Time To Change – Nothin’!

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There is truly nothing to say about this week.

Just look at the number, lol!

 

Let’s just say that…nope, I got nothin’.

See you next week.

Onward.

My resolution remains:

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page

The next milestone is getting back below 185.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

188.9 pounds

Weight Change this week: -0.1 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 15.0 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Time To Change – Late!

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The weekend kind of got away from me!

Followed up a surprise great week with a less than great one.  But OK.

Lots of little things.  A temporary change in the schedule I had established (beyond my control), and an associated change in my exercise/food routine.  That’s never good.  A little backsliding on my physical therapy routine.  While I’m no longer seeing my PT, I do have stretches and exercises to do.  I’m only about 80%.  Everything kind of went into the toilet.

It did give me a chance to fall back and reconsider things.  If it seems like I do this a lot, it’s because I’ve discovered that a regular review is a VERY valuable routine.  Need to focus, need to fight my natural tendency to be a lazy ass.  I’ve given my family permission for some low-level nagging.

Oh, and I think I’ve figured out what was causing some seemingly random blood glucose spikes.  Chocolate ice cream.  As with everything, I am NOT giving it up.  Just need to find a better balance (low sugar, smaller portions, only after low carb meals) than I had over the last month or so.  Otherwise, the numbers remain very good.  The 30-day overall average is just over 130.

 

Onward.

My resolution remains:

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page

The next milestone is getting back below 185.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

189.0 pounds

Weight Change this week: +1.6 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 14.9 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Time To Change – Senseless But Solid

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Then you have a week like this.

 

It didn’t seem like a great week.  Of course, it didn’t seem like a bad one either.  I got almost no exercise.  Schedule and weather just got in the way.  Included in that was no exercise on my shoulder, and I saw some very quick negative movement because of that.  We will nip that in bud right away.

Eating was fine.  With no exercise, I should probably say that eating was good.  How else did I manage to move that number so much in the right direction?  A couple weeks back I switched from a “diabetes diet” to simply a carb control one (based on the South Beach Diet.  If you’ve never looked at this diet, I like the straightforward description of all three phases found HERE. It was recommended to me by my former physician, and it has worked well for me over the years.)  It seems to be giving me the outcomes I want.  Weight is going down and so are my blood glucose numbers.

Speaking of the T2 and the finger sticks, the numbers have gotten better.  I can also explain why a number is suddenly worse.  Still not doing quite as well on thinking about that BEFORE I make the mistake,  but those mistakes are now in better places (most of the time).  The current MD, who I like a great deal, has added a statin drug to my regimen.  10 mg of Atorvastatin a day.  None of the side effects described seem to be afflicting me, which is just fine with me.  The studies show that T2 patients decrease the likelihood of cardiac issues if we get our blood lipids as low as possible.  It’s not a terribly expensive drug and if it helps me, then fine.

In other news, I either have an allergy to some local pollen, or I’ve caught a cold.  I’m leaning toward the allergy.

But it was a good week.  I don’t know why, but it was good.

Onward.

My resolution remains:

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page

The next milestone is getting back below 185.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

187.4 pounds

Weight Change this week: – 2.0ounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 16.5 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Time To Change – The Song Remains the Same

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Just a tiny bit of movement.  At least it’s in the right direction.

The weather is improving so I have no excuse not to increase my activity levels.  The bicycle will come out this weekend as well, so I will have some miles to chart there.

Food is fine, exercise is low, blah, blah, blah…

It seems like every moment is claimed in my life but there’s still too much that isn’t getting done.  That’s frustrating.  Frustration is an obstacle.  To just about anything positive I want in this life.  So I can’t let the frustration win.

I mentioned that I have been diagnosed with “adhesive capsulitis”, more commonly known as “frozen shoulder”.  After a couple months of physical therapy I have regained about 85% of the range of movement.  I am now on my own to continue the stretching and strengthening.  Anotther thing that needs time in my schedule.  And not doing them results in the shoulder tightening back up, little by little.

The problem is that I prefer to be a little less organized in my life at home.  Just let things flow.  That’s just not an option right now.

Which is frustrating.

Sigh.

The two main numbers are both OK.  The one below and the blood glucose.

I’ll take my wins where I can.

Just realized, I get to change the milestone weight down there below the photo.  Also a small win.

Onward.

My resolution remains:

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page

The next milestone is getting back below 185.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

189.4 pounds

Weight Change this week: – 0.6 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 14.5 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Life Among the Unemployed – Making Hard Decisions

(These posts will appear when there is something to report)

Unemployment is not a straight line experience.  It changes as you go along, and that means decisions have to be made. Often hard ones.

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It’s time to acknowledge a decision I’ve made with my family.

For the moment, I am not pursuing youth ministry positions around the country.  If something were to pop up here in the Richmond region, I would certainly consider it.  But we’ve decided that we don’t want to pack up and move again.  Our goal was to move down here and make this our home long term.  The very thought of starting again is like a great stone in our bellies.  For better or worse, we will make our stand here.

It’s not a decision I come to easily.  I still love working with young people.  Those chances to discuss faith and life with young people are deeply missed.  For whatever reason God has put a great love for young people in my heart.  Through those young people, my own faith has been deepened and strengthened in ways I can not even begin to describe to you.

The other side of the coin is complicated.  I have reservations (is that a nice enough word?) about my departure from each of my professional ministry positions.  I’m not going to go into those here and now.  I accept that I bear some responsibility in both cases.  That still leaves me with issues about how the end came to be.  A different topic for a different day.

Here’s what really weighs on me at this point.  Having to break away from the young people in both of those ministries broke my heart.  It happened twice in a span of fewer than three years.  There can be no doubt that making a clean break is important for them.  It doesn’t make it easy or painless.  I’m a hurting puppy and that alters my ability to step back into another ministry.  To try and pretend otherwise is to be dishonest with myself, with any congregation or diocese, and with the young people.  For the moment, I need to heal.  There may be opportunities for me to support others in youth ministry.  I look forward to that possibility.  At the moment, we have just joined a new congregation.  The standards that I helped to create require a one year “waiting period” before becoming involved with youth ministry.  That strikes me as a very good policy and a personal discipline that I need to follow.

So it’s career change time again.  My resume describes an interesting and fairly unique career path.  It is one that has played strongly to my communication skills, my ability to relate to others, to work both as a team member and a leader, and displays a flexibility to adapt.  I’m hoping that there is a company or organization that is looking for just that kind of person to help them achieve their goals.  Anyone interested can check me out at my LinkedIn profile page.

This has not been an easy decision.  A part of me cries out at the idea of stepping away.  Yet there is no doubt in mind my it is the decision I need to make right now.  Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

So I will keep my head up, my eyes open, my heart strong.

Waiting to see the next chapter in my life.

Whatever it turns out to be.

And I’ll keep you up to date on how that goes.

Peace.

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Time To Change – Momentary Status Quo

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Let’s call this a plateau.

That’s the name for one of the great frustrations of weight loss.  After a while, your body adjusts to the changes you’ve made and the weight loss slows to a stop.

You can be doing everything you were before when the number dropped steadily but with no effect now.  It makes you crazy.

What I remind myself is that this is normal.  My body is adjusting to a new pattern.  It also means that I need to change things up.  Challenge my systems in a new way.  The good news is that the weather seems to have finally turned the corner here and that means I get out more to exercise.

So more walks and the bicycle will make its debut soon.  Add in tightening up on my eating a bit and things should change and we get rolling once more.

Weight loss is a marathon.  Being healthy is a lifestyle.

 

Onward.

My resolution remains:

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page

The next milestone is getting back below 190.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

190.2 pounds

Weight Change this week: + 0.4 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 13.9 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Time To Change – Bouncing, bouncing, bouncing…

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Well, at least this is back on schedule.

 

Just a quick note this week.  Starting to adjust to the new realities of working as a substitute.  Also made the decision to fully go back to the dietary principles I’ve used before (meaning focusing less on “diabetic”).  And lots of water.

The early results are good.

I tracked my glucose much more closely one day to see how the numbers were throughout the day.  They returned to the solid range I’d had before.  So that’s encouraging.  The highest number was my post dinner test at 145.  That’s very good.  So I think I’m going to focus on this approach for the moment.

The interesting thing is that the last two days of the week I was a substitute gym teacher.  This gave me the chance to do a lot of walking, since the classes were inside due to cold temperatures.  In two days I logged 143 active minutes and 22,000 steps!  While that was great, it also completely wiped me out!  I slept in today till 10:15!

The exercise tipped the scales as well.  I’d be really happy if the weather would go back to normal and give me some decent temperatures so I can get out and walk and ride.

But for the moment, the numbers are good.

Onward.

My resolution remains:

I want to am going to be The Guy again.  The Guy weighed 175 pounds and looked good and felt good.  And his blood pressure was good and his blood tests were good. (New photo of The Guy)

Watch my activity at my Fitbit page

The next milestone is getting back below 190.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

189.8 pounds

Weight Change this week:  – 1.0 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 14.3 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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