Friday, March 18, 2011

Jim's Week in Review

OK, OK, I know, I used this title already. And, up until now, all of my posts have had some snappy title. Just ... go with it. It is 6:25 am and this is when I will be posting, so the snappy titles are probably a ting in the past. there is only so much creativity I can muster when it is still dark out. Remember the line from Good Morning Vietnam? "It's oh six hundred. What does the 'oh' stand for? Oh my god it's early." Well, it is oh six twenty-five and I am writing my weekly post. My morning tends to start around 6am-ish. I leave for work around 7-7:30, depending on how motivated I am that day. Why so much time? Why not be like everyone else and wake up a half an hour before I have to leave? because I don't like to rush around like a chicken with my head cut off. AND, in case I oversleep a little, I still have enough time to get ready without too much rushing.

OK, enough about my morning habits ... lets get into my week in review, shall we?

Water intake is generally up. Probably somewhere around 90 oz per day. Mostly because I have been sick and water has been my bestest friend. I noticed I have been fighting something for a few weeks now. Well, last week Thursday I was feeling crappy enough to go to my doctor's office. Ear Infection and a sinus infection. So, along comes the Amoxicillin, which for whatever reason tends to make me really thirsty, hence the around 90 oz per day.

For the second week in a row, I haven't touched either machine. I know, I know, this is supposed to be part of my plan. No health recovery plan (isn't that a better term than diet?) is complete without exercise. What can I say? Between laziness, sickness and lack of motivation, I just haven't gotten on the Bike or the Elliptical in 2 weeks.

Oranges! My friends, why have I forgotten you?!?! When I was a kid, one of the great treats mom would bring home from time to time were oranges. Well, in the height of feeling totally cruddy, I went to the deli across the street and got chicken noodle soup (home made ... the deli across the street is actually a family owned and run butcher shop that has a small grocery store/deli attached and has a HUGE catering business ... everything is home made there with grandma Bunzel's old recipes), As I was checking out, I noticed the oranges in the cooler next to the register and thought to myself, "I could really use the vitamin C." I got one, and since then went to the store and bought a bag and have been having an orange a day.

Along the way, I had read something about the First Lady naming Cap'n Crunch as the worst kid's cereal because of its high sugar content. I am just enough of an a-hole that if the First Lady tells me I should not be buying something, I go out and buy some (take THAT Michelle!). WOW, it does have a lot of sugar in it. I could not believe it! But, my protest against being told what I can and cannot eat will continue until the box is gone. Besides, I think being American means being able to eat and do what you want even if it is bad for you. Cap'n Crunch is not illegal, so she should lay off.

Diabetes Care
Despite the sugary breakfast cereal, all but a couple of my blood sugar readings have been in the area I have been in since starting treatment: within 10 points of my target range (90-130). My pre-lunch readings have been closer and closer to 100 when I take them, with one reading getting as low as 93. Next week, I move from the half-dose of the Byetta to the full-dose. I got my new pens from my insurance company's mail-order pharmacy (paid $20 for over $700 worth of medicine). With the full dose, we will see if the appetite suppressant factor of the drug kicks in, because up to this point, I haven't really noticed it. Even so, I think I have pretty much got this under control.

Weekly Weigh-in
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this week's weigh in had me at 273.2, which is -1.6 pounds from last week. I will have my monthly weigh in this coming Tuesday when I go for my monthly appointment with my diabetes manager so I will post those results after my appointment. I will also tell her about this blog (scary!), so depending on whether or not she starts reading regularly, be prepared for comments from her.

So, we have come to the end of my week in review. Talk to you again next week, and for goodness sake, eat right, drink plenty of water, and hey, get out and move around a few times a week!


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Yeah, for goodness sake get out and move around! What the heck, dude? Not even one time on your fancy machinery? I totally expect to read 3x or more next week. No excuses. Got it? Good.

Nice job on your loss this week! We were weight loss twins. I ganked my knee on Wednesday so my workouts went bleh but hopefully I'll get in a couple of good ones before Monday.

And what the heck is up with Capn Crunch? I'm pretty sure she didn't say you can't eat it, just that you shouldn' You're such a rebel. :P

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