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Written by: Ric Swann
7/23/2009 10:32 AM 

 

Week 3

Last week, week 3, I was on vacation. This was a lot of fun, but presented some challenges. Sticking to a diet is tough enough on vacation, when you have diabetes it is particularly challenging. I loaded the car with plenty of almonds and healthier snacks and hit the road.

It was tough driving past my favorite restaurant stops on the way back to Ohio, but I made a lot better time. :)

Once back with the family, most of the time, I made good choices with my meals. Was I perfect? No, but the days I wasn't, I made sure I was drinking more water, and walking more.

Overall, I did pretty good with the diet while on vacation.

Remember, nothing is off limits. Portion control is the key.


 

Week 4.

This is a big week. I joined the Mercy Fitness Center and will begin my metabolic workouts. About a month ago I went through metabolic testing and received a good 12 week workout routine. I let that printout sit on the kitchen table for a month, then figured it really wasn't doing me much good collecting dust. So I joined and begin workouts today.

I am excited about the workouts, I need to be accountable otherwise it's too easy to let the routine slide. For the next 12 weeks, 5 days a week, I will ave to be accountable to the staff at Mercy Fitness Center, that will keep me focused on the workouts and help me reach my goal of losing another 25 to 30 lbs.

Also this week, I am participating in a sleep study at Eastern Iowa Sleep Clinic. Another step in getting myself healthier. I will let you know how that goes in the next blog. I am looking forward to seeing the results.

We also talked with Amanda Trevino from Mercy Medical Center today. She talked about pre-diabetes and again we talked about how important diet and portion control are everyday. Choosing lean meats, fruits and veggies, whole grains and what amounts you should have on your plate each meal.
I switched to smaller plates at home, it's a little mind trick, that does work. I also try to eat slower, that seems to help me feel fuller.

The main thing is, if you have a history of diabetes in your family, or have some of the risk factors, and you are concerned about it, don't wait. Make an appointment with your doctor and get tested.

I waited until I had alot of the signs of diabetes before I even complained about it. By the time I was tested my blood sugar levels were very high. My point, especially to guys, you don't have to feel bad. Find a doctor, and get yourself tested. The process is a lot simpler than you think and I feel a lot better now than I have in years.

Eat better, watch portion sizes, get more active.

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