June Diet and Exercise

By Edie Latest Reply 2009-06-30 16:38:23 -0500
Started 2009-05-30 21:27:58 -0500

Here we are the Beginning of a New Month. I have had some bad news this last Month from the Dr. that my Sugar A1C has gone back up again and at this time it is at 8.5 and now I have to write down everything I eat each and every day so starting this month I am not only going to be posting my BG Numbers but also my eats and the times I eat them. I have to do this till August 31st my next Appointment with said Dr. Lets see if we can make this a very fun and Memorable Month on here. Also this Month anything goes for what you want to say to me with no ofence taken by me to any one. If you have a beef with my Diabetic Care of my self then feel free to bawl me out on here. If you think I am doing OK then please say so also. Looking forward to the next 3 months will be a very long trip and hopefully much learning on all of our Parts.
Your Friend Always;

33 replies

Edie 2009-06-30 16:35:17 -0500 Report

July's is under Motivation/Emotions again. See you all there. I weighted myself just before starting July's Discussion and posted my weight of 260.8 starting to come down again. Bummer I didn't post a starting Weight for this month or any where else on here so I will start next month with this weight and see where I am in 2 weeks.

GabbyPA 2009-06-28 11:30:40 -0500 Report

Well, June is coming to an end and I have to say that over all it was a very good month. Got back into exercising, got meds that are working for me, got into a new program that is helping and my class is paying off. This week was a much better week than last.

My weight 292 (down 1.5 pounds)

My dietary averages for this week were:
Carbs = 108 (goal 155)
Fat = 61.2 (goal 40 ouch!)
Protein = 59 (goal 80)
Sodium = 2570.2 (goal 2000)
Caloires = 1360 (goal 1500-1800)

My exercise for the week:
Walking/jogging 45 min (goal 150min)
Gardening 120 min

Testing Averages for the week:
3:00 AM tests = 154
Before Breakfast = 140
Before Lunch = 83
Bedtime = 129

What was most exciting is that when I averaged my whole month out, I am pretty close to my goals. I have to still figure out how to reduce my overnight numbers and get those fats reduced. And sodium! Gee, that is a hard one to watch. But I will get there.

My numbers have dropped beautifully thanks to many things. Of that I am thrilled!
3:00AM dropped from 180 av, to 154 (-26)
Fasting dropped from 192 av to 140 (-52)
Before Lunch dropped from 111 av to 83 (-28)
Bedtime dropped from 182 av to 129 (-53)
Overall average dropped from 184 to 127 (-57)

Now that is the best progress I have seen in my numbers in such a short time. I really think it is due to all the changes and really paying attention to what I am doing. Carb counting was still allowing me too many calories and other things. So now that I am watching several things, my numbers have improved markedly. Thank Goodness!!

zobel 2009-06-28 12:34:11 -0500 Report


not only are you making progress, you also have a working plan.


GabbyPA 2009-06-28 18:35:46 -0500 Report

That working plan is what is making the progress. It is what I was lacking before. Now I have goals and things to strive for and it makes it easier to stick to it.

Edie 2009-06-30 16:38:23 -0500 Report

I find that by not adding any salt after done cooking it keeps my sodium lower than before. Good luck Gabby. July is up and running for tomorrow. I have started losing weight again too. Thanks for your pep talk earlier in the Month.
Your Friend Always;

GabbyPA 2009-06-22 08:46:15 -0500 Report

I was looking at my log book and found a pattern for my calories. I will have a couple of days where I am at or below my calorie intake goals and then without really thinking about it, I end up with a day where I will go 200-400 over. Killing any progress I made the few days before. It seems to be about every 2-3 days I do this. Plus, this last week I have given in to my menstral munchies. I always crave carbs before my period, it sucks. I thought it was just chocolate I craved, but now that I don't eat that, I think my brain is just craving carbs. So that may be part of my demise. I am not on a regular schedule any more, so knowing that is it doesn't hit me until I get some of my other PMS indicators. Grrrr, the joys of being a woman. LOL I didn't realize how bad it was until I did my averages for this week, my carbs were sky high. And I was doing so well....bummer.

Usually my struggle is portion. Like this week, I made pizza for dinner one night. I made a veggie one, and a meat one, used the no fat cheese and a thin and crispy crust. The portion on the box was 3 slices, I had 4...sigh. Then the next day I had two more and it just compounded. Plus I was baking for a friends birthday and Father's day...too many temptations. And while I did not pig out like I often would. Learning that one small piece is enough is sometimes hard to control my mouth. Sometimes I do need a food police. LOL

One thing I am finding helpful is writing down my meal in my log before I eat. Then I know what I can have and how much. If I go beyond that, then it is a choice and not just something that happened. Doesn't always prevent me from over doing it, but it seems to help. I did manage to drop my fat, but the carbs made up for it. I know I have to be patient and learn..

Here is what I did last week...It is more like what I didn't do last week, but this week will be better.

My weight 293.5 (I gained! YUCK)

My dietary averages for this week were:
Carbs = 197 (goal 155)
Fat = 70 (goal 40)
Protein = 64.4 (goal 80)
Sodium = 2925 (goal 2000)
Caloires = 1595.5 (goal 1500-1800)

My exercise for the week:
Walking/jogging 75 min (goal 150min)
Gardening 110 min

Testing Averages for the week:
3:00 AM tests = 157
Before Breakfast = 168
Before Lunch = 111
Bedtime = 171

lipsie 2009-06-23 06:44:18 -0500 Report

That is one thing I do not miss, those lovely periods..ugh I feel for you there! I had to have a hysterectomy a couple years ago…though I do wish I could have given Ty his own child, he's VERY good with the ones' I have now…matter of fact he's never met them in person yet…but my daughter called fathers' day and wished him happy father's day from her to him…she calls him step dad already..she really likes him..its cool. Don't be so hard on yourself about the carbs…unfortunately this is natural with periods…give yourself a break darn ya!! Sheila

Edie 2009-06-15 13:10:16 -0500 Report

Ok I got those numbers on the distance around the first two blocks. From my door to my door around the first block is 2/10 of a Mile and around the first two blocks from my door to my door is 3/10 of a Mile. The Doc said to start with the first block till I can walk around it 3x without chest pain or back pain. If my legs are still rubbery then stay with that till the rubbery feeling goes away.
When I can do that 3x in a row then I will move onto the next road over and then add the last one in when I make it to that distance with out any problems when that is done then I will try 5x on the first round again and when I can do that then I will do the whole park as that is one Mile total. When I master that then I will add the front roads back in one at a time till I can do 2 and then 3 miles when that happens then I will move out onto the walking trail a short way from our Home and see if I can get someone to walk with me a couple times a week there. How about it Bingo you up for that kind of walk.

Edie 2009-06-14 22:53:31 -0500 Report

Here is what I ate today:
June 14,2009
Breakfast -211 Calories
Cereals Quaker Oat Life, Plain - 1 cup, 160 Cal
Milk-skimmed- 1 cup,51 Cal
Lunch-973 Calories
Bologna, Pickled -350 Calories?
Cheese Crackers, Reg.-2cup,623 Cal
Dinner-220 Calories
Chicken and Dumplings-2 servings 220 Cal?
Sweet Rolls, Cinnamon-2 roll, 617 Cal
Ice Creams, Chocolate, Rich,  377 Cal
Total Calories for June 14,2009- 2398
The Misc is my snacks thru the day.

And here is what I plan on eating tomorrow:
June 15,2009
Breakfast- 436 Calories
English Muffin, Plain - 1 muffin, 129 Cal
Egg, Fried - 1 egg, 90 Cal
Sausage Patty - 1 oz, 117 Cal
Bacon - Smoked/Cooked - 4 slice, 100 Cal
Lunch- 434 Calories
Peanut Butter - 2 tablespoon, 190 Cal
Bread, Wheat - 2 slice, 133 Cal
Jams And Preserves - 2 tbsp, 111 Cal
Dinner—348 Calories
Pork - Chops - 1 piece, 235 Cal
Potatoes, Baked - 1 cup, 113 Cal
Misc— 635 Calories  
Popcorn, Microwave, Butter Flavor-  1oz., 148 Cal
Cheese Crackers, Reg.-1cup,312 Cal
Oscar Mayer. Bologna (Wisconsin Made Ring)- 1serving, 175 Cal
Total Calories for June 15,2009—1853

I have it in my computer so as not to mess up. Wish me luck folks.
Next attack on my plan is my exerciseing. Gabby why is house work not counted as exercise. I am kind of wondering why it don't count as I am still moving and it still burns Calories how much depends on how much we weight.
Let us know how this works in the skeem of things.
Your Friend Always;

I have not been wearing my Step Counter lately. I will see how far the area that I am going to be walking is in distance using the truck tomorrow when I leave to take Gerry to work and come back and then I will post it as the Dr wants me to start with just around the block using my road and the next one then build from there.

zobel 2009-06-15 03:32:09 -0500 Report

edie great plan for the 15 th my hopes are with you it may be tough i just finished a bowl of lays chips that i couldn't resist. there go my morning numbers. ;)


GabbyPA 2009-06-14 14:46:28 -0500 Report

This week was kind of a mess. How I was successful in loosing weight I have no clue, as I ate more than I should have all week. Not a lot each day, but it all added up in the end.
Week Two: June 7- June 13

My weight 292 (down 4.5 pounds ! woo hoo!)

My dietary averages for this week were:
Carbs = 158 (goal 155)
Fat = 83.7 (goal 40 ouch!)
Protein = 90.7 (goal 80)
Sodium = 2601.7 (goal 2000)
Caloires = 1835.7 (goal 1500-1800)

My exercise for the week:
Walking/jogging 160 min (goal 150min)
Gardening 75 min

Testing Averages for the week:
3:00 AM tests = 156
Before Breakfast = 162
Before Lunch = 111
Bedtime = 154

My BG levels dropped an average of 25 points over last week, so I am thrilled with that. Now if I can get my meal planning in gear and actually plan my day instead of just restricting my day, I believe I will do better. I was surprised to have lost so much weight, as I don't feel it. But I am thankful for it, to be sure!!

My exercise has been the interval type, where I walk during the evening news and the jog during the commercials. It works for me and goes pretty fast. Thank goodness...and the garden is just relaxing. Hard work, but rewarding in many ways.

zobel 2009-06-15 03:21:26 -0500 Report

gabby that walking helps allot. congrats keep it up.

zobel 2009-06-15 03:26:41 -0500 Report

gabby i assume you are using a treadmill. am i correct?

GabbyPA 2009-06-15 21:52:18 -0500 Report

Nope, I just use my living room floor. Actually, I have a mini track thru my living room, dining room and kitchen. It is a nice little circle. But I am also doing some marching in place. I never thought that would be doing much, but it works different muscles than just walking and then I also jog in place. Works up a little sweat, no special equipment required.

GabbyPA 2009-06-16 09:08:50 -0500 Report

I also am doing what they call interval exercise. I walk or march in place for a while and then I jog for a short spurt. Then I walk and jog thru the routine. I use the Evening News as my cue. I walk while the news is on and then jog during the commercials. Right now I can't make a jog thru all the commercials, but that is my goal.

Edie 2009-06-08 14:41:15 -0500 Report

hey guys I've been gone since the 5th and I did say tell me any thing this month and no hard feelings. I needed what Latte lady was saying it always sounds better coming from someone else and not from me.
I will check and recheck what I am eating and see where I was going wrong.
This past weekend is not a good one for me being on the go so much Highway running mostly. So was doing alot of snacking not good but my numbers stayed down when I had to eat on the run for a change. Now that I am back home I will try to do more exercising and not eatting as much. Need to start using a diet food scale and the measuring cups and spoons may be eatting to much and I don't think so. That is real bad if I am.
So I will be back later and answer all comments on here. Thanks again for the support.
Your Friend Always;

GabbyPA 2009-06-08 11:06:03 -0500 Report

Hey Edie,
You will get it all righted soon. My A1c only went from 7.4 to 7.3, so I know that feeling. I am logging everything now too and counting calories! UGH! It takes me an hour to do a meal...just kidding. It is helping me though. I am going to share my one week at a time goals. Averages and then show the improvement (I hope and pray) as I go.

I really need this post to help me be accountable. I have been avoiding it because I am not as brave as you are. When I feel out of control, I tend to hide. You inspire me with your honesty and candor. You go girl! You can do it. I can give you some log sheets if you want, for food and exercise. Let me know and I will pop some in the mail to you.

I will give you an update on my progress on Mondays.
Week One: May 31-June 6

Started new Insulite supplement program and one additional prescription (glipizide 5mg x2 daily)
My goal is to loose 2-3 pounds a week. My start is 296.5

My dietary averages for this week were:
Carbs = 162.5 (goal 155)
Fat = 58.7 (goal 40)
Protein = 72.8 (goal 80)
Sodium = 2242.4 (goal 2000)
Caloires = 1608 (goal 1500-1800)

My exercise for the week:
Walking/jogging 40 min (goal 150min)
Gardening 120 min

Testing Averages for the week:
3:00 AM tests = 180
Before Breakfast = 192
Bedtime = 182
I have had some great numbers in the middle of the day. I had my first 110 since I have been monitoring and that was exciting. I used to struggle to get below 170, now I am seeing numbers like 149, 138, 129 and the 110....I like those much better! I will try to monitor the same time in the middle of the day so I can add that average to the mix. I was kind of all over the place this week. Finding a new routine can be messy sometimes.

This is the first week of learning all the new things from Insulite and my dietitian and TCOYD class. I am hoping that next week we will see improvement.

cyncyn 2009-06-08 14:29:31 -0500 Report

These challenges are always easier when you have someone doing it with you. And posting it and comparing it, is almost the same thing. You and Edie, are true inspirations to all. Good luck in your journey. We will be cheering you on!


Edie 2009-06-08 14:47:06 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby go ahead and send me some. I will get copies made before using them so as to have a template to use and Pray that I can get ahold on this. I told the Dr. to give me some of what Bill is getting and he said lose some Weight first. LOL
Like I haven't been trying Yeah.
some times I think this is a loseing battle then I see some one worse than me and push my self some more. I need to get those pics back up and fight my way to the Winner's Circle with this battle of the bludge. If you don't think I need to lose wight look at the picture of me and Leigh I'm the fat one in the yellow shirt and off white shorts.
I will be getting me a copy of that one and posting it on the Frig next to my Senior picture so as to have a fighting chance.
Your Friend Always;

cyncyn 2009-06-04 21:39:27 -0500 Report

Good for you! You are not only airing out the good but also the bad.Sometimes it takes writing it down, to see where, we went wrong. But you, I have to give you credit, you are going to post. Maybe others can join in and it will help a lot of others. Good for you!!!! Good luck on your journey, in the next few months! I will be following.

2009-06-04 21:24:29 -0500 Report

You don't need anyone to bawl you out, you know what you need to do to get your numbers back down. We're here to support you not scold you so you hang in there and eat healthy and put on your dancing shoes and dance your little heart out… :)


Janice5208 2009-06-04 16:55:31 -0500 Report

Hi Edie-The best offence is a great support circle. I hope we all can be there for you . please let me know if you need anything

Latte Lady
Latte Lady 2009-06-04 12:17:59 -0500 Report

Choices we make. From the moment you get up in the morning, you are faced with healthy or unhealthy choices. What is the long term effect of any given choice. If you OD on too many carbs, it can skew your entire day and the next. If balanced, good day ahead for you.
Long term effect. I don't know about others, but I LIKE having two functioning eyes, two functiong hands, and using my legs and feet to get around.
My very first job, eons ago, was in a diabetic ward (when the beds were niches carved in cave walls… I am kidding!).
That experience of seeing the end result of poor control made me swear that if ever I developed this disease, I would do right by myself. I knew that eventually it would 'get me' as I have lots of rellies with T2 on one side of the family.
If you do not eat right, exercise, lose excess avoirdupois, you are not hurting anybody but yourself. Well, actually you do.Your family is left bereft of your love and presence.
Is that cookie, pancake, pc of cake, ice cream worth what you lose? You are stronger than that.
Hey, you ought to hear me about getting mammograms. I do get on a soapbox in re health issues.
hugs to all
I am off to a quilt shop in a smaller town today. MIL is moving to an assisted living place (halleluljah), and I am looking for wall hangings patterns for her door.

2009-06-04 16:44:15 -0500 Report

I agree that we need to take care of ourselves but we are not all cut from the same cloth and it's difficult for some to maintain the balance. I myself have found what works for me but it might not work for everyone on this site so I don't preach. I personally think that you mean well with these messages but the tone of them leaves a taste of guilt which I don't believe anyone needs to hear. Again, I'm sure that you mean well and are trying to be motivational but everyone here is human. While making the right choices to manage your life is important, making people feel like they've failed because they haven't or can't is not the right path either. We need to be supportive and help one another get through the good times and the bad times.

Latte Lady
Latte Lady 2009-05-31 13:50:14 -0500 Report

Adding more. If on a 'diet' per se, is it something you can live with for the rest of your life.
A really, really low cal diet is not feasible, restricting more foods than you already do is not feasible. It has to be a 'from the heart', lifestyle change.
Which inc exercise. Some say they are incapacitated and can not get out, etc.
Can you sit in a chair? Grab some veggie cans, cola cans, a towel. Start stretching with the towel, lifting those cans. Long arm lift, out in front, out to the side, over head. Put towel around your feet, and pull against the resistance.
Lying down, can you do leg lifts?
There is always a way to get some in.
I am finally off of plateau of 3 months and lost weight this week. Sometimes it takes awhile. But weight will come off, if you eat and exercise.
Food in, more food consumed than burned off = gain
Food in, LESS food consumed than burned off = LOSS
All comes down to calories in and calories out.
Yes, some meds play havoc, inc thyroid meds. But one can work around it. Might be a bit growly in the tummy, but drink water.
Our doctors can only advise us, it is up to us.
What is YOUR choice?

Celia - 38478
Celia - 38478 2009-06-16 22:47:03 -0500 Report

I have learned some new things to try for myself from you. Also you helped me remember things I did years ago. A big Thank you to all.

gma 2009-05-31 09:40:12 -0500 Report

Hi Edie
have not been on much but need to get back to being good. Went and got my eyes checked got my new glasses and they were wrong not there mistake mine!! the Dr asked if my blood sugar was up I said no but guess what? they were I have been BAD!!! not watching what I was eating so my eyes got worse in just 2 weeks so I guess that was my wake up call so please watch what you put in your mouth

Latte Lady
Latte Lady 2009-05-31 09:37:08 -0500 Report

Atta girl! I have found journaling every bite, lick, taste, PLUS my emotional state helps me. I can look back and find a direct tie in between my thoughts and what I eat that day.
Balanced diet.
My breakfast today> two poached edges, half an Eng. muffin and water. My DH is a big pancake/sausage eater. But he has no weight issue nor diabetic issue.
snack will be a nonfat latte with sf flavoring.
Lunch, cottage cheese (low fat), half a peach, and a tossed salad with a diced egg.
snack, maybe yogurt, low fat
Dinner, grilled (we never fry anything) fish, and grilled veggies on a skewer. Another salad. Shredded napa salad sprinkled with rice wine vinegar.Iced coffee (no milk, just straight coffee on ice…I abhor tea).
snack, a couple dried apple rings. maybe.
Anytime I am hungry, which is rarely, I have a few steamed veggies sprinkled with vinegar.
Sometimes it is not hunger, but cravings. Learn the difference.
One meal and one day at a time.
This is our arena, learn to use the weapons and win this battle.

lipsie 2009-05-31 09:23:30 -0500 Report

I just want to say that you are heading in the right direction and at least trying, more than I can say for a lot of others so keep up the good work! *Hugs* Sheila

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