Lassy's SP Blog - Intro.
Friday, March 13, 2015
Well, I'm finally doing it - starting my own blog! I've always wanted to write a blog, but could never find a reason that compelled me enough to do it. Now I have. I have been a Spark People member since Jan. 2, 2015. That was a very important day for me - the first day of the rest of my life. Let me explain. I had been diagnosed in Sept. 2014 with Type 2 Diabetes. I was immediately put on insulin injections and meds. It took a few months but eventually I was feeling much better. I was sent to a dietician who told me what, when, and how much to eat. The problem was I was gaining weight on this "diabetic diet". I was following it to a T and I was not happy. Neither was my Dr. Although one of the meds he put me on was supposed to help me lose weight it didn't. His only other suggestion to me was "watch the carbs".
So I was on my own, once again. As Christmas came and went I stayed on my dietician's diet and continued to gain weight. I had now gained 10 pounds - I know it doesn't sound like much, but on my 5'2" frame it is. Also, I know it is bad for a diabetic to be heavy. As many times before in my life, I looked for a solution. (I've done WW, gyms, various diets - nothing worked long term, or even short term for that matter). I always ended up back where I was before I started these activities, and then some.
So I thought I have to track what I am eating, including recipes for dinners that I make. On Jan 2, 2015 I googled "recipe builders that showed nutritional info" and Spark People came up. Of course I looked at the site and thought I had opened Pandora's Box! I joined right away and started tracking everything.
About a week later I had an invitation to join the "Sparking Low Carb" group and have never looked back. I still track everything, but am keeping my carbs low (30-40 per day). Since Jan. 8 I have lost 10 lbs and I feel SO MUCH BETTER! I also realized that when I was young I always ate this way - I was Never Ever heavy or even plump. People used to say I was too thin, but I ate lots - just not the carbs. (I didn't like bread, potatoes etc).
While low carb eating isn't for everyone, it is for me. I am hoping to get my diabetes under control with just oral meds or ideally, no meds at all, upon Dr. approval. This is just a small step in my journey, but I am well on my way. I go for my 3 month Dr. visit next week and hope that some positive changes can be made med. wise for me.
I gave up caffeine 4 or 5 years ago, and I know I can do this too. The people in the Low Carb Forum are very helpful and friendly. I'm not sure I could do this without support and these good people are there for me. Any time I feel down, I go back and read old forum posts of mine and see just how far I have come. I know in the future I will be looking back at this one, thinking the same thing - with a smile on my face.
To include more exercise, walks to start with, and when I am done school and get a job, join a gym again.
To stay low carb, and get down to a normal weight (120 - 130 lbs) for my height.
To continue writing in this blog to keep myself accountable, and if possible, to inspire others to live a healthy life, so they do not get diabetes.
I like to read inspirational quotes, and one of my favourite books that I keep going back to time and again is "The Success Principles for Teens". I bought it for my teenagers years ago, then read it myself and love it. I know I will be writing Thank you letters to the authors, and to Chris Downie of Spark People one day, for giving me the inspiration to not only go on this journey, but be successful at it. I can do this, I will do this! Trust, Faith, Believe!!!