Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Weekly weigh in: -35!

Down one pound during the past week. At least it's still heading in a downward direction, but the rate of loss has gone down a bit. Well-oh. I think it's the dreaded "Decade Effect": the closer you get to going past a number that is a multiple of 10, the slower your rate of loss. At least I'm no longer lying about my driver's license weight anymore!

My blood glucose levels continue to do better in general--I even got one of my fasting numbers within range last week--but today? Ugh. Hard to pinpoint the cause: my post-dinner numbers were great last night, but my fasting was 143 and my post-breakfast, post-exercise was 152! (Which isn't too bad, but I'd been seeing some nice post-meal numbers in the 130s and was feeling smug.) I'm sorry, but 1/2 cup of cottage cheese and a little cream in my coffee shouldn't do that sort of thing. I did get a twinge in my calf when jogging this morning, so that might have affected things...I looked at some bread at Whole Paycheck Foods this morning and even picked up a pack of brioche buns (and--no worries--set it down)...I took a big, long loving whiff of the breakfast bar and its insidious chorizo hash...Please-o-please tell me it wasn't the cup of Good Earth tea I just drank!

And tomorrow, True or False: Does most of the weight we lose come straight off our busts? Stay tuned!


Joy's Journey in Weightloss said...

I love Good Earth tea. Does it spike? Good for you to put down the bread! I am a fan of Whole Foods. I feel like I am taking care of myself when I go there. It is soooooo expensive!!

Pubsgal said...

There's a sign on the front door of a restaurant in our area (Max's Opera Cafe) that says, "This is a good place for a diet./This is a bad place for a diet." They need to slap that sign on the front of Whole Foods, too! Lately, it's been a helpful place, because I know that if I'm short on veggies in my lunch, I can always find some there.

I drink a lot of Good Earth tea, so I seriously doubt that it spikes. (Actually, I found an article on Science Daily about tea helping regulate blood glucose. University of Massachusetts Amherst (2008, April 3). Red Wine, Tea, May Help Regulate Blood Sugar In Type 2 Diabetics, Research Suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 27, 2008, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2008/04/080402212428.htm)

I'll have to figure out how to put it to the test, though there's no sugar in it, so I wouldn't think it would be a problem. I have a friend, though, who says that even consuming artificial sweeteners causes her to spike. So far, no problems in that area for me. (whew!)

Pubsgal said...

On the other hand, I just read that caffeine might have been the culprit. Mayo clinic's web site had a q&a topic about this. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/blood-sugar/AN01804 The ADA web site also has an article about this topic. (http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-research/summaries/lee-caffeine.jsp)
Good thing Good Earth makes a caffeine-free variety, although their tea still has only 16mg/8 oz. cup. (Which is what I usually drink, but yesterday they had the caffeinated version in the breakroom at work.) And you know, last Friday I had a jump after drinking a double latte the other day which I thought was only due to the milk, but may have been a combination of the carbs in the milk and the jolt of caffeine. I'll definitely be watching my caffeine from now on!

Jim Purdy said...

You said:
"At least I'm no longer lying about my driver's license weight anymore!"

And I thought I was the only one who did that!


Pubsgal said...

Jim, what's really funny is that the last time I got my driver's license, I had decided to not lie and put my actual weight at the time! Oh, well. (And thanks for including my blog on your list of diabetes blogs!)