It has been a while since I last did my blog, not because of any particular reason except that I don’t feel I have a lot to report. I am not due back at the doctors for my 6 monthly diabetes check up for at least another month (they tend to be around your birthday and mid year), and sometimes it doesn’t feel like much is happening…
Until I look back, that is…
A few years ago, not that many.. maybe 5 or 6 I went to weight watchers (a wholly owned subsidiary of Heinz by the way… you learn something new every day!) and weighed in at 20.5 stone. I dieted and lost 2 stone, which I thought was a bit of a miracle and then lost another stone when I split up with my then boyfriend three years ago now…
Then I found out I was diabetic and since starting a low carbohydrate lifestyle in October last year have lost almost another 2 stone (it will be two stone in 2 lbs time).
And it’s in looking back that I realise just how far I have come, and the weight is still moving slowly but in the right direction. In the past 7 months I have lost 26 lbs… that’s a nice average of 3.5 lbs each and every month.
And I feel great.
Sometimes it feels like there isn’t much happening, or that it is happening so slow that it’s hardly worth the effort.. and then a small thing can happen which makes it all worthwhile again!
As you know I am following a LCHF diet/lifestyle in an effort to control my blood sugar and therefore my diabetes. I have made no bones of the fact that if a little weight comes off too then I will be more than happy to wave it goodbye!
This weekend I got on the scales and I am about 3lbs (I say about because my feet on the scales are a long way from my eyes and like any post 40, my eyes aren’t as good as they once were).. as I was saying, I am about 3lbs under 16 stone! It’s been 20 years since I was last under 16 stone!
Also, every day at work someone will comment on how much weight I have lost.. which of course, makes me feel even more fabulous! I have even been told that I look younger and healthier – and to be fair, who doesn’t want to hear that!
I feel fantastic.
And sometimes I just can’t believe how good it feels.
Although it hasn’t all been down to low-carbing, as I lost a couple of stone after the break up of my relationship, I have now lost over 4 stone, gone from a size 26 to a size 18 and kept my blood sugar down almost in the non-diabetic range.
Life is good.
I finally got a meter back in February, and it has taken me this long to pluck up the courage to use it, who’d have thought a big girl like me could be so worried about a little needle prick!
Anyway, my results for the past 24 hours are:
Pre dinner yesterday 5.1
2 hours after dinner 7.3 (Naughty me had a couple of slices of cheese on wholemeal toast)
Pre breakfast today 5.1
2 hours after brekkies 5.8 (Yogurt, cream and mixed nuts)
Pre lunch 4.9
2 hours after lunch 5.5 (Salad leaves, slice of ham, chunk of cheese and full fat coleslaw)
Pre dinner tonight 4.8
2.5 hours after dinner 4.5 (Home made chilli/garlic burgers with cheese, I pity the girl I have to work with tomorrow! Garlic!)
To go along with my diabetes blog I have also started a new page on Facebook called LCHF & Diabetes which can be found here
I wanted somewhere to put all the links to the articles I read and somewhere that people could interact if they wanted to.
Funny thing happened to me tonight, I realised that I am happy!
I had been feeling low for years, well three or so years to be more precise but since going LCHF my mood has gradually lifted and I feel great. Yes, I have my grumbles like everyone else but overall I feel happy to be alive again.
Please, if you haven’t watched this video on you tube yet, do take the time out of your life to watch this.
The Food Revolution
Saw my diabetes nurse today to get the results from my blood test, and also as I hadn’t written down my previous results I also asked for those while I was at it so I could do a comparison.
Bearing in mind that I have been following a LCHF diet for just 3 months:
- My HbA1c, which measures how your blood glucose control has been over the past three months, was 41 (5.9 in old money), down from 58 three months ago and 103 at diagnosis. To give you an idea of what that means, what is considered a good result for a diabetic is between 48 and 58, and for a non-diabetic person is 37 and below.
- Weight down by 7.6kg
- BMI down by 3.1
- Blood pressure down from 120/80 to 112/70
- Total Cholesterol up by 0.1, but
- HDL up by 0.4, and
- My Cholesterol to HDL ration was 3.9 (4.5 and under is considered good)
I am so chuffed.
Although everything screamed that I was doing the right thing, 30 years of being taught to base our meals on carbs and eat low-fat was a lot of conditioning to overcome, and there was always a little corner of my mind asking “What if you are wrong?”.
My diabetes nurse said I have excellent control of my diabetes and asked me what I was eating. I told her I had seriously cut back on my carbs.
She replied “OK, are you eating veg?”
I said “Yes, lots of green veg”
To which she replied “Wonderful.. keep doing what you are doing.”
To finish, I have borrowed this:
The moment of truth is just over a week away! I have my blood taken tomorrow and the results along with my diabetes 6 monthly review next week.
Wish me luck.