a day late…

Good morning!

Yes, I noticed it’s Saturday. I’m a day late. Honestly (popular word around here), I wasn’t avoiding writing like I was last week. I just didn’t get any time to myself at home in front of the computer yesterday. Maybe I should tell you a few things about myself…there might be someone reading who doesn’t know stuff about me…maybe.

I have been a Stay At Home Mom for 7 years (which is way longer than I was a Working Mom). My 3 munchkins are growing much too fast for my liking. The Princess just started high school. Buddy is in 5th grade. The Legend (not the nickname I gave him – I like to call him Destructo-boy) turned 5 this year and has begun his school career in Kindergarten. It’s been an emotional month for me with my baby starting school and my girl…growing up (Princess has Taylor Swift’s song “Never Grow Up” as her ringtone for me). I love my kids.

I share those great kids with a handsome guy who does laundry. We’ve been married for 16 years and I still like to refer to him as my boyfriend…the kids hate that. {wicked grin}

Since all my kids are in school and life is what it is I decided that it is time to complete my education. This is my second semester back to school. I’m taking 13 credit hours and do most of my studying at the school library – for several reasons – not the least of which is how quiet it is there and how no one seems to interrupt me and want me to fix them a snack when I’m there. Weird.

Did I mention that I belong to 4 carpools? Yeah, life gets busy.

So I’m a day late and I wish I could say that I’m a pound short. Alas, no picture of my un-pedicured toes this week as I neither gained nor lost any weight. I’m not surprised. I got some news this week that has effected my weight loss program. Remember how last week I talked about the doctor and my knee? Well, I also went because I’ve been having really bad headaches – like my eyeballs feel like they are vibrating in my head. I knew it was a sign of something I’ve been dreading. Tuesday my doctor confirmed that I have diabetes.

Diabetes. It runs in my family. Both sides. Not fair, right? Plus, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 2 of my 3 pregnancies. And I’m fat (have I mentioned?) which is a huge risk factor. So that just ups the ante for reasons/motivators to change my bad habits and increase my good ones. I am fighting quite literally now for my life. I’m 40 (ouch, that harder than telling you how much I weighed was) and I have good GREAT reasons to live.  If I work hard and lose weight I may be able to overcome the dreaded D!

Let’s talk goals. This week I did more exercise than usual. I took my dog on a long walk. I spent an evening at the pool with kids. I usually let someone else take them and do chores/relax in the peace & quiet. But I, honestly, could have done more. I’ve been tired – a side effect of untreated diabetes – and it’s been hard to get up early to walk (my best bet to get my exercise). Now that I’m medicated things should start to get better.

In addition to the medicine, I have to change how I eat. Drastically. This week is going to be tough. I REALLY have to plan ahead and I’m going to have to try some new stuff. This week my goal is to try a recipe or two for quinoa (any suggestions?) which is a high protein grain. And I will eat no sugar. None. Oh my gosh this is going to be hard.

Wish me luck.

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Posted on September 10, 2011, in AB and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Hard, but you can do it!!

  2. 1-4-3 Quinoa is actually good. Just season with any mix you like. I happen to like the Greek seasoning. YUM.

    I’m going no sugar as well. Apparently you can be addicted to the stuff. I just thought I had an extraordinarily large sweet tooth. So, I support you. You can call and BMW to me, I’ll probably snap back at you since I’ll be going through my own withdrawls. But I’ll support you. And love you, the best sister ever.

    • “BMW?” But YEA that you’re doing it, too. I really wanted to find someone to quit sugar with me, but thought it was a lot to ask! Anyone else want to join us?

  3. Big changes…hopefully that will translate to the scale for you! You’ve got this! ❤

    • Does stevia count as sugar? I just started weight watchers but it still lets me have a little sugar in there. Way to be with the no sugar thing. I take it you probably mean sweet things, as sugar is in everything now a days in the form of corn syrup. But I will be right there with you in the cranky stage of withdrawls.

      • No, stevia doesn’t count as sugar! Yea! But truvia is not the same thing. It’s an artificial sweetener that mimicks stevia….which is all natural and has NO SUGAR. And yes, technically, I mean sweet things, but with diabetes I have to watch my carb intake (because carbs = glucose in the blood). I’ll be skipping sweet things, but watching intake of everything else. I feel like a vegetarian – something I never wanted to be.

  4. You have been one of my biggest cheerleaders, now it’s my turn. You got this! Will it suck, yep..at first. Is it worth it..heck yes!!! I too have to watch my sugars and carbs. I have been off the sweet stuff for awhile now, and it is possible. LoL I will gladly be your battle buddy and walk this path with you. I love ya, and I have no doubt in my mind that you are going to rock this. You are one tough chick..”D” has no chance =)

  5. You can do this, I have no doubt. You are right, you have great things to live for and what better motivation is there! I have faith in you, it is hard (so hard) but possible. I am here for you!!

  6. You WILL conquer this AB, because we all need your voice in this family….as well as your warped sense of humor, hehehe…D is not a death sentence, I have been struggling with it for 10 years now and have it under control most of the time. The hardest part for me was watching the carb.s ( I love, love, love good breads, pasta, noddles, and baked potato’s) the key for me was not to cut these fav.s totally out of my diet, but to drastically lower my portions, for example , i would still order the hamb patty/w fries but i would limit myself to 7 of them and i did the same with the sweets, a sliver of cake, or 10 m & m’s ect… i believe total denial of anything you really love will only result in failure.. I would be curious to know which meds the dr put you on, I have had great results on Glucophage (sp) the generic name is Metformin and Victoza injections. Over the years I have managed to drop 72lbs, going from 220 to 148. I still have D, but managed.. I love you sooo much and if there is anything I can do for you, call me…..

    • Thanks, Aunt K! I love you and appreciate your advice! I’m on 500 mg of Metformin once a day. The doctor is hopeful that if I get on track that we may be able to reduce that even. I have noticed a big difference in how I feel since I started taking it. I was tired and getting headaches all the time, but I’m doing MUCH better now.

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