It's a way of life, not a race!
Thursday, April 16, 2015
I began this leg of my journey exactly as I have every other time I've embarked on losing weight. I placed myself on a low-carb diet. Once I'd lost enough weight to feel human again, I started exercising, just as I had both times before. Again I reached a point where the weight loss slowed, and I tired of almost no carbs. (Which let's be honest, it's likely that I was eating more carbs and that's why the weight loss slowed.) Now, being honest, and before everyone lashes me with a wet noodle, at least the first round of low-carb dieting was necessary. I was diagnosed with PCOS a little less than 20 years ago. What's more, I was not on any medication for insulin resistance or diabetes. The only way I could lose weight was to drastically reduce my carbohydrate intake. Now, however, my blood sugar is infinitely better (A1C 5.4) and my cycle is normal. (sorry guys!) That limitation is unnecessary and not healthy. What's more, I just don't want to do it anymore. After all, it's a way of life I want to adopt, not a race to the weight-loss finish line. As a result, I took another survey of the diabetic management program SparkPeople offers. I've re-enabled the meal plan. Starting tonight, I'm going to start tracking my blood sugar numbers. Do I have the same energy and drive that I did in the beginning of getting back on board? I wouldn't say the same, exactly. I would, however, say I'm more determined and more focused on my goals of lowering my blood sugar enough to reduce (eliminate?) the dose of medication I currently take and losing weight gradually. Perhaps that is even better than being as "energetic and driven" as I was initially.