I considered adding these topics to my last post, but it was already long enough, so here you go – a brand new post!
Weight Loss Goals and Accomplishments
I’ve mentioned before that, since rescuing my dad from Panama late last year – I’ve had a couple of fires lit under my butt.
#1 – Lose weight and avoid the onset of Type 2 diabetes
#2 – Get a plan for retirement in place because planning on living with my kid when I am old and decrepit is NOT a retirement plan
So by mid-May, I had figured out this whole “diabetic-friendly diet” and began in earnest. I started weighing myself daily, eating sensibly while cutting down on carbs, sweets, and portion sizes.
Goal #1 – Get my weight below 220
I accomplished this on 6/28 and immediately set a new goal:
Goal #2 – Get my weight below 215
This was accomplished on 8/5, which led to my third goal:
Goal #3 – Get my weight below 210
And on Tuesday, after having been below 210 for a full 20 days, I considered that goal accomplished as well.
Because my weight can fluctuate 1-3 pounds on a daily basis, even though I weigh myself at the same time and under the same circumstances, I figure that a time span of three weeks at the target weight is appropriate for considering a goal “accomplished.”
I hit 209.5 on 9/6, which started the clock. I got down to 207 last week.
I don’t need huge weight loss all at once – what I need is a healthy decline in weight over time that STAYS off.
So now I’m on Goal #4 – get my weight below 205.
My long-term goal is to get my weight down to 170 pounds. I haven’t been that weight in more than two decades, but I know it can be done. If I average six weeks for each five pound goal, then we are looking at me arriving at my long-term goal of 170 by mid July 2018. That really is not long at all when you consider how long it took me to get to the weight I am now!
But that is assuming that I just continue to lose weight through sensible eating. I imagine my weight loss will slow and I will need to begin exercising more by then. So we shall see.
Another way to look at it? If I continue on this current path – I will have lost ALL of the weight gained over the past 20 years in just over ONE YEAR. When you look at it that way, I think it sounds pretty frickin’ awesome!
Meanwhile, I went in on Tuesday to see Dr. Edwards, who heads Kansas City Direct Primary Care and get the A1C blood test, a test that looks specifically at your blood sugar levels over the past 90 days. The A1C test indicates whether you are normal, at risk for developing diabetes or already have the disease. Here is the breakdown:
|Normal||below 5.7 percent|
|Diabetes||6.5 percent or above|
|Prediabetes||5.7 to 6.4 percent|
Thanks to my diligence, my dad, who has been a type 2 diabetic for 20+ years, scored 5.6 on the test recently! I have tested at around 6.2 percent, which is prediabetic, both four years ago and again around four months ago. My test results now? 6.0 percent!
My doc wrote, “Even a change of .2% in the right direction is a HUGE change since most of the time I’m seeing people who are moving in the other direction…but full percentage points. Keep up the good work!”
So, while I am still considered pre-diabetic, I’m making changes to see that A1C fall to normal ranges.
I was talking to my chiropractor yesterday about this and he said, “Imagine an A1C of 14%.” It turns out he had that, plus blood sugars in the 500 range. He made changes to his lifestyle, his eating habits in particular, and is now back out of diabetes and in the normal range.
A good calorie calculator I just found is my next step in dialing in my weight loss goals. You can play around with it to determine short-term and long-term weight loss goals. If, for example, I want to weigh 150 pounds and know my lifestyle will be sedentary, according to my height and age, I should limit my caloric intake to 1600 calories per day. OR I can make changes in my activity level, and “earn” myself the right to more calories per day if I think that 1600 calories are too little.
I don’t plan on obsessively counting calories – after all, I already weigh myself daily and consider that rather extreme – but it is a nice tool to use.
Northeast Kansas City Historical Society Sixth Annual Homes Tour
It’s that time again!
I have to admit that I look forward to this homes tour every year. I really do! Last year, having our neighborhood as the tour destination was phenomenal, and this year, I’m excited to see TWO of my cleaning clients as destinations on the tour!
I will be a docent at one of them, probably in the morning, at the house on the top left in the photo above. I can’t wait, I love to look at the rooms and get decorating ideas each time I am there to clean it. The owners have impeccable taste and have done so much work to improve the home over the years.
I hope you will set aside some time in your schedule to visit each of the houses on Saturday, October 14th. The tour runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Allocate plenty of time, you won’t want to miss lingering over the carved wood, antiques, fireplaces, and stenciled ceilings. And so much more!