January 28, 2019

I will TRY to update this blog every evening, we’ll see how I do, lol!  Whatever numbers I post will be as of the time of the update, not necessarily as of the time I go to bed.

Eating

I always have the same thing for breakfast: about a cup of cottage cheese.  I don’t measure, and some days it might be a bit more, other days it might be a bit less. If I ever had to go on a diet where i have to measure my food, or count my calories, it will fail almost instantly.  Not gonna happen.

I also have the same thing every day for my mid-morning snack: 2 pieces of string cheese.  I buy it at Costco, and a package is super cheap.  Also, nearly no carbs.  Being diabetic, I am very aware of the carbs I put into my body, and try to keep them as low as I can.

Lunch varies by day.  Today, I had 1/3 of a container (a full bowl) of tortilla soup from Costco.  I don’t add anything to it; no chips, no sour cream, no cheese.  Just straight from the container.

Dinner tonight was 2 boneless skinless chicken thighs, marinated in avocado oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and rosemary, prepared in a cast iron pan.  I also had roasted Brussels sprouts, A LOT of roasted Brussels sprouts, because I LOVE roasted Brussels sprouts.  I especially love the little leaves that fall off and get super extra crispy.  YUM!  They were tossed in avocado oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  They are super easy to make and oh so delicious!

Walking

I managed to get both my breaks today at work, and I got out and walked both times.  I work in IT, and sometimes breaks just don’t happen.  We can’t always schedule our network outages and other computer emergencies.

I also got out after work today for a longer walk.  The weather was decent; partly sunny and about 50 degrees.  There was still a nip in the air, but I was dressed properly, so it wasn’t bad at all.

As of right now I am at 15,178 steps for the day.  It’s almost time to go chill in front of the tv for a bit before bed, so unlikely I will get any significant amount more steps in today.

Today’s blood sugar numbers

I test my blood sugar pretty much every morning.  I make an attempt to test it once or twice more throughout the day.

Morning blood sugar was 125.  Pre-dinner was 101.  Not terrible numbers.

Random thoughts

I did a workout my personal trainer gave me to do.  I see her (usually) once a week, on Thursdays.  With all the holidays and everything else going on lately, I haven’t managed to see her every week.  Because of that, we’ve eased up a bit on the workouts so I can work back into the more difficult ones, and push beyond that.  Building strength is great for weight loss, and it certainly helps with blood sugar control!

 

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Background

So, I’m fat.  I’ve always been considered fat.  I look back at pics of myself growing up, and I don’t look fat.  But everyone in my life was always saying I was fat.  I was the fat kid at school, made fun of often, chosen last in gym class.  I was the fat kid at home, told daily by my parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins.  “You’re fat, you need to lose weight.” I heard that so often!  One time a classmate, looking straight at me, said “why do all fat people smell?”   It sucked.  It was hurtful.  And it did NOTHING to help my self-esteem.

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Me at 4
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Me at 9
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Me at 12, I’m on the right
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Me at 16

I tried diets and exercise, and of course nothing lasted more than a day or two. I didn’t know anything about food or nutrition. My mom didn’t cook, and pretty much the only food we had in the house came out of a box. Easy for kids to make, not very good for you. It took many years of having my own household before I learned how to cook healthy and nutritious foods.

But, as I said, looking back, I wasn’t fat. Maybe a little fluffy, but not fat. I didn’t actually become fat until after my second child was born, nearly 22 years ago. That’s when my thyroid decided it no longer wanted to function properly. That’s when I became fat. I gained 60 pounds in just a couple months! I was most definitely fat. I kept a lot of that weight on until exactly 10 years ago, when I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

After being diagnosed with T2 Diabetes, I worked really hard and lost 55 pounds. I was back down to my high school weight! I was able to keep it off for about a year or so, but then I decided to quit smoking. I started putting some weight back on. I was exercising pretty hard to counteract the weight gain, and then I blew out a disk in my back. That was it. I gained all the weight back, plus some.

And here we are today. I walk. I have been walking nearly every day for 48 weeks now. I’ve lost 20ish pounds (on top of 15ish pounds a couple years back, with the help of a T2 drug my dr put me on). I’m still about 30 pounds heavier than my high school weight. This is why I’ve started this blog. I still need to work hard to get rid of these last 30 pounds. I am writing for accountability, for inspiration for myself and anyone that chooses to read this, and to track what I’ve done, what I’ve accomplished, and what I still need to do.

I hope you all enjoy my journey, and I hope to be an inspiration to others along the way.

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Me, recently