Over recent years, some of it told by this blog, I have had periods where I have done a really good job of controlling my diet. In turn, this means keeping my blood glucose levels in check. For me, I have already accepted that I am overweight – I’m fat. I will probably always be fat to some extent. But, I still want to control my eating, because my main goal is to keep my diabetes in check. Keeping my diabetes in check will generally mean that I’d lose more weight, but losing weight is not my primary goal when it comes to eating in a healthy way.
For the last 8 months or so, I have again let my blood glucose levels go out of control. It is so frustrating to me. I have to work really hard to get my glucose into a reasonable or even normal level, so why can’t I maintain it once i get there? I find it so frustrating! Over the last week or so, I have again started making efforts to get back where I should be with my diabetes. I certainly don’t want to let my glucose levels get out of control, why would anybody want that? If I continue to do that, it will lead to medical problems, complications, even an early death. Hey, I have kids as young as 7 years old. I want to be around to see them when they are adults. Not to mention wanting to see the day when my wife and I can retire at our newly purchased land on Samal Island. But, if I don’t get my health in control, and keep it there, I will probably never see those things that I long for.
My Dad died when he was only 55 years old. I’m 45 now, and I certainly want to live longer than my Dad did. I want to be here for another 25 or 30 years. At the weight that I’ve carried all of my life, along with high blood pressure and diabetes, I feel that I’ll be lucky to make it to 55 like Dad did. That is something I have to change.
Like I said, for a week now, I’ve been making steps toward better health again. First thing I did was to move my exercise bike into my office where I spend the most time during the day. They say that it’s a good thing for you to take a break from the computer once per hour or so. So, what I do now is to take that once-per-hour break and during that break I either lift my dumbbell or ride the exercise bike. I alternate the two in order to work different muscle groups. My next step was that I made some modifications in my diet. I have started eating 5 defined meals or snacks per day. Before I ate only 3 meals, but I’d have constant snacks between meals it seemed. Now, I eat smaller meals, but 5 times per day. Usually my biggest meal of the day is for lunch now. My dinner is usually just a salad. And, I don’t eat anything after dinner. I generally eat at around 7am, 10 or 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm. The mid-morning and late afternoon times are smaller snacks. I try to keep the snacks healthy too. I like to have a small amount of peanuts, or some tuna sashimi, or smoked salmon at those times.
One thing I intend to do is to write in this blog regularly. I find that if I have to write down what I am up to, it helps keep me honest, and on track. I don’t want to sit here and list a whole ton of junk foods that I just ate! That would look bad, and worse it would make me feel bad just writing that down!
So, my goal for now is three-fold:
- Continue to control the diet that I am eating.
- Increase the amount of exercise that I am getting.
- Blog about my health regularly.
I feel that if I can do these three things, I can re-gain the healthier lifestyle that was living about 2 years ago.