches in the morning so I have all day to burn off the carbs. So fat it hasn't done a lot of damage to my blood sugar, but I know not to get carried away.

Hope everyone else is doing well.
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Shannon I am so sorry about all the crap going on with the old house and the added stress of the renovations of your MIL house. It is just a whole lot going on at one time and especially at the time you should be enjoying your new home.

I agree with Carol Sue that you should have your Hubby tell his family that you just can't do all the food this time and they need to pitch in.

Carol Sue I haven't given up my bread 100% either. Today DH wanted me to make cheeseburgers. I really planned to make mine into a salad without bread, but I caved in. The good thing is that I decided to not eat the HB bun. Instead, I ate it on my 35 calories 100% Whole Wheat bread.

I decided to get me some mini sized honey buns the first of the month because I had been eating out of DH donuts and thought it would be better to eat one of those little ones instead. Well, I had 4 of them left. I was going to put them out for DGS to eat, but then I thought maybe that was my sneaky way of keeping them around. So I put all 4 of them down the garbage disposal this morning. Decided that was better than them being on my thighs.

I suddenly realized this morning that I was headed down the same path I was yrs ago when I got my A1c down low carbing and then went wild eating all he carbs I could find. I'm not going to do that this time. I cannot decide to eat absolutely NO carbs because that just isn't me, but I am going to have to keep them to a minimum which is what I plan to do. I had the lunch today with carby starches so I'm through with them for the day. I will have a small snack later today to take the other half of my Meformin.

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This evening my husband got a call that a friend of his is in the hospital. He did not know he had diabetes. His family took him to the ER...he went into a coma and had a blood sugar reading of 1400. I didn't think blood sugar could go that high. They told him in the ER that they didn't think he was going to come out of it. He is a young guy, 47 or so. He is very big, eats lots of junk food and drinks gallons of sugary drinks. He has no job and no insurance. In the hospital, they were signing him up for Welfare insurance. They are showing him how to inject insulin. I can't see him making the changes he is going to have to make. I don't know if this insurance they are getting for him is going to pay for insulin and supplies. I know how long it took me before I understood what was going on and I was only on Metformin. I hope someone in his family is going to help him learn what he needs to do. He's lucky to be alive.

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This evening my husband got a call that a friend of his is in the hospital. He did not know he had diabetes. His family took him to the ER...he went into a coma and had a blood sugar reading of 1400. I didn't think blood sugar could go that high. They told him in the ER that they didn't think he was going to come out of it. He is a young guy, 47 or so. He is very big, eats lots of junk food and drinks gallons of sugary drinks. He has no job and no insurance. In the hospital, they were signing him up for Welfare insurance. They are showing him how to inject insulin. I can't see him making the changes he is going to have to make. I don't know if this insurance they are getting for him is going to pay for insulin and supplies. I know how long it took me before I understood what was going on and I was only on Metformin. I hope someone in his family is going to help him learn what he needs to do. He's lucky to be alive.

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, you got your A1c down to a very good number and you were still eating some carbs now and then so you should be able to continue the way you are and still be ok. Good for you for throwing those honey buns away.
Oh my goodness! That is really high! I am a laboratory scientist. I haven't worked in the hospital in a long time but I do recall rarely seeing a result that high. When a result is that high, the blood sample would have been diluted and repeated at least two times after running it initially and getting an error message because it was so high. Wow! I cannot imagine having no clue I had abnormal glucose readings and ending up in the ER with a result that high....shocking!! I, too, hope he has family/friends to help him make changes

On the topic of taking care of oneself, I have not been and I've got to change that. My belly is blowing up like a pregnant whale! Wheat and sugar really do not agree with me!!
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Shannon, the good thing about that bloat is once you get back to no sugar or wheat, the bloat will go away! You can do this! You are just under so much stress right now.

I think because this guy didn't have any insurance he never went to a doctor or got anything checked. When you are younger, you can abuse your body and get away with it but when you reach mid to late 40's it starts to catch up with you. I will have to ask some more questions, because if he didn't know he had diabetes, how did the ER know to check him for that? He probably was getting warning signs, but ignored them.

My BS was 122 this morning. I am OK with that. Could be better, but I've had a lot worse.

Trish, my bread is also 35 calorie, but it is whole grain. It is not high fiber, but it has more fiber than white bread and at 35 cals per slice, I can have a sandwich using 2 slices. Hopefully, once my tomatoes are gone I will go back to having my sandwiches without bread. Yesterday, I had a fish sandwich without the bun, but I had some of DH zucchini fries. Better than french fries, but still not great. And this place had really good coleslaw. It was not soupy. I hate soupy cole slaw. I like just enough dressing to know it's there.

What's going on with everyone else? Caramel? Dgramie? Donna? Rennie? Bmillion? JLus? Ruthie? Bonnie? Mad? Some haven't been around the whole month of Sept, and Mad hasn't been here for months! I think she deserted us.
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Carol Sue So sorry to hear about the young man with the diabetes. I sure hope he is able to get help and that he will listen. With a blood sugar that high, Iím not sure he has time to go through all the processes so many of us went through when we were first diagnosed. I surely do hope he realizes the seriousness and all that he could lose as well as his life.

I decided not to eat the double fiber bread. After reading the Doctorís Diet, I decided to just eat 100% Whole Wheat like he recommended and not go for diet foods that have things added to it. Iím not quite sure what they add to foods to make it high fiber. While it could be okay, I just donít think that we have the whole truth. They just want to sell their product and I donít trust that it is always good stuff. I watched Dr. Oz Friday, (Dr. Perlmutter wasnít on there), but they were talking about how we cannot trust the labels on our foods and they are going to change them again in a few months supposedly for the better. But who knows.

Any way, I am going to shoot for lower carb, but not extremely low and eat more protein and fat although I have no intention of adding extra fat. My body doesnít like extra fat. Iím just not going to worry about how much fat is in the food that I eat. I noticed that some of those who do IF in the 3fc thread seem to eat whatever they want within their eating window. So my goal is to just eat this way using it with IF. I think things will eventually fall in place. My doctor doesnít put me under the stress/pressure of having to lose a certain amount of weight or get my fbs down fast. He just says ďAs long as you keep losing and your numbers keep coming down a little each time I see you, I will be pleased with thatĒ. So I have to ask myself, why do I keep putting myself under pressure to do more.

My fbs is slowly coming down again. It was 134 this morning and my weight was up only a lb from last low. That isnít so bad. It is true that if I eat strict low carb Atkins style, I may lose weight faster and my fbs might go down quicker. However, the thing that I do not like about extreme low carb is that the fbs and the weight also jumps up faster if I eat just one meal with a higher carb and it makes me feel like I lose the ground Iíve gained and I feel guilty and like a failure. Therefore, Iíve decided hat if I go ahead and include a small amount of starchy carbs that my numbers will continue to come down slowly, but I donít think that is a bad thing. My theory is that my body will be used to eating some carby carbs anyway and as long as I donít go overboard... one meal with a little higher carb shouldnít cause me to have a big spike in fbs or weight and I can relax and get out from under all that stress which isnít good for trying to control my glucose either. It is worth trying it and see how it goes.

Shannon When you get back OP, that bloating will go away.

Went to church this morning and I made the mistake of taking 500 mg Metformin with the Atkins shake I drank. I needed to go by Walmart as they are going to take the extra months supply of meds they had to charge me full price for and reimburse me the money and hold it until next month when my insurance will help pay for it. It was their mistake so pharmacist said they could do that for me. I barely made it home as I had diarrhea. Iím hoping I will get to feeling well enough to go over there today and get that taken care of before they close at 6 pm. I just don't think I can take 1000 mg of Metformin any more now that my fbs is coming down. So I'm going to take only 500 mg at night from now on. I also think that maybe my meter may be reading a little high. I've got to check it and see. I took it just before I had my blood drawn the week before I had my Alc to see how it measured up.

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Trish, I saw the double fiber bread in WalMart and I noticed that it is bigger slices. The think I like about the 35 cal multi grain bread is that the slices are thin and small so you can make a sandwich with them and still not be eating a lot of bread.

I never have issues with my Metformin, even if my BS is low. The only problem I ever had with it was when I was taking that 3rd pill at bedtime. I was taking 850 MG at breakfast and dinner, then at bedtime I was using up the 500 mg pills I had left over. As soon as I used them up and switched to the 850 MG at bedtime I started throwing up in the middle of the night. That helped with my weight, but it wasn't much fun! LOL When the dr added the glimiperide he told me to quit taking the 3rd pill.
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I'm using Sunbeam's 100% WW. It was the only 35 calorie bread I could find at my Walmart. It is small slices too and I'm probably only getting 1 slice cut in half, but it helps me have toast with my breakfast and a sandwich when I want one.

Today I had the Atkins shake with 2 strawberries in it and a cup of coffee. I came home and had eggs, bacon and toast with coffee. Tonight I had butter beans with cornbread, onions and tomatoes. I ate it within 8 hrs and I didn't even have 1200 calories.

The diarrhea like your nausea really helps with the weight loss, but not a fun way to do it.

I think I'm shooting more for keeping calories between 1200 and 1400 calories. If we eat out somewhere, I will allow myself to go up to 1500 calories that day. But hopefully keeping my eating window between 5 to 8 hrs will help with the weight loss and lowering the fbs. And days like today when I don't get to 1200, I am not going to worry about it because I figure the days I might go over to 1500 calories will balance it out... kind of like Weight Watcher's allowing you to save pts for days when you know is going to be a higher pts eating day.
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We used to have Sunbeam bread in our area but I don't see it anymore. The 35 cal bread I get is Nickles, which you probably don't get because they are from Ohio. I can also get Sara Lee 45 cal bread.

I haven't checked my calories lately. I try to stay around 1200 when I am tracking. When I'm not tracking I probably don't have as much control. Right now, with having my cold, I'm eating whatever I want. I had a lot of chicken soup yesterday and ate it with noodles. It helped me feel better. I'm improving, but I have a lot of congestion and will be coughing for a long time. I hope I don't get this again over the winter.

I was looking back at my records of my A1c. The one time that my A1c was 5.7, my fasting glucose was 150. My fasting is always higher than I go during the day. My doctor doesn't care about the fasting as long as I have a good A1c.
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Carol Sue I've never seen the Nickles brand here so no I don't think we have it. We do have the Sara Lee 45 calorie bread. Since I am counting calories, I think I would rather have the 2 slices for 35 calories.

While I don't want to eat loads of carbs, I'm going to center in on the calories right now. Today my calories will be around 1200 using the old Fit for Life way of eating. I had 2 fruits this morning. I will eat regular food between an 8 hr window which will probably start around 2ish. I've got a roast with veggies on the stove in a Dutch oven and it won't be ready until about that time. I will eat within more of a 6 hr window today. My exercising is more moving around rather than formal exercise all the time.

My doctor is happy with the A1c reading as well. So I'm just going to keep my fbs being at least under 140s hopefully it will eventually go back down to the 120s if not lower. Preacher talked about stress yesterday and how it can make you sick. Since stress is a diabetic enemy, I am hoping that I can eliminate the stress of always worrying about eating the right kind of good food and no bad food etc and just relaxing with my plan that my fbs will automatically come back down to normal as the eating and weight comes back down.

I just wonder how much of our agonizing over our diets etc works against our getting control of this disease.
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Trish, I think the 35 calorie bread is for 1 slice...2 would be 70 calories, but with regular bread 1 slice is 70 calories. I buy either the Nickles 35 or the Sara Lee 45, whichever seems fresher and whichever one they have in multi grain. Either the multi-grain sells out first, or some stores don't carry it. I keep mine in the freezer. One time DH was out of regular bread and I offered him some of mine but he woudn't eat it. Sounded too healthy for him. LOL

I plan on staying with low carb, but right now I am still eating the chicken soup with noodles. That is just while I have this cold. Otherwise, I am trying to avoid carbs. I also check my calories when I track on Fitday. I'm not necessarily doing high fat, but when I track, my fat is at least 50% of my calories. That's because of the egg and avocados, I think. I have been straining the fat off the top of my soup, but that is just a habit.
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Yes, I knew the 35 calories was for one slice. I just think it is nice to get 2 sl for the price of 1 regular slice of bread. LOL I guess it is the game we play.

I don't plan to do a high carb diet eiher, just not extremely low either. Just want to do whatever it takes to keep things low without having huge swings whenever I do eat somewhere where I have no choice but have larger amounts of carbs. I'm trying to keep my fiber high enough so that my net carbs are low. Not going to add fat, but not going to work at keeping it low either since I know that fat helps keep us satisfied longer.
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I had labwork done before i started dieting. My glucose is in the diabetic range, lipids are high and I have a fatty liver. My primary care doctor will go over the results with me on Wednesday. I feel like I waited too long. Can these improve with weight loss and exercise?
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