Day 6 in Adventures with Mary Lou: Okay, so today I brought along my kids' mini video recorder, so that I could record Mary Lou's message for today verbatim. I had already weighed in on the digital scale and knew I was up .4 lb from last week. Still, to my astonishment, applause and cheering! Huh? "You are at your original starting weight." Well, okay....Different factors today: lighter weight but still long-sleeved shirt and no breakfast yet. Breakfast yesterday was was a 12-oz shake and a glass of water...so it's likely a water weight difference. Mary Lou continued: "The best thing about the hard work you're doing is that it pays off with the most precious gift of all: better health!" I can titter at the emphatic delivery, but I really can't argue with her message.
"Graduation" from Diabetes Education: Yesterday I had my last meeting with my diabetes educators, since I had great numbers on my lab results from January. They still would like to see my HDL/LDL numbers improve. The nurse educator mentioned statins...and I told her NO way...Mr. Handsome-and-Handy had problems with those last year, and I'd much rather try something else. My nutritionist recommended further limiting my saturated fat consumption and getting more fiber in my diet, so I need to do some calculations and make some adjustments there...dinner time seems to be the main culprit these days, so perhaps having more of my no-meat meals at dinner would be a good idea. (Breakfast *has* been rather a "gimme" for making my current weekly goal there.) We also talked about setting a realistic goal weight. Right now, I'm still going to shoot for 143 (the center of the BMI "healthy weight" range for my height), but I am a realist: if it's too crazy-making to obtain or maintain, I'll revise it. No point in worrying about it until I'm closer. Another topic we touched on was exercise, and the nurse educator mentioned that interval training can be effective when things start to slow down. I've already started doing that in my runs, to try and improve my speed.
Year of the Ox: I mentioned last week that we had a Chinese New Year celebration here at work last week, with dim sum. I was the only woman to enter the ping-pong tournament...not something I would have done before, as I've always been a piss-poor ping pong player, but "opposite life" forces were at work and I decided to go for it. Yes, I was eliminated in the first round, but I faced a fear of flubbing in front of my coworkers. Unexpected reward? I was also invited to join (as a tourney participant) the newly-formed ping pong club!
That aside, one of our coworkers talked a bit about Chinese New Year to the assembled group. When she talked about the significance of an Ox year in the Chinese zodiac, it felt uncanny, both on a personal and a broader note: "We will feel the yoke of responsibility coming down on us this year. No success can be achieved without conscientious efforts." (Not sure if that's where she got the quote, but I do remember the "yoke of responsibility" part.) Among other things, I guess it's a good year to work on that back-hand, too.
Progress last week
7-day blood glucose average: 112 (met goal of <120)
7-day fasting: 106 average, all days <120 (met goal of <120 every day)
Weight goal: +.4 (gained, so did not meet goal of maintain or lose)
Food goals: Consumed 5 meatless, low-fat meals and 1 fish meals. (met first, missed second by 1 meal)
Exercise goals: 5x30 min. cardio, including 3 runs. Attended BodyPump class and worked out with weights at the gym. (Met exercise goals.)
Misc. goals: Got adequate sleep all nights. Am documenting my adventures with Mary Lou's Platform. I add a goal mid-week, after reading on MizFit and elsewhere, to try ch-ch-ch-CHIA! The seeds, not the pets. I liked it in green tea (pond scum style) and in yogurt, not so much in soup.
Goals for this week
7-day blood glucose average goal and fasting numbers: below 120.
Weight goal: Maintain or lose.
Food goals: 4 or more meatless, low-fat meals and 2 or more fish meals.
Exercise goals: At least 30 minutes of cardio 5 days, plus 2 days of arms & abs strength training workouts. For cardio, do at least 3 runs, weather permitting (Weather-permitting=not raining and temperature over 40 degrees).
7 or more hours sleep/night.
Continue Adventures with Mary Lou.
Try the Hatha Yoga class at the gym this week.
Refine my nutritional goals regarding fiber and fats, to improve HDL/LDL numbers.