Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Weekly Update, 3/10/10

Just checking in with the numbers. I still owe you all a race report.

The biggest news is that my last a1c result was 5.4%! Woo hoo!

Progress This Week

7-day blood glucose average: 109 (met goal of less than 120)
7-day fasting blood glucose average: 107 (met goal of less than 120)

Weight goals: -2 pounds.

Food goals:

Calorie tracking: No tracking, but making good choices. It's been nice taking a break from it. For me, it has its pluses and minuses. I like the data, and doing it on my phone is easier than writing everything down. On the other hand, sometimes it's really tiring having to focus so much on food. It's almost like having to track it makes me think about it too much. Does that make any sense? By now, I know how much I need at each meal.

Fiber: Not tracked. Eating pretty much the same things as usual, so I'm probably averaging about 25-30 grams/day.

Exercise goals: I did not meet my goal of 30 minutes x 5 days, but I did get in 3 days of 60+ minutes during the past week.
Mileage: 33.25 miles
Wednesday - 75 minutes (1.25 miles) BodyPump class + 10 minute treadmill run + 5 minute treadmill walk cool-down.
Thursday - 60 minutes (12 miles) Spin class, monitor broken so I wasn't sure exactly how far, but I know I wasn't going 100%.
Friday through Monday - No exercise, but this weekend was the solo parenting marathon, an endurance event that involved physical, mental, and emotional effort. Saturday involved some housekeeping and a good play-out with the kids and Sunday we were on our feet a lot shopping. (Do lunges in the McDonalds' Play Place count? ;-) Monday was the "get Thing 1 to school and clean up after Thing 2 being sick and 'breathing, not freaking' as I searched for my missing keys" sprint event, followed by getting to be a human pillow for my sick girl until Mr. Handsome-and-Handy got home.
Tuesday - 60 minutes (20 miles) Spin class. This workout felt great! It's so weird, though. I hadn't planned on going to spin class--was going to do a run on the treadmill instead--but I went into this weird autopilot mode when I got to the gym and signed in to spin. Freaky!

Sleep: Coming up short here on several nights. :-P Finally got a decent one last night!

Goals for Next Week

7-day blood glucose average goal and fasting numbers: below 120.
Weight goal: Maintain or make progress toward goal.

Food goals:
Do another week of intuitive eating, but with modified habits:
- Keep measuring to ensure reasonable portion sizes.
- Make dinner my last food of the day. (I tend to get snacky after dinner, but it's not hunger.)
- Have a cup of broth with dinner.
- Brush my teeth immediately after dinner.
- Have a cup of tea for dessert. Mr. Handsome and Handy has started the wonderful habit of running hot water for tea through the coffee pot, so it's super convenient to make a cup of tea.

Track fiber. Eat the usual suspects (veggies, chia, dry roasted edamame, nuts) and go for a minimum 30 grams fiber/day. (Include both insoluble and soluble sources.)

Exercise goals:
* 30 minutes of activity 5 days/week.
* 20 miles minimum distance.
* 2 strength sessions (BodyPump + something on my own)

Misc. goals:
7 or more hours sleep/night.


Kirsten said...

Congrats on the loss AND the A1c! Those are both awesome!

Brooke said...

i totally get what you're saying about tracking making you more aware of food and making you want it more. i tend to eat 1200 on a saturday when i track with a paper and pen. when i have all day during the week to look at my online food diary i tend to invent ways to add more food.

a big ^5 to you on your intuative eating. that's awesome.

Lori said...

Bravo on the A1c!! I type endocrinology reports often and that is one great number to see!

debby said...

Great to hear from you Pubs! I laughed at your 'endurance marathon of solo parenting! Your exercise seems fantastic. And you have given me food for thought on trying a week or two without tracking food, just keeping track of hunger. Sounds scary to me but I think I might learn a lot!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are doing well. Sorry to hear about the kiddo. :(

Hey - don't forget to send me your address so I can drop off your pay it forward gift!

Anonymous said...

A 5.4??!! You are my hero! Congrats - that's a fantastic number!

josie said...

Congrats on all accounts! AWESOME

Sagan said...

You're doing fantastic! You rock.