Monday, March 26, 2007

I have lost 18 pounds in 1 month

I have been on the program now for 1 month and have lost 18 pounds.
I didn't have a great loss this week for some unknown reason, but
over all I am pleased with my progress.
Last week was Spring Break for me. I went out of town for a few days
and managed to "stay in the box" (The term for not cheating on the diet),
which I thought was good for me. While I was out of town I had to change
my PA up a little. The bike is too big to haul around, so I walked instead.
Walking was okay, but I am still enjoying the bike better. Although I have
decided to take a walk at least 2 times a week in addition to the bike. So,
Brooks if you are reading this I will be calling you later this week.
To everyone else reading this, THANKS for going on this journey with me.
I appreciate your prayers and encouragement more than you will ever know.

Monday, March 19, 2007

-5.6 this week

I am feeling very good having just come home
from my weekly weightloss meeting where I
learned I have dropped another 5.6 pounds.
That is 16.4 pounds in just 3 weeks!!!
My over all health is continuing to improve
as well. Last week the Dr. reduced the amount
of insulin my pump automatically gives me
and my numbers remained in a very good
range. This week we are working with my
regular Dr. to reduce the amount of blood
pressure meds I am taking because I am
running a little low. I continue to ride the
bike for at least 30 minutes every morning
and get in more when I can. Last week I
tried walking on Tuesday, my strong start
day, and determined I like the bike better
for now.
I am very thankful to have found
something that is working so well for me.
Thanks again Brad for the inspiration!
I know it will take time, but the accountability
of this plan is exactly what I need. Thanks
to all who read my post and encourage me
with your comments.

Monday, March 12, 2007

-3.6 This week

Okay, I will have to admit I was a little disappointed after last weeks
good start. However, they explained about water weight, retention,
etc. and I guess 3 pounds is still an okay amount.

I have increased my PA (physical activity) by 10 minutes a day
(I'm up to 30 now) and I have increased the resistance on the bike by
2 levels from where I started. I have to try 10 minutes of something
new (exercise) tomorrow for my "strong start day". I am thinking a
noon walk around the block, but I am open to other suggestions. I'll let
you know what I decide on later in the week. Thanks for your support,
prayers and words of encouragement.

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

One Full Week

It is official - I have been on the HMR program for one week.
In this week I have already see my overall health improving. I
have reduced my insulin intake by 1/3 and my blood sugar levels
are staying much closer to normal than ever before.

Last night was one of my first big challenges. In my house church
we have always used the first Tuesday night of each month to
have dinner together. I have always enjoyed this activity because
of the fellowship with my friends, but also for the delicious food
everyone brings. Well, last night was the first Tuesday night this
month and I wasn't sure how that would affect me. However, I have
a wonder inspiration, named Brad, who has been on this same program
since last November and Brad is in my housechurch group. I know
this program has great things in store for me because Monday I
received a call from Brad wanting to "plan our strategy" for Tuesday
night. WOW!!! was that a relief. Just knowing someone else was facing
the same challenges and was thinking ahead to build a strategy was
so encouraging. Brad I think you are my Hero!!! Anyway, Tuesday
night fellowship was GREAT. I took my HMR food and honestly enjoyed
eating and visiting with my wonderful friends. Thanks guys!

This morning I woke up early and was able to ride my bike for 30
minutes instead of just 20. The last 4-5 minutes were hard, but
I made it.
Thanks everyone for the comments and encouraging words.

Monday, March 5, 2007

-7.2 Pounds in the 1st Week

For those of you who may not already know, I have started the HMR weight
loss management program last Wednesday (Feb. 28). This week has been
tough. I have felt hungery a lot, but I "stayed in the box" and it paid off. I
also added exercise to my daily routine. I have an exercise bike that I have
started riding at least 20 minutes a day. Some days I can get in more,
but I do 20 minutes everyday before I go to work, then if I can do more in
the evening I do.

Thanks to all of you who have called or checked in with me this week to
encourage me. I will continue to update each week for anyone interested
in my progress.

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