I didn’t lose or gain anything this week–I stayed right at 167. So today I started planning & tracking what I eat, which is kind of a drag but it’s the one thing that has always worked for me (and is also reportedly what works for most people trying to lose weight). Also, after being a diabetic for 9 years, I finally attended the diabetes education classes this week and found out that I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. It’s important for a diabetic to plan and track their meals so they know what they need to change when the blood sugars go wonky (too high or low). All this time I’ve eaten what I’ve wanted and guessed at how much insulin to take and have dealt with many highs and lows as a result. I want to keep them as normal as possible, and this method of always eating the same amount of calories for each meal, making the meal half carbs, and taking the same amount of insulin seems a perfect (and kinda obvious) solution.
So an old diabetic can learn new tricks! ;)
So do you know what five pounds of fat looks like? Our teacher, or perhaps it was the nutritionist, held up a model that surprised me. I captured this image off of a youtube video–check it out:
She’s holding the same model our teacher held up. I couldn’t believe how much space 5 pounds of fat takes up! So that made me feel good about losing 8 pounds. No wonder my jeans are fitting better. Of course, we lose fat evenly from all over our body, not in one spot at a time, which is why 5 pounds doesn’t seem to make a huge difference. But it is a pretty big deal, huh! And it’s a good thing we don’t lose weight in one spot at a time, otherwise we’d see people with one tiny deflated butt cheek and one huge one!
OK, so here’s my current progress charts:
I’m still feeling good about my progress, and excited to finally have a permanent handle on my blood sugars. I have to tell you, today was the first day of this meal plan thing and my blood sugar hasn’t been over 100 all day! When I’ve checked, it’s been 90, 92, and 100. I likes!!! That’s like crazy normal. I know that’s usually an oxymoron, but in my world, crazy is normal. ;)
And I’ll leave you with some pics of the baby shower cake I made, courtesy of Becky Boyd, Stamp of Life Photography, who was in attendance and gracious enough to share the photos with me. (Don’t judge her by the first photo, that one is obviously mine.) It was my first square cake, which made me nervous because I’ve never been good at icing cakes with corners and this one had to be pretty precise to look like a gift, but I’m satisfied with the way it turned out, even if the colors were a bit brighter than I intended. I’m so happy I didn’t drop it or put my foot through it! I have redeemed myself somewhat.
White chocolate cake with raspberry filling and white chocolate cream cheese buttercream. I basically followed this recipe and used homemade marshmallow fondant (this fondant actually tastes good, unlike the Wilton stuff you get at the store) for the bow & polka dots.