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Back in the Saddle Again

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

. . .that's the song that comes to mind today. I'm home. I'm chronologically challenged (a jet lag of sorts), but today is mine for the taking or making or doing.

Over the holidays (which began with Thanksgiving) and my extended vacation into February, my goal was to stay under 200 pounds. Not a very lofty goal, but a goal just the same. I was on a very "relaxed" plan. I rarely tracked my food, but I was doing my best to make no grain and low carb choices. I did so with very few exceptions. When a birthday came along, I ate cake. A few Christmas "sugarplums" danced into my mouth. I got a bit too used to the dark chocolate that is so good for me. A sweet treat every night is not recommended! But in a way it kept me safe from indulging in other treats that would have not been as good for me. By my estimation, I made it out alive. It could have been so much worse!

So here I am at 197 pounds on my way to my next goal of 187. I have joined the KetoDiet 60 day Challenge, so I am working to be 187 by April 13.

On the blood sugar front, my average is up. I am experiencing higher blood sugars in the morning than at bedtime. I've done some research on this, but I have no clear answers as to why I am consistently higher after that 8 hour fasting period. More research to be done. (And most likely a very fatty liver to "drain"!)

Now for the real work. EXERCISE. I think I have sat on my butt for about 4 months now. (I got a lot of knitting and video gaming done, so my fingers are nimble) The last consistent exercise left when the pool got too chilly in October! I usually pick up the pool slack with a daily walk, but I just let that slide this year. So here I sit, feeling weak and lazy. Today I will take a walk around the bayou and I will get on the floor and stretch.

I will be tracking my exercise, because that keeps me honest. I will also be tracking my measurements and nutrition because I know that it helps me reach my goals. My sparking experience has shown me that when I track, I succeed. So that is the saddle I'm hopping into today. I've taken my measurements for the day. I'm ready to get back to work to get my healthier lifestyle taking me where I want to be.

So here I am. Reporting for duty. My job is to be my healthy best. Time to push a little harder!
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  • no profile photo CD1538207
    Welcome home, Nancy. And congrats on maintaining your weight on your "vacation."
    1466 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
    You might want to test your blood sugar overnight a few different times.
    1467 days ago
  • TWEETIEBIRDIE
    Nancy, I like your analogy.You are home and have no choice to be back in the saddle again. Enjoy your walk around the bayou and keep moving. Have a healthy month back home! emoticon
    1468 days ago
  • MAURIZIA
    My friend, I am always inspired by your insight into yourself. It always gives me a chance to breathe and do the same.

    Congrats on reaching your goal of staying below 200. Woohoo!!!! Awesome!!!! I have no doubt you will get that exercise back...

    ...and I totally agree that SP tracking is the key to staying on point.

    Hugs!!!
    1468 days ago
  • ISABELLE84
    I am glad you're back.
    Our goal do not have to follow any sort of guideline... I had the same goal for Christmas; I wanted to remain under 200 for the whole duration of the Holidays and I made it happened, and so did you. CONGRATS!
    And if we can't indulge a bit at Christmas, I'm asking when would be a more appropriate time? =D
    Now you're back on the saddle as you say and I'll be there to cheer you on your new goal!
    Keep sparking and have a great week!


    1468 days ago
  • YOYONOMA
    I so look forward to your blog, you continue to inspire me! You set a great example to your fellow sparkies. There are times that it is okay that your goal is to just be and maintain. I'm learning more and more through friends like you that 'get it' and have come to a level of understanding about yourself that I swear is half the battle. Wishing you much success and look forward to celebrating your future achievement!!!

    Sunny
    1468 days ago
  • CAPECODDIN
    Kudos for staying under 200, especially during the holiday season! You've got good simple goals; keep up the great work!
    1468 days ago
  • _RAMONA
    Nancy, I think you did awesome, and I suspect that a decent amount of that gain is water due to increased carbs. The challenge should take care of that, and then some!

    As for the blood sugar, you are spot on in your musings... the liver is the issue. Dr. Fung doesn't worry about elevated fasting/morning sugars... it's just a step on the healing continuum. Mine were stupidly high initially... freaked me out... but they have slowly come into line. Honestly I was expecting quicker liver healing, but have come to accept that time and consistency will get the job done, no matter how long it takes.

    Here's a Dr. Fung article you may appreciate at this juncture:
    https://intensivedieta
    rymanagement.com/dawn-phenomeno
    n-t2d-8/

    Glad to have you back! Here's to happy trails to both of us!

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    1468 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/22/2017 11:59:36 AM
  • YOYOSTOP
    Reading your blog I'd say you did pretty darn good, you kept your weight under that 200 and you've all ready set a new weight goal. Your blood sugars will probably come back under control when you get back to what you were doing before and getting back into the exercising will help.

    I had 8 weeks of not being well and my eating was off and the exercise went right out the window, but now I am feeling better, eating better and getting back at the exercise. No matter how long a break we sometimes take there's nothing stopping us from "getting back in the saddle"

    So "Happy Trails" and lets saddle up!

    Hugs,
    Shirl
    1468 days ago
  • LIFEFOUNDONARUN
    Sounds like a great plan! Wishing you the best!
    1468 days ago
  • RO4368
    There is always a way.
    1468 days ago
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