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9/23/20 9:31 P

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Never give up.

Harry - Moving along at the speed of fat loss.

The Bitter Truth About Sugar by Robert Lustig | Look for it on YouTube
Added sugar is addictive, a poison, and destroys teeth.

The Ticker below is actually My Waist to Height Ratio (WHtR) Greater than 53 = Bad news.


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9/23/20 7:51 P

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Well had the follow up with my new doctor today. I am officially diabetic now emoticon while my A1C isn't' horrible at 6.5, given that my sugar reading in the morning of the blood draw was 140 that is why the diagnosis. A few years ago my other doctor put me on Metformin for pre-diabetes. But I had horrible reaction to that so had to stop. So that medicine is off the tabel. We will redo A1C testing in December and decide medicines then. She is thinking of a medication that is a 1x week injection that could also help with my weight loss. My only real concern is how much my insurance would cover. I don't have any idea of what type of injection it is, I'm hoping the pen type that my mom uses for her insulin, I think I could do that. Also, because of the diabetes she wants me to start a cholesterol medicine. My cholesterol was 175 which is fine but she said this is an added med that will help even more given the diabetes.

But in the meantime she wants me to get up to exercising 150 minutes a week and work harder at losing weight.

So now I have to apply my knowledge and do it for myself. Which I haven't really been able to do long term in the past. But maybe it can be different now. It has to be. I don't want to be the stereotypical fat diabetic that people judge. I feel judged all the time as it is. But I need to get over that somehow and worry about me and do for me what I know I have it in me to do.

If I can get back to reducing my carbs (breads, etc) and increase fruits and veggies it will be a great help.

Also preparing for filing bankruptcy, so times have already been quite stressful. I was in such a good mood earlier today, but now I feel just exhausted. I have felt the weight of the bankruptcy all on my shoulders - to make it all work out. But I can't keep doing it. With DH's mental health having been in crisis just a month ago I have tried to shield him from all this junk. But he said that he will step up and do the shopping and help with cooking. In turn I help with dishes and cleaning. I can do that. It would be very helpful so I'm not running around after work or trying to do it on my lunch break.

I'm going to use my lunch break, now that its cooler, to go for a 30 min walk. Well, starting off it won't be that long as I have to work up to that. But it can be some time for just me being outdoors. I have missed that.

Maybe it will all come together and something good can come out of this hellish year!


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8/17/20 3:18 P

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I completed my 2nd week of eating lower carbs. Overall I'm happy with how well I'm doing. Always room for improvement, but I'm taking my wins as they come.

Been able to keep below 65 net carbs/daily. Some days are lower and a couple are higher...but it averages out. I'm eating less processed foods and other bad things. I still need work on eating veggies. Someday I will get there...but its slow emoticon

I'm tired of this summer heat. Supposed to be 106* today. I'm so ready for fall!

* Tracy *
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8/6/20 1:47 P

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Well hasn't 2020 been fun so far! good grief! Life was crazy enough and now all this.

But one good thing that has come out of it is me realizing that it's time for me to change what I can and improve on myself, after a couple of years of wandering around sort of lost and just giving up on myself.

I finally realized, with the help of a friend, just how chaotic and lost my energy has been for the past couple of years, since a car accident in Sept 2018.

Thankfully I wasn't severely injured as accidents go, but I did suffer trauma to my back. It exposed major degenerative changes at L4-L5. Now, I'm 53 and have been obese (never under 240#) my entire adult life but had never experienced back problems. First experiences with sciatica too - that was not much fun! After going through chiro and massage for a few months, something changed. I started having weakness in my left leg, then all of a sudden I could not do stairs. I could not lift up my left leg at all without holding on and pulling myself up. The right leg was weaker too. It prohibited me from working my 2nd job that we relied on for over 3 yrs as a rideshare driver (which I love doing) and I couldn't do the food deliveries either. So we started relying on credit to get by month to month and pay bills. Found out that I needed back surgery. The found a cyst at L2-L3 compressing my spinal cord. That was causing the numbness and weakness and affecting the sciatic nerves. Back surgery in Oct 2019 was a great success. However, that doesn't do anything to help with the L4-L5 issues, those persist.

I was just getting back into driving when the pandemic hit and everything fell apart. I had been hanging onto a 60# weight loss for a couple of years until the accident. Then emotional eating took over - stress, pain, depression, anxiety - you name it. And here I am today having gained back all but 15# of that prior success.

The pandemic helped in a way to get me to slow down and focus on me and my mental health. Mental health has certainly been put to the test and strained of late. But I realized that it has been a few years since I felt grounded as a person. I had lost my inner peace and my will to take care of me as a priority. I had just been hanging on to life by a shirt tail being whipped around in a hurricane - remember crack the whip game as a kid at the roller rink? yea that was me at the end of that!!

Today is day #4 of eating low carb and reducing processed foods. Not specifically to lose weight, but hoping that will follow. First is to feel better. I'm tired of feeling so fat (obviously I look it at 330#) and bloated and lethargic all the time. I'm tired of feeling like crap physically and emotionally.

emoticon never give up...it's never too late to love yourself

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