Where I've been & Where I'm going

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hi everyone,

I know it's been a while and I wanted to fill you in on what's been happening in my world. First of all, from July 2013 to the end of January this year, my husband had been going though medical treatment for a serious illness. Thank God the treatment was successful! Well, shortly after that, we found out that he has Type 2 Diabetes and 2 weeks later he was on Insulin.

I don't want any sympathy about this, it's life and you have to deal with it. But with these emotional ups and downs it's was hard for me to keep up with what I was doing on SparkPeople, so I needed to take a break from it.

I have gained some weight (big surprise!) but I have also begun losing some of that weight. I decided to get off my butt and quit feeling as if my life was out of control. I found out the health insurance plan I have also includes weight management and I made an appointment with a doctor in early June. As a result since I weighed in at the doctor's office I have officially lost a little over 13 pounds. I am on a 1100 - 1300 calorie a day diet and my breakfast & lunches include protein shakes & bars. It's called a Modified Very Low Calorie Diet. I am of course under a doctor's supervision for this. I am attending weekly weight management classes and am seeing a dietitian as well.

So here's my daily meal plan:

200 Calorie Protein Shake

Mid morning snack:
1 piece of fresh fruit (Banana, pear, apple, etc.)

100 Calorie Protein Shake
160 Calorie Protein Bar

Mid afternoon snack:
Veggie (carrot sticks, bell pepper, etc.)

Normal meal with protein, carbs, fat, veggies, etc.

Needless to say, because of my husband's dietary restrictions, I have really cut out a lot of carbs in my diet. I never really thought I could do this because I LOVE carbs. Give me a baked potato, or pasta any day! It's amazing what you can do when you really want to isn't it?

Something else I have noticed because of the plan I am following now is that it's amazing what things I see and 'want' when it never bothered me before. That doesn't mean I am going to buy them though. I just have to get my mind trained as to what is right for me.

Oh, and I made the commitment to myself that I would start working out at the gym. I have my bag packed and plan to start tomorrow. That should really kick butt on my weight loss.

So, you may not see as many blogs from me as you did in the past, but I will give you updates as I progress.

It's good to be back.....
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    2276 days ago
  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
    Great to have you back. I always enjoy your blogs. emoticon
    2281 days ago
    Glad to have you back. My prayers are with you and your husband. Praying that God will lead you down the right path and heal your bodies. emoticon emoticon
    2295 days ago
    glad to hear from you and sorry about your hubby and good luck with your weight loss take care emoticon Jacque
    2295 days ago
    So glad to have you "back among us" once again! Diabetes, properly managed, sure can turn your life upside down. I am so thankful that I don't have it, as I am really not sure I could adhere to all the limitations it imposes. BUT, you do what you have to do, and it sounds like you are a by product beneficiary of the changes your husband needs to make. So there is a silver lining to every cloud! I thought about you a few weeks ago when I was at the Albuquerque Arts and Crafts Festival. I bought a pair of glass earrings and saw many pieces similar to what I have seen you post here on SP. Such pretty designs and color combinations. Glad you are back!
    2296 days ago
  • MELBA1496
    It's great to have you back! You've been in our prayers. So glad to hear things are going better.
    2296 days ago
  • JENMC2012
    Congrats for getting back on track. That takes a lot of strength and determination - you've inspired me :)!
    2296 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14253479
    2296 days ago
    Welcome Back! Missed you!
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  • HHB4181
    glad to have you emoticon
    2296 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    Sounds like you have a good plan in motion - wishing you continued success with it. Luv your wallpaper BTW!!!
    2296 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    So sorry to hear of the trials that have gone on but glad to see you are back on track. One day at a time! Welcome back! Keep on doing your best. This is a forever journey!
    2296 days ago
    Life happens Genie and we have to deal with it. My dh has afib and has to be careful about meds and others things. We are learning as we go and doing pretty good most of the time but when our partner is sick, it can really throw a curve in our life and make us changes things big-time. Take one day at a time and prayers for both of you. You can handle the exercise. ((HUGS))
    2296 days ago
  • DALID414
    Wishing you and your hubs good health.
    2297 days ago
    Genie, you've had lots going on and have your priorities right as they need to be!

    Stress is not conducive to weight loss OR maintenance. Hope you are finding ways to "get your bliss on".

    Hope your DH stays faithful to his nutrition and exercise regime. Makes a world of difference in type 2 control (I have it too).

    Good luck and so great to hear from you!!!
    2297 days ago
  • LAC936
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So glad to see your mug back on my screen!!!!!!! You've been VERY missed. Sorry about the health issues you and your DH are dealing with. Pray all will resolve and you'll both be as good as new.

    2297 days ago
    emoticon We've missed you! Congratulations on your weight loss! I am sorry about your husband's diabetes. I will keep him in my thoughts and prayers. Take care, and keep in touch.

    2297 days ago
  • FLYER99
    Happy you are back. I am sorry to hear about hubby's illnesses but happy to know he is managing them.

    You appear to have a good plan for you. Keep us updated as you go along.

    BTW, what kind of protein bars and shakes are you using? I am trying a similar thing, in cutting down the carbs and upping my protein.

    Again, welcome back and have a wonderful day.
    2297 days ago
    emoticon I've missed you Genie.
    Wishing you both well emoticon
    2297 days ago
    Good to hear from you and glad you are back!
    2297 days ago
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