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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Time To Change – As Predicted

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Somehow, I keep forgetting to do this post, lol.

Actually, it’s not surprising.  There’s been a change and I haven’t fully adjusted to it yet.

I began doing some substitute teaching with the local school district.  It’s a way to bring some desperately needed money into the house as I continue to search for a new full-time job.  But it also means that some of that “free time” I used to have to crank out this stuff is gone.  And I haven’t made the adjustment to a new work schedule.

It’s a crappy excuse, but it has the benefit of being true.

The change in schedule also has something to do with the backsliding I did this week.  My eating was slightly off but exercise went straight into file 13.  Substitute teaching can wear you out!  Some days it’s because you’re constantly on the move.  The day I sat in on a fourth-grade class I walked almost four miles.  Just round and round and round the classroom.  High school subbing is easier because there’s less direct involvement with the class (they are usually left with reading or worksheets, so I’m just keeping a minimal level of order) but I find it mentally wearing.  Since I float from school to school I’m usually semi-lost.  And because I have no place that is “mine” there’s that feeling you get when you visited you great aunt, the one with all the breakable stuff and the plastic covers on the furniture.

Again, a crappy excuse but true.  I had one night of total “I don’t care, I want all the carbs” meltdown.  And I’m happy the backslide wasn’t worse than it was.

Blood glucose (other than the meltdown night, which was bad.  Actually a good reminder to me to get a grip, even on the bad days) has been better.  Kind of hard to get any mid-day readings, though.

I knew that the first couple weeks when you hit a milestone can be a seesaw affair.  It’s OK.  We will get it back and keep on going.

As always, the biggest part of this battle is mental.  That outlook piece is the difference between winning and losing.  Between progress and backsliding.  Between the longest, healthiest life possible and a whole bunch of things I don’t want to think about.

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

190.8 pounds

Weight Change this week:  + 1.0 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 13.3 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Life Among the Unemployed – Trying Something New

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

In my last post in this series a couple weeks back, I mentioned that I had begun the process of becoming a substitute teacher in the local school district.

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All that paperwork, fingerprinting, background check and TB testing has been completed.  I have a week of subbing under my belt as well.

It’s harder than you might think.

I sat in for a 4th-grade teacher this past week.  Worked with the kids all day on science and other subjects.  It was a mental challenge because, well, they’re fourth graders.  The closest thing to perpetual motion machines ever created by mankind.  Plus we’re having an early spring hereabouts.  My Fitbit registered 8,000+ steps during school that day.  Roughly four miles.

The job is mentally and physically challenging.  You are pretty much alone.  The school expects that you can handle the class and don’t require much, if any, assistance.  As a brand new sub, I’m walking into buildings where I don’t know where the office, the teacher’s restrooms, or anything else is.  You don’t know the students, and until you hit the classroom you have no idea what you are going to be doing.  Oh, and making sure you park in the right place and come in the proper door is a challenge as well.  If you’re not good at dealing with the unknown, this is probably not the job for you.

So far, I’ve done high schools twice, middle school and elementary school once each.  I sat in the back while a student teacher handled the class, subbed for half of a teaching team (and the regular teacher did all the “heavy lifting”), the fourth graders and tenth grade English.  Four different schools, each with a slightly different way of handling substitute teachers.

For high school I had to be there around 7 AM, elementary school didn’t start till 9.  Twice I’ve had lunch with other teachers, twice in the classroom.

My respect for teachers continues to grow.

In the meantime, it’s putting a little extra money in the bank account.

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 – Milestone!

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I have no idea how I missed last week.

When I went to post this week, I realized the oversight.  Ah well, it happens.

After several weeks bouncing back and forth by a pound or so, we showed positive movement again this week.  While I did pass a milestone weight, I know not to get too excited.  So easy to slip those two-tenths of a pound back on and end on the other side again.

But for the moment, it’s time to celebrate.

Nothing spectacular.  Portion control.  A bit more exercise.  Making sure I drink enough water.

It’s a simple program.

So let’s put a little more distance between me and that milestone.  Then I’ll really celebrate.

 

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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Time To Change – Going Back to What Worked

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I mentioned a couple weeks back my struggle re-adjusting from the weight loss logic I’d learned before and some of my new diabetic plan.

Here’s something I hadn’t expected.

My glucose numbers got worse.

Not catastrophically, but significantly worse.  So I shifted back to what I had done before.  And they seem to be better again.  And the weight has started to drop as well.  Obviously, I was doing something wrong.  I’m just not sure what.  So I’m going back to what has worked in the past.  I’ll keep my eye on the blood sugar numbers and, as long as they are good, I’m just going to keep doing that.  It’s not terribly different from the T2 plan, which is why it’s weird that my numbers jumped.  Control carbs, complex carbs over simple ones, protein for snacks, control portion size.  Then keep my activity levels up.  The puzzling part was that my numbers were better in the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas when I know I was “ch-eating” than for most of January when I was being stricter.  It’s just something to watch.

The weather is supposed to be great this week and it gets back into my outdoor exercise comfort zone in the next 30 days.  So I need to take advantage of that.  Plus it’s time to start thinking about getting the bicycle up and running too.  I have that 1,000 mile goal for this year!

For the time being, I’m sticking with what works.  Because that next milestone is so very, very close.  This may be the 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 190.  I will get there and go on.

Official Weigh In Weight

190.8 pounds

Weight Change this week:  – 0.2 pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 13.3 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Time To Change – Sick!

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It was a birthday week that wasn’t a whole lot of fun.  Ah well.  Let myself splurge a little for celebrations.

And then there was the “sick”.

Nothing serious, I’m happy to report.  But a head cold and enough to throw everything off.  Hard to get out and exercise, don’t really care what I ate.   And I will confess to being the stereotypical sick man.  All “poor, poor pitiful me”. All things considered a pretty good week in the end.

I seem to be putting it behind me, and the weather gets nice again.  So the physical activity should increase.  I really want that next milestone!

 

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

191.0 pounds

Weight Change this week:  + 0.4pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 13.1 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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Time To Change – A New Challenge

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I am realizing that I have a whole new challenge to overcome.  A great deal of what I have internalized in my previous weight loss routines aren’t necessarily helpful as I try to lose weight AND deal with Type II diabetes.

Dinner earlier this week brought that home to me.  By weight loss standards it was fine.  Butternut squash soup, a little sourdough bread.  Total calories about 400, basically vegetarian.  Wonderful.

Nope.  Worst blood glucose reading I have ever had.  Took another look.  Basically an all carb meal.  Squash is a fruit, there was sweet potato in the soup as well.  Add in the bread, not good.  Virtually no protein either.  So it all just got dumped into my bloodstream.

My reading was back to normal by the next morning, which was good.  Even still.  There are some dietary habits I need to reconsider.  My biggest problems seem to be with post dinner readings, so I need to focus on that for the time being.  I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on, since my readings were consistently better a month ago.

In the meantime, I keep pursuing the numbers.  Both sets.

Meanwhile, this amused and appalled me:

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

190.6 pounds

Weight Change this week:  – 0.4pounds

Total Weight Loss To Date: – 13.5 pounds

Goal Weight and Total to Lose – 175/25

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