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Weight Loss Challenge for the Summertime


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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!


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Posted: Jun 11, 2010 16:36
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  • Weight Loss Challenge for the Summertime

    Recently I’ve been following Ginger Vieira on Twitter.  Originally it was due to the fact we live within a few hours of each other, and she’d commented about the upcoming Montreal Jazz Festival that I'd tweeted about.  From there, we connected, and I discovered that she’s not only a Type 1 diabetic like me, but also a power lifter and competed in a few national competitions over the years.  Imagine, dead lifting 315 lbs, squatted 265 lbs, and bench-pressing 187 lbs! Serious training and commitment needed for that!  Not only does she deal with diabetes, but also with Celiac disease , which means she has to eat a gluten-free diet.  Not easy in today’s world of over processed foods!

    What is even better, is she is like myself, on MDI (multiple dosage injections) and managing very well with all the exercise she does (I feel lazy compared to what her daily work outs are).  She used to be on an insulin pump for 6 years, but after experiencing DKA (diabetic coma due to high blood sugars) – she decided to go back to daily injections – and so far – she has much better control.  Like she says, “

    She started a mission a few weeks ago to lose 10 pounds by August 15th – you can find her blog here.  She put out a call to others to join her and a few of us have – among those are Sarah at Sarah Loses It, as well as Cherise aka Diabetic_Iz_Me who posts once in awhile here at Diabetes1.org and at Diabetes Daily.  We all have goals to lose weight and have better control of our diabetes.  Mine is to gain more muscle, which in the end will mean better insulin absorption and hopefully more level blood sugars (BG's).  Not sure if I can lose 10 lbs in such a short time, but I’ll be happy with whatever I can lose (remember muscle weighs more then fat).  It'll just be nice to do it with others that are trying to accomplish similar goals!

    So far for myself – I started on Monday, June 7th – my initial weigh in is 152 lb / 69 kg and I’m trying to do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.  I try to aim to exercise with BG’s in the 100-200 mg/dl or 5.5-11 mmol/l.  Lately I’ve been fighting with BG’s in the a.m. of under 100 mg/dl / 5.5 mmol/l – when I have time to exercise.  I’ve managed to tweak my p.m. dose of Levemir to where I’ve woken up to good BG’s – so able to get in some cycling.  My food intake hasn’t really changed from before.  I try to eat no more then 120 grams of carb a day.  Due to another gum surgery, and being “forced” onto antibiotics, my appetite isn’t the greatest.  Main thing, I’m trying! I’ll be try to report back on a weekly basis each Monday with updates on how I’m doing.

    So, anyone else wanting to join us?  Come on Summer Days are coming!!!

     

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Jun, 21, 2010 20:44 PM

    AmariT - I actually don't like to really step on the scale - as I sometimes find it can be abit depressing.  I'm like you, with a fav pair of jeans that I'd like to one day fit back into - where I don't have to suck in my gutt when I sit down (I'm fine standing up - but when I sit down - you know what happens).

    Because I sit alot in my work- I try to remember to do some little exercises every hour (besides taking an eye break from the screen).  For example, pulling in the stomach muscles, clenching the buttocks cheeks, doing leg lifts under my desk (have to make sure the cat isn't there).  Little things that might not seem like much, but the muscles are working out abit, and not sitting idle.  In the end, they all add up with the other exercises I'm trying to do daily.

    BTW, I found this video just now showing a work out for the stomach muscles for us folks who work 9-5.  I think it is something I'll do in future (I just have to figure out how to lock the wheels of my chair)! 


    By: AmariT: Jun, 21, 2010 10:04 AM
    I've been trying to lose weight lately, which is made slightly more difficult by the fact that I don't own a scale and don't actually know how much I weigh. I do, however, own a pair of jeans that I no longer fit into that I'm using as a way to measure my progress.


    By: Kelly59: Jun, 16, 2010 17:33 PM

    I would love to join you but till my thyroid gets fixed, I will be lucky to lose one pound.  I have an appointment with an endork in August that supposedly gets thyroid.  Maybe I can start just as you guys finish up!  Good luck.  I guess I can’t send you any of the gobs I am making for my family reunion this weekend!


    By: Diabetic_Iz_Me: Jun, 15, 2010 20:34 PM
    Anna-

    I am so proud of you! You can do it!


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