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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Well, it's been 107 days since I added anything to my page. Quite the slump, I'd say.

I re-joined SP in late August 2019 and had a great September. I was eating well, tracking my food, not buying my trigger foods, staying the course. Pretty much doing it all right except for adding exercise. I even lost a few pounds.

I started slipping in late October and fell off the wagon HARD over the November/December holidays. No exercise. Depression at high levels (or should it be low levels?). All the sweets. All the comfort food. Gained back everything I lost.

January was my annual physical and blood work. I knew it wasn't going to be good. I was out of my thyroid medicine for a week before the appointment and was pretty sure my A1C went up (see above: no exercise, lots of eating). I was right.

Thyroid - 4.79 - higher but OK-ish. Back on the med and hope to see that lower next time
Cholesterol - overall 127 but the good kind was low at 37
A1C - 6.7 - up from 6.2 in October which was down from 6.4 in July. Now officially diabetic instead of pre-diabetic

So what am I doing about all of this?

1. I joined the gym. I've been thinking about it for awhile but was very intimidated. Most of the machines still intimidate me. I read about a class that required a Dr referral - Weight Management - MOVE IT, so I asked my Dr for the OK and he said yes. The class started at the beginning of January and it has been positive. I had to face just how out of shape I really am, but I'm making progress. In addition to this class (2x a week) I plan to go to a water aerobics class on Saturday mornings, and also find/develop a stretching routine.

2. Food Tracking. This has proven to be key for me. If I track my food, I am both aware of what I eat and make better choices. I don't want to add junk food to my tracker. I don't want to admit that I downed a pint of ice cream, or a bag of M&Ms. When I'm tracking, I'm less likely to eat the junk, or at least I eat less of it. Today is only day 3, but this will become a habit.

3. Daily Sparkpeople. In addition to food tracking, I will spend time on SP daily. That commitment to read the articles, and check in with groups keeps my focus positive.

4. Blog at least 4x a week. This is for me, to track my moods and cravings, failures and successes. I'll be honest, I'd love to be a 'recognized' blogger and inspire others, but I need to focus on doing this for myself. I am the one who needs to see this and to do this.

Next time - What I expect to gain from all this
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